Straffa de som straffas bör
2010/08/03 6 kommentarer
Mike Rogers, en USA-kongressledamot, är för att Bradley Manning ska avrättas som straff för att han läckt hemligstämplad information:
Rogers said that Private Bradley Manning appears to be guilty of treason in time of war, which is a capital crime.
He hit out what he called a ”culture of disclosure” for encouraging someone like Manning into thinking that the release of such sensitive information was a good thing.
Rogers told his local radio station that Mannings’ actions must have condemned to death many Afghans who assisted the United States.
Androm till varnagel, jominsann. Trevlig prick. Artikeln konstaterar dock lite torrt även att:
It is hard to see how the leaked docuuments could have done that as US collaborators were not mentioned. So far the only people to make the claim that anyone is at risk is the US government.
Föga förvånande är det många som står på Mannings sida och om du vill bidra till hans försvar kan du göra det här. Men eftersom det verkar vara inne att kasta sten just nu så tycker jag att följande slashdotkommentar är värd att återpublicera:
Let’s keep it straight just who has blood on their hands.
Doctors Without Borders was in Afghanistan for 30 years, running rural health clinics and supporting and teaching Afghani doctors and nurses. They treated everyone without regard to who they were affiliated with or which side they were on. Their medical clinics were one of the few neutral areas in Afghanistan, respected by everyone, where guns were not permitted.
After the U.S. invasion, Colin Powell moved in a lot of U.S. medical charity workers, and referred to medical workers as ”force extenders.” The U.S. passed out fliers telling villagers that if they joined the American side and turned in the Taliban, they would get all kinds of benefits, including medical services.
That politicized medical services in Afghanistan. Doctors Without Borders was no longer safe, and had to leave the country. I read an account in which a German obstetrician was crying and refused to leave her patients — Afghanistan has one of the highest infant and maternal death rates in the world — and her supervisor had to order her to leave. It was too dangerous.
The other problems like checkpoints manned by soldiers who didn’t speak the local language, and killed civilian families who didin’t understand their orders, is too much to get into here.
The Bush Administration has blood on its hands. Thiessen was George W. Bush’s speechwriter. Thiessen has blood on his hands.
Thiessen is arguing that we should ignore international law. He’s using the logic of terrorists.
Det fanns dessutom en chans, en möjlighet, att använda attacken mot WTC för en mer positiv utveckling eftersom så gott som hela världen fördömde attacken, även arabländerna:
Reactions to the attacks in the Muslim world were mixed. Most Muslim political and religious leaders condemned the attacks. The leaders included the Presidents of Egypt, Jordan, the Palestinian Authority, Libya, Syria, Iran and Pakistan. The then-president of Iraq, Saddam Hussein, said of the attacks that ”the American cowboys are reaping the fruit of their crimes against humanity”. Saddam would later offer sympathy to the Americans killed in the attacks.
- Renowned Muslim scholar Yusuf al-Qaradawi denounced the attacks and the killings of hundreds of civilians as a ”heinous crime” and urged Muslims to donate blood to the victims. He did however criticise the United States’ ”biased policy towards Israel” and also called on Muslims to ”concentrate on facing the occupying enemy directly”, inside the Palestinian territories. The alleged Hezbollah ”spiritual mentor” and Lebanese Shia cleric Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah condemned the attacks.
- Ahmed Yassin, the spiritual leader of Hamas, said he was not interested in exporting such attacks to the United States, however he criticized the ”unfair American position”.
- Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers condemned the attacks and rejected suggestions that Osama bin Laden, who had been given asylum in Afghanistan, could be behind them.
- Huge crowds attended candlelit vigils in Iran, and 60,000 spectators observed a minute’s silence at Tehran football stadium.
Världen hade kunnat se väldigt annorlunda ut om USA inte hade haft detta infernaliska stolpskott till president under perioderna 2000-2008. I stället fick vi antiterroristlagar, övervakning av bankärenden och en eskalerande inskränkning av våra demokratiska rättigheter och personliga frihet.
Vem som har blod på sina händer är uppenbart, men det hade vi troligen aldrig fått veta om det inte vore för att informationen om vad som EGENTLIGEN pågår i tex Irak och Afghanistan kunde spridas via Internet. Därför är det oerhört viktigt för demokratin och friheten att Internet tillåts vara fritt utan att kontrolleras vare sig av företag eller stater.
Pingat på Intressant.