Sunday, August 19, 2012

Bradley Manning deserves a monument

In the future, Bradley Manning will be judged a hero. He exposed official misconduct. He exposed lies the government used to justify continuing to prosecute wars. These wars were folly. Manning showed the people the truth.

(I am assuming that Manning was in fact the source that provided Wikileaks with the information the government alleges Manning provided to Wikileaks.)

Society has monuments to people it considers heroes. But usually these monuments have the imprimatur of the government. So, these monuments tend to be skewed to war heroes and the like.

But why can't the people claim this tradition for our own?

I want there to be a monument for Bradley Manning. He took a grave personal risk to expose the truth to the people of the United States and the people of the world.

People who want there to be a monument to Manning should come together and create a committee. Money should be collected and proposals from artists should be solicited.