The American Empire certainly has its share of prisoners of conscience, a nice little slate of whom the enforcers of our current occupant of the throne of Empire have put there.
Now, we have just convicted and sent to long-term imprisonment U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, a man who very well might be a future Nobel Peace Prize winner. (Recall that the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., also had a respectably long rap sheet, although he was not serving a multi-decade prison sentence when he was recognized by the Nobel Committee.)
Wouldn't it be ironic? In 2009, Mr. Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize having done nothing whatsoever to merit the honor; if Pfc. Bradley Manning receives it, he will have earned the honor for exposing the brutality, lies, and savagery President Obama and his predecessor have committed.
That would be the irony of epic saga, and Barack Obama would be something considerably other than the hero of that story.
Speaking of stories of epic heroism and villainy, several millennia ago, or so the story goes, a young rabbi named Yeshua was tortured, convicted, and executed for exposing and condemning the corruption, sinfulness, and hypocrisy of the religious leaders of his land, religious leaders who told the commoners they could not even speak the name of their god.
Today, Pfc. Manning, a young soldier who had been held for many months isolated, virtually incommunicado, and stripped naked, was sentenced to three-and-a-half decades for exposing the lies, cruelty, and hypocrisy of the secular leaders of his land, secular leaders who tell the commoners they have no right to know the truth about the lies and savagery of their government.
If you are on Barack Obama's side and applaud the imprisonment of Bradley Manning, you are on the wrong side of history.
If you are Barack Obama, you have become the wrong side of history.