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Joe Glenton, Afghan veteran: “Bradley Manning served democracy far better than the generals who want him sent to jail”

Joe Glenton, Afghan veteran: “Bradley Manning served democracy far better than the generals who want him sent to jail”

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When Bradley Manning was asked by a military judge recently if he understood what would happen if every soldier ignored their commanders in favour of their own moral code, he answered “You’d have junior ranks making their own decisions until the organisation seizes up.” He did not add, as he might have done, and as I would, is that in a post 9/11 context this might be a good thing.

The idea that soldiers are obliged to obey and carry out their duty unquestioningly, and at any cost, has been chiselled away at for over a decade now. The paradox is that the chiselling has been done by the belligerent states themselves.
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