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Reader comment on item: Intricacies of Egypt's Coup d'├ętat Explained
in response to reader comment: Oh, those petty, Western, brainwashed people

Submitted by Debanjan Banerjee (India), Aug 22, 2013 at 12:04

Your hero Bradley Manning gave a statement in court yesterday. Why would an epoch shattering hero who stands with the greats of Western civilization apologize for his actions?

You must understand that Manning was tortured and was made to believe that if he confessed he may be given a lenient judgment. That was his motive.

In fact his statements are now being put around to make him a confused young man by the CIA to shift the debate.

This is similar to what the minions of the Pope did to Martin Luther and John Calvin.

Now tell me Jeff why Charles Graner , the perprtator of Abu Gharib gets only 6 years of prison and Manning gets 35 years for hurting US. So does that mean torture at Abu Gharib is a lesser crime than seeking truth ? Is this the sort of justice the US wants the world to consider as ideal ?

And what about those murderers whose misdeeds were exposed by Manning ? Have they been brought to book or set free to murder more innocents in the Muslim world ?

The whole trial of Manning was also the trial of the Western justice system and in this the whole Western justice system has been caught as unjust and selective.

I am neither opposed to Western civilization nor to the Anglo-Saxon tribe as such in fact I am an avid admirer of them. However through this debate we are trying to hold the Western civilization abide by her own laws which she wants every one else to follow.

It is these laws and these institutions whose upkeep is of most interest to me.

Letting the perpetrators of Abu Gharib get away with lenient sentences and jailing Manning does not bode well for the Western civilization and you should oppose it if you consider yourself to be part of this civilization.

Take care

Debanjan

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