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  •  I have a hard time reconciling this... (0+ / 0-)

    You said:

    Did she follow the rules? No. But look at the egregious behavior of the U.S. military and civilian leadership. She observed war crimes and released evidence of those crimes to the world. She is a hero for doing that.
    with this, from the Today show:
    During his trial, Manning’s defense team suggested his struggles with gender identity as a gay soldier were a factor in his decision to leak.
    I have a hard time accepting both of those statements at face value.

    If it was about war crimes, how do Manning's struggles with gender identity play into the decision to leak documents?  It seems to me that if part of his decision to leak was based upon mistreatment or harassment as a gay soldier, then it wasn't just a question of his 'strong moral compass' and his allegations of war crimes.

    This is rather confusing...

    The word "parent" is supposed to be a VERB, people...

    by wesmorgan1 on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 10:12:03 AM PDT

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    •  This diary from long ago.. (2+ / 0-)
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      Wee Mama, aitchdee

      might help.

      The short of it: there's a fine line between the terms "self-destructive" and "self-sacrificing".  A person whose whole life is breaking down because of something (in Manning's case, GID) is a lot more likely to be willing to do self-sacrificing behavior if they think the cause is for a greater good because their life is already falling apart than a person for who life is all peachy.  The world has the same amount to gain, but you've got less to lose.

      Já þýðir já. Nei þýðir nei. Hvað er svona erfitt við það?

      by Rei on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 11:11:55 AM PDT

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