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The original concept of a hero, at least to the ancient Greeks, was that of a demi-god, the child of a god and a mortal, in other words a human with god-like characteristics of bravery and self-sacrifice.
When most of the media refused to recognize Pfc. Manning as a woman, there was an outpouring of criticism of that action. Subsequently, both the Associated Press and The New York Times decided to violate their previous editorial policies. Here's the problem.
I sympathize with Chelsea. I can't fathom the idea of 35 years in prison, but I remember being in her place regarding my transition. All I knew was that I had to do it. I didn't really know what "it" would entail, just that it had to be accomplished, however or whatever it took to do it.
It is too soon to know how Chelsea Manning will fare in prison and whether her request for hormone therapy and surgical therapy will be approved.
Without whistleblowers, the mainline media outlets are more transfixed than ever with telling the official story. And at a time like this, the official story is all about spinning for war on Syria.
Both Bradley and Chelsea are part of the LGBT community. Shouldn't we have treated them with equal care, particularly given the extreme nature of Manning's valor, the disproportionate nature of the risks Manning took?
If we are to be a great country, we need people like Pt. Manning who will hold our military accountable. Pt. Manning is the type of principled, idealistic person I thought President Obama to be.
Outlets like CNN have held firm that they will continue referring to Manning with male pronouns and her former name until she has legally changed that. Either CNN hasn't been enforcing this "legal names only" policy, or it only applies to transgender individuals.
Clearly Bradley Manning has created a stir by asking to be referred to as Chelsea Manning from now on. There is going to be a debate over whether she helped or hurt the cause of the transgender community to be more understood and accepted.
John Crowley's Closed Circuit, arriving in the wake of the Bradley Manning decision and the ongoing Edward Snowden affair, is more than timely: It's the most chilling film of the year, more frightening than any horror film because it seems so real.
Here are some random but real hints: More than the dittoheads; maybe that's why they should fear him more; she enjoys federal supremacy over Sutter Brown; and extreme language in the Oval Office is no virtue.