Sunday, March 6, 2011

Bradley Manning in Danger: An Irish Call to Resist

"Bradley Manning: 22 New Charges ... an Irish Call for Solidarity​!" by Ciaron O'Reilly - London CWer - an intro to the most colorful, passionate and animated activists in the Catholic Worker movement
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Ciaron O'Reilly  Folks - I would like this posting to serve as an introduction to oneof the most colorful, passionate and animated activists in the CWmovement. And if you know any CWers - this is no small claim. He isthe Ammon Hennacy of our generation. You will never meet CiaronO'Reilly in the USA. Ciaron holds dual citizenship in Australia andIreland. He was deported after serving an 18 month sentence for aPlowshares action he participated in 1991 trying to disarm a B-52Bomber at a SAC base in Syracuse NY, headed to kill in Iraq during the1st Gulf War. Since than he has done a plowshares action in Australiaand England - being the only person to do a Plowshares action on threecontinents. He is the most well known CW internationally. To get asense of his foot print on the CW movement - check out this link toprevious posting on our national CW e-mail list serve:      ---------- Forwarded message ----------From: Ciaron OReilly < Thu, Mar 3, 2011 at 4:11 AM   Bradley Manning: 22 New Charges Including One that Carries the DeathPenalty - an Irish Call for Solidarity! by Ciaron O'Reilly   He's in There for Us, We're on the Loose for Him!  GUARDIAN - Bradley Manning may face death penalty  I’m shocked that the military opted to charge Pfc. Bradley Manningtoday with the capital offense of “aiding the enemy”.  While the military is down playing the fact, the option to execute Bradley has been placed on the table. It’s beyond ironic that leakedUS State Department cables have contributed to revolution and revoltin dictatorships across the Middle East and North Africa, yet anAmerican may be executed, or at best face life in prison, for beingthe primary whistleblower.  Millions of Americans, and even more internationally, clearlyunderstand the contribution of Pfc. Manning towards not only freedomof information, but literally freedom itself. It’s hard for me toreconcile that with the US Army’s additional criminal charges againstPfc. Manning today. –Jeff Paterson,Courage to Resist / Bradley Manning Support  **A Call for Solidarity - Right here, Right now!Bradley Manning is presently being tortured and faces executionaccused of releasing this footage  Julian Assange is being persecuted for admitting to publishing andcirculating this footage  The last place Bradley Manning was before he was in a war zone, andthen in chains, was Ireland. Like tens of thousands of young Americanswho preceeded him, Manning past through Shannon Airport ( a defactoU.S. military base in neutral Ireland) County Clare, Ireland to hisfate. 4,000 of these young Americans returned home in body bags (theircorpses wisely shipped through Saudi not Shannon), 10,000 withinjuries they will never recover from, they will never walk or talkagain they will spend the ret of their lives shitting into theirdiapers (wisely shipped thorugh Germany not Shannon) another 20,000with injuries they should partly recover from, hundreds have returnedto commit homicide, suicide or actions for which they are nowimprisoned, they are walking time bombs let loose in civil society -and a million Iraqi dead mostly women and children (Lancett Report)  We Irish slapped Bradley Manning, and these hundreds of thousands ofyoung Americans, on the sod him/them duty free and sent him/them totheir predictable fate! Under the ancient rules of Irish and globalhospitality Bradley Manning is partly our responsibility. This youngman was our guest in Ireland and we sent him on his way into a dangerwe were well aware of, without a word of warning.  Political parties in Ireland are content to faciilitate the Americanwars on the people of Afghanistan and Iraq. These parties are happy toserve the largest and most destructive empire in human history, even inits declining death throes. Irish political parties are content to runthis franchise on the west coast of Europe as others are willing torun the franchises of Burger King and McDonalds on the high streets.  The Irish church and the Irish arts community, with a handful of honorable exceptions, maintain a housebroken complicity with our rolein these ongoing U.S. wars and the persecution of those, in Ireland and elsewhere, who nonviolently resist them. The generation that is providing the cannon fodder for this war feels no tension with thegeneration sending their contempories to do the killing and the dying.The British war machine sends its recruitment propaganda to 26 county shools and the unemployed with no visible opposition.  The Irish "left" and @ scene, like their English cousins, are largley disengaged from this ongoing war.  We have to snap out of it. wake up, smell the coffee, cop on, realise the context and the historical moment. We need to do what we can wherever we are to stop the execution, or life imprisonment in an American gulag, of Bradley Manning. We need to be doing that rightnow!  Bradley was only 14 when the U.S. troops started to go through Shannon to invade Iraq. For those who are older we had/have a responsibility to him, a duty of care. He was homeless when he followed his father's(who had thrown him out of the house for being gay) footsteps into theU.S. military. For those of us who have never been in a homelesspredicament much is expected of us in relation to brothers and sistersin this predicament.  Nonviolent resistance, proactive soidarity with those who step up tothe plate inside and outside the militaries prosecuting this war AND truth telling of the kind Manning is accused of and Juian Assange isbeing persecuted for presently in British courts. The time for moral posturing and opportunism is over. The time is now!  - Ciaron O'ReillyPit Stop Ploughshares Related Link: Ciaron O'ReillyBlog  "The poor tell us who we are,The prophets tell us who we could be,So we hide the poor,And kill the prophets."Phil Berrigan -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Iowa Peace List" group.To post to this group, send email to unsubscribe from this group, send email to more options, visit this group at
[Thanks to Sue Skidmore for this forward.]

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