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Wikileaks: Directing Anger

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A good friend of mine has a very personal concern about Wikileaks:

I am incandescent with rage because military families all over the world are now in a much more precarious position.

MelbourneLily and her family members are those special type of people who are prepared to put their lives at risk to enable the rest of us to live our lives safely. They are admirable. They are under-appreciated. And I suspect they are taken for granted a bit too readily. Whilst my long-deceased grandfather was awarded an MBE during his time in the air force (teaching, not combat) I have not served in the military (school cadets doesn’t count!), but I am grateful for those who choose to serve.

Nonetheless, I fear the anger in¬†MelbourneLily’s post is misdirected.

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Julian Assange, Bradley Manning and their collaborators are not the “baddies” here. They are merely the messenger. And as Shakespeare is alleged to have suggested, please, “don’t shoot the messenger” (personally I prefer the Paul Kelly version, “Don’t Harm the Messenger“, but you get my drift).

In this case, anger towards WikiLeaks would be much better directed to the politicians and military leaders who have sent our people into areas of conflict. Warmongers hide under the cloak of misinformation and WikiLeaks serves to reveal the truth.

The 250,000 US diplomatic cables being released by WikiLeaks may put serving personnel in greater risk, but we need to ask who it is who has put them in risk in the first place? And when we answer that question, then we have a target at which to direct our anger.

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