So it turns out that Julian Assange is not really The Most Wanted Man in the World. Julian gets the #2 rating. The Very Most Wanted Man in the World is Pvt. Bradley Manning, whose birthday is today — and today is the international day of solidarity in support of him and his plight. He was arrested in May 2010 and accused of smuggling data to WikiLeaks. The first thing that got the world’s attention were officers aboard a US helicopter exterminating unarmed civilians with the permission of their chain of command. Then came the Iraq War Diaries and then came the leaked diplomatic cables.
To law and order types, Manning is a traitor, and he should be executed. To those who recognize the conduct of the United States as genocidal, Manning is a hero of epic proportions. Or you could say he’s a decent guy who saw something desperately wrong and did what he could to to resolve it. Imagine how many people who had such information and wanted to do something lacked the courage to act. Imagine how many people are still sitting on information right now and are deciding whether they should speak up.
Assuming that he got the information into the hands of WikiLeaks — specifically, the records of a war where human beings have been systematically exterminated in the name of ‘freedom’ (now surely, what other name would you give it, if you want people to fall for it?) — whether he’s a traitor or a hero would depend on what you think is appropriate conduct. My opposition to war is not political. It is religious and humanitarian. It’s based on the understanding that war is always a scam. It is always a scam. It is always a scam. Let me say that again. World Wars I and II were a scam. Just look at who made money off of them. Look at who supported ‘the enemy’. Look at who gave ‘the enemy’ refuge after the war was over.
The wars we just lived through were created to make money for military contractors. And, we hear, Bradley Manning got in the way of that. If those ‘Lady Gaga’ CDs really came from him, then he’s the person who forced the US government to rethink its strategy for profiting Halliburton and the Carlyle Group; he’s the one who exposed the truth and who saved untold lives. WikiLeaks was an act of blatant defiance and it may be what sparked off our era of dissent — Arab Spring, the uprisings in Wisconsin and Ohio, and the Occupy movement. So far, WikiLeaks is as close to justice as we’ve gotten — knowing the truth about those wars, just in case you were doubting the obvious; just in case you had not heard of the Pentagon Papers.
WikiLeaks is as close to an anti-war movement as we’ve had, even as the atrocities have gone on for a decade. Because of WikiLeaks, something akin to the truth has gotten into the newspaper. Do we think we have the First Amendment as an inalienable right so we can read about horse races and Lindsay Lohan?
Let’s take a brief look at Manning’s chart, just to see who might be behind this kind of kinetic energy. Look at all that energy in Sagittarius. What is most striking is how he has the Sun parked exactly between Saturn (the planet of structure, authority, responsibility) and Uranus (the planet of revolution and invention). On the one hand this is someone who understands a command structure. On the other, this is someone who understands that sometimes the most important thing you can do is step outside that structure, if it’s corrupt or if its behavior is criminal. What we learned from WikiLeaks is that the conduct of the United States should have resulted in the entire administration being hauled before the International Criminal Court in The Hague for a war crimes tribunal. Just because ‘they’ got away with it doesn’t mean their conduct was not illegal, immoral and a crime against humanity.
Note also that Manning has a cluster in Capricorn, including Pallas Athene on the Aries Point (2+ Capricorn). He understands full well the nature of authority, structure and ‘the system’. He is not a renegade. His actions were thought out meticulously. He was serving as the one thing that the American government did not have as it prosecuted two illegal wars: a conscience.
One last bit of his chart — to the right, the Scorpio angle. He has a Scorpio Moon tucked between Mars and Pluto, helping him embody both of those warrior energies. This is an astonishing chart. Just as he has the Sun exactly between two deeply meaningful planets, he has the Moon between two as well. When I saw that alignment, the first thing I thought of was omerta — the Sicilian code of silence. Apparently Manning has been subjected to torture for more than 18 months mainly for one reason: he refuses to rat out Julian Assange.
For those of us who have been sicked and disgusted and grieving over the conduct of the United States government, for the murder and torture of innocent civilians, at the destruction of societies, at the sacrifice of our national honor and the lives of our military service members, the chain of events leading into WikiLeaks was nothing less than a miracle.