On the front page of today’s Washington Post (print edition), there is an article on Army PFC Bradley Manning, who was just convicted of releasing hundreds of thousands of classified documents damaging to the United States, revealing that he suffers from gender dysphoria. In other words, he wishes to live the rest of his life as a woman and is concerned that he may not get the desired treatment in the jail at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
Right next to the article on the front page is a picture of an honor guard carrying the remains of Army Master Sergeant George Bannar Jr. upon their arrival at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. Master Sergeant Bannar was killed during his fifth tour of duty in Afghanistan.
Whether or not PFC Manning is sincere in his desire to become a woman, I cannot say. It may well be the case.
However, I do know this. There is no moral equivalency between the alleged suffering that PFC Manning or his family may be going through and that of Master Sergeant Bannar’s family.
I’m sorry, but I hope that we do not hear anything more about PFC Manning.