Date: Thu, 20 Jun 2013 06:12:12 +0200
- Going Up
WikiLeaks: the Long-Term solution to War?
I donated to WikiLeaks today in the hope that my little bit will help solve the bigger problems of the world. I think WikiLeaks may be the long-term solution to the humankind’s pattern of warfare. Here’s why:
Tensions flare when misunderstanding abounds. Misunderstanding is most common when communication channels are poisoned or non-existent. Most organizations that are powerful enough to sway public opinion (such as governments and multinationals) tend to do so for their own benefit, not for the benefit of the whole. WikiLeaks is a new paradigm in mass communication. It’s the conscience of a new world. Its premise is simple: anyone can anonymously provide documents to the world for free. I believe that this simple mechanism could become the tool that eventually ends war because truth is a necessary element of understanding, healing, and eventually, peaceful co-existence.
Eventually. In the interim, WikiLeaks has a tough battle ahead. Apparently the US government is snooping around trying to find ways to shut the operation down, as are many other groups. Lawyers in the UK are scratching their heads trying to figure out how to get around this paralegal obstacle. They can get the international courts to file injunctions (forcing people to keep quiet about things they know) but they can’t get WikiLeaks to obey the injunctions.
Although it’s quite possible that the information released via WikiLeaks will put people like you and me in danger, I think the risk is small and worth supporting. For example, WikiLeaks released the US Military’s 2007 order of battle—one could argue that this is a terrible threat to national security. But on the other hand, WikiLeaks also released the CIA’s plans to foment war by swaying French and German popular support in favor of US plans. From any one nation’s perspective, WikiLeaks is an evil to be overcome. But from the perspective of a world community, it is the light of conscience that transcends borders.