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By Dishonourable Ember
Whistle-blowing does not pay! Bradley Manning will have 35 years to think about what he did when leaked state secrets to Wikileaks.

Wednesday afternoon, Army Pfc. Bradley Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison for giving hundreds of thousands of secret military and diplomatic documents to WikiLeaks in one of the USA's biggest leak cases since the Pentagon Papers more than a generation ago.

The taste this leaves in everbody's mouth is indeed a bitter one and hard to swallow, but, on the other hand, how does one punish a traitor. Because that in stark reality is what Manning is. Nothing more nothing less. He violated his oath and the US constitution. It was nothing but high treason.

One the eve of the Ongulumbashe commemoration - the start of the "Bush War" in 1966 when South African forces launched a 23 year war against the South West African People's Organization (SWAPO) of Namibia. Their base at Ongulumbashe was the target of Operation Wildebeest by the South Africans - one should, perhaps, look the same way at disloyal citizens. People who defile their birthright by denouncing their country or even their party.

Beggars can't be choosers. How ironic that people who have been given chance upon chance by our government to make something of their lives have thrown these chances back into the face of the giver.

In the beginning, many people may have had some or even a lot of sympathy for the so-called struggle kids. Everybody tried hard to accommodate them with government and other structures wherever possible. And what did they do? When they realized that they had to work for a living, some of them absconded and joined the street mob that has squatted on SWAPO property for months on end.

All these money-grabbing youngsters are interested in is getting money - a lot of money for doing sweet blow-all - nothing. The renaming of regions, constituencies and tows is reaching new heights of ridiculousness with sundry and all jumping into the fray to contribute their bit of 'wisdom'.

One would have thought that they would be only too glad to get rid of the last vestiges of colonialism, but, instead, they cling to these archaic names worse than chewing gum to an army blanket.

Well, all the hullabaloo makes many newspaper headlines and 'controversy' sells ....or, heaven beware: 'if it bleeds it leads'. All reasonable people in this country hope and pray that stubbornness will never ever take this latest of 'struggles' that far.

From the ridiculous to the serious: Around 2 million people face food insecurity in northern Namibia and southern Angola as the worst regional drought in decades takes its toll, according to the UN. Two years of failed rains have pushed families into desperate conditions in a region already known for its desert-like conditions. In Namibia alone, experts estimate that over 109,000 children under five are at risk for acute malnutrition.

These are the cold, hard facts and yet there are people in this country who prefer apportioning blame for the perceived nonperformance in the provision of food aid to actually doing something about!

Lets us first take care of the essentials: The provision of food to the hungry. After all that - and if you still feel like it -carry on with senseless arguments in the face of malnutrition and hunger!


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