Saturday, 23 November 2013

Hero or Criminal?

Hero, traitor, whistle blower, criminal- Edward Snowden has been called all kinds of things in past few months. The opinion about him varies based on which side of the rope you're pulling for.

Those deeming Snowden as a traitor of the state, criminal of the world, are partially right. Of course, he did share classified information with the entire globe exposing the world’s largest and most powerful intelligence institution; and yes of course America does have a law that would put this guy behind bars for the rest of his life. We all know how the U.S. feels about Snowden. But the other half, seeing Snowden as a hero and champion, is the half grateful for the bravery of the man, revelation of the truth, and final halt to all the lies constantly being thrown at our faces. And sure, truth is not convenient for everyone.

What I question every time when something controversial emerges about America is who does the U.S. think they are? The great global power, Xavier of the world, and invincible leader? I don’t think so. I think it is unacceptable that the U.S., even after all the exposure of its surveillance practices, still feels it is their right to take the lead, tell other countries what to do and not do in regards to Snowden.

I feel for this guy, I think he showed great courage standing up against his own government, the government that refuses to critically look at its actions and rather constantly points the finger at other nations thinking their way is superior. Snowden should receive some kind of reward, risking his freedom and maybe life by wanting to let the rest of the world know what they have the right know about. And for me, the U.S. and its arrogant officials are the ones who should stand trial and be held accountable to their citizens and the international community.

How do you feel about the U.S. wanting to prosecute Snowden and trying to get other nations to hand him over and refuse him refuge? Do you think this is fair for Snowden after he simply gave people the opportunity to debate over their own privacy and ask questions about things that matter and have the right to be involved in?