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The Narrative Is An American Tragedy

Written by Herman Melville

'Billy Budd'

Few narratives parallel the case of U.S. Government vs. Bradley E. Manning, as closely as the major issues and themes in Billy Budd

[Captain Vere:] "Would it be we ourselves so much who would condemn as it would be martial law operating through us? For that law and the rigor of it, we are not responsible. Our vowed responsibility is this: That however pitilessly that law may operate in any instances, we nevertheless adhere to and administer it."