Wars are fought for a variety of reasons-and it is the reason that defines them. Reasons that either bestow legitimacy or withhold it.
Some are fought defensively, some offensively, some for conquest and subjugation, some for “religious” reasons, some for liberation, and some are purely genocidal in nature and based entirely on racial bias.
Whatever the reasons the fact remains that innocents, non combatants, especially women, children, and elders become as much a victim as though they carried weapons themselves.
They are the most vulnerable that war exacts a terrible toll on.
A part of the spin has been a decades long attempt to portray the events of WK2 as a war of liberation-an attempt to legitimize what amounts to the sacking and rape of a community by a gang of criminals one can only liken to other gangs-their “war” was no more legitimate than the ones waged by other gangs such as Chivington’s so called militia-a title meant to bestow legitimacy on a group of misfits that in a different setting carried out a version of Quantrill’s raid on Lawrence, Kansas, where even children were indiscriminately slaughtered. In the aftermath even the Confederacy was appalled and denounced Quantrill and his raiders.
That is what has been missing following WK2-a condemnation that a group of raiders sacked and burned a community, murdered, and took hostages.
Those who participated were not liberators-claiming to be such has been their attempt at legitimacy.
There is and always will be an element in society that will romanticize such events-in the case of WK2 the media fueled that for their own purpose, and AIM has done the same for obvious reasons.
This same element will romanticize people like Billy the Kid, who in truth was little more than a psychopathic killer who allegedly killed his man at the age of twelve.
In the aftermath of WK2 we have “liberators” who have gone on to enrich themselves-and what defines them as a criminal gang is their absolute refusal to allow survivors to recover the remains of their dead-a protocol that armies and warriors have long observed.
Above is the rough draft of the sketch promised earlier in the Rez Dog blog, I can’t say when the finished version will be posted, but when it is done it will be, and I apologize for what any may consider as a delay. None the less I consider it to be one of very few depicting what occurred within WK2-an honest and important representation that AIM, their faithful, and the media have long withheld.
Had real warriors, real leaders, existed at WK2 it might have been a different story.