“THERE IS NO FLAG LARGE ENOUGH TO COVER THE SHAME OF KILLING INNOCENT PEOPLE”.
I’ve come to like Howard Zinn, the historian and social commentator, he neither minces words or is beguiled by politicians.
He has said “There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people.” And yet the reality is untold numbers of innocents have been killed across the width and breadth of this planet we call Earth. Something we as a people know well.
It is always “patriotism” that unfurls the flags of war, at times it may be unavoidable and could rightfully be called patriotic when done so in defense of the homeland.
More often than not though I think wars are waged for mercenary geopolitical reasons and cloaked under a flag of patriotism- but it is as Zinn has said, no flag covers the shame, or the sin, or killing innocents.
AIM made the same claim of a patriotic war when they invaded Wound Knee under their flag of shame, but there as elsewhere innocents were slain, willfully slain, and their blood and the shame of it rests solely upon the hands of AIM.
Solely upon the hands of a leadership composed of Russell Means, Dennis Banks, Clyde Bellecourt, and Leonard Crow Dog.
AIM cannot even assert that as an army the collateral damage was to be expected and therefore “acceptable”, for they were anything but an army. I have no doubt a few among them actually believed their’s was a just cause, but the reality of the murders and pillaging that ensued cannot be justified then or now.
There is a natural law often ignored that speaks in protest and defiance of such things-a natural law that once was a core element of our beliefs, a part of the balance the nations strove to live in and maintain.
Our failing to observe this natural law has come with a heavy price, a price that has yet to be extracted in full measure.
Show me a man who observes this balance, who follows this natural order of things and I will show you a man worthy of listening to and following- a trait sorely and visibly lacking in the AIM leadership whose greatest love isn’t their people, but the sound of their own voice, with money running a close second.
No recompense has been forthcoming for the blood of these innocents,or the damage done, no admission, no apology-only denials and self aggrandizing tales of would be warriors.
I would say the colors on this AIM flag of shame are appropriate, red for the blood spilled, white for the innocence of those slain, yellow for the cowardice of leadership, and black for the color of their hearts and intentions.
Colors they took from something noble and soiled with their own hands, much the same as they have done with everything else they’ve touched.