the act of defending one’s person when physically attacked, as by countering blows or overcoming an assailant: the art of self-defense.
a claim or plea that the use of force or injuring or killing another was necessary in defending one’s own person from physical attack: He shot the man who was trying to stab him and pleaded self-defense at the murder trial.
an act or instance of defending or protecting one’s own interests, property, ideas, etc., as by argument or strategy.
This seems pretty clear cut to me, and by definition excludes the events at Jumping Bull.
Nowhere in this accepted definition does it define an act of self defense as including the ability to purposely shoot mortally wounded men offering no threat or resistance at point blank range, who even if a case could be made that at some point they did constitute a threat.
Nowhere in this definition does it allow for the subsequent looting of whatever affects they may of had.
And nowhere does it allow the right to shoot a wounded person waving any kind of flag in an act of surrender.
The truth is that after the initial shootout Williams and Coler were finished off to insure a lack of witnesses,to prevent them from identifying their assailants offering any testimony if they had survived-especially on Peltier’s part as he was convinced they had come to arrest for a Wisconsin warrant-the sole motivation for all that transpired and had absolutely nothing to do with self defense.
The fact that Robert Robideau and Dino Butler were able to employ such a defense ably assisted by a presiding judge whose wife and daughter were enamored of AIM, had had AIM members in their home, and engaged in fund raising doesn’t change the legal definition of self defense.
AIM, the Peltierites,and LPDOC shed crocodile tears about the great injustice of Peltier not being able to claim or argue self defense during his trial-yet they never address the reality that no grounds existed for him to do so-and the fact that Robideau and Butler were able to in a rigged court doesn’t set a precedent.
To me it would be the same if a rapist murdered a woman who fought back and then attempted to claim he did so to protect himself.
There isn’t a court in the land that would accept that, and it is a travesty that a court accepted Robideau’s and Butler’s defense.
I suspect that if this case were to be tried today all would have been found guilty and might well have received the death penalty.
There was a time when I supported Peltier, but in retrospect I think the page began to turn as I paid more attention to his own words, the ongoing contradictions and obvious lies, the marketing campaign and the revenue being generated.
That led me to reading transcripts and various documents, and that’s when I closed the book on my personal support of him.
In addition I never saw any of the AIM leadership for anything more than what they were and are-thugs,murderers,and con men.
They and Peltier have been in the majority supported by a distant white fan base ignorant of the realities, that knows little or nothing about the rez or indigenous life….some sort of liberalism willing to assume rather than be informed-willing to gloss over or make allowances when it is justice that is called for, not a free pass.
A type of liberalism that has negatively impacted the nations for decades and will continue to do so as long as wannabes and misguided armchair activists are a part of the equation.
I by no stretch of the imagination can be called a conservative, nor likewise a liberal that goes to the extreme of wanting to edit words out of books because they are “politically incorrect” -to engage in such an act is an attempt to rewrite history, to alter the historical record, a window into another time and what was acceptable.
We cannot survive as the people we are and have been without our traditions-something AIM has been on a mission to usurp despite whatever for profit rhetoric they may intone.
They have sold everything unique to us as a people and continually strive to sell even more.
Take a look around-more specifically examine your favorite “leader”, take note of what they are offering for sale, then when you talk about the “spirituality” and great respect for our way of life, our beliefs they profess, let me know how you reconcile the differences between what they say and what they do.
What the nations need to do is to rise up in an act of self defense and drive these agents of cultural genocide from our midst.
They are not only apples but the rotten apples that taint the bushel, and I personally wouldn’t give a plug nickel for the whole damn bunch of them.