The conviction of yet another nazi war criminal, Alford Stork. This time in an Italian Military Tribunal seventy years after the fact speaks to a justice delayed but served nonetheless.
Stork was convicted for his role in what has become known as the The Kefalonia Massacres -an incident involving the execution of a total of hundred and thirty six officers of the Italian Acqui Division after they had surrendered.
The prosecutor characterized the difficulty over the years in gathering enough evidence to bring Stork to justice as an uphill battle due to a “disgusting code of silence” observed by Stork’s compatriots.
If the term “code of silence” sounds familiar it should, as it has been a mainstay of AIM’s related to the murders of Annie Mae Pictou Aquash, Perry Ray Robinson Jr., and that of their other victims, some of who lay in unmarked graves on the Pine Ridge Reservation following the event known as Wounded Knee 2 -a “massacre” in itself though reduced in numbers.
AIM has attempted to portray WK2 as a war, even going so far as now deceased AIM member and LPDOC chief propagandist Robert Robideau, to clearly state in a video interview that AIM had gone to Farmington, New Mexico to gather weapons and then return to PR to have a war.
By Robideau’s own words, his own admission, and the decades long effort to characterize WK2 as a war by surviving AIM leadership members it can rightfully be said the assault upon, occupation, and destruction of Wounded Knee village was an act of premeditation, an armed invasion by a paramilitary force bent on destruction and the abuse of a civilian population.
The crimes committed by this invading force included murder, and remain “war crimes” from which there should be no escape.
Every effort should be made to bring the “war criminals” of the Pine Ridge Massacre to justice -an effort that will require something more than an “ongoing investigation”, an effort that understands that justice is the right of every victim and their survivors regardless of ethnicity or what may be deemed as expediency.