The new evasion for the “Reign of Terror” killings… “a war”. Perhaps
someone should explain to Mr. Banks that, legally, only sovereign nations
can claim state of war. This was not the USA vs Oglala Nation, it was
several tribal nations vs an interstate criminal conspiracy.
Dennis Banks at Peltier “Tribunal”
Maybe it’s just because it’s winter, a time that seems to lend itself to reflection and hands seeking to occupy themselves, or maybe it’s just that I’ve thought about this long enough and decided to address it in the blog while allowing that perhaps I’ve misconstrued what has been said.
The above from the facebook site Leonard Peltier Still Guilty…and indeed he is. As are Banks and several of his cronies in the murders committed at WK2 and that of Annie Mae Pictou Aquash, of which Peltier wasn’t a participant.
Nonetheless I’ve thought about it several times, reread and discussed it with others as I have something of an issue with the site hosts statement, I am in total agreement that the AIM sponsored attempts to characterize WK2 as a war is about bogus as those making such statements-it was an armed invasion of thugs reminiscent of Bloody Bill Anderson’s actions who rode with Quantrill during the raid on Lawerance, Kansas.
But it is the word sovereignty and the reference to an interstate conspiracy, which it was “legally”, that brings to mind the interstate commerce cause that has been employed to further what I consider to be the historical criminal treatment of indigenous people.
“This was not the USA vs Oglala Nation, it was several tribal nations vs an interstate criminal conspiracy.”
I know of no nation that committed itself in it’s entirety to WK2-what the reality is is that individuals from various nations were involved-to say they were representative of their entire nation is misleading.
We should not forget that other ethnic representatives were involved as well, and it wouldn’t be correct to say they did so at the behest of their nations, or were representative of them.
“someone should explain to Mr. Banks that, legally, only sovereign nations can claim state of war.”
To me this seems yet another dismissive statement of the “sovereignty” of the nations, something we claim as the first people of this land, though the reality of it is treaties, laws, and legislation, have done everything in their power to strip of us of our identity, heritage, and freedom as a sovereign people while occasionally paying lip service to the concept.
But the word “legally” is added as the qualifier-as if to say everything that comes with such a connotation is by nature correct and just.
GMO’s are “legal”, pollutants and toxins released into the environment in “acceptable levels” are legal….. which isn’t to say criminal conspiracies are.
Criminals commit criminal acts-both the criminal and the act should be condemned for what they are- such condemnation should be accompanied by charges and trials, which in many instances have yet to eventuate and apparently never will.
But we as a people need no reminders that we are viewed as something less than a sovereign and viable people- we didn’t paddle across the ocean to invade, rape, pillage, murder,and steal…..we defended our sovereignty as a free people, and also ironically have fought in this countries wars. Some of which as declared by a “sovereign nation” have been highly suspect.
The so called “tribunal” was a complete farce-and then as has always been the case it doesn’t make a bit of difference what Banks or his cohorts called it.
Apparently Banks would like everyone to consider the murders committed by AIM to be merely anecdotal, a minor footnote in a “war” after decades of milking it for all it was worth.
The murder of innocents in any “war” has always been condemned and referred to as “war crimes”-something Banks should think about while hawking his spiel, carpet cleaner, syrup, revisions, and the traditions of the nations.
Better yet he should just shut the hell up for a change.