“THE DEAD CANNOT CRY OUT FOR JUSTICE , IT IS THE DUTY OF THE LIVING TO DO SO FOR THEM ” : LOIS BUJOLD
In seeking clemency Peltier is in effect pleading for the rendering of a judicial mercy, and while I believe mercy to be a singular human trait and an honorable quality, temperance is often required.
Peltier clearly demonstrated in the ambush murder of federal agents Williams and Coler that he was devoid of such considerations, that mercy was a quality he didn’t possess, a fact further demonstrated by the point blank execution of both agents after they had been mortally wounded.
In saying that mercy can require temperance the implication is that it follows contrition, admitting and accepting responsibility, something Peltier has never done while attempting to portray himself as a hero and crowing about his deeds at various times.
No clemency can be granted Peltier’s victims, nor any victim of AIM, no mercy that will resurrect them or fill the void in the lives of their survivors, and yet mercy is what their murderer seeks.
In an abstract way seeking clemency is an admission of guilt, an admission that after years of legal wrangling that only served to confirm guilt little remains but to pin his hopes on some executive action – that the quality of mercy not only be strained, but abused in bestowing it upon an unrepentant cold blooded murderer.
Peltier is well aware of the legacy he will leave, the real one and the contrived version that portrays him as everything he is not and never could be.
In his passing I doubt he will bestow mercy upon the families of his victims by admitting his guilt, he will seek instead to perpetuate the lie he has lived for decades… another reason to withhold a mercy he has never rendered.