“I don’t know if I would participate in some sort of getting-rid-of-the-person,” he said. “But I would say, ‘Take care of this.’ Or, “Take the guy out, and I don’t want to see him again.’ ” ~Dennis Banks~
Right………. but one can’t help but notice the similarity between the above words spoken by Banks and those related to Annie Mae of “take care of this baggage”.
What kind of mea culpa is this – Banks “doesn’t know” what he would participate in? Is anyone really buying that? And let’s not forget that the man who said he “loved” Banks, Russell Means, also said he was the kind of person who could make others disappear.
That presents something of a quandry for the Russellites who hung on every word Means spoke as being sacrosanct, they either have to say Means was speaking the truth or he was lying. I suspect that is a position they are familiar with.
But then they seem to be alright with the fact that he was a brazen public snitch while they call everyone else one who pointed the finger at Vernon Bellecourt in an effort to deflect attention away from his family, so it’s reasonable to assume they’re alright with the fact that he was a serial liar as well if he lied in this instance.
For a fact neither Banks or Peltier wanted to see Annie again, she knew too much, especially after the resident oaf Peltier boasted to her and others that he had indeed shot at least one of the agents at Jumping Bull.
Yet another quandry, a very real one – poor Dennis, what a situation to be in. The woman he has said he would have died for, and here he had to decide if he would die the institutional death of incarceration or have another Peltieresque flunky by the name of John Graham put a bullet in her head taking care of the “baggage”.
Being the stand up guy and “Ojibwe Warrior” he is the decision was a no brainer – after all as a “liberator” and “spiritual leader” work remained to be done and the Spock aphorism of “the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the one” came into play.
It wasn’t a selfish decision on Banks behalf, but a magnanimous and sacrificial one – Banks is on record as saying “we” trusted her – but then Banks is on record for saying a lot of things, and as a country boy from Tennessee I know once said “he’s as full of shit as a Xmas turkey”.
Peltier, the “bring him home” misbegotten poster boy of what it means to be of the nations, an apple of the most obvious kind, and now of the Granny apple variety doing the help I’ve fallen and can’t get up routine.
Bring him home? Leave him there and send a few deserving others to join him so they can jointly commiserate about being “a human being whose been wronged”.