Nobodies perfect, I think we can all agree on that – too often though such a proclamation precedes a “but”.
Kind of like Peltier’s attempts to defend himself and AIM with his nobody is perfect statement.
It’s usually the “but” that serves to qualify such an admission, and it’s usually “butts” that offer it up.
The “but” can be mitigating at times, “but” it is also over worked.
War criminals on trial at Nuremburg offered up a version of that if they admitted anything, yes maybe they actually did what they were accused of “but” they were only following orders.
Since Peltier has acknowledged when interviewed that he was the “leader” at Jumping Bull would that enable those following his lead to say the same as those at Nuremburg?
If they did should it make any difference?
Peltier lacks enough “warrior” to admit his role, he wants the accolades “but” not the responsibility – nonetheless he will employ the “but” and say imperfections and all he and AIM “stood up ” and “fought” for the people.
In doing so he reveals the “butt” he is – “but” then most knew that already anyway.
And so as time has passed Peltier and the AIM leadership have become the “butt of jokes” and ridicule, seems appropriate to me – “but” then I doubt they would agree.