One of the great leaders the nations have produced was Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce, such was his character that his words are often referenced in quotes.
Perhaps one of the better known is “I will fight no more forever”.
A valiant man, a caring man whose concern for his people and personal integrity are beyond question, and if any among the nations would attempt to lay claim to or characterize one of ours as a great statesman such considerations must take into account a man like Joseph.
In this day and age so very much revolves around marketing strategies, the attempt to portray products as new and improved, essential if one is to be all they can be, a necessity if they would live the good life, or a statement of philosophical orientation.
A strategy often shameless in the direction it takes and always accompanied by ulterior motives that predictably translate to the profit margin or self aggrandizement.
The latest example of this by Peltier Central are t shirts with a co opted play on the words of Joseph emblazoned with I Will Fight Some More Forever and shamelessly referred to as the Leonard Peltier T-Shirts.
They even included a printed on feather….nice touch. Available to the public for $25 per.
Peltier in his latest missive stresses the importance of money to keep the good ship Lollipop afloat and doesn’t miss the opportunity to ring the bells thought to reverberate….the youth of our nations, the environment, and his personal angst in suffering the results of his actions as the sands of time move inexorably on.
The effort to free Peltier has been portrayed as humanitarian, made obvious by the lack of
humanitarianism as evidenced by Peltier and AIM for the survivors of their victims. Not so much as an expression of condolence- something one would think fellow innocent “victims” would be inclined to.
Not even the charade of a “reward” for information leading to the arrest of culprits as fleetingly attempted by Dennis Banks related to Annie Mae and O.J. Simpson to his wife.
The “humanitarian” strategists may have dropped the ball on that one, or perhaps thought it would open a larger can of worms.
And so while Peltier “paces” the floor of his cell these survivors likewise pace the floor of their life, victims missing loved ones, struggling to make sense of it all and awaiting the liberation of a complete and long awaited closure.
I may be wrong but I cannot think of a single instance in the midst of claims of innocence and victimization when Peltier or ILPDC have ever expressed a single supportive word to any true victim – humanitarianism has it’s limits I guess.