If you take the time to examine what’s being said a great many people are just mainly wanting closure from AIM’s Reign of Terror at WK2 and across ndn country.
Many are willing to forgo all the “conspiracy” that’s become so much a part of all this – Perry Ray Robinson jrs. family have said they merely want the repatriation of his remains.
If AIM wants to persist in denying or portraying their victims as the result of a “war” and therefore somehow forgivable then they should honor one of the customs of war allowing others to gather their wounded and dead.
There is a history of the nations in defending the homeland of being referred to as savages and barbarians, something I have never considered to be true – what AIM has done and continues to do plays to that, and by no interpretation can be said to be representative of who we are as a people.
It is both savage and barbaric to prey upon your own, to rape, murder, and plunder. To murder a mother of young children, to intimidate and threaten the lives of families, especially their young. To take the lives of those who have come expressing a desire to help.
It is past time, long overdue, for all to gather their wounded and dead.
It is said that history repeats itself…the mass graves of Wounded Knee and Wounded Knee 2 offer a forlorn and unacceptable witness to that, both senseless and murderous with no redeeming value.
In the aftermath of Wounded Knee medals were dispensed along with praise and a glowing deception of lies of the reality – much the same has occurred following WK2 with AIM offering their own deceptive tales of bravery and “honorable” purpose.
Medals were replaced with various titles they assigned themselves like warrior, liberator, and as time progressed chief and spiritual leader – all as bogus as those given to military personnel who participated in the first Wounded Knee.
The similarities are too obvious, too offensive to overlook or minimize – an invading force ransacked, pillaged, and took the lives of innocents.
And now Dennis Banks wears the five stars of a general pinned to his lapel as though some grand strategist, some grand military leader – in view of the history and conflict between the nations and the military perhaps it is only fitting that he does, for he surely belongs to them rather than to us.