“A doubtful friend is worse than a certain enemy. Let a man be one thing or the other,
and we then know how to meet him.” Aesop
Doubtful friends – I think that pretty much covers a great many of those who claim to have been Annie Mae Pictou Aquash’s friend.
You know, the one’s like Leonard Peltier who inspite of having interrogated her at gunpoint with a mandate to take her out if he wasn’t satisfied with the answers.
Peltier who is given to say Annie was a like a sister to him and had he only known she was in danger he would have been there to protect her.
The same Peltier who unquestionably was aware of the “tribunal” assembled to determine Annie’s fate while he was “in and out of the country” on the run for the murder of two federal agents at Jumping Bull, and unquestionably would have advocated for her murder following his boast in front of her and others that he had indeed shot at least one agent.
Or Dennis Bank$ who with furtive eyes during an interview says he completely trusted Annie and felt obliged to include that Peltier did as well.
Peltier, the one he sent to interrogate her.
Or how about a friend like Russell Means who boasted nothing AIM related could take place on Pine Ridge without his permission – Pine Ridge where Annie was murdered.
That would be Russell Means the charlatan con artist who was such a friend multiple members of his family participated in the abduction murder of Annie – Means the friend who avoided attending Annie’s funeral opting for a basketball game instead.
Means the “friend” who said he knew who killed Annie but had given his “word” not to reveal the name until they passed on.
His “word” – the word of lying con artist.
Or what about John Trudell who seemed to favor straddling the fence and tossing a crumb here and there.
Trudell who testified in court and said everybody should be rounded up and dragged in to get to the bottom of who was responsible and in the same breath defended a cheap petty thug like Peltier.
Yeah, “ friends”, one and all – but with friends like these who would need enemies?