ILPDC has announced that Peltier suffers an abdominal aortic aneurism, serious enough to require surgery I would think – if that is the case I believe the government is obliged to provide the necessary treatment independent of politics.
There exists a perception among a segment of the population that health issues related to Peltier have become something of a go to to advance a claim for clemency – what I would be interested in seeing are statistics related to those within the prison system who suffer from cancer, diabetes, or any number of potentially life threatening illnesses.
Statistics that would include the number released for humanitarian reasons or compassion, and the nature of the offense such a person committed.
Such statistics would demonstrate whether Peltier is the exception or rule.
I’ve said previously when any government assumes the ability to incarcerate a person they also assume the responsibilty to feed, clothe, and provide appropriate medical attention – that’s a core belief of mine I’m not willing to make exceptions for whether it’s a prisoner in Gitmo or Leonard Peltier.
Such responsibilities can be executed and in no way mitigate the murders of federal agents Ron Williams and Jack Coler Peltier has been convicted for – it doesn’t alter the fact that they were murdered in a cold blooded manner or that Peltier’s other thug activities include sticking a gun in Annie Mae Pictou Aquash’s mouth to interrogate her.
What cannot be overlooked though some often make the effort to do so is that essentially at least three people were murdered as a result of the Jumping Bull shoot out,and those murders are the direct result of AIM or AIM members – agents Wiiliams and Coler, and Annie in the aftermath following Peltier’s bragging in her presence that he had shot at least one of the agents at point blank range as he “begged” for his life.
If “mercy” is to be asked for what it should it be predicated upon? The lack of mercy shown to the agents and Annie? Peltier’s admission of guilt and accepting responsibility, neither of which have been forthcoming?
Claims of being a “political prisoner”, old age and infirmity?
To my way of thinking Peltier should be merciful enough if he would ask for mercy to extend it to the survivors of victims he either played a direct role in their demise or is associated with through complicity by helping to provide the closure they need and have a right to.
To do so would of course lay waste to the myth created for him and further expose both AIM and Peltier for who they really are – that apparently is the stumbling block.
“Who is Leonard Peltier”? A question asked on the ILPDC site and easy enough to answer. He was simply a low level thug, never a “leader”, never a founding member of AIM, never held in high esteem – just a brutish thug to send on errands and do the dirty work.
A firewall of sorts to shield the leadership, who unlike Peltier had enough sense to keep their distance when it came to pulling the trigger and disposing of bodies – so much so not a one of them attended Annie’s “traditional” burial at pine Ridge.
Peltier has made the same choices for decades, the wrong choices, in continuing to do so how does mercy factor into that? Should it be reciprocal or one way?
The AIM leadership has no other choice than to beat the drum for Peltier, to bestow
accolades and faux titles like warrior upon him, that too a part of the firewall.
Conversely Peltier has always had the ability to chose and those choices are the defining moments and answer to “who is Leonard Peltier?”
The better question is who were Annie and the agents and why were they murdered?
The better question is did Annie ask for mercy or mercy for her children as she knelt praying for them and was shot in the head?
The better question is in “begging” for your life are you asking for mercy?