Thursday, May 5, 2011
We've IDed Geronimo
Those were the words spoken to President Obama and his staff, when special ops military personnel confirmed the location of Osama Bin Laden, minutes before destroying him. (See these two articles for more details on the matter: time and associated press.) Apparently the powers that be thought it was fitting to give Bin Laden the codename Geronimo. Was it their intention to equate the face of terrorism with the face of Native American resistance? I certainly hope not, but nonetheless this irks the shit out of me. Geronimo was fighting against an oppressive force that was moving in on his homeland that was exterminating his people and his culture. Bin Laden, on the other hand, instigated attacks against America for its global policy, for its ever growing influence, and for its friendship with Israel. These two men had vastly different agendas with vastly different motivations. If Geronimo had swam across the Atlantic Ocean to England, and started scalping random British people, then maybe he might be more comparable to Bin Laden. And if they wanted to get a more accurate code name for Bin Laden, they should have used Christopher Columbus, Andrew Jackson, or anyone else who unjustly terrorized others, not Geronimo. I wonder if the White House staff refers to Kim Jong-il as Crazy Horse? Fidel Castro as Sitting Bull? Throughout American History, the First Nations People have continually been treated like crap, continually been disregarded, and this is just another blatant example of that.