Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Leonard Peltier Murdered FBI Agents John L. Coler and Ronald A. Williams (Part 2)
The casual reader, regarding the murders of FBI Agents John L. Coler and Ronald L. Williams (1975 – Pine Ridge Indian Reservation), might presume that Leonard Peltier, convicted for the Agents’ murders, has been unjustly convicted. Nothing could be farther from the truth.
But, you say, what about all of Peltier’s alleged supporters to include such luminaries as: Mother Teresa, Desmond Tutu, Robert Redford, Jane Fonda, Willie Nelson, Pamela Anderson, Common (he was great in 'Hell on Wheels') et al.
Well, I did research this. And, if you’d like to do your own research, make sure the Excedrin is close-by. There seems to be a flood of information with little specificity. The bottom line, as I see it, is that Peltier has become a cause célèbre to American Indians and those others who wish to be sympathetic to their plight (a plight that is allegedly ubiquitous; but difficult for most to define); often categorizing Peltier as a ‘political prisoner,’ whatever that means.
The name Mother Teresa caused me pause – a reportedly saintly person. How could one doubt her sincerity or authenticity? What about Desmond Tutu? What about the European Parliament (Did you know there was such an organization)? Yes, they weighed-in too.
Well, it gets a little sketchy – to say the least. It appears that Mother Teresa may have opined at one point that Mr. Peltier wasn’t getting proper medical attention. Others, mostly what we would normally consider ‘leftists,’ or perhaps ‘far leftists,' have contended the evidence against Peltier was not only flawed, but was actually fabricated by the FBI; and, as a result, Peltier did not get a fair trial. But, there is nothing tangible; mostly smoke and vague generalities.
Understand that Peltier had five notable, highly qualified and experienced defense attorneys at his trial and has had subsequent various courts review that trial process – including the U.S. Supreme Court. And, guess what? They haven’t found a problem.
One aspect that keeps being repeated is that “prosecutors” have allegedly said that they are not certain that Peltier actually killed the Agents. However, it does not seem to be refuted that he (Peltier) was actually there. Somebody, shot the Agents at close range. Peltier was there. I hate to quote one of my least favorite politicians, but it seems appropriate here: “What difference does it make?”
This is not funny. It is deadly serious. But, it kind of reminds me of a possible Three Stooges skit. ‘You shoot them.’ ‘No, here’s the gun, you shoot them.’ ‘No, I don’t want to, you do it.’ ‘I’m not going to do it, you do it.’ All the while the wounded Agents wait on the ground for these, ah, 'socially challenged activists' to decide who the executioner will be.
To be continued…