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August 1, 2011

Tags: order, Afghanistan, Apache, battle, code word, Earth, Geronimo (1809-1929), Geronimo!, Golden Rule, health, history, idealism, minorities, Native American tribes, Osama bin Laden, race - “superior”, White Man, war

This morning, I woke up to a report on the radio of the capturing of Osama bin Laden.

After the enemy had been killed (without a trial), allegedly the attacker shouted three times the code word: Geronimo! Geronimo! Geronimo! I was lying in bed, asking myself if I had heard what I just had heard.

Geronimo (1809-1929) was the Apache leader who was at the forefront of the battle against the invading White Man – in a lost battle, as history showed. The “superior race” pursued the Native American tribes, expelled them from their lands, waged a war and broke uncountable promises and treaties.

To invoke Geronimo’s name as a code word was bad taste, to say the least. More likely, it describes the true spirit behind our war in Afghanistan and elsewhere. I protest the insensitivity. Perhaps I am hopelessly idealistic but there will be no health on this Earth, as long as we are not respecting minorities and still wage conquering wars. If for no other reason than for the Golden Rule (Don’t do unto others …), we should understand that we are all One and in the same boat.
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