As a US Army veteran and global security consultant with a professional background in counter-terrorism, I applaud the Navy Seals and everyone responsible for bringing justice to OBL. However, the guy in charge of code-names needs a bit of a refresher course. The Department of Defense names entire weapons systems and attack helicopters after Native American tribes for the very reason of equating their noble attributes to it. There are no attributes of OBL that can be equated to Geronimo. Geronimo like Cochise were of the Chiricahua Tribe defending their tribal lands and people from foreign encroachment and broken treaties. OBL and Alqaeda are a violent political movement attacking everyone to include other Muslims who do not agree with them with the intention of converting them to their style of religion and political beliefs. They abandoned their tribal loyalties to join Alqaeda. Geronimo and the Chiricahuas weren't trying to convert non Chiricahuas to their beliefs through political violence at all. They never denied their tribe, they protected it. I agree with the author here [Lise Balk king]. I would only add that it does not diminish the accomplishment of the mission but omits an entire class of Native American citizen from embibing in that achievment by denigrating them with inaccurate characterization of an American Icon. It was wrong to equate the legendary and historic Geronimo or any other American icon with OBL at any level. I would have preferred the Lakota word for "steaming dung heap", but thats just me.
Tuesday, May 3, 2011 - 21:16