To Obama, from Geronimo

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Dear Mr. President,

Please let me address you in such a way, Mr. President, not as an honorific, but as a recognition of your actual position, nothing more. Deciding this issue wasn’t simple. I could have used “professor,” but then, American colleges aren’t exactly proper universities. I could have used the word “Christian,” but I looked at the fine print and found you are affiliated to Calvinist Churches. Even in the 16th Century Book of Concord, Calvinists are defined as erred Christians, legalists who opened the backdoor to Judaism. Moreover, your proven violence doesn’t allow me calling you a Christian. Thus, I’ll stick to Mr. President, without considering it an honorific. You have no honor.

Our planet became recently a global village, information from almost everywhere is accessible at almost all times almost everywhere. This has transformed many of us into brutes, unable to absorb and analyze the endless stream of data into a coherent picture. Recently, an American friend sent me a list of American attacks in recent years: “El Salvador (1980), Libya (1981), Sinai (1982), Lebanon (1982 1983), Egypt (1983), Grenada (1983), Honduras (1983), Chad (1983), Persian Gulf (1984), Libya (1986) , Bolivia (1986), Iran (1987), Persian Gulf (1987), Kuwait (1987), Iran (1988), Honduras (1988), Panama (1988), Libya (1989), Panama (1989), Colombia, Bolivia, and Peru (1989), Philippines (1989), Panama (1989-1990), Liberia (1990), Saudi Arabia (1990), Iraq (1991), Zaire (1991), Sierra Leone (1992), Somalia (1992), Bosnia-Herzegovina (1993 to present), Macedonia (1993), Haiti (1994), Macedonia (1994), Bosnia (1995), Liberia (1996), Central African Republic (1996), Albania (1997), Congo/Gabon (1997), Sierra Leon (1997), Cambodia (1997), Iraq (1998), Guinea/Bissau (1998), Kenya/Tanzania (1998 to 1999), Afghanistan/Sudan (1998), Liberia (1998), East Timor (1999), Serbia (1999), Sierra Leon (2000), Yemen (2000), East Timor (2000), Afghanistan (2001 to present), Yemen (2002), Philippines (2002) , Cote d’Ivoire (2002), Iraq (2003 to present), Liberia (2003), Georgia/Djibouti (2003), Haiti (2004), Georgia/Djibouti/Kenya/Ethiopia/Yemen/Eritrea War on Terror (2004), Pakistan drone attacks (2004 to present), Somalia (2007), South Ossetia/Georgia (2008), Syria (2008), Yemen (2009).” It is so large I can’t even check it out!

Can you imagine all the unnecessary, unjustifiable pain your troops have caused? Can you imagine one child in pain? 10? 100? 1000? A million children in pain? As most people, you probably can’t. Thus, sometimes the best strategy is to focus on a well known case. Limited as this is, it can help making a point.

Mr. President, I don’t want to hurt your feelings – I’ve been already physically attacked – so please forgive me for what I’m about to say. You must concentrate hard and differentiate between the criminal and the one denouncing the crime. These are two different things. The criminal is the one to be punished, so please keep your thugs away from me. Please contact me if you need clarifications.

Hence, let me concentrate on the events leading to the apparent death of one Osama Bin Laden. Instead of a lengthy analysis, I’ll comment on two points:

The Justification: The abovementioned person was blamed by the US government on the 9/11 events. No good proofs were ever provided. The same government destroyed quickly and systematically all evidence of the crime, thus its claim cannot be satisfactorily proved. As such, it would be rejected by any fair criminal court.

The Event: According to the basic principles of the law – even American Law from the Hip – a man is innocent unless proven otherwise in a fair court. Yet, the abovementioned person was denied justice and was apparently executed by the executive branch of your government. Moreover, this was far, very far, from any place under your jurisdiction.

Dear Mr. President, your government is not above law, not even American law.

Dear Mr. President, you are not Genghis Khan.

Dear Mr. President, you are the President of the USA, not of Pakistan.

This analysis could be expanded toward anyone of the thousands of thousands killed – or hurt – purposely by your government. At the moment you rejected the Rule of Law, you and yours became illegitimate. Please step down from office and give it back to its rightful owner:

Geronimo