Posts Tagged ‘Apache’

Osama bin Geronimo

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

I’m embarrassed to say I didn’t even think of this: “Indians say code name offensive but not surprising“.

The military used “Geronimo” as a code name for the operation to get Osama bin Laden.

Geronimo, of course, was the Native American leader who fought against Mexico and the United States for expansion into Apache lands, and who was famous for evading capture for decades.

I guess that last point is the salient one. Evading capture.

“We’ve been oppressed for so long, it just doesn’t matter anymore,” said Leon Curley, a Navajo and Marine veteran from Gallup, N.M. “The government does what it wants when it wants. The name calling is going to stay around forever. But when you think about it, this is an insult.”

It’s true.