I’ve watched this DAPL pipeline protest at Standing Rock North Dakota since the beginning.
It fascinates me from a strategic and logistic level.
Like I say in my book; “when people suddenly need life saving knowledge on survival, and warfare, they’re going to be desperately scrambling for that information.“
And here we can watch in real time and learn what happens when you are unprepared for the elements and don’t even have a basic understanding of warfare.
Many lessons can be learned here.
As it sits at this writing, there are approximately 5,000 to 8,000 people in the “water protectors” camp. This number swells on the weekends when people who are employed return to the camp from their jobs.
I’m fascinated by this occupation from a logistic perspective. Do they have a centralized or decentralized organization?
It appears a hierarchical system needs to be put in place and immigration control might be needed to keep the white hippies out. Who’s taking charge and what in-fighting for that control is taking place.
History shows that in every rebellion, the people who start the uprising never end up being in charge.
Quote from protestor Alicia Smith: “people are colonizing the camps. I mean that seriously. Plymouth rock seriously. They are coming in, taking food, clothing and occupying space without any desire to participate in camp maintenance and without respect of tribal protocols.“
More about protesters complaining about white hippies can be read on the sayanythingblog.
Social issues do arise with this many people colonizing in one spot.
How are they handling their sanitation issues with their waste?
How do they handle the illegal drug use, assaults, rape, theft and fire?
Do they have an end game or is this just the new “stick-it-to-the-man” band wagon to jump onto?
How are they being supplied and are those supply lines being protected?
If I’m asking those question, I’m sure some fella’s much smarter than me from the Law Enforcement side of the situation already have those answers.
Here’s a history lesson.
Wounded Knee 1973 (The Pine Ridge Seige)
In 1973, on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, some 200 Sioux Native Americans, led by members of the American Indian Movement (AIM), occupied Wounded Knee, the site of the infamous 1890 massacre of 300 Sioux by the U.S. Seventh Cavalry.
They held the site for 71 days, trading gunfire nightly with the United States Marshals Service, FBI agents, and other law enforcement agencies that had cordoned off the area.
They weren’t just protesting civil rights violations.
They were bringing attention to losing their land, their language and forced to abandon their spirituality and adopt the christian religion under terroristic means.
Today it seems like there’s an endless parade of people, groups, races and genders who are claiming grievances of every kind. Identifying oneself and or their ancestors as a “victim” who’s owed something appears to be the new trend in feeling special.
I do think there are some legitimate, terrible transgression against people because of their race color and sex. That is not in dispute and I’m not in denial about that. With that being said, I think the Native American People have a pretty rock solid complaint that trumps all the others.
Why do I bring this up? I bring it up because I wonder if any protest movement will ever have the “balls” that the AIM did in 1973.
Anyone can see that there’s a low hum of discontent vibrating in this country and history proves time and time again that Violence Solves Problems.
This concerns me because during times of civil unrest and war, civilians suffer the most.
“Violence, naked force, has settled more disputes in history than has any other factor and the contrary opinion is wishful thinking at its worst. Breeds that forget this basic truth have always paid for it with their lives and freedoms.”
― Robert Heinlein