Monday, December 5, 2016

BREAKING - Water Protectors Claim Major Victory Over Army Corp of Engineers at Standing Rock - Links and Commentary

On December 4th, a story was published by multiple sources about a significant victory for the Water Protectors of Standing Rock, North Dakota.  According to these sources, President Obama and the Department of the Army refused to grant approval for the continuation of the pipeline project under Lake Oahe (a portion of the Missouri River).

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This development comes as a welcomed surprise for many of us who have been fighting for truth and accountability in America and around the world.  Those who have been helping to spread the word about the fight of the Water Protectors may consider this a significant development.  Though this may be a significant victory, we must keep in mind that the fight is not yet over.

Here is a short excerpt from the CBS website on these recent developments

The U.S. Army confirmed in a statement Sunday afternoon that it will not grant an easement for the pipeline.

“The Department of the Army will not approve an easement that would allow the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline to cross under Lake Oahe in North Dakota,” the Army said.

NCAI President Brian Cladoosby said “our prayers have been answered.”

“This isn’t over, but it is enormously good news,” Cladoosby said in the statement. “All tribal peoples have prayed from the beginning for a peaceful solution, and this puts us back on track. From the start, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has asked for a full analysis to consider threats to the water and environment, and also the social and cultural impacts. Peace, prayer, and the water protectors have led to the right outcome.”

As stated, this victory is a relief to those who have been fighting for the right to clean water.  The Standing Rock Sioux have been fighting not only for themselves, but for the clean water of millions of Americans who depend upon the Missouri River as their fresh water supply.  After months of violent abuse and empty promises by the Army Corp of Engineers and Big Oil, these Natives can finally breathe a short, but well-earned sigh of relief.

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These positive developments come only after years of oppression and intrusion upon the nationally gifted land to the Standing Rock Sioux.  More recently, these Natives have been made to endure calloused violence from corporate police in the form of tear gas, rubber bullets, and water cannons in freezing weather. This unprovoked violence from these corporate security guards could easily be considered fascist and un-American.  Yet the banks, the oil companies, and these guards seemed to care nothing for the ethical violations they consistently committed for money and profit.

It appears that this particular battle has been won by the Standing Rock Sioux and all of brave souls who stood up to corporate greed.  However, this victory is only one of many that must be scored against the corporate greed and inhumanity that commissioned and forced the project in the first place.

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What we have witnessed has been difficult for many to watch.  However, these violations of human rights give us a clear picture of our true situation in America.  Simply put, the clash at Standing Rock has been between two different perspectives.  One of these perspective values humanity and life as precious and worthy of our care and responsibility.  The other cares only about money and greed, and uses corrupt legalism as an excuse to trample over life and humanity.  With the help of corporate propaganda, these police/security guards have been made to feel justified simply for the reason that they were following orders.

This has been a difficult ordeal to witness, but we have learned well of how to handle the next time corporate America forgets its place as subject to the will of the people.  It is because of this ordeal that we now know how to put them in their place.

Our veterans have done us a great service at Standing Rock.  As these brave men stood with the Standing Rock Sioux, they assisted at bringing this conflict to a halt.  Even though our government has commonly used these people in the past to advance corporate agendas, these brave veterans have stood up to the corporate greed that has abused others in the same way.  In this way, they have done a great service to the people of America and the world.  Along with the brave men, women, and children of the Standing Rock Sioux and the Rainbow Tribe, we owe all of them a big thank you, and hope that they will be willing to serve if called again.

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