On Seeking Forgiveness and Reconciliation -- Wesley Clark Jr. and the Lakota Nation

“We fought you. We took your land. We signed treaties that we broke. We stole minerals from your sacred hills. We blasted the faces of our presidents onto your sacred mountain… We didn’t respect you, we polluted your Earth, we’ve hurt you in so many ways but we’ve come to say that we are sorry. We are at your service and we beg for your forgiveness.” – Wes Clark, Jr.

All I want to add here is to express my utmost respect and admiration for Wesley Clark Jr and all the veterans who joined him. As we say in Russian “just one righteous man saves the entire city“.

— The Saker

— http://thesaker.is/wesley-clark-jr-apologizes-to-the-lakota-nation/

Then Clark kneeled with the veterans behind him.

“We are at your service, and we beg for your forgiveness.”

Chief Leonard Crow Dog, a Lakota spiritual leader, placed his hand upon Clark’s head.

“We are Lakota Sovereign nation. We were a nation, and we’re still a nation,” he said. “We have a language to speak. We have preserved the caretaker position.”

The chief added: “We do not own the land. The land owns us.”

— http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2016/12/06/watch-veterans-standing-rock-ask-native-americans-forgiveness/95038768/

Nearly thirty years ago President Ronald Reagan went to west Berlin, and gave a speech telling Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to send a signal that a new era of peace was underway, by tearing down the Berlin Wall. Two years it was torn down by the people of Berlin's own hands, east and west.

While fathers and sons do not always see eye to eye, nor should sons be blamed for what their fathers have done, it occurred to us watching Wes Clark Jr. speak to the Lakota chief that there is some unfinished reconciliation business in the Clark family. And that a powerful sign that the United States was entering a new, post-imperial era could be sent by Wes' father, the former Rhodes Scholar classmate of future President Bill Clinton, retired General/NATO commander and former Democratic presidential candidate Wesley Clark Sr.

So here's our message to Wes, for his father: Mr. Clark senior, if you seek a new era of peace, of American humility and good will towards all nations, and an end to the dangerous second Cold War that's been underway since 2013 (if not 1999), then here's my challenge to you: go to Belgrade. Stand before a Serbian Orthodox Christian priest in the Cathedral of St. Sava, the patron saint of the Serbian nation. Ask the Serbs and God for forgiveness before the whole world, for the war waged against them and the lives destroyed in 1999.

I realize there may be security concerns, that many Serbs still hate Gen. Clark, so perhaps it would be best to ask the Russian and U.S. Embassies in Belgrade for assistance with protecting Gen. Clark's person. But if this could be done, it would be a moment of peace-seeking, before God and all mankind -- especially to the Orthodox Christian world, which binds Holy Rus to Serbia.

Matthew 5:9 "Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."