My Name is Jim "Rabid Wolf" Hickinbotham , I am an indigenous man of North
America (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma). What I speak, I speak for myself and
no one else. I represent no one, no one tells me what to say. I think for
myself. I ask only that you read what I have written, give it a fair hearing,
then act upon it as seems right in your heart.
You may do what you will this - disseminate it as you will, print and copy
it; delete it if that suits you. I ask only that if it is passed on, it be
done so with out addition or deletion. This is my vision, it was gifted to
me, and I give it you as freely.
Recent events have brought the world to the brink of war and destruction,
such has never been known in the histories of the world, written or oral.
People have begun to polarize, calling for war or peace, justice or mercy,
revenge or forgiveness. Each knows himself or herself to be right, not understand
why others cannot see it their way.
What has happened to me began three nights ago with a dream of my third
great-grandfather. He had but one thing to tell me, "If you cannot see the
other side, guard your sight jealously, for you are already blind in one
eye." Two nights later, I had the vision that I share with you now. We are,
ALL OF US, wrong. If you have been crying for peace, you are wrong. If you
have been crying for war, you are wrong. If your stand has been for justice,
you are wrong. If you stood for revenge, you are wrong. All of us are wrong.
There are no clean hands in all of this. We are about to all pay for our
arrogance. There are no choices, no options. If America retaliates, there
will be war, perhaps in the entire world. If she does not, then she will
be provoked until she does.
If Bin Laden is taken, arrested, 25 or more atrocities will be committed
to regain his freedom, if he is killed, at least one - and we will go to
war in either case. Do not wonder why America had such machinations in the
last presidential election; it is because George Bush has been placed there
for this very purpose. I am not saying that he is "God's man," I am saying
that he there because he would behave exactly as he is doing. I don't not
believe any of the other candidates would act as he does or will. Osama Bin
Laden is where he is for exactly the same reason, no more no less.
Read nothing more into those statements than what is there. We cannot go
to war. The cost is too high. Neither can we turn our backs. We cannot arrest
whom we assume to be guilty - there is no justice on our courts throughout
the world. We have allowed them to become a mockery of any just law or ethic.
We have twisted them into a tool of our own misshapen senses.
Islam, Christianity, Judaism are all three peoples of the same God. All three
teach compassion, justice, and tolerance. Yet all three have brought us wars
and injustice, not through their teachings but by those who call themselves
followers and have twisted them to their own devices. We are left with no
choices, no options. This is by Creator's own hand. He has made it so. The
only alternative is not to participate.
We must each take a step, whether left or right, forward or back, one step
to the center and STOP. We do not have the luxury of continuing as we have.
If you have been slinging dirt, trying to show others why this has happened,
STOP. If you have been calling for peace, even marching in the streets, STOP.
If you have been standing for justice, STOP. If you have been seeking revenge,
STOP. Regardless or what we do, it will bring only war. If you defame and
demonstrate, you tell this man he has already won - there is a breach in
our resolve. If you call for war, you give him what he desires and again
he has won. If you call for "justice" in the courts of the world, he knows
himself that they are twisted beyond ethical recourse, and he has won. To
follow the way of love is always a good thing, but that presupposes that
the other party is capable of understanding or even caring.
Remember, "Never fight a battle you cannot win. Second, ALWAYS choose your
battles." The only hope we have is to not participate. Either we all learn
this lesson, together, at the same time, or we perish. We must allow Creator
to do what he is doing. Take your hands away from this thing. In that he
has given us no choice, Creator has taken away our responsibility. In that
way, he has given us the opportunity to avoid falling into the traps set
by all parties concerned. Let all things be what they are and what they wish
Jim "Rabid Wolf" Hickinbotham Belleville, Illinois, USA September 22, 2001
If you can't see the other side, guard your sight jealously, you're already
blind in one eye.