Strikes again. When I first heard that the code name for Bin Laden was Geronimo, my very first thought was 'Oh boy, someone's going to be pissed.' Then I shook it off and thought perhaps we might be growing out of all of this professional offendedness of the last few decades. When it comes to folks like Christians, over weight people, and Conservatives, there is no real concern for raw feelings, so perhaps that's a start.
But it was not to be. As sure as I knew it would, a group has come out protesting our use of the name Geronimo. Yep. All upset because his name was used for Bin Laden. Now, as stupid as this is, it shows the fact that we seldom learn from past mistakes. The fact that American Indians still enjoy a sort of blank check when it comes to writing their own history is why this is the case. After all, if the code name had been Pope Pius XII, would the same ones protesting now protest at all? Probably not. Oh sure, some others might protest. But that's the problem. It's not a case of 'there is a higher principle here that was violated.' It's a case of 'that bothers me, ME, and I don't care what you do to anyone else, just don't do it to me!' standard of post-modern attitudes.