Indians on the march

I wish to express my disappointment at the cheap, knocking piece "A little bit of Che, a little bit of Posh" (19 March) on what is the advance guard of the greatest movement for human rights the world has seen.

For, make no mistake, the Indians are on the march. For 500 years, from the Arctic to the Antarctic, they have suffered in a holocaust that dwarfs the European version, destroying hundreds of peoples, cultures and languages. Now they are beginning to strike back: the Mayan rebellion in Chiapas; the powerful, armed insurrections in Colombia and Peru against US-backed oppression; the Pachakutik movement in Ecuador for the revival of indigenous culture and justice, in opposition to globalised capitalism; the growing movement for the return of Indian and Inuit lands in Canada.

Marcos's comparator is not Che, or Posh, or even Alex Ferguson; it is another Scot, John Paul Jones, who led the British navy a merry dance with his hit-and-run tactics in the American war of independence. Like Jones, Marcos adapts his tactics to the situation when facing a hugely powerful opponent. Now is not the time for an Indian Epaminondas or even an Indian Spartacus. Muhammad Ali fits the bill better: "Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee".

Andrew Lockhart Walker
Dollar, Clackmannanshire