Don't some conspiracy theory crazies suggest that the guy who pulled off the Enron scam, faked his death and after the best witness protection program style disappearance, went to Tahiti to live out his life in decadent splendor? Would the President of the USA authorize such a travesty of justice for an old friend? If you think that, then you might want to consider enrolling in a rehab for cynics program.
Is it truth or an urban legend that Owen Wister offered to pay good money for a newspaper article reporting a "High Noon" style draw-down in the middle of the street encounter. The shoot-out at the O. K. Corral was a brief intense close quarters fire-fight and not a variation of the slap leather and shoot-in-self-defense reaction of an attacked victim. No one ever collected the money from Wister.
(Note: according to one historian the contemporary newspapers which carried the account of that skirmish contained ads indicating that there were four telephones in the town at that time.)
The Western movies painted a distorted view of history. When the Sioux nation was restricted to South Dakota, it was assumed that it was OK to let them have that bit of geography because the American settlers couldn't imagine any use for that land . . . until they discovered gold in the Black Hills. Then, it was time to rip up the peace treaties and take away the gold!
Reportedly only one tribe did not get a peace treaty which was broken by the Great White Father in Washington, all the Nez Pierce Indians were killed before they could sign a treaty.
Don't forget the disease ridden blanket chapter of American charity for the Native Americans.
American strategy has remained consistent from the massacre at Wounded Knee to Mi Lai, so tell the Libyans: "The Marines are coming!" and they better get while the gettin' is good. Don't Republicans believe that American can never have enough wars?
Some folks will tell you that things have changed around completely since "The Magnificent Seven" was filmed and released in theaters and others will say that things were never like that at all. It's just putting spin on history to catch a new generation of victims off-guard.