rm_Ptalk1155 35M
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3/11/2006 11:02 pm

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3/15/2006 8:49 pm


So, I was watching the Oliver Stone movie about the assasination of John F. Kennedy and I started thinking about that particular incident and all the theories surrounding it. The Onion's satyrical headline reads "Kennedy Slain by CIA, Mafia, Castro, LBJ, Teamsters, Freemasons
President Shot 129 Times From 43 Different Angles"

Unfortunately, I'm much too young to have had the opportunity to have any first-hand knowledge of those events. Moreover, since that time, whatever real evidence exists has been buried beneath both the government and the theories of conspiracy theorists everywhere.

The other problem is simply that I don't have much in the way of knowledge regarding Kennedy's popularity and potential enemies at the time. My impression of the man is that he didn't act in such a way that would have a single crazy guy out to get him who also had the mental fortitude to carry out the task.

Personally, I do believe in a conspiracy theory because of one reason: the first rule of an assasination is kill the assasin. In a lone gunman situation, this doesn't happen. In this case it did. As pissed off as people were, most people's immediate reactions are "why?" and "how?" The vast majority of people have no interest in Oswald being killed before somebody gets some answers. That means its unlikely Ruby was out for simple vengeance.

As to the who of the conspiracy, I don't think the Russians would do it, simply because if there was even a hint that they were behind it, all out nuclear war would probably be the result. Similarly, Castro wouldn't be able to get away with it without putting it by the Russians and didn't really have the resources himself as it were. Then we have the mob. While the mob has balls, they don't like upsetting the status quo usually and whacking out the President would certainly do that. Not to mention they typically stick to bribery and blackmail, of which they'd have plenty on Kennedy given his penchant for sleeping around.

That leaves us big business, CIA, government or some combination thereof. Obviously the immediate benefactor of Kennedy's assasination was LBJ, but if you want to remove a political leader, it's far easier to simply destroy his reputation, or of course use blackmail/bribery again.

The patsy theory does work for the CIA, since they probably couldn't get away with the heart attack in the hotel room bit. And certainly they know the rules of assasination.

Unfortunately, we'll probably never know. But I do know that if it was a combination of the government and big business, then I do believe our hopes may have died with Kennedy. It would mean that the stranglehold of the rich and powerful is so strong now that even an individual hell bent on actually fixing this country would be crushed under their combined weight. It would mean that without destroying most of civilization, we would not have sufficient means to break that stranglehold. And if that is true, we shall remain as we are until we cause our own extinction.

But me, I like doing the impossible. So perhaps all hope is not yet lost.

What do you think Blogville? Was Kennedy killed by our own government? Did it chime in the death of freedom in America? Is there yet hope for us all?

saddletrampsk 55F

3/13/2006 10:02 am

glad im canadian..sheesh

We only had some guy throw a pie in Jean Chretiens face once..

rm_Ptalk1155 35M
3450 posts
3/15/2006 8:49 pm

Kate: That's quite a few people still hanging around...talk about a corrupt government

Nah: Yeah, seems as though history is doomed to repeat itself over and over again because humans refuse to learn from it.

Saddle: LoL, well just remember it'd be a lot easier for us to take you over than Iraq.

Candy: There's certainly plenty of evidence to support it that's for sure, and without the official government records, I agree it would be damned hard to figure out who did it.

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