Saturday, September 4, 2010

What Got J.F.K. Killed?

Stephen Lendman suggests that "as president, he underwent a spiritual transformation from cold warrior to peacemaker, knowing it put him at odds with the Pentagon, CIA, most members of Congress, and nearly all of his advisors" — Reflections on Jack Kennedy. He also speculates that "he wanted to end the Federal Reserve System (and return money creation power to Congress as the Constitution mandates)."

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Blogger Mark P. Shea said...

Um, given that JFK was complicit in the murder of Diem on 11/2/63, that leaves about 20 days for this spiritual transformation.

I think such hagiography is, like attempts to discover the latest Real Jesus, much more a commentary on contemporary feelings about the military-industrial complex than about the actual historical JFK, who is simply being used as a mythic figure to play off again our current villains.

1:41 AM  
Blogger The Sanity Inspector said...

Yes, his assassination is a mystery: How could our charismatic young President could be killed by such a contemptible little nothing like Oswald? But that is a natural mystery, the mystery of chance. A man-made mystery is unraveled at last, but a natural mystery is a mystery forever.

6:16 AM  
Blogger Mark P. Shea said...

Hmmm... looking a bit further into Diem's murder, I'm not longer persuaded that Kennedy wanted it to happen. So I'll back off on that.

However, having actually been to Dealey Plaza, I have no doubt at all that a Marine marksman could easily do what Oswald did and see no need to violate Occam's Razor with extraneous conspiracy theorizing. Technology allows fewer and fewer people to inflict more and more pain on larger and larger numbers of people. Oswald's effect on the world was huge, so we assume cause must have to be bigger than it was. Sometimes a pissed off little weasel can hurt a lot of people and that's the end of it. I think the easiest and most obvious explanation is "JFK was murdered by a pissed off little weasel with a chip on his shoulder." The problem with the conspiracy theories is that there are way too many of them.

1:09 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Mr. Shea, thanks for "looking a bit further into Diem's murder." You saved me some time!

I'm curious, having once visited the Catholic church in Saigon's Chinatown from which Diem was hauled off to be executed. There's even a plaque on the pew in which he sat!

I think the real problem with conspiracy theories is that Americans dismiss them too readily. Anything that deviates from "official history" is labelled a conspiracy theory and dismissed.

The only reason I give any credence to the JFK theories is that he had been an America Fister before the war, so it's possible he was returning to his roots. To think, he may have been becoming a Ron Paul, agaisnt the Empire and the Fed!

10:22 PM  
Anonymous 3c said...

"I think the real problem with conspiracy theories is that Americans dismiss them too readily."

I really hate that sentiment, but I do delight in your saying it. I'm not sure Richard Hofstadter would agree . . .

I also think the view that all conspiracy theories are rooted in antiSemitism to be another interesting go at it.

10:43 PM  

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