Thursday, October 7, 2010

John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Ngô Đình Diệm, and the Buddhist Crisis of 1963

James W. Douglass casts an entirely new light on the pivotal events of that year in Orbis Books' JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters.

The Buddhist Crisis began with with a bombing of a Buddhist protest against Diệm's régime in Huế, which the Buddhists blamed on the Catholic president, who in turn blamed it on the Viet Cong. The crisis spread and the country was quickly destabilized. Autopsies of victims show the wounds were consistent with plastic explosives, which were possessed only by the C.I.A., à la Graham Greene's prophetic novel, The Quiet American.

These events occurred at a time when both Catholic presidents were making clear signals that it was time for the American presence to end. By the end of the year, both Catholic presidents had been assassinated within a few weeks of each other.

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OpenID danightman said...

The more one looks at the history, the more likely it seems that the Kennedy assassination is a modern case of a leader being killed off by those who were supposed to protect him.

It is not without precedent, in answer to those who dismiss "conspiracy theories". In Roman times, it was not unknown for the Praetorian Guard was known to kill Emperors that fell off the rails too much or threatened the interests of the bureaucrats and the military. Those, along with the main Wall Street families that controlled a quarter of the world's wealth at the beginning of the century and have amassed much more power today, are the interests of our time.

8:09 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

I highly recommend this book. The author is a theolgian, which shows throughout the book, such as his description of the "grace-filled moment" at the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis when Nikita Kruchshev turned to Andrei Gromyko and said, "We have to help Kennedy," knowing that his American counterpart, with whom he had been having a secret correspondance, was being pushed to war and faced a possible coup-de-etat.

Mr. Douglass later writes:

"We have no evidence as to who in the military-industrial complex may gave given the order to asassinate President Kennedy. That the order was carried out by the Central Intelligence Agency is obvious."

Being open to conspiracy analysis, I'm willing to consider whether the assassination of JFK was an elaborate plot designed to look like a CIA plot.

11:50 PM  
OpenID danightman said...

I'll leave that be, Josh. The CIA seems to be the center for a lot of characters one wouldn't think would tie cozily together, from ex-Nazis gathered via Operation Paperclip to the cultural communists of the Frankfort School.

And the fact that these two Catholic leaders died at around the same time, and that the terrible apostasy began around that time is no coincidence either. Religious orders such as theImmaculate Heart of Mary were destroyed by psychologists using them as guinea pigs for a destructive form of psychotherapy, perhaps (my hunch here) as part of the effort to develop an American form of Weltanshaunkreig (World View Warfare).

11:46 AM  
OpenID danightman said...

We must also not forget that Television in America has become a playground for anti-catholic views to be disseminated and subconsciously planted in people's minds. There are people walking around firmly convinced of very important worldview ideas...that couldn't cogently explain a one of them.

Why? Because they didn't think about them; they absorbed them, often from TV.

That why, when I see the Catholic League talk about an anti-catholic episode of "Glee", my first though was, "well, there's a reason they call what you see on TV programming."

11:53 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

"I'll leave that be, Josh."

I think my attempt at a joke fell flat. I'm convinced the JFK hit was a Company job. It is obvious, as Douglas says.

Your linkage of these murders to the apostasy is an angle I had not thought of. Douglass makes it clear neither Catholic president was a saint, but how many of us are?

"TV programming." Very well said.

12:15 PM  

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