Tuesday, November 22, 2011

American Coup d'État

To mark the events of four dozen years ago today, a reposting of last year's thoughts, fresh after reading one of the greatest books I had ever read — Supplying the Motive Behind the Murder of John Fitzgerald Kennedy:
    Until reading James W. Douglass' JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters, I had never given the assassination of the thirty-fifth president much thought. He was, I thought, just as much of an empty suit as our current president and just as much a philanderer as the last member of his party to occupy the Oval Office. Why would anyone besides a lone nut have wanted him dead?


    Mr. Douglass, a theologian, proves beyond reasonable doubt that Mr. Kennedy had a conversion experience after the Cuban Missile Crisis and became a heretic to what the author calls "Cold War theology." John F. Kennedy's co-conspirator was none other than Nikita Khrushchev, with whom he maintained a secret correspondance. Both leaders faced fierce opposition within their own governments; one was assassinated and the other ousted the following year.

    Mr. Douglass, whose last chapter has 937 footnotes, delves into the conspiracy behind the presidential murder in great detail. It becomes clear that it was an inside job. (Either that, or Lee Harvey Oswald was at the head of a vast conspiracy involving hundreds of people, many of whom would sacrifice their own lives, organized to makes us believe he was the "pasty" he claimed to be.)

    One of the most interesting features of the book is its structure: rather than a straight chronological narrative, the main events are revisited again and again, each time offering deeper insights. For example, while we learn early in the book about the above-mentioned secret correspondance, we do not learn of the bold proposal that would have effectively ended the Cold War (and put a lot of powerful people out of work) until the very last pages.

    "A remarkable story that changed the way I view the world," said Flags of Our Fathers author James Bradley of the book. For me, this remarkable story confirmed the way I view the world, but changed the way I view President Kennedy, and I am thankful for that.
Also, from that reading, a few days before — Fidel Castro on Lee Harvey Oswald:
    "Can anyone who has said that he will disclose military secrets [as Oswald said to the Soviet Union] return to the United States without being sent to jail?" asked el Máximo Líder, quoted by James W. Douglass in Orbis Books' JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters. More:

      How strange that this former marine should go to the Soviet Union and try to become a Soviet citizen, and that the Soviets should not accept him, that he should say at the American Embassy that he intended to disclose to the Soviet Union the secrets of everything he learned while he was in the U.S. service and that in spite of this statement, his passage is paid by the U.S. Government... He goes back to Texas and finds a job. This is all so strange!
And before that — 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.
Before I had even read the book, I posted this — Unspeakable:On that last theme, the post that first showed my interest in the story — Was President Kennedy Returning to His America Firster Roots?

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Blogger Pints in NYC said...

Executive Order 11110 - JFK reaffirms the silver standard and calls for promoting silver dollars.

http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=59049&st=&st1=

The thing that amazes me the most, though, is that the American people just "accepted" what happened. I mean, how could anyone watch Ruby and not think the entire thing was a farce? No real questions were asked. Despite it being the height of the cold war.

Maybe that's what fluoridation in the water does to people?

November 23, 2011 at 12:29 AM  
Blogger Iosue Andreas Sartorius said...

That fact that someone who can speak about Executive Order 11110 and fluoridation still has a classroom gives me hope. Thank you for that.

November 23, 2011 at 12:48 AM  
Blogger AquaBluesman said...

What's frightening to me is that most people in America today are so ambivalent or in outright denial/willful ignorance of the dark nature of the various government agencies that they consider those who expose the ugly truths as extremists, conspiracy-radicals, or worse yet as unpatriotic.
It is the spirit of dissent which eventually led us to the American war for independence. But today, most people rather than fight for their freedom are satisfied to submit or defer to the Authority to have a little "safety ".
And so they accept the official story of JFK's murder, and a plethora of other atrocities committed by agents of the "benevolent " government.
Glad I expatriated years ago.

November 24, 2011 at 10:13 PM  
Blogger Pints in NYC said...

You can't expat from a new world order.

Have fun:

http://projects.wsj.com/surveillance-catalog/#/

November 24, 2011 at 11:46 PM  
Blogger Iosue Andreas Sartorius said...

Right on, AquaBluesman. What gets me is that people actually pride themselves on their refusal to believe anything but what the mainstream feeds them.

Right on to you as well, Pints. As you know, I just repatriated after 15 years abroad, so I understand where AquaBluesman is coming from. Nevertheless, I am so glad to be home, "in the belly of the beast" as the despicable Che Guevara put it somewhat rightly.

November 26, 2011 at 10:18 PM  

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