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John F. Kennedy’s vision of peace

Posted by seumasach on November 22, 2013

On the 50th anniversary of JFK’s death, his nephew recalls the fallen president’s attempts to halt the war machine

Robert F.Kennedy Jr.

Rolling Stone

20th November, 2013

On November 22nd, 1963, my uncle, president John F. Kennedy, went to Dallas intending to condemn as “nonsense” the right-wing notion that “peace is a sign of weakness.” He meant to argue that the best way to demonstrate American strength was not by using destructive weapons and threats but by being a nation that “practices what it preaches about equal rights and social justice,” striving toward peace instead of “aggressive ambitions.” Despite the Cold War rhetoric of his campaign, JFK’s greatest ambition as president was to break the militaristic ideology that has dominated our country since World War II. He told his close friend Ben Bradlee that he wanted the epitaph “He kept the peace,” and said to another friend, William Walton, “I am almost a ‘peace at any price’ president.” Hugh Sidey, a journalist and friend, wrote that the governing aspect of JFK’s leadership was “a total revulsion” of war. Nevertheless, as James W. Douglass argues in his book JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters, JFK’s presidency would be a continuous struggle with his own military and intelligence agencies, which engaged in incessant schemes to trap him into escalating the Cold War into a hot one. His first major confrontation with the Pentagon, the Bay of Pigs catastrophe, came only three months into his presidency and would set the course for the next 1,000 days.

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Kennedy, le lobby et la bombe

Posted by seumasach on April 25, 2013

Laurent Guyenot

Voltairenet

Il y a exactement cinquante ans se jouait un épisode déterminant dans l’histoire de la « démocratie états-unienne » ; une lutte épique dont le dénouement engagea l’avenir du monde entier. Laurent Guyénot nous en rappelle l’enjeu.

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The Doomsday Project and deep events

Posted by seumasach on January 19, 2012

The Doomsday Project and deep events: JFK, Watergate, Iran-Contra and 9/11

Peter Dale Scott

Voltairenet

In the second part of his study of the US “Deep State,” Peter Dale Scott revisits the assassination of Robert Kennedy, the Watergate and Iran-Contra affairs. By exploiting these events, the military-industrial complex gradually seized power in a country which is now under a permanent state of emergency. According to this Canadian historian, the first demand of a movement like Occupy Wall Street should be the repeal of the Patriot Act, which legitimizes the resolution of political crisis in the United States through military means.

The first part can be accessed here

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JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters

Posted by seumasach on November 27, 2009

Review of James Douglass’ Book

Edward Curtin

Global Research

27th November, 2009

Despite a treasure-trove of new information having emerged over the last forty-six  years, there are many people who still think who killed President John Fitzgerald Kennedy and why are unanswerable questions.  There are others who cling to the Lee Harvey Oswald “lone-nut” explanation proffered by the Warren Commission.  Both groups agree, however, that whatever the truth, it has no contemporary relevance but is old-hat, history, stuff for conspiracy-obsessed people with nothing better to do.  The general thinking is that the assassination occurred almost a half-century ago, so let’s move on.

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