The Afro-Asian revolution of nationalism, the revolt against colonialism, the determination of people to control their national destinies … in my opinion the tragic failure of both Republican and Democratic administrations since World War II to comprehend the nature of this revolution, and its potentialities for good and evil, has reaped a bitter harvest today—and it is by rights and by necessity a major foreign policy campaign issue that has nothing to do with anti-communism.
- John F. Kennedy, from a speech given during the Stevenson campaign, 1956
Robert Kennedy’s death, like the President’s, was mourned as an extension of the evils of senseless violence; events moved on, and the profound alterations that these deaths … brought in the equation of power in America was perceived as random …. What is odd is not that some people thought it was all random, but that so many intelligent people refused to believe that it might be anything else. Nothing can measure more graphically how limited was the general understanding of what is possible in America.
~Congressman Allard Lowenstein
... and I knew that I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today -- my own government.
- Martin Luther King, Jr., from his speech, "Beyond Vietnam", delivered at Riverside Church, New York, NY, April 4, 1967
It’s racism. Racism practiced by America. Racism which involves a war against the dark-skinned people in Asia, another form of racism involving a war against the dark-skinned people in the Congo ... as it involves a war against the dark-skinned people in Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and Rochester, New York.
- Malcolm X, from an address delivered in the Corn Hill Methodist Church, Rochester, NY, February 16, 1965
I am concerned that, at the end of it all, there will only be more Americans killed; more of our treasure spilled out; and because of the bitterness and hatred on every side of this war, more hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese slaughtered; so that they may say, as Tacitus said of Rome: "They made a desert and called it peace."
- Robert F. Kennedy, from a speech during his Presidential campaign,
March 18, 1968
"We must face the fact that the United States is neither omnipotent nor omniscient, that we are only 6% of the world's population, that we cannot impose our will upon the other 94% of mankind, that we cannot right every wrong or reverse each adversity, and that therefore there cannot be an American solution to every world problem."
– John F. Kennedy, from an address at the University of Washington, Seattle, November 16, 1961
Robert A. Wagner on the JFK Assassination
We here present Martin Hay's review of Robert Wagner's The Assassination of JFK, which was published in the fall of 2016. We also link to David Mantik's review of this volume at his site, where you can read it along with David's other valuable writings.
Wagner emerged as an admirer of Vincent Bugliosi and his elephantine volume called Reclaiming History. He was also an informal advisor to the prosecution at the November 2017 mock trial of Lee Harvey Oswald. He follows many of the late Los Angeles prosecutor's techniques throughout his book. For example, he asks, "Why would the conspirators do such a thing as plant CE 399?" Ignoring the fact that with a panel as throughly biased and corrupt as the Warren Commission, "conspirators" did not exist, and therefore their motives did not either.
Yet in spite of believing in CE 399 as a genuine exhibit, Wagner does not buy the Magic Bullet. Which is kind of incredible, for more than one reason. Read both reviews and you will see how a self-proclaimed layman caught himself in a trap. Not wishing to be part of the Commission's Magic Bullet tomfoolery, he himself believes something that is just as silly and absurd.
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Listen to the audio and read the transcript at Our Hidden History.
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- Joseph Palermo, Robert F. Kennedy and the Death of American Idealism Written by Kennedys&KingWritten on Monday, 29 January 2018 19:08
During this, the 50th anniversary of Senator Robert Kennedy's assassination, we wish to raise awareness of his life and death. Joseph Palermo is one of the better authors on RFK, and this interview concerning his 2007 book is one way to begin that commemoration.
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