Monday, January 4, 2010

Uncovering the Unspeakable Evil Behind JFK's Assassination, and Why It Matters Today

This holiday season, we read one of the most eye-opening, insightful and meticulously-researched book titled "JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters" by James Douglass. If there is ever a book that every citizen of the world should read, this is it. We highly recommend it. In this brilliant and monumental work, Douglass presents, a thoroughly convincing account of a series of courageous decisions that JFK made, that put him directly at odds with the Cold War hardliners in the U.S. military and the CIA. The distrust and hatred of the war-mongering corporate-CIA cabal, ultimately cost JFK his life as he tried to take the nation and the world away from nuclear holocaust, down a path of peace. President Kennedy, outlined this evil in his own words by saying to one of the highest officials of his Administration that he wanted "to splinter the CIA in a thousand pieces and scatter it to the winds".
Admittedly much of JFK's life was plagued by rumors of marital infidelity, and some questionable decisions he made as President, but as the book details, in the end both JFK and his brother Robert Kennedy redeemed themselves through their exceptional bravery and moral courage in standing up to the unspeakable forces of evil that were hell-bent on taking the nation and the world down the path of nuclear annihilation.
Now, the reason we highlight the book as a must read is not for its conspiracy angle, but for the important questions it raises, which are especially pertinent in today's times: By whom and in whose interest is our country run? Does the President or Congress really know, or have the power to control what is going on? Has American society become so dumbed-down and fearful that we rubber stamp any and all atrocities committed by our government in the name of "freedom, liberty and most importantly peace"?
What we wish to highlight here is that history does repeat itself, and the very same forces that JFK courageously faced down, have once again taken control and are pushing the country and the world towards dangerous and perilous times. As Douglass highlights "The Cold War has been followed by its twin, the War on Terror. We are engaged in another apocalyptic struggle against an enemy seen as absolute evil. Terrorism has replaced Communism as the enemy. We are told we can be safe only through the threat of escalating violence. Once again, anything goes in a fight against evil: preemptive attacks, torture, undermining governments, assassinations, whatever it takes to gain the end of victory over an enemy portrayed as irredeemably evil. Yet the redemptive means John Kennedy turned to, in a similar struggle, was dialogue with the enemy - where mutual respect overcomes fear, and thus war. When the enemy is seen as human, everything changes."
As we have seen throughout 2009, neither Obama nor the folks Congress truly have the courage to stand up to Wall Street, the military industrial complex, the drug industry and insurance lobby or the agricultural giants. The massive transfer of wealth from the common man to the 1% wealthy is undermining the very foundations of American democracy. Moral courage, bravery and true integrity are in exceedingly short supply in our nation and the world's leaders. Unfettered greed, war-mongering, selfishness and blatant disregard for human rights have long overtaken peace, compassion, and egalitarianism as the virtues most upheld in society today.
As JFK himself outlined in his book Profiles in Courage and a sentiment captured by Robert Kennedy “Few men are willing to brave the disapproval of their fellows, the censure of their colleagues, the wrath of their society. Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence. Yet it is the one essential, vital quality for those who seek to change a world which yields most painfully to change.”
Eisenhower in his farewell speech to the nation warned about the military industrial complex "This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. We must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together".
To truly take back our freedom, liberty and bring peace to this world, we must begin, by first understanding the unspeakable evil that faces us. This book allows a glimpse of it.

To read a detailed review of James Douglass' book "JFK and The Unspeakable" click here

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