May 5, 2010
- A d v e r t i s e m e n t
Thanks to a friend (who works for the government), who notes that we now know that “an FBI agent provocateur fired the first shots at National Guard soldiers, who then killed four students, according to newly declassified FBI records. Remember, belief in conspiracy theories is always a mark of insanity.”
Those killings, 40 years ago, and the killing of 57,000 US soldiers and at least three million Cambodians, Laotions, and Vietnamese (whose names are not on a wall in DC), were the fruit of a monstrous war of aggression. That war, started by Ike, escalated (and then deescalated) by JFK, and massively escalated by LBJ and Nixon, is one of the many blots on the US government’s escutcheon. How many people has the militaristic US killed in its hundreds of wars and hundreds of years? Yesterday I did a podcast with Jim Douglass, author of JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters. He shows that Kennedy was killed because he turned towards peace after the Bay of Pigs, and so turned away from the CIA, the Joint Chiefs, and the merchants of death. Jim, a retired religion professor at the University of Hawaii, founded the Catholic Worker House in Birmingham, Alabama, with his wife Shelley.