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Conspiracies—they’re everywhere!

Photo by Bob BoldtWith the release of Jackie Kennedy’s reflections on the life and presidency of JFK, we seem to have once again opened up the giant can of worms surrounding the Kennedy assassination. Years ago satirist Paul Krassner unleashed a firestorm of outrage when he suggested Lyndon Johnson’s possible complicity in the JFK assassination. Unconfirmed reports assert that it now seems Jackie herself may have had suspicions that Johnson had a hand in the death of her husband.

Karl Marx said, “History begins as tragedy and ends as farce.” If you cover up the facts well enough and allow the passage of enough time, tragedy looses its sting and at last comes to rest in the dustbin of history as just another inconsequential footnote concerning villains and victims long dead—nothing of consequence.

It seems that modern life has had to endure the more and more frequent swallowing of larger and larger amounts of unpleasant, inconvenient truths. One of the sacred duties of U.S. Presidents is the preservation and promulgation of the dominant myths of America and protecting its secret infamies from exposure.

That is why even a President like Barack Obama, elected on an avowed platform of reform, still must genuflect before the myth of Ron Reagan and must keep closed the sealed vault holding the facts of past crimes of America such as the assassination of JFK and MLK. Above all, he must not attempt to prosecute members of the previous administration, in this case, Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld—even for flagrantly admitted high crimes and misdemeanors.

Last week former U.S. Senator, Bob Graham revealed some rather damning evidence of a cover up of Saudi involvement in 9/11. He is demanding a complete reopening of the whole flawed 9/11 investigation—an investigation Bush has flatly refused to substantially participate in. I wish Sen. Graham luck.

More recently Britain's Lloyd's insurance company is suing Saudi Arabia for losses incurred as a result of 9/11 claiming the country materially supported al-Qaeda in the years before 9/11,

Some truths can still be expected to begin unraveling on their own, in spite of the best attempts of the authorities to keep the loose ends neatly tucked in. Revealed truth can still be no match for the beloved official myths that can exert a powerful, even irrational hold on the human mind.

George Orwell said, “…we are all capable of believing things which we know to be untrue, and then, when we are finally proved wrong, impudently twisting the facts so as to show that we were right. Intellectually, it is possible to carry on this process for an indefinite time: the only check on it is that sooner or later a false belief bumps up against solid reality, usually on a battlefield.”  …or in an unemployment line, or on the floor of a stock exchange.


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