29 Oct 2017 - 13:34
Amid bedlam in the White House over tax cuts, opioid emergency, North Korea, purported Russian collusion in presidential elections and Trump’s upcoming Asia visit, the declassified files on the assassination of US President John F Kennedy have not kicked up much dust.
The more than 2,800 documents released contain a trove of information about the Democrat who took over the mission of exterminating Communism from his predecessor Richard Nixon. The dramatic killing by a sniper who targetted the US president in an open sedan as his motorcade drove past cheering Americans shocked the US and the world.
The declassification of the Kennedy files should be counted among one of the little known achievements of the Trump administration that wants Americans and the world to know what happened behind the scenes on the fateful day of November 22, 1963.
Kennedy’s assassin Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested by the police after the killing that brought under the spotlight America’s Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the FBI. What happened later further shocked the world — Oswald was killed in his cell.
It is very obvious that the documents have an element of intrigue about them— but the so-called corporate media houses based in major US urban agglomerations seem to be run only by eyeballs than news values, which justify they be investigated further or at least some details be brought apart to go behind a conspiracy theory, if any.
It is interesting to know from the papers that a British newspaper — Cambridge News — received a call 25 minutes before Kennedy was shot dead asking a reporter to call the American Embassy in London for some big news. The caller then hung up. No one at the newspaper today knows who received the call.
Lee Harvey Oswald, whose remains were exhumed in 1981, remains a mysterious figure. What made him kill Kennedy three years into his office has gone unanswered for decades, and the mystery would probably remain unsolved.
Kennedy epitomized the picture of a popular leader. With good looks, sharp erudition and ready wit, he was probably the most liked leader America had. In one of his famous speeches he exhorted Americans with these words: “Ask not what your country can do for you —ask what you can do for your country.”
As a tempered debate rages over the papers not all would be interested in what JFK had to say in the speech he was going to give at Dallas. The eloquent American President would have blasted Communism and the text mentioned the word 11 times. He wanted to conclude with a moral assertion: “That we may achieve in our time and for all time the ancient vision of “peace on earth, good will toward men.” That must always be our goal, and the righteousness of our cause must always underlie our strength.”