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23 November 2013

Basic Facts about the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy


Oswald, in custody, gives the Communist clenched-fist salute.


Oliver Stone is a half-Jew film-director who showed very clearly with his Untold History of the United States, which he wrote and narrated for HBO in 2012, that he is very partial to the Soviet Union and Marxists in general. There is an obvious emphasis in his history on what he understands to be the positive role of the far left and the Soviet Union, with some negative observations about the capitalist West to help the Communists to look even better. The point is not to say that Stone's work is thoroughly false, but that he has an agenda and a bias. That is clear.

In his 1991 historical drama JFK* (which I found tedious, contrary to the enormous praise heaped upon it) Stone pursued the same agenda. For the far left, the JFK assassination is a problem, because Lee Harvey Oswald was a self-proclaimed Marxist.  Stone's effort was essentially to restore credence to the old Soviet propaganda-line that Kennedy had been assassinated by right-wing racists. In the time between the assassination and the capture of Oswald, this was the accepted interpretation, that racists had killed Kennedy. That's what the world would have continued to believe if self-proclaimed Marxist Oswald had not been discovered as the assassin.

Since Stone's JFK, there has been a revived effort to sweep Oswald's far-left affiliation under the rug, but contemporary news-reports show it as an undeniable fact. Oswald was a self-proclaimed Marxist who subscribed to the Communist Party's newspaper, the Worker. That President John F. Kennedy was assassinated by a Marxist used to be, and should still be, a matter of common knowledge.


General Edwin Walker
On 10 April 1963, months before the Kennedy assassination, Oswald had tried to murder General Edwin Walker. General Walker was a prominent opponent of forced racial integration who lived in Dallas. Oswald had shot at Walker through a window of his home. Ballistics showed that a bullet from this incident was consistent with the characteristics of the Carcano rifle later used to shoot Kennedy. Oswald's culpability was confirmed by evidence given after Oswald's death by his widow, including Oswald's handwritten note to his wife from the night of the attempted murder. Oswald's motive, as he later explained to his wife, had been that Walker was a "fascist" and leader of a "fascist organization." This was a Communist way of saying that General Walker opposed forced racial integration.

Subsequently, one can see Oswald's motive in killing Kennedy as a kind of false-flag operation, because it was well known that there was much anger at Kennedy in the South over his anti-White policies, and it was predictable that Southern right-wing racists would be blamed if President Kennedy were assassinated in Dallas. This was obviously an intended effect -- and the deception would have been successful if Oswald had not subsequently killed policeman J.D. Tippit, thereafter becoming a suspect in the presidential assassination as well.

Where the conspiracy-theorists may be right is in doubting the Warren Commission's assertion that Lee Harvey Oswald had no co-conspirators and in suspecting the motives behind it, Earl Warren having been a notoriously leftist Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. When Jewish nightclub-owner Jack Ruby shot Oswald, the obvious inference was that Oswald had been shot to keep him from revealing secrets. This was General Walker's observation at the time (UPI 20 December 1963). There were several witnesses (including Janet "Jada" Conforto and Beverly Oliver) to the fact that Ruby and Oswald knew each other. The intervention of Jack Ruby in silencing Lee Harvey Oswald is the most obvious indication that there was a conspiracy, but probably not one about which the kinds of people who enjoyed Oliver Stone's JFK would really want to know.
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* JFK was released by Regency Films, a production-company newly created by Arnon Milchan, now admitted to have been an Israeli agent (Harriet Sherwood, "Arnon Milchan reveals past as Israeli spy," The Guardian, 26 November 2013)

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