Thursday, June 19, 2003


I was greatly amused by the list of things people in America believe that Bob Harris currently has posted up at Tom Tomorrow's site. There are some real crazies living amongst us. But we knew that.

However, one number actually disturbed me quite a bit. According to the numbers Harris cites, only 10% of the population believes that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone.

Let's think about that for a minute. That means that 90% of us think that Oswald didn't act alone. The Warren Report, however, which was the result of the official government investigation, says he did.

9 out of ten people don't believe the government's official version of the assasination of a democratically elected President. For fuck's sake, more people believe OJ's version of Nicole's murder than believe the government's version of Kennedy's.

My question is, if so many people think the official version is wrong, why is it that anyone who talks about anyone other than Oswald being involved is automatically accused of conspiracy theorizing?

I'm not going to get into the assasination right now, because it's late and I'll just end up driving myself crazy, but make no mistake- Kennedy's assasination, coming as it did during a critical point in the balancing game that was the Cold War and arguably being a major cause of the social upheaval of the late 60's, was one of the most significant events of the 20th century, with ripple effects that will continue to be felt, at least indirectly, for a long time to come.

So if none of us believe what we are told about it, why aren't more people concerned about getting the full truth? Is it fatigue? After so many years of so many different theories, different versions of evidence, and different suspects, we all just say "Fuck it" and ignore it?

I'm just as guilty of saying "fuck it" on this subject as anyone, but doesn't that strike you as extraordinarily dangerous?

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