By Ron Resnick of Nelson, New Zealand. 6 Jan 2010.
Well researched and recently published new works on the murder of John F Kennedy JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why it Matters by James W. Douglass, have established that JFK had ceased to be the cold warrior he was during the Cuban missile crisis, he was planning a withdrawal of US forces from SE Asia and was intent on seriously pursuing arms reduction and peace with the Soviet Union. In his 1961 farewell speech to the nation, President Dwight Eisenhower uttered the now famous warning to the nation to be wary of the power of the [as he called it] the industrial military complex. Little did he know that the threat he identified would bring down his successor in a hail of bullets in Dallas in 1963.
So why, after nearly 50 years, does this matter? It matters because since Kennedy was brought down no US President has dared to defy the military industrial complex. Parties are controlled by the corporate money that fund them, candidate selection is made from a small pool of controllable assets, and even when an outsider is allowed to get nominated, such as Obama, who spoke of ending a war, eliminating torture and closing prison camps, once elected they all must adhere to the will of the real power that runs the USA and most of the world. If you can gatecrash a White House state dinner, how hard is it to get an assassin close to any president?
Obama’s speech in Oslo accepting the Peace Prize was pure Orwell, war makes peace. Obama is Bush 2.0 with better grammar, good teeth, and honed teleprompter skills.
The situation is little different in this part of the world. In 1975 the twice elected Whitlam government in Australia, was removed in a peaceful coup de etat. Whitlam’s government learned that its own secret intelligence organisation, ASIO, was somewhat of a front for the CIA, .In 1973 his Attorney General, with Federal Police, raided ASIO HQ in Melbourne, breaking into a safe. It was then only a matter of time before the strikingly independent and reform minded Whitlam government would be removed.
So why does this matter? Since the 60s and 70s it is clearly understood that there are limits to what governments in this part of the world will be allowed to do, particularly in regard to international and ‘defence’ matters. Yes, we got a way with being anti-nuclear, but only just. A strong case in point is the Waihopi base. It’s known to be part of the grand USA/UK global surveillance network like Pine Gap in Australia. And it doesn’t matter who is in government here, that base, the areas of Christchurch airport which are sovereign US territory, the snuggling up of our politicians to US power brokers, and the secret relationship with the USA miliary industrial complex will remain intact. We referred to former Eastern European countries as Soviet satellites, yet the term would not be misplaced being used to refer to the lack of independence allowed our government and others in our region.
This is not secret information. The facts are out there if you care to do some research. You won’t have this information laid in front of you by the mainstream media, which is mostly controlled by the same corporations either in league, or in fear of the military industrial complex…even NZ state owned media only provide the official USA government approved conspiracy theory of the events of 9-11. [an issue requring 1000s of words] Sometimes, real information seeps in through Al Jezerra, never the BBC or TVNZ.
So I ask again, why does all this matter? It’s summer in Nelson, the sun is shining the shops and cafes are filled with visitors and life seems very good. Well, I guess it’s the difference between being awake and being aware. Awake is fine, life is good, aware can be fraught with worry and concerns. Being aware can’t be switched off, you get stuck with it, and you acquire a need to share and shake others with it.
Happy New Year.