VERY likely Lee Harvey Oswald – acting alone. And I say that as a Brit who is old enough to REMEMBER the 22nd of November, 1963.
But ask a hundred Americans that question today – and you will get a hundred ALTERNATIVE answers: the Russian government, the KGB, the US government, the FBI, the CIA, the Secret Service, the military industrial complex, the Mafia, the Vatican, the Illuminati, the Masons, extreme Right-wingers, extreme Left-wingers, extraterrestrials…
Or Castro, Johnson, Hoover, Connally, Warren, Tippet, the Three Tramps, the limo driver, Jackie – even Zapruder.
Any or all of the above were “involved” – but HOW? And THAT is the problem…
Since the Vietnam war – during which, thanks to portable film cameras and a new, INDEPENDENT media, Americans discovered what war was ACTUALLY like – they have not trusted their government to tell them the truth about ANYTHING. But when it comes to the question of HOW any or all of these dozens of organisations and hundreds of individuals were involved – Americans are clueless. They cannot LINK Oswald with ANY of them.
Which is hardly surprising – since there WAS no link.
Lee Harvey Oswald was just a nut-job with a cheap gun who got LUCKY.
It is as SIMPLE as that. He was not “involved” with ANYONE.
And further, it is an absurd idea that any of the above organisations would have had anything to DO with him (and if they had, they would at least have given him a better GUN).
The facts, factoids and theories regarding the events of that day have been discussed in HUNDREDS of TV documentaries and THOUSANDS of magazine articles and books. Therefore I do not propose to trawl through them again, except to point out ONE thing: it has been CONCLUSIVELY proven that Oswald – AND his primitive weapon – were MORE than capable of doing the job. And that IS a fact.
So why, after half a century, are we still talking about it? Well, THAT is the point of this piece…
To understand the reasons for the continuing discussion, one has to understand America. It has been said that Yanks are a bunch of paranoid drama queens – and their media has always played on that.
Plus they are desperate to follow every little thing down to its ultimate conclusion. Which is why their election process takes two years, against Britain’s six WEEKS (and their regime changes take nearly three months, while Britain’s happens OVERNIGHT) and why a long court case in Britain takes a couple of weeks, compared to MONTHS, even YEARS, in America.
Thus the 35-man Warren Commission spent nearly ten months putting together an 889-page report, with 26 volumes of supporting documents, including the testimony or depositions of 552 witnesses and more than 3,100 exhibits – all of which concluded that JFK was killed by Oswald, acting alone.
But that was not enough for the American public. They LOVE conspiracy theories. It has truly been said that most rumours are true – and most conspiracy theories are utter BOLLOCKS. You only have to look at the absurd theories surrounding the Moon Landing and “9-11″ to see THAT.
However the TRUTH is mundane. Security at Dealey Plaza (and in the underground car park, where Ruby nailed Oswald) were LAX by today’s standards. And Lee Harvey Oswald was a DEEPLY disturbed individual, with a long history of violence, paranoia and political confusion.
The excess number of shots reported by bystanders is easily explained by the location – an open square, surrounded by large, flat buildings, which would have created ECHOES.
And the “magic bullet” has been proven to have been anything but – you only have to reconstruct the positions of Connally and JFK to see that.
Fact is, once you eliminate POLITICS from the equation – and replace them with basic CRIMINAL parameters, everything becomes clear…
It does not take Hercule Poirot’s little grey cells to reason that once you employ the Motive, Means And Opportunity model to the events, all of those organisations and individuals named in the conspiracy theories disappear. They may have had the Motive – but only OSWALD had the Means and Opportunity.
And as for his Motive – he was CRAZY. Having harassed the Russian and Cuban authorities, become involved with Fair Play For Cuba, attempted suicide and an EARLIER assassination – of retired U.S. Major General Edwin Walker – he finally went for the BIG PRIZE.
Which brings us to the MAIN reason Americans cannot believe he acted alone…
David and Goliath.
Thing is, the JFK assassination ranks right up there with Pearl Harbor (Harbour) and “9-11″ – but with one important difference…
Pearl got clobbered by the mighty Imperial Japanese Navy.
And while the perpetrators of “9-11″ may have only numbered nineteen (with perhaps as many again involved on the periphery) they managed to “commandeer” four large jet aircraft – loaded with around fifty thousand gallons of aviation fuel.
Making BOTH attackers GOLIATHS.
However, while JFK might have been a Goliath in most Americans’ eyes, the reality is he was just one man – who was brought down by just one other man.
And THAT is what Americans cannot get their heads around – which is why they look for a Goliath to have been backing or supporting Oswald.
But he did not NEED backing or support. And there is NO evidence that he HAD any.
He was just a befuddled, NASTY little man – living in a country ruled by The Law Of The Gun – who hung out of a warehouse window and popped off three shots at the leader of that country. And his luck was in that day.
Unfortunately for him, ANOTHER nut-job loser named Jack Ruby ALSO had a lucky day, around forty-seven hours later…