The soundtrack of our lives in America is the drumming of approaching
war. Paul Craig Roberts article, Washington Is Beating The War Drums, is an excellent start for
anyone wishing to be educated about
America's imminent war plans.
Meanwhile, we routinely remain enthralled in personal nonsense while this
obvious beat for war grows louder; the thrill of shiny new cell phone technology, reality show competitions, and new faux communication devices, are powerfully distracting us.
Kim Kardashian's wedding wardrobe is not even halfway out of our sight, as
the world deepens its animosity with American global ambition and America
sharpens its cases for war.
Whether warring with Russia or Iraq, it appears as if the extreme nuclear
potential, and what this means for the planet, is not given a whiff of care or thought, apart from the goals of
reaping more power and control of the world.
A deadly nuclear possibility was well understood by our once- in-a-lifetime
peace President, John F. Kennedy.
He knew specifically what a nuclear exchange would mean.
Against the outrage of the military and his own Joint Chiefs of Staff,
Kennedy enlisted the seemingly unlikely Nikita Khrushchev as a partner in
averting such a disaster.
Therefore, thanks to Kennedy, and Khrushchev, we are alive and able to learn
from this example. But will we?
While being human and far from perfect,
John Kennedy grew quickly while in office. He was a former Cold Warrior who had the
unique ability as a world leader to learn and foresee the potential for the end
of the world not only for America and Americans, but for everyone in the
world. He deeply cared about all people
surviving, as inconvenient and personally deadly as his caring proved to be.
Did you know that he secretly instigated a correspondence with Soviet
Premier Khrushchev to build a peaceful alliance during and following the Bay of
Pigs invasion? "The Bay of Pigs"
invasion, and what it was all about, is
hardly known by most Americans.
It is well worth studying as a landmark event that marked the potential end
of the world that was successfully avoided, chiefly because of Kennedy.
Are you aware of his reaching out to Castro to begin a commitment of peace
between America and Cuba during that fierce Cold War era?
Or that he refused to send combat troops into Vietnam, against the almost
unanimous urgings of his Joint Chiefs of Staff?
All of this proved deadly for Kennedy.
Yet, I can't help wondering if our leaders were to follow in JFK's
footsteps in urgently negotiating attempts for peace in the world, what would
our world look like today?
Kennedy's growth as a being of peace, his deepening of personal and worldly wisdom and his clarity
of vision as a leader is remarkable to discover.
The brilliant book, JFK and the UNSPEAKABLE
, by James W.
Douglass, is a thoroughly researched and enthralling account of the factual
record of John Kennedy's leadership
toward peace, behind the headlines, and how he died.
To say the least, a mere peek of Kennedy's courageous trajectory makes Obama's "evolving" on gay people, for instance, appear as petty, cowardly, and transparently
political as it is.
With the knowledge and understanding of specific actions and aspirations
for peace that Kennedy was in the process of putting into place up until the
day he died, would we not mourn the diminutive slide show of our current
President Kennedy famously advised that "self-examination is the foundation of freedom". In this treacherous time, does America pause to self-examine, in terms of our motives, desires, actions toward the world?
As the bad news rolls in from antagonistic locations and the question of
American "support" looms larger, I can't help but wonder.
What would John Kennedy do?
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