President John F. Kennedy is seen riding in motorcade approximately one minute before he was shot in Dallas, Tx., on Nov. 22, 1963. (AP)
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The general thinking is that the assassination occurred more than a half-century ago so let’s move on. Nothing could be further from the truth for the assassination of JFK is the foundational event of modern American history, the Pandora’s box from which many decades of tragedy have sprung.
Kennedy was extremely sensitive to the horrors of war and when he first ran for Congress in Massachusetts in 1946, he made it explicitly clear that avoiding another war was his number one priority.
This commitment remained with him and was intensely strengthened throughout his brief presidency until the day he died, fighting for peace..