Tuesday, January 8, 2008

The Bhutto Connection


According to the world press, the assassination of Benazir Bhutto has much in common with that of President John F. Kennedy. I couldn't agree more. It seems that no one can keep the facts straight in either case.

Here's the Times of India's take on the parallels:

"...Both were attending rallies, both were traveling in open topped cars when they were killed and both died in mysterious circumstances. In Kennedy’s case, the mystery has never been solved..."

What's that? Never been solved?

That's right, according to the Times of India, the Warren Commission set up to investigate the assassination concluded that all the three shots came from the "fifth floor" of the Texas School Depository building. But then, in 1976, the House of Representatives re-investigated the Kennedy killing with startling results concluding that though Oswald fired the shots, there was another unknown gunman firing at the President from the front. The reason for this belief, according to the Times of India, is that "...Kennedy’s head jerked backwards when shot..."

Of course, Oswald shot Kennedy from the sixth floor (not the fifth), the HSCA re-investigated Kennedy's death between 1976-79 (not 1976), and the HSCA concluded that an unknown gunman fired one missed shot at Kennedy from the grassy knoll based on acoustic evidence (which has since been debunked).

It's not so much that the Times of India scrambled the basic facts, it's the unbelievable realization that in the wake of the Bhutto assassination the world at large has been reporting the Kennedy assassination as an unsolved mystery. Here's just a sample of reports:

"...But, as in the JFK murder, the truth will never be known..."

"...the killing of Benazir Bhutto will join other A-list mysteries such as the assassination of President John F. Kennedy..."

"...Unsolved cases: President John F Kennedy was killed by a sniper in Dallas in 1963. Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested, but many people do not believe he alone was responsible. Days later, he was shot dead by a man with Mafia links who himself died soon afterwards. A 1979 report by a House Select Committee concluded Oswald was likely to have been part of a conspiracy..."

It seems in this technological age that all that is required to re-write history is a cabal of unnamed people who don't want to believe the facts. Apparently "gut feelings" are the new champion of truth.

With that as a mantra, I doubt very seriously that anyone will ever get at the "truth" of anything - including the Bhutto murder.

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