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Remembering RFK

John Rowland

Posted on June 1, 2018 14:55

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Fifty years ago, the Democrats, the country, the world really, lost Robert F. Kennedy to an assassin's bullet at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles on June 4, 1968.

Running for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1968 at the tender age of 42, overflowing with optimism and expectation, RFK found himself in Los Angeles on June 4, 1968, the day Californians had voted in a critical primary.

LBJ was essentially gone; RFK was the Democrats' guy. He wins California, he surely faces Nixon in the general election.

RFK arrived at the Ambassador Hotel around 8 p.m. that night. Having won the CA primary, he enters the crowded ballroom after midnight and is greeted with an atmosphere that is positively electric, gives an upbeat victory speech and is shot shortly thereafter.

This part gets to me: "[Minutes later,] as Kennedy is lifted onto a stretcher, he moans: 'No, no, no.'"

Of course, this was tragic and so ugly, irrespective of any political leanings.

As a very young person living just down the freeway from Los Angeles, I remember the commotion, though being way too young and naive to realize the implications of what had really gone down — how history had basically repeated itself, among other things. At that time, situations involving killing were more scary and frightening than anything else.

But in any event, it was reported that Sirhan Sirhan was the bad guy.

Many investigators, as well as RFK Jr., have speculated about this, the latest being Tim Tate and Brad Johnson in their book, The Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy: Crime, Conspiracy and Cover-Up — A New Investigation.

The book authors definitively declare: "Sirhan Sirhan — now 74 and still serving a life sentence — could not possibly have killed Robert Kennedy."

These authors appear somewhat credible.

As "award-winning investigative journalists," Tim Tate and Brad Johnson "spent decades investigating the assassination." You do have to admit, that's a lot of time.

Admittedly, I haven't read the book; not even sure it's been released yet.

So perhaps it'll be just more raw commercialism behind the cover of sensationalism. A form of fake news? Some perverted spy-op? Or perhaps the latest version of the CIA-coined phrase (CIA document 1035-960) "conspiracy theory," authored to help deal with the questions and fall-out from, ironically, JFK's assassination nearly five years earlier — designed against people not believing the report from the Warren Commission.

Who knows.

But in our current context, given that the young candidate was stepping on some toes (CIA, FBI, military/industrial complex, etc.) with talk of profound change, it's interesting to wonder if an RFK would even have a political home in today's Democratic Party, but that's conjecture.

All politics aside, here 50 years after RFK, we can all hope for a better way.

John Rowland

Posted on June 1, 2018 14:55

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