Lumumba, Hammarskjold, JFK, King, RFK…

Patrice E. Lumumba; Congo prime minister, prem...
Patrice E. Lumumba; Congo prime minister, premier ministre congolais, kongolesischer Ministerpräsident (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Posted November 14, 2013

by Jerry Alatalo

Fifty years ago President John F. Kennedy (JFK) was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. Will Americans ever know who was behind the murder, and most importantly, will the American people ever know why JFK’s hopeful voice for humanity was brutally silenced?

Let me get as basic and simple as possible. JFK was killed and silenced because he studied philosophy.

Those of you who have studied philosophy enough to become changed in important ways understand what I am putting forward. For those who have no awareness of being moved through reading philosophical writings let me try to explain. I will first point out that I am not a person who could be considered an academic in the field of philosophy. I took an introductory philosophy course in college, have since read what the average curious man or woman would, and, like the average person, have experienced moments of what could be described as “significant change” in perceptions from philosophical writings.

I remember meeting a fellow from my hometown years later, who I sat with during that introductory class, and him asking “still reading philosophy?”. Since we only coincidentally signed up for the class, and never got into any deep discussions of philosophy or spent any time together as close friends (we were acquaintances), I simply answered, “it’s a life-long thing, philosophy”, and that was that.

I break the rule “never talk about religion or politics” all the time, because there is nothing else that really interests me. But, enough about my average person’s extent of delving into matters philosophical.

JFK, Dag Hammarskjold, Martin Luther King, and Robert Kennedy (RFK) all studied philosophy. I am not certain about Congo’s first democratically elected Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba, who was assassinated shortly after he was elected in 1961. One senses that Mr. Lumumba indeed was one who studied philosophy, because, well, he was assassinated. So, you are asking yourself, what is the point? Essentially these five very popular world leaders became personally involved in the war between good and evil.

As mentioned in past posts, Dag Hammarskjold was the second (thought after his death to have been the greatest) secretary-general of the United Nations. I believe that he was intentionally murdered in a plane crash on the way to the Congo to deal with warring and fighting there in 1961. The nation of the Congo is perhaps the wealthiest on Earth with regard to natural resources. Because Mr. Hammarskjold had an undergraduate degree in philosophy, he had decided to do what he could in his secretary-general role to obtain justice in the world, the Congo being that region where his efforts cost him his life.

Dag Hammarskjold was murdered because he was on the side of good in the world.

Patrice Lumumba was the first Prime Minister of newly independent Congo. He tried to do the right things for the people of his nation, things which did not coincide with those who were greatly interested in profits from extraction of the mineral wealth in that region. Because Mr. Lumumba wanted to do what was right and good for the people, it cost him his life in 1961.

JFK became president  in 1960 and witnessed the assassinations of Patrice Lumumba and Dag Hammarskjold, saying of Hammarskjold that he was,”the greatest statesman of our time”. One could say with close to certainty that JFK and Dag Hammarskjold had deep philosophical discussions which focused on creating a better world for all people, the end of war, and coöperation between all nations and peoples on Earth.

JFK was aware of who killed Patrice Lumumba and Dag Hammarskjold, and he opposed those persons with his decision to end involvement in the Vietnam War, at the same time opposing proposed action(s) in resource rich Africa and other continents. Fifty days before his death, JFK met in Washington, D.C. with Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia, whose 1963 speech at the United Nations is considered the greatest UN speech ever delivered – deeply philosophical in nature. Talks between JFK and Selassie could have been a cause of concern, intensifying the urgency to remove JFK from power (see Hammarskjold, Lumumba), for those who wanted to profit from the rich natural resources in Africa. Kennedy would have ended “covert wars” which interfered directly with the sovereignty of nations whose lands possessed resources coveted by corporations.

Jesse Ventura points out that, instead of Lyndon Johnson’s (LBJ) first cabinet meeting after JFK’s murder and his assuming the office of president being about the economy, infrastructure, etc., his first meeting was completely focused on Vietnam, and weeks later the USA and LBJ escalated the Vietnam conflict. Over 50,000 American soldiers and millions of Vietnamese people died in the war.

I remember reading a book titled “Deadly Deceits” by Ralph McGehee, who was an intelligence officer in Vietnam whose job was determining “enemy” strength. His analyses continually showed up to 80% of the Vietnamese people behind Ho Chi Minh, while his conclusions were continually ignored by his superiors, despite McGehee’s anguish at the tremendous loss of life in that human tragedy of greatest proportion. McGehee summed up the geopolitical situation on Earth at the end of that book by writing, “multi-national corporations run the world”.

The Vietnam War is now seen by any reasonable person as a profound human catastrophe. Those who gained financially from that war faced opposition by JFK. My guess is that JFK was against killing innocent people anywhere on Earth, including Vietnam and the Congo, and he was going to fight and block what he had learned through his knowledge of philosophy as – evil.

Mr. Ventura points out that no American would have ever seen the infamous Abraham Zapruder film had Jim Garrison, the prosecutor portrayed by Kevin Costner in Oliver Stone’s film “JFK”, not issued a subpoena for his trial.

The attack in 1967, during the Israel-Egypt “Six-Day War”, of the USS Liberty by Israeli defense jets, and the later cover-up by LBJ, leads me to believe LBJ was behind JFK’s assassination. For those not yet familiar with the 1967 USS Liberty incident, Israeli jets attacked the military ship for two hours, killed 34 American servicemen and wounded 170. The attack, which I believe was known about by LBJ as he colluded with military higher-ups in the Israel defense establishment, was carried out with the intent to kill every last person on the USS Liberty – a “false flag” to bring the American people to support involvement of the United States military in the Middle East region in 1967.

Israel called the attack “a mistake”. While the attack was occurring, even though the Israeli jets aimed to cut off the communications ability of the US servicemen, ingenuity of those on board allowed them to contact the nearest navy ship with their SOS and American jets were sent to help. LBJ called those jets back, the “mistake” story never seriously investigated, the survivors swore to secrecy upon threat of court-martial(s), and since 1967 no congressional committee has made any effort to investigate and set the historical record straight.

LBJ was on-board with the attempt to kill over 200 American servicemen on the USS Liberty in 1967, so a claim of him being behind the murder of JFK does not strain credulity. The Israeli attack on the USS Liberty was an unsuccessful “false flag” that every American should know about. Keep in mind that the earlier so-called “Gulf of Tonkin” incident is now commonly known to have been a “false flag” that led to escalation of the Vietnam War. One could assert that LBJ was behind the Gulf of Tonkin false flag incident as well.

I believe JFK and LBJ had profound philosophical differences with regard to foreign and military policy. In the most basic terms JFK and LBJ represent the forces on Earth which every person must wrestle with: the forces of good and evil. JFK worked for the betterment of all mankind, the cessation of war, world peace, and cooperation between all nations. LBJ was about corporate profits with war and killing as an acceptable “business strategy” to carry out delivery of those profits.

JFK was killed in the battle between good and evil on Earth.

Martin Luther King (MLK) was a minister with extensive study in matters of religion and philosophy. He was a leading voice in America against the Vietnam War and once called the United States “the greatest purveyor of violence on Earth”. MLK knew that the actions he was engaged in jeopardized his very life. He understood in the most profound way that “greater love hath no man than this; that one gives up his life for his friends”. Mr. King just wanted to “do God’s will”.

Martin Luther King died fighting the battle between good and evil on Earth.

Robert F. Kennedy was on his way to becoming elected president when he was murdered…

In the war between good and evil on Earth.


Jesse Ventura is viewed by Americans in varied ways. The fact that he was at one time a wrestler in the fake world of professional wrestling has led to a situation where many discount what he has to say, even before they hear it. My view of Mr. Ventura is that he is perhaps not as well-read in philosophy as Dag Hammarskjold, JFK, Patrice Lumumba, Martin Luther King, and Robert Kennedy, but has received a great amount of “common-sense” philosophy. He seems to have had a father who was concerned enough with Jesse that he conveyed what wisdom he could.

What is admirable about Jesse Ventura is his appreciation of truth and total rejection of those who tell falsehoods and lie to others. My guess is that many men and women admire Jesse Ventura and the increasing number of men and women around the world who are devoted to telling the truth while exposing those who lie.

Let us hope that many more men and women devoted to truth, and fighting the war between good and evil on Earth, step forward and speak out… 

For the good.

(Video source: City & State / YouTube, Jesse Ventura interview with Morgan Pehme)

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9 thoughts on “Lumumba, Hammarskjold, JFK, King, RFK…

  1. Jerry, this was an excellent post. It is so sad that those who stood for ‘good’ were destroyed and look at where we are. Some like you, still believe in the ‘goodness of humanity’, well…I am not among you. Evil rules the day and that is devastatingly unfortunate for so many who are innocent and hurting, the world over because the ‘good’ are destroyed by the ‘evil’.

    Again, excellent post!


    1. Shelby,
      How are you. My hunch is that these men who were students to some extent of philosophy, and were killed because of actions related to what they learned, had a grasp of the soul’s eternal nature. Because they realized in a small or large way that the soul is the essence of human beings, and forever, they overcame the fear of death which constrains many in efforts to go up against injustice, greed, war and all the other harmful human acts. If the human race could be polled my guess is that 99.9% of the people would fall into the category of those who are good-hearted. Those who take the actions which do the most harm are a very few, and have yet to become aware that harming others is harming one’s self. On a separate, yet-related topic, you may or not be aware of a website “” which Thom Hartmann is involved with. It deals with climate change and may provide you with some important post ideas. The issue is the ultimate issue: the race to save life on Earth. Spread the word far and wide.
      Peace be with you, Shelby. Thanks.


  2. A truly fascinating read. At the end of his presidency, Eisenhower warned of a dangerous and growing “military-industrial complex.” In 1961, the CIA misled Kennedy into approving the Bay of Pigs fiasco; and, his subsequent refusal to deploy U.S. military forces really pissed them off. In 1962, Kennedy again angered the warmongers by holding back their planned invasion of Cuba during the Missile Crisis. In 1963, South Vietnam’s corrupt Diem was screwing up the CIA’s anti-communist campaign so he was assassinated in a coup. The news shocked Kennedy, and it further convinced him that an escalation of the U.S. involvement would be foolhardy. Three weeks later Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas. The CIA’s fall-guy (Oswald) is killed shortly thereafter by a mobster (Ruby) whose Mafia connections had a long-standing working relationship with the CIA. The CIA was also present at the Bethesda “autopsy” and inside the Warren Commission (Allen Dulles). The coverup was complete. In 1964, the Gulf of Tonkin incident occurred and the CIA got its war in Vietnam.

    This is a pretty clear timeline of events. Even if we accept the official account of the JFK assassination, these coincidences stand out in stark contrast and are difficult to otherwise explain.

    Earlier in 1963, Kennedy sent federal marshals down into the South to protect civil rights activists. In 1964, the Civil Rights Act is passed. In 1965, the Voting Rights Act is passed. Three years later, both MLK and RFK are assassinated. I suspect the CIA played a part in those also.


    1. Robert,
      How are you. I haven’t really listened closely to JFK’s “Secret Societies” speech, but it seems that he had a worldview which directly opposed the agenda of the wealthiest, most powerful people in America. I think JFK was quoted as wanting to “smash the CIA into a thousand pieces”. This would have ended the God-only-knows how many covert wars around the world which occurred after 1963. It is somewhat surprising that there have been few if any men from that era, men in their seventies and eighties, coming forward as “whistleblowers” and setting the record, and their consciences, straight. Or perhaps there have been but there testimonies are not being reported. Learning about the USS Liberty attack in 1967 a few weeks ago was astonishing. One of the survivors, who commented on a post about the USS Liberty here, and who I e-mailed to request an interview (no luck so far) said that “Johnson wanted everyone on that ship dead. And that he had no adequate words to describe how he felt about LBJ.” Perhaps the biggest scandal (Rumsfeld – We’ve lost 2.3 trillion dollars – on September 10, 2001 before Congress, Iraq War) in US military history and I never heard about it until accidently finding a documentary on YouTube.


      1. I’m fine Jerry, how are you? There have been whistleblowers but they get scant attention from the corporate controlled news media. Here’s one from the notorious E. Howard Hunt of Watergate fame:

        “Saint John Hunt, son of the infamous Watergate conspirator and CIA operative, E. Howard Hunt, appeared on the July 21, 2013 broadcast of Coast to Coast AM Radio to discuss his father’s deathbed confession about his involvement in the Watergate affair and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.”

        * * * * *

        “In a nutshell, Saint John Hunt had this to say: There was a shooter on the grassy knoll. The shooter looked like a tramp. There were three tramps in the area that day. The shooter may have been Lucien Sarti, a French assassin brought in by the Mafia.

        And oh yeah, according to Hunt, the order to assassinate Kennedy came from LBJ…and J. Edgar Hoover was involved.

        Hunt says his father, E. Howard Hunt, was ordered by his CIA superiors to attend a meeting at a Florida ‘safe house.’ The people attending the meeting were planning the assassination of someone here in America, but they didn’t say who. The code name for the operation was, ‘The Big Event.’

        At a second meeting, in yet another safe house in Florida, the attendees were continuing to lay out their plan, so Hunt asked them, ‘What do you need me for and who are we talking about, here?’ Hunt was astounded when someone replied, ‘President Kennedy.’

        Hunt then said, ‘You can’t be serious. What kind of authorization does this have? How high up does it go?’ A Cuban attendee replied, ‘We’re very serious and this goes all the way up to the top, all the way to the Vice President.'”


  3. Guy Nolastname

    I’d like to point out the fact that John F. Kennedy wasn’t necessarily against American involvement in Vietnam. Kennedy was strongly anticommunist, and believed that the United States would be embarrassed and threatened if Vietnam became communist. He did not want to commit combat troops, but when he took office on 20 January 1961, there were 900 US military advisors in Vietnam. This number increased to 16,000 by the time he was assassinated. It is also important to note that he did initially suggest the coup to remove South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem, who was assassinated 20 days before Kennedy himself was assassinated (he did regret the coup and his role in it, however). There were plans to withdraw the US advisors by 1965, but these were not set in stone. All told, it’s impossible to say how JFK would’ve handled Vietnam if he had survived and been re-elected. I do admire President Kennedy, but today he is treated as a saint by the American people. He was a good President, but not as perfect as we think he is.

    (It is also worth noting that JFK was also a staunch supporter of Israel.)


    1. Hello,
      Thanks for your comment. There has been so much written about JFK but perhaps his last speech at the United Nations would give clues to why certain people decided he had to die. He at some point became a peacemaker, communicated with Khrushchov secretly on issues of nuclear weapons elimination, cooperation, and ending the divisions in the world. There’s a book called “Mary’s Mosaic” about JFK’s love affair with Mary Meyer and her death shortly after his. Evidently she had a large influence on his world vision and convinced him to work toward a new kind of world where peaceful coexistence and justice, without history’s wars caused by mistrust and greed, was the goal. He became a leader for evolution of the human race. My understanding was that JFK was determined to stop Israel’s development of nuclear weapons. At any rate, although it’s hard to find many examples of saints (however one defines “saint”), because most saints come to untimely deaths through assassination, he came closer than most. He knew what power he was up against, that continuing on the path he decided on could cost him his life, yet he kept moving straight ahead.
      Thanks again,


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