Kennedy, Bush, Sanders, And The Organization.

By Jerry Alatalo

“The power to destroy the world by the use of nuclear weapons is a power that cannot be used – we cannot accept the idea of such a monstrosity… The time has now come for the nations of the world to submit to the just requisition of their conduct by international law.”

No More War! 1958

– LINUS PAULING (1901-1994) American scientist, Nobel Prize for Chemistry 1954, Nobel Peace Prize 1962

HighwayAlphabet Because a Soviet naval officer on a diesel-powered submarine off the coasts of Cuba and Florida during the Cuban missile crisis said “no”, nuclear war between the United States and then Soviet Union was thankfully averted. “Dodging a bullet” fails to describe fully the supreme level of Earthly catastrophe which would have occurred had he joined with two fellow submarine officers, whose unanimous agreement was necessary to launch nuclear torpedoes at U.S. naval forces who discovered and surrounded them.

People can find the sobering, astonishing, historically important event recreated on film in the docudrama “The Man Who Saved the World” on YouTube and elsewhere on the internet. Those paying attention will notice worrisome similarities between the Cuban Missile Crisis of the early 1960’s of John Kennedy (1917-assassinated 1963) and Nikita Khrushchov (1894-1971) and 2016, of Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin. The phrases “nuclear war” and “World War 3” are appearing increasingly in published pieces by respected scholars and experts, so it’s perhaps instructive to hear Professor Danny Sheehan of University of California-Santa Cruz share his detailed, mostly unknown version of the utterly remarkable times, history and circumstances surrounding American President John F. Kennedy.

Unfortunately, in the over 50 years since the Cuban Missile Crisis humanity has yet to agree to abolish nuclear weapons from the face of the Earth, and civilization remains under threat of an unimaginable potentiality described by American General Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964) in an address on July 5, 1961: “Global war has become a Frankenstein’s monster threatening to destroy both sides… It contains now only the germ of a double suicide.”

During this lecture, Professor Sheehan describes how the same General MacArthur proposed detonation of 20-25 nuclear bombs on the border between Korea and China during the Korean War when MacArthur was chief of U.S. military operations in that misunderstood, under-reported conflict. Historical events like this, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and a surprising number of nuclear close calls makes it important for people to learn the facts, conditions and causes present in times when humanity faced nuclear annihilation – especially those not found in school history books, and quite possibly never entering the awareness of millions in their lifetimes.

The words of Spanish-born American philosopher George Santayana (1863-1952) are eternally relevant, and perhaps no more vital than today: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Mr. Sheehan, a graduate of Harvard Law and Divinity Schools and famous for his central legal roles during the Iran-Contra, Watergate, Karen Silkwood and other major trials, presents and discusses an organizational chart of persons and groups involved in essential, disturbing, central actions affecting history from World War 2 through 1963, culminating with the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

One sees a relationship in the organization chart presented in Professor Sheehan’s lecture to the ongoing 2016 presidential race. One can imagine what a similar chart clarifying the groups and individuals affecting world events today would look like, especially the chart’s updating were Hillary Clinton’s $225,000 Wall Street giant Goldman Sachs speech transcripts to become published. One wonders if Ms. Clinton’s worldview more closely aligns with John Kennedy when he died – or if her political philosophy mirrors the powerful forces Kennedy opposed.

It’s beneficial for the American people to not only consider the worldview of Hillary Clinton compared to Kennedy’s at the time of his death, but to also consider the worldviews of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump as contrasted or aligned with Kennedy’s. Given the near unobstructed path of Clinton and Trump compared to the obstacles placed in front of Sanders since his announcement over a year ago, it seems fair to say the Kennedy worldview is closer to that of Sanders.

How many men, women and children are aware that Kennedy and Khrushchov conducted secret talks through letters delivered between Washington, D.C. and Moscow by American writer and peace advocate Norman Cousins (1912-1990), and that the two world leaders had agreed to abolish each nation’s nuclear weapons? Was it Kennedy’s decision to move toward nuclear disarmament which unleashed the rage of those who reacted by murdering him? For those who’ve delved into the Kennedy assassination it’s clear a number of forces and/or individuals held a variety of deeply held motivations for somehow stopping Kennedy’s planned actions as president.

For those whose awareness of the 1963 Kennedy assassination stops at high school history books describing Lee Harvey Oswald as the lone assassin, Professor Sheehan’s lecture will certainly come as an eye opening, greatly surprising, perception-transforming experience. May understanding history’s greatest hard lessons result in taking history’s wisest actions today.

(Thank you to Romero Institute at YouTube)

For more lectures by Professor Sheehan visit: Romero Institute at YouTube

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9 thoughts on “Kennedy, Bush, Sanders, And The Organization.

  1. In times like these, I question the nature of our humanity. What manner of living species are we that there are some among us who are willing to sacrifice the lives of billions for their own selfish ends? Are we in fact a misstep (for want of a better word) of natural selection that will run its course until self-destruction? Like the dinosaurs who ruled the planet before we emerged, are we destined to go out with a big bang?

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    1. Hi Rosaliene,
      It’s highly beneficial to ask the vital questions like yours even though answers might seem impossible to produce, because such questions provide the necessary impetus for creating solutions – unfortunately too often neglected by the world’s brightest men and women thinkers. Here is where my disappointment with public intellectuals like Chomsky, Geroux and others becomes most intense, in that while superb at accurately describing Earthly problematic and historic conditions, in most instances stop there and seemingly forget to address the most important thing – proposing solutions. Man created war, greed, environmental destruction and the rest, so there’s nothing stopping humanity from implementing plans which effectively create a better world. There is reason for optimism when considering recent years’ phenomena where people are learning about previously secreted history, recognizing the immoral nature of actions taken by their fellow human beings, then asking themselves and others, “what are we going to do about this, to stop this?” Einstein put his finger on it when he noted that solving problems requires a higher or new thinking than that which created the problem(s) in the first place. He was consciously or unconsciously suggesting spiritual wisdom becomes part of the discussions of humanity’s most pressing issues. It’s a matter of faith, but spiritual wisdom will enter global discussions of sufficient power to prevent the condition: “go out with a big bang”. So, spiritual wisdom is the solution. Peace. Thanks.

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    1. Hello David,
      How are you, friend. Actually, I did find that revealing and informative conversation well worth listening to – twice in recent months. 🙂 I’m sure those who pass this way will appreciate your sharing that great talk. Thank you. You’ll probably agree the U.S. government’s (those that hold the power) best option is finishing what JFK had begun and make abolishing nuclear weapons from Earth the #1 top priority. The other option, World War 3, is for obvious reasons unthinkable and absolutely unacceptable. Here’s a link to an interview of Danny Sheehan by Gary Null on Progressive Radio Network (prn.fm), which you’ll certainly find very important and interesting, once again along with others who pass this way. The Sheehan-Null interview is 72-minutes of rare truth revelation, touching on a wide range of situations, and strongly recommended for any man or woman intent upon understanding the forces and people most negatively influencing life on Earth. Thanks for engaging in talks about these most important issues, David. You’re a good man.

      http://prn.fm/the-gary-null-show-05-20-16/

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  3. Hello Jerry,

    I could not agree with you more.

    The power to eliminate nuclear weapons will have to be organized from the bottom up and in ways which may have to involve passive resistance and civil disobediency on days designated therefor on a global scale.

    The insanity of spending another trillion dollars for “modernizing” and sizing down nuclear weapons is an atrocity.

    Article VI of the NPT treaty has been violated for decades by the club of five and additionally Pakistan, India, North Korea, and Israel need to be slapped with severe sanctions, disinvestments, and boycotts if they do not transparently begin to downsize their arsenals at a rapid pace. North Korea can be enticed by negotiations involving the withdrawals of the 28 thousand troops from the U.S. military base in South Korea.

    The World Council of Churches must be enlisted.

    The U.S. must stop spending $ 1.2 million dollars per minute on offensive defense spending.

    Most importantly though, is that the DNC super delegates recognize that it is in our nation’s national security Hillary Clinton is NOT the nominee, since Bernie Sanders is more likely to win the election than she is, given her former Republican background, her hawkishness, and her support of oppressive governments from Bahrain to Honduras to Palestine and her support of the Iraq war on fraudulent grounds, and her initial opposition to President Obama’s successful P5+1 negotiations with the reformist and democratically elected President Rouhani.

    The only viable candidate for the Presidency which will enhance the elimination is unquestionably Bernie Sanders.

    Congratulations for your noble work in support of peaceful conflict resolution and the elimination of ALL nuclear weapons.

    I am Alfred Gluecksmann, writer/editor of the Argentum Post.

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    1. Alfred,
      How are you. Perhaps recent reports of Saudi response to the “28 Pages” by accusing the U.S. government of planning and carrying out 9/11 will break that historic false flag deception’s truth dam wide open – a very good development (though deplorable business) which is long overdue. As Sanders rightly points out: “You can’t have it all”, and considering the 60 individuals with wealth equal to 3,500,000,000, they certainly don’t need more. Revealing the truth of 9/11 is necessary for humanity’s healing, not to mention prosecuting the world’s most ruthless at large criminals, and should lead to other important revelations which similarly enable healing. When that, call it medical treatment, happens, positive change will begin and take hold, with each good development building momentum for more, including the abolition of nuclear weapons. You might agree humans have all the material, intellectual and spiritual resources to come up with cooperative solutions for ending unnecessary problems suffered long enough over history.
      Thank you,
      Jerry

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