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President John F. Kennedy

In recent years, since the release of Oliver Stone's JFK in 1991, much published research about the life of late President John F Kennedy has revealed that he was a truly courageous person who was driven by the most commendable motivations. On at least three occasions he used his authority as President of the Unites States to prevent the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the US armed forces from launching a nuclear first strike against the Soviet Union. For this, civilisation itself including at least hundred million of Soviet citizens and 20 million US citizens owe their lives to the late JFK. He also stopped his generals from launching a number of wars against countries including Cuba, Laos, Indonesia. At the time he was murdered on 22 November 1963, he was working to end the Vietnam War. He also acted domestically for US citizens against the steel corporations and banks

An ostensibly progressive, 'left-wing' view of power and politics is that anyone who wins high office, including JFK, must, by definition, have been crooked and corrupt. Had he truly sought to use his office for the welfare of ordinary citizens against the corporations, he could not have manoeuvred his way through the corrupt political machinery and be voted to high office. That he was elected President could only be because he must have sold out to the wealthy elite.

Thus, only the worst possible intentions can be attributed to JKF for decisions he made that did not clearly conform to the "left wing" paradigm of what actions should have been taken.

In 1957 Senator John F. Kennedy supported the Algerian rebels against the French colonialists

4 Nov 2015

On page 65 of "Kennedy - the Classic Biography" (1965, 2009) Ted Sorrenson wrote:

"One of the most carefully researched , widely publicised and officially ignored speeches Senator Kennedy ever delivered was his address in 1957 outlining the interest of America and the West in a negotiated solution for eventual self-determination in Algeria. The speech proved substantially and in some ways distressingly prophetic in subsequent years, but it was bitterly criticised at the time in Washington as well as Paris. His name and speech, he later discovered, were hailed throughout North Africa - and an American correspondent who visited the Algerian camp related to the senator his surprise at being interviewed by weary, grimy rebels on Kennedy's chances for the Presidency."

If Kennedy were around today in 2015 there is no doubt he would support the Syrian people and the Lebanese Hezbollah against proxy war being waged against them by the ISIS/alNusra terrorist footsoldiers on behalf of today's American governmentand its allies.

Footnote[s]

1. For example, JFK and the Unspeakable - Why He Died and Why it Matters of 2007 by James S. Douglass of 2007

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The following is to be posted to johnquiggin.com:

Certainly President John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) was not a criminal. To the contrary, I believe that the evidence shows that he is the kindest, most intelligent and most courageous person to have risen to such high office that this world has ever known. Consider these facts:

1. On no less than three occasions, as shown in JFK and the Unspeakable - Why He Died and Why it Matters (2008) by James W. Douglass, he over-ruled his armed services Joint Chiefs of staff, when they wanted to launch a first-strike nuclear attack against the Soviet Union. (For this alone, we are almost infinitely indebted to him.)

2. In 1957, as Senator he passed a resolution that made the United States change from supporting France’s colonial war against Algeria to becoming neutral. After he was elected President, the United States supported the Algerian FLN resistance movement against the French colonialists.

3. As attested to on Sunday, September 4, 2011, by Mr. Vo Hong Nam, the youngest son of the late Vo Nguyen Giap (1911-2013) "President Kennedy was withdrawing from Vietnam in late 1963" and had planned to have completely withdrawn from Vietnam by 1965. Vo Nguyen Giap led the Viet Minh armies which defeated the French colonialists at Dien Bien Phu in 1954, and he was commander-in-chief of the Vietnamese armed forces during the subsequent war against America.

And I could write so much more. JFK is one example of how, even, in a corrupt political system, contrary to "established wisdom", decent people with integrity can still rise all the way to the top.

The "established wisdom" of many who purport to be for progressive change and against the wealthy elites is that anyone, who makes it all the way to the top as JFK did, is, by definition, corrupt.

Truly corrupt politicians are seldom bothered by this, because whenever a politician, who genuinely wishes to challenge vested interests of those they serve, makes it to the top, they themselves can more easily falsely label that politician 'corrupt'.