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Letter: Eventful October

This October not only marks the 50th anniversary of the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis and President Kennedy’s skillful resolution of a dispute that might well have ended life on earth by way of global nuclear war, but former

Sen. Arlen Specter died on Oct. 14. The connection: as the Warren Commission’s chief counsel in the investigation of Kennedy’s murder in

Dallas, Specter led doctors who had examined the president’s body at Parkland Hospital to alter their testimony to fit the determination that only one person fired and that person was the also murdered patsy in the crime of the century — Lee Harvey Oswald.

In the observation of events, the public did not, and still does not, accept the falsifications of the commission or lies of our government.

What is critically important to understand about John F. Kennedy and his brother Robert during the Cuban Missile Crisis is the extent to which both had evolved in office — from “cold warriors” to seekers of world peace. There is not only JFK’s masterly, peaceful resolution of this crisis, but substantial documentary evidence that he was convinced the U.S. needed to withdraw from Vietnam, end its hostility to the Cuban government and end the Cold War.

Seeing the risk of war their earlier actions had brought about, Kennedy and Premier Khrushchev engaged in a lengthy correspondence aimed at ending their two countries’ hostilities.

Led by Air Force Gen. Curtis LeMay, nearly everyone in cabinet consultation over the crisis favored invasion of Cuba. From that week forward, those who promote and profit from violence forged a conspiracy to plan Kennedy’s assassination, first in Chicago in early November 1963, then in Dallas on Nov. 22. Robert Kennedy, bearing the same discomforting message of nonviolence would also be victim before he could become president.

CARL DOERNER

Conway

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