For the last two weeks here in North America we've been bombarded by media articles and TV programs about the fiftieth anniversary of Kennedy's murder. I'm all JFK'd out, really - I mean enough, already. I confess to watching one program all the way through - at the start of the media frenzy two weeks ago - which I actually found rather interesting because it followed a police officer (refreshingly: Australian) who had examined the available evidence to reconstruct the crime scene as much as he could. He had some very interesting observations and the conclusion was - without hyperbole or wild speculation - that Lee Squirty Oswald was indeed not the only sniper at work that day. It all seemed believable and encouragingly backed up by evidence rather than speculation. The idea of reconstructing a scene is interesting to me, especially if it supports a fresh perspective on an event.
When that program finished, however, my JFK/conspiracy tanks had been topped up. I was full (they are only small tanks). However, since then the media (of every kind) have been determinedly trying to squeeze large amounts of JFK-related bullshit (recycled, re-hashed and otherwise) into the tanks - mine and everyone else's. Now, I understand that some people (I'm prepared to go out on a limb and suggest that it's a small group) remain fascinated by the event and enjoy reading new meanings into other people's meanings based upon assumptions, guesses and absolutely no evidence. I understand that it can be entertaining to immerse oneself into these things even though I don't share the enthusiasm.
BUT...REALLY, folks, come ON! Fifty years and we're still dredging up conspiracy ideas? The man was murdered, one of the probable killers was subsequently murdered, and it seems also probable that at least one other person was involved but got away with it (and they are either pushing up the daisies themselves or scooting around Florida in a golf cart by now). It's now an OLD story. It's VERY old - and frankly it's irrelevant to the current era. It's not as important to most of the world as it seems to be to a diminishing group of Americans - really; it isn't. A man died at the hands of others, but even though he was of such political importance, guess what; the world kept turning and life went on. Speaking of turning: can we please now turn the page on this subject and leave it to people who, for the most par