RFK Jr.’s Rolling Stone article details JFK’s passion for a peaceful world.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. discussed this Rolling Stone piece on his Ring of Fire radio program (which we highly recommend) this weekend. He is working on a new book which includes a section on JFK and peace.
The article makes it clear that JFK was incredibly brave and principled in resisting the CIA’s and Pentagon’s push for more wars, including a first-strike nuclear attack against the Soviets. It’s also striking how like-minded JFK and Khrushchev were. Khrushchev was deposed the year following JFK’s death by warmongers in the Kremlin.
Read the article from the December 2013 Rolling Stone issue here: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/john-f-kennedys-vision-of-peace-20131120
One passage really struck a chord:
In 1967, Daniel Ellsberg interviewed my father [RFK Sr.]. Ellsberg, a wavering war hawk and Marine veteran, was researching the history of the Vietnam War. He had seen the mountains of warmongering memos, advice and pressure. Ellsberg asked my father how JFK had managed to stand against the virtually unanimous tide of pro-war sentiment. My father explained that his brother did not want to follow France into a war of rich against poor, white versus Asian, on the side of imperialism and colonialism against nationalism and self-determination.