The Assassination Nation
by Michael Walsh
WHEN TWO years ago the Russian-Jewish oligarch, Boris Nemtsov, was assassinated in Moscow, the justly-scorned “Western” media described the notorious playboy as “Putin’s opposition.” Yet in electoral terms the playboy oligarch was less popular in Russia than Screaming Lord Sutch’s absurd Monster Raving Loony Party was in Britain. At least the latter gathered enough votes to gain seats. It is doubtful if President Putin, with a popularity rating of 86%, lost much sleep over such a “threat.”
Britain’s then-Prime Minister David Cameron had the impudence to demand Russia hold a “transparent investigation” into the murder. This is the same Etonian who covers up, denies, or delays a score or more inquiries into real corruption — sexual, political, and financial. These cover-ups include the murder of government weapons expert Dr. David Kelly.
The United States has a far worse record of assassination than does modern Russia. Between 1970 and 2013 there have been 758 assassinations worldwide. Of these only eight per cent. occurred in Russia, the world’s largest country.
The US tops the Assassination of Political Inconveniences League. Since 1865, more American heads of state have been assassinated than in any other country. Abraham Lincoln (1865), James A. Garfield (1882), William McKinley (1901), and John F. Kennedy (1963). The latter was almost certainly disposed of by the CIA.
There was also an attempted assassination of Franklin D. Roosevelt in Miami on February 15, 1933. President Theodore Roosevelt was injured in an assassination attempt in 1912, and President Ronald Reagan was badly wounded in 1981. In November 1950, Puerto Rican nationalists sought to murder President Harry S. Truman in a shootout. During and following World War 2 there was a wave of convenient “suicides” throughout the United States. These included the deaths of Harry Dexter White, Stephen Duggan, and former US Ambassador to Britain John G. Winant.
General George S. Patton died when the Jeep he was travelling in was “accidentally” rammed while driving in defeated Germany. The general, an outspoken critic of (unelected) President Truman’s regime, had earlier written to his wife and predicted he would not be coming home.
Another US policy critic was Secretary of Defense James Forrestal. Diagnosed as being “deeply depressed,” he was placed in an upper-floor room of a Washington, DC hospital. On May 22, 1949, he “fell” from its open window. Why was such an important man, and a man in such a state, not given a ground floor room with a sealed window? Why was he not sufficiently guarded?
William Colby spilled the beans on the corruption endemic in the White House. He also told all about the widespread corruption throughout the US governing elite and the corporate media. This former CIA Director really should have taken the Edward Snowden route to Russia: Soon after he began speaking out, William Colby died in a mysterious boating “accident.”
In the US, more than 40 high-profile bankers died recently under suspicious circumstances. The European Union, for its part, records more assassinations than does Russia: Is the EU trying to catch up with the US, perhaps?
This might be a good time to remember that of late no fewer than 12 notable US political figures have been murdered or discovered dead under suspicious circumstances. These include Senators, Congressmen, federal prosecutors, a federal judge, and a governor; all died after they, unwisely perhaps, questioned government corruption or corporate malpractice.
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