Small men make history, too
Fresh theories keep trickling in as the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination approaches.
They prove, among other things, that our appetite for conspiracy is still quite healthy and that there's still profit to be made chumming the who-killed-JFK waters. Some are interesting. Others, like last week's doozy about a Secret Service agent accidentally wounding the President from a follow-up car, are pretty strange. By the time November 22, 2013 passes, the list of potential shooters/folks with motives to kill/sniper vantage points/ will be so large as to suggest armed folks were standing in line at various locations around Dealey Plaza a half century ago, waiting for their turn to fire.
The truth is, one guy did it, and to conjure up others is to give a pass to one of history's more unlikable fiends, an insignificant man who, for one moment in his life, actually was able to do what he set out to do, with tragic and world-changing ramifications.
Those who think a conspiracy did JFK in can't usually be brought to the other side--to them, there's always one more secret document still locked away, one more witness mysteriously killed before he/she could spill the beans. And, there's a healthy industry out there still cranking out fresh books, new documentaries and Internet chatter to bolster the new theory-of-the-week.
If you have any doubt as to Lee Harvey Oswald's guilt, read this book...
or at least, check out this article. As writer Joseph Finder points out, "We Like to think that things happen for a reason and that large things happen for large reasons. We like to think that great men make history...but small ones do, too."