Murky De­tails & the Las Ve­gas Mas­sacre

The Jewish Voice - - EDITORIAL -

The Las Ve­gas mas­sacre un­folded on Oc­to­ber 1st. Th t's nearly a month ago and al­ready it's slip­ping away into one of the many sink holes of in­ves­ti­ga­tions, screwups and to most of us, cover-ups that have blem­ished the rep­u­ta­tions of our fed­eral law en­force­ment agen­cies. Just how many more con­fli ting chains of events, wit­ness ac­counts and the­o­ries must we deal with be­fore we come to the con­clu­sion that this hor­ror will even­tu­ally join with the many oth­ers that have left us won­der­ing just who and what causes and groups were ac­tu­ally be­hind these in­ci­dents. We are puz­zled by the ob­vi­ous in­ep­ti­tude of a com­bi­na­tion of law en­force­ment groups who seem to be get­ting nowhere in solv­ing this lat­est crime. We must ask, "Do they re­ally want to solve the crime?"

Take into ac­count the Pres­i­dent Kennedy as­sas­si­na­tion of well over 52 years ago. If it was re­ally Lee Har­vey Oswald as we were orig­i­nally told, did he have any sup­port groups? How about ac­com­plices? What mo­tive did he have? Why did so many peo­ple mys­te­ri­ously die who were in­volved in the case? We have been promised that the report that has been worked over, changed, items redacted and the­o­ries thrown into the pot for these many years will be re­leased within days. And how many know who Sirhan Sirhan is? He's the Pales­tinian who as­sas­si­nated JFK's brother Robert in 1968. Th t in­ves­ti­ga­tion also went nowhere; with the con­victed killer still serv­ing a life sen­tence in some prison. He was ar­rested, went to trial and that was that. The in­ves­ti­ga­tions of both of these deaths went nowhere. Th t be­gan the na­tion's dis­il­lu­sion­ment and dis­be­lief of any "fact-fi ding" re­ports is­sued af­ter the fact. We tend to call them "lies."

Since 9/11 we've seen a rash of ap­par­ent Is­lamist at­tacks lev­eled against this coun­try on our home turf. Af­ter the World Trade Tower at­tacks, then Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush picked a panel to be­gin the in­ves­ti­ga­tion to un­cover who was be­hind the bomb­ing. The e were protests that Henry Kissinger, him­self an in­ter­na­tional diplo­mat with many se­crets of his own was ap­pointed as the com­mis­sion's fi st chair. For­mer FBI Di­rec­tor Louis Freeh com­plained about the prob­lem­atic back­grounds and bi­ases of other pan­elists as­signed to the case. In short, we know noth­ing more now about the plan­ners and sup­port groups of the 9/11 ter­ror­ists than we did 16 years ago.

Just what were the out­comes of the fact findi g probes into such hor­rors as the Bos­ton Marathon Bomb­ing, the San Bernardino shoot­ings, the Or­lando gay night­club mas­sacre, the Shoe Bomber Plot, the Dal­las Po­lice slaugh­ter, the Ok­la­homa City bomb­ing, the LA Air­port shoot­ings, the Belt­way Sniper at­tacks? Not much. Pol­i­tics, fear of hurt­ing reli­gious feel­ings and the threat of racial ri­ot­ing pre­vents law en­force­ment not only from deeply in­ves­ti­gat­ing such hap­pen­ings, but stand in the way of making public such facts gar­nered. So, when other at­tacks on our com­mu­ni­ties oc­cur, don't ex­pect any sin­cere ef­forts by law en­force­ment to give us their even­tual findi gs. This info would have to be fi tered, screened, specifics al­tered, fake el­e­ments en­tered and the end re­sults will be hard to digest and be­lieved by the public. Don't blame the scep­tics. Blame the politi­cians.

And how many know who Sirhan Sirhan is? He's the Pales­tinian who as­sas­si­nated JFK's brother Robert in 1968. That in­ves­ti­ga­tion also went nowhere; with the con­victed killer still serv­ing a life sen­tence in some prison

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