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The assassination of American President John F Kennedy in 1963 has been the subject of many conspiracy theories, fuelled by unreliable and contradictory evidence, disinformation, and disappearing witnesses, as well as the apparent cover-up which followed. In writing It Did Not Start with JFK Volume 1, Walter Herbst decides to dig deeper and goes back decades to unearth the agendas that culminated in the assassination of a president. He reveals a shadowy web of intrigue,p involving secret societies, the CIA and military establishment, the banking community, ultra nationalistic groups, anti-Semitism, white supremacy, big business, organized religion, criminal elements, and plans for a New World Order, among others. Conspiracies bring about strange relationships, born of convenience. The unholy alliance between the rich and influential on one hand with players like the Nazi regime in pre-war Germany is just one example. The overriding theme is the clash between right-wing ideology - which borders on fascism - and their sworn enemies of socialism and communism. Many prominent politicians, including heads of state, were seen as having socialist leanings and branded as communists. Such people needed to be neutralized at all costs to bring about a tightly controlled international order presided over by strong conservative leadership and dominated by America and her military might.
Walter Herbst has conducted detailed research into his subject matter and the list of references to support his conclusions is impressive. Many of the names and organizations mentioned will be familiar to readers. It Did Not Start with JFK Volume 1 is a harrowing tale of conspiracy, assassination, coups, corruption, money laundering, and hidden agendas involving state agencies, front organizations, and organized crime. The Cold War era and its plots and counter plots are exposed, as well as rogue agencies and intelligence gathering methods. Finance was obtained by drug dealing and arms smuggling. It was a toxic soup. It appears that as a liberal Democrat, JFK had many enemies within his own country – he had upset the crime bosses and the military, as well as moving toward greater social spending, an arms treaty with communist Russia, and racial integration. None of this found favor with the far right. This book should not be labeled as just another conspiracy theory, as the implications of its conclusions reach far beyond the bold and cynical assassination of one man. It is a message that our leaders are not who or what we think they are and that global politics is a hotbed of manipulation and hunger for power. The writing style is compelling, as are the findings. It is the first of a two-volume series and the revelations of volume two are eagerly awaited.