KILLZONE by Col. Craig Roberts
This is a slim book that tries to take on a little too much to its own detriment. The author, a former U.S. Marine sniper in the Vietnam War, begins the book quite dynamically, by recalling in the first couple pages the time when his eyes were first opened up as to the true ways of the world: He briefly tells the story of his sight-seeing visit to Dealey Plaza in Dallas in his earlier days, though quite a few years after the assassination of JFK. Roberts was able to ascend up to the infamous Book Depository, which apparently is now some kind of a museum or something, and the scales fell immediately and permanently from his eyes the second he looked out the window from which Oswald was purported to have shot JFK. Roberts, the extremely experienced marksmen, says he knew immediately that the entire mainstream media, and the government had been lying to him about what happened that November, 1963. All that in one glance. Not many books contain that kind of attention-grabbing impact in the first two pages.
And the next few chapters, comprising roughly the first half of the book, do not disappoint. Roberts uses his training and experience as a sniper to plot out the probable on-the-ground strategy, tactics, and logistics of the JFK assassination; he comes to the conclusion, as do other serious researchers, that there were multiple gunmen forming a triangulation of fire around Dealey Plaza that day. Indeed, Roberts provided a map of where each of these gunmen may have been stationed.
In what appears to be exclusive information, Roberts also provides rare information as to how and why the plane upon which the president’s body was purportedly flown out of Dallas was not the right plane, but was in fact a facsimile plane of a different make which did not in fact fly away with the body of the president but did in fact contain a hatch in the back whereby the body could be surreptitiously removed (to be later infamously “doctored up”) during press conferences which focused attention on the front of the plane.
Roberts’ provides the blueprints for both plane models in question and this is perhaps the most compelling information in the entire book.
Roberts also does a very good job of identifying and debunking all of the usual suspects that the mainstream media would have half-thinking people believe were to blame for the assassination. Roberts is succinct and accurate in noting that none of these “usual suspects”–CIA, Mafia, Cubans, et al–were powerful enough to execute the subsequent massive and lasting media cover-up of the true facts.
Unfortunately the second half of this novel suffers from Roberts having tried to tackle a little too much for a book of this size: He seeks to provide a primer on the history of the nefarious international bankers and their front organizations–the CFR, the Rockefellers, etc. This leads him back to the Rothschild’s, whom Roberts apparently ultimately blames for the assassionation of JFK. It is a bit vague here but that seems to be where he is headed.
Thus there are two flaws with this second half of the book: #1) Roberts attempts to detail a vast subject for which the requisite verifying information is just too great for a work of this small size; and #2) In stopping at the Rothschilds Roberts does not follow the ladder of worldly power up high enough. Like many conspiratorial researchers who point the finger at the House of Rothschild, Roberts does not realize it, but he is still barking at little dogs here.
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