http://lfpress.ca | By BILL HARRIS, SPECIAL TO THE LONDON FREE PRESS
After 43 years, you might think the public would be sick of theories about the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
But the interest in a new documentary titled Rendezvous With Death: JFK and the Cuban Connection, indicates it just isn’t so.
Rendezvous With Death will air on The Passionate Eye tonight (CBC Newsworld, 10 p.m.). It offers another version of who was behind the 1963 killing of Kennedy in Dallas.
Theories about Kennedy’s demise are as common as American Idol rejects. But Rendezvous With Death is markedly different than, say, the conspiracy-obsessed 1991 Oliver Stone movie, JFK, in this regard: Rendezvous filmmaker Wilfried Huismann, a German who worked on the project for three years, doesn’t care about breaking down the crime scene and determining whether Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone gunman.
Rather, Rendezvous presents significant evidence that Oswald, in fact, was in Dallas to shoot Kennedy. He may have had help, but he was not a mere patsy.
The wider theory expressed in Rendezvous is that Oswald essentially was hired by the Cuban secret service to carry out the assassination. Former Cuban agent Oscar Marino blatantly states Oswald “volunteered.”
“(Oswald) adopted our plans as his own,” says Marino, who is interviewed while sitting in the passenger seat of a moving car. “That doesn’t mean (Oswald) was brainwashed. He wanted it, too.”
Rendezvous claims Oswald was recommended to the Cubans by the Soviet Union’s secret service as someone who was kind of nuts, hated his country and could move around freely as an American citizen.
The president of Communist Cuba, Fidel Castro, had survived several assassination plots instigated by the U.S. Subsequently, there were many investigative trails leading to Cuba in the aftermath of the Kennedy assassination but, strangely, FBI agents were encouraged not to pursue them vigourously.
So, if Cuba had played the biggest role in the killing of Kennedy, why would the American government want to cover it up?
Wouldn’t the U.S. want everyone to know about it, if for no other reason than to bolster the case against Cuba? The answer is no.
Retired general Alexander Haig says Lyndon B. Johnson, who replaced Kennedy as U.S. president, determined if the American public got wind of a Cuban connection, it could lead to chaos and a third world war.
Johnson also believed there could be a right-wing swing that would keep the Democratic Party out of office for generations.
“(Johnson) was convinced Castro killed Kennedy,” Haig says. “He took it to his grave.”
(Publisher note: We do not know if this is running on US television)