Forty-five years ago, the first of two Kennedy brothers was killed. Four-and-a half centuries ago, the French prophet, Nostradamus may have foreseen it. With the coming of a new Kennedy into the White House soon, this sober anniversary requires reflection. So that what happened then, may not happen again.
In a prophecy indexed 1 Q26, Nostradamus in 1555 wrote:
Le grand du fouldre tumbe d’heure diurne,
Mal & predict par porteur postulaire:
Suiuant presage tumbe d’heure nocturne,
Conflict Reims, Londres, Etrusque pestifere.
The great man will be struck down in the day by a thunderbolt,
The evil deed predicted by the bearer of a petition
According to the prediction another falls at night time.
Conflict in Reims, London, and pestilence in Tuscany.
With his remarkable sensitivity to major upheavals in our future history, Nostradamus would have been unlikely to miss the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy (JFK) and his brother, Senator Robert Kennedy (RFK) which so shocked the world. With the president’s assassination in 1963, the American post-war age of innocence ended and the nation faced the new realism of war in Vietnam and turbulent protest at home. But in 1968 hopes were renewed by the political rise of Robert Kennedy, who won a decisive victory in the California primary. The Kennedy charisma was back and, riding on a wave of political support and public euphoria, Robert seemed destined for the White House. A few minutes after delivering his victory speech Robert Kennedy was assassinated.
A plethora of plausible but controversial assassination theories have circulated since the 1960s, ranging from an underworld conspiracy to kill the Kennedy brothers to a state-sanctioned assassination of President Kennedy by Fidel Castro, Cuba’s Marxist dictator. Such conspiracy theorizing was given a new lease on life first by Bill Kurtis’ critically acclaimed documentary The Men Who Killed Kennedy (1988) and later in the 1990s by Oliver Stone’s blockbuster movie JFK, which proposes that a rogue element in the United States government assassinated the president in a coup d’?¬©tat. Stone’s dramatization has us believe that the assassination was carried out to forestall Kennedy’s efforts to pull American forces out of Vietnam and end the Cold War 30 years earlier. There is no denying that the deaths of John Kennedy and his brother directed the world down a new prophetic pathway of chance. Their assassinations may have aided those with a vested interest in the continued expansion of a military-industrial complex with its highly profitable business of armaments and weapons development. If Kennedy had lived, there may never have been a Vietnam and 60,000 American and two million Asian deaths would have been prevented.
Now to the specifics of this quatrain.
President John Kennedy was shot shortly after twelve noon 45 years ago in Dallas Texas, on 22 November 1963. Senator Robert Kennedy was assassinated a few minutes after 1 A.M., moments after his victory speech in the 1968 presidential primary. Jeane Dixon, one of the foremost prophets of modern times, earned international notoriety for predicting JFK’s assassination as early as 1956. The bearer of the petition could be Dixon. Nostradamus may have chronicled her unsuccessful attempt to forewarn the president, and later, Senator Kennedy, who was her friend. The last line dates RFK’s murder through events occurring around that time: student riots in France and London during 1968-9, (Reims is a synecdoche for France) and the 1966 Florence flood, when authorities feared that pestilence in Tuscany would follow the disaster.
(22 November 2008)
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