Friday, June 6, 2008

Robert Kennedy anniversary

On this day forty years ago Robert Fitzgerald Kennedy was gunned down in the kitchen of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angelas. Moments earlier he had just completed his victory speech in the California primary. He was leaving the hotel via the kitchen when he was shot in the head by Sirhan Sirhan, a Palestinian that was angry at Kennedy's stance in the 1967 six day war.

Above, a mortally wounded Kennedy is cradled by a member of the kitchen staff.

Apparently RFK's last words were "is everybody else ok". If accurate this is truly amazing. Think how power hungry and determined you have to be to become president of the US and there is litte doubt that RFK would have won the 1968 election. As he lay there about to die he could have been thinking, my enemies have got me, I'm not going to be president, I'll never find out who murdered by brother, I'm not going to be able to end the war in Vietnam. As all these thoughts must of been running through his head the only words he could muster were "is everybody else ok". I do not know if RFK was a one off but I do know that they are truly unique last words for a man of his stature and they do not fit the profile of the self obsessed vain personalities that we often associate with politicians of that level.

Gubu World wonders what Robert Kennedy would think of America and the world today. Forty years after his death thousands of Americans are dying in a war without end in sight. In America the gap between the rich and poor has never been wider. And around the world over one billion people are suffering from food shortages. These are all issues that were close to RFK's heart. So forty years after Robert Kennedy's death a charismatic politician that holds many of the same values has just won the democratic nomination. Will he achieve what an assassins bullet prevented RFK from achieving four decades ago. We will see, exciting times.

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