Michael Ventura's “Letters at 3am: JFK and That Hard Rain
” [Nov. 22] as usual raises interesting points, particularly the idea that if America did not retaliate for a nuclear strike, we would historically be viewed as virtuous martyrs and the surviving American flags truly great. While the whole premise of mutually assured destruction is viewed as the deterrent for that holocaust, there has been anxiety regarding an attack by an an insane leader, or an accidental launch triggering worldwide devastation and the extinction of all higher life forms. We have since learned that Star Wars, which was touted to be a defensive program, was intended to be used as a preemptive strike on the USSR. I cannot recall his name, but that is via the astrophysicist who discovered how to overcome a problem for a workable missile shield in space, who was summoned to the White House for a meeting, and later commented “that was the last time I will meet with those insane people.” The Strategic Defense Initiative was scrapped presumably due to excessive expense and its ultimate ineffectiveness.
Ventura is not a subscriber to conspiracy theories (a declaration he has made in common with Chronicle
Editor Louis Black). This is perfectly acceptable; his series “An Arbitrary Nation,” however, is dire proof that America is no longer remotely a constitutional republic, but an oligarchy.
The difference between conspiracy realists' assertions of our situation to those eschewing conspiracy: The latter diagnose the problem as one of greed, an understandable if repugnant human trait; while one group of subscribers to a pervasive conspiracy understand that prescribed evil unites the uber-elite in their endgame for a dystopian society, to be ruled and exploited by their progeny.
Kenney C. Kennedy