Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Politics by Plane Crash

Same newspaper, same week. UN Secretary General might have been murdered in 1961. Laotian Defense Minister's plane goes down in May 2014.



UNITED NATIONS—The United Nations is considering reopening its investigation into the mysterious 1961 plane crash that killed then-U.N. chief Dag Hammarskj√∂ld after new evidence of possible foul play emerged.
The U.N. General Assembly put the case back on its agenda in March at the recommendation of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon after more than half a century of speculation that the Swedish diplomat's plane was either sabotaged or shot down.
Mr. Ban's recommendation came after a report by the independent Hammarskjöld commission, formed in 2012 with the participation of South African jurist Richard Goldstone. The report in September raised the possibility the National Security Agency and other intelligence agencies have a tape-recorded radio communication by a mercenary pilot who allegedly carried out an aerial attack on the secretary-general's plane.
BANGKOK—Laos was dealt a major blow after an air force plane crashed on Saturday morning, killing a number of its senior government ministers and officials, including Defense Minister Douangchay Phichit.
The Prime Minister's Office in Laos on Saturday issued a statement confirming that the air force's aircraft AN-74TK300 crashed at 7 a.m. local time in Nadee village in the Paek district of Xiangkhouang province, located around 435 kilometers (270 miles) northeast of capital Vientiane.
The plane, carrying 18 passengers on board, crashed and killed Mr. Phichit, his wife, and Vientiane Gov. Sukan Mahalad, as well as Minister of Public Security Thongbanh Sengaphone, said Sek Wannamethee, a spokesman for Thailand's Foreign Ministry.
And then there are these blasts from the past: Lin Biao, Hale Boggs, Dorothy Hunt, and, yes, Ron Brown. Oh, don't forget Teddy Kennedy (near miss). All of these crashes have been the focus of speculation by persons sane and insane.

Do people who denounce "conspiracy theories" actually believe that people do not conspire? That people do not seek to increase their own wealth and power, at the expense of others if necessary (or convenient)? Maybe they should read more history. People plot and, as Don Delillo wrote in White Noise, "All plots tend to move deathwards. This is the nature of plots."

I am reminded of the White House meeting where various folks pondered "discrediting" columnist Jack Anderson, who was unfriendly to President Nixon. People were shocked when G. Gordon Liddy suggested simply killing him, "making him another victim of Washington's high rate of street crime." [paraphrase from memory] Sometimes murder appears to be the simplest solution.


1 comment:

  1. Don't forget Rwanda and the unfortunate (but by all accounts innocent) crash of Gen. Lebed's helicopter in Russia.


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