Is everyone missing the point?

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Do you believe Lee Oswald assassinated President Kennedy?

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kay brown

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I'm always a day late or a dollar short so it doesn't surprise me that only now have I become aware of the film. I know it's fiction. I know Steven King is a terrific writer with an exceptional sense of make believe, but I look on this book as something else, a perpetuation of deliberate falsehoods pertaining to the assassination of John Kennedy. At the end of the book King felt the need to confirm his belief that Lee Oswald was guilty as sin. Seeing as how his book was written prior to Judyth Baker's "Lee and Me" I'd assumed (hoped) Mr. King had read her book by now and come to a different conclusion. It seems I assumed wrongly. Films are a powerful medium in explaining historical events, oft times incorrectly yet the moviegoers immediately take the film at face value with no critical thinking whatsoever. I'm certain this will be the case with this film, sad to say. The fact is Lee Oswald never shot our President. He was a patsy just as he declared prior to his murder. Truth. Honest truth.
I agree with you 100% in that LH Oswald did not even fire a shot at JFK. Jim Marrs book "Crossfire" absolutely shreds the case against Lee H Oswald..but on this forum you will not find many who do not support King and his belief that Oswald was guilty....in fact this forum in my experience has been somewhat hostile to advocating his innocence.
 

Neesy

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I agree with you 100% in that LH Oswald did not even fire a shot at JFK. Jim Marrs book "Crossfire" absolutely shreds the case against Lee H Oswald..but on this forum you will not find many who do not support King and his belief that Oswald was guilty....in fact this forum in my experience has been somewhat hostile to advocating his innocence.
Sorry about that - I don't think anyone wanted to come across as hostile - most try to be respectful of the other person's opinions
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Dana Jean

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I agree with you 100% in that LH Oswald did not even fire a shot at JFK. Jim Marrs book "Crossfire" absolutely shreds the case against Lee H Oswald..but on this forum you will not find many who do not support King and his belief that Oswald was guilty....in fact this forum in my experience has been somewhat hostile to advocating his innocence.
I think you took good natured teasing as hostile?
 
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I agree with you 100% in that LH Oswald did not even fire a shot at JFK. Jim Marrs book "Crossfire" absolutely shreds the case against Lee H Oswald..but on this forum you will not find many who do not support King and his belief that Oswald was guilty....in fact this forum in my experience has been somewhat hostile to advocating his innocence.
Who does Jim Marrs think did it?
 
I do think quite a few people are missing the point. Let me reiterate. The reason the Kennedy assassination was important for this book is BECAUSE we don't know and there is so much conjecture. King wrote about an ethical man granted access and thus profound power. The point of the book was never to convince you that Oswald did or didn't kill Kennedy. It was about the protagonist's journey. It was, in fact, just the "situation" and no more than that. Those fixated on arguing about the real world events clearly miss the forest for the trees. What is more, King writes about alternate realities all the time and this one is clearly no different. It even works into the text itself how altering the past is creating more realities based on what if in an endless cascade. So, before I belabor this beyond sanity, get over it.
 

RichardX

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I do think quite a few people are missing the point. Let me reiterate. The reason the Kennedy assassination was important for this book is BECAUSE we don't know and there is so much conjecture. King wrote about an ethical man granted access and thus profound power. The point of the book was never to convince you that Oswald did or didn't kill Kennedy. It was about the protagonist's journey. It was, in fact, just the "situation" and no more than that. Those fixated on arguing about the real world events clearly miss the forest for the trees. What is more, King writes about alternate realities all the time and this one is clearly no different. It even works into the text itself how altering the past is creating more realities based on what if in an endless cascade. So, before I belabor this beyond sanity, get over it.
I agree that King's book is a work of fiction and not intended as a primer on the JFK assassination. King has, however, both in his book and at public events layed out the case against Oswald. That evidence is persuasive. There is no real conjecture about Oswald's guilt from King's perspective either in the context of this book or outside it. It is not an "alternative reality." It wasn't ambiguity regarding Oswald's guilt that made him select the JFK assassination to drive the fictional plot but rather what would happen if a major historical event was altered (i.e. Oswald was stopped from assassinating JFK). I agree though that the topic of Oswald's guilt is generally pointless to debate. My experience with JFK conspiracy theorists is that no amount of evidence or common sense can ever change their opinion. It is a matter of faith-based belief in how the world works that this had to be the work of sinister forces that control all major events. If they were capable of exercising reason and common sense, they would not be conspiracy theorists to begin with. So the better argument for not engaging in these endless debates in my opinion is that no one will ever change their mind. The history books record that Lee Harvey Oswald assassinated JFK. Every official investigation has reached that same conclusion. The evidence overwhelmingly supports that conclusion for any reasonable person who takes the time to study the basic case. The fact that some can never be convinced of this obvious conclusion is meaningless when the facts and circumstances support Oswald's guilt.
 
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