A half-dozen eye-witnesses say that Sirhan Sirhan said nothing before the shots were fired.
“No warning, no yells. I didn’t hear any shouts afterward either.”
That’s how the AFL-CIO official who witnessed the shooting described it.
“No shouts that I heard” – that is what another eye-witness, a kitchen worker, said.
Yet CBS news anchor Joseph Benti reads from a piece of paper saying Sirhan Sirah “shouted as the shots were fired ‘I did it for my country, I love my country.'”
Another TV anchor, Harry Reasoner, from CBS news – also reading from a piece of paper – claimed that the Communists were using the shooting as “propaganda” to spread conspiracy theories that the assassination might have something to do with the assassination of John F. Kennnedy five years previously.
Another TV news anchor would read this on the air:
“Police searched his residence this morning and according to Los Angeles mayor Samuel Yorty, found a notebook in the suspect’s room mentioning the, quote, necessity of assassinating Senator Kennedy.”
Someone who appears to be a neighbor of Sirhan Sirhan says that he wasn’t “political” at all.
According to the mayor of Los Angeles, Sam Yorty, found in Siran Sirhan’s pockets was an editorial criticizing Robert Kennedy for his support for Israel.
Sirhan Sirhan, born in Jordan, was later described as a “Palestinian.”
It’s very clear what the narrative being created was supposed to be. Sirhan Sirhan, a Palestinian, hated Robert Kennedy for his support of Israel, so shot him down while yelling that he did it for Palestine.
Yet this aspect of the assassination of Robert Kennedy is almost never discussed anymore.
After the 9/11 attacks, the story was briefly mentioned in some op-eds by neo-conservatives who said Sirhan Sirhan was the first Osama Bin Laden, the first Muslim Terrorist to attack America for its support for Israel. (Sirhan Sirhan was a Christian, not a Muslim.)
Yet for some reason, this story was quickly dropped, because it raised more questions than it actually answered.
During the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, author Mel Ayton would try again with his book “The Forgotten Terrorist.”
Despite the fact that Sirhan Sirhan’s neighbors and family said he “wasn’t political at all” Ayton claims otherwise:
The author profiles Sirhan and presents a wealth of evidence about his fanatical Palestinian nationalism and his hatred for Robert Kennedy that motivated the killing. Ayton unearths neglected eyewitness accounts and overlooked forensic evidence, and convincingly shows that Sirhan was in fact the lone assassin.
Robert Kennedy’s son doesn’t believe that it was Sirhan Sirhan who assassinated his father:
Instead RFK believes that Thane Eugene Cesar did it.
“Cesar was hired as a part-time security guard just a few months before getting called up at the last minute to personally escort Kennedy. Lisa Pease, who researched A Lie Too Big to Fail about the RFK Assassination, writes that Cesar had previously worked for Robert A. Maheu in Los Angeles.”
Who was Robert A. Maheu?
In the summer of 1960, the CIA recruited Maheu to approach the West Coast representative of the Chicago mob, Johnny Roselli. When Maheu contacted Roselli, Maheu hid the fact that he was sent by the CIA, instead portraying himself an advocate for international corporations. He offered to pay $150,000 to have Castro killed, but Roselli declined any pay. Roselli introduced Maheu to two men he referred to as “Sam Gold” and “Joe.” “Sam Gold” was Sam Giancana; “Joe” was Santo Trafficante, Jr., the Tampa, Florida boss and one of the most powerful mobsters in pre-revolution Cuba. Glenn Kessler of The Washington Post explained: “After Fidel Castro led a revolution that toppled a friendly government in 1959, the CIA was desperate to eliminate him. So the agency sought out a partner equally worried about Castro—the Mafia, which had lucrative investments in Cuban casinos.”
In testimony before the Church Committee in 1975, Maheu confirmed his role in the assassination plot against Castro, saying that he thought the United States “was involved in a just war.” CIA documents released in 2007 provided additional details of the plot.
As usual, we have the facts, often hard to discover. Then, we have a ready made “narrative” – a plot line. Like a Hollywood movie, that doesn’t square up with the known facts.
Tracing minutia of historical events makes you a crank.
But coherent stories with only a loose connection to the facts are far more compelling emotionally.
Sirhan Sirah was a radical nationalist Palestinian who gunned down RFK because of Kennedy’s strong support for Israel, America’s best friend and ally.
And it has nothing to do with the assassination of John F. Kennedy, an idea that is an anti-semitic conspiracy theory spread by Russian Communist propagandists.
Just like the journalists on TV said.