Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Joe Kennedy's pact with the devil

Some years ago a serious friend astonished me by suggesting that Joe Kennedy had made a pact with the devil over the futures of his sons. He made a fortune from questionable activities including bootlegging and crime-family links, and was appointed US Ambassador to London during the war before blotting his copybook. Paralysed by a stroke but fully mentally aware, he lived to see two of his sons assassinated and the third destroy his political career in the waters of the Chappaquidick. I asked what had gone wrong. My friend replied "Joe Kennedy thought he could outsmart the devil."

Make of that what you will, but today sees the end of one of America's most controversial political families. The obits will pick apart Ted Kennedy's life, and future historians insulated by the distance of time will judge the effect this extraordinary family really had on the world. For today let's let them grieve.


The Great Simpleton said...

The BBC seems to have already started the beatification process.

Best president the USA never had; best senator ever, just look at all the social bills, espectially health care reform etc. I know we shouldn't speak ill of the dead but it really has been over the top.

I suppose he will be sorely missed by the IRA as well.

Budgie said...

Any ordinary member of the public would have been jailed for 10 years for manslaughter.

Anonymous said...


A Conversation in Hell
New York Post
―July 21, 1999
John Podhoretz

Commentary by Michael Collins Piper, softcover pages [586-587] (ebook pages 682-683):
. . .. . .Considering the venomous hostility toward the Kennedy family in some influential quarters, it is interesting to note that on July 21, 1999 John Podhoretz—son of American Jewish Committee leader (and longtime CIA collaborator) Norman Podhoretz—and editorial page editor of The New York Post(which featured Mossad man David Heymann's disinformation in the first place) penned a column entitled "A Conversation in Hell," putting forth his view of JFK Jr's death.
. . .Podhoretz's essay, which is very hard to find—having been pulled in response to public outrage at Podhoretz's visceral venom after the first edition of the Post went to press—speaks for itself and is published here (below) in its historic and revealing (and quite shocking) entirety. This essay by Podhoretz does indeed say what many defenders of Israel really do think about the Kennedy family.
. . .You be the judge.