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Which Assassination do you feel most tragic about??

 
 
mt774
 
Reply Tue 4 Oct, 2011 10:42 am
JFK or Patrice Lumumba

I will say Lumumba because lots of Americans coverage and get upset about JFK killing but tend to ignore Lumumba when speaking politically of international relations.
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Setanta
 
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Reply Tue 4 Oct, 2011 10:45 am
Patrice . . . that name is so gay . . .
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Rockhead
 
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Reply Tue 4 Oct, 2011 10:47 am
@mt774,
what about President McKinley?
Questioner
 
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Reply Tue 4 Oct, 2011 10:48 am
@mt774,
I'd vote for Lincoln.

Or MLK.
JPB
 
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Reply Tue 4 Oct, 2011 10:50 am
@Questioner,
Or maybe Bobby.
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Setanta
 
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Reply Tue 4 Oct, 2011 10:50 am
What about James Garfield? Oh sure . . . nobody gives a **** about James Garfield.
JPB
 
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Reply Tue 4 Oct, 2011 10:51 am
Or Sadat
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Rockhead
 
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Reply Tue 4 Oct, 2011 10:52 am
@Setanta,
someone killed Garfield...?

damn, I loved that cat.
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mt774
 
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Reply Tue 4 Oct, 2011 11:23 am
@Rockhead,
Rockhead wrote:

what about President McKinley?

Elijah P.Lovejoy was worse
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Joe Nation
 
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Reply Tue 4 Oct, 2011 11:29 am
I'd be willing to bet that you could stop 1000 Americans on the streets and ask "Who was Patrice Lumumba?" and you would get 998 dumb looks.

The other two would be visiting Canadians stopped by mistake.

Joe(Wasn't he named after a dance?)Nation
trying2learn
 
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Reply Tue 4 Oct, 2011 11:31 am
@Questioner,
My pick was Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Joe Nation
 
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Reply Tue 4 Oct, 2011 11:47 am
Not Allende??

Joe(who dat?)Nation
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Ragman
 
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Reply Tue 4 Oct, 2011 12:08 pm
I get misty over the loss of J.R. Ewing.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Tue 4 Oct, 2011 12:33 pm
@Joe Nation,
The bartender considered falsely accused or confused in Perugia recently is a relative (son? nephew?) of Patrice Lumumba, by the way.

osso-how's that for info-buco
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Tue 4 Oct, 2011 12:39 pm
@mt774,
Harvey Milk would get JGoldman's vote.
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Tue 4 Oct, 2011 12:41 pm
@Joe Nation,
Joe Nation wrote:

I'd be willing to bet that you could stop 1000 Americans on the streets and ask "Who was Patrice Lumumba?" and you would get 998 dumb looks.


Raises hand.
izzythepush
 
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Reply Tue 4 Oct, 2011 12:41 pm
@mt774,
John Lennon.
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Finn dAbuzz
 
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Reply Tue 4 Oct, 2011 09:49 pm
RFK's assassination had the most emotional impact for me. I was in 9th grade and he was my choice for President.

It's tough to judge which was the most tragic from an historical standpoint because it's impossible to know how differently events would have unfolded if the person hadn't been killed.

If foiling the assassination of Franz Ferdinand had prevented WWI from taking place, the number of lives saved would have been in the millions, and imagine how different the world might be. Of course, WWI was going to transpire with or without the Arch Duke's demise.

Considering how much of a turning point the years 1965-1975 represented to American history, it's interesting to consider how differently things would have turned out if JFK and survived the attempt to kill him.

I suppose for any assassination to be tragic in a historical sense an argument needs to be made that the opportunity for good or great things was extinguished along with the person's life. I tend to think that a continuation of the strong and largely principled leadership of MLK could have led to a more comprehensive and balanced societal advancement for African-Americans.

Entirely speculative but entertaining
Lustig Andrei
 
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Reply Wed 5 Oct, 2011 01:12 am
The loss of Anwar Sadat in Egypt was truly tragic as it put Hosni Mubarak -- may he go on trial posthaste -- in charge.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Wed 5 Oct, 2011 01:51 am
@tsarstepan,
http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2011/jan/17/patrice-lumumba-50th-anniversary-assassination
 

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