On July 8, two gunshots rang out on the streets of Nara, stunned the world. Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ended his life in such an unexpected way. Abe’s younger brother and Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi told the media that he never thought that his brother would leave in this way.
While people were still speculating about various conspiracy theories, the murderer Toru Yamagami also told the police that his mother had made a “huge donation” to a religious organization, which he resented, believing that the organization was related to Abe, So he moved to kill Abe. Such motives have surprised many people, because in public information, Abe has almost nothing to do with religious forces.
Chengping relaxes vigilance for a long time
The dignified former prime minister of a country, and a pivotal figure in Japanese politics, was shot to death by the murderer from three meters away in broad daylight and in full view. At the same time as the nationwide uproar in Japan, the scolding of security personnel for their dereliction of duty filled various social platforms, and some even called for security personnel to apologize.
Based on the live video and eyewitness accounts, we can see how bad the security work was at the time.
The first is the “huge” self-made gun. From the time the murderer brought it into the scene to the time when two shots were fired, no one noticed by more than 20 professional security personnel at the scene. Furthermore, for the security of a person of Abe’s level, according to common sense, security personnel must monitor the scene 360 degrees without blind spots at all times, but the murderer was able to succeed at a close distance of three meters.
Also, within 6 seconds of the killer firing two shots, the security personnel failed to respond in time. Such a careless security, such a dramatic tragedy, inevitably leaves room for conspiracy theories.
The information that the murderer was a member of the Maritime Self-Defense Force was quickly discovered by the media. Due to the murderer’s military background, some people began to link the matter with extreme militarism.
On July 14, 2022, Japanese police investigated and collected evidence at the scene of the assassination of Shinzo Abe
Today in Japan, the annual rate of gun deaths per 100,000 people is close to zero.
Historically, the assassination of Japanese prime ministers by extremists is nothing new. From 1885 to the present, Japan has produced 101 prime ministers in 137 years. Including Abe, 8 former and current prime ministers were assassinated.
Except for Abe’s grandfather Kishi Nobuyuki who survived the catastrophe, all others died in Huangquan. Among them, in the 1920s and 1930s, five prime ministers/former prime ministers were assassinated by Japanese middle- and lower-level officers within 15 years.
After World War II, in order to eliminate militarism and curb the ethos of assassination, the United States tailored the “most stringent gun control system in the Western world” for Japan, and shooting incidents in Japan were greatly reduced. Today in Japan, the annual rate of gun deaths per 100,000 people is close to zero.
In Japan, only a few people enjoy statutory security measures, such as the current prime minister, the speakers of the Senate and the House of Representatives, and foreign dignitaries. For the retired prime minister, although the government can provide him with a bodyguard, many former prime ministers such as Murayama Tomiichi and Hatoyama Yukio have declined this treatment.
Japanese politicians like to chat with the people and give impromptu speeches in the busy streets. It is more convenient and close to the people to go alone. Perhaps, these prevailing street political traditions, as well as the long-term low rate of gun crime, made Japan’s security vigilance less vigilant, and Abe eventually died as a result.
‘History is exploding in front of us’
Like Abe, US President Kennedy was assassinated and died on the street.
Tomohiko Taniguchi, who once served as Abe’s special adviser, even described Abe’s assassination as Japan’s “Kennedy moment”. Because in his view, Abe is “one of the most transformative leaders” in Japan. In addition, the murderers who assassinated the two were also from the army.
But the Kennedy assassination seemed more dramatic. Although 59 years have passed since his killing, there is still no answer that convinces most people – even though US officials have repeatedly claimed that Oswald’s murder was a personal act.
”History exploded before us,” said Smith, the field reporter who sent the first news of the Kennedy assassination to the world.
In Dallas, where Kennedy was killed, the local right-wing ideology is strong, and the extreme right-wing elements are full of hostility to Kennedy. Long before Kennedy’s visit to Dallas, they not only attacked Kennedy for treason in the media, but also humiliated Stevenson, a high-ranking official in the Kennedy administration.
Before Kennedy left, he also received warnings and threats. Kennedy’s widow, Jacqueline, recalled that Kennedy was particularly concerned about the threat of local snipers.
Before the incident, the local police assured that they had done the most stringent security work in history. Elm Street at the scene of the crime, from a security point of view, is a place that is easy to defend and difficult to attack. The Texas Textbook Warehouse Building on the southeast corner of the street and the fence on the slope on the southwest corner are the perfect commanding heights.
However, such an important commanding height has become a dead end for on-site security. According to the findings of the Warren Commission, the official U.S. investigation agency, the murderer, Oswald, fired three shots at Kennedy from the Texas textbook warehouse building: the first shot failed, the second shot blocked the throat, and the third shot in the head. The three shots fired in a row did not give Kennedy’s bodyguard any chance to respond in time.
This bullet is nicknamed the “magic bullet”.
A mock shot of the gunman aiming at Kennedy in the Texas textbook warehouse building
Doctor’s description of autopsy after Kennedy’s assassination
It was suspected that Oswald was not the only murderer at the scene, there may be another murderer who shot Kennedy from the fence on the slope in the southwest corner, because the second bullet hit Kennedy in the throat and the chest of the Texas governor at the same time, killing two people. The claim of a total of 7 wounds is unconvincing. This bullet is nicknamed the “magic bullet”.
Officials questioned 178 witnesses about the gunshots heard. 132 said it was three shots, 17 said it was two shots, seven said it was two or three shots, six said it was four shots, and nine said they didn’t know.
Less than an hour after the incident, Oswald shot and killed the patrol officer Tippet, and 80 minutes later, he was arrested in the cinema. Oswald, who was arrested, denied that he had assassinated Kennedy and Tippet, and called himself a “gullible man.”
Just when people were expecting the truth from his mouth, Oswald was shot 74 hours after his arrest. When Oswald walked into the underground garage of the police building, surrounded by dense police and reporters, the nightclub owner Ruby suddenly pushed the crowd and rushed up and shot Oswald.
Oswald died on the spot. Before he died, he shouted: “I am the scapegoat.”
In the photos provided by passers-by later, a person who looked like Oswald, seconds before Kennedy’s accident, Was in the crowd—which seemed to suggest that it might not have been Oswald who shot Kennedy in the textbook warehouse building. However, the authenticity of this photo is hard to tell.
On November 22, 1963, Dallas, Texas, Kennedy and his wife Jacqueline, Texas Governor John Connery ride in a convertible car
After the arrest of Ruby, who shot Oswald, he claimed that he wanted to be a hero and avenge Kennedy. However, Ruby soon died in prison.
There is evidence that 18 key witnesses died within three years of Kennedy’s killing. An article said that among the 18 people, 6 were shot, 3 died in a car accident, 2 committed suicide, 1 had his throat cut, 1 had his neck broken, and 5 died “naturally”. The probability of this coincidence is One in a thousand trillion. Subsequently, 115 related witnesses, from 1963 to 1993, committed suicide or were murdered in various bizarre incidents.
Who is the mastermind? Public opinion in the United States is still divided, and many world celebrities have also been involved. Because of Oswald’s contacts with the Soviet Union and Cuba, Castro became the object of suspicion. After Kennedy’s assassination, Johnson, who was turned from deputy to positive, was also suspected of being the mastermind, and there were even people who claimed to be Johnson’s mistress, claiming that Johnson had revealed the truth of the assassination to her.
There are also rumors that Marilyn Monroe’s suicide was also linked to Kennedy’s assassination. In April 2013, the American Public Policy Polling Foundation conducted a poll, and 51% of the American people voted that the assassination of Kennedy was instigated by a huge secret conspiracy; only 25% believed that the Swald acted alone.
Although there has been no convincing answer to Kennedy’s assassination for 59 years, it does not affect Americans’ memory of him. Following Kennedy’s assassination, the Observer wrote: “When the nation’s great men die, their achievements are remembered. The tragedy of Kennedy’s death is that we too have to mourn the unfinished business. We feel we The future has been betrayed.”
Today, in various polls in the United States, Kennedy has been firmly ranked among the five greatest presidents in American history, and even topped the list for a time. Kennedy once said: “Ask not what the country can do for you, but what you can do for the country.”
From the handling of the Cuban missile crisis, to the formulation of the Apollo moon landing program, the “Partial Test Ban Treaty” Pushing for the signing, Kennedy, who had lived through so many historical moments, suddenly collapsed to the sound of gunfire, so it’s no exaggeration to say that “history exploded before us” at the moment of his assassination.
As the longest-serving prime minister in Japan’s constitutional history, Abe’s unexpected death may also mean that “history exploded in front of them” for the Japanese.
After the arrest of Ruby, who shot Oswald, he claimed that he wanted to be a hero and avenge Kennedy.
Cuban revolutionary leader Castro playing table tennis in Slovakia in 1972
“Escaped the Assassination” Gold Medal Winner
If Kennedy and Abe died unexpectedly, then Castro, who was involved in the Kennedy assassination conspiracy theory, lived unexpectedly. Cuban security officials have disclosed that Castro was assassinated by the CIA as many as 638 times.
Castro once joked: If there is an assassination escape in the Olympics, then I will definitely win the gold medal. While joking, he did not forget to disgust the United States: “Today I am still alive, and this is entirely due to the CIA’s mistake.”
In order to get rid of Castro, the CIA designed a variety of assassination tactics. In addition to the traditional knife and gun, they designed deadly diving suits, shell bombs, cigarette bombs, poisonous cigars, cigar bombs, pen bombs, and beauty tricks based on Castro’s hobbies such as diving and smoking.
And the reason why Castro can always escape these various assassinations is due to his close comrade Fabian Escalan. Fabian has been following Castro since he was 14 years old, and since Castro came to power, Fabian has been involved in Castro’s security work. Someone once commented: You eat at any restaurant in Havana, and the food has not yet been served, and Fabian already knows what you ordered.
In addition to Fabian, Castro’s personal charm has also saved him from danger. The CIA turned against Castro’s lover, Marita, to assassinate Castro. It is said that at the first sight of the two, Castro realized that something was wrong with Marita.
As the two looked at each other, Castro asked suspiciously, “Are you here to assassinate me?” Marita admitted in Castro’s gaze. Castro took out a pistol and handed it to Marita: “You’re here to kill me, right? Here, shoot.”
Under Castro’s offensive, Marita finally collapsed and threw the gun aside. He cried and said, “Oh, Fidel, I can’t.” In the end, Castro survived and died at the age of 90.
Castro once said: I will eventually leave, but the ideal is immortal. From Kennedy’s “history exploded in front of us” to Abe’s “Kennedy moment”, for their citizens, perhaps they not only “worry and worry before the world”, but also “death before the world” and died”.