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Freeing Robert Kennedy’s Killer – What Are They Thinking?

Robert Kennedy

What are they thinking? Fifty-three years ago, a Palestinian terrorist named Sirhan Bishara Sirhan showed up in Los Angeles – the height of the 1968 presidential campaign – and murdered Robert F. Kennedy, a likely-to-win Democratic candidate, US Attorney General, brother of assassinated President John F. Kennedy. A California parole board now aims to free him.  

Wrong does not come more wrong. Here is why. On August 27, the California parole board “granted release” of Sirhan, Kennedy’s confessed assassin. A 90-day review now kicks in, and then – whoever is Governor of California, current Governor Newsom, or replacement – decides. 

Ironically, Sirhan should not even be alive. On that fateful day in 1968, Sirhan shot young Robert Kennedy four times, once in the head, twice in the back, and fourth time. 

He shot five other people, who recovered. He did so avowedly out of hatred for Kennedy’s support for Israel. Five people wrestled Sirhan to the ground.  

Sirhan not only confessed to the killing and pled guilty, but he also requested to be executed. A federal judge declined to accept his confession, declined his guilty plea, and declined his execution request. The trial established Sirhan has planned, practiced shooting, told others his intention. Nor did he disavow his motivation – deep anti-Semitism, hatred of Israel, and political terror.

Sirhan was eventually sentenced to death. The prosecutor was none other than World War II hero “Buck” Compton, made famous by Tom Hank’s “Band of Brothers” series. Buck was revered at the law, eventually appointed to California’s Supreme Court by Ronald Reagan. 

What Compton would say about Sirhan’s release is not known – but can be imagined. Compton was a former police officer, exceedingly thorough. He sought Sirhan’s death. In a 2007 oral history, Compton noted, “Sirhan’s whole motive in killing Bobby Kennedy was because he hated the Jews and Zionists …there was a certain terrorist element involved … Jews … were the enemy.” So, to Compton, there is no question Sirhan was guilty of murder, anti-Semitic, a terrorist. See, e.g.,California Appellate Court Legacy Project.

As it turned out, soon after Sirhan’s death sentence, California rejected the death penalty – replacing it with life. In intervening years, 15 attempts to get free on parole have been systematically rejected – until now. 

What has changed? Nothing, except that two of Robert Kennedy’s children, feeling guilty that Sirhan remains in prison, believe their father – dead by Sirhan’s hand – might wish him released, so advocated for his release. 

 In the modern moment, such a result approaches insanity. At a time when anti-Semitism and anti-Semitism terror are on the rise, when Muslim members of the US Congress openly evince anti-Semitism, when anti-Israeli terrorists chase Americans from Afghanistan when more Islamic terror has hit US shores in two decades than prior two centuries when lawlessness and record homicides are afoot – the message sent by releasing a convicted terrorist, one who killed a presidential candidate, seems the worst possible.

Releasing Sirhan would say to the world – even as we flee Afghanistan and leave Americans behind – we will not even abide by the rule of law at home, not keep murdering terrorists accountable. Here is a man who killed not only a politician but a leading Democratic presidential candidate, did so for avowed anti-Semitic and ideological reasons, shot five other people, escaped a death sentence to live – when the man he killed was robbed of life. 

And Robert Kennedy’s brother, a serving president, was also killed by an ideological terrorist, albeit a communist sympathizer. 

So, at a time of enormous domestic and global division, fears of violence and rising homicide, ideological dissension within and between political parties, and approaching the 20th anniversary of the most egregious Islamic terror event in US history, we should release one of the most notorious Islamic terrorists in our history? 

No, the reality is that consequences – lifetime, irrevocable, and necessarily clear – must follow such a heinous act—the more heinous the act, the more immutable the consequences. California has long been losing touch with reality. Perhaps that is why a recall is afoot. Freeing the killer of Robert F. Kennedy in any era would be wrong. It is especially ill-advised right now.

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Charles Nolan
1 month ago

I remember a bumper sticker from the time of Jimmy Carter, which said, “Where is Lee Harvey Oswald when we need him?” Sirhan is still around. LOL.
When I listen to news clips of Biden, I wonder, what is holding his ears apart.

Tim
1 month ago

I fear this ill advised decision will embolden others to act similarly against our elected employees. Nothing in Cali surprises me any longer

JustinN
1 month ago

Boston marathon bomber should be executed long time ago, instead he got his Covid relief check. Taliban terrorists arrived to US, more 9/11 is coming.Welcome to new America.

Harry L. Mallory
1 month ago

That clown should have been executed long ago.

Stephen Lykins
1 month ago

Nothing that happens in the land of fruits and nuts surprises me, nor should it surprise anyone!

Jeff
1 month ago

Why am I stunned(?) Apparently I’m having trouble understanding that STUPID (enter expletives) has no bounds. I could not possibly give a da_n what Robert Kennedy’s children think re advocating the release of this terrorist. Our laws are being eroded and the erosion of same has accelerated via, inter alia, enforcement refusal, passing laws that clearly assault LIBERTY.. I wonder, how long will WE THE PEOPLE let the leftists systematically destroy our great nation? Destroying election integrity should be a great big RED FLAG; we will lose our country and our Liberty unless the majority fail to get off our arses and commit to saving our country, liberty, ourselves and families.

Mary
1 month ago
Reply to  Jeff

Totally agree Jeff!

TheHoneyBadger
1 month ago

Kalipornia, aka Granolaland; the Land of Fruits, Nuts, and Flakes

Bob Davis
1 month ago

The sob should have executed . Period !

David Higginbotham
1 month ago
Reply to  Bob Davis

Totaly agree!

Gregory Rawe
1 month ago

Put this empty, dry boned thing to death.

Rush Glick
1 month ago

“California.” ‘Nuff said.

Barbara
1 month ago

This is absolutely absurd!! Yet, it seems everything this administration does is absurd! To them evil is good and good is evil!

Maggymae
1 month ago
Reply to  Barbara

What does your comment bring to mind Barbara? The last days, when right is considered wrong and wrong is considered right!

Charles Nolan
1 month ago
Reply to  Barbara

The Devil has his own, just as God has his workers.

Hal
1 month ago

Wonder why there was no hue and cry for the death (or any other meaningful) penalty for TED KENNEDY for his manslaughter and related conduct in the Mary Jo Copeckne (? sp) death … seems like the Kennedy family is cloaked in controversies in years gone-by.

Hal
1 month ago

I am a believer in very carefully justifying the application of the death penalty, but in the case of Sirhan I think the death penalty should have been applied when he was convicted. At this junction in time I believe it is too late to change the penalty as a result of his trial. Bit I do despise Sirhan as a creature not worthy of breathing air of life on the order of a mad dog.

Dan W.
1 month ago
Reply to  Hal

Way too late since the Supreme Court invalidated all death penalty laws then on the books in 1972.

The result of that decision (Furman) cancelled death sentences on all crimes committed prior to 1973.

Charles Nolan
1 month ago
Reply to  Hal

Take Sirhan to the San Diego Zoo, and train him to be a treat to some lions, an old, but effective Roman tradition.

Richard Swimm
1 month ago

My father was a WWII veteran: part of the GREATEST generation. Shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, I asked how the atmosphere in the US compared to the Japanese attacks on Pearl Harbor. During the conversation, he talked about the American response. He stated that the American people’s resolve will wane, that we would not have the stomach to do what it takes to see it through. Chilling, yet true. Freeing Sirhan is one example. Allowing politicians and the courts to hamstring the US military in Afghanistan and Iraq is another. This level of idiocy will impact America’s national security and cost American lives at home and abroad.

Kellie
1 month ago
Reply to  Richard Swimm

My father was also a World War ll veteran, and I have no doubt he would agree with your father. Far too many victims and cowards who don’t understand what it is to sacrifice.

Enuf Said
1 month ago

Well, what do you REALLY expect from Cal-E-Forn-E-Cate?

demarree1
1 month ago

This only proves to me that California is really the land of the fruits and nuts!!

Enuf Said
1 month ago
Reply to  demarree1

You left out the “FLAKES”!

SGMLevi
1 month ago
Reply to  demarree1

Steers and queers

Diane M. Watson, M. Ed.
1 month ago

I am horrified that anyone would add to the terror of family and friends who survived Robert Kennedy. Robert was a gentle man with the steal and force of some of our greatest leaders. I expected the original solitary confinement inflicted upon Sirhan to continue with not a thought of parole. In fact there was a false bit of news around 2012 that Sirhan had died of natural causes in prison. Now we have fallen for a bit of good “acting” typical of some of our most hardened killers.

Linda Maria
1 month ago

This is too shocking! Sorry– but although I am a Christian, I almost think a life sentence was “too good” for this evil assassin! And we all saw it on live TV, that horrible night!

Linda Maria
1 month ago
Reply to  Linda Maria

What do the victims who were also shot during Bobby Kennedy’s assasssination, who survived– and may still be alive– think of the possible release of Sirhan Sirhan?? Is it possible that a law could be passed, to block dangerous assassins from ever being considered for parole or release? That is just too scary! I am Catholic, and our Pope does not believe in capital punishment. I am not sure if capital punishment is totally wrong– but the American public needs to count on protection from these extremely dangerous killers! What can we possibly count on, in today’s brutally immoral and savage world??

Linda Maria
1 month ago
Reply to  Linda Maria

Just imagine if Charles Manson had been released (he died in prison) and you happenned to see him in your neighborhood, near your children’s or grandchildren’s school, near your church, grocery store, rec center, YMCA, Senior Center, or local children’s park. What if he boarded the subway, and sat next to you, if you lived in a big city, and were on your daily commute to work? How would you feel?? Would you panic, scared out of your mind— and be ready to wildly scream at all the idiotic liberals??

Sharon
1 month ago

As long as Newscum is governor in CA, all the murderers, rapists, etc will be released. Vote YES on the RECALL.

Rose
1 month ago
Reply to  Sharon

I gladly did!! I’m praying that enough “people” (all political parties) here in CA, see the truth!

Gary Swanzy
1 month ago

Only in California.

2004done
1 month ago
Reply to  Gary Swanzy

AND NJ,NY, MI, MA, IL, MO, WA, OR, …

MOCountry
1 month ago
Reply to  2004done

MO is NOT a blue state!!

Chuck
1 month ago
Reply to  2004done

MO Country, you may be red, but you have Cori Bush. Just an observation.

Chuck
1 month ago
Reply to  2004done

MO Country, you may be red, but you have Cori Bush.

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