Before we leave the subject of the Kennedy assassination, I want to quote from a 1964 book called Dallas Public and Private, written by a onetime Morning News reporter turned corporate executive named Warren Leslie. The book provides a searching examination of Dallas during the weeks and months leading up to and following the assassination. Leslie has this to say of some of the city's leaders:
"They have fought an emotional, predictable reaction, resulting from the death in Dallas of a young President, better loved, perhaps, than he knew. They have not faced up to more reflective criticism, which has posed questions such as:
* Why were there three murders in Dallas that weekend, instead of one? Weren't two of these murders preventable?
*Why was Ambassador Adlai Stevenson struck and spat upon in Dallas? Why was Lyndon Johnson nearly mobbed?
*Why did Major General Walker, an ultraconservative, choose Dallas in which to live?
* Why did the Dallas News run a right-wing extremist advertisement on the day Kennedy arrived?
* Why do so many Dallas leaders keep saying, "It was not our fault. It could have happened anywhere. Dallas is a great city."
* Is Dallas a part of the United States? Or is it some savage country of its own?"
Leslie answers that question by saying, "Dallas is indeed a part of the United States, but there are many, including a good many Texans, who believe that the city has become disturbed psychologically and confused morally, and that while such difficulties are scarcely unique in Dallas, they have been underlined there because of local factors which are unique."