This will never rest, I also have my suspicions about who killed Dag Hammarskjold and conspiracy theories only increased when former UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold’s death was honored. Fifty years after the plane crash which killed UN chief and renowned Swedish statesman Dag Hammarskjold, there is a chorus of demands for a new probe into his death that many claim was the work of mercenaries. Hammarskjold was killed on the night of September 17-18, 1961, when his DC-6 came down near Ndola airport in the British colony Northern Rhodesia (modern-day Zambia) as he flew in to peace talks to end fighting in the mineral-rich Katanga province in neighbour to Congo. The United Nations’ own inquiry shortly after the crash blamed pilot error, effectively endorsing an initial investigation by the colonial authorities. But reports from witnesses and other diplomats have led to widespread accusations of a cover-up and the suspicion that Hammarskjold paid the price for supporting efforts by the newly independent Congolese government to crush an uprising in Katanga being funded by Western mining companies. Goran Bjorkdahl, a Swedish aid worker who has interviewed eyewitnesses to the crash in Ndola, recently proclaimed that there could be “no doubt Dag Hammarskjold’s plane was brought down.”
The wreckage of Dag Hammarskjold’s plane near Ndola, now Zambia. Eyewitnesses claim they saw a second plane fire at the UN chief’s plane.
“My own conclusion, after adding the new witnesses’ statements and the archive information to previously published documents, is that Hammarskjold ‘s DC-6 was brought down and that the motive was to maintain the American and British control over Katanga minerals,” he wrote in Britain’s Guardian newspaper last month. A new book by the author Susan Williams entitled ‘Who Killed Hammarskjold?’ also argues that the plane was brought down, prompting the diplomat’s nephew Knut Hammarskjold to recently call for a new inquiry. Others who believe that the Swedish authorities have been too ready to accept the official cover version of events include Rolf Rembe who is the Swedish author of a book on Hammarskjold ‘s career and legacy.
“What is important is to require all the relevant documents,” Rembe told Sweden’s daily Svenska Dagbladet.
“It seems unlikely, but it could have been an attempted kidnapping of Hammarskjold,” he added.
Was Kennedy killed because his support to Hammarskjold?
In 2007, retired French diplomat Claude de Kemoularia added fresh fuel to the conspiracy theory when he recounted a meeting with a group of mercenaries and a Belgian pilot in Paris in 1967 who claimed to have brought down the plane. He then made contact with the Swedish authorities in the hope that they would open a new inquiry but his efforts were in vain. The foreign ministry later dismissed his version of events as “extremely unlikely.” John F Kennedy, the US president at the time of Hammarskjold ‘s death, eulogized him as “the greatest statesman of our century.”
In an address from the White House, Kennedy paid tribute to Hammarskjold ‘s “dedication to the cause of peace, his untiring labor to achieve it, his courage under attack, (and) willingness to accept all responsibility in trying to strengthen the United Nations to make it a more effective instrument.” But Hammarskjold was far from universally popular and Kennedy’s Soviet counterpart Nikita Khrushchev had called for his resignation over his handling of the Katanga conflict. Hammarskjold responded: “It is very easy to bow to the wish of a big power, it is another matter to resist.”
Hammarskjold, who was 56 at the time of his death, is the only UN secretary-general to have died while in office and also the only person to have been posthumously awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. The current Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt will travel on Sunday to Ndola, near the scene of the crash, to take part in a commemorative ceremony. Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria will attend a similar event at the University of Uppsala and Swedish public radio’s symphony orchestra will play a concert in his memory in the capital Stockholm.
Dag Hammarskjold A Hero
FIFTY years ago black people were forbidden entry to the perimeter of any airport in British or Belgian Southern Africa. Who Killed Hammarskjold is the story of how the Swedish Secretary General of the United Nations was murdered for having the temerity to challenge this racism of the current preachers on “human rights”, “freedom of expression”, and the “rights of people to have governments of their choice”. Olof Palme was another Swedish hero, who also got murdered.
Fifty years ago there were no China, India, Brazil or the internet to constrain officials of Union Miniere, the CIA, American or European governments from acting as they wished, practicing racism and imperialism, and murdering those who challenged them. Today millions still live in poverty and illiteracy, but China, India and Brazil demonstrate what is possible in the modern world. In Africa perhaps a few countries like Ghana might make the break into a future of prosperity and dignity. I belive and have always believed that American and British interest`s were the main reasons behind both Hammarskjold and Palme death`s. For they both exposed the dark underbelly of the so-called Western democracies.