“It is not the light that we must fear…”

"It is not the light that we must fear; it is the darkness." Thomas G. Buchanan in Who Killed Kennedy?  thomasgbuchanan.com

These words are found, with slight variations, in a different part of the book depending on the edition:

European edition, May 1964

These words conclude the Preface:

“Let each citizen with information to impart to the Commission bring that fact–however unimportant it may seem–to the investigating body our new President appointed. We need many candles to dispel the shadows. Let us not flinch from what we may see there. Kennedy’s assassins were less strong than those who wish for a continuation of the policies he instituted. If this were not so, they would not need now to conceal their guilt. Once they have been identified, they will hold no more power that can hurt us.

“For it is not light that we must fear–it is the darkness.”

Thomas G. Buchanan in May 1964 in the U.K. edition of Who Killed Kennedy?

American edition, November 1964

The book was revised for the American edition to include, among other changes, a commentary on the Warren Report which had just come out a few weeks earlier. These words are the final ones of that revised edition:

“Neither is the ability to tell the truth a sign of weakness. […] For we are not dishonored as a nation by attempts to find the murderers among us, but by our attempts to hide them.

“It is not the light that we must fear; it is the darkness.”

Thomas G. Buchanan in November 1964 in the U.S. edition of Who Killed Kennedy?


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  1. John Kelin

    “It is not the light that we must fear; it is the darkness” is the concluding sentence to the American edition of Who Killed Kennedy?, the first book I ever read about the JFK assassination. That sentence had quite an effect on me; a lesson in the power of the written word.

    Imagine my surprise to learn, years later, that this same sentence concludes the Preface (p. 8) to the European edition. I can only wonder why. (Devotees of Eats, Shoots and Leaves, such as myself, may find it interesting that the punctuation differs slightly in the two versions. The Euro has an n-dash: “It is not the light that we must fear – it is the darkness.”)

    The book also has an informative section (in both versions) on previous presidential assassinations, and how they inform our knowledge of the Kennedy case.

    All in all, Who Killed Kennedy? is an important early work on a case that haunts us to this day. The American and European versions are both valued additions to my crowded bookshelf.

    Thanks for this site!

    1. Marian Buchanan Post author

      Thank you, John. Is it modesty that kept you from mentioning your own book? John Kelin’s book is Praise from a Future Generation. It’s an account of the efforts of the “first generation” critics of the official version of the JFK assassination as embodied in the Warren Report. John has used this very quote of my father’s to introduce Part Three of his book.

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