From there, our student tells his role in setting up a last-minute
appointment between Nokam and JFK during the President’s
state visit to Paris in June 1961. Applying ‘laws of history’
of his own making to an analysis of coming events, Nokam realizes
the US faces inescapable defeat in Vietnam, so he wants to convince
JFK to contain damage and move urgently towards a negotiated withdrawal
without dropping the Catholic government of South Vietnam. The
meeting comes off and JFK hears Nokam out but ignores the advice
and predestined events lock into their worst-case scenario for
both Vietnam and himself.
In 1970, our hero is now a military advisor to the Royal
Laotian Navy, with enough spare time to spell out Nokam’s
theory of history , called ‘Eventalism’, in a paper
ultimately destined for publication so that world’s leaders
can optimize damage containment in their management of national
and international affairs. Nokam goes on to explain at a private
gathering how he had mapped out Nixon’s destiny, including
his SE Asia policies and resignation years before the fact.
Nokam finally turns over a copy of the manuscript to a US presidential
aide in April 1974 but too late to inflect the course of events
– Nixon’s resignation was only months away.
Nokam abruptly disappears in 1975 (probably to act on
Moscow but possibly Beijing or Tokyo) leaving behind forecasts
on subjects such as World War III and how to mitigate it by
transforming it to economic conflict. The book closes with concrete
comments from Nokam on myth, religion and the fate of humanity.