"If the courts and lawyers of this country will not do their duty, we shall watch as the victims and survivors of this man pursue justice and vindication in their own dignified and painstaking way, and at their own expense, and we shall be put to shame." Forget Pinochet, Milosevic, Hussein, Kim Jong-il, or Gaddafi: America need look no further than its own lauded leaders for a war criminal whose offenses rival those of the most heinous dictators in recent history-Henry Kissinger.
Employing evidence based on firsthand testimony, unpublished documents, and new information uncovered by the Freedom of Information Act, and using only what would hold up in international courts of law, The Trial of Henry Kissinger outlines atrocities authorized by the former secretary of state in Indochina, Bangladesh, Chile, Cyprus, East Timor, and in the plight of the Iraqi Kurds, "including conspiracy to commit murder, kidnap, and torture."
With the precision and tenacity of a prosecutor, Hitchens offers an unrepentant portrait of a felonious diplomat who "maintained that laws were like cobwebs," and implores governments around the world, including our own, to bring him swiftly to justice.
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Lucid well-constructed and evidenced arguments for the re-assessment of Nobel Peace Prize winning Kissinger as a war criminal. Although Christopher Hitchens was an incomparably good public speaker, Simon Prebble is an excellent stand-in reader.
Hitchens meticulously deconstructs the record of Nobel Peace Prize winner Henry Kissinger. The charges laid before Kissinger are extensive and heinous. The extension of the Vietnamese war by four years, the expansion of that war into the neutral counties of Laos and Cambodia, the support of the Indonesian dictator Suharto in the annexing of East Timor (including the genocide of 1/3rd of the Timorese people) and support for the Greek junta in the invasion of Cyprus. Add to this Kissingers involvement in the death of Chile's democratically-elected president Salvador Allende, his support for the muderous General Pinochet and his repeated lies to Congress and the Senete - wow! This is a book worth reading.
Listening and learning.
The narration is very good and perfectly suited to the material. It's an interesting book and has lots of good insights - including a lot of things that I wouldn't have known about otherwise. Well worth a listen.
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