The United States believes that it alone pursues and indicts war criminals; nothing in its political or journalistic culture allows for the fact that it. The Trial of Henry Kissinger has ratings and reviews. Greg said: Henry Kissinger is a bad bad man, and Christopher Hitchens sets out to prove i. Christopher Hitchens and The Trial of Henry Kissinger: A Response to. Lawrence Douglas. BY RONALD EDSFORTH. Christopher Hitchens begins TheTrial of.
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Brilliantly researched and perfectly set-out, The Trial of Henry Kissinger turned me from someone who was unsure to now someone who tenses at the very name ‘Henry Kissinger’. Indictments should also include deliberate mass killings of civilian populations in Indochina, collusion in mass murder and assassination in Bangladesh, the personal planning of the murder of General Schneider in Chile, involvement in a plan to murder Archbishop Makarios in Cyprus and the incitement and enabling of genocide in East Timor.
Hitcyens are some great stories hktchens the Nixon White House, including the time when Nixon was going crazy at the end of the Watergate saga and had to be restrained by the Secret Service as he ran crazed around the White House. Lists with This Book. As such, The Trial of Henry Kissinger makes for the best possible introduction to him for casual readers, and is one with an implicit thesis about the crumbling of the American claim to the moral high ground if such a claim, between slavery, Native American genocide, Jim Crow, Japanese internment camps, Manifest Destiny, private prisons, mass incarceration, the War on Drugs, etc.
The Trial of Henry Kissinger by Christopher Hitchens
Every time someone reads The Trial of Henry Kissinger it will ensure that the many crimes against humanity, acts of subornation and circumvention of the democratic rule of law for which Kissinger is responsible will remain matters of record for many years to come.
If the book’s title is direct, Hitchens’s style is not. A marvelous evisceration of the loathsome Dr K by Christopher Hitchens, convincingly making the case that said Dr should be indicted for war crimes and indeed there are warrants out for his arrest in some European countries.
And if you really are pressed: Christopher Hitchens turns his forensic eye on the political career of one of the 20th century’s most powerful, most hitcchens, most duplicitous psychopaths, Dr.
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 trail painstaking way, and at their own expense, and we shall be put to shame.
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I’m glad Hitchens had the guts to write this book and I hope that one day, justice will rightfully be administered onto the slime that is Henry Kissinger. But English being my native tongue, I could ot along well-enough. Books of the Week. Hitchens delivers once again, but that is not a surprise. But, given the depth and breadth of the cover ups, the ways in which the government can redact documents ihtchens the fact that Kissinger himself refuses to release papers that would implicate himself, means that he will probably get away scott free, as most of the cronies that should be banged to rights so often do.
In all, the book does kissiinger it can with the small pages it has the book is a very, very past read. I think we are programmed to think that as the “good guys” we wouldn’t do that when in actual fact you only have to look at any conflict to see the atrocities both sides commit.
A monster rendered powerless, like Slobodan Praljak, is put to trial; his only escape is suicide. Hitchens was also a political observer, whose best-selling books — the most famous being God Is Not Great — made him a staple of talk shows and lecture circuits. Oct 23, Charlie Edwards rated it it was amazing. If you ever come across an American smugly declaring that the world looks to the US “moral guidance”—the person who believes the likes of Stephen Colbert—just chuck this thing in their general direction and say, “Every President, from Nixon to Chritopher, respected this guy, and Hillary Clinton considered kjssinger an adviser.
A brilliant and important piece of work in terms of gathering and presenting evidence, but this chrisstopher doesn’t help you by supplying any sort of primer material.
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An exhilarating read, though one that makes you so angry, not only at Dr K’s total amorality but at the fact that this highly intelligent, extremely powerf A marvelous evisceration of the loathsome Dr K by Christopher Hitchens, convincingly making the case that said Dr should be indicted for war crimes and indeed there are warrants out for his arrest in some European countries.
The charge sheet – subversion of the US-Vietnam peace talks, the rampant destruction of Cambodia and Laos, complicity in political assassinations both successful and failed in Chile and Cyprus, tacit approval and secret support of the invasion of East Timor, interference in Angola, support of the Fascist junta in Greece, support of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus, involvement in the attempted kidnapping and murder of an inconvenient Greek journalist and democratic political activist, financial interests in Suharto’s Burma and Milosevic’s Serbia – is long and miserable to read.
Formerly a Trotskyist and a fixture in the left wing publications of both the United Kingdom and United States, Hitchens departed from the grassroots of the political left in after what he called the “tepid reaction” of the European left following Ayatollah Khomeini’s issue of a fatwa calling for the murder of Salman Rushdie, but he stated on the Charlie Rose show aired August that he remained a “Democratic Socialist.
I kept finding myself saying “ok, then what I warn you- if you are closed to the idea that an American citizen can be a war criminal, this book is not for you.
If America does not act promptly, Hitchens warns, others will, further eroding our claims to moral leadership. Narrative is shaped by the dominant, and the US pretends it is a moral authority. An unelected official in the United States is meeting with others, without the knowledge or authorisation of Congress, to plan the kidnapping of a constituion-minded senior officer in a democratic country with which the United States is not at war, and with which it maintains cordial diplomatic relations The writing is fervent and spirited in the usual Hitchens style, although I am troubled at times by the frequent presumption of guilt by tangential association, and of assuming motives and making moral judgement, rather than sticking clearly to the facts.
Topics Books Digested read. This narrative-shaping means that Richard Nixon is best remembered for Watergate and Gerald Ford for pardoning him. The book is written from an authorial position of moral outrage, and calls for Americans not to ignore Kissinger’s record.
Goodreads helps you keep track of books you christopheg to read. The important themes here are people in power not being held to account, and the damage that does, especially to a progressive society that consistently claims the moral high ground. This page was last edited on 18 Decemberat Tim Walker of The Austin Chronicle lauded Hitchens as “a brilliant polemicist and a tireless reporter.
Henry Kissinger is a bit of an open secret in U. The thrust perfectly surmised in this paragraph: I constantly fail to understand how this man continues to, not only enjoy freedom, but remain one of the most influential people in American foreign policy.
chrustopher Thanks for telling us about the problem. Sadly, we live in a world where the West is innocent of war crimes. One chapter also guesses at Kissinger’s motives beyond political advancement, pointing to numerous financial conflicts of interest or “harmonies of interest”, as Hitchens states sardonically from Kissinger’s perspective.