The Trial of Henry Kissinger
"His own lonely impunity is rank; it smells to heaven. If it is allowed to persist then we shall shamefully vindicate the ancient philosopher Anacharsis, who maintained that laws were like cobwebs; strong enough to detain only the weak, and too weak to hold the strong. In the name of innumerable victims known and unknown, it is time for justice to take a hand."
With the detention of Augusto Pinochet, and intense international pressure for the arrest of Slobodan Milosevic, the possibility of international law acting against tyrants around the world is emerging as a reality. Yet, as Christopher Hitchens demonstrates in this compact, incendiary book, the West need not look far to find suitable candidates for the dock. The United States is home to an individual whose record of war crimes bears comparison with the worst dictators of recent history. Please stand, ex-Secretary of State and National Security Advisor, Henry A. Kissinger.
Weighing the evidence with judicial care, and developing his case with scrupulous parsing of the written record, Hitchens takes the floor as prosecuting counsel. He investigates, in turn, Kissinger's involvement in the war in Indochina, mass murder in Bangladesh, planned assassinations in Santiago, Nicosia and Washington, D.C., and genocide in East Timor. Drawing on first-hand testimony, previously unpublished documentation, and broad sweeps through material released under the Freedom of Information Act, he mounts a devastating indictment of a man whose ambition and ruthlessness have directly resulted in both individual murders and widespread, indiscriminate slaughter.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - br77rino - LibraryThing
This book reminds me of The Hunger, which was a contemporaneous account of the Irish Potato Famine, and which I just couldn't finish (I read Part I only) because it was so horrificly depressing. In this work by Hitchens, he refers himself to it as dispiriting. That it is. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - adam.currey - LibraryThing
Written in Hitchens' typical style, this book eviscerates Kissinger's political career and backs up every claim with facts and figures. Whether or not you're interested in Kissinger specifically, this ... Read full review
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