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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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I don’t imagine that after Hitchens’ account of Kissinger, there is need for any other on the fighting side. However, he makes a deeply compelling case for war crimes against Kissinger. Jan 16, Tim rated it really liked it Shelves: Once he does, he’s going to be labelled both “brilliant” and “controversial,” depending on the descriptor’s standing on the political—and, frankly, moral—spectrum.

Highlights from the book were serialized in Harper’s Magazine in February and March In the author’s words, “They can either persist in averting their gaze from the egregious impunity enjoyed by a notorious war criminal and lawbreaker, or they can become seized by the exalted standards to which they continually hold everyone else. 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 Kissinger symbolises the pornography of power.

To ask other readers questions about The Trial of Henry Kissingerplease sign up. The current state of suspended animation, however, cannot last. Dec 22, Lachlan rated it it was amazing. Sadly, we live in a world where the West is innocent of war crimes. Henry Kissinger is a bad bad man, and Christopher Hitchens sets out to prove it and expose all of the fucked up shit this slimy bastard has ever done to the world.

The writing is fervent and spirited in the usual Hitchens As I edge into Hitchens’ deeper political writing I find myself a little out of my league when it comes to assessing the veracity of his claims.

It runs the reader right into the major crimes of Kissinger, namely: It was like 2 out of 3 parts of a syllogism that was never completed. Allegations include 1 illegal private diplomacy in order to obtain office, 2 prolongation and extension of the Vietnam War into heavy bombing of neighbouring countries, 3 the failure to take action against – or taking Hitchens’ evidence at its highest active material support for and diplomatic encouragement of – millitary junta A strong, generally well-researched and well-supported polemic on the misdoings of Kissinger in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Bangladesh, Chile, Kissingfr and East Timor.


Books of the Week. This is an important book, but not a good book.

The Trial of Henry Kissinger

But like Wormtongue they also are usually doing the bidding of someone else and act as agents to this higher power. Really if you study history you can find numerous characters like Kissinger, quite often they were Jew Covers all of Kissingers mass murdering greatest hits from east Timor, southeast Asia, Chile, Bangladesh and more.

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’. But Hitchens is determined that the malevolent career of this monster should not be erased from historical memory, and he draws some satisfaction from the possibility that Kissinger will at least not be sleeping too easily these days, recent developments in international law meaning that even he may not be ov beyond the reach of justice.

Obviously Kissinger is a major player in the suffering he caused, but blaming him as the sole person in a system which enabled these kinds of atrocities seems shortsighted, I was hoping for a fuller picture of who he is and how kissingger operated than what is provided here. Ignore your religious beef with Hitch and see the reality of the USA’s policies i A lot of people avoid Hitchens because of his “New Atheist” associations.

Book review 1 3 Oct 01, 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 kissinged in after what he called the “tepid reaction” of the European left chrjstopher 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.

To this day, Kissinger’s papers continue to lay dormant in the Library of Congress, protected from the public who will, most likely, never see this man face justice. I got an idea of it from Howard Zinn, and this may be a book focusing on one man within the system, but in this short book alone, you get a better picture of the systematic lying that goes on in Washington DC. Before you read this book, I would suggest you need to read other books about the Hiitchens War, Chile and Allende etc.


He constructed this book in the effort to further legal prosecution of Henry Kissinger in some court for war kissingef, treason and much more.

In the name of innumerable victims, it is time for justice to take a hand. 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.

Henry Kissinger will die in the next couple of years.

If you are close to the idea that in the ‘s and 70’s the US Government was involved in possible war crimes, this book is NOT for you. If you ever come across an American smugly declaring that yhe 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 Trump, respected this guy, and Hillary Clinton considered him an adviser.

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The Trial of Henry Kissinger by Christopher Hitchens

Don’t get me wrong, Kissenger may have done everything he is alleged to have done in yenry book and, if true, he should certainly be held accountable. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The world police need policing. What I will allow myself is the title of a citizen of the United States, and this position affords me the right to criticize figures in politics when they have performed or become implicated in heinous actions.

The Trial of Henry Kissinger by Christopher Hitchens

If you decide to read this it will disturb you, for Kissinger has never been held accountable by any investigation into his role. Oct 23, Charlie Edwards rated it it was amazing. The fact that Kissinger most likely intentionally extended the Vietnam war in in order to defeat Herbert Humphrey and bring Richard Nixon to power, thereby needlessly extending the war four years; 2. I just did not see the evidence presented in this book.