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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Leave it to Hitch to write the most concise, meticulous and fact-filled novel regarding one of the greatest murderers and criminals of the last century. You’re truly missed sir. The coco-political climate of the ‘s could have been different save for the avarice of the Nixon-era ruling party.
The book paints a condemning picture overall, however I can’t help but wonder if some parts may be somewhat overstated. Mar 21, Stephen rated it did not like it Shelves: I cannot provide a point by point criticism of the career of Henry Kissinger, for I lack the research and background to really stand as any kind of source for a call for action.
The mass casualties and deaths in places like East Timor, Bangladesh and Cambodia, and the knowledge of and covering up of assassination plots, successful or not, of great men such as Makarios and Rene Schneider, all under the watchful eyes of Kissinger, should implicate him and see him correctly arrested.
The important themes here are people in power not being held to account, and the damage that does, especially to a progressive society A brilliant and important piece of work in terms of gathering and presenting evidence, but this book doesn’t help you by supplying any sort of primer material.
Anyone interested in the Cold War should definitely read this book.
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 completely beyond the reach of justice. The Trial of Henry Kissinger unequivocally lambastes Kissinger’s involvement, malfeasance, and outright criminality ikssinger American foreign policy decisions from Vietnam to Indonesia, Chile, Yugoslavia, and Cyprus – claims that if true, would certainly indict him on numerous counts as a war criminal.
Even if I personally think these claims are just the top of the iceberg with regards to the shady business of Kissinger and co the lack of objectivity puts the book’s truth claims hitcjens question.
Sadly, we live in a world where the West is innocent of war crimes. Hitchens’s prinicipled, righteously angry attack on this global maven of mass murder, terror and depredation adds to the stock of committed, decent and humane journalism already established by Hitch’s brave and determined peers.
Refresh and try again. Hitchens’s fame and reputation as a contrarian guarantee that his indictment will receive media attention it’s already been serialized in Harper’sand leftists will delight in his skewering of Kissinger. Obviously, Hitch isn’t the only journalist who embarked on uncovering the many, many crimes this man has committed; te, he did trlal so in the most compelling way, leaving no room for error or misinformation, backing his every claim with documentation and indisputable facts.
As good as Inve This book is simply a must read specifically for every chrietopher and generally for all humanity, in order to come to grips with reality. I am thankful for the Freedom of Information Act, the National Security Archives, hitchns the investigative energy of journalists like Hitchens.
hiitchens In my opinion, the one exception to this lack of “closing the logical argument” occurred in Chapter 8 dealing with the invasion of East Chrustopher by Indonesia.
Kissinger is not an abstract founding father, he is a contemporary living being and as such he can and should and has stand for the accusations and realities that various papers, testimony, and reports implicate him in. Yet what is controversy, really, when applied to such a figure? There are always two sides to every story but I think it would be hard to imagine anyone could read this book and still have any doubt of Kissinger’s guilt. As such, The Trial of Henry Kissinger makes for the best possible hicthens 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.
A brilliant and important piece of work in terms of gathering and presenting evidence, but this hitcyens doesn’t help you by supplying any sort of primer material.
This was a very frustrating book to read.
Though a sizable minority in the U. And if you really are pressed: Perhaps a little light on footnotes, Hitchens prefers to provide internal citations, but I think book’s conclusions are actually conservative; Hitchens often cites the most conservative number of dead civilians to avoid legal pressure, i. It’s not a good book because it divides every person, organization or event in one of two moral camps, the evil or the good when in reality it rarely is so easi This is an important book, but not a good book.
He was also a media fellow at the Hoover Institution. Hitchens racks up the evidence for the motion that Kissinger was not the great I had no idea the extent to which the U.
I kept finding myself saying “ok, then what Tim Walker of The Austin Chronicle lauded Hitchens as “a brilliant polemicist and a tireless reporter. Kissinger was outraged at the time the book released but, xhristopher, never did take Christopher Hitchens to court—afraid, perhaps, of what the subpoenas would reveal. Apr 27, Timothy Urban rated it really liked it.
An international lawyer would exhaustively go into the elements needed to establish a war crime, before applying the law to the case of Kissinger. That excessive violence happened. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. A very strong polemic, but not that well written. 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.
Kissinger undermined peace efforts in Vietnam before Nixon came to power, authorised – and indeed pushed for gratutious, spiteful acts of murder in Indochina against the Cambodian and Loas civillian population, had a hand in the kidnap and assassination of democratically elected heads of state and the establishment of brutally repressive and murderous military dictatorships including a policy of arms support for Indonesia’s East Timor massacre and ensure that he was personally to profit from shady deals cloaked under the guise of diplomacy.