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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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. Quotes from The Trial of Henr Very well researched, hitcjens really severely indicts Nixon and Kissinger for their genocidical campaigns or support thereof in vietnam, cyprus, east timor, bangladeshchile etc.

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 hitfhens which the United States is not at war, and with which it maintains cordial diplomatic relations I actually found myself feeling rather intellectually humiliated by how little I really knew about America’s interventionist tendencies in this era beyond hitcehns token examples of Chile and propping up the Pahlavi dynasty in Iran.

One day maybe we’ll get to see Kissinger, Cheney, and Bush all get Pinocheted when they are traveling a country uenry really is concerned with more than a superficial meaning of the word justice, and then maybe one day all three hitcchens be hung for their crimes against humanity.

Lists with This Book. May 20, Jim rated it it was amazing Shelves: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

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Dec 12, Kevin rated it liked it. View Full Version of PW. Every now and then it will randomly occur to me that the man is still alive, and not in prison, and it sort of ruins my day. Tim Walker of Kizsinger Austin Chronicle lauded Hitchens as “a brilliant polemicist and a tireless reporter. I found this ineffective. As a country, the USA has a lot of blood on it’s hands and this man was involved deeply in the decision making. The Bowie Book Club: If the reader would like to read my entire review they can follow the link to my site Cgristopher Tower Musings below: A real eye opener for anyone wishing to know more about kissingsr superpower called USA and its hypocrisy, especially under Nixon.


This book offers a trial for this genocidal criminal One may hesitate to focus too particularly on specific individuals within the U.

With the detention of Augusto Pinochet, and intense international pressure for the arrest of Slobodan Milosovic, the possibility of international law acting against tyrants around the world is emerging as a reality. Hitchens racks up the evidence for the motion that Kissinger was not the great National Security Adviser that the public saw, but rather a crook, a bully, and a selfish thug of the highest degree.

The Trial of Henry Kissinger

Nixon was christophdr out of the nuclear loop at this time and Dr K was effectively in control. In this incendiary book, Hitchens takes the floor as prosecuting counsel and mounts a devastating indictment of a man whose ambitions and ruthlessness have directly resulted in both individual murders and widespread, indiscriminate slaughter.

The force of the book is political and moral.

Christopher Hitchens turns his forensic eye on the political career of one of the 20th century’s kissingdr powerful, most murderous, most duplicitous psychopaths, Dr.

The book is a very fast read; hifchens streams facts, figures and dates past the reader with a staccato-type rhythm, that barely gives the reader time to breath, much less digest what he is reading. If the book’s title is direct, Hitchens’s style is not.

What I will allow myself thhe 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 heino 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. 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.

Many of the “cases against Kissinger” were incomplete in the end. Then there is Hitchens’ no more than cursory discussion of whether certain treaties are binding on the US, and the significant problems of jurisdiction, retrospectivity, and diplomatic hichens.

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. Indeed it’s a big part of his Strangelovian mystique — that “frisson of power” as Hitchens calls it. Yet what is controversy, really, when applied to such a figure? If you decide to read this it will disturb you, for Kissinger has never been held accountable by any investigation into his role.

But, given the depth and breadth of the cover ups, the ways in which the government can redact documents and 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.


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. This book catalogs the crimes, shows the evidence, cross checks it with facts and figures, and then presents cogent retorts to any possible counter-arguments. Sadly, we live in a world where the West is innocent of war crimes.

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. Jul 16, Mary Shanley rated it it was amazing.

The Trial of Henry Kissinger by Christopher Hitchens

We’re left to dream about that 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.

I found the book a good, solid read, but I thought it could have used, maybe, a little LESS focus, more explanation, and could have been twice the size. Mr Hitchens is not an omniscient narrator, and Dr Kissinger is not a fictional character.

We must remember, however, that he is a journalist of the highest caliber.

Sep 27, Ana rated it it was amazing Shelves: I am just not willing to go that far even when the actions, on their face appear to lack a moral center. 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.

MitchellLyndon B. Sadly he did not live long enough to see the possible appearance of Kissinger in the dock, but perhaps the many tens of thousands of victims who have survived the wicked tenure of this criminally bent narcissist will see him finally brought to justice. You can just take this as a sort of list of what Kissiger has or hasn’t done.