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The Trial of Henry Kissinger by Christopher Hitchens
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Jun 28, 2010

bookshelves: policy-and-social-commentary
Read in June, 2010

After a few weeks of rambling through Cambodia and Laos, I came to a conclusion: Henry Kissinger is a massive motherfucker. And Christopher Hitchens shows us even more instances of Kissinger being a massive motherfucker: destabilizing Chile to knock out a democratically elected socialist PM, check. Wilfully ignoring the Indonesian invasion of Timor, check. Sabotaging the Paris peace accords, check. While this is all true, it can't all be laid entirely on Kissinger's doorstep. While Hitchens implicates a number of other key players of the era, (Nixon, George Pappas, H.R. Haldeman, etc.), Kissinger was merely a dominant figure, not the personification of evil. Granted, it's a volume with an extremely specific goal-- to indict Hitchens as a definable war criminal-- but in the end, I prefer more holistic approaches to history and policy.

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