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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Inhe was negotiating a Vietnam peace treaty in Paris for President Johnson. Hitchens jumps right into the story with both feet some would say right on Kissinger and does not let up.

Highlights from the book were serialized in Harper’s Magazine in February and March Topics include what Hitchens casts as Kissinger’s role in helping Nixon undermine the Paris peace talks on the eve of the election; the bombings of Cambodia and Laos, which killed roughly a million civilians; the assassination of Genry chief of staff General Rene Schneider, whose loyalty blocked the planned coup against Allende; Kissinger’s approval and support for Indonesia’s invasion of East Timor hitchns the resulting genocide; his support for the Pakistan military government’s genocide in Bangladesh and for a bloody military coup in independent Bangladesh inand more.

I tend to believe christopuer the author’s research is water tight, and as he did with Mother Theresa, after reading one of his accusatory works you can’t go back to regarding the subject henryy same. View Full Version of PW. Hitchens delivers once again, but that is not a surprise.

I’m glad Hitchens had the guts to write this book and I hope that one day, justice will rightfully be administered onto the slime that is Henry Kissinger.

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This narrative-shaping means that Richard Nixon is best remembered for Watergate and Gerald Ford for pardoning him. And now that’s he’s 88, it’s far too likely that Kissinger will meet a natural death before he meets justice. The important themes here are people in power not being held to account, and the damage that does, especially to a progressive society that consistently claims the moral high ground.

I am just not willing to go that far even when the actions, on their face appear to lack a tiral center.

Oct 21, Hitchsns Sahay rated it really liked it Shelves: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. 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. 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.


The most disturbing for me was the unnecessary prolonging uitchens the Vietnam War peace talks, the bombings in Laos and Cambodia So, Harold Evans and Tina Brown, the next time Kissinger attends one of your elegant soirees, rather than fawning to him, why don’t you arrest him? Jul hwnry, Mary Shanley rated it it was amazing. Lawrence rated it it was amazing.


Hitchens was a polemicist and intellectual. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. I am thankful for the Freedom of Information Act, the National Security Archives, and the investigative energy of journalists like Hitchens. 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.

Though this book is by Christopher Hitchens, it is markedly absent of his verbose prose. Retrieved January 7, Discover what to read next. The book paints a condemning picture overall, however I can’t help but wonder if some parts may be somewhat overstated. Nixon and Kissinger should have been tried for War Crimes, as Hitchens proves. I don’t imagine that after Hitchens’ account of Kissinger, there is need for any other on the fighting side.

The list continues, in a book also limited by Hitchens’ decisions to only quoting the most conservative casualty figures and ignoring moral failings, like encouraging South Africa to destabilise Angola, altogether.

The Trial of Henry Kissinger

MitchellLyndon B. There are some great stories of the Nixon White House, including the time when Nixon was going crazy at the end of the Watergate saga and had to be restrained by the Secret Service as he ran crazed around the White House.

Mr Hitchens is not an omniscient narrator, and Dr Kissinger is not a fictional character. As good as Investigative journalism gets. hltchens

Hitchens at top form. A fiery and incisive look at the war crimes of an American statesman, as well as a critique of the international justice system.

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

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 triap action. But like Wormtongue they also are usually doing the bidding of someone else and act as agents to this higher power.


The book takes the form of a prosecutorial document, as Hitchens limits his critique to such charges as he believes might stand up in an international court of law following precedents set at Nuremberg and elsewhere. If America does not act promptly, Hitchens warns, others will, further eroding our claims to moral leadership.

Paperbackpages. A lot of people avoid Hitchens because of his “New Hitchsns associations. Hitdhens Hitchens turns his forensic eye on the political career of one of the 20th century’s most powerful, most murderous, most duplicitous psychopaths, Dr. Helped the Pakistani government ensure genocide in Indonesia; 3. This is a bad man who broke the law and should go to jail.

He investigates and reveals Kissingers’ involvement thr Henry Kissinger is a bit of an open secret in U. Taking the good with the bad, Hitchens even gives Kissinger time to counter-argue by printing Kissinger’s response to Hitchens’ book review of the book kixsinger Arrogance of Power” by Anthony Summers and then making the man hang himself.

Yet one man has now grasped what so many others have not: The book is slim, but fairly detailed, and while it focuses on Kissinger deservinglythe implicit thesis of the book is the flaw of international legal standards, that is frial say, when a statesman commits crimes and is powerless he is hanged, if the statesman is powerful he is worshipped.

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I think we are programmed to think that as the “good guys” we wouldn’t do that when in actual fact you only have to look at any conflict to see the atrocities both sides commit. I found this ineffective.

He did a deal with the Republicans to sabotage the peace negotiations to help secure Richard Nixon’s election to president. A marvelous evisceration of the loathsome Dr K by Christopher Hitchens, christophed 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.