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 jissinger of the greatest murderers and criminals of the last century. Want to Read Currently Reading Hitchejs. Hitchens intentionally puts this book together as if he was putting forth a case for Henry Kissinger to be tried for war crimes. Unlike some other reviewers here, I find the evidence for the facts asserted quite persuasive and admire the legwork done in the face of so much unaccountability, redaction and secrecy.
Oct 13, This is Hitchens at his best before he lost his soul to the neo cons and it is in the cnristopher tradition of Jonathan Swift.
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’.
The Trial of Henry Kissinger by Christopher Hitchens
Every time someone reads The Trial of Henry Kissinger it will ensure that the many crimes against humanity, acts of subornation and circumvention of the democratic rule of law for which Kissinger is responsible will remain matters of record for many years to come. Yet what is controversy, really, when applied to such a figure? He was also a media fellow at the Hoover Institution.
If this book has a fault Kissingers role as a Rockefeller lackey is glossed over but overall its a good read and makes the obvious case that Kissinger should be tried for mass murder. In the words of Hitchens, Kissinger deserves prosecution “for war crimes, for crimes against humanity, and for offenses against common or customary or international law, including conspiracy to commit murder, kidnap, and torture.
A book that I could hardly stop reading at times and a book I wanted to stop reading at times. 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 problem is, the information presented does not confirm or, in the case of the Kissenger’s alleged involvement in the murder of Greek journalist Elias Demetracopoulos, even support the allegations made. This page was last edited on 18 Decemberat Mr Hitchens is not an omniscient narrator, and Dr Kissinger is not a fictional character. Jan 07, Ivana rated it it was amazing. Hitchens’ legal analysis is characteristically inexpert and vague – discomfiting to a reader who knows about the subject I remember suffering the same wince hearing him talk on the legality of the Iraq War.
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 to say, when a statesman commits crimes and is powerless he is hanged, if the statesman is hitches he is worshipped.
A powerful monster, like Henry Kissinge Henry Kissinger will die in the next couple of years. Henry Kissinger Kissinger Will you like to kkissinger us in teial organization so illuminati?
Authorized the kidnap and hitcnens assassination of at least one journalist living in the US. 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 left in after what he called the “tepid reaction” of the European left following 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.
This book presents us with some of Kissinger’s decisions which, if you believe the evidence presented, may have cost lives in the order of hundreds of thousands, for what seem to be motives of personal and kssinger advancement. Ironically, a legacy of Christian thought that Hitchens himself so aggressively denounced. It was Kissinger who was dead center in the Chile overthrow of Allende popularly elected by General Pinochet, and thousands were killed by the military dictator.
In an account that purports to be factual, pretending to read a person’s mind, then utilising it as a confession is so transparently malicious and misleading as to make one discount everything that follows it. You’re truly missed sir. Conversely, George Jonas of The Daily Telegraph accused Hitchens of using devices kixsinger to nonfiction, noting that in one passage the author “admits he is guessing, but this does not prevent him from starting the paragraph by placing ‘a tremor of anxiety’ – ie, a consciousness of guilt – into Dr Christkpher mind.
This book is simply a must read specifically for every american and generally for all humanity, in order to come to grips with reality. Published June 17th by Verso first published Though this book is by Christopher Hitchens, it is markedly absent of his verbose prose. Obviously, Hitch isn’t the only journalist who embarked on uncovering the many, many crimes this man has committed; however, he did do so in the most compelling way, leaving no room for error or misinformation, backing his every claim with documentation and indisputable facts.
Really if you study history you can find numerous characters like Kissinger, quite often they were Jews, whispering in the ears of ,issinger, Presidents, Prime Ministers, etc. View all 6 comments. I had no idea the extent to which the U. To ask other readers questions about The Trial of Henry Kissingerplease sign up.
Whether or not that evidence in international law would amount to a justiciable crime is a separate question, and you will be dissatisfied if you read this book expecting the legal steps to be set out comprehensively. Has anyone read this book and what were your thoughts? Taking the good with kixsinger bad, Hitchens even gives Kissinger time to counter-argue by printing Kissinger’s response to Hitchens’ book review of the book “The Arrogance of Power” by Anthony Summers and then making the man hang himself.
Hitchens at top form. 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 hotchens.
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. Dec 09, David M added it.
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Hitchens was also a political observer, whose best-selling books — the most famous being God Is Not Great — made him a staple of talk shows and lecture circuits. 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.
But for whatever reasons, he has rarely been challenged by anyone with real power in the media or the establishment and has been allowed to fade into eminence.
The world police need policing. 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.