Les Crimes de monsieur Kissinger Christopher Hitchens




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Les Crimes de monsieur Kissinger  by  Christopher Hitchens

Les Crimes de monsieur Kissinger by Christopher Hitchens
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Christopher Hitchens doesnt mince words when it comes to Henry Kissinger, the former secretary of state and national-security advisor: Kissinger deserves vigorous 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. The Trial of Henry Kissinger is a masterpiece of polemics- even readers who dont agree that its target is an emanation of official evil will appreciate the verve and style brought to Hitchenss fiery brief.

(A good liar must have a good memory: Kissinger is a stupendous liar with a remarkable memory.) The book is best understood as a prosecutorial document--both because Hitchens limits his critique to what he believes might stand up in an international court of law following precedents set at Nuremberg and elsewhere, and also because his treatment of Kissinger is far from evenhanded. The charges themselves are astonishing, as they link Kissinger to war casualties in Vietnam, massacres in Bangladesh and Timor, and assassinations in Chile, Cyprus, and Washington, D.C.

After reading this book, one wants very badly to hear a full response from the defendant. Hitchens, a writer for Vanity Fair and The Nation, is a man of the Left, though he has a history of skewering both Democrats (he is the author of a provocative book on the Clintons, No One Left to Lie To) as well as Republicans (Kissinger).At the root of this latest effort is moral outrage, and a call for Americans, of all people, not to ignore Kissingers record: 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, writes 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. --John J. Miller

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