Thursday, March 6, 2014


Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power .. Abraham Lincoln ~

The Case Against Henry Kissinger

Part One

The making of a war criminal

by Christopher Hitchens

Harpers magazine, March 2001


It will become clear, and may as well be stated at the outset, that this is written by a political opponent of Henry Kissinger. Nonetheless, I have found myself continually amazed at how much hostile and discreditable material I have felt compelled to omit. I am concerned only with those Kissingerian offenses that might or should form the basis of a legal 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.

Thus, I might have mentioned Kissinger's recruitment and betrayal of the Iraqi Kurds, who were falsely encouraged by him to take up arms against Saddam Hussein in 1972-75, and who were then abandoned to extermination on their hillsides when Saddam Hussein made a diplomatic deal with the Shah of Iran, and who were deliberately lied to as well as abandoned. The conclusions of the report by Congressman Otis Pike still make shocking reading and reveal on Kissinger's part a callous indifference to human life and human rights. But they fall into the category of depraved realpolitik and do not seem to have violated any known law.

In the same way, Kissinger's orchestration of political and military and diplomatic cover for apartheid in South Africa presents us with a morally repulsive record and includes the appalling consequences of the destabilization of Angola. Again, though, one is looking at a sordid period of Cold War and imperial history, and an exercise of irresponsible power, rather than an episode of organized crime. Additionally, one must take into account the institutional nature of this policy, which might in outline have been followed under any administration, national security adviser, or secretary of state.

Every U.S. national security adviser since Henry Kissinger has either worked with or for Kissinger - or he or she has worked with or for someone who worked with or for Kissinger.

The leaders of the financial world, despite their history of booms and busts, of greed-driven bubbles that burst and crushed the lives and hopes of countless innocent bystanders, were able their influence to ensure that new financial instruments and many evolving global markets could be, in their words, 'self-regulating." They said ignore history and trust us. When an argument is so indefensible on its face and it succeeds, it is testimony to the power of those making the case. That alone would be impressive. However, the stark power of the group is even better illustrated by the fact that when markets did come up on the shoals of greed, mismanagement, and minimization and misunderstanding of complex new risks, these same financial titans who told government to stay out were able to persuade government in many cases to step in and pull their fat out of the fire... or at least what remained of it. That's really stunning. The same people who gave you Too Global to Regulate gave you Too Big to Fail.

Whatever its early mission, the Group is now "a shadow world government....threaten(ing) to take away our right to direct our own destinies (by creating) a disturbing reality" very much harming the public's welfare. In short, Bilderbergers want to supplant individual nation-state sovereignty with an all-powerful global government, corporate controlled, and check-mated by militarized enforcement: 

The Bilderberg Group And What They May Be Planning, By Stephen Lendman, 6-1-9,,20065710,00.html

Romney spoke first at the dinner, which was set to raise $5 million for Catholic charities. Addressing the elegantly dressed crowd, Romney, a millionaire many times over, said: 'It's nice to finally relax and wear what Ann and I wear around the house.'

Glamour: Ann Romney waves to the crowd as she attends the annual dinner in New York dressed in a sweeping black and white gown

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Better spirits: Romney and Obama grin at each other, (as Katie Couric and Henry Kissinger look on) after their joke-filled addresses at the Al Smith dinner in New York

Laughing all the way to the White House: Obama and Romney share a joke with New York's Cardinal Timothy Dolan during the annual Al Smith dinner which has been attended by presidents since the Second World War
Better spirits: Romney and Obama grin at each other, (as Katie Couric and Henry Kissinger look on) after their joke-filled addresses at the Al Smith dinner in New York

My turn: Romney makes his speech in New York where he made fun of his vast wealth and Mormon faith

The Trials Of Henry Kissinger, The Case Against Henry Kissinger

Jean Anouilh

God is on everyone's side... and in the last analysis, he is on the side with plenty of money and large armies.

The combined net worth of the world's richest thousand or so people - the planet's billionaires - is almost twice that of the poorest 2.5 billion.

One cannot help but be disturbed and often horrified by those who abuse political or military power, often to the detriment of the most helpless.

former Secretary of Defense John Lehman

Power corrupts. Absolute power is kind of neat.

former foreign minister of the Soviet Union Eduard Schevardnaze

I know something about totalitarianism. I have been a totalitarian ruler. And I have to admit, it was a great job while it lasted.

Any city, however small, is in fact divided into two: one the city of the poor, the other of the rich; these are at war with one another.

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