At age 92, Henry Kissinger is a legend. Over decades, he has assiduously cultivated and constructed the image of the sagacious elder statesman. Corporate journalists hang on his every word. Politicians seek his advice. But is the respect and reverence he receives deserved? He is one of most notorious characters of this or any other period in history. Just ask the Kurds, the East Timorese, the Bangladeshis, the Chileans. Ask them what they think of Dr. Kissinger? But since they are “unpeople,” their opinions don’t count. When he was Nixon’s national security advisor, Kissinger displayed his kowtowing to power when he kept silent as his boss made anti-Jewish comments. When Nixon demanded that Cambodia be bombed, he conveyed the order like a good errand boy. It was Kissinger who once boasted, “The illegal we do immediately, the unconstitutional takes a little longer.”
Henry Kissinger beware. With the detention of former Chilean President Augusto Pinochet and the arrest of Yugoslavia's Slobodan Milosovic, no longer can tyrants hide behind the defense of sovereign immunity for their crimes against humanity. While some still consider Kissinger one of the U.S.'s most influential political power brokers, as Secretary of State and National Security Adviser, he played a role in numerous heinous crimes, from genocide in East Timor to the coup in Chile. If Henry Kissinger is ever indicted, the prosecution team should recruit Christopher Hitchens to help their case.
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