“Once you’ve been to Cambodia, you’ll never stop wanting to beat Henry Kissinger to death with your bare hands,” Bourdain wrote. “You will never again be able to open a newspaper and read about that treacherous, prevaricating, murderous scumbag sitting down for a nice chat with (former television host) Charlie Rose or attending some black-tie affair for a new glossy magazine without choking.”

“Witness what Henry did in Cambodia — the fruits of his genius for statesmanship — and you will never understand why he’s not sitting in the dock at The Hague next to (former Yugoslav and Serbian president Slobodan) Milošević,” he continued. “While Henry continues to nibble nori rolls and remaki at A-list parties, Cambodia, the neutral nation he secretly and illegally bombed, invaded, undermined, and then threw to the dogs, is still trying to raise itself up on its one remaining leg.”

The above is a quote from Anthony Bourdain, an American chef and television host who died of an apparent impulsive suicide by hanging in 2018.

“He’s a thug, and a crook, and a liar, and a pseudo-intellectual and a murderer. All those things are factually verifiable. That he’s an anti-communist is a speculation that he likes to encourage.” (Christopher Hitchens)

Anyone who has a kind thing to say about Henry Kissinger is a psychopath with a moral compass pointing straight to hell.

To list the reasons to despise Kissinger would take months, but for a short summary, the following is a place to start.

The Vietnam War: Kissinger was a key architect of U.S. policy in Vietnam during the Nixon administration. His involvement in the Vietnam War, particularly the secret bombing campaigns in Cambodia and Laos, resulted in significant civilian casualties and raised ethical and moral concerns. The bombing of Cambodia was carried out without the consent of Congress and led to widespread criticism.

As John Pilger famously said, “What Nixon and Kissinger began, Pol Pot completed.

Chilean Coup and Latin American Policy: Kissinger’s role in U.S. foreign policy towards Latin America, particularly in Chile, remains controversial. He supported the overthrow of Chile’s democratically elected president, Salvador Allende, in 1973, which installed the military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. Allegations of human rights abuses and support for authoritarian regimes reveals what a vile person he was.

East Timor Crisis: Kissinger’s involvement in U.S. foreign policy towards East Timor in the 1970s is another contentious issue. The U.S. administration under Gerald Ford and Kissinger’s guidance supported Indonesia’s invasion of East Timor, which led to a brutal conflict resulting in a significant loss of life. Approximately one third of the population died.

Wiretapping and Surveillance: During his time as National Security Advisor and Secretary of State, there were allegations that Kissinger approved wiretapping journalists and government officials to curb leaks and control information, raising concerns about civil liberties and government accountability.

Accusations of War Crimes and Controversial Diplomacy: Kissinger has faced accusations of being complicit in war crimes due to his involvement in various military interventions and conflicts, particularly in Southeast Asia and Latin America. Some critics argue that his approach to diplomacy was pragmatic but often morally questionable.

Criticism of Realpolitik: Kissinger’s advocacy of Realpolitik, a political approach based on practical considerations rather than ideological principles, has drawn criticism for prioritising short-term strategic gains over ethical considerations and human rights concerns.

The case against Henry Kissinger, authored by Christopher Hitchens over twenty years ago, provides clear detail on the above charges and is described by Hitchens below.

The fact that right wingers and centrists wax lyrical about Kissinger tells us all we need to know about who runs this planet. Nihilists and narrow-minded destroyers who choke us with ignorance and arrogance.

Jason Cridland

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