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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Hitchens on Kissinger

Well, you may have seen the photos of John Kerry with Henry Kissinger yesterday, which also happened to be the 40th anniversary of the U.S.-backed (that is, Kissinger-backed) coup in Chile.  As you may know, Christopher Hitchens often wrote about Henry as a war criminal for that and other crimes.  Here's a piece from The Nation in 2001, and excerpt, on the disruption of his tourist plans:

What a rat. And such a trap. It was in this fashion that the front page of the Paris daily Le Monde informed its readers that on Memorial Day the gendarmes had gone round to the Ritz Hotel-flagship of Mohamed Al Fayed's fleet of properties-with a summons from Judge Roger Le Loire inviting the famous rodent to attend at the Palace of Justice the following day. In what must have been one of the most unpleasant moments of his career, noted Le Monde, the hotel manager had to translate the summons to his distinguished guest. Kissinger left the hotel, surrounded by bodyguards, and later announced that he had no desire to answer questions about Operation Condor. He then left town.

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