Across Time and Place

Below is a brief transcript from the 2002 feature documentary film, The Trials of Henry Kissinger. Having spent time in Cambodia where I observed the long term results of Kissingers involvement there, it was an interesting watch. My concerns for humanity, much closer to home today, stem from the connections between there and then, and here and now.

Under the US Constitution bombing Cambodia was an act of war that would require the approval of US Congress. In February 1969 Kissinger planned and implemented a secret bombing of Cambodia, named Operation Menu. Each of the targets were supposed to be different North Vietnamese bases in Cambodia. They were called after names of meals. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack.

Starting with Breakfast, Kissinger approved a plan to conceal the Cambodian bombing missions from military records. Under this dual reporting system, B52 pilots were pre-assigned targets in South Vietnam. In mid-flight their planes were re-routed by ground radar stations and guided to secret targets in Cambodia. The returning pilots reported that their bombs had been dropped on South Vietnam. Cambodia would never appear in the record.

Under Kissingers supervision the US flew 3,600 secret missions over Cambodia in 14 months, dropping 110,000 tonnes of bombs. Kissinger was intimately involved in the direction and timing of the bombing raids … Attention to the cruelty and detail, picking targets, selecting hamlets and villages...

Kissingers secret talks (in Paris) made little progress towards peace in Vietnam. But they did expand his power in Washington. The negotiations that he conducted were a way of exercising his own control and establishing his own authority in the negotiating process.

Once the Paris Peace Accords were signed in 1972, Americas direct involvement in Vietnam ended. “But to preserve peace with honour”, Nixon and Kissinger decided to defend the anti-Communist regime in Cambodia. Another secret mission of air strikes against Communist forces, directed by the American Embassy in Phnom Penh. “This is when the number of bombs dropped equalled the amount of bombs dropped on Japan during World War 2 … Why were they hitting all these civilians in these villages?”.

More than 500,000 Cambodians died from 1969 to 1973. By 1974 the bombing had disrupted the nations agricultural system and a famine ensued. Over 2 million refugees poured into overcrowded cities. Whilst they cannot be blamed for the Khmer Rouge cruelty, American policy and unauthorised attacks on Cambodia helped create the conditions which allowed the Khmer Rouge to seize power. By 1979 another 3 million Cambodians had lost their lives.

As well as Cambodia, Kissinger took on the role of “fighting Communists” in other nations. He supported Indonesia’s genocidal occupation of Timor Leste and a series of CIA-led coup d’états in Chile.

I think Kissinger is an extraordinarily brilliant man. Brilliant. And also manipulative. And very secretive“.

Whether or not Kissinger is guilty of crimes against humanity, his case raises issues about the accountability of public figures; the way the past haunts the present; and the movement for universal justiceAll revolutions are impossible until they happen. Then they become inevitable“.

Henry Kissinger seems to me like a dishonest, savage and brutal man guilty of many crimes against humanity. Nevertheless, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1973, described as a terrible travesty: “he is a war maker, not a war ender“.

He is a mentor to Klaus Schwab who he taught at Harvard University in the late 1960s. He is also a regular attendee at the World Economic Forum which is alleged to be a creation of the CIA. For what purpose? Klaus boasts here, of his successes to date.

A quick summary here by Dr Reiner Fuellmich, of what’s being attempted today by these charming chaps and their band of criminal gangsters. This clip is from the Children’s Health Defense Friday Roundtable of 29 April 2022.

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