The Trials Of Henry Kissinger – BBC 4 Documentary


Even as it preaches to those who will relish its witch-hunting zeal, The Trials of Henry Kissinger makes a potent assertion that the legendary diplomat and former Secretary of State is guilty of crimes against humanity. Produced for the BBC, seductively narrated by actor Brian Cox, and based on the scathing book by Christopher Hitchens (a Kissinger-bashing journalist featured heavily here in talking-head interviews), this film is clearly biased against its target, but there’s ample documentation to support its claims that Kissinger prolonged the Vietnam war and orchestrated the illegal and indiscriminate bombing of Cambodia; supervised the 1973 coup against democratically elected Chilean president Allende; and played a role in U.S.-backed atrocities in East Timor. Expert interviews on both sides of the political fence (but mostly damning Kissinger) make this a compelling, information-packed example of situational ethics in action; additional viewings simultaneously deepen the film’s conviction and reveal the weakness of its one-sided embrace of Hitchens. Either way, this is essential viewing for anyone interested in the labyrinthine machinations of international power. –Jeff Shannon


4 thoughts on “The Trials Of Henry Kissinger – BBC 4 Documentary

  1. bwinwnbwi says:

    Having lived at the time of (and protested) Kissinger’s agenda, I wholeheartedly support the BBC’s case against Kissinger.

  2. Saleh says:

    If you an American, nobody dares to touch you. Just want to remind you about the American diplomat who shot and killed the Pakistanis few weeks ago. US keep arguing that he is “untouchable”. The American solders who abused and killed Iraqi civilians, have never been punished properly. Simply they are Americans and should be “untouchables”! There is ample evidence that Bush administration was responsible for war crimes and atrocities in Iraq and Afghanistan. Do you imagine that there is anybody can even think about asking for unveiling the truth about that (forget about taking serious action)? The whole war in Iraq was illegal, and yet everybody deal with it as “business as usual”.

    Thanks for the topic anyway.

    • observationofalostsoul says:


      Maybe they are untouchables, but that doesn’t mean that one can’t try the best to bring them to court and punish them for the crimes. Kissinger is not an American for Americans; he is just some German Jew who’s smart, manipulative who became American and caused a lot of troubles in foreign policy.

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