It sounds like satire, and it would be funny if it weren’t true.
The Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum in New York City is planning to give Henry Kissinger an award on May 23rd for “defending freedom and democracy.”
No living American has done more to subvert both freedom and democracy than Mr. Kissinger.1
Kissinger worked with President Nixon to betray the U.S. Constitution by illegally bombing Cambodia without even informing Congress, and committed countless crimes against humanity through his role in dropping 3.7 million tons of bombs — twice that dropped in all of World War II — on civilian targets in Indochina.2
As someone who lived in Laos during much of the time, I interviewed more than 1,000 refugees from Kissinger’s and Nixon’s bombing in Laos. Every one reported seeing countless loved ones and neighbors being burned and buried alive, and that their village was totally destroyed.
A Laotian farmer on the Plain of Jars wrote: “Every day and every night the planes came to drop bombs on us. We lived in holes to protect our lives. I saw my cousin die in the field of death. My heart was most disturbed and my voice called out loudly as I ran to the houses. Thus, I saw life and death for the people on account of the war of many airplanes in the region of the Plain of Jars. Until there were no houses at all. And the cows and buffalo were dead. Until everything was leveled and you could see only the red, red ground.”3
All told, Kissinger helped murder, maim, or make homeless an officially estimated six million human beings between 1969 and 1972 — a crime against humanity for which he would have been executed had he been subject to the Nuremberg Judgement.
Mr. Kissinger’s entire “realpolitik” foreign policy was based on supporting brutal and undemocratic regimes that killed and tortured their own citizens. This included overthrowing the democratically elected government of Chile and supporting genocide by Indonesia in East Timor.4
Let’s honor the memory of all the countless lives Kissinger destroyed, and support genuine freedom and democracy.
Please join us in protesting this outrageous award.
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— Fred Branfman for RootsAction.org
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