Kissinger?! Really?!

Abby Zimet

"The illusion of freedom will continue as long as it's profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will just take down the scenery, pull back the curtains, move the tables and chairs out of the way, and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theater." - Frank Zappa

Forgive this being late: It took a day or so for the bile to stop rising at the spectacle of John Kerry "consulting" about Russia and Syria with Henry Kissinger on, as it happened, the 40th anniversary of the coup in Chile that toppled Salvador Allende and led to the long brutal reign of Pinochet - the coup Kissinger orchestrated, because global capitalism simply could not be threatened with democratic socialism, at any cost, nor can it still. How to tabulate or systematize Kissinger's crimes? What heads the list of evils? The over six million, largely civilian victims of his bombing of Vietnam, the most massive bombing campaign - 3.7 million tons or nearly twice that of World War ll - in world history, and the first of what turned out to be too many secret, automated, impersonal wars from the air? Cambodia? Laos? Chile? The Kurds? The sabotaging of peace efforts in the Middle East? The fact that the man responsible for the spilling of so much innocent blood has yet to be held accountable, for any of it? Or the fact that, this week, he was reverentially "consulted" by, bizarrely, a former anti-war leader and adversary on how to proceed with yet another war as though there was any reason for any person on God's green earth to listen to him? Listen to this. This week, any week as long as Kissinger's free and above ground: Never forget. Here's the great Allende's last, brief, heartbreaking speech, from his beleaguered palace, to remind you.



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