Henry Kissing, Responsible for Millions of Death Speaks at the Kennedy Library
by Sergio Reyes
Boston -- 3/11/06. On March 11, 2006, Secretary of State to President Nixon, Henry Kissinger and Gral. Alexander Haig, Secretary of State to President Reagan, were invited to the JFK Library in Boston for a series of presentations on the Vietnam War. Their theme was "Inside the White House". According to the library's brochure their objective was to "discuss both the decisions they made in office and their impressions about how that history is now told."
The Vietnam War, which ended in a military defeat for the United States, more than 3 million Vietnamese people killed and 58,000 Americans dead, is certainly worth it the testimony of those who were directly involved in the invasion. Possibly, even more than that, those responsible for those acts should face criminal charges.
The presence of Mr. Kissinger in that forum was also an opportunity to bring up another U.S. intervention in the world that also meant the assassination of thousands of people in a country of only 10 million at the time: Chile, September 11, 1973.
A small group of about 35 people demonstrated in front and back of the JFK Library against the presence of Kissinger, who was depicted correctly as a "Mass murderer" by one of the signs carried by some of the demonstrators. The millions of Vietnamese victims and the more than 6,000 disappeared political prisoners of Chile under Pinochet were also there, their spirits lifted by the voices of Americans who don't forget history.
Possibly Pinochet and Kissinger will die of old age in a world where justice only serves the powerful and the wealthy. However, it was our duty to at least raise our voices to remind those responsible of so much suffering that there are people who know what they have done and find them guilty of crimes against humanity.
Below there is one document that reveals the role of Kissinger and Nixon in the 1973 coup de'etat in Chile.
KISSINGER TO NIXON: "WE HELPED" COUP FORCES IN CHILE
New Telephone transcript records conversation with President
TELCON: September 16, 1973, 11:50 a.m. Kissinger Talking to Nixon (pages 1,2)
Washington D.C. May 26, 2004 - In one of his first conversations with President Richard Nixon following the bloody military coup in Chile, Henry Kissinger stated "we helped them," according to declassified transcripts of a telephone conversation obtained today by the National Security Archive. "That is right," Nixon responded.
Kissinger meets Pinochet in 1976
The transcript records a call made by President Nixon to Kissinger's home on the weekend following General Augusto Pinochet's violent overthrow of the democratically elected government of Salvador Allende in Chile. Kissinger reports to the president that the new military regime was "getting consolidated" and complains that the press is "bleeding because a pro-Communist government has been overthrown." When Nixon notes that "our hand doesn't show on this one though," Kissinger responds that "We didn't do it" [referring to the coup itself]. I mean we helped them….created the conditions as great as possible."
The September 16, 1973, "telcon" was found by the Archive's Chile analyst, Peter Kornbluh, among thousands of pages of transcriptions of Kissinger's telephone calls dated between 1969 and 1974, declassified today at the initiative of the Archive. Kornbluh, the author of The Pinochet File, called the new document "damning proof, in Kissinger's own words, that the Nixon administration directly contributed to creating a coup climate in Chile which made the September 11, 1973, military takeover possible."
In his confirmation hearings as Secretary of State that very week, Kissinger denied that the U.S. Government played any role whatsoever in Allende's overthrow. A year later, after details of a CIA destabilization program had leaked to the press, he again testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that "the intent of the United States was not to destabilize or to subvert [Allende]….Our concern was with the election of 1976 and not at all with a coup in 1973 about which we knew nothing and [with] which we had nothing to do…."
In his conversation with Nixon, Kissinger suggested that the press should be "celebrating" instead of being critical of the coup. "In the Eisenhower period we would be heroes," he tells the President. "But listen," Nixon replies to his national security adviser, "as far as people are concerned let me say they aren't going to buy this crap from the Liberals on this one."
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