I've often commented on what a miserable, unforgiveably evil man Henry Kissinger is, generally in terms of his policy towards supporting the overthrow of Salvador Allende and his tacit agreements with the Argentine military dictatorship of 1976-1983 to turn the other way when it came to human rights abuses. For those who want to more fully appreciate what a truly despicable bastard Kissinger was not just in South America, but in the world more generally, this story at CNN on a French missionary who tried to make public the genocide in Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge has as damning a passage from Kissinger (with a link to the declassified document containing the passage from Kissinger) as one can find. Regarding the mass murders, Kissinger refused to condemn the Khmer Rouge because of their opposition to Vietnam, commenting,
"Tell the Cambodians that we will be friends with them," Kissinger told an official in the region, according to a declassified State Department account. The Khmer Rouge "are murderous thugs," he said, "but we won't let that stand in our way."It certainly puts a presidential campaign in which Palin was claiming Obama was "palling around with terrorists" in perspective when one stops to think that, 32 years ago, a Republican Secretary of State had no problem with the knowledge that a state was killing literally hundreds of thousands of its own civilians, yet it wasn't going to let that "stand in the way" of friendly relations. Truly, words cannot express what an evil, evil man Kissinger was and is. The day he dies, the world will be a far better place.