Is Henry Kissinger – a mastermind of the US war on Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia during its bloodiest years – a humanitarian?
Unfortunately the Illinois Holocaust Museum, which is honoring him as the keynote speaker at their “Humanitarian Awards Dinner” this Thursday, March 20, thinks so. If you disagree, join us to protest! Thursday, March 20, 5:30 pm, Hyatt Regency, Chicago (details below)
Not sure? After all, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. But let’s look at his record –
++ Besides being a leading architect of the U.S. war on Southeast Asia which killed over 3 million people, Kissinger was a key promoter of the 1973 coup that overthrew Chile’s government, killing its democratically elected president and thousands more, and imprisoning and torturing more than 10, 000 Chileans.
“I don’t see why we need to stand by and watch a country go communist due to the irresponsibility of its people,” he said. “The issues are much too important for the Chilean voters to be left to decide for themselves.”
++ Kissinger organized U.S. support for the 1965 coup in Indonesia, where the CIA assisted by “naming names” of communist activists, promoting the deaths of half a million people.
++ In 1975, he and President Ford gave the green light for the Indonesian dictatorship to invade newly-independent East Timor, which led to the deaths of over 200,000 people, according to Amnesty International — one-third of the country’s population.
++ Kissinger is known to have supported the assassinations of heads of government in Congo, Cuba, Cyprus, and South Vietnam.
++ He promoted the notorious “Operation Condor,” a program of torturing and murdering 10s of thousands in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay.
The United States’ failure under both Democratic and Republican administrations to criminally prosecute Kissinger, a man responsible for the deaths of millions, means that the U.S. has no moral authority to criticize human rights abuses anywhere in the world.
“Never again” to the Nazi Holocaust of the 1930s and 1940s should mean “Never Again” to any program of mass murder and torture. Because we abhor the mass murders of Jews and millions of others by the Nazis, we oppose this honor for Henry Kissinger.
Please call the Illinois Holocaust Museum at 847-967-4800 and protest their choice of Henry Kissinger, America’s #1 living war criminal, as their keynote speaker.
Then please attend the protest against Kissinger in Chicago:
5:30 PM – 6:45 PM, Thursday, March 20
Hyatt Regency Hotel
151 East Wacker Drive
If you are on Facebook, please join our event there and invite friends.
Co-sponsored by the 8th Day Center for Justice, Anti-War Committee – Chicago, Chicago Socialist Party, Chicago Veterans For Peace, Gay Liberation Network, Illinois Coalition Against Torture, International Socialist Organization, Jewish Voice for Peace-Chicago, La Voz de los de Abajo, Neighbors for Peace, NW Indiana Vets for Peace, SOA Watch, Third Coast Society, United States Palestinian Community Network, Vietnam Veterans Against the War, Voices for Creative Nonviolence, World Can’t Wait – Chicago (list in formation). Email us for more info or to endorse.
“Shock & Awe” 11 Years Later – Join Our National Conversation
March 19/20 is the anniversary of “Shock & Awe” on Iraq. Millions of lives were destroyed by this war and yet it has almost disappeared from the US landscape. Why? Is the war truly over? Our conversation begins at 9 PM Central. We’ll be joined by Larry Everest, author of “Oil, Power & Empire: Iraq and the U.S. Global Agenda.” As a writer for Revolution newspaper, Larry was in Iraq, reporting after the Persian Gulf War, and he has written extensively since then about U.S. aggression towards Iraq.
We are collecting questions now, so that we can make the best use of our one hour conference call. Send your comments, questions, or a particular area you’d like to explore in the conversation to Debra Sweet. Join our Facebook event and invite friends to be part of this. And be sure to register here to join the conversation!
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Save the Date: Tuesday, March 25 –
Yemeni Detainees at Guantanamo – Why Are They Still There?
There are currently 56 Yemeni detainees at Guantanamo who have been cleared for release. That means the US government has investigated and found that they are not guilty of any wrongdoing. Many of them have been tortured; all have been held indefinitely for years now. Why is it that, despite the Obama administration’s admission that they have no reason to hold these men, no progress is being made in releasing them? The government of Yemen is willing to accept the men if they are released and has asked for US financial support in repatriating them. So what are the real forces at work, here and in Yemen?
What: Free Film and Discussion
When: 7 pm – 9 pm, Tuesday, March 25
Where: Grace Place, 637 S. Dearborn, Chicago
Join us for free film screenings and discussion with Len Goodman, a Chicago lawyer who has represented a Guantanamo detainee and written about the assassination of a US citizen in Yemen by a US cruise missile, Assassinating the Rule of Law.
We’ll screen Laura Poitras’ award-winning film, “The Oath,” that tells the story of two brothers from Yemen, one of whom spent more than 6 years at Guantanamo. She uses footage shot in Yemen and Guantánamo to tell a complex story that “challenges notions of the US post-9/11 strategy.” (IndieWire). Laura Poitras is the filmmaker working with Glenn Greenwald and Jeremy Scahill on the new investigative project, The Intercept.
We’ll also see short clips from other films that take us into the lives – and deaths – of Yemenis held at Guantanamo and the impact of US policy since 9/11 on their families and their country. (Photo: Demonstration calling for the release of Yemenis held at Guantanamo outside the US Embassy there.)
Following the film, we’ll speak with Len Goodman, Chicago criminal defense lawyer who has represented detainees at Guantánamo and written about the killing of US citizen Anwar al-Awlaki and his 16-year-old son in Yemen that Jeremy Scahill investigated in his film, “Dirty Wars.”
If you are on Facebook, please “join” our event there and invite friends.
This event is sponsored by the Chicago Coalition to Shut Down Guantánamo (World Can’t Wait Chicago, Witness Against Torture, White Rose Catholic Worker, Illinois Coalition Against Torture, Chicago Committee to Free the Cuban Five).
It has been endorsed by the Chicago Chapter of Veterans for Peace (list in formation).