This riveting documentary depicts former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger as a warmonger responsible for military cover-ups in Vietnam, Cambodia and East Timor, as well as the assassination of a Chilean leader in 1970. Based on a book by journalist Christopher Hitchens, the film includes interviews with historians, political analysts and such journalists as New York Times writer William Safire, a former Nixon speechwriter.
As a person who has watched way too much Star Trek, two things from watching this documentary stand out. Absolute power corrupts absolutely and the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few or the one. I am fascinated with both Richard M. Nixon and Henry Kissinger as their admirers and haters agree on one thing, brilliant political minds. In this movie you do hear both sides and it is up to the viewer to decide if he is a war criminal.
I normally don’t do this but I am going to share my opinion on the subject. I do believe he can be considered a war criminal. I think he is a monster created by another monster (escaping Nazi Germany at an early age) and it is such a depressing tragedy.
This is a good movie but I have to caution that I found myself extremely sad after watching it. I am giving it 3.5 stars.
I am going to watch Airplane! (1980) now which always cheers me up. “Surely you can’t be serious. I am serious… and don’t call me Shirley.”
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