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... is a likely underestimate Many of these involvements were planned in collusion with big corporations and wealthy bankers The Nation Following is a sample of his most egregious acts while in office 1 In White house tapes released in 2010 Kissinger is heard telling Nixon in 1973 that helping Soviet Jews emigrate and escape oppression was not an objective of American foreign policy He also said And if they put Jews into gas chambers in the Soviet Union it is not an American concern Maybe a humanitarian concern Jewish leaders and organizations expressed outrage over this NYT 2 Kissinger helped wage an illegal war in Cambodia between 1969 and 1973 The war wrecked the country through a huge bombing campaign that killed some 100 000 civilians and set the stage for the rise of the genocidal Khmer Rouge Kissinger hid the bombing from the public and U S Congress by working with military officers to falsify records NYT Politico 3 Kissinger authorized the secret bombing of Laos during the Vietnam War There U S forces conducted over 580 000 bombing missions over nine years Laos accounting of its casualties cites more than 50 000 people killed and injured by accidents and unexploded ordinance more than 20 000 of them after the end of the war Washington Post 4 In South Asia Kissinger supported Pakistan s military dictatorship and the bloody crackdown in 1971 on what is today Bangladesh Conservative estimates say that roughly 200 000 were killed the official Bangladeshi estimate is three million Ten million Bengali refugees fled to India where untold numbers died in refugee camps Kissinger knowingly violated U S law in allowing secret arms transfers to Pakistan during the India Pakistan war despite warnings from White House staff and State Department and Pentagon lawyers Politico New Yorker 5 According to GWU s National Security Archive the Indonesian government s invasion of Portuguese East Timor in December 1975 occurred with Kissinger s blessing and behind the backs of Congress Some 200 000 Timorese died during the 25 year occupation Kissinger was aware that Suharto planned to invade East Timor but the invasion was legally problematic because of Indonesia s use of U S military equipment that Congress had approved only for self defense 6 With billions of corporate investment at stake Kissinger helped plan a CIA led coup in Chile in 1973 that led to the assassination of democratically elected president Salvador Allende Allende had pledged to lead his country down the democratic road to socialism He was replaced by the notorious dictator Augusto Pinochet whose government killed at least 3 197 people and tortured about 29 000 Kissinger s top deputy for Latin America advised him make human rights central to U S Chilean relations instead Kissinger told Pinochet that his regime was a victim of leftist propaganda In the United States as you know we are sympathetic with what you are trying to do here You did a great service to the West in overthrowing Allende LINK 7 In the late 1960s Kissinger was involved in the secret wiretapping of National Security Council staff He urged Nixon to go after Daniel Ellsberg for having released the Pentagon Papers which resulted in government charges against The New York Times for violations against the Espionage Act the charges did not hold NYT 8 In the mid 70s Kissinger began to urge apartheid South Africa with which he was closely aligned to secretly intervene in Angola s civil war to prevent Marxist MPLA from taking power LINK The U S was directly involved in the civil war In addition to training Angolan combat units U S personnel carried out reconnaissance and supply missions and the CIA spent over a million dollars on its mercenary program The war took more than 300 000 lives LINK 9 Kissinger and Nixon s orientation toward southern African states with white majority leadership was outlined in a secret NSC policy study called the Tar Baby report Anthony Sampson noted in Black and Gold that The Nixon Kissinger policy effectively condoned Pretoria s apartheid system and left it to corporations and banks to try to liberalize it LINK According to Grandin such policies cost millions of lives The Nation 10 The Shah of Iran was installed into power as a result of a joint British U S coup Kissinger engaged a policy of unconditional support for the Shah He overrode State Department and Pentagon objections to allow Iran broad access to military equipment and authorized the CIA training of the Shah s torturous secret police He exacerbated tensions with Tehran after the Revolution resulting in the hostage crisis by urging Carter to grant the Shah asylum in the United States Salon 11 In 1975 Kissinger thought he had worked out a balance of power between Iran and Iraq and thus withdrew support for the Kurds Iraq attacked the Kurds killing thousands and implemented a program of ethnic cleansing relocating Kurdish survivors and moving Arabs into their homes Salon 12 In 1980 Saddam Hussein invaded Iran a war that cost hundreds of thousands of lives Reagan supported Iraq but also illegally trafficked weapons to Iran Iran Contra scandal Raymond Tanter of the NSC reported that at a foreign policy briefing for nominee Reagan in 1980 Kissinger suggested the continuation of fighting between Iran and Iraq was in the American interest The U S he said should capitalize on continuing hostilities Salon 13 Newly released documents have Kissinger mapping out secret contingency plans to launch airstrikes against Havana and smash Cuba Mr Kissinger worried that the U S would look weak if it did not respond He had previously planned an underground effort to improve relations but after Castro sent troops to Angola to help the newly independent nation fend off attacks from South Africa and right wing guerrillas Kissinger started to plan a U S airstrike NYT There are numerous counties in the world where Kissinger can not travel because he will be arrested and...

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