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Pinochet, Milosevic… Henry Kissinger?

Christopher Hitchens and David Rieff exchange frank views on politics, personalities and what constitutes a war criminal

Dear Christopher

28th June 2001

I hold no brief for Henry Kissinger, and had your recent attack on him been concerned-as you put it-with exposing his “depraved realpolitik,” I would not have been disposed to quarrel with you. There is much to loathe about what Kissinger believes, and much to despise about what he did when he applied his brand of amoral realism to the conduct of US foreign policy. But you insist that your goal is different. You claim that the book you have written is “concerned only with the Kissingerian offences that might or should form the basis…

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