Protest Kissinger Getting Intrepid Freedom Award
Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger will receive the Intrepid Freedom Award on May 23rd for his distinguished career "defending" the values of freedom and democracy. Kissinger developed the plans for millions of war deaths, millions of refugees, millions maimed. He was responsible for the crimes against humanity in Vietnam, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Chile and many other countries, including Iraq. Protest Kissinger at Manhattan's Intrepid Museum, Pier 86, 12th Ave. & 46th St., NYC May 23rd, 5:30pm
The ceremony also will honor David Koch, executive vice president of Kansas-based Koch Industries, Inc.
Sponsored by: War Criminals Watch/World Can't Wait, War Resisters League, Veterans for Peace Chapter 34, East Timor Action Network, Chelsea Neighbors United to End the War and Big Apple Coffee Party.
For a good sense of Kissinger, read his conversation with Richard Nixon on April 25th 1972, as quoted on Jane Fonda's blog:
Nixon: “We’ve got to be thinking in terms of an all-out bombing attack [of North Vietnam}…Now, by all-out bombing attack, I am thinking about things that go far beyond…I'm thinking of the dikes, I'm thinking of the railroad, I'm thinking, of course, of the docks."
Kissinger: "I agree with you."
President Nixon: "And I still think we ought to take the dikes out now. Will that drown people?"
Kissinger: "About two hundred thousand people."
President Nixon: "No, no, no…I'd rather use the nuclear bomb. Have you got that, Henry?
Kissinger: "That, I think, would just be too much."
President Nixon: "The nuclear bomb, does that bother you?…I just want to think big, Henry, for Christsakes."
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Here is a recent biography of Kissinger posted on the site of theInstitute of International Education where he currently sits on the Board of Trustees.
Henry A. Kissinger was sworn in September 22, 1973 at the White House as Secretary of State, a position he held until January 20, 1977. He served as Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs (1969-1975) for Presidents Nixon and Ford. In 1983, he was appointed to Chair the National Bipartisan Commission on Central America until it ceased operation in January 1985. He is presently Chairman of Kissinger Associates, Inc., an international consulting firm. Among his other activities, Dr. Kissinger is a Member of the Boards of Directors of Continental Grain Company and Advisor to the Board of Directors of American Express Company. He is also a Trustee Emeritus of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and a Director of the International Rescue Committee.
Dr. Kissinger received a B.A. degree from Harvard College in 1950 and M.A. and Ph.D degrees from Harvard University in 1952 and 1954, respectively. From 1954 until 1969 he was a member of the faculty of Harvard University, both in the Department of Government and at the Center for International Affairs. He served as Study Director, Nuclear Weapons and Foreign Policy, for the Council of Foreign Relations from 1955 to 1956; Director of the Special Studies Project for the Rockefeller Brothers Fund from 1956 to 1958; Director of the Harvard International Seminar from 1952 to 1969; and Director of the Harvard Defense Studies Program from 1958 to 1969.
He is the author of numerous articles and books on United States foreign policy, international affairs, and diplomatic history. Among the awards he has received are the Guggenheim Fellowship (1965-66), the Woodrow Wilson Prize for the best book in the fields of government, politics and international affairs (1958), the American Institute for Public Service Award (1973), the Nobel Peace Prize (1973), and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award (1977). Dr. Kissinger became a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Institute of International Education in 1999.