The peoples of Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Thailand broke into spontaneous celebrations when they heard that “Sideshow Henry” has again been honoured by the Nobel Prize Committee.
In Thailand thousands of teenage girls gathered at Utapao Airbase chanting “We love you too much En-ree” and “you come for short time”. Villagers from Ban Napia in Laos paraded down the streets with placards saying “long live Henry, please drop more bombs”. (In Ban Napia old US bombs are used to build houses, make spoons and attract tourists). In Vietnam, crowds showed that they were desperate to see the return of Henry and the Americans. “We miss the smell of gasoline in the morning” they shouted, and “American Henry would light up our lives (and skin)”. In Cambodia demonstrators against the anti-American remarks made by their Prime Minister, rallied to the cry of “Henry is right”.
Kissenger was a titan of the twentieth century, a man who struggled for peace and didn’t mind how many people were killed to achieve it. With tentacles of Chinese power spreading throughout Asia and leaders in the Philippines, Malaysia and Cambodia telling America to stay out of their internal affairs, Kissinger's sage advice is needed more than ever. Obama’s pivot to Asia is in danger of collapsing. Trump should take Kissenger on as a senior adviser. That’s what Nixon did, and things worked out well for him, didn’t they.
The story from Common Dreams (7 Dec):
Groups Demand Arrest of 'War Mastermind' Kissinger at Nobel Peace Prize Forum
Nobel Peace Prize committee honors Kissinger a second time with speaking engagement at new forum on world peace.
The Nobel Peace Prize committee last month stunned many observers by choosing Henry Kissinger—the former secretary of state behind the secret American bombing of Cambodia and who supported Argentina's "dirty wars," among other things—to speak at a forum on "The United States and World Peace after the Presidential Election."
In response, on Tuesday the progressive groups RootsAction and Nobel Peace Prize Watch issued a petition demanding that Norwegian officials arrest Kissinger.
"The Nobel Committee has arranged for well-known war mastermind Henry Kissinger to speak as an honored guest at a forum that is part of the Nobel Peace Prize events," the petition states. "Several of Kissinger's crimes come under treaties that make it mandatory for Norway to prosecute. Kissinger is complicit or a main actor in many violations of the Genocide Convention and of the Geneva Conventions."
Nobel Peace Prize Watch lays out Kissinger's actions in great detail, making the case that Norway is obligated under international law to arrest the former secretary of state.
Kissinger was infamously awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1973 for his role in the Vietnam war—a decision that comedian Tom Lehrer said "made political satire obsolete."
Zbigniew Brzezinski, former National Security Advisor under Jimmy Carter, is also scheduled to speak at the Oslo forum, which will take place on December 11. Jan Oberg of the Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research condemned the Nobel committee's decision to honor the two former U.S. officials:
These two experts on warfare and interventionism will—Orwellian style—speak about "The United States and World Peace after the Presidential Election."