The Boston Diaries

The ongoing saga of a programmer who doesn't live in Boston, nor does he even like Boston, but yet named his weblog/journal “The Boston Diaries.”

Go figure.

Sunday, Debtember 15, 2002

“I don't see why we need to stand by and watch a country go communist due to the irresponsibility of its own people.”

WASHINGTON—Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger stepped down Friday as chairman of a panel investigating the Sept. 11 attacks, citing controversy over potential conflicts of interest with his business clients.

Via The Duff Wire, Kissinger Quits As Chairman of 9/11 Panel

So that's one Cold War Warrier down, many more to go. But it scares me that Kissinger had to resign because of conflicts of interest. Just what clients would have a conflict with Kissinger investigating the September 11th attacks? The US? The nations of OPEC?

The man scares me.

The meeting [in June 1969] was unpleasant. As Valdés [foreign minister of Chile] describes it, Kissinger began by declaring: “Mr. Minister, you made a strange speech. You come here speaking of Latin America, but this is not important. Nothing important can come from the South. History has never been produced in the South. The axis of history starts in Moscow, goes to Bonn, crosses over to Washington, and then goes to Tokyo. What happens in the South is of no importance. You're wasting your time.”

“I said,” Valdés recalls, “Mr. Kissinger, you know nothing of the South.” “No,” Kissinger answered, “and I don't care.” At that point, Valdés, astonished and insulted, told Kissinger: “You are a German Wagnerian. You are a very arrogant man.” Later, to his embarrassment, Valdés learned that Kissinger was a German Jew, and suspected that he had gravely insulted him.

Via Robot Wisdom, The Price of Power

It's a good article about the events leading up to Kissinger's involvement with the CIA backed coup that overthrew the elected government of Chile on … September 11th, 1973.

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