Henry Kissinger: 1923–2023

Adebayo Adeniran
4 min readNov 30, 2023

The oldest living war criminal finally kicks the bucket.

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The news broke several hours ago that Henry Kissinger has died at the age of 100.

That one of the very worst humans to ever exist, died on my birthday is simply unforgiveable.

But it is, what it is.

Exactly six months ago, I wrote an article on how we should evaluate the man’s legacy.

Like everyone else, I had no idea that his time was very nearly up and given what’s happened, I am incredibly grateful that I was prescient enough to capture my thoughts on the now departed war criminal.

I have reproduced the article below for your perusal:

Henry Kissinger turns 100 today.

Long after his contemporaries at Harvard and the White House have faded from view and into the recess of history, the old bugger is very much here with us and still being talked about as ever.

It is impossible to tell the story of the second half of the 20th century without writing about Kissinger, Martin Luther King, Mahatma Gandhi, Muhammed Ali and John F. Kennedy.

And when we narrow the scope of our assignment to the United States of America post-1945, the discussion essentially revolves around the one individual — Henry Kissinger.

It is no exaggeration to state that the latest centenarian is the military industrial-complex personified; that he wielded far more power and influence than the likes of Richard Nixon, who appointed him in the very first place.

And to those who have made it this far, you may be wondering what exactly do I mean by this?

The Vietnam war.

Even though a fair number of Americans were opposed to the Indo-China war, a vast majority of the American people had no idea of the extremity of the crimes which were committed by their dearly beloved country.

If we think that what went on at the time Lyndon Baines Johnson was in charge and Reverend King was assassinated in April 1968 was evil, what took place when Nixon took over the following year simply takes the prize.

Tricky Dicky acting on counsel from Kissinger escalated the Vietnam war by dropping 110,000



Adebayo Adeniran

A lifelong bibliophile, who seeks to unleash his energy on as many subjects as possible