Kissinger at 100: How Should We Evaluate The Legacy of One of The Most Destructive Humans Ever?

Adebayo Adeniran
4 min readMay 26

My two cents on the oldest living war criminal

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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 tonnes of bombs on innocent Cambodians, killing 500,000 civilians which unwittingly handed power to Pol Pot of Khmer Rouge, who ended up killing well over 2 million people.

Kissinger was utterly desperate to keep their evil deeds from the wider public that he ordered the bugging of the phones and apartments of members of congress in the early 1970s.

And it stayed that way until the New York Times decided to break the story not too long afterwards.

Adebayo Adeniran

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