Sunday, 1 November 2015

Historian Ferguson a disgrace

An authorised biography of the Machiavellian, Kissinger, by a historian who infamously sees British imperialism, despite its greed for wealth, land and labour, its use of weapons, massacres, concentration camps and torture, as a force for good, who supported the Republican candidates, McCain and Romney against Obama in the 2008 and 2012 elections, and whose advice on the history curriculum for schools to then Education Secretary Gove was criticised so much by British historians and teachers, should not attract favourable reviews, and Greg Grandin duly obliged (Kissinger 1923-1968:The Idealist by Niall Ferguson,17/10/15).
      A defence of Kissinger`s "war crimes", based on the premise that other policymakers "can just as easily be accused", smacks of disingenuity of the highest order, whilst the absurdity of claiming that responsibility for atrocities and the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people should not influence "how we assess his legacy" beggars belief. Somehow, loss of life in so-called "strategically marginal countries" didn`t matter as long as the cold war was won, a point which is not only abhorrent in its substance, but the epitome of selective use of evidence, as it conveniently ignores the fact that the bombing of Laos and Cambodia did not prevent America`s defeat in Vietnam.
 The public have been badly served by historians like Ferguson, who misuse historical evidence, for too long, and hopefully, sales figures of this example of biased history will indicate that the penny has finally dropped.


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