Office of Multilateral Diplomacy
Founded in 1976, the United States Office of Multilateral Diplomacy (known informally as the Zap Office) was created by Henry Kissinger to try and influence the voting patterns of third world nations at the United Nations by withholding food aid to those who did not vote alongside the United States. While several government officials denied that such a bureaucracy existed, senior State Department official John A. Baker confirmed its existence.
|“||Those countries which tried to assert their independence - for example, by voting against American motions in the United Nations - were 'zapped'. Salvador Allende's Chile was one of the first to be zapped. All American food aid was withdrawn without notice||”|
Many congressmen and religious leaders exhibited disapproval for the policy, and filmmaker John Pilger made a documentary entitled "Zap! The Weapon is Food" in 1976 highlighting what he considered to be the problems of withholding food from starving populations to punish them for their leaders' sovereign votes.
- Politics and process in the specialized agencies of the United Nations, 1982, Houshang Americ.
- John Pilger, Distant Voices, 1994
- Edmonton Journal, "Outrage in the Name of the Boat People", July 27, 1979. John Pilger
- New statesman society: Volume 4, Issues 171-182 , 1992
- John Pilger, "Zap! The Weapon is Food", 1976
- John Pilger, Heroes. 2002. Page 355
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