You know the world is in trouble when Kissinger is the voice of reason
Henry Kissinger will soon turn 100, proving that like Dick Cheney, evil men seem to live forever.
While Kissinger is mostly remembered for winning the Nobel Peace Prize for Vietnam while committing genocide in Cambodia, I prefer to remember his comments to the Iraqi Kurds just one year later, who he has inspired to revolt against Saddam Hussein and were being slaughtered.
“Promise them anything, give them what they get, and fuck them if they can’t take a joke.”
Followed by, “Covert action should not be confused with missionary work.”
It is this evil man that we now turn to as the voice of sanity.
“We are at the edge of war with Russia and China on issues which we partly created, without any concept of how this is going to end or what it’s supposed to lead to.”
That’s the view of Henry Kissinger, the 99-year-old former secretary of state and national-security adviser, in an interview with the Wall Street Journal. He recommended that the U.S. not “accelerate the tensions and to create options, and for that you have to have some purpose.”
Kissinger added that foreign policy is “very responsive to the emotion of the moment.”
...On Taiwan, he advised being “very careful” in measures that seem to change the structure of the relationship with China, without directly criticizing the recent visit by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
It's a sad day when "Let's not cause a war with the other major nuclear powers in the world without a plan and for no good reason," is bold outside-the-box thinking.
Washington hasn't bothered with diplomacy since the end of the Cold War. Unless you think diplomacy means dropping bombs from 30,000 feet. While you might be able to get away with that against internationally isolated nations like Afghanistan and Iraq, that won't work against Russia and China.
Hell, it wouldn't even work against Russia and China of 1992. It certainly doesn't work against Russia and China of 2022. Even fellow war-criminal Tony Blair, not exactly a man of deep wisdom, has figured out that the world has moved on.
"We are coming to the end of Western political and economic dominance," Blair said in a lecture entitled "After Ukraine, What Lessons Now for Western Leadership?" according to a text of the speech to a forum supporting the alliance between the United States and Europe at Ditchley Park west of London.
"The world is going to be at least bi-polar and possibly multi-polar," Blair said. "The biggest geo-political change of this century will come from China not Russia."
If you aren't aware of the consequences of the political elites not smartening up, this headline happened today.
As many as 5 billion people worldwide – 75% of the global population – would die from famine and hunger after a nuclear war between the U.S. and Russia, a new study says.
The detonation of a nuclear weapon would cause massive fires and inject soot into the atmosphere, blocking sunlight from reaching the surface and limiting food production, leading to the deaths, the study said.
“A large percent of the people will be starving,” Lili Xia, a climate scientist at Rutgers University, who led the research, told Nature.com. “It’s really bad.”
What do you think are the chances of you surviving a nuclear war if you aren't wealthy? Near zero.
That's why I believe that while Russia should not be rewarded for it's aggression against Ukraine, if the alternative is risking nuclear war with Russia then "Sorry Ukraine."
And anyone who thinks otherwise doesn't have their head screwed on properly.
Things like this do not help.
Now some European politicians are calling for an end to the short-term visas that allow Russians to holiday in the EU as the war in Ukraine rages on.
Countries including Ukraine, Estonia, Latvia, Finland and the Czech Republic have called for the EU to limit or block short-term Schengen visas for Russians, in protest at their country’s invasion of Ukraine.
After six months of war, the proposal echoes widespread frustration with a Russian public that seems either unable or unwilling to mount a meaningful resistance to the war being waged in their name.
Either Putin is a dictator or he isn't. If he's a dictator then you can't blame the people of Russia for this war, and collective punishment is wrong. Plus it looks a whole bunch like xenophobia.
We are also seeing a disturbing revival of Cold War propaganda that were long ago proven to be lies.
As for Kissinger looking back on his horrible legacy.
The secretary of state under Richard Nixon himself has been dubbed a war criminal by some, for his role in sabotaging Vietnamese peace talks, expanding that war into Cambodia and other controversial moves. He didn’t appear to express regret in the Wall Street Journal interview. “I do not torture myself with things we might have done differently,” he reportedly said.
Guilt and regret is not part of Kissinger's character.