Tuesday, December 14, 2010
You had to be there to appreciate it, and I'm glad I was. But the great moral relativism between the West and Communism that Kissinger exemplified really would have doomed us. It took Pearl Harbor to wake us up to the peril of fascism. But strangely, the long twilight struggle of the Cold War had lulled us into a weird, fatigued acceptance of the evil empire that respectable people were not allowed to call evil. Kissinger was part of all that. I don't think he deserves to be admired. He's a figure of historical importance, but he was a bad influence. That he should speak callously of Jews going to gas chambers does not surprise me at all. You can't imagine Reagan doing any such thing or tolerating anybody who did. Kissinger and his ilk are not really realists because they fail to appreciate the reality of the moral dimension of the life of individuals, peoples and nations.