Kissinger. Dead.

So Henry Kissinger is dead. He made it to 100 years old, which really just tells us that God gave him lots of time to repent and eventually gave up. David Bowie didn’t make it to seventy; Kissinger got over thirty years more than David Bowie. Think of all the music that David Bowie would have given us during those decades. It would have been great.

Instead, we got what pundits used to call realpolitik, and what they now call “realism.”

The great writer Thomas Vinciguerra had strong views about speaking ill of the dead, even the famous dead, when the body had barely ceased twitching. As Tom once wrote,

Is it O.K. to publicly dump on the newly deceased — or for that matter, to offer them not-quite-heartfelt praise? It’s a tough call. No one likes a hypocrite. Just the same, there is surely a time and a place for everything.

Still, a lot of ink is being wasted over this guy, and we won’t really add to it, but we’d like to remember one thing about Henry Kissinger, and it’s not exactly positive.

One day in 1973, the Israeli Prime Minister, Golda Meir, visited with then-president Richard Nixon and Kissinger, his Secretary of State.

After Meir left, Kissinger remarked, “if they put Jews into gas chambers in the Soviet Union, it is not an American concern. Maybe a humanitarian concern.”

Again: this is known as “realism.”

Killing Jews is “maybe” a humanitarian concern?


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