Today a release of some additional tapes from former U.S. president Richard Nixon, who was a not uncommon example of his time in disliking various minorities and expressing it directly (in private at least), brought us these wonderful insights from his Secretary of State Henry Kissinger (a non-observant assimilated U.S. citizen who was a German Jew)…
Henry Kissinger is heard saying the genocide of Soviet Jews would not be an American problem on newly released tapes chronicling President Nixon’s obsession with disparaging Jews and other minorities. Kissinger’s remarks come after a meeting between the two men and former Israeli prime minister Golda Meir on March 1, 1973, in which Meir pleads for US pressure on the Soviet Union to release its Jews.
The men dismiss her plea after Meir leaves.
“The emigration of Jews from the Soviet Union is not an objective of American foreign policy,” said Kissinger, then secretary of state, on the tapes. “And if they put Jews into gas chambers in the Soviet Union, it is not an American concern. Maybe a humanitarian concern.”
Nixon replies: “I know. We can’t blow up the world because of it.”
You might be surprised to here Mystical Paths say “he’s right”. Nations have national concerns, and the leader of a nation is concerned about his nation, his citizens, his economy. Nations are not friends nor are they humanitarian, they’re self-centered organizations that exist for themselves.
So while it distresses me in the extreme to hear a Jew saying such a thing, NO ONE should think for a second that if the United States of America determines (or rather it’s president or government administration determine) that it’s in it’s interest to let Israel be burned to the ground that it wouldn’t let it happen.
These men, Nixon and Kissinger, aren’t being bastards they’re being national leaders. How do you know?
Six months later, during the Yom Kippur War, Nixon rejected Kissinger’s advice to delay an arms airlift to Israel as a means of setting the stage for an Egypt confident enough to pursue peace; Nixon, among other reasons, cited Israel’s urgent need.
The president judged that having a strong ally in the Middle East was of value, as was pushing back the Soviet Union’s influence in the Middle East. So he helped Israel. Not as a friend, because it was of value to the United States (as he judged it as president).
The friendship of nations is not friendship, it’s a temporary alignment of interests and sometimes of values. Always remember, we have no one to turn to except Our Father in Heaven.