Wednesday, October 13, 2004

The Shorter Henry Kissinger

Kissinger Defends South America Policies.

Stopping Death Squad activity was not worth the costs of publicly criticising Generals Stroessner, Videla and Pinochet.

The tapestry of deceit Dr. Death weaves here would do any Straussian proud (and that's really transcending traditional realpolitik). The "balance" reference is just perfect. Far from "discouraging human rights abuses", he took care at the time to praise Pinochet for "restraint" -- as if DINA ever held back anything, a fact Kissinger knew full well. It's also swell of Dr. Death -- charitible, even -- for him to say that his methods "can be argued about".