Simple: Only the losers are ever subjected to war crimes tribunals. (Yeah, I know we lost Vietnam, but we're still the de facto political and military winners of planet Earth at this time.) The winners decide what constitutes war crimes, and those will never be defined as what the winners did.
...yet the "realpolitik" which is Kissinger's legacy is nothing if not morally relativistic.That's the thing about "realpolitik," it's real. Like war crimes themselves, morality gets to be defined by those with the power. We've got the power, so we get to say Kissinger's actions are morally acceptable. You just gotta accept it. That's realpolitik.
And he remains a darling of the right.
Not with me. I've always thought he was a twerp. He lost 'Nam, after all, but he does have an excellent working knowledge of foreign affairs in general, so it's probably in our best interests to keep him around.posted by aaron at 11:55 PM on February 27, 2001
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