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Rachel Marsden
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When Henry Kissinger gives advice on ending the Ukraine conflict, the West should listen

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The realpolitik veteran schools today’s ideologues, but they won’t like the lesson.

The ideologues who dominate today’s Western foreign policy establishment are largely responsible for escalating tensions with Russia to the point of military conflict in Ukraine. And now the grandmaster of realpolitik — that is, foreign relations shaped by pragmatism and on-the-ground truth rather than wishful thinking — has just delivered a rhetorical blow to NATO’s ambitions over Ukraine.

Henry Kissinger, the Nixon-era US secretary of state and a living legend of international politics, celebrates his 99th birthday this week. On Monday, he took to the stage via videoconference at the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, to offer his advice for resolving the Ukraine conflict.

“Parties should be brought to peace talks within the next two months. Ukraine should’ve been a bridge between Europe and Russia, but now, as the relationships are reshaped, we may enter a space where the dividing line is redrawn and Russia is entirely isolated,” Kissinger said in a conversation with WEF founder and executive chairman Klaus Schwab.

Isolating Russia from Europe seems to be the goal of engaging Moscow in a war of attrition by arming and backing Ukrainian fighters to effectively serve as NATO proxies. This would also explain why Washington is so highly invested in the conflict, both financially and ideologically.

An EU-Ukraine-Russia axis would be competitive with Beijing and Washington on the global playing field. But the Atlantist leaders in Brussels and their assorted Russophobic allies have privileged dated Cold War ideology over the long-term political and economic interests of their own citizens, who would be best served by a normalization of relations and increased cooperation right across the European continent.

“We are facing a situation now where Russia could alienate itself completely from Europe and seek a permanent alliance elsewhere,” Kissinger said. “This may lead to Cold War-like diplomatic distances, which will set us back decades. We should strive for long-term peace.” By far, the most likely scenario is even greater Russian rapprochement with China.

The end result could be a stronger military-industrial bloc in competition with the US for economic and political influence worldwide and a loss of clout for the EU, which would simply be reduced to a less influential partner of Washington’s, with less autonomy than it would have enjoyed had it not subordinated all of its interests to Washington and had instead maintained a more independent and balanced position.

Kissinger’s decades of experience in global affairs at the highest level as an advisor to heads of state, governments, and multinational corporations, and as an advocate of pragmatic solutions to sticky global problems, all give weight to his advice for any global crisis.

Recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize for his role in negotiating an end to the bloody Vietnam War with the North Vietnamese during the administration of Republican President Richard Nixon, Kissinger served as both secretary of state and national security advisor to the former US leader. Prior to that, he served as an advisor to Democratic President John F. Kennedy. If he’s urging a rapid resolution to the conflict in Ukraine, it’s informed by his professional experience. Perhaps he sees shades of Vietnam in Ukraine?

Kissinger’s solution for ending the territorial disputes between Russia and Ukraine is unlikely to please the current American foreign policy establishment. “Ideally, the dividing line should be a return to the status quo ante. Pursuing the war beyond that point will not be about the freedom of Ukraine, but a new war against Russia itself,” Kissinger said, with the “status quo ante” referring to leaving Crimea, Lugansk, and Donetsk under Russia’s control.

Once the “most admired man in America”, according to Gallup polls from 1973, 1974, and 1975, in the wake of peace in Vietnam, Kissinger has often wandered off Washington’s beaten foreign policy path. He laid out the first blueprint for cooperation between the US and China. He also opposed NATO’s bombing of Yugoslavia under former President Bill Clinton. “The rejection of long-range strategy explains how it was possible to slide into the Kosovo conflict without adequate consideration of all its implications—especially the visceral reaction of almost all nations of the world against the new NATO doctrine of humanitarian intervention,” Kissinger wrote in a Newsweek article in 1999.

Kissinger’s remarks accurately foreshadowed the military interventions of NATO member nations elsewhere under humanitarian pretexts — such as Syria, Libya, and now against Russia via Ukraine — for the ultimate purpose of regime change. He equally predicted why, despite rampant promotion and spinning of these Western wars, so much opposition to them nonetheless exists. Although attention spans and news cycles may have shortened since Kissinger’s diplomatic heyday, some people can still grasp that ideologically driven conflicts can engender long-term negative systemic repercussions that more than outweigh whatever short-term satisfaction may be derived from sparking an ideologically driven conflict.

The sooner those who are feeding the current chaos can clue into Kissinger’s advice, the better off we’ll all be in mitigating the inevitable subsequent diplomatic, economic, and political hangover.

The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of DTNZ.

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  1. Lyndon LaRouche exposed Kissinger for what he is; a monster who once said that ‘All military men are cattle’ and was instrumental in ‘Linebacker ll’ in Vietnam.
    He was silent on the attack on the USS Liberty by Israel.
    He has said ‘Control the food, and you control the masses.”
    We see how history played into the hands of the communists during Holodomor in both Russia and the Ukraine when the Khazarian Zionist Jews went to war against the Russian Orthodox Christians during the ‘Reign of Terror’ under Stalin in the last century…
    Noteworthy was the quotes in Aleksandr Solzhenytsyn’s book ‘The Gulag Archipelago’ (which Putin has made required / compulsive reading for all Russian High School students…) made which was ‘Jews ran the camps’ and ‘How we burned in the camps!’
    Solzhenytyn’s last book before his death is titled ‘200 Years Together’, where he documents the constant Zionist Khazarian attacks in all spheres of Russian life! ‘200 Years Together’ is now banned in many Israeli-influenced nations.
    I hope that most everyone saw the movie ‘Vice’ last night on Eden Network, and ‘Fahrenheit 911’, along with ‘Rumsfeld’…truly frightening on the influences of Kissinger and his ilk.
    See also the late Rep. Jim Traficant’s analysis of Israel on YouTube (IF it hasn’t been pulled,…)
    The Mossad carries out the most assassinations worldwide per year, but this is never reported on the Jewish-controlled media…!

  2. Love him or hate him Henry Kissinger has always been a clever man,you just have to be able to be able to look beyond the fact he is ***ish to see it

  3. Those fools at the WEF. It’s too late. They have already pissed off Putin and alienated Russia with their childish sanctions and ‘war’ in Ukraine and driven them (russia) to trade with India, Pakistan and China. did they forget that Russia was practically self sufficient during the time it was a communist country???? Russia don’t care, they can find other markets in developing nations who will pay them in Rubles. Good on them too, just doing what any smart country would do, much like when Britain joined the EU and ditched all our dairy products, we found other markets.

    Also, who was on our side in WW2? RUSSIA was. Why are we treating them like this? I am disgusted actually. All the Russian people I have met are LOVELY people. Why are we treating them like dirt because some stupid rich old sociopathic warmongers in America and Davos said so? Too bad if Germany and the rest of Europe freezes this winter for having sanctions against Russian energy sources I guess. That will teach them for voting in rich WEF MUPPETS who won’t be the ones feeling the cold because they can afford to heat their houses. Germany now has the highest rate of inflation since 1973. Oh well Trump warned them .

    I guess this is where Putin says ‘checkmate’.

  4. “you just have to be able to be able to look beyond the fact he is ***ish to see it” means you have to put any prejudice aside and judge him as a man,so why did you blank out the J-word but let the previous post go uncensored?

    • Because if you have studied Kissinger as I have (Political Science Degree), and seen the Kissinger Plan for Greater Israel, you would come to the realisation that this man has contempt for most of the world’s populations, and seeks to destroy the same via the methodology of ‘The Hidden hand’…!
      ; especially the Palestinians and Arabs in the Middle East.
      Read the Talmud cover to cover, and then read Solzhenytsyn’s works, especially his book ‘200 Years Together’
      See also the book ‘Drawings From The Gulag’ written and drawn by a former Gulag guard.
      The history of Kissinger and his policies of Talmudic effect is a grotesque one!

      • Exactly – the world would have been better off without his sick twisted agenda and interference. . He is the ‘mentor’ of Klaus Schwab from the World Economic Forum and in turn our very own Prime Minister.

        All they want is a one world government and complete control over every single human being in the world. The fact they think they can pull it off shows you what megalomaniacs they all are.

        Russia is just one of the reasons they won’t succeed. Putin has known what they are up to for years and has planned accordingly.


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