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    • Mark Lincoln
    • 30.11.07 | 02:25 (IST)

    It was Richard Nixon who 'brought down international Communism." The same Richard Nixon who played his cards well in the set-up "Kitchen Debate" with Nikita. Nixon offered China the 'defensive' alignment against the Soviet Union they needed in the early 1970s. He offered as well something far more lethal, trade relationships which could be exploited by China to penetrate the American market with consumer goods, American capitalists to destroy American unions, and both to destroy Chinese Communism. Nixon himself may have been a paranoid lunatic, but his foreign policy was both sane and cold. He was willing to murder 30,000 Americans to stay President, and smear those who wished to save those 30,000 lives as 'traitors." He was willing to make peace with "Communist China" - he would have smeared any democrat who did so as a traitor - to destroy the dream of an "International." Nixon, for all his flaws, many of them fatal to the United States of America, was the last great President.

    from the article: Report: Nixon feared Israeli nukes would spur arms race
    First published 00:00 29.11.07 | Last updated 00:00 29.11.07
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