What Kissinger tells us about Jews in Diaspora. - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • David Turner
    • 12.12.10 | 16:57 (IST)

    Thomas Friedman is a sort of Jewish Caspar Weinberger. But where Friedman expresses his need to appear “even-handed” in the eyes of his non-Jewish American audience, Weinberger, a non-Jew, was always self-conscious of his Jewish name and heritage, so used every opportunity to distance himself from Jews and Israel. Henry Kissinger, defensive but not publicly avoiding his Jewishness, represents a different issue. Kissinger’s family fled Germany in 1938, later served in military intelligence in post-war Germany. So his intimate experience with the Holocaust might have been expected to sensitize him to issues “antisemitic.” The first part of his comments as Richard Nixon’s Secretary of State, "The emigration of Jews from the Soviet Union is not an objective of American foreign policy,” is one possible national policy option in responding to another state’s internal affairs (as the Roosevelt Administration chose to not respond to the Nazi persecution of its Jews prior to its active extermination policy: Roosevelt described it an “internal” matter of a sovereign state). But how understand Kissinger second part of his remarks, that, “if they put Jews into gas chambers in the Soviet Union, it is not an American concern.” Like the two previous example, Weinberger and Friedman, Kissinger is attempting to ingratiate himself to his audience, in this case the president of the United States, a person who apparently victimized Kissinger, engaged in schadenfreude, took pleasure in seeing his underling squirm. In his taped conversations with Haldeman and Ehrlichman Nixon frequently expressed antisemitic attitudes. That he did so with the Jew Kissinger was a particularly nasty expression of his personality. Kissinger, powerful and prestigious only so long as he provided his boss a willing victim, felt compelled to provide that victim. While this is not the place to go deeply into the psychodynamics of Jewish victimhood, our three public personalities provide an example of how Jewish personality is a response and outgrowth of our environment. On an even more dangerous level, it provides an insight on how and why we are perennial victims in our Diaspora.

    from the article: 'It wouldn't be U.S. concern if U.S.S.R sent Jews to gas chambers', Kissinger told Nixon
    First published 01:39 12.12.10 | Last updated 01:39 12.12.10
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