Greg Grandin in his timely latest book attacks Kissinger’s decisions on Cambodia, Chile and elsewhere as expressions of a warped worldview that ignores human consequences. And he goes further, contending that Kissinger’s philosophy laid down templates that subsequent policy makers have embraced in staging questionable interventions in the following decades.
There could be no clearer evidence of this than yesterday`s bombing of the MSF HOSPITAL which killed at least 20 people including 3 children, while doctors caught in the attack pleaded that the bombing should be halted.
At virtually the same time, the drastic limitations of American psychological development where weaponry is integral to the psyche was echoed in the latest and almost simultaneous College massacre in Oregon. What is being taught in American universities and local colleges? Are the teachers grappling with the literature of profound instability?
It is this that renders America an inadequate defender of freedom. Weaponry has entered the very soul of the American citizen, a legacy of the fight for independence and of course written into the Constitution.
Alas, nothing less than a major internal psychological revolution will suffice. It requires the commitment and insight of a twenty-first century Herman Melville. Oh, yes, and forget all about hunting expeditions.