In an intervew with the German newspaper, Der Spiegel, Henry Kissinger blamed Europeans for hiding “behind the unpopularity of Bush” in order to avoid their responsibilities in fighting in Afghanistan and in Iraq. The former secretary of state put forth the famous “falling dominoes” theory which postulates failure in Iraq or Afghanistan will result in similar terrorist success in other parts of the Muslim world. Kissinger was particularly upset at failure of European Union nations to send more troops to Afghanistan. “Either there are no vital interests in the region and we don’t fight. Or there are vital Western interests in the region and we have to fight.”
There are reports the German government is already letting Washington know its parliament may not renew this fall a commitment of sending troops to Afghanistan. Such talk upsets Henry Kissinger who believes military might is the best guarantor of peace. Of course, as secretary of state, Kissinger engaged in talks with Communist China without setting preconditions. He relied on diplomacy rather than force to establish positive relations with China. But, he now apparently believes tough minded negotiations are of less importance than guns.
Henry Kissinger threw out the idea if terrorists win in Afghanistan they will win elsewhere in the Muslim world. Let’s look at the record. Last week, fundamentalist Muslims won about 8% of the vote in Pakistan, they do equally as poor in Indonesia, and Algeria, Morocco and Libya have all cracked down on fundamentalist Islamic groups. Henry Kissinger is not discussing diplomacy, he is giving a sales pitch to support the candidacy of John McCain.