WASHINGTON – Henry Kissinger is heard saying the genocide of Soviet Jews would not be an American problem on newly released tapes chronicling President Nixon’s obsession with disparaging Jews and other minorities.Granted, Nixon did act wisely and saw to it that Israel would get the ammo it needed during the war. Yet that does not excuse the ignorance he sadly showed for the plight of Russian Jews stuck under communist rule. Kissinger definitely makes himself worthy of scorn for making such a gross statement.
Kissinger’s remarks come after a meeting between the two men and former prime minister Golda Meir on March 1, 1973, in which Meir pleads for US pressure on the Soviet Union to release its Jews.
The men dismiss her plea after Meir leaves.
“The emigration of Jews from the Soviet Union is not an objective of American foreign policy,” The New York Times on Saturday quoted Kissinger, then secretary of state, as saying on the tapes. “And if they put Jews into gas chambers in the Soviet Union, it is not an American concern. Maybe a humanitarian concern.”
Nixon replies: “I know. We can’t blow up the world because of it.”
Six months later, during the Yom Kippur War, Nixon rejected Kissinger’s advice to delay an arms airlift to Israel as a means of setting the stage for an Egypt confident enough to pursue peace; Nixon, among other reasons, cited Israel’s urgent need.
Nixon secretly recorded his White House conversations.
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The shocking statements contradict an image among some American Jews that Nixon was a friend of Israel and the Jews.Maybe this is why Nixon went down via Watergate a year later. Kissinger, tragically, was still around. And even Nixon hadn't been so nasty and double-standard towards Jews, I would still be very offended by his vicious remarks about blacks, Italians and Irish, not to mention his position that there's something wrong with mixed-race children. If it's a case involving rape, that's one thing, but acting as though interracial affairs and births are bad, regardless of whether they're consensual or not, is crossing the line.
Nixon also is quoted as saying an anti-Semitic generalization, “What it is, is it's the insecurity. It’s the latent insecurity. Most Jewish people are insecure. And that's why they have to prove things."[...]
The American Jewish Committee stated that the revealed conversations displayed a shocking level of bigotry in the Nixon White House from the President downwards… the AJC was also dismayed by the remark made to the President by his Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, in which the latter stated, ‘[I]f they put Jews into gas chambers in the Soviet Union, it is not an American concern.’
"The Nixon Oval Office was clearly a place where bigotry and prejudice were normalized," said AJC Executive Director David Harris. "It is deeply saddening to observe that the person elected to our nation's highest office employed such crude, vicious stereotypes in referring to a range of groups.
"That a German Jew [Kissinger] who fled the Nazis could speak of a genocidal outcome in such callous tones is truly chilling. Perhaps Kissinger felt that, as a Jew, he had to go the extra mile to prove to the President that there was no question as to where his loyalties lay. That he used such graphic language in doing so speaks volumes about the degree of prejudice inside Nixon's Administration. It's hard to find the right words to express the degree of our shock and revulsion at Kissinger's remarks."
Kissinger has written himself down in history as one of the most atrocious, traitorous beings on the earth, possibly after George Soros. A most truly awful politician, and I do think we should certainly be angry that Nixon would ever employ this man, regardless of whether he agreed or not with the abominable things he said.