Henry Kissinger on the Ukraine crisis

My e-mail pen pal Bill Harvey called my attention an article by Henry Kissinger in the Washington Post last March about the Ukraine crisis.   It is still relevant.  Here are highlights.

Public discussion on Ukraine is all about confrontation. But do we know where we are going?  In my life, I have seen four wars begun with great enthusiasm and public support, all of which we did not know how to end and from three of which we withdrew unilaterally.  The test of policy is how it ends, not how it begins.  [snip]

Henry Kissinger

Henry Kissinger

Russia must accept that to try to force Ukraine into a satellite status, and thereby move Russia’s borders again, would doom Moscow to repeat its history of self-fulfilling cycles of reciprocal pressures with Europe and the United States.

The West must understand that, to Russia, Ukraine can never be just a foreign country. [snip]

A wise U.S. policy toward Ukraine would seek a way for the two parts of the country to cooperate with each other.  We should seek reconciliation, not the domination of a faction.

Russia and the West, and least of all the various factions in Ukraine, have not acted on this principle.  Each has made the situation worse.  Russia would not be able to impose a military solution without isolating itself at a time when many of its borders are already precarious.  For the West, the demonization of Vladimir Putin is not a policy; it is an alibi for the absence of one.

Click on To settle the Ukraine crisis, start at the end to read the whole article.

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