Realpolitik or Toadying?

Letter to the Editor

Published January 26, 2011, issue of February 04, 2011.

Granting that Henry Kissinger was dealing with “realpolitik” and that “context” is of some importance, words still count and often reflect character (“Why Kissinger Said U.S. Jews Acted ‘Traitorously,’” December 24).

That Kissinger, a highly sophisticated man, used the language he did indicates a flagrant careerist mentality. He was toadying to Nixon, a pronounced anti-Semite.

One can do realpolitik without playing sycophant to a bigot.

Elliott M. Abramson
Coral Gables, Fla.

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