I apply the word “genius” to those who display the highest levels of intelligence, defined as the ability to solve problems or resolve difficulties within a particular field and to be creative.
These abilities are of utmost importance in someone (e.g., president of the United States) who is responsible for preserving a country’s democratic values as proclaimed by the American Constitution and for the safety of the people who elect him for such a high post.
And first and foremost, this person is also expected to be responsible for the defense of the country in case it is attacked, i.e., in case of defensive war. All this is especially important when it comes to defending a democratic country.
The knowledge and the acute awareness of the geopolitical reality, the ability to recognize the military danger coming from a country, such as the “People’s Republic of China,” and the ability to take measures to prevent the looming disaster — all are the necessary prerequisites when choosing a U.S. president.
Surely a country, which, in contrast to China, does not have an extra 1 billion people that it can use for military purposes, needs to have one person of genius for the high post of the president of the United States to make up for that extra 1 billion people that the country does not have.
As I am writing this, I watch a June 20 Henry Kissinger interview with Tavis Smiley. Kissinger admits the fact that China’s population is by 1 billion people larger than that of the United States.
China can have the largest army in world history, certainly several times larger than the U.S. Army. So what do we hear from Kissinger, who has spent so much time in China? Does he draw any conclusions from this ominous fact? No.
Kissinger said he prefers not to express his position publicly. Not much of an enlightening value to the American voters from someone who spent most of his life in American politics!
Kissinger was born in 1923; he was secretary of state from 1973 to 1977, but today, as of June 21, 2011, he did not say a single word of how the United States could cope with that extra 1 billion people that China has. Has this question ever crossed his mind? If it has, Kissinger would not share it with the American voters.
What if another 1 billion people are added to China by the time war occurs?
Kissinger and his family came from Germany to the United States in 1938, when he was 15 years old. Had they not left Germany, they would have been exterminated for being Jewish.
Someone, who until the age of 15 experienced what it means to live under the dictatorship (which Kissinger admits) could be presumed to understand the value of freedom and to know how dangerous Nazi Germany was, with its assumption that anyone whom they wanted to kill was as dangerous as would be the worst criminal if left alive.
The communists, on the contrary, used to say that evil people are not born criminals. They become criminals because in the capitalist environment those people who are deprived of normal life have no other recourse except to become criminals in order to survive.
Similarly, those like Kissinger believe that it is necessary above all to try to understand those evil countries, to negotiate with them, trade with them, and try to pacify them by providing them with all they need (our latest technology?) to change them for the better.
Kissinger has been living in a world of his own, where any evil can be reformed through his policies of benevolence and appeasement.
We read on Yahoo!: “Before the Freedom of Information Act, I used to say at meetings, ‘The illegal we do immediately; the unconstitutional takes a little longer’ . . . Kissinger is especially detested . . . for his policy decisions and secretive negotiations that have betrayed America’s allies and harmed America’s national interests.
"Kissinger’s power has not diminished since his glory days of ‘ping-pong diplomacy’ and ‘shuttle diplomacy.’ If anything, his prestige, influence, and personal net worth — have skyrocketed.” (The New American, Nov. 8, 2010).
And further: “Kissinger Hauled out of Retirement”: “U.S. President Obama chose Dr. Kissinger for his consummate diplomatic skills and his popularity in Moscow, an affection earned by his open acknowledgment of Russia’s resurgence” (The Sydney Morning Herald, Feb. 7, 2009).
Freedom has many advantages. Free citizens are more interested in the preservation of their freedom than are slaves in the preservation of their slavery. Only the fear of immediate retribution drives slaves to defend their slavery.
This is not just a conjecture. This is the experience of centuries and the persuasions of common sense.
Lev Navrozov can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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