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The world’s great democratic powers cannot be complicit in tyranny without paying a heavy price, morally for sure, but also practically. Whether it is Soviet Russia, Nazi Germany or the many other vile dictatorships that now lie on the ash heap of history, all must eventually fall. And if they fall, it is inevitable there must be a period of transition.
Kissinger’s tone of strategic relativism is, of course, nothing new. Hence, it’s no surprise to see him attempting to allay Russian concerns by arguing that “Ukraine needs to be embedded in the structure of European and international security architecture in such a way that it serves as a bridge between Russia and the West, rather than as an outpost of either side.” Solomonesque in tone, in practice, it amounts to “splitting the baby” in a way that will kill the baby.
The idea that we need something “beyond waterboarding” to find out what terrorists know is absurd. With the exception of a few extreme cases – like 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed – we can get the information we need without waterboarding, much less techniques that are “far worse.”
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