Monday, March 21, 2005


So, somehow, in all my news addiction, I missed that George Kennan died last Thursday. Kennan, in case you didn't know (and that's not to be arogant, it's just a lot of people don't know), was the analyst that created the containment docterine of the Cold War, believing that Soviet Union would eventually have to realease its hold on its polace and open up to the rest of the world.

I've never really known exactly how to feel about the guy. On one hand his ideas were the ationalization for the Korean War, the Vietnam War, atrocities in South America, and the list goes on and on. So if we would hold Kissenger to the stake, should we really spare the man who gave the intellectual ground work for the policy?

That said: Kenan vigorously oppsed both Vietnam and Korea. He said that America should do that example thing.

I guess it comes down to: do we hate the man or the people who twisted his ideas?



Blogger Greg said...

The people who twisted the values, as long as the initial intentions were good. Which is usually the subject of debate in the first place. Kind of like communism, it has such a bad rep that I don't think people even know what it was about in the first place. But nobody should blame Marx for those damn commy bastards!

6:28 PM, March 21, 2005  
Blogger T Kwong said...

Exactly. Marx said that we would have to wait for human nature to change first. Stupid Leninist/Maoist-Marxism.


7:41 PM, March 21, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hate the buggers who twisted the persons words. I really don't have a problem with what Jesus preached, but Paul I have some problems with, and the fundimentalists! Ugh. Kenan obviously didn't like what people justified with his ideas. He provided the intelectual ground work, but what Kissenger built on it is Kissenger's and he can't spread them blame on that one.


9:48 AM, March 22, 2005  

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