May 30, 2006
For years, I have said the west has been prepared to sellout Israel if the price were right. Now there’s further proof of that.
Three decades ago, the United States reached out to hostile Arab states with an offer to work toward the goal of making Israel a “small friendly country” of no threat to its neighbors. Then-secretary of state Henry Kissinger told his Iraqi counterpart “we can’t negotiate about the existence of Israel, but we can reduce its size to historical proportions.”
The December, 1975 memo also assured the Iraqis that the Americans had stopped backing Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq.
The memo was among newly released papers from the national archives. Another document reveals Kissinger telling Chinese premier Zhou Enlai in June, 1972 that the United States, still mired in Vietnam, probably could live with a communist government in South Vietnam as long as it evolved peacefully. Surely that encouraged the communists to fight on and kill more of our men until the peace treaty was signed in 1975. Amazing how the United States would sell its friends down the river.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.