Frigg’s Day

June 25, 2010

Norse goddess Frigg

Good Frigg’s Day, sacred to the well-known Norse practitioner (pictured above). Nice morning here, sunny, quiet except for the asshole who’s revving his dirt bike somewhere near here. Last evening we watched a documentary, “The Trials of Henry Kissinger,” inspired by Christopher Hitchins’ book of that title but expanding characterizations of Dr. K to include the good (Walter Isaacson, Brent Scowcroft), the bad (Hitchens, Seymour Hersch, former government officials), and the fatuous (Alexander Haig). This film is well worth seeing, if only to remind yourself of the crimes of “Realpolitik” as practiced by amoral cynics hungry for power. Kissinger is usually treated as an elder statesman whose views of the world situation are worth hearing. There is an alternative view of him that sees a cunning manipulator who advanced his own interests at the expense of tens of thousands of dead, including American GIs killed in Viet Nam during the long years after Nixon and Kissinger promised “peace with honor.” This film explores both views and some in between. Recommended.

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