Bilderberg luminary Henry Kissinger has repeated his routine call
for a new international political order, stating that global crises
should be seen as an opportunity to move toward a borderless world
where national interests are outweighed by global necessities.
Speaking with Charlie Rose earlier this week, Kissinger
cited the chaos being wrought across the globe by the financial
crisis and the spread of terrorism as an opportunity to bolster
a new global order.
"I think that when the new administration assess
the position in which it finds itself it will see a huge crisis
and terrible problems, but I can see that it could see a glimmer
in which it could construct an international system out of it."
Kissinger said, referring to the transition between the Bush and
The former National Security advisor and Secretary
of State compared the current world climate to the period immediately
following the second world war, which led to the creation and
empowerment of global bodies such as the UN and NATO.
"If you look back to the end of the second
world war, many people now think that the period between the end
of 1945 and 1950 was in many ways the most creative period or
one of the most creative periods of foreign policy, but it started
with chaos and fear of Russian invasion of Europe and governments
that were very weak." Kissinger stated.
"The new administration is really coming into
office at a strange period in this sense," he continued.
"It looks like a period of horrendous crisis all over the
world. And we ourselves are in a severe crisis financially, but
at the end of it our relative position in the world is actually
stronger than it has been in the sense that Russia, China, India
all have strong reasons to contribute to a quiet international
environment because of the preoccupation they must have with their
"They do not wish and have good reasons not
to wish for an international atmosphere of crisis. So Paradoxically,
this moment of crisis is also one of great opportunity."
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Interviewer Charlie Rose, who has previously
listened to Kissinger's calls for a new world order,
recognized the direction the conversation was taking and urged
Kissinger to elaborate:
"When you talk about a new structure, I'm not
sure, you've used the term new world order, what is it? Is it
simply a world order that is defined by new interest and new mutuality
of interest?" Rose asked.
"That's certainly how you have to start. I
know the view that you start by converting the whole world to
our political philosophy. I don't think that can be done in one
or two terms of an administration. That is an historic process
that has its own rhythm." Kissinger replied.
"There are so many elements in this world at
the moment that can only be dealt with on a global basis, and
that's unique," Kissinger continued. "Proliferation,
energy, environment, All of these issues necessitate a global
approach, so you don't have to invent an international order.
So every country has to mitigate its pure national interests by
the global necessities, or define it's national interests by global
necessities But it cannot push its own technically selfish interests
only by throwing its own weight around." he stated.
Kissinger also related that he has been struck by
how much the move toward a new global order has been enhanced
by the recent crises.
"The jihadist crisis is bringing it home to
everybody, that international affairs cannot be conducted entirely
by drawing borders and defining international politics by who
crosses what borders with organized military force." he said.
"This has now been reinforced by the financial
crisis, which totally unexpectedly has spread around the world.
It limits the resources that each country has for a foreign policy
geared to an assertion of its own pure interests."
Kissinger claimed that the key players in international
politics, India, China, Russia, America, Europe, should recognize
they have parallel concerns and work together to forge what he
termed an "age of compatible interests".
"I'm not saying that leaders will be up to
all the opportunities that I may perceive but I think they can
start moving in that direction and I'm actually fairly hopeful
that we will be moving in that direction." Kissinger said.