Sunday, December 12, 2010

Al Jazeera: One on One with Zbigniew Brzezinski

A great interview with one of the greatest minds of the 20th century. If only more of this made it to the "general public discourse"...


  1. The man's a legend. No doubt with much to deserve it.

  2. I beg to differ.
    The contention that he is one of the "greatest minds of the 20th century" needs to be proved, unless it is a matter of personal taste. You can like him, while others (myself included) may dislike him.
    It is up to the US citizens to assess and evaluate his contribution to foreign policy in his capacity of the National Security Advisor.
    I do not know the extent of his influence but probably he had some role in the events in Iran and especially in creating and supporting the mujahideens (aka Taliban).
    His academic (and political) integrity is undermined by his maniacal hatred of Russia (which is, not infrequently, a component of "genuine" Polish identity).

  3. hehe. still a great mind, though. i mean, any assessment is *always* relative and depends on the perspective. i think his success (whether the outcome was negative or positive for this or that side), pretty much depended on his ability to see/interpret/analyze things as they were - in "hard core realist" terms. i feel like in this interview he actually shows that he still does see things as they are, and not as many would want them to be. and that's what i was referring to when I said I would want more of his ideas back in public discussion. and yeah, despite his hatred, he managed to achieve his goal, so he does deserve credit.