Today is Henry Kissinger’s 100th birthday. For those of you who were wondering, yes, the man is still alive.
Few have had a greater impact on our modern era than Kissinger. The second half of the 20th century would arguably have been very different without his towering political influence.
But his particular brand of realpolitik has not been popular with everyone. It can be argued that political solutions which lead to the deaths of countless innocent people are not ideal.
I think Tom Lehrer said it best, when asked why he had stopped writing satirical political songs: ‘When Kissinger won the Nobel peace prize, satire died.’