Thoughts on the Death of Kissinger

Mourning, celebration, and legacy

Pax Ahimsa Gethen
3 min readNov 30, 2023

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Henry Kissinger speaking at the LBJ Presidential Library in 2016. Public domain image.

Whenever a controversial public figure dies, debate ensues over whether it is appropriate for people to openly celebrate their demise. Yesterday’s death of former secretary of state Henry Kissinger at the age of 100 is no exception.

Speaking only for myself, I neither mourn nor celebrate the death of Kissinger. I do not…

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