Kissinger’s view is that the US, and the west, should not hold themselves to the standard of a crushing defeat of Russia and their invading force.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky had used his speech at Davos to call for further aggression against their invading neighbor. But Kissinger said it would be “fatal” for the west to engage in the “mood of the moment” without considering Russia’s interests and power within the European context.
Kissinger noted that Russia has been an “essential part of Europe” for centuries, and that leaders in the region must “not lose sight of the longer-term relationship” or risk future alliances with Russia.Kissinger, New York Times call for US to reevaluate what a ‘win’ in Ukraine looks like | The Post Millennial
It is VERY EASY to escalate a minor argument and then end up killing someone, due to constant and never ending escalation. It is more difficult to defuse, walk away or talk it all down by finding points of agreement.
Globally, the same thing is happening. Constant, never ending escalation, can only end in a global nuclear war, and it is not the way.