By giving a pass to the Soviet Union on a moral issue, the persecution and oppression of their own Jewish population, Kissinger joined a long line of liberal elites who were willing to enable Soviet communism. The first Soviet dictator V. I. Lenin, drawing inspiration from his mentor Karl Marx, had virtually invented the policy of collective guilt that made the oppression of the Soviet Jews possible. Marx had started the ball rolling with his 1845 publication of his essay On the Jewish Question where he assigned collective qualities to the Jews with the claim that as a people, the Jews embodied self interest and huckstering and that the god of the Jews was money.
The core belief of Marxism itself was collectivism which advocated that the entire human race be turned into one big ant colony. In order to accomplish this goal, Marx wrote, the world would have to emancipate itself from Judaism. In The Communist Manifesto, Marx further elaborated by calling for the world to be emancipated from the bourgeois whom, Marx wrote, would have to be made impossible.
Lenin carried out the collectivist idea of collective guilt when, in January 1918, he ordered his secret police, the Cheka the task of shooting on the spot one out of every ten found guilty of idling. Lenin publicly called on the Cheka: Until we apply the terror…shooting on the spot…to speculators, we shall achieve nothing. He called for the arrest and the shooting of takers of bribes, swindlers, etc… On February 22, 1918, he authorized the Cheka to seek out, arrest, and shoot immediately a series of categories of enemies. Lenin was responsible for an estimated 4 million murders in the early years of Soviet control over Russia.
Yet the liberal elite, people of Kissinger’s mindset uttered barely a word of criticism. A classic example would be a well publicized comment made by liberal American journalist Lincoln Steffens who stated, upon his return from his pilgrimage to Russia that I have seen the future, and it works! Many of Kissinger’s ilk either chose to turn a blind eye to the most oppressive and atrocious regime the world had ever experienced or, in some cases, to openly support the atrocities as progressive. A common expression that was applied to justify the Soviet Union at the time was you’ve got to crack a few eggs to make an omlette.
Hitler observed how the elites of the world defended and covered up the atrocities of Lenin and Stalin and he no doubt expected the same treatment when he applied the Marxist idea of collective guilt to the Jews. Thus Marx, then Lenin, then Hitler gave a scientific gloss to viewing groups of people, whether based upon their race or ethnicity or based upon their social or political beliefs, as collectively standing in the way of a demented understanding of what was considered to be progressive. Their belief stood in stark contrast to fundamental American understanding that there is no such thing as a collective, only individuals free associating, and that every individual is to be judged for his actions as an individual.