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A look at noteworthy addresses in the Southland.

July 23, 1993| Henry A. Kissinger, former secretary of state and national security adviser, spoke Monday at the Biltmore Hotel on "The United States in the Post-Soviet World . " His speech was sponsored by the public issues forum of Town Hall of California. From his remarks:

On America's Foreign Policy

"We wanted to defeat communism, we wanted to contribute to economic development around the world, we wanted to bring about the independence of colonial areas. And while we alone did not do all of this, all of this in one way or another has come to pass. Yet it has the irony that it places America into a world with which we have never dealt before.

". . . We have an unusual approach to foreign policy as a nation, which we take for granted. If you read what American presidents have said since the turn of the century about foreign policy . . . (most presidents) have prided themselves that America has no interest in the world. Whenever we've done something, we've said it's selfless, we don't do it for ourselves, we do it for mankind, we do it for principle, we do it for law, we do it for anything other than the American national interest. When we went into Somalia, I saw a lot of senators on television who said, 'Thank God, at last we are doing Associated Press

Henry A. Kissinger something in which we have no interest. Now at last we are doing something in which we can just do good.' Well, today we find ourselves in a semi-colonial-type situation in Somalia and, while our motives were good, the question we have to answer is: For what purposes can American military force be used without our getting ourselves into the position of world policeman and yet contributing to world peace?"

On the Former Soviet Union

"I am not deeply worried about the return of communism. But I am concerned that very few Russians can accept the disintegration of what they had been working on for 400 years, which was the expansion of Russia from the area around Moscow, to the shores of the Pacific, to the center of Europe (and) the gates of India. If you watch carefully, you'll see a number of worrisome phenomenons. You'll see that there are still Russian armies in every one of the former republics of the Soviet Union. They are neither withdrawing nor does the international community say anything about it because they don't know what to do about it. . . . I am not passing judgment now . . . all I'm saying is that we must not delude ourselves that we can repeat the experience of the Marshall Plan on the territory of the former Soviet Union."

Looking Ahead * Thursday: Jack Valenti, president of the Motion Picture Assn. of America, will speak on "Violence in Television: How to Define It and How to Deal With It," 1 p.m. at the J.W. Marriott Hotel in Century City. Sponsored by Town Hall of California, (213) 628-8141.

Announcements concerning prominent speakers in Los Angeles should be sent to Speaking Up, c/o Times researcher Nona Yates, Los Angeles Times, Times Mirror Square, Los Angeles, CA 90053

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