Ian Buruma en ‘het betrekkelijk goedaardige imperialisme uit Washington’ 41

Ian Buruma en ‘het betrekkelijk goedaardige imperialisme uit Washington’ 41

20-01-18 07:40:00,


In zijn column van 10 september 2007 op ‘The World’s Opinion Page’ van  Project Syndicate gaf Ian Buruma het volgende resumé van de Amerikaanse buitenlandse politiek na 1945:  

South Korean democracy was not something the US gave to the Koreans, or even always encouraged. From the late 1940’s to the late 1980’s, the US played along with, and sometimes actively backed, anti-Communist authoritarian rulers, who grabbed and consolidated their powers through violent coups and the suppression of dissent.

The same was true in the Philippines, Taiwan, Indonesia, and Thailand, and, indeed, in the Middle East, where democracy is yet to take root. As long as the Cold War lasted, US administrations consistently favored military strongmen and civilian dictators in the name of fighting Communism — anything to keep the left down, even the kind of left that would have been regarded as simply liberal in the democratic West…

It was only in the late 1980’s, when the Communist empire was crumbling, that US governments actively backed democratic politicians and demonstrators in Seoul, Taipei, or Manila. But the heroes of democracy were Asian, not American…

In Asia, as in the Middle East, US strategy was to prop up dictators against Communism until their own people toppled them. In the Middle East today, it is reckless and radical: invading a country, wrecking its institutions, and expecting that freedom will grow in the ensuing state of anarchy.
https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/the-history-man  

Met betrekking tot ‘the Middle East today,’ concludeerde mijn oude vriend dat de Amerikaanse politiek ‘is reckless and radical: invading a country, wrecking its institutions, and expecting that freedom will grow in the ensuing state of anarchy,’ en dat dit niet alleen ‘dangerous’ was, maar tevens ‘deeply disappointing to those of us who still regard the US as a force for good.’ Zijn samenvatting is des te opmerkelijker aangezien Buruma precies een decennium later zijn publiek meedeelde dat 

het einde van Pax Americana [hopelijk] geen heftige militaire conflicten met zich mee[brengt] (wat absoluut niet kan worden uitgesloten). Maar dan nog zullen we ons moeten voorbereiden op een tijd waarin we met weemoed terugkijken op het betrekkelijk goedaardige imperialisme uit Washington.  » Lees verder

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