Saturday, March 25, 2006
I'm an apostate
Most of them are lying low because they realise what they advocated hasn’t worked out at all and they’re just hoping something will turn up.
So says Francis Fukuyama, and he may well be right this time too, what with Gorge Bush proclaiming the other day that Saddam Hussain had links with al-Qaeda. Oh really, George? What else are we not in on yet?
In his new book After the Neocons, published next week, Fukuyama writes forcefully: “I have concluded that neoconservatism, both as a symbol and a body of thought, has evolved into something I can no longer support.”
There are few more shining believers than Tony Blair in the universal application of liberal democracy. And while the horrors of ethnic cleansing in the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s led many commentators to sneer, “What end of history?”, under Blair democracy ultimately reached Belgrade — courtesy of the American and British military.
Blair, Fukuyama believes, has become an “honorary neoconservative” who has deluded himself into thinking that democracy can be imposed at the speed of one’s choosing at the point of a gun. That is not at all what he meant by the end of history, which took a more nuanced view of the many bumps on the road to man’s final destination.
“With Blair, I find it hard to tell what he really believes as opposed to what he has calculated is in his interest,” Fukuyama says. “He obviously wanted to preserve the special relationship with the United States and then talked himself into thinking the war was historically necessary.