The inimitable Francis Fukuyama, whose idiotic thesis about “The End of History” will haunt his reputation for generations after his death, actually managed to correctly contextualize the Russian special military operation in Ukraine back in March.
I think all of us have an interest in supporting Kiev’s fight because the broader liberal democratic order is really what’s at stake in this current war. It’s not a war just about this country, Ukraine. It’s really the attempt to roll back the entire expansion of the realm of liberal democracy that took place after 1991 and the collapse of the former Soviet Union.
Very good. So, unlike the mainstream media and the average individual, Fukuyama correctly grasped that Ukraine was not the real focus of the conflict, but “the broader liberal democratic order”. Unfortunately, he just couldn’t stop there, as evidenced by his recent statement this June.
This new order is taking shape. It is the result of several years of struggle by the Western democratic camp against authoritarian regimes, mainly against Russia and China. This war is the culmination of this process. Russia is heading for a rout. It has already suffered a series of battlefield defeats, and now it is about to be driven out of Donbass by the Ukrainian Army. This is a real disaster for Putin. He turns out to be just a shoddy leader. And not just as a warlord: It’s also a complete political debacle. Russia will have a very hard time climbing out of this abyss into which it has fallen. It will be excluded from the international world order like North Korea.
And Iran. And China. And India. And Brazil. And the Arab countries. Wait a minute, now just who is excluding whom? Berlusconi was considerably more perceptive when he observed that while the “West” is excluding Russia, the rest of the world is excluding the “West”.
That, right there, is one of the reasons the globalists and their neo-liberal rules-based order is doomed to failure. Their top intellectuals are retarded, addicted to their word spells, and incapable of seeing, much less admitting, the obvious, even when it is right in front of them.
In light of the epic errancy of Fukuyama’s thesis, it is amusing that US diplomats are angrily resorting to outdated and discredited rhetoric and denouncing China for choosing to side with Russia and the rest of the world by claiming that China is “on the wrong side of history”.
China would appear to be unconcerned about which side of history it is on.
AFP: On the phone call between the Chinese and Russian heads of state yesterday, the US State Department spokesperson expressed concern about it and said nations that side with Vladimir Putin will “inevitably find themselves on the wrong side of history”. I wonder if you have any comment on this?
Wang Wenbin: On the Ukraine issue, China has always independently assessed the situation on the basis of the historical context and the merits of the issue. We always stand on the side of peace and justice.
Whereas the US reneged on its word, pushed NATO expansion eastward and brought conflict and confrontation back to Europe, China is committed to dialogue and cooperation for common and sustainable security and called for a balanced, effective and sustainable European security framework. Whereas the US has clamored for a fight “to the last Ukrainian” and fueled the conflict, China has actively promoted peace talks and called on the world to enable negotiations, not fighting, to continue between Russia and Ukraine. Whereas the US has exercised maximum pressure and sanctions, causing the crisis to spill over and spread, China has firmly opposed attempts to politicize, instrumentalize and weaponize the world economy. China stressed that what has been achieved through international economic cooperation over the decades cannot be just wiped out, still less should the ordinary people around the world bear the cost. People will come to their own conclusion as to who is on the right side.
The US keeps claiming itself to be on the right side of history, but is it entirely confident when saying that? Maybe the US is just whistling in the dark.Wang Wenbin, Foreign Ministry, June 16, 2022