So according to Franky Fuckyomama, the forward march of time stopped when the Wall came down; somehow little East Germany piloted the Federation Starship Planet Earth (LOL-1701-Z) into a temporal feedback loom; I guess it lurched forward a bit when Yeltsin faced down those tanks, uh, maybe? Anyway, then Osama bin Laden blasted some reverse-polaron technoplasma into the forward driverside warp nacelle and spun us free on Nineleven; Fuckyomama recanted; history jumped forward like a gun-shy beagle; the fourth dimension woke up, got out of bed, dragged a comb across its head. But now, according to my generation's own Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Bagel, it's stopped again, because Libya. Jeezus, history's gonna need some transmission work with all this rapid gearshifting. And by the way, what about Libya? Here is what Dr. Leo Strauss has to say:
How risible to see “the World’s Most Powerful Military Alliance” [sic] trumpet the accidental routing of a fourth rate tribal regime after months of literally pounding sand. Libya exposed NATO for what it is: a fig leaf on American Chinese-injected military steroids. Opening American bombardment aside, American logistics and C4ISR knitted together NATO’s random bombing of various tents, hovels and the odd tank or two while the Roadrunner Khaddaffi scampered away to release more Sheen-esque videos.Keep those boots in mind. So Yglesias sez history is done, curtains I tell ya, because whether you look at Libya, Iran, or Egypt, the main actors are all acting either through or toward the mechanisms of electoral democracy. No alternatives exist! Even Hamas claims legitimacy through victory in elections. Okay, then he says:
As we predicted, it took boots on the ground to change things. SAS from the UK et les autres rescued the disintegrating Western uprising, beginning with Misrata. Make no mistake. “NATO” airpower eventually proved capable (having exhausted its target set). But this overlong campaign is in Tripoli because of [unacknowledged] boots on the ground. Moreover, this direct insertion of troops to effect ‘regime change’ was and remains contrary to the humanitarian authorizing resolution. So today’s “triumph” is premised on a fiction.
The fact that China is a very large and important country still obscures the extent of the triumph to a degree, but it’s clear enough that there is no “Chinese model” to export, no Dengist movement in Libya or anywhere else proposing an alternative vision to liberalism.That's an interesting way to phrase it. It would be more accurate to say: the Chinese are not exporting their model. A distinction with a difference. Recall those unacknowledged boots on the ground. When you read that China is not "in Libya or anywhere else proposing an alternative vision to liberalism," what you should hear is that unlike Western liberalism China is not an aggressively expansionary military power. In other words, the "triumph" consists principally of a willingness to SUBVERT, INVADE, AND DEPOSE, to draw within the sphere of "democratic" influence all the forcibly-fledgling republics of the world, not at all unlike the other creaky old hegemon whose rattling demise supposedly brought history to end in that ancient era of 1989.