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Ian Buruma en 'het betrekkelijk goedaardige imperialisme uit Washington' 10

In de visie van opiniemaker Ian Buruma wordt de geschiedenis bepaald door het witte, christelijke Westen, daarbij gesteund door de ‘Joden,’ met een hoofdletter omdat hij joden buiten Israel allereerst als ‘Jood’ ziet, inclusief zichzelf, aangezien zijn overgrootouders van moederskant ‘German Jews’ waren. In The New York Times Magazine van 29 november 2016 geeft Buruma onder de kop ‘The End of the Anglo-American Order’ de volgende voorstelling van zaken:
A month before Trump’s election and three months after the Brexit vote, I visited the great military historian Sir Michael Howard at his home in rural England. As a young man, Howard fought the Germans as an officer in the British Army. He landed in Italy in 1943 and took part in the decisive battle of Salerno, for which he was awarded the Military Cross. John Wayne and Kenneth More were a fantasy. Sir Michael was the real thing. He is 95 years old.
After lunch at a local pub, just a few miles from where my grandparents used to live, we …

Ian Buruma en 'het betrekkelijk goedaardige imperialisme uit Washington' 9

Oh Karl the world isn't fair
It isn't and never will be They tried out your plan It brought misery instead If you'd seen how they worked it You'd be glad you were dead Just like I'm glad I'm living in the land of the free Where the rich just get richer And the poor you don't ever have to see It would depress us, Karl Because we care That the world still isn't fair Randy Newman. The World Isn't Fair. 1999

In The New York Times van 29 november 2016 stelde opiniemaker Ian Buruma:
Tocqueville’s admiring account of American democracy in the 1830s is well known. Much less famous are his writings on Britain in the same period. Born soon after the French Revolution, Tocqueville was haunted by the question of why Britain, with its mighty aristocracy, was spared such an upheaval. Why did the British people not rebel? His answer was that the social system in Britain was just open enough to allow a person to hope that with hard work, ingenuity and luck, he could rise in soci…