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Ian Buruma en 'het betrekkelijk goedaardige imperialisme uit Washington' 41

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 …