freedom is on the mar- ahh, fuck itDon't tell the other fanboyz, but the Iraq War's number one fanboy doesn't believe in the premise of the war:
What is here suggested is that in Russia the very process of "westernization" helped preserve autocracy and repression.-- Frederick W. Kagan, The Military Reforms of Nicholas I: The Origins of the Modern Russian Army (New York: St. Martin's Press, 1999), 8-9.
The reason for this apparent paradox is that the first part of "westernization," the creation of the rechtstaat, the state ruled by law, in fact strengthens the autocrat's ability to control his state, implement his will, and crush other opinions if he so chooses. The development of modern, efficient, "western" methods of government, in other words, can serve an autocrat just as well as a democrat.
More to come, and I'm withholding the funniest parts for now. I'm gonna milk this one. But here's a fun Historiblography quiz, and no fair looking:
Who's the first person Kagan thanks in the acknowledgements?