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Francis Fukuyama is Wrong Again: History Goes On!

 

"Francis Fukuyama published a new essay in Newsweek to announce - again stupidly bragging - that history had ended. We made it to the end of a decade, it is true. But what's scarier is that we'll end it exactly as we began: with the certainty that Islamist terrorism doesn't agree with Mr. Fukuyama's thesis."

 

By Joo Pereira Coutinho*

 

Translated By Brandi Miller

 

January 5, 2010

 

Brazil - Folha - Original Article (Portuguese)

Was he wrong again? American political economist and philosopher Francis Fukuyama: His theory of an 'End of History,' which predicted the inevitible ascendancy of Western democracy, was done serious damage by the Bush years, and by Christmas Day, 2009.

 

BBC NEWS VIDEO: Francis Fukuyama backs Obama and says America's images has been tarnished,' Oct. 10, 2008, 00:04:41 RealVideo

Everything was going smoothly. The year ended, as did the decade. That's a lie, of course: the decade will only end in 2011. But I understand the rush to hurry things up. The early 21st century will not be missed. Our era, for all intents and purposes, began with September 11, 2001.

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At that moment everything began going downhill. Terrorism in the four corners of the world. Afghanistan. Iraq. And us, modern men, sighing for the last decade of the post-Berlin Wall 20th century. That endless party in which history, as Fukuyama said, had finally come to an end.

 

I repeat: everything was going well. In the balance of news reports about 2009, which were prepared weeks in advance, analysts breathed a sigh of relief. The economic depression after the financial failure of 2008? It didnt happen. States acted at just the right time, avoiding an uncertain disaster. And the American economy was already showing signs of heating up, making 2010 the year of resurrection.

 

Moreover, terrorism was a distant memory. Apart from Afghanistan and Iraq (and Pakistan), the terrible years of George W. Bush managed the miracle of normalcy on American soil. No attacks, no bombs. It's no wonder that Francis Fukuyama published a new essay in the recent Christmas issue of Newsweek to announce - again stupidly bragging - that history had ended.

 

It took only a few days to realize that history hadn't ended. On Christmas Day itself, Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab got on an airplane in The Netherlands. His destination: Detroit, the United States. And in his underpants was a bomb to detonate during the flight.  

 

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The attempt was frustrated by a combination of terrorist incompetence and a courageous crew. But the warning was sent: the Americans ignored the pleas of Umar's own father, who had spoken to U.S. Embassy authorities in Nigeria. His son was in bad company, said the father; Umar had jihadist training in Yemen and was preparing himself for the worst. But in the middle of the party, no one cared so as not to disrupt the party. End of case?

 

Far from it. In Denmark, unsettling news: an intruder with connections to al-Qaeda entered the home of cartoonist Kurt Westergaard, who in 2006 enraged the "Arab street" with his drawings of Mohammad [the Prophet]. Kurt Westergaard escaped with his life; but the episode is a good illustration that still hanging over freedom of expression, one of the West's most precious triumphs, is the delightful "fatwa" of the fanatics.

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We made it to the end of a decade, it is true. But what's scarier is that we'll end it exactly as we began: with the certainty that Islamist terrorism doesn't agree with Mr. Fukuyama's thesis. History goes on.

 

Joo Pereira Coutinho, 32, is a columnist at Folha. He has compiled his articles about Brazil into the book Avenida Paulista (Ed. Quasi), published in Portugal, where he lives. He writes every two weeks, on Mondays, for Folha Online.

E-mail: jpcoutinho@folha.com.br

Website: http://www.jpcoutinho.com

 

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