The West made a “fatal mistake” by believing in the concept of the American political scientist Francis Fukuyama about the “end of history,” writes the columnist of the German Die Welt Michael Stuermer in his article.
According to the author, after the collapse of the USSR, the idea spread in the United States that the “end of history” had come – Western civilization had won all over the world, which indicated the end of the era of ideological confrontations, global revolutions, and wars.
However, this was just a fantasy. As Stuermer notes, this idea was too beautiful to be true, and the euphoria did not last long.
“From the ruins of the Soviet Union, through incredible pain and revolutionary transformations,” Russia was reborn, while Western countries very rashly approached the solution of the Eastern European question, with a victorious smile, accepting Poland and the Baltic States into the EU and NATO without taking into account the opinion of Moscow, the author wrote.
“Russia had to hide its annoyance under a smile. But the old accounts are still open to this day,” the columnist said.
According to Steurmer, the “old demons” took their toll, and on the European continent, there was a system created not based on balance, but on hegemony with the United States as the absolute leader. However, the situation subsequently changed, as Russia under the new leadership began to declare its unwillingness to accept a secondary role in the new world order and returned to the international arena. As Stuermer notes, the West underestimated Russia, since the short period of weakness after the collapse of the Soviet Union was not its end. The confrontation with reality turned the attractive idea of the “end of history” into a “fatal self-deception.” In retrospect, the best chance of creating a Western-oriented and Western-values-oriented world order was between the agonies of Russia and the triumphs of the United States. At the same time, this chance has already been missed, and it is not known whether another such opportunity will present itself, the columnist concludes.