Regime change

The practice of interventionism is very closely linked to regime change – i.e., to overthrowing foreign governments.  Regime change can be effected by military or by non-military interventionism.  Examples of the latter include the use of foreign-funded “non-governmental organisations” to prosecute a political agenda inside another state.  The Orange Revolution in Ukraine in 2004 is the textbook case of such an operation, where an alliance of Western-funded NGOs, Western media and Western-controlled international organisations like the OSCE managed to exploit the political grievances of a part of the Ukrainian population to advance the West’s geopolitical agenda.

Regime change plays a crucial role in providing apparent justification for intervention:  the “happy ending” of the fall of the dictator is written and proclaimed at the beginning of the script, and after it has occurred, attention moves elsewhere.  Who follows the politics of Serbia now, or even Libya, where regime change operations were conducted by the Western military and by Western NGOs?

Regime change is the quintessential revolutionary program.  It represents the penetration of the sublime into politics:  “bliss it was, in that dawn to be alive,” wrote Wordsworth about the French Revolution.  Unfortunately, the inhabitants of countries onto whom the fantasies of foreigners are projected to have to live with the consequences long after the foreigners have moved on to something else.

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