Monday, February 18, 2002
A New 'New World Order'
A top Russian commentator believes the terrorist attacks will only increase theimportance of the U.S.BY YURI ZARAKHOVICH/MOSCOW
Wednesday, Sep. 19, 2001
TIME's Yuri Zarakhovich spoke with Professor Dmitry Furman, Director of theCommonwealth Of Independent States Research Center at the Russian Academy of Sciences' Institute of Europe, about the role of the U.S. in the aftermath last week'sterrorist attacks.
TIME: How do you see the world changing after the attacks?
FURMAN: The main — and immediate — result of that horror will be a drastic increaseof America's role in the world.
TIME: Quite contrary to what the terrorists had in mind?
FURMAN: Absolutely. Just like was the case here back in 1991, when the hardlinerslaunched the putsch to save the Soviet Union — and killed it instead.
TIME: But how will the attack enhance America's role?
FURMAN: The attacks made the world fear for its existence. A part of the world alsofears the U.S. response. This double fear creates an understanding that the world needsunity and a leader to survive. Who else can be such a leader, if not America?
FURMAN: For the same reason that America has become the terrorists' target: it's thequintessence of mankind's development.
TIME: So what does America do?
FURMAN: In immediate terms, America becomes the world's good guy who fights theworld's baddies — and assumes this role with much stronger world approval than ever before September 11. The real long-term strategic objective is a world state with the U.S.as its leader.Conflicts, like the Israeli-Palestinian one, or the Azeri-Armenian one, or many others can't be resolved just by parties involved. A just and workable solution canonly be enforced — and that requires a world government.
TIME: Does the same approach apply to the Chechen conflict in Russia?
FURMAN: Certainly. Chechnya isn't just Russia's internal affair.