Hey, my very first comment on General Glut's Globblog! Thanks to baoutsi who wins the Big Globblog Prize -- to be clothed in eternal glory.
The point is that liberal empire is not about creating order. It is about creating order favorable to the interests of the empire.
I fully agree but I don't think the interventions of the North were successful. The multilateral approach (Bosnia, Kosovo) just froze the chaos and it didn't create a self-sustaining order. The semi-multilateral (Afghanistan) and the unilateral (Iraq) are even worse. In these cases the state couldn't be reconstituted.
I think that the great weapon of the countries of the North is economic sanctions. Military intervention is costly, fraught with dangers and doesn't seem to work.