Support your friends and stick it to your enemies. People as well as nations do that all the time. But when America does it, it usually claims to be holier than thou, doing it on high moral principles and for your own good.
Washington has been most vocal about the unrest in Hong Kong over the past three months. The bipartisan Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act is an example of the worst kind of American hypocrisy, the type of double standards that actually cost many lives.
What will happen if it passes in the US Congress? At best, it will achieve nothing. At worst, it will harm America’s own business interests in the city as well as hurt the very people and their livelihoods it claims to protect. But change Beijing’s policy on Hong Kong? It’s rather another attempt to exploit the domestic turmoil in Hong Kong as part of America’s multipronged “cold war” against China.
Americans fret about rubber bullets, tear gas and beanbags fired by Hong Kong police!
One close American ally uses the most powerful and advanced weapons the US sold to them to maim and kill hundreds of thousands of civilians in another country, which is among the world’s poorest.
And didn’t it literally chop up a well-known dissident who had residency in the US? Another had its army snipers killing dozens of protesters in one day last year in the latter’s territories under military occupation; nary a word from those cretins in the US Congress. (I won’t name those US allies because this column is not about them, and I don’t want to start an unnecessary row with their consulate staff here.)
Back in Hong Kong, not a single protester, peaceful or otherwise, has been killed over three months of often violent unrest. Remind me, how many people have been killed during le mouvement des gilets jaunes in France? Where was the Paris Human Rights Act?
No thanks, America. Hong Kong has more freedom than you do. It’s safer than all your major cities. Our people live longer, and have better access to public health care, social welfare and education. Our childbirth survival rate is way higher – but then yours is among the lowest of any industrialised country.
Sadly, many of our young people don’t know that. They are fertile ground for American politicians to target and exploit.
How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.