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THE EMPIRE: ATTEMPTED MURDER IN HONG KONG |
The commentary below is one of the most astute in English on Hong Kong's ongoing turmoil. It's by a Westerner who knows HK and China from extensive first-hand experience.
That's why it doesn't appear in Anglophone MSM, only in China Daily, a major English newspaper in China. Google has blocked it and Facebook has made it unshareable.
Its substance underscores more clearly than ever the total depravity of the Empire's attack on China through Hong Kong ... how Washington and its agents abandon all human characteristics as they go about their evil. In HK as elsewhere, these forces of darkness rape the truth as they manufacture parallel-universe narratives to sell and justify their depredations.
Even more despicable, though, are the locals who knowingly and actively help the Empire commit such atrocities against their own people and society. For them, no retribution could be too severe.
Here's the commentary in full. May it be read by as many people as possible around the world.
HK Protesters Should Stop Playing With "Death Dealers"
By Chris Lonsdale
In general, I try to be moderate with my words. But there are times when that is not enough. This is one of those times. The image of young people at the forefront of Hong Kong’s mass protests testifying before a US congressional commission in support of American legislation aimed at "defending" Hong Kong people's civil rights should put a shiver down all our spines.
To be absolutely blunt, this “appeal” really is a special kind of stupid. An unparalleled form of stupid, in fact. Why do I say this? Because anybody appealing to the world’s No. 1 warfare state is asking to have their city destroyed. Anybody asking the United States to support “civil rights” is, in fact, asking for torture centers (like Guantanamo Bay), police brutality in the streets, complete and total surveillance of citizens’ every move, and the incarceration of journalists and whistle-blowers who speak truth to power.
These hearings in the US give the lie to the idea that the Hong Kong protests are purely homegrown. Sure, there are homegrown elements, but the US war machine has been deeply involved stirring the pot. Since 1997, the US, via various CIA-linked organizations such as the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), has invested millions in building activist, anti-Chinese groups in the territory. I will not go into the details here, as others have done a very good job on this point. But it should be obvious that if the US cared about democracy in Hong Kong, NED would have been active in the territory during British rule.
At the congressional hearings this week, Cantopop star Denise Ho Wan-see is quoted as saying “If Hong Kong falls, it would easily become the springboard for the totalitarian regime of China to push its rules and priorities overseas, utilizing its economic powers to conform others to their communist values.”
If a US-controlled Hong Kong is not possible, the US is quite happy for Hong Kong to be destroyed, just as they have happily been party to the destruction of dozens of countries around the world over the last few decades. Let us be very clear – if violent protests continue in Hong Kong, then one way or another, Hong Kong will fail as a free society.
By this, what she really means is, she would much prefer for Hong Kong to become a US protectorate. A part of the ever-expanding American Empire. And, if this is not possible, she’s quite happy for Hong Kong to be turned into a cratered wasteland. Because, let us be very clear, the US cannot allow a successful Hong Kong to exist as part of China, just as it could not allow Libya to persist as the wealthiest part of Africa, especially since its strongman-ruler Muammar Gaddafi was moving to a gold-for-oil model, sidestepping the petro-dollar.
And, from observing US behavior around the world, if the US can’t get the control it wants, it will destroy the people and countries that refuse to “bend a knee”.
When the US bombed Libya back to the Stone Age, the goal wasn’t to “liberate” the people of Libya, it was simply to maintain US control of oil. Period.
When the US put sanctions on Venezuela, it was not to bring democracy to the country, it was to force the country to allow American control of one of the largest oil reserves in the world. How, after all, do you bring “democracy” to a country already known to have some of the freest elections in the world (as reported by very many election observers, including former US president Jimmy Carter). So far, this attempt to “tame” Venezuela has failed, but the costs to the country of this siege by the US are staggeringly high.
If Ho really cares about democracy as she says, she should be working to help the people of Venezuela, and Libya, and Haiti, and…
Hong Kong has been a thriving and free economic powerhouse, even after 1997. True, the British government has gone, but the city has remained at the top of the list of the world’s freest economies. For the powers-that-be in the US, this is unacceptable. The US and China are now entering a modern-day cold war. A successful and prosperous Hong Kong under the "one country, two systems" model makes China look good. This cannot be.
And, if a US-controlled Hong Kong is not possible, the US is quite happy for Hong Kong to be destroyed, just as they have happily been party to the destruction of dozens of countries around the world over the last few decades. Let us be very clear – if violent protests continue in Hong Kong, then one way or another, Hong Kong will fail as a free society.
It’s very unlikely that the US would face off militarily against China over Hong Kong, due to high cost in US lives in such a scenario. If this did happen, of course, this would lead to the total destruction of Hong Kong, just like Iraq, Libya and Syria.
But, the US doesn’t need to put troops on the ground in Hong Kong. It simply needs to use its proxies – like these people in front of congress this week – to create so much turbulence in Hong Kong that the Chinese military is forced to intervene. And again, let’s be clear. This is the US playbook, which has been used on multiple occasions. Syria is the most recent case in point. The Syrian civil war has been for years portrayed as being a civilian uprising. However, the evidence is now overwhelming that the ISIS terrorists in Syria are funded and armed by the US.
Should this farce of Hong Kong “democrats” appealing to the US Congress make any real headway, we are on the path to Hong Kong having its very own civil war. In the last week, we have seen the use of increasingly extreme violence by protesters, with beatings of fellow citizens for simply not sharing their politics and gasoline bombs. If the US passes some “support Hong Kong” type of “law”, then you can be sure that, before long, the US will be selling weapons to Hong Kong “freedom fighters”.
(The author is a psychologist, linguist, educator, entrepreneur, dialogue facilitator and corporate adviser with over 30 years’ experience doing business in Asia.)