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Originally posted by thepeop at 2009-2-13 11:55 AM
"14: It wasn't the British government that introduced opium to China; have you read no history book in the matter? It was the East India Company that ran factories in Hong Kong from which it s ...
OPIUM WAR, THE HOLOCAUS THAT NEVER HAPPENED
Something is not right here. The Chinese must be lying again. Must be those corrupt Manchu rulers doing it again to China. They might just have launched a London Massacre of sort in England. Or, at least the opium traffic must had gone the other direction, from China to Britain.
How else could so many lately British knightly politicians felt so rightly about their occupation of Hongkong? From the fat-mouth Churchill to the prostutiting Thatcher, and now the stinker Patten and his loyal Chinese cronies, they all still insisted that Hongkongees are better off as third-class non-subjects to the British Crown than a democracy-less district of China. They want China to learn something about honesty and repay for the holocaust damages they caused Britain in full, not just this miserly 100-years lease of Hongkong.
From the messy Nanking Massacre to Hitler's sanitary gas chambers, then the self-incinerating abombs and napalms, and now the cinematically remote smart bombs, killings are done ever more cleaner. But hardly anything could rival the opium. The people themselves did not even have to die. It's only their souls and their civilization.
There would be no need to count casualties. It's too numerous to count anyway. And what convenience when the corruptions and other related crimes are done underground, out of sight and out of mind, like they've never happened. In short, this is a perfect holocaust.
Unnoticed by the rest of the world and even many of the Chinese, China had to continue fight the opium war long after she had lost the war. The Boxer Rebellion might just be a bunch of opium-pumped kungfu masters charging into machine gun's mowing. But the reputation of the "sickmen of Asia" was a tough rap to beat.
The Chinese national self-esteem has ebbed to its lowest level. Many such opium-addicted nations were known to never recover. And many Chinese to this day still feel China was so down and out that this holocaust was a uplifting gift from the magnanimous British.
China is now coming into the greatest struggle of her life. The cure for her present ills seems to be modernity. But China is her traditional culture. Yes, it would be sad for China to still leech onto her traditional culture, thus forsaking the beckon of modernity. But nothing would be sadder if China ever turns into the likes of Britain.
Some background information of the above post is given below:
In the 1820s, illegal opium trade averaged 900 tons per year from Bengal to China. In 1838, the death penalty was imposed for native drug traffickers; by this time the British were selling 1,400 tons annually to China.
Chinese Emperor ordered to dispos the opium, by dissolving it with water, salt and lime and flushing it out into the ocean. The Chinese then apologised to the spirit of the Southern Sea in a special prayer. But they failed to realise the implications involved in this action; The British government and merchants regarded the action as a destruction of their private property, roughly 3 million pounds of opium, as well as a notable revenue source. The British responded by sending warships and soldiers, along with a large army from British India, which arrived in June of 1840. The British took Canton and then sailed up the Yangtze and took the tax barges, slashing the revenue of the imperial court in Beijing to just a small fraction. In 1842, the Qing authorities sued for peace, which concluded with the Treaty of Nanjing negotiated in August of that year and accepted in 1843.
As a continuation of the First Opium War (1839-1842), British started the Second Opium War by insisting that the Qing soldiers had insulted the British flag on an opium smuggler ship, Arrow, which had been flying a British ensign. Faced with fighting China's first Christian crusade, Taiping Rebellion, (the second being that of Sun Yat Sen) the Qing government was in no position to resist the West militarily (just as China also was, the 2nd time in resisting the Japanese, thanks to the still-not-put-down crusading of the Christian Sun/Chiang gang).
In an effort to expand their privileges in China, Britain demanded the Qing authorities renegotiate the Treaty of Nanjing in 1854 citing their most favored nation status. The British demands included opening all of China for British merchants, legalizing the opium trade, exempting foreign imports from internal transit duties, suppression of piracy, regulation of the coolie trade.
British-French troops took Beijing and set the Summer Palace and the Old Summer Palace on fire following several days of looting. The Old Summer Palace was totally destroyed. The motives for the destruction of the Summer Palace was a cover-up by the troops for their widespread looting.
After the Xianfeng emperor and his entourage fled Peking, the June 1858 Treaty of Tientsin was finally ratified by the emperor's brother Prince Gong in the Convention of Peking on October 18, 1860, bringing The Second Opium War to an end. The opium trade was legalized and Christians were granted full civil rights, including the right to own property, and the right to evangelize. As the West saw it, the backward Chinese finally had their freedom of religion.