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This post was edited by abramicus at 2014-10-11 20:07|
As the Western supported rebels regroup and return to the barricades dutifully preserved for them by Leung and Lam, Hong Kong goes back into the economic death spiral that the Mong Kok Anti-Occupy breakthrough seemed to have stopped. What happened after this is a study of how winners lose and losers win. Having broken the back of the protest movement through what basically was an uprising of the residents of Mong Kok against the illegal occupiers, Leung and his supervisors wanted to take the credit, and added their own signature antics to the heroic action of the people of Hong Kong, by pretending they are in control, through allowing the barricades to stay while the protesters slink away. The absence of the Mong Kok residents tearing down the barricades coupled with the disappearance of the protesters is supposed to highlight the "superior strategy" of HKSAR leaders and their supervisors in somehow mysteriously forcing the retreat of the legion of foreign stooges.
I have warned in a post in this forum of their stupidity in allowing the barricades to remain in the false hope that the talks would end the impasse, when in reality, removing the barricades first ahead of any action, would have been the best option for HKSAR and China. In vain. Instead, it was the foreign stooges and students who understood the analysis and pre-empted the "superior strategists" at the HKSAR and their supervisors, by returning with a larger crowd to Occupy Central in order to force the HKSAR to remove the barricades with bloodshed.
Absent in the equation is the welfare of the average Hong Kong resident, whose livelihood is being trampled upon, and tolerated being trampled upon, by the protesters, and by the HKSAR government, respectively. Both are irresponsible and reprehensible to the average worker and shopkeeper who has to earn a living. Instead, both sides are playing politics and grandstanding because they are paid with monies that have nothing with working for a living.
Both are hoping for the Hong Kong public to experience more pain and more suffering, so that the other side can be blamed and politically bankrupted.
The clowns, we once thought were solely on the side of the Western media backed circus, apparently are also very much inside the HKSAR and Chinese side as well.
The two sides are playing essentially the same game. Assured of a comfortable life by their respective foreign and domestic backers, they have nothing to fear from a meltdown of the Hong Kong economy. Surprisingly, we are reading highly intelligent articles by well educated Shanghainese and Beijingese writers with undertones of wishing Hong Kong "good luck" because she deserved it. Some say Hong Kongers are spoiled brats who deserve to lose their high flying lifestyles through an exodus of foreign capital that would be better treated and better secured in the "politically stable" environments of Shenzhen, Shanghai and Beijing. The idea that what is bad for Hong Kong may be good for other parts of China has slowly poisoned the national discourse about the Occupy Central movement that is a challenge, not just to Hong Kong, but to the sovereignty of the entire country.
Nonetheless, the pent up misgivings about a city whose residents have always felt more privileged than even the largest cities in China seems to have affected the nation's response to what is essentially a challenge to its own right to exist.
To the Western powers, they have similar misgivings about the Hong Kongers who for the most part are satisfied with being loyal citizens of China. A meltdown will teach them a lesson who gave them all this prosperity (even if they were the crumbs that fell from the Opium Trade and the Cold War embargo on China).
If you look across the entire political landscape of Hong Kong, there is no political axis that truly puts Hong Kong residents welfare at the top of its agenda.
The Mong Kok resistance was an aberration, that both sides want to suppress, because it detracts from their claim to being in control of the destiny of Hong Kong, a claim that will be used to justify their perks and privileges in the ensuing regime change in HKSAR, and perhaps, the foreign powers hope, eventually, in the rest of China.
Sad to say, China will fail because it does not put the livelihood of the Hong Kong residents at the top of its priorities. Instead, it is banking on the anger of the Hong Kong public to eradicate the Occupy Central subversives. Relying on the ravaged and ravished population of China to fight the Japanese aggression never really worked, and will not work now either. Instead it will lead to Hong Kong public's resentment towards China.
Being the offiicial government has its drawbacks. If the economy of Hong Kong fails, the blame would rightly fall on China first, and on the foreign powers next. Why? Because it is the responsibility of the official government to secure the livelihood of its citizens, not that of the invading powers.
China's strategy of making the Hong Kong public suffer even more is so callous and stupid that if Hong Kong were to suffer an economic breakdown, it would have turned the entire Hong Kong public against China, and set the foundation for its future secession from China.
But, there is no cure for this mental illness.
The endpoints of the strategies of both China and the foreign powers is the economic breakdown and the subsequent political realignment of Hong Kong. But their common nexus is that Hong Kong must suffer a meltdown. If I were living in Hong Kong, therefore, I would find an alternate employment elsewhere or invest somewhere else, because with the kinds of leaders one will have on either side, the average Hong Konger would not have the chance of Chinaman.
The alternative is another Mong Kok Resistance, but this time, it will face enemies from both sides, and the fight may become too bloody to be worth the attempt. In fact, it may be crushed mercilessly by both sides. Better to leave, and let the clowns battle it out on the streets of the Hong Kong of the good old days.