Alex Lo
SCMP Columnist
My Take
by Alex Lo
My Take
by Alex Lo

When killer judge, the US, condemns petty criminal Hong Kong

  • Our city’s human rights records since 2019 need to be answered, but given their country’s own past on war, foreign subversions and internal violence, Washington politicians who think they are in any position to judge us are pushing hypocrisy to the most absurd extremes

You might have guessed I have just finished bingeing on Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, Netflix’s terrifying hit series based on the serial killer. That’s why I am about to make the following analogy, which some of you may find offensive and inappropriate. But sorry, it’s the truth.

Because if we compare nations and city states to criminals on the scale of justice, Hong Kong is no more than a petty criminal while the United States is a serial killer.

But at least Dahmer confessed to his heinous crimes. The US, on the other hand, sits in judgment of others while hiding its own horrible crimes. What has prompted this somewhat angry response is that Washington has kept picking on little Hong Kong. Admittedly, our human rights records since 2019 are nothing to write home about, but for Washington to sit in judgment?

The Congressional-Executive Commission on China, the main propaganda outfit of the US Congress on China, has just issued “Hong Kong’s Civil Society: From an Open City to a City of Fear”, which claims the national security law has had a “devastating effect” on local society.

US report outlines ‘devastating effect’ of national security law on Hong Kong

Meanwhile, three congressional representatives have condemned senior executives of America’s largest banks including JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, Blackstone and Morgan Stanley for planning to attend next month’s Global Financial Leaders’ Investment Summit, run by the Hong Kong Monetary Authority.

We all deserve punishment for our sins, but why are serial killers and their enablers posing as judges of other people’s crimes?

I quote a recent J’accuse op-ed by Christopher Hedges, a former New York Times bureau chief and Pulitzer Prize winner, in Salon, titled “The dangerous myth of American innocence: Only our enemies commit ‘war crimes’.”

“If we demand justice for Ukrainians,” he wrote, “We must also demand justice for the one million people killed – 400,000 of whom were non-combatants – by our invasions, occupations and aerial assaults in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen and Pakistan … We must demand justice for the 38 million people who have been displaced or become refugees in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, the Philippines, Libya and Syria …

“Tens of millions of people, who had no connection with the attacks of 9/11, were killed, wounded, lost their homes and saw their lives and their families destroyed because of our [US] war crimes. Who will cry out for them?”

Well, not America.