While America burns, Donald Trump is busy ‘fixing’ Hong Kong’s problems
- Yonden Lhatoo compares the outbreak of social unrest across the US with Hong Kong’s protests to highlight the sheer hypocrisy of Washington’s cynical anti-China campaign
“When the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!” he tweeted cheerfully.
So when Americans take to the streets in an eruption of rage against systemic racism that has afflicted their country since its founding, they are “rioters” who deserve to be shot dead? But when radicals in Hong Kong go on the rampage, hurling petrol bombs, destroying public property and lynching anyone who objects to their excesses in the name of democracy, they are mighty champions of freedom? The cognitive dissonance makes one’s head spin.
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Never mind the carnage and chaos in his own backyard, it’s all about fixing China using its weakest link, Hong Kong, as a sad little pawn in the greater geopolitical struggle between the two powers.
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In other words, it’s mostly bluff and bluster, distraction and deception, the hallmarks of the Trump administration. Any fool – unless you’re one of those brainwashed boneheads waving the star-spangled banner on Hong Kong streets – can see he’s made a tough statement but there’s no actual substance or follow-through strategy behind it.
The story of Washington’s concern for human rights in Hong Kong, to borrow an old line from Shakespeare, “is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing”.
After George Floyd died while being arrested for allegedly using a fake note at a convenience store, an enraged mob set the local police station on fire, something pretty much unheard of in the US. Unlike in Hong Kong, where our “revolutionaries” have been known to firebomb more than 20 police stations in a single day.
If American demonstrators want to take a page from Hong Kong protesters’ playbook to frustrate their government, they could try the famous “five demands” – with US characteristics, of course:
1. End racism, especially against African Americans.
2. Stop characterising protesters as “rioters”.
3. Amnesty for all arrested protesters.
4. An independent inquiry into police brutality.
5. President Trump step down immediately.
What nonsense, you say? What government would agree to such demands? I rest my case.
Yonden Lhatoo is the chief news editor at the Post