Hongkong & Totalitarianism

From: Christine S  [on the "Declaration" internet listserv]

Subject: World News Saturday (ABC) "reassuring"

Below is a copy of a message that I sent to ABC after watching their reporter in Hong Kong close World News Saturday by saying that it is reassuring that the transfer of power over Hong Kong is taking place without a shot being fired.

Message to ABC: Your on-camera reporter in Hong Kong stated that it was "very reassuring" that the transfer of sovereignty of Hong Kong from Great Britain to China was being carried out without a shot fired. I would ask what is reassuring about a territory going from relative freedom to the rule of a totalitarian regime and no one cares enough to stop it. Not one world leader speaks out against this. Not one army gears up to defend the citizens of Hong Kong who, in the next two days, will lose their freedom of press, speech, and religion. How can your reporter be "reassured" that freedom is so easily tossed aside?

Our fathers and grand-fathers fought to stop the spread of totalitarianism. And our generation welcomes it. And this is reassuring? And our own government, for reason of profit and nothing more, has now renewed most-favored-nation status with the totalitarian regime that is moving into Hong Kong. Your reporter needs to take a 20th century history course, concentrating on the facts of what Communist governments are about and what they do to those who disagree with them. This is not a good thing - this transfer. It is sad beyond everything I have seen in my 39 years. I would be far more reassured to see the community of free nations draw a line in the sand and tell China she cannot come into Hong Kong, and then protect Hong Kong while she forms her own government. Over the next two days, though, I will not see this happen. I will hang my head in shame and then try not to think about what has happened in Hong Kong.

Martin Niemoller is quoted as saying,

"In Germany they came first for the Communists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time no one was left to speak up."

You, ABC, have a responsibility to speak up, and you have the means to do it. And today, the reporter who closed your broadcast tonight did not take his responsibility seriously. I hope not to see such a thing on your network in the future. End of message to ABC.  

[COMMENT:  I have had the same thoughts.  How is it that a nation, any nation, can assert its right to coercively come in and govern other people who have not asked it to do so.  Yes, there were agreements between Britain and China which led to this arrangement.  But that tells us nothing about the real issue, the right of a people to determine their own future.    E. Fox]

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