On the recent Plastic cup pelting/ “attack” on the vehicle of U.S. Ambassador, Gary Locke, a Western Blogger gathered evidence of Chinese government’s “not doing enough”, and then implied that the Chinese government, by “not doing enough”, was fanning the flame of nationalism, (even perhaps planning it).
Then he had this gem in his blog:
China will condemn the attack, and find and punish the rioters responsible, but this will not sake the anger of the United States Congress, which will (because it is mostly full of idiots) be screaming for blood. Some will consider it an act of war. Chinese flags will be burned in the streets, and Chinese-Americans will start saying their parents are Taiwanese, at least for a little while. It will get ugly, and even imagining the best case scenario, it will impede any kind of development in the Sino-US relationship for years to come. Meanwhile, Chinese nationalists will be protesting the backlash, creating an echo-chamber of nationalist yelling and mutual flag-burning.
I don’t know what message is being sent by blogger above.
(1) So, US Congress, the product of 2 centuries of “Democracy” and free speech, would react by declaring war for Chinese government’s “not doing enough”? But that’s just the US Congress being “idiots”, while a similar Chinese backlash would be “nationalistic”?
(2) It sounded like a threat of pogrom against Ethnic Chinese Americans. Wait, US Congress, the product of 2 centuries of “Democracy” and free speech, might actually consider putting their own citizens in fear for their lives. For example, Gary Locke, the very same US Ambassador, is also an ethnic Chinese, and he would also fear for his life?? (Ironically, Gary Locke did receive death threats in US, when he was Governor of Washington State). Hmm… This selling pitch for “Freedom” and “Democracy” is not going well….
(3) The blogger goes onto disclaim, “Of course, it’s possible that this will never happen. I’m not sure what the chances are.”
And yet, the blogger went to such extensive details for his imagination. So, what was the point? He just wanted to fantasize about Chinese Americans living in fear?? (Well, for certain, he’s not speaking for the US Congress, was he? Or was he URGING the US Congress to behave in the most idiotic manner he could imagine?)
(4) Now, if say the a Chinese TV host similarly imagined a China, where he says,
“Oh, if Americans did …. (say, bomb a Chinese embassy), even if they make excuses, this will not sake the anger of the Chinese government, which will (because it is mostly full of idiots) be screaming for blood. Some will consider it an act of war. US flags will be burned in the streets, and Americans will start saying they are Europeans, at least for a little while. It will get ugly!”
Hmm…. I wonder what US bloggers might say about such a Chinese TV host??
“Inflaming Xenophobia”, anyone??
Problem is, “free media” are quite “free”/uncontrolled in generating/ sensationalizing /spreading xenophobia and nationalism. Rational voices do not off set them. That’s how you get US Congress full of “idiots” in the first place.
Do rational voices get elected? No.
Do extreme idiotic loud opinionated delusional people get elected in US? Quite often.
And China should become “democratic” to cure its “nationalism”?? A bit optimistic of an recommendation for Western bloggers who don’t have much faith in what/who gets elected in Western “Democracies” and “free speech”.
Oh, well, thank heavens Chinese TV hosts aren’t as xenophobic as some bloggers, and thank heavens in China, bloggers will answer to the consequences of what they write. (In US, they just get famous for more outrageous bullsh*t imagination, or maybe even get elected to US Congress, the BullSh*t Superdome).