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"When is a rioter not a rioter? When the rioter is in Hong Kong."
'Schadenfreude' is such a delightful Germany word. It captures so many emotions, bundles them together and then spits them out in a guffaw. Since June 2019, the Hong Kong Police Force faced a relentless torrent of bile for doing their job. Every critic with an anti-China agenda jumped on the bandwagon, passing opinions and distorting the truth to fit their false narrative.
Much of that hate speech came from US politicians. US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called the violent protests in Hong Kong 'a beautiful sight to behold'. Well, Nancy, are the demonstrations rattling your windows and doors beautiful? How extraordinary that these events in the US should flare up now. The timing is sublime. As an atheist, I never went for the whole karma thing, but I'm open to the idea.
So here's the question: When is a rioter not a rioter? Answer: When the rioter is in Hong Kong.
That's according to the hypocritical mindset of Pelosi, Mike Pompeo and the Orange Clown in the White House. Perhaps we can excuse Trump given that he has consumed unproven medication which he probably swilled down with neat bleach. Pelosi has no such excuse unless all those facelifts have cut off the blood to her head.
Meanwhile, it's fascinating to watch the US riots unfold. As I write this, reports say as many as five people died in two days of violence. We had eight months of trouble in Hong Kong with one death caused by the rioters.
Meanwhile, 500 National Guard troops moved into Minneapolis, St Paul. Also, the Pentagon put elements of the Army on the ready to deploy to Minneapolis. Does anyone remember the feverish media speculation last year when the PLA gathered in a Shenzhen stadium to the north of us? That was portrayed as a prelude to invasion and deemed unacceptable by the US. Yet, the military on US streets is fine and dandy. Another example of 'do as I say, not as I do'.
On the west coast, the LAPD declared an unlawful assembly throughout Downtown LA. Besides, curfews were imposed in Atlanta, Philadelphia, Denver, Cincinnati, Portland, Oregon, and Louisville, Kentucky. Do that in Hong Kong and be ready for the human rights crowd to be screaming suppression.
You get my point. The stench of deceit hangs in the air around all the utterances from US politicians.
On a more serious note, sympathy lies with my brothers and sisters in US law enforcement. They are now experiencing the trauma the Hong Kong Police faced at the hands of unhinged rioters. These people hide behind causes, but in truth, they come driven by a form of psychosis. It is a mania that feeds upon itself, watered by false social media narratives and crude hatred.
Never forget that dealing with riots is messy, grueling and frightening. Thus is it churlish to say the US is getting a taste of its own medicine? Indeed some in the US sought to destabilise this place, and for that, they deserve a comeuppance. Yet, Trump is unlikely to notice the irony, given his willful blindness.
Trump would do well to reflect on something Confucius said: "A great man is hard on himself, a man with small hands is hard on others".
“Schadenfreude — pleasure derived by someone from another person's misfortune.”
Walter De Havilland was one of the last of the colonial coppers. He served 35 years in the Royal Hong Kong Police and Hong Kong Police Force. He's long retired.