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中英社评/“美式民主”已成最大反面教材

2021-01-25 04:23:50大公报
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  在世人眼前,美国国会山莊沦为惨烈的暴乱中心,“民主灯塔”轰然坍塌。暴乱被很快平息,逾九十人被捕,其中五十多人被起诉。美国当选总统拜登狠批这批暴徒为“本土恐怖分子”,舆论也支持严惩暴徒,但“美式民主”的遮羞布,却永远补不回来了。

  镜头一转,前年七月一日,香港立法会被暴徒攻佔,受破坏的情况较国会山莊有过之而无不及,那一幕至今令香港人痛心不已。但更令人愤怒的是,当时美国政客一致将香港暴徒美化为所谓“民主鬥士”,强调与他们“站在一起”。

  同样是攻击议会,在美国就是暴徒、恐怖分子,应受到法律严惩,被指煽动者的特朗普也面对被弹劾、起诉的命运;但在香港,暴民竟然成为“英雄”,煽动者更获邀请访美,成为美国政客的座上宾,这是赤裸裸的“双重标準”。尤其是美国众议院院长佩洛西,称香港暴乱为“一道美丽风景线”,斥美国暴乱是对民主的“可耻攻击”,变脸之快令人吃惊。

  美国到处策动颜色革命,也大力支持香港暴徒。然而,“始作俑者,其无后乎”!美国很快遭到暴力反噬,自食其果。而美国政客在“示威者”还是“暴徒”的自由切换中,充分暴露其颠倒是非、混淆黑白、毫无道德底线可言的虚伪本质。

  风水轮流转,美国终於尝到了自製的暴力革命的滋味,不得不出动警察及国民警衞队铁腕镇压,这从反面印证当初中央要求香港特区政府止暴制乱、恢复秩序的正确。香港国安法落实后,黑暴及“港独”气焰已明显受到遏止,所谓“街头战线”及“议会战线”均已被粉碎。随着近日警方国安处再次亮剑,50多名涉及非法“初选”的政客被捕,民心大快,香港“由乱向治”取得重大进展。当然,香港要真正实现拨乱反正,还有很多工作要做,其中之一是加快司法审讯,从严判决暴徒,在这方面,其他普通法地区的做法,值得香港取经效法。

  美国处理“佔领国会”暴乱的凌厉手段,也间接洗掉了涂抹在香港警队身上的污泥浊水。香港立法会被暴徒攻佔时,警方因担心引发激烈衝突,没有採取执法行动。事实上,在长逾一年的黑色暴乱中,没有一名示威者死於警方执法。相比之下,4小时的国会山莊暴乱就死了至少4名“示威者”,其中一名女“示威者”被近距离射杀的短片广泛流传。更不用说在“黑人命贵”运动中,死伤枕藉。到底谁是“警暴”、谁是文明执法,已一目了然。有人揶揄揽炒派愿意在“香港示威还是美国”,可谓入木三分。

  值得一提的是,特朗普自知煽动暴乱闯下大祸后,声称对暴乱事件“感到愤怒”、“任何参与衝突人士应受到惩罚”,出卖铁杆粉丝的速度快得令人炫目。香港的“特粉”、“美粉”们,难道还没有被利用及物伤其类的自省吗?

    2021-01-09

  "American-style democracy" turns out to be the greatest negative example

  Right before the eyes of the world, the Capitol Hill of the United States was bitterly reduced to a rioting centre. The "beacon of democracy" collapsed with a loud bang. The riot was quickly stamped out. More than 90 rioters have been arrested, with over 50 of them being prosecuted. U.S. President-elect Joe Biden [Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr] has harshly condemned the rioters as "homegrown terrorists" , and public opinion also supports severe punishment of the rioters. But the shredded fig leaf for "American-style democracy" can never be patched together.

  On a cutaway scene, a bunch of thugs had violently forced their way into Hong Kong's Legislative Council (Legco) building on July 1, 2019. The damages they had inflicted to the building were no less, if not more, severe than those done to the U.S. Capitol Hill. Today Hong Kong people still feel heartbroken by reviewing that scene in their mind's eye. What is more outrageous, however, is that at that time U.S. politicians had in unison gilded those Hong Kong rioters as so-called“fighters for democracy" and vowed to "stand by their side" .

  While assaulting on their respective legislature buildings in similarly violent manners, those participants in the U.S. assault are treated as thugs and terrorists who would be severely punished by the law, and [President] Donald Trump also faces the fate of being impeached and prosecuted; but, to one's surprise, similar thugs in Hong Kong have been made "heroes" and instigators of riots were even invited to visit the United States as guests of American politicians. This is a naked partisan  "double standard." In particular, Nancy Patricia Pelosi, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, used to describe the riot in Hong Kong "as a beautiful sight to behold, " yet now she slams the riot in her own country "a shameful assault" on democracy. How astonishingly quick her change of face is!

  The United States plots and agitates "colour revolutions" everywhere, and also lends its full support to Hong Kong rioters. Nevertheless, "Was it not the case that a creator of a bad precedent left no posterity" ! The U.S. quickly backfires on itself, reaping what it has sown. In wantonly shifting between the words of "protesters" and "thugs" , American politicians fully show their hypocritical nature of standing facts on their heads, calling black white and having no ethical bottom line.

  Feng shui takes turns. The U.S. eventually comes to experience the taste of a made-in-USA violent revolution, having to mobilise police and National Guard forces for an iron-fist crackdown. This, as a negative example, proves the correctness of the Central Government"s earlier requirement for the Hong Kong SAR Government to stop violence and curb disorder and restore social order. Following the implementation of the Hong Kong National Security Law, the arrogance of black-clad rioters and advocates for "independence for Hong Kong" has been noticeably curbed, their so-called "street frontline" and "council frontline" both smashed. With the National Security Department of the Hong Kong Police Force drawing the sword again recently, over 50 politicians suspected to have been involved in the illegal "primary election" were detained, to the great joy of the public. This marks a major step forward for Hong Kong to move from chaos to order. Needless to say, there are still a lot of works to be done for Hong Kong to completely bring order out of chaos. One of them is to speed up court trials and severely punish rioters. In this regard, practices in other common law regions are worthy for Hong Kong to learn and follow.

  The swift and fierce measures adopted in the U.S. to crack down on the violent "Occupy Capitol Hill" also indirectly clean up the filth and mire smeared onto the Hong Kong police force. When the Hong Kong Legco building was invaded and occupied by the thugs, the police did not take action in fear of resulting in violent clashes. As a matter of fact, during the over-one-year rioting by black-clad thugs, no single protester died during law enforcement by the police. By comparison, at least four "demonstrators" died during the four-hour Capitol Hill riot, among them a female "demonstrator" was shot to death from a short distance as shown by a widely circulating video. Not to mention the large number of casualties inflicted in the "Black Lives Matter" movement. It can be apprehended at a quick glance who on earth metes out "police brutality" and who enforces the law in civilized manners. Someone has mockingly asked the mutual-destruction pursuers whether they prefer to demonstrate in Hong Kong or in the U.S. Such ridicule can be said sharply penetrating.

  It is worth mentioning that after realising that he had got himself into serious trouble by agitating the Capitol Hill riot, Trump quickly proclaimed that he "was angry" at the riot and "Those who engaged in the attacks... will be brought to justice." His quick pace to betray his zealous fans is quite dazzling. [From this] won't the "Trump fans" and "U.S. fans" in Hong Kong come to realise that they have been made use of and grieve for their fellow beings?

09 January 2021

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