A no­ble de­fence of democ­racy against dic­ta­tor­ship, although…

The Nation - - OPINION & ANALYSIS -

Re: “Global ap­pease­ment of bul­ly­ing China is a shame­ful spec­ta­cle”, Have Your Say, yes­ter­day.

I agree with Nigel Pike’s views on (os­ten­si­bly) Com­mu­nist China. In his ex­co­ri­at­ing di­a­tribe, he men­tions the Chi­nese an­nex­a­tion of Ti­bet. He might also wish to in­clude Bri­tish Is­lamic State fighter Mo­hammed Emwazi, known as Ji­hadi John, took part in at least seven be­head­ings be­fore he was killed by a drone strike in 2015. the 1989 Tianan­men Square mas­sacre, when the peo­ple were mur­dered by the Peo­ple’s Army for want­ing more open di­a­logue be­tween gov­ern­ment and the pop­u­lace, and with it the greater free­doms that we, in our democ­ra­cies, take for granted.

The South China Sea is­sue is, for want of a bet­ter phrase, bar­rier build­ing by Bei­jing against what it per­ceives as en­croach­ing for­eign mil­i­tary in­flu­ence in the area. There may be a prima fa­cie case here, with due ac­knowl­edge­ment to the US 1823 Mon­roe Doc­trine, which op­posed (Euro­pean) colo­nial­ism (and with it greater in­flu­ence) in the Amer­i­cas. Now, an un­char­i­ta­ble mind might pos­si­bly draw par­al­lels with this and the US mil­i­tary foot­print close to China’s sov­er­eign ter­ri­tory. One may wish to draw one’s own con­clu­sions on that, how­ever.

What tick­led me, though, is Nigel’s no­ble (and, in fair­ness quite cor­rect) de­fence of Tai­wan, what he terms a free “demo­cratic” coun­try, while dis­play­ing an avowedly con­temp­tu­ous dis­like of democ­racy him­self. Oh, the irony...

Dr Frank

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