I study genocides.
When I say I ‘study’ them, I don’t mean I wait for the NYT or WAPO to take an interest in something before I imbibe the content of their headline as the exclusive content of my views. I read books–lots of them. I watch documentaries, when I think I can get something from them a book can’t get me. I have even helped facilitate the release of previously unavailable or hard to find primary source material such as the Bahutu Manifesto [Rwandan genocide], The Memoirs of Naim Bey [Armenian genocide], and Allowing the Destruction of Life Unworthy of Life [the Holocaust], with my eyes on some others. This is all part of my guiding principles, listed to the right on this blog.
Most fascinating of all is reading newspaper articles and editorials that are contemporaneous with the atrocities. In almost all cases, what was unfolding in some far off place was generally known to the public. In most cases, elected officials, intelligence agencies, and military men, seem to have an even better picture. As I read through this material, the thought frequently comes to me: “how frustrating it must be to have such evil unfold in our own life and times and be powerless to prevent it; how infuriating it must be to have to watch while those who do have the power to do something, do nothing. I wonder what that must be like.”
Well, now I know.
China continues to nonchalantly detain millions of people in camps throughout its country, inflicting various horrors on those people. I leave it to the reader to ascertain what those horrors are. At this point, China has stopped short of actually exterminating them. However, with the pathetic reaction of the world to this unfolding nightmare, it grows increasingly likely that they could exterminate them and the world would do nothing. I’m not saying China would engage in such a Final Solution. Just saying they could. And then on to the next mass incarceration, I suppose.
As with Rwanda, the United Nations is revealing itself to be a worthless entity. Formed after WW2 with the mantra of “Never Again” on its lips, It has been just about one ‘again’ after another, since. Until Donald Trump, the United States was not much better. That said, the whole point of a ‘United Nations’ was to deal with such issues, so I’m not entirely sure I can blame the US. It really ought not be the world’s policeman.
Although, the United State’s complicity as an enabler certainly can’t be underestimated. I mean, we’ve known that the UN is rubbish for decades, and with the wide variety of non-military mechanisms at our disposal to deal with China, we could have done much more. This post, perhaps, is not the place to revisit US-Sino relations back to WW2.
Nonetheless, those relations and the history of dumbness that is the UN, speaks to a point I have often made and will continue to make: the great horrors which we witness today rarely, if ever, manifest overnight; seeds are sown, fertilizer is applied, water is provided, the plant comes out of the ground, and then, after its proper time, the fruit corresponding to the plant appears on the plant.
At just about any point in that development, something could have been done to prevent the bitter fruit from coming forth. The earlier in the process the ‘weeding’ takes place, the easier it is to perform the operation. The later it gets, the harder it is to address the problem.
With China, the poisonous tree has been giving off its toxic fruits for decades. What with Mao and the millions who died at his hand, and then the brutal one child policy, etc, there has never really been a doubt about just what kind of ‘fruit’ China is in the business of producing. This has not prevented Nixon from normalizing relations with China, GHB’s tepid reaction to Tiananmen, Clinton for his many crimes related to China (many!), not the least of which was allowing China to join the WTO (started under Clinton, finished under GWB), etc., etc., etc. Trump is taking a different tact with some promise… but we’ve heard that tune before, haven’t we?
And why not, since at present Hong Kong is becoming consumed in its own conflagration, shall we remember the rank dumbassery of England, with the approval of Thatcher, for the ‘hand over’ of Hong Kong to China? The ‘hand over’ was official 22 years ago. You can still hear the slimy siren song of globalist soothsayers assuring us that “Hong Kong will be alright. After all, the hand over happened a [year ago, a few years ago, ten years ago, twenty years ago] and none of the things people feared would happen have actually transpired.”
Well its transpiring now, ain’t it. [expletive deleted.]
As if there were any doubt what was going to happen to Hong Kong. LOL
But in the minds of many people (I will refrain from providing precise examples, so as to shame them too much; after all, there is much blame to go around) just because a horror doesn’t unfold overnight, there is no particular reason to think it ever will.
But God cannot be mocked. We reap what we sow. Always have, always will.
So what can we do about the Uyghurs in China’s ‘concentration camps’? Not a damn thing.
Certainly, I can’t do anything. Most of my readers can’t do anything. Our elected officials, our intelligence agencies, our military men, our joke of an international community, could have done something–many things–before this point, and maybe done some good. But a time is coming, if it hasn’t arrive already, where it would require open war and the complete toppling of the communist regime in China.
Being the moral idiots that they are, they couldn’t bring themselves to believe and behave with the courage necessary to condemn China as it went whistling along its way. Who are we to judge, right? ( “Your policy has been one which I fully understand — I’m not second-guessing — of one child per family. The result being that you’re in a position where one wage earner will be taking care of four retired people. Not sustainable.”)
What a bunch of evil morons.
Enjoy this feeling, my friend. It is the feeling of being present as another great horror unfolds. You, too, get to be alive and present as the next holocaust-level event happen, with nary a thing you can do about it. And those who can do something about it? Spare me your faux indignance and your platitudes while you take the microphone and in your saccharine voice, mouth “Never again…”
It would appear that at the moment, the world’s last hope as far as China goes is Donald Trump.
BUT THE RUSSIANS! Er, uh, *cough* I mean, UKRAINE!