By D. C. Sunday August 25 2019

No matter the left’s attempt at the rewriting of history, the USA is still unique for its foundational principles, and the flag still stands as a beacon of liberty and hope for the oppressed on the opposite side of the globe.

What started off as a demonstration against a controversial extradition bill has become a series of massive protests with broad political demands. Here is why so many Hong Kongers keep taking to the streets in a leaderless movement and whether their goals can be achieved.

Some say that waving the flag hands the CCP propaganda opportunities— but the protestors realize that China would call them American pawns no matter what they do, so they may as well be open with their sympathies.

Scan the pro-democracy demonstrations roiling Hong Kong this summer, and you will likely spot a few American flags flapping in the teargas-laden air, according to the Wall Street Journal:

“”We want the U.S. to guard our rights,” a flag waver who gave his name as Joe said this month, explaining why he was carrying the Stars and Stripes. He wore a green surgical mask and a blue head scarf to obscure his identity, plus goggles to protect against police tear gas and projectiles. He declined to give his full name out of fear of arrest and retribution.” – WSJ

Since March, raucous protests have gripped Hong Kong.

The protests ostensibly began in opposition to a proposed amendment to the extradition law between Hong Kong, Taiwan, mainland China, and Macau, which would have allowed Taiwanese authorities to prosecute a Hong Kong man for murdering (link) his pregnant girlfriend and dumping her body in the bushes during a vacation to Taiwan. 

Highly organized networks of anti-China protesters quickly mobilized against the law, compelling Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam to withdraw the bill. 

But the protests continued even after the extradition law was taken off the table:

Though Western media has depicted the Hong Kong protesters as the voice of an entire people yearning for freedom, the CCP continues to try to divide and demonize.

They have targeted one of the most central influencers of the demonstrations is a local tycoon named Jimmy Lai,  The self-described head of opposition media.

Even CNN is taking up the cause of CCP propaganda, which isn’t too surprising:

This August, a group of protesters mobilized outside Jimmy Lai’s house, denouncing him as a ‘running dog’ of Washington and accusing him of national betrayal by unleashing chaos on the island.

With Donald Trump in the White House, Lai is convinced that his moment may be on the horizon. Trump “understands the Chinese like no president understood’, the tycoon told the Wall Street Journal. (link) “I think he’s very good at dealing with gangsters.”

What’s happening in Hong Kong right now reminds us that Americans have never been ideologues. In foreign policy, we are happy to live with a messiness in which idealism mingles with self-interest. We need a touch of idealism in response to the Beijing regime’s crackdown against dissent in Hong Kong.

President Trump is about the last person you would call idealistic in his foreign policies. He has tweeted about his great friend Kim Jong Un, and his administration ignored a good deal of Saudi nastiness because the Saudis are on our side in dealing with Iran. He has no time for florid Wilsonian rhetoric.

But even Trump understands that foreign policy realism can’t push our country’s values entirely off the table.

The president wants a trade reset with China, and he has signaled that he has tied the negotiations to what is happening in Hong Kong.

“Of course, China wants to make a deal,” he said. “Let them work humanely with Hong Kong first!” He also urged Chinese supreme leader Xi Jinping to meet with the protesters to seek an “enlightened” solution to the “Hong Kong problem.”

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