Hong Kong: a waning democracy

Two protesters are arrested by the police in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, on July 1, 2020. (Song Bilung/The Epoch Times)

Hong Kong was a democracy. Today, in effect, it no longer is. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has threatened the health and economic security of almost every nation. A strong statement? Yes. Why so? The CCP’s treatment of Hong Kongers affects the safety of every democratic nation. Their ill-treatment towards Hong Kong protesters has been of willful and open defiance. If China can do this today, they will continue this behavior in the future as their power increases?

It is unethical and immoral behavior toward a democracy.

On July 1, the CCP openly arrested and jailed 300+ pro-democracy protesters who protested peacefully. Not long ago, they had arrested and jailed fifteen lawyers and abducted four bookstore owners. In the west, such cowardly acts would be unthinkable. The CPP is no longer lingering in secret in Hong Kong. They are directly manipulating Hong Kong’s police, politicians, and the law, in order to stamp out this established democracy.

For the CCP–truth, free speech and the freedom to assemble–are feared. It is the way all communism and authoritarian regimes operate in order to hold onto power. They cannot tolerate freedom. Here in the democratic west, our values of freedom and liberty are very different from that of China’s CCP. Freedom is something the CCP will never understand, nor appreciate.

We must not be complacent, nor naive about the Chinese Communist Party, nor about their intentions to intimidate, dominate and control the southern Pacific region. If we do, we will risk losing our own freedoms, liberties, and possibly, even our own safety and security in the future.

Terrorist group ISIS murder Egyptian Christians

ISIS killing EgyptiansEgypt is another country that has joined the fight against the violent extremist terrorist organization, ISIS.  This terrorist organization has just beheaded twenty-one Egyptian Coptic Christian migrant workers in Libya on a beach in cold-blood (news here).  This is an indication that they’re terrorizing threats are real and sadistic and void of any sense of fairness or mercy.

This sadistic incident will cause many level-headed citizens around the world, and all Christians, to wonder if Islam is truly a peaceful religion.  All though I am a devoted Christian, I want to believe that Islam is a peaceful religion, but acts like these give me doubt.  I grew up in a multicultural environment in Canada, and had Muslim friends and neighbors.  It gave me an appreciation for all religions, and I want to continue believing that there is good in Islam; however, today, this expression of radicalized Islam sure hasn’t given me a good impression.  Increasingly each day, more peace-loving people will lose trust in Islam as an inherently good religion.  Peaceful Muslims need to help and speak up against ISIS!

Nevertheless, whether this was religiously-, culturally- or politically-motivated makes little difference if this sadistic terrorist activity is not taken seriously by all western nations.  In the history of pre-WW II days, many western nations took too long before they stepped in to intervene against Hitler’s Nazism in Germany.  So if there is something that we can learn from history, it is that “hiding our head in the sand” is not a viable solution.  ISIS is a very dangerous force that plans to intentionally intimidate surrounding nations. They made claims that Rome is on their target. What an arrogant claim.

Nations from every continent all have something valuable at stake—their religious, social, and economic freedoms.  Japan did not play into ISIS’ demand for $200 million.  Most recently, Denmark, was attacked by young Islamic terrorists who killed a number of people.  They targeted a Jewish synagogue that was having a Bar-Mitzvah, and also a cafe that was hosting a meeting on freedom of expression.  Very tragic

Today, Jews and all free peoples who value our beloved liberties are targets.  I wonder how many countries will come together and how soon will it take for these nations to realize that this dangerous reality should be taken seriously with real force?