Hillary Clinton Should Stop Busybodying Us

Friday, June 05 2009 @ 05:27 PM JST

Contributed by: Y.Yamamoto


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Recently I stick around in the neighborhood of Yokohama China Town, where I live, because I'm physically too weak to take an excursion every time I eat out, I can't afford to have a meal any more decent than livestock feed, and now it wouldn't make any difference to my health whether or not I avoid oily, stinky Chinese food. That's why these days I have befriended many local Chinese. Since most of them are quite intelligent, I can learn from both mainlanders and Taiwanese much more than I can from my brain-dead compatriots.

Last night I had a talk with a Chinese student working in a nearby eatery. The guy majoring in business administration here told me that he remembers what it was like to see the Tiananmen tumult even though he was a preschool kid in 1989. At the end of our stand talking in Japanese, he concluded: "I think our policymakers are no different from their foreign counterparts. They all stink." I said, "That's why you are studying business administration rather than political science. Is that right?" "You bet," exclaimed the guy.

Actually, if you compare the two governments between China and the U.S., it's almost a toss-up, but in a way Beijing has outdone Washington in recent years. In China their memories of the June 4 massacre are fading away by now. On the contrary the Japanese have yet to get over the scar from WWII because the "umbilical cord" that has connected us to America since 1960 is still there. Now totally eroded, it has started festering all over. As a result our entire nation remains crippled.

On the eve of the 20th anniversary of the incident, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reportedly touched on her pet subject, calling on the Beijing government to release all those still imprisoned in connection with the protests, stop harassing those who took part and begin a dialogue with the victims' families. In response, Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said Clinton's remarks amounted to "crudely meddling in Chinese domestic affairs."

Gang was right. Clinton has no moral authority to give the Chinese her annual lecture on human rights.

As I wrote on May 16 and May 20, her distant predecessor committed in 1945 one of the most brutal crimes against humanity in history when he deselected the Emperor, the super class-A war criminal, from the target of his mass slaughter plan. When compared to the genocide of the Japanese commoners carried out with "a certain generosity" (in Ruth Benedict's words,) the June 4 massacre was a transient spell of hiccups.

In Japan, we call this type of person sekkyo goto (説教強盗) or a preachy robber, who is shameless enough to preach his/her victim to behave decently.

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