The following is a translation of part of this post from Zhang Wen’s blog. It begins with a conversation he is having with an older friend of his who is interested in international affairs and watches CCTV’s nightly news program daily.
Uncle: You’re experienced in the news business ((Zhang Wen is a journalist and social commentator)), give me your opinion, why are the American devils attacking Gaddafi?
Me: Uncle, Gaddafi was using planes to kill the common people who opposed him, he killed a lot of people!
Uncle: That’s Gaddafi’s personal business, what right do foreigners have to interfere? Our foreign ministry spokesperson, Yu-whatever-her-name-is, said that Libya’s affairs should be decided by the Libyan people.
Me: This isn’t a private matter. If the ruler of a country is massacring his own people, international society needs to step in. The U.N. has already passed two resolutions on this.
Uncle: Then why aren’t other countries sending troops? It’s just the American devils, the French devils, and the British devils, it’s like the Eight Nation Alliance ((This comparison is everywhere, and it strikes me as really odd. Have these people forgotten how to count?)) all over again.
Me: Well, somebody had to do something, and it’s not like China was going to send any troops. Moreover, America, France, and England are democratic countries, they have a deeper understanding of human rights. In their eyes, human rights are more important than national sovereignty.
Oh shut up about human rights and sovereignty, and don’t bring up democracy either. Let me ask you, why is no one paying any attention to Bahrain? The American devils haven’t sent troops, but aren’t there many common people being killed there as well?
Uncle: Hah, you’re speechless! I’m saying, if the American devils were also helping in Bahrain, I’d have no leg to stand on, I’d really believe that American devils were actually the masters of justice in the world.
When he asked me that question I was furious, argh, these American devils are really disappointing. They’re just doing things as they please, interfering with this hoodlum but ignoring that one, and people are saying it’s a “double standard”, hypocrisy.
They ought to be like the Roman Empire, bulking up and eliminating anyone who looks like trouble, let’s see who dares to fart then?
But if they really are worthless, and they don’t bother meddling in others’ affairs, and instead learn from one of the great eastern powers to “not interfere in other nations’ internal affairs,” then who will take care of the gangsters [despots] that haven’t yet been dealt with?
“It isn’t America’s job to provide free human rights to the entire world. They can only do what’s in their power to help protect human rights. 5,000 Americans have died in Iraq, and they have spent a ton of money there, but the benefits were reaped by those shameless special interests. As far as Libya, who knows whether America is making a grand chess maneuver or not, but they should really pull out and pay more attention to the Pacific. There are three bigger hoodlums there [for them to deal with.] “
“The American devils really don’t dare to act recklessly against the big hoodlums of the Pacific.”
“Zhang Wen: Uncle, if the neighbors start fighting, and the husband grabs a knife and kills his wife, should the police interfere?
Uncle: Of course, the law was broken, if they didn’t it would be chaos.
Zhang Wen: What law?
Uncle: The criminal law of the People’s Republic of China. But as for Gaddafi’s personal problems, he is the law, what law did he break?
Zhang Wen: International law.
Uncle: You mean there’s such a thing as international law?!”
“I want to ask another question: How much does a rightist, West-serving, motherland-hating media entity like yourself get paid by the US each month?”
“Gaddafi is reasonable. The West is banding together, coveting the resources of others. Only the government of China is honest and aboveboard.”