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In Hong Kong, It’s Now Us Vs. The Chinese

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

Some questions before we declare our solidarity with the protesters engaging the Hong Kong police. If the police crush them, or if China’s army moves in and crushes the demonstrators whose hopes were raised by America’s declared solidarity, then what are we prepared to do to save them and their cause? Are we willing to impose sanctions on Beijing, such as we have on Venezuela, Iran and Russia? Some of us yet recall how the Voice of America broadcast to the Hungarian rebels of 1956 that if they rose up and threw the Russians out, we would be at their side. The Hungarians rose up. We did nothing. And one of the great bloodbaths of the Cold War ensued. Are we telling the protesters of Hong Kong, “We’ve got your back!” when we really don’t?