Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.
My father would rightly say something so simple about the current bunk about the dead British drug trafficker recently executed in China.
Now, that sentence has probably gotten this blog flagged somewhere and it’s exciting to consider my insignificant opine might be subject to such popular scrutiny. Truth is, my father’s simple words reflect a greater wisdom.
Sorry to all my China-bashing foreign friends, but like my father, if a guy crosses an international border with 80 times the legal amount of heroine punishable by death, I say he’s pretty freakin’ stupid. Yeah, he’s mentally ill. He’s as mental as anyone can be, if he’s done something that dumb. To use a British expression, “good riddance to bad rubbish.
Seriously, this level of stupid makes me think the Brits might have a case to question the drug trafficker’s mental health.
Seriously again, let’s look at the drug trafficker’s intent. He was actually on his way to make cookies. He was going to help the Chinese people make cookies and then maybe teach English to the large rural populations that are desperate for education. That’s why he brought 80 times the legal amount of heroine punishable by death across an international border. What selfless, benevolent acts was he planning!
Seriously once more, it’s bunk. The BBC posted an article on their website titled “China executions shrouded in secrecy.” In this article, there’s no mention of Britain’s horrific inhumanities towards the Chinese people shrouded in secrecy. Why not? Surely the BBC’s intent was fair, unbiased reporting.
As an American in China, I have an extraordinary opportunity to study one of the world’s ancient civilizations first-hand. I am proud of this and I have celebrated the differences between my country and China at length in this blog and in my personal life. As an American anywhere in the world, I am loud, obnoxious, opinionated and generally indifferent about whom I offend by my arrogant, self-righteous attitude. I am also proud and celebrate it every time I speak directly and say what I see.
What I see is a lot of bunk. The truth is, foreign nations like Great Britain, France, US and others have a history of exploiting and abusing China. The opium wars were an attempt to force China to trade with drugs. Hong Kong was a 100-year punishment by Brits when the Chinese attempted to protest. Great cultural sites like Yuan Ming Yuan were destroyed carelessly and with complete disregard to the fair treatment and human rights of the Chinese people.
Then there’s the habitual masochistic cultural behavior. Bunk. We have a culture that prefers not to address uncomfortable situations directly. So, like a cut on your leg that goes untreated and infected until the leg has to be amputated or you die, China is just writhing in painful memories. Silently.
Again, like my father, I say “just say it.” Say what’s wrong. Tell people why you’re angry and hurting. Demand the international respect afforded any other nation. You can’t hide a cut on your leg. Pretending it doesn’t exist will not heal the wound. As the wound becomes infected, it does no good to ignore it or make flip comments of discern. As the infection poisons your entire body, it really doesn’t help you to remain silent. Instead, acknowledge that you have a cut, and then treat the damn thing. Tell someone what the hell is going on and then get help.
As I understand it, the shames of China’s history are deeply embarrassing and are shrouded in secrecy because of the culture’s value on modesty and peace and tolerance. However, the wounds are festering. I see it first hand. Sometimes the world sees it when a drug trafficker gets convicted and sentenced.