By Jane Macartney, December 30, 2009
“Few Chinese were even aware of the execution of Akmal Shaikh yesterday. Reports of executions are commonplace, particularly in recent months after bloody anti-Chinese riots in the far west and a high-profile gang trial in a sprawling central metropolis. But news of foreigners being put to death is less common.”
[TheNewVoice] Come on, Mr. Macartney, we are well aware of your dirty tricks. Would you please always mention slavery and colonialism whenever you mention Africa, or Opnium War whenever you mention China in the future – even if it is just remotely connected to what you are reporting? This way, everyone knows the ugly history of Britain – a “gentleman” with blood and drug full in hand.
“The few who have been executed have usually been found guilty of drug trafficking — as was the case with Shaikh — and this is a crime that elicits scant sympathy.”
[TheNewVoice] So what? Indeed, Shaikh’s execution even generates a lot of applaud from British news readers on the Internet. Who, like Mr. Macartney, has ever shown any sympathy to those being addicted to drugs because of these criminals?
“Some debate emerged on the internet, the only free medium for discussion in China, with most comments questioning why a convicted drug smuggler should receive mercy just because he was foreign.”
[TheNewVoice] At least, people in free media express their own opinion. Look at what they think about drug smuggler. Surprisingly, Mr. Macartney, many British have the similar view. Why don’t you mention this in your report? Please, show your mercy to those innocent civilians killed by America and UK guns and bombs in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the past wars instead of a drug trafficker.
“Some referred to the 19th-century opium wars, when British gunboats forced open several Chinese ports to enable merchants to flood the Chinese market with opium from India. Those events more than a century ago still evoke bitter memories among Chinese.”
[TheNewVoice] Last time, British government started the Opnium Wars. So, will the British government start a Heroin War this time as some “serious consequences”? Mr. Macartney, will you applaud to this idea?
“One comment read: ‘The UK should respect Chinese law and it is not China that should respect these appeals.'”
[TheNewVoice] Well said.
“Another referred to the last dynasty that ruled China, at the time of the opium wars. ‘China is not Qing any more; we decide what to do on our land.'”
[TheNewVoice] Of course, Britain and China both are different from 150 years ago. Britain has suddenly become a “gentleman” out of blood and drugs, while China is struggling to modernize by her own hands.
“Another wrote: ‘Britain is looking for excuses. They should have said those who sold opium to China were all mentally imbalanced.’ But such comments were few and the death of Shaikh will pass with barely a murmur in China.”
[TheNewVoice] Nobody gives a damn sh*t to a drug smuggler.
“The type of case that usually provokes debate and public outrage is where an ordinary worker is pitted against the State. There was the manicurist who stabbed to death a local Communist Party official when he tried to rape her. Such was the public anger that the girl was soon released and sent home on the ground of diminished responsibility. A young man in Shanghai got into a row with police and stabbed six officers to death after he was taken to a local police station. His arrest stirred a storm of debate, with many people saying that the police all too often took advantage of their almost unrestrained powers to oppress the weak. He was executed.”
“A few weeks ago a woman set herself on fire in protest when local officials tried to demolish her home because it had not been legally constructed. The public outcry was such that the Government is now considering changing the law to reduce the powers of officials to enforce such demolitions.”
[TheNewVoice] Again, we are full aware of your tricks. Please always mention slavery, colonialism, piracy, opnium wars whenever you mention Britain in your future report even if they are completely irrelevant. Thank you.