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Why is America so obsessed with 'Color Revolution'?

Editor: Zhang Dan 丨CCTV.com

10-22-2014 15:26 BJT

By Hua Yiwen,expert on international issues

From People’s Daily (Overseas Edition)

Hong Kong’s illegal Occupy Central movement has become the focus of public opinion in the US, with some US forces striving to add fuel to Occupy.

According to foreign media, months ago a responsible person of National Endowment for Democracy (NED), met “the soul person” in “Occupy Central” to discuss the relevant affairs. The responsible person, named Louisa Greve, is the deputy Chairman of NED for Asian and West Asian-North African affairs. For many years, there have been frequent reports about her connections with Tibetan separatists, East Turkistan Islamists and Democratic Movement Activists; she has also hosted or participated in activities such as symposiums on Arab Spring and color revolutions in other areas. As always, the US side denies its involvement in and manipulation of Occupy Central, just like it never admit its manipulation of other anti-Chinese forces. Those involved have cloaked themselves in the guise of “democracy, freedom and human rights” to justify their behavior.

NGOs and think-tanks in America pour lots of energy into the Occupy Central campaign and offer suggestions. In her essay How the Hong Kong Protesters Can Win, by Maria J. Stephan, senior research fellow in United States Institute of Peace and distinguished research fellow in Atlantic Council, proposed strategies for Occupy with the so-called research data of “non-violent, non-cooperation movements” for a century, especially lessons drawn from “civil disobedience” in a dozen of countries. This essay doesn’t discuss whether Occupy is advocated by the majority of Hong Kong people, nor the negative impact of Occupy on Hong Kong’s politics, economy and society. It merely focuses on how to achieve Hong Kong protestors’ aim —“democracy”.

Mainstream US media displays unusual interest in Occupy Central, with many compliments for Occupy Central in reports and reviews about it. Media organizations all arbitrarily use the word “pro-democracy” when determining the nature of Occupy Central and repeatedly call it “Umbrella Revolution”, taking Occupy Central as a copy of color revolutions in other areas. AP’s report on Occupy Central is titled Umbrella Revolution Spreads in Hong Kong; “Umbrella Revolution” appears on the cover of Time’s Asia Edition; on Wall Street Journal, an article says the Hong Kong people “finally see that they can only get democracy by fighting for it”.

The US government stays involved, too. Let alone the fact that NGO organizations such as NED directly use the fund for “democracy and human rights” provided by US government, spokesmen and officials in the White House and the State Council, and diplomats in Hong Kong have all declared several times their “moral” support for Occupy Central. In an open letter, three American former counselors in HK described the chief executive nominating committee system in HK as “democracy in retreat”, worsening the confusing situation HK government faced.

Although the US has denied it, the treatment of the Occupy Central by the US government, NGOs and public opinion, and their involvement in this issue remind us of the US’s role in various color revolutions in areas such as the Commonwealth of the Independent States, the Middle East, North Africa. America always enjoys pushing forward “Color Revolution” in some countries. Seemingly, it is practicing the “universal value” of “democracy, freedom and human rights”, and a number of Americans and NGOs believe they have the “entitled duty” to “deliver all living creatures from torment”. But if we look at the consequences of Color Revolution, we find that the US, with a focus on its own strategic interests, is using revolutions to destroy the disobedient regimes it dislikes. In US logic, “democratic” countries and regimes accord with its interests. 

America’s Greater Middle East Plan has failed; the Arab Spring has become the Arab Winter; street politics in Ukraine has led to national separation and bloodshed. What these countries experienced is turmoil, not true democracy. But the US turns a blind eye to these lessons.

With advocates all over the world, including in Hong Kong, the US sometimes benefits from interfering with domestic affairs of other countries. But on the issue of Hong Kong, the US faces not only China’s consistent strategy of maintaining Hong Kong’s stability and prosperity, but the mainstream opinion in Hong Kong. What the US has done is lift a rock only to drop it on its own feet.

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