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Hongkong in Turmoil

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gad-fly
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Hongkong in Turmoil

Post by gad-fly » November 24th, 2019, 1:57 pm

Should tear-gas bomb, a chemical weapon causing collateral harm in densely-packed Hongkong, be banned, as requested by protest marchers in the past weekend? In the present environment, whether tear-gas is a necessary evil must be debatable. Perhaps the crucial point is: Have the protesters been calmed and subdued at all, after more than 6,000 rounds since June, and counting?

Back to the days when my great grandfather smoked opium, a privilege granted exclusively to the Colony by its exporter master country. Lying in smoke bed served by a set of sweet tender maidens, he would squander his life-long savings away, not too soon after his early retirement, but long before he died in his own rickety bed, surrounded by his own set of weeping maidens. He should thank the elixir having brought him such heavenly bliss and fulfillment. Today: ex-colony; same exporter. Protester, as consumer, would react so differently to similar smoke from tear-gas, and free-of-charge too. How time has changed!

gad-fly
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Re: Hongkong in Turmoil

Post by gad-fly » December 1st, 2019, 1:07 pm

Update: Over 10,000 rounds of tear gas bombs have been fired. On necessary evil, focus should be on whether 'necessary' or not. Can it be served by other means less evil but also effective? What about the percolation of fumes onto apartment residents not protesting in the first place? Effectiveness can also support the argument of usage being necessary. How effective is tear gas to suppress protester violence after 6 months of usage?

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