Authoritarian governments are notoriously paranoid and their legitimacy and grip on power is always tenuous. This is certainly true for the Chinese Communist Party, which sees boogeymen around every corner and lurking in every shadow. Today, the Wall Street Journal wrote an article about the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) concern over the evils of owning pet dogs.
The CCP is gravely alarmed at the current “dog infestation” in China. Such Western decadence! My friends, we have been undone. China has finally caught on to the West’s plans. The CIA and other agents of subterfuge have a carefully laid out plan to infiltrate and bring down the CCP’s finely tuned utopia. It looks like this:
1. Introduce Western bourgeois decadent behavior like homosexuality, pet dogs, and selfies.
3. Profit! Evil pluralistic representative democracy achieved!
It’s absurd. As the article states, some Chinese netizens actually support the government. There are claims of dogs running around biting people and defecating all over the place! Something must be done! Don’t these dog owners know that defecating in public is a privilege reserved for people?!?!
All joking aside, many people in China correctly see through the lame propaganda of the Communist Party. With another horrific attack in Xinjiang, the government is obviously cranking up the spin to start scapegoating. China’s problems are always caused by something other than the Communist Party. It’s the West. It’s Muslims. It’s Taiwanese independence agitators. It’s the Japanese. Now, it’s dogs. Those damn dirty dogs.
When I first read this article, I laughed it off, but the scary thing is that something as mundane as dog ownership has been singled out in other countries as well. In Iran a few years ago, the government even went so far as a proposed ban. It’s scary stuff from which no good can come. Countries like Iran and China accuse the West of imperialism or starting a war of cultures, and then un-ironically single out a practice (that is at least 15,000 years old) as a virus from the “West” that must be eradicated before it destroys their societies. Such behavior only heightens tension and damages cross-cultural dialogue and understanding.
This blip on the internet about dogs cannot cover up the fact that China is a country in turmoil no matter what the Communist Party says. The internal security forces have a bigger budget than the military. There is practically a genocide going on against groups like the Uighurs and Falun Gong. The CCP has much to answer for, but even the oppression of the communist party does not excuse terrorism. What is going on in places like Xinjiang is inexcusable and must be stopped. Many innocent people have died in these knife attacks. Maybe the CCP should concentrate on changing its obviously flawed internal policies in an effort to bring reconciliation and peace instead of wasting time on dog shit.
So what do you think? Are pet dogs finally going to achieve the West’s long held goal of the utter destruction of the Chinese way of life? Please comment below. You can also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow me on Twitter at JohnS_20.