The title is a pretty well-known phrase in the U.S. often attributed to comedian and film star Groucho Marx, but actually appears to have originally said by his lesser-known (but still famous) brother, Chico Marx, in the film “Duck Soup.” (So the phrase probably actually originated with the scriptwriter for the movie, or perhaps it is even older than the movie, and it’s true origins are unknown).
This little saying is a really succinct form of the gaslighting concept that we wrote about yesterday. It’s a tactic employed again and again by the Hong Kong police – deceiving the public and shamelessly lying to journalists, denying the obvious reality right in front of our eyes. They did it yesterday, denying the obvious targeting of the Hong Kong mosque by the water cannon.
Today, they did the same, but even more egregiously. Listen to Swalikh Mohammed, Superintendent of Cybersecurity for the Hong Kong police, say that the police used the water cannon on a small group of peaceful, non-violent people in front of the mosque to “protect the mosque.”
To protect the mosque? From what? No one was attacking the mosque; the people were just standing in front of the mosque, minding their own business. And if they were protecting the mosque, why did the police (there were several police vehicles accompanying the water cannon truck) immediately drive away after spraying the irritant blue dye all over the front steps and grounds of the mosque?
Do the Hong Kong police think everyone observing what happened and listening to what they say is stupid or blind? It’s obvious nonsense. They obviously don’t fear any repercussions for their brutality and lying. It cannot stand. The Hong Kong police must face sanctions and punishment for their crimes.