If Benny Tai has any skeletons in his closet—or even if he doesn’t, not really--I suppose the pro-Beijingers will try to bring it to our attention soon enough.
If the democratic contagion spreads to the Uyghurs and Xinjiang goes up in smoke, that will be a horror of a different magnitude which will make everybody nostalgic for the good old days when pepper spray was the worst that CCP-bespoke muscle dished out; but again, the PRC made its burning neocolonial bed in western China and may just have to lay in it.
Funny, nobody has suggested that everybody wait and see if the exercise of universal suffrage under PRC-managed democracy in the concrete is as terrible as the pro-dems promise it will be in the abstract. Are they afraid that Joshua Wong will have exhausted his righteous rhetoric by 2017; will the bottomless well of Alex Chow's tears run dry? Or are they simply afraid that Hong Kongers might amble to the polls instead of march to the Occupy village? Hmm. CH, 10/30/14]