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I have a rather unfair affection for the US: I love it more than any other countries in the world, at least nearly equal to Vietnam where I was born, France or the UK where I studied, lived, and gave birth to my children. It is to the point that my friend picking me at the Washington DC Dulles airport a few years ago was so surprised by my excitement arriving in the US, an excitement that should not be that much the case for someone having lived nearly half of his life abroad. May this sentiment be because as a child more than thirty years ago I found in my house myself in the middle of books covered with photos of the USAid handshakes backgrounded by the Stars and Stripes. Or later when I grew up, I visited the American cemetery in Normandy where tens of thousands of American died defending Europe and world freedom and liberty.

It is with this love that I found the images of people storming the Capitol causing the death of 4 people with a deep sadness.  While I agree with the many critics condemning these acts, I don’t share the comments berating the US, its democracy, or some even poking fun at what they call the decadence of the beacon of the free world.

Let aside words from the enemies of the free world, those who show now their disillusion towards the US have, I think, taken democracy as granted and considered simplistically it as a privilege, a special eternal gift to the West, kind of Western exceptionality, hence suddenly feel shocked because America and American are not as beautiful as expected. People may put a bit too much importance to the exceptionality of the West to explain the democratic characteristics of Western society. Living in these countries for many years, I must admit that there are very few differences between people in general in the East and West. Different from what I had expected before, when I went to these countries in the West, I discovered that grass is also grass, people are also people, I mean with all their ups and down, good and bad, intelligent and ugly, peaceful and warring. We are all alike and packed with problems.

The West is more democratic is not because its people are any different or superior to the East, and in our case, Vietnamese. They are not wiser, more civilised or intrinsically less violent. If there is any difference, then they are a bit more courageous, just a bit because most of them are also obliged to, to choose a way to live together better and fairer.

And this choice to live and organise themselves in a democratic way of life governed by rule of law is not without accident, that the storm of the Capitol yesterday is an example. But however condemnable it is, this is an accident of a courageous way of life that chooses democracy over authoritarianism. Imagine how can such a scene happen for example in China, Russia, or even Vietnam where every benign gathering is monitored, let alone meetings, strikes, and of course not storming any Palaces or Congress.

To be frank, storming the Capitol, symbolic though, is not utterly impressing me as a citizen of France, where people strike every few weeks and whose national sport is to protest, most of the case very violently: including picking up street pavements in Champs Elysees to throw at polices, barricading roads, burning cars, and breaking any century old sculptures in Arc de Triomphe, against whichever the government of any elected president: from left to right or even in the middle.

Condemning these acts of violence is a right. Condemning without trying to understand the roots of the problem is a simple neglect of reality or a deliberate choice of political side, then robs the people from the chance to be listened to, to be understood the reason for their acts and even to be sympathized. Yes, however bad they seem to be, these people have the right to be understood, so do those manifesting for the BLM cause. I have always thought that the condemnations of some violent acts caused by some lone BLM members purposely strangle these movements that request legally and rightly the rights for the blacks.

Condemning is one thing, understanding the reason and finding the root solution are more important. Even much more important in a country like the US where we have the most astute of the people sharing the same melting pot, ranging from a certain Obama that I remember the two words “be cool” and “leverage”, most memorable from his Dreams from my father. Don’t know how Mr Obama uses the leverage in his political life but his being cool is a very remarkable trait. And particularly even more important when America has some American named Donald Trump, an intrepid figure that only a democracy like the US can contain and...flourish.


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Lê Trung Tĩnh

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