Bonnie asked me in a thread a few days ago what my thoughts on Hong Kong were. I'll add those to this thread. A year ago, when our battle group visited Hong Kong, there was an aura of apprehension among most of the populace. Over drinks and malaysian rice noodles in a bar in Kowloon, I talked to a few students from the university of Hong Kong and they talked about their hopes and fears, and their fears of China violently cracking down on dissent and the people's freedoms were by far overwhelming their hopes. Now a year later, I see Amnesty International workers boldly enlisting members and support in an effort to document abuses in Hong Kong and China. Falun Gong tapes, dvds, books and cds are sold openly, and members of this group are said to perform their morning routines openly in the beautiful city parks Hong Kong has. The people express both hope and determination in regards to their future. They are no longer scared of China by far, more emboldened by the spread of democracy around the world and their faith that the US and Japan will not let them be oppressed by China.