It's easy to celebrate protests on foreign soil

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A line of tents in the occupied area outside government headquarters in Hong Kong
  • AP Photo/Kin Cheung
  • A line of tents in the occupied area outside government headquarters in Hong Kong

Matters of principle benefit from distance. The Tribune Thursday carried an editorial applauding Joshua Wong, the 18-year-old organizer of the recent street protests in Hong Kong. The Tribune observed that Wong "still looks like a middle-schooler and likes to quote Haruki Murakami, the provocative Japanese novelist."

The editorial then quoted Murakami on the subject of oppression: "If there is a hard, high wall and an egg breaks against it, no matter how right the wall or how wrong the egg, I will stand on the side of the egg."

The headline over the editorial: "Breaking eggs in Hong Kong."

It's good to see the Tribune saluting Wong and letting us hear from the writer who inspires him. But as every American who loves freedom applauds Murakami's ringing declaration, let's be honest: throwing an egg against a wall in Hong Kong is one thing, against a wall in Ferguson or Staten Island another.

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