PLA Navy admiral Zhang Zhaozhong, apparently a ‘military expert’, recently took to CCTV to flaunt his theory that “laser weapons are most afraid of smog.” Chinese internet users, with their air filters, masks, and cancer-addled lungs, were not impressed.
Zhang has half-apologized for the comment, and claims he “was talking about the weakness of the laser gun, not advocating for smog.” Weibo users promptly tore him a new one, as China Digital Times collected:
小党：Well if this is the case, let’s just forget about bringing the smog under control—for the sake of the homeland.
骑士神马：The more I think about it, the harder it is for me to sleep at night. What ever would we do if the sky cleared up one day?
安卓论坛：And all this time, it turns out producing smog is an act of patriotism. Did you know?
如此袁来：Don’t call General Zhang a stupid cunt—the only reason General Zhang can go around acting smug like this is because of our powerlessness and stupidity.
天下第一秋：Old Comrade Zhang! You’re on our side! How could you just blurt out our most sophisticated weaponry like that?!
In Chinese diplomacy, the enemy of my enemy is my smog.