> Presumably, if you see a post saying something like
> "the Americans have the death penalty", you'll produce
> a similar response?
Yes? That would be just as silly, since the USA consists of several very diffent states. Some civilized, some controlled by the Taliban. Most people know this, those who don't should be mocked.
> Yes, the context of the OP was very clearly the
> Chinese government
No it wasn't. That's the point. But I know what you're saying, [perhaps] from your perspective perhaps the PRC is the Origin of All Evil, and then it would be natural to assume that the OP was talking about the PRC government, and not the Chinese. However, not everybody thinks that the PRC are responsible for everything that's bad in the world (just a significant percentage of it).
> the Iris[h] are drunk all the time
They are. I lived in Dublin for 3 very long years, I know.