Summary: Whenever Blue Team "China Threat" theorists need to rationalize
gunboat diplomacy against China, they trot out their "Taiwan is
a Democracy" thesis. "Taiwan is a lively / thriving / vibrant democracy"
they declare, "therefore Americans have a moral obligation to rally
to its defense." Their syllogism is bogus in every respect. First,
Taiwan is not a democracy, but a cronyist dictatorship ruled by
an Asian strongman. Taiwan under Lee Teng-hui and Chen Shui-bian
is akin to the Philippines under Marcos and Indonesia under Suharto.
Second, Taiwan's liberty and prosperity are under threat, not from
Beijing, but from an autocratic, doctrinaire and incompetent Taiwan
independence nomenklatura in Taipei. Third, the Blue Team is not
defending Taiwan's "democracy," it is expanding America's empire
by violating China's sovereignty. If 278 million Americans have
any moral obligation, it is to prevent Blue Team China hawks from
provoking yet another Asian debacle underwritten with American taxes
and American blood.
LOOKED THE MAN IN THE EYE... I WAS ABLE TO GET A SENSE OF HIS SOUL
Putin and I have just concluded two hours of straightforward and
productive meetings... I looked the man in the eye... I was able
to get a sense of his soul... I wouldn't have invited him to my
ranch if I didn't trust him. (Laughter.)"
W. Bush, June 16, 2001
press laughed, and so did we. How could we not? Was this actually
how the frat boy in the Oval Office determined which nations were
"strategic allies" and which were "strategic competitors?" Was this
actually how the Best and the Brightest in the West Wing determined
for whom our military machine would "do whatever it took," even
launch a nuclear first strike?
the answer to these disturbing questions seems to be "yes."
independence spokespersons have long maintained that they "share
Americans' deep and abiding respect for Freedom and Democracy."
Having taken the Taiwan Lobby's reassuring public declarations at
face value, many Americans have assumed quite naively that they
understood what made Taiwan independence zealots tick.
could not be more mistaken. As with Albania's fascist KLA or Afghanistan's
Northern Alliance, the true face of Taiwan independence has been
systematically hidden from Americans by a complicit fellow traveler
WHITE TERROR, HELLO GREEN TERROR
the final years of Chiang Ching-kuo's administration the younger
Chiang rescinded martial law, legalized opposition political parties,
and promoted Taiwan-born Chinese to key positions in the ROC government.
Taiwan was well its way to political, in addition to economic, liberalization.
time has not stood still. Taiwan has undergone a catastrophic regression
since Lee Teng-hui and Chen Shui-bian assumed office. Taiwan today
is a thoroughly corrupt "elective dictatorship" which tramples over
its own national constitution and democratic majority. Its ruling
DPP, having received a meager 39% plurality at the polls, doesn't
even rate the epithet "majoritarian tyranny."
today persecutes independent journalists and opposition parliamentarians
who dare to criticize the Taiwan independence nomenklatura's rampant
corruption and cavalier Rule of Law violations. What has replaced
the defunct White Terror is not Freedom and Democracy, but an increasingly
ominous Taiwan independence Green Terror. This may be news to Taiwan
independence sympathizers in America and Europe, but to loyal citizens
of the Republic of China it is Old News. Americans and Europeans
are just now getting wise to what has been common knowledge to any
cab driver in Taipei.
March 20, 2002 alas, the Taiwan independence nomenklatura's mask
slipped. Goons from the "democratically elected" Chen regime stormed
the offices of Next Magazine and the private residence of
one of its reporters in a chilling attempt to intimidate Taiwan's
ostensibly free media into cowed silence.
Magazine raided as Spy Scoop prompts National Security Alert
March 20, 2002
(AFP) - [A]ccusing it of attempting to endanger security by
reporting on secret expense accounts used to bankroll spy operations
in mainland China... investigators and police searched the offices
of the Next Magazine in downtown Taipei... a printing shop
outside Taipei and the home of Hsieh Chung-liang, the writer of
the sensitive article. Investigators confiscated thousands of copies
of the weekly that were ready to be distributed Thursday... the
National Security Bureau said the search was necessary for safeguarding
security and "the rights and security of foreign friends"... [and]
threatened... a lawsuit against the Chinese-language China Times
which carried related articles.
OF THE PRESS IS NOT FOR REACTIONARIES
has nothing to do with freedom of the press, freedom of the press
also has its limits."
Chen Ding-nan (DPP) Minister of Justice to Chen Shui-bian
must be deprived of the right to voice their opinions; only the
people have that right."
Mao Tse-tung, Chairman of the Chinese Communist Party
of Justice Chen Ding-nan is the Taiwanese equivalent of homegrown
authoritarians Janet Reno and John Ashcroft. Chen Ding-nan's categorical
denial was a lie. The Next Magazine case has everything to
do with freedom of the press. The Chen Shui-bian administration's
Gestapo raid on Taiwan's independent media was motivated not by
any alleged concern for national security, but by fear of criminal
exposure. A major scandal potentially disastrous to the international
image of the Taiwan independence movement, an image cultivated at
great expense by the Taiwan Lobby, could not be allowed to see the
light of day.
Teng-hui ran for the office of President of the Republic of China.
Lee Teng-hui swore a solemn Oath of Office, promising to defend
the Constitution of the Republic of China. Upon being elected President
of the Republic of China however, Lee Teng-hui misappropriated Republic
of China taxpayer funds for the purpose of overthrowing the Republic
of China and replacing it with a "Republic of Taiwan." Lee Teng-hui
subverted the democratic will of Taiwan's pro-reunification majority.
Lee Teng-hui betrayed his Oath of Office. Lee Teng-hui violated
the Constitution he swore to uphold. In short, Lee Teng-hui sold
out his country.
is what this scandal is about.
put matters in perspective, the Republic of Korea's Chun Doo-hwan
and Roe Tae-woo received Draconian sentences for crimes far less
serious than Lee's. Chun and Roe's crimes were purely economic.
Lee Teng-hui's crimes involved not merely graft, but high treason.
The question is not whether Lee is guilty of these deeds. Lee freely
admits having committed them. The question is will he ever be brought
to justice for having committed them.
the "energetically" interventionist Washington Post, Taiwan
independence fellow traveler and no friend of Beijing, saw no way
around the obvious:
under former president Lee Teng-hui established a secret $100 million
fund to buy influence with foreign governments, institutions and
individuals... U.S. think tanks... Washington lobbyists... people
now in senior positions in the Bush administration... That Taiwan
has used money to win friends and influence people has been an open
secret for decades. Its lobbying machine is one of Washington's
slickest, outclassing the less practiced attempts by its Communist
[sic] adversaries from [mainland] China... "
Pomfret, Washington Post Foreign Service
"How can you tell when A-Bian is lying?"
"His lips are moving."
to Reuters the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists faxed
a letter of protest to President Chen Shui-bian: "CPJ considers
this an important press freedom issue that has serious implications
for the health of Taiwanese democracy."
Paris-based Reporters Sans Frontieres or "Reporters Without Borders"
issued a similar statement: "The use of such practices is unworthy
of a democracy [sic] like Taiwan. Invoking national security to
justify this seizure is very questionable."
Gestapo raids were in clear and direct violation of Article 11 of
the Republic of China's Constitution, which guarantees the right
to freedom of expression.
did A-Bian respond to the CPJ and RSF's strenuous objections?