Shui-bian, former DPP Mayor of Taipei, upon assuming office promptly
declared that henceforce February 28 would be known as "2-28
Memorial Day" and played up the victimization of "Taiwanese"
with a "2-28 Memorial Museum" and "2-28 Monument"
in a "2-28 Memorial Park."
Taiwan separatist elite alleges that 10,000, 20,000 or even 30,000
"Taiwanese" died at the hands of Chiang Kai-shekís KMT
troops. Well, Li AO asks some rather pointed questions about this
factoid surrounding 2-28.
INCIDENT BY ANY OTHER NAME
event termed the "2-28 Incident" most certainly did
happen. During this 2-28 Incident thousands of innocent people
most certainly were murdered.
problem is that the 2-28 Incident should be commemorated NOT by
the Taiwan independence victimologists, but by the surviving family
members of "mainlanders." Mainlanders, not "Taiwanese"
were the primary victims of the 2-28 Incident.
so-called, were the main victims of a SUBSEQUENT incident which
began on March 3, and which ought to be termed, but is not, the
"3-03 Incident." Thatís when mainland troop reinforcements
from Fujian arrived to suppress the rioting and began a My Lai/Tienanmen
style massacre of rioters.
MAY BE HARMFUL TO YOUR HEALTH
February 28 and March 3, 1947, Taiwanese separatists, including
fanatical diehards of Japanese descent who resented giving back
Taiwan to China, went on a rampage murdering "mainland"
Chinese. The mindset of these Japanese diehards was remarkably
similar to that of fanatical holdouts discovered decades later
holed up in dark caves on remote South Pacific islands.
touched off this massacre was an attempt on February 27 by a "mainlander"
policeman to confiscate black market cigarettes from a elderly
"Taiwanese" woman street vendor in Taipei, who resisted.
The policeman and the woman scuffled, and an indignant crowd gathered.
The crowd surrounded the policeman and threatened to overpower
him. He pulled out his handgun and fired a warning shot into the
air to force them to back off. The shot went wild, accidentally
killing a curiosity seeker who had emerged from a neighboring
house to see what the commotion was about. Contrary to usual tellings
of the story the woman was not the person shot.
crowd quickly turned into a mob, chased the officer to his precinct
station and surrounded it. They demanded the precinct captain
hand him over to be lynched on the spot. The captain refused.
yet another bitter irony, the cigarette and liquor taxes which
played such a central role in sparking the riots, were an unrepealed
vestige of Japanese colonial rule. China traditionally never had
government restrictions on either the private manufacture of tobacco
products or alcoholic beverages. For thousands of years it has
been completely legal for private citizens in China to make their
own "homebrew" or "moonshine."
KING AND REGINALD DENNY
to this, mutual resentment had simmered for two years, somewhat
akin to the undercurrent of animosity between Korean merchants
and African-American store customers in Los Angeles. The February
27 altercation was all it took to ignite the fuse. For four straight
days angry Taiwanese rioters ran berserk through the streets of
Taiwanís major metropolitan areas, somewhat akin to the way rioters
ran berserk through South Central L.A. following the Rodney King
the LA rioters who dragged truck driver Reginald Denny from his
vehicle and smashed him over the head with bricks merely because
he was white, Taiwanese separatists accosted anyone on the street
who couldnít speak Japanese and was, ipso facto, considered a
"mainlander." They murdered them and threw their bodies
into the then ubiquitous drainage ditches.
ultramilitant Taiwanese Quislings and Japanese diehards even donned
occupation era Japanese uniforms, samurai swords, and wafted Japanese
battle flags with sunray designs through the streets, while rounding
up mainlanders to be slaughtered.
FRANK AND OSKAR SCHINDLER
Taiwan Chinese who chose their friends on the basis of personal
affinities (the "content of their character") and not
primitive tribal affiliations, hid mainlander friends and neighbors
in their closets, the way sympathetic Gentiles hid Ann Frank and
her family from Nazi house to house sweeps, and Oskar Schindler
saved the lives of Jews assigned to his factories.
Japanís unconditional surrender, Koreans wreaked perfectly understandable
vengeance against their former Japanese overlords, thousands of
whom were killed by angry mobs who had lost loved ones during
Japanís brutal occupation of the Korean peninsula.
Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek, in a gesture of extravagant and
in retrospect, ill-considered magnanimity, forgave defeated Japan
for all her war crimes. Former Japanese colonial occupiers on
Taiwan were given a choice. Be repatriated to Japan, or stay on
Taiwan, only as immigrants. The choice was theirs. Either way,
they would remain unmolested.
Japanese chose to return to Japan. Some chose to stay on in Taiwan.
Among those who chose to stay, many Japanese, instead of being
grateful, turned to fomenting Taiwan independence.
mainland troops finally arrived on March 3rd to quell
the riots and saw what was going on they were apoplectic. They
had just endured a war of naked Japanese aggression during which
fascist Japan had slaughtered 30 million Chinese, including 300,000
civilians in a single prolonged incident, the infamous Rape of
now be confronted with the sight of Chinese Quislings and Japanese
Fifth Columnists brazenly flaunting Japanese uniforms while murdering
fellow Chinese was too much to take. Some of them reportedly opened
fire with machine guns "My Lai/Tienanmen style," on
sight, on every suspected Quisling they encountered. Some shooting
victims may even have been mainlanders. Chaos was complete.
ROC Bureau of Justice has been actively soliciting surviving family
members to come forward and claim wrongful death compensation
for the last decade or so. Just over two thousand families have
applied for and received compensation. So where are the tens of
thousands of casualties routinely cited? Some militant Taiwan
separatists allege that the low number, by several orders of magnitude,
merely mean that survivors are terrified of reprisals.
From Taiwan separatist President Lee Teng-hui, who considers himself
Japanese? Spare me.
alternative, darker, more plausible explanation, one considerably
less palatable to Taiwanese separatist victimologists suggests
itself to Li AO and former Justice Minister Ma Ying-jeou. Namely
that the remaining alleged 8,000, or 18,000, or 28,000 victims
were mainlanders, many of whom were unmarried laborers from Fujian,
without relatives in Taiwan. Once their corpses were dumped into
the Tamsui River and floated out into the Taiwan Straits that
was the end of it. Family members on the mainland assumed they
died in the "fog of war" against Japan.
inflation may well be a double-edged sword.
that is indeed the case, for manipulative Taiwan separatist demagogues
like Chen Shui-bian to add mainlander victims to the column labeled
"Taiwanese" victims is insult added to injury.
THE FACTS, A-BIAN, JUST THE FACTS
Chen Shui-bian, known to his acolytes as "A-Bian," had
any intellectual integrity whatsoever, he would publicly acknowledge
his historical ignorance, innocent or otherwise, and make correct
can do any of the following.
He can retain the names "2-28 Memorial Day," "2-28
Memorial Museum," "2-28 Monument," and "2-28
Memorial Park," but reverse the role of victim and victimizer.
If you believe Chen Shui-bian would do this, I have some land
in the Everglades Iíd like to interest you in.
He can change the names of "2-28 Memorial Day," "2-28
Memorial Museum, " "2-28 Monument," and "2-28
Memorial Park" to "3-03 Memorial Day," "3-03
Memorial Museum," "3-03 Monument," and "3-03
do you imagine the odds of this are? After all, this would require
Chen to concede not simply that he had gotten a date wrong, but
again, that his smug "Good versus Evil" dichotomy was
inverted. I wouldnít want to hang by a rope while Chen considered
He can keep doing what heís been doing. Continue to foment ugly
hatred against all "mainlanders." Pretend that "mainlander"
Li AO, who visited Chen in prison and brought him books to read,
never exposed the 2-28 Incident for what it was, a Joseph Goebbels
2-28, 2000 approaches, we shall see soon enough whether Chen and
the Taiwan separatist elite take the high road, or the low road.
betting on the latter. Any takers?