GOOD GUYS ARE THE ONES WEARING WHITE HATS
Threat theorists and Taiwan independence fellow travellers, typically
one and the same, are either blithely oblivious to Phase Three,
or are deliberately looking the other way. Let’s not mince words.
They are either stupid, or dishonest. I’m not sure which is worse.
Their motive? To promulgate their simplistic Black versus White,
Good versus Evil, David versus Goliath dichotomy, and provide
themselves with an excuse to "contain, " translation,
"premptively squash" China.
not be naive. Whether Lee Teng-hui’s real hand-picked successor
is Lien Chan, or Chen Shui-bian, aka "Joshua," only
Lee knows for sure. But when "Mr. Democracy" Lee Teng-hui
"hand-picks his successor," we’re not talking about
Ronald Reagan giving his blessing to George Bush, or Bill Clinton
giving his blessing to Al Gore.
political system, lest we forget, like mainland China’s, is explicitly
modeled on the Leninist system of parallel governmental and party
hierarchies, with real political power weilded not by government
officials, but by party officials, the real powers behind
the throne. In Beijing, the CCP calls the shots. In Taipei, the
VOTE OF NON-CONFIDENCE
has a bizzare, probably unique political polling convention, which
to the best of my knowledge does not exist anywhere else in the
world. Pollsters in Taiwan, after conducting their surveys, typically
publish two sets of poll results.
first is "zhi ze du" or "level of support"
for the candidates. These percentage figures reflect respondents’
answers to the question, "Whom do you intend to vote for?"
polls show independent presidential candidate James Soong leading
with about 25% of the vote, Democratic Progressive Party candidate
Chen Shui -bian trailing slightly with about 23% of the vote,
and ruling Kuomintang nominee Lien Chan trailing noticeably with
about 20% of the vote.
far so good.
comes the funny part. Taiwan polls also include a second
set of figures, called "kan hao du" or "degree
of confidence." These percentage figures reflect the answer
to the question "Whom do you think will win?"
polls suggest 40% believe the KMT ticket of Lien/Siew will win,
18% believe the independent ticket of Soong/Chang will win, and
14% believe the DPP ticket of Chen/Lu will win.
and Taiwan independence abettors like Gregory Mastel and George
Will never tire of asserting that Lee Teng-hui’s Taiwan is a "lively/thriving/vibrant"
democracy. Really? So why does Taiwan’s voting public, which intends
to vote for James Soong by a considerable margin over Lee Teng-hui’s
"hand-picked successor" Lien Chan, assume that Lien
and not their own candidate will win?
answer of course, is that the ROC voting public, in contrast to
ignoramuses like Mastel and Will, know that Taiwan’s "lively/thriving/vibrant"
democracy is a "farce/hoax/sham." The ROC voting public
is painfully aware of the power of the KMT political machine.
The ROC voting public is resigned to the likelihood that even
though they intend to vote for a pro-reunification candidate,
"Mr. Democracy" will probably manipulate the system
to ensure a victory for his "hand-picked" successor,
whoever the hell he is.
to Taiwan’s pseudo-democracy.
TOLD YOU SO
week I predicted Chen Shui-bian would milk the Politically Correct,
but historically fraudulent conventional reading of the notorious
2-28 Incident for all it was worth. See "Taiwan Independence
and the 2-28 Incident."
this CNA article:
INCIDENT VICTIMS REMEMBERED
Taipei, Feb. 28 (CNA)
Chen Shui-bian, the standard-bearer of the main opposition Democratic
Progressive Party, also visited the memorial park to pay tribute
to the victims of the incident. Chen... said that if he wins the
March 18 presidential election, he will push for the establishment
of a national-level 228 memorial museum."
can I say, except "I told you so."
WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE?
article by the CNA, or Central News Agency, Lee Teng-hui’s official
government mouthpiece, characterizes the 2-28 Incident, which
occurred February 28, 1947, this way:
228 Incident was triggered when an elderly Taiwanese woman selling
untaxed cigarettes in Taipei was severely beaten by an inspector
of the Wine and Tobacco Monopoly Bureau."
Taiwan Wine and Tobacco Monopoly Bureau was an oppressive
statist bureaucracy imposed on the Chinese people of Taiwan by
the Japanese colonial regime. There was no Chinese
Wine and Tobacco Monopoly Bureau, certainly not at the time of
the 2-28 Incident. Throughout several millennia of Chinese history
it has been completely legal for private individuals to manufacture
their own alchoholic beverages without any government interference
whatosever. Note the deliberate omission of the word "Taiwan"
from the name of the bureau.
by an angry mob, the inspector shot dead a bystander and fled
to a nearby police station."
panicked inspector, surrounded by an angry mob, fired a warning
shot into the air. The shot went wild, accidentally killing a
curiosity-seeker emerging from a nearby building. Note the deliberate
and misleading implication that the shooting was cold-blooded
murder, rather than manslaughter or wrongful death.
by Mass Protests and Rioting (emphasis added) and unable
to control the situation, Taiwan Governor Chen-yi appealed for
help to Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek in mainland China, who sent
troops to the northern port city of Keelung, from where they spread
out over the island, killing indiscriminately."
what’s wrong with this picture? Here’s a hint. Riot control troops
arrived in several waves. The earliest wave reportedly arrived
what happened between 2-28 and 3-03?
answer? Taiwan separatist Quislings and diehard Japanese fifth
columnists crazed with the spirit of "Kamikaze," spread
out over the island, and in a sickening echo of the Rape of Nanking,
indiscriminately slaughtered any and all mainland Chinese they
encountered, women and children, young and old, then dumped their
corpses into drainage ditches to float out into the Taiwan Straits.
how any mention whatsoever of that abomination was completely
missing from the Central News Agency "news" report.
Instead the "news" report camouflages the massacre which
ensued with the coy phrase, "mass protests and rioting."
is typical of "news" reports relating to Taiwan independence.
When it comes to the Big Lie, Jamie Shea and NATO have nothing
on petty tribalist Taiwan independence hate-mongers.
Taiwan independence elite are reminiscent of Japanese neofascists,
who piously weep over Hiroshima and Nagasaki, while suffering
selective amnesia at any mention of the Rape of Nanking, Pearl
Harbor, the Bataan Death March, or Joseph Mengele-style "medical
experiments" conducted on American and Chinese POWs by the
Japanese Imperial Army’s notorious Unit 731.
A TAIWAN PERSON,
DIE AN AMERICAN GHOST
Hsiu-lien, aka Annette Lu, is the Democratic Progressive Party’s
Vice-presidential candidate, Chen Shui-bian’s running mate. Antiwar.com
readers may recall seeing her display her reverence for democratic
governance and parliamentary procedure on CNN. She was the one
standing on top of a table in the ROC Legislature, swinging a
baseball bat at those who took exception to her views on Taiwan
week Annette declared on a Vice-presidential candidate debate,
televised island-wide, that "sheng wei Taiwan ren, shi wei
Taiwan guai," or "I was born a Taiwan person, and will
die a Taiwan ghost." The Taiwan independence elite, I’m sure,
was moved to tears.
was before James Soong’s campaign committee made public a fascinating
little tidbit on ol’ Annette. Apparently Ms. Lu was the proud
owner of a burial plot in the good ol’ US of A. Imagine that.
I suppose her ringing declaration of undying devotion to Taiwan
will have to be amended somewhat, to "Sheng wei Taiwan ren,
shi wei Mei Guo guai. " For those who don’t speak Chinese,
that’s "I was born a Taiwan person, and will die an American
much for the Taiwan independence elite’s braggadocio about being
"martyrs for their beloved Taiwan."