only my fellow Americans back home could receive live Taiwan
cable TV news coverage. What they would witness is a Taiwanese
Tienanmen Incident. Outraged grassroots KMT members who voted
for Soong, have joined outraged grassroots KMT members who
voted for Lien. Together with support from other segments
of the Taiwan public, they are protesting in front of KMT
party headquarters, and are refusing to leave until Lee resigns
his party chairmanship.
are chanting, among other slogans, "Lee Teng-hui, xia
tai!" or "Lee Teng-hui, step down!" The flag
they are waving is the red, white and blue flag of the Republic
of China, NOT any so-called "Taiwan" flag.
protesters are protesting not against "democracy,"
but against antidemocratic chicanery and election fraud inflicted
upon them by their own party chairman, a "stealth separatist"
who delivered their nation into the hands of the DPP’s Chen
Shui-bian, a opportunistic traitor belonging to another party.
Tienanmen, protesters chanted "Deng Xiaoping, xia tai!"
Lee Teng-hui gloated. Now Lee’s political chickens have come
home to roost.
MINISTRY OF TRUTH
has the Fifth Estate’s response been? Lee Teng-hui’s state-controlled
Taiwan media, and much of the mainstream western media, with
a few noteworthy exceptions which deserve high praise, have
been sniping at the protesters, portraying them as a "mob,"
as "antidemocratic," as "sore losers."
They have been self-righteously demanding of the protesters
"Why don’t you accept the results of a democratic process?"
which one might ask, why doesn’t Chen Shui-bian, President
Elect of the Republic of China, accept the result of a democratic
process? Chen began his "acceptance speech" with
a ringing declaration about how "the Republic of China’s
presidential election" had been successfully concluded,
and how he had been elected, get this, "President of
Taiwan." He did not refer to "the Republic of China"
again. After that it was Taiwan this and Taiwan that.
previous occasions Chen has stated, in classic Clintonian
doublespeak, that "Taiwan is a sovereign and independent
state, its current name is the Republic of China."
Oral sex is not sex. That depends on the meaning of the word
Chen did was equivalent to crossing his fingers while lying
through his teeth. The office he ran for was "President
of the Republic of China," not "President of the
Republic of Taiwan." Republic of China voters who cast
their ballots, cast them for a president of the Republic of
China, not a president of the Republic of Taiwan.
fact is Chen offered himself as a candidate under false pretenses.
Lee Teng-hui and Chen Shui-bian both committed election fraud.
What resulted was the farthest thing from a "free and
Chen wants to run for President of the Republic of Taiwan,
he is free to do so. I suggest however that Chen first state
clearly what he is doing in advance, so voters can decide
if those terms are acceptable to them, and Chen first ESTABLISH
a Republic of Taiwan before deciding he has a right to be
its President. The latter would call for first waging a successful
war of independence. Good luck on both counts.
will not succeed in his dream of Taiwan independence. Never
Patriotic Chinese on Taiwan, who are "mad as hell and
take it any more," and outnumber pro-Japan Quislings,
won’t let it happen.
CHANGE, PATTERNS REMAIN
me keep it real simple. Chen Shui-bian did not win this "democratic"
election. "Mr. Democracy" Lee Teng-hui conferred
the Republic of China’s presidency on his designated heir
Chen Shui-bian, the same way Deng Xiaoping conferred the Chairmanship
of the Chinese Communist Party on Jiang Zemin, and the same
way Chinese emperors have conferred the imperial throne on
their successors since time immemorial. Chen Shui-bian is
merely China’s newest emperor.
Chi-ta, a New Party legislator and former judge, respected
even by her political enemies as a stateswoman of impeccable
honor, has done her utmost to encourage both the protesters
and riot police to remain calm, however righteous their anger
she spoke she reminded the media and the Taiwan public about
an aspect of the cross Straits crisis which is often neglected,
deliberately, the Japanese Connection.
elementary school girls in Japan, when they receive an award,
stand and shout "Lee Teng-hui, wan sui!" or "Long
live Lee Teng-hui!" Naturally they do it in Japanese,
not Chinese. But why do they perform such a bizarre ritual
at all? What does Lee Teng-hui have to do with Japan?
answer is, plenty.
do it because everyone in Japan, even adolescents, know that
Lee Teng-hui is to coin a phrase, a "Japanese cuckoo’s
egg in China’s nest." They do it because they know Lee
Teng-hui is deliberately engineering an apocalyptic showdown
between China and America. They do it because they know China-haters
like Chris Cox are too dense to realize that while his irrational
bigotry is focused on China, he has forgotten which Asian
nation bombed Pearl Harbor. They do it because they want Japan
to stand on the sidelines while China and America destroy
each other, and when the dust has settled, assume the mantle
of Asia’s premier superpower.
of this is a secret if one knows where to look. Just read
Lee Teng-hui’s book "Taiwan’s Proposal," ghostwritten
by a Japanese neofascist and published in Japan, not
Taiwan. Pray tell, why is a book entitled "Taiwan’s Proposal"
authored and published in Japan by militant Japanese right-wingers
? Is "Taiwan’s Proposal" really Taiwan’s
Proposal, or "Japan’s Proposal?"
of what I write probably comes as a shock to those who don’t
speak Chinese and hence have little clue about what’s actually
going on in Taiwan, including instant experts among our sanctimonious
foreign policy elite. But it’s hardly a secret to anyone who
speaks Chinese, lives here a few months, and spends a little
time watching the surfeit of nightly "McLaughlin Group"
type political talk shows.
DEMOCRACY" VERSUS PRO-DEMOCRACY DEMONSTRATORS
PRC government tolerated a sit-in demonstration which paralyzed
the heart of Beijing for several months before finally losing
patience and brutally inflicting deadly force against the
Democracy," Lee Teng-hui waited all of two days before
ordering helmeted riot police to drive pro-democracy protesters
from the plaza in front of KMT headquarters. The police obliged,
clubbing unarmed, elderly KMT members with heavy batons. White-haired
senior citizens have been hospitalized with concussions. I
myself was lucky, and was merely soaked by water cannons.
is being released is 12 long years of pent-up rage and frustration
endured by patriotic Chinese on Taiwan as they watched the
Quisling Lee Teng-hui hijack their beloved country before
their very eyes.
IMELDA MARCOS TAKES A POWDER
Teng-hui is currently in hiding. His staff told Mayor Ma Ying-jeou
of Taipei Lee had "a mild case of the flu" and needed
rest. Yeah, right. "Mr. Democracy" is probably quaking
in his boots at the prospect of being spotted in public by
the Republic of China’s citizenry. Remember what happened
to the Ceaucescus? Long overdue comeuppance for a petty tyrant.
Tseng Wen-hui , AKA Mrs. Lee Teng-hui, Taiwan’s own Imelda
Marcos, has been reported seen boarding a plane at Taoyuan
Airport, accompanied by fifty, count ‘em, fifty suitcases,
bound for Switzerland. Local political observers don’t think
she’s on a two week vacation.
drama, now into its third day, continues to unfold as I write.
Tensions remain high. Stay tuned for further developments.
In the meantime, will someone please notify Human Rights Watch?
Amnesty International? How about Mike Chinoy? Richard Gere