Zhu Rongji went so far as to warn the people of Taiwan that
if they elected Chen, they "won’t get another opportunity
to regret." The people of Taiwan told Zhu what he could
do with his threats.’
In fact the "people of Taiwan," the overwhelming
majority of whom resolutely oppose Taiwan independence, told
Chen Shui-bian, not Zhu Rongi, what he could do with his reckless
and irresponsible "Long Live Taiwan Independence"
rhetoric. Even after Chen flip-flopped, swearing up and down
that if elected he absolutely, positively would NOT declare
Taiwan independence, the people of Taiwan still voted against
him, by a margin of 61 to 39 percent. Imagine how much lower
his numbers would have been had he not loudly repudiated his
won solely because ROC election laws do not provide for run-off
elections, and because KMT Party Chairman Lee Teng-hui deliberately
prevented his own party from nominating James Soong, purposely
splitting the anti-separatist vote between the immensely popular
Soong and the unelectable Lien Chan.
MUNICH, FOREVER 1938
it is the United States’ responsibility to ensure that Zhu
can never fulfill his threat to make Chen’s election the final
democratic election in China... the Clinton administration
has tried to buy peace in the Taiwan Strait by kowtowing to
the Chinese Communists... the administration sticks doggedly
by its Chamberlainesque approach... Those who support economic
engagement with China must recognize the Clinton policy for
what it is appeasement.’
please. Not the specious "totalitarian communist Goliath
denying a democracy-loving David’s right to exist" thesis.
Not the imperialistic, un-American "It’s America’s solemn
duty as the world’s only remaining superpower to make the
world safe for democracy" thesis. And God have mercy
on us, not the brain-dead "Chamberlainesque appeasement
no! Churchillian firmness si!" or as George Szamuely
puts it, "Forever Munich, Forever 1938" thesis.
VIETNAM, FOREVER 1960
is Helms’ alternative? Helms demands that:
United States must make clear to Beijing that there is no
military option in dealing with Taiwan by (1) approving Taiwan’s
full defense request ... (2) sharing theater missile defense
technology with the aim of bringing Taiwan under a regional
missile-defense umbrella; (3) passing the Taiwan Security
Enhancement Act, which will junk antiquated restrictions prohibiting
senior U.S. officers from visiting Taiwan, expand the advice
our experts can give them and establish direct, secure communications
between our two militaries."
short, Helms proposes that Americans repeat every one of John
Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson’s Asian policy blunders of the
early and mid 60s, which incrementally but inexorably dragged
America down into the futile and costly quagmire known as
Vietnam. First materiel. Then "advisors." Then air
support. Then ground troops. Then the Hercules transports
filled with bodybags. Mission Creep Redux. Helms has no excuse.
After all, he was there. The lesson of history, it seems,
is that nobody ever learns a damned thing from history.
CHECKS AND MORAL HAZARD
Helms proposes that:
United States can help Chen restart the cross-strait dialogue
only by allowing Taiwan to engage the mainland on the basis
of peace through strength. A renewed dialogue with Beijing
can be successful only if it is undertaken on the basis of
political strength as well."
what? Write a foreign separatist political leader a blank
check, to be filled out with American soldiers’ blood, and
subsidized with American taxpayers’ hard-earned dollars? This
is supposed to encourage Chen to engage in serious cross-Straits
dialogue? Is Helms kidding? See "Taiwan
Independence & Free Lunches."
AND WEST GERMANY, NORTH AND SOUTH KOREA, EAST AND WEST CHINA
as East and West Germany were part of 'one Germany,' they
were nonetheless separate 'states.' The same holds true for
the two Korean states and for the two Chinese states
the People’s Republic of China in Beijing and the Republic
of China on Taiwan. Accepting this objective reality does
not require abandoning the possibility of reunification."
West Germany nor South Korea were headed by pro-Japan Quislings
like Lee Teng-hui and Chen Shui-bian. Neither West Germany
nor South Korea were saddled with Stockholm-syndromized, Japanophile
elitists dead set against reunification on any terms, deliberately
dragging their feet and sabotaging all good faith efforts
at negotiating a gradual, peaceful reunification.
Helms is sincere, or whether he is paying pro forma lip service
to reunification, only he knows for sure. But one thing is
certain, the only nation the Taiwan independence elite wants
to reunite with is the Japanese Empire.
problem is not that the Taiwan independence elite doesn’t
want to live under communism. The problem is not that the
Taiwan independence elite doesn’t want to live under authoritarianism.
The problem lies somewhere else altogether.
mainland Chinese don’t want to be communists. Mainland Chinese
don’t want to live under authoritarianism. They haven’t wanted
to since Mao’s asinine and tragic Great Leap Forward and Great
Proletarian Cultural Revolution. Contemporary mainland Chinese
hate communism, probably more than anybody in the world, including
even the Russians. Nobody hates Hell as much as someone who
has lived inside the inferno.
JUST DON’T WANT TO BE CHINESE
Communism is not the issue. Even authoritarianism is not the
real issue is the Taiwan independence elite doesn’t want to
be Chinese. The real issue is they have a emotional
hang-up about identifying themselves as Chinese.
Taiwan independence elite had no problem with communism in
the past. After all, Lee Teng-hui, would be Father of a Republic
of Taiwan, was a card-carrying member of Taiwan’s Communist
has the Taiwan independence elite ever have a problem with
authoritarianism. The petty demagogue Chen Shui-bian and his
harridan running mate Annette Lu are themselves bonafide petty
dictators, and have made no effort whatsoever to conceal their
admiration and nostalgia for fascist Japanese colonial rule.
understand the bizarre psychology underlying the Taiwan independence
elite’s obsession with denying their own ethnic and cultural
identity, see "Taiwan
Independence & the Stockholm Syndrome."
FREE MARKET COMMUNISTS
often trumps reality. More than one western China hand has
noted , only half-jokingly, that the smartest PR move Beijing
could make would be to simply change the name of Chinese Communist
Party to something less emotionally loaded. While they’re
at it they might want to change the design of the flag, the
national anthem, and take down Mao’s portrait above Tienanmen
if the authoritarian capitalists ruling China were to do so
they would not be misleading anybody. On the contrary, they
would be reflecting current reality far more honestly than
they are doing now, when they refer to themselves as "communists."
reality is American college faculties probably contain more
dyed in the wool communists than the Chinese Communist Party.
For that matter, the United States congress probably contains
more bonafide Marxists than the Chinese Communist Party. Senator
Paul Wellstone for example, is probably to the left of PRC
President Jiang Zemin.
many "communist" countries, after all, can boast
not one, but two stock exchanges? How many "communist"
countries have, according to Nobel laureate in economics Robert
Mundell, a private sector comprising over 60% of China’s GDP?
A private sector larger not only than Sweden and Denmark’s
(50%), but larger even than France and Germany’s (55%).
A NEW ERA, JESSE
just as the two German states eventually reunited under democracy,
so too do we hope that the two Chinese states may one day
reunite under democracy."
may be sufficiently out of touch with the real world that
he actually believes he is ingratiating himself with the DPP
by advancing such arguments. If so, Helms is in for a surprise.
This line of argument may have pleased the outgoing KMT, but
it’s not about to win him any Brownie points with incoming
DPP hardliners. Lee Teng-hui is no longer KMT party chairman.
Liu Tai-ying is no longer KMT business affairs manager. If
Helms wants the Taiwan Lobby’s generous six figure checks,
made out to the Jesse Helms Institute to keep rolling in year
after year, he’d better get a clue.
SENATOR FROM TAIWAN
Jesse Helms Center was created to preserve the works Jesse
Helms. It includes congressional documents and other such
memorabilia. It also appears to act as a center for questionably
legal donations. Many of the contributors to his center are
companies or countries that Helms often acts in the interest
in. It’s illegal for foreign governments to donate money to
a political campaign, but not to an independent center.
Jesse Helms Center has used this to raise large sums of money
for itself and also as a way for foreign countries to give
money to Jesse Helms. Taiwan, which Helms supports, donated
$225,000 to the center in 1993.
donated $100.000 to the Helms Center after the Persian Gulf
the center was simply something set up by a few independent
citizens for individuals to ‘appreciate’ Jesse Helms, the
donations would not be suspicious. However, Helms’ links to
this center are hardly passive. Helms’ wife and daughter serve
on the Board of Directors of the center along with his foreign
relations chief of staff and a former chief legislative assistant...
Helms also evidently helps to set up some of the donations.
of Crooks Presents: Jesse Helms