after his inauguration, while inspecting a brand new Boeing
737 destined for service as the ROC's own "Air Force One,"
Chen Shui-bian invoked a lame metaphor about how Taiwan was
an airliner and A-Bian was a Chuck Yeager Pilot with the Right
Stuff who would fly 23 million passengers safely to their
risible attempt to do a Ronald Reagan Great Communicator number
elicited no little amusement among opposition party legislators,
who piled on with extended tongue in cheek airplane metaphors
of their own.
fact the most telling metaphor of all is that 23 million Chinese
on Taiwan are nothing less than victims of an airline hijacking,
and the Taiwan independence elite are their hijackers.
of the Republic of China have been dutifully paying taxes
to the government of the Republic of China. Citizens of the
Republic of China have been dutifully voting for candidates
running for the office of President of the Republic of China.
Citizens of the Republic of China paid good money for tickets
on the understanding their seats were on a plane belonging
to China Airlines, and their final destination, One China.
did they know that once aboard the air crew would suddenly
remove their blue "China Airlines" uniforms to reveal green
"Taiwan Airlines" uniforms underneath, and announce that "we
have assumed control of the plane and shall be proceeding
not to the destination indicated on your ticket, but to a
new destination of our choosing. Next stop, Tokyo."
as mealy-mouthed DPP spokesmen have become proficient at "explaining"
to incredulous ROC citizens, "Taiwan is a sovereign and independent
country, its current name is the Republic of China."
right. "And I'm Chow Yun Fat, internationally reknowned movie
star from Hongkong, my current name is Bevin Chu."
I said before, for 23 million hapless passengers of China
Airlines Flight 2000, a hijacking is the only airplane metaphor
that really resonates.
PERCENT OF TAIWANESE HAVE NO CONFIDENCE IN CHEN SHUI-BIAN
Friday September 22, 2000, on "Er Yi Lin Lin Quan Min Kai
Jiang," or "21:00, The People Speak" the question for the
you have confidence in the government of President Chen Shui-bian?"
the 10,814 viewers who called in, 1,000 or 9% said yes, 9,759
or 90% said no, and 55 or 1% had no opinion.
A-Bian invoked his airliner analogy he was probably thinking
Charleton Heston in "Airport." The ROC public on the other
hand, was almost certainly thinking Peter Graves in "Airplane."
PERCENT OF TAIWANESE SAY DPP SHOULD NOT REJECT REUNIFICATION
Wednesday September 13, 2000 on "Ba Dian Da Xiao Seng," or
"Big and Little Voices at 8:00," the question for the evening
the DPP as the ruling party continue to reject reunification?"
the 6,654 viewers who called in, 1,760 or 26% said it should,
while 4,894 or 74% said it shouldn't.
12 TIMES MORE SATISFIED WITH CHIANG CHING-KUO THAN WITH LEE
Friday September 1, 2000 on "Er Yi Lin Lin, Quan Min Kai Jiang"
or "21:00, The People Speak," the question for the evening
Ching-kuo, Lee Teng-hui, Chen Shui-bian: which of the last
three presidents during the past 13 years are you the most
the 10,993 viewers who called in, 8,662 or 79% answered Chiang
Ching-kuo, 719 or 6% answered Lee Teng-hui, and 1,612 or 15%
answered Chen Shui-bian.
numbers are all the more astonishing considering "mainlander"
Chiang Ching-kuo, whom Taiwan's quisling elite assures us
was a ruthless dictator hated by all Taiwan Chinese, died
twelve years ago, while "native Taiwanese" Lee Teng-hui, aka
"Mr. Democracy" left office only four months ago.
It didn't take long for "native Taiwanese" to figure out that
while Lee Teng-hui might have been "one of us," so what? Lee
Teng-hui was a Ferdinand Marcos crook who was robbing "us"
blind. Chiang Ching-kuo on the other hand, while "from out
of state" and an authoritarian to boot, was at least an honest
authoritarian, a clean authoritarian, an uncorrupt authoritarian
who genuinely cared about the well-being of the Taiwan people.
one for the Chinese people on Taiwan. Score zero for Taiwan's
STANDS IN THE WAY OF TAIWAN INDEPENDENCE? THE CHINESE PEOPLE
results such as these are clearly devastating to the Taiwan
independence elites' transparent fiction, disseminated uncritically
by our "objective" western media, by the New York Times, the
Washington Post, Newsweek magazine, that the ROC public "yearns
for Taiwan independence" and considers itself "Taiwanese,
polls are of course, as I have freely acknowledged, not "scientific."
No matter. Results such as these are fully consistent with
other more "official" gauges of public sentiment, not the
least of which was the recent presidential election.
fact the Taiwan independence elites' conduct, which drowns
out their words, is proof positive they know perfectly well
how the ROC majority feels about Taiwan independence.
why A-Bian campaigned the way he did, talking up his "New
Centrist Path" and distancing himself from the DPP's pro independence
party charter. That's why A-Bian solemnly promised, if elected,
NOT to make the slightest move toward Taiwan independence.
That's why the Taiwan independence elite sings one tune inside
Taiwan to attract votes from a political center decidedly
unenthusiastic about Taiwan independence, while singing a
very different one outside Taiwan to perpetuate the false
impression held by most westerners that the ROC public longs
for an independent Republic of Taiwan.
American readers' reaction by now is, or ought to be, "There's
got to be some mistake! This can't be right? Our mainstream
media can't possibly be that wrong about Taiwan independence,
libertarian anti-interventionists familiar with the real story
behind Kosovo know, the answer is "No mistake. Our mainstream
media has in fact gotten it exactly wrong."
John C. Dvorak of PC Magazine, a techie with no political
axe to grind, put it in a June 17, 1997 op-ed piece, "My
Trip to China."
was not what I expected... Let me say this: our media is doing
a crummy job of keeping us abreast of what's going on over
there... Anyone who thinks this is anything like Russia or
the Eastern bloc is as wrong in their assumptions as is imaginable.
I would advise you to go see for yourself what's really going
is being far too kind. Our academia/government/media establishment
has treated the American public with the same casual contempt
that Christoff, the Svengali-ish media mogul played by Ed
Harris, treated his unwitting puppet Truman Burbank, played
by Jim Carrey, in the 1998 SF hit, "The Truman Show."
ROC MILITARY VS. TAIWAN INDEPENDENCE
father had to be hospitalized last week for an operation.
He checked himself into a room at the Veterans' Hospital in
Shilin. Both his roommates were diehard anti-communists, veterans
of China's Civil War against Mao Zedong's PLA. I should have
taped their remarks. They know who the real enemy of the Republic
of China is, and weren't shy about sharing their views with
anyone who would listen.
hint: It ain't the PLA.
who is it that stands in the way of Taiwan independence?
it merely the ruling elite in Beijing? Is it "merely" 95%
of 1.3 billion Chinese across the Taiwan Straits? Or is it
every other officer, noncom and enlisted man in the Republic
of China's armed forces on Taiwan?
Mel Gibson's Scottish nationalist epic, "Braveheart?" Remember
the scene where Irish troops unexpectedly defect from the
ranks of Edward Longshank's English to join Braveheart's Scots?
Taiwan independence "China experts" and strategic analysts
who drone on in authoritative tones about relative troop strengths
and armament specifications are utterly clueless about what
might in fact happen if Taiwan's Quisling elite provokes open
warfare between Chinese soldiers on Taiwan and Chinese soldiers
on the mainland.
on the other hand, knows this. That's why immediately after
his inauguration he dutifully rushed to every last military
academy graduation ceremony on the island, frantically waving
red, white and blue Republic of China flags and shouting "Zhong
hua min guo wan shui!" or "Long live the Republic of China!"
at the top of his lungs until he was red in the face.
me tell you, pro reunification New Party, People First Party
and Kuomintang Reform Faction members got some good belly
laughs watching the pro independence A-Bian go through those
that it did any good. The TAIEX just fell from a 52 week high
of 10,393 to a new 52 week low, below the psychologically
important 6500 support level.
A-Bian. He can't understand why nobody believes him. It couldn't
have anything to do with the fact that four months after his
inauguration he still can't bring himself to say three little
words, could it?
ALL ABOUT IT
Straits Times is currently featuring a special webpage
dedicated to Lee Kuan Yew's newly published autobiography,
Third World to First."
there is something else I can do that would enable my fellow
Americans to better understand how the Chinese people feel
about Taiwan independence, than to turn them on to Lee Kuan
Yew and Singapore's superb newspaper, The
Straits Times, I can't imagine what it would be.
especially the segments on "Relations with Taiwan's Leaders,"
"SM Lee, the go-between," and "Deng Xiaoping's China," by
clicking on the pulldown menu.
hour devoted to Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew's uncannily perceptive
political insights is worth a hundred squandered on scribblings
by China-hating "China experts" such as William Triplett and
Edward Timperlake, authors of Year of the Rat and Red