Monday, January 26, 2015

The National Review almost gets it right...

Good call in a January 24 National Review article for the U.S. to recognize Taiwan. However, this writer gets his details wrong.

First, the good points:

"But in the end, this is what matters: Taiwan, like Israel, is a free country loomed over by barbarous, genocidal despots. Like Israel, it needs, and deserves, our support. Kennedy didn’t vow only that we would “oppose any foe,” but also that we would “support any friend . . . to assure the survival and the success of liberty."... Words to live by. He meant friends like Taiwan, like Israel, and — I dare say — like the oppressed people of Cuba."

Thanks, for taking the time to notice the 23 million people of Taiwan, a country triple the population of Israel and double that of Cuba. In fact the nation of Taiwan has a population greater than over half the U.N. member states. And thanks for using the word "unification" to describe China's goal rather than the phony "REunification." But better still would be to use the term, "annexation," as in the "anschluss" of Austria by Hitler's Nazi Germany.

BUT Josh Gelernter and the National Review editors (who should know better) get a lot wrong, and so let us correct your misinformation.

It's "the dictators of China," not "mainland" China. Cuba does not call the U.S. "mainland America." No, Puerto Rico and Hawaii will call the Lower 48, "the mainland." Do you see the difference? Please do not just parrot communist propaganda. You're the National Review, not Time Magazine!

And Taiwan does not claim ownership of communist-subjugated China. The dictatorship did. And one party (run by Chinese exiles and KMT gangsters) in Taiwan does. But the Taiwanese people do not. And as soon as the Chinese Nationalist Party can be ousted from their majority in the legislature, that can be rectified. It is because of America's foolish ambiguity that it has taken so long for the Taiwanese people, without America's help, to throw off the dictatorial regime of the KMT. And it is still doing so, no thanks to the U.S. who supported the KMT in recent elections. Be fair. Without any help from America, it is a slow process to get rid of all the remnant of the ridiculous KMT era of pretend rule over all of China.

"Chiang Kai-shek, who ran Taiwan as a (somewhat benevolent) dictator" you say? How many tens of thousands of people does Chiang Kai-shek's regime have to murder, how much theft of other people's property and freedom does the KMT have to perpetrate before you remove the "somewhat benevolent" label, Mr. Gelernter?

Try reading Formosa Betrayed by George Kerr the next time you get the inward urge to make positive comments (qualified with parentheses or not) about the KMT dictatorship.

Monday, January 5, 2015

It is all for your good, the greater good, so they say...

Political Wisdom in Literature:

"Without they wear the lambskin, within they are wolves;
Their actions are not in accord with their utterance;
these two-nature creatures will swear by the cross,
by the sun and the moon, to steer you astray;
with the sweetest of speeches they swindle their fellows;
they will steal both your substance and soul with their falsehood.
(Attributed to Cynewulf c. 900 A.D. translated by Richard Wilbur.)

C.S. Lewis warned us about people like these, saying: "Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience."

Saturday, November 29, 2014

An Unforeseen and Unstoppable Chain of Causes...

Social political transformation sometimes results from a chain of causes that can neither be predicted nor contained by those in power with dictatorial instincts and lots of money seeking to keep their power and suppress the people.


This is not a win for Tsai Ing-wen.

This win of pro-Taiwan candidates today (and humiliation of the KMT) is the fruit of Hong Kong's protestors exposing the true nature of China. It is with this brutal, lying Chinese communist regime that the KMT has formed an axis with the eventual goal of forcing the homeland of Taiwanese to be annexed by the alien Chinese communist regime...

This win is also (and more directly) the fruit of the Sunflower Movement whom the Hong Kong protestors emulated...

the Sunflower Movement whose non-violent actions exposed the conscienceless violence of those KMT in power...

and whose clear communication and non-partisanship helped awaken the younger generation of Taiwanese to the need for political action...

This win is also the fruit of Lin Yi-hsiung, whose decades of organized non-violent peaceful civil disobedience and protest served as the model for the Sunflower movement...

whose fast in the late spring to stop the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant further awakened and educated the Taiwanese people...

whose past suffering for the sake of human rights and democracy was reintroduced to a younger generation...

whose own walk was inspired by great men of earlier generations such as Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

It's Double-Ten Day --- Which begs the question: when is Taiwan's birthday?

October 10 is a holiday in Taiwan. What does it mean for real?

The R.O.C. fascist dictatorship existed from 1911 to 1949 = 38 years.
The R.O.C. fascist dictatorship in exile oppressed Taiwan from 1945 to 1996 = 51 years.
The sham R.O.C. democratic government of Taiwan has existed from 1996 (when Taiwan had its first direct presidential elections to the present) = 18 years.

Taiwan is not 103 years old. The Republic of CHINA rule over its own territory ceased to exist many decades ago.

So how should we calculate the age of Taiwan and when should we celebrate its birthday?  Definitely not 10/10.  

How about May 23 -- that is May 23, 1895, the date that the Formosa Republic / Taiwan Republic was declared... a declaration of independence from foreign colonial rule.  If so, despite the lapse into foreign colonial rule first of the Japanese and then the R.O.C. government in exile, Taiwan would officially be 119 years old this year.  

Or April 28th  could be celebrated as Taiwan's birthday. April 28, 1952 is the date that the Treaty of San Francisco came into effect (it was signed Sept. 8, 1951).  In this treaty Japan gave up its claim to Taiwan but did not designate a successor. Therefore by international law, the people of Taiwan could legally claim their own sovereignty on this day.  With this calculation, Taiwan would be officially 62 years old this year. 

One final possible birthdate to celebrate is March 23, 1996. This date represents the first time that the regime governing Taiwan was forced by the people to hold direct presidential elections. Unfortunately they were carried out under a constitution not for Taiwan but for the Republic of China before the end of its rule in China and its sham rule over China in exile. In this case, Taiwan would be 18 years old this year.

Which one do you think we should celebrate as Taiwan's birthday?

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Links on Hong Kong

Tear Gas Attacks

On the way China's dictator looks at the situation in Hong Kong, Eastern Turkestan and Taiwan.

Live feed in Hong Kong

Comparing how the UK handled Scotland versus how China handles Hong Kong

And in the meantime in Taiwan... Ma was hit by the book Formosa Betrayed

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Monday Morning Protest

A protest this fine morning across from the Bureau of Consular Affairs

The police seemed to be taking notes.

What is this bus doing here? To bring in riot police? To arrest people? The protest is so small and peaceful ... why the need?