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Saturday, January 05, 2008


KMT jonesing for the days of martial law

Who's gonna react to this?

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) chairman Wu Poh-hsiung (吳伯雄) is having DTs about the lack of martial law in modern Taiwan. Friday's Taipei Times gives us the money quote:
In another development, KMT Chairman Wu Poh-hsiung (吳伯雄) yesterday condemned the DPP for accusing him and Ma of "selling out democracy," and dared Chen to declare martial law.

The DPP carried an advertisement in several Chinese-language newspapers yesterday featuring a wanted poster for Wu and Ma, portraying them as heads of a ring of swindlers selling out the country's democracy by urging voters not to cast referendum ballots. [IMAGE]

The ad called on voters to support the DPP.

"The KMT refuses to cast referendum ballots in order to simplify the election process. I call on President Chen not to play dirty tricks," Wu said yesterday while campaigning for KMT legislators in Kaohsiung City. "I dare Chen to declare martial law and bring me and Ma to justice under military rule."
I might hanker for a hunk o'cheese now and then, but never for martial law like these true junkies and their "True Believer" followers do.

Y'think the pan-blue media and the pan-blue blogs will be all over him for this? Naaaah!

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Cross-posted at It's Not Democracy, It's A Conspiracy!

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At 6:30 AM, Blogger Robert said...

Tim, it seems a bit of a stretch to take a childish dare from a grown man as a testament to his desire to really go back to the glory days of martial law.

Was it a stupid comment? Yes. Was it a sign of his true desire? Doesn't seem like it.

At 11:10 AM, Blogger STOP Ma said...


Let's just put it this way...

The KMT are probably far more comfortable with the prospects of martial law than they are with a true democracy.

That much is certain, IMHO.

At 2:52 PM, Blogger Tim Maddog said...

Robo, re-read the "bookends": my subhead and the last micro-paragraph. Perhaps I should have made a clearer reference to the multitude of recent verbal attacks from all sides on Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) for saying that someone else had suggested declaring martial law. While that was something which no one in their right mind could believe Chen would do, the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) holds the world record for longest period of martial law -- a period which only ended in our own lifetimes.

So, I don't put it past the contemporary KMT -- a party which is boycotting its own referendum -- to have such anti-democratic thoughts as returning to the "g[]ory days" of martial law.

For yet another reminder of the pan-blue mindset, take a look at this:
* It's Not Democracy, It's A Conspiracy! December 18, 2004: A LAUNDRY LIST OF PAN-BLUE VIOLENCE

Tim Maddog

At 11:36 AM, Blogger Robert said...

Tim, you know well that you don't have to convince me of the vile things the KMT has done and what some among them would still like to do. I just don't see this article as making much of a case.

At 3:16 PM, Blogger Tim Maddog said...

Robo, the "some among them" that you speak of includes -- in this instance -- their chairman, quoted speaking on behalf of their presidential candidate.

You wrote in your first comment:
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Was it a stupid comment? Yes. Was it a sign of his true desire? Doesn't seem like it.
- - -

Again, when Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) used the words "martial law," there was more wailing and gnashing of teeth (in the headlines, in fact) than there was dismissal of it as merely a poor way to express what someone else had suggested to him; therefore, when the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) chairman dared someone to impose martial law, something had to be said. That's the "case" I was trying to make with this post.

Tim Maddog


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