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Friday, March 28, 2008


KMT apologies mean nothing

The return of the sons of "The Boy[s] Who Cried Wolf"

Remember what I wrote less than two weeks ago about "Ma Ying-jeou's thugs"? [highlighting added]:
If these four legislators did this without Ma's or KMT chairman Wu Poh-hsiung's (吳伯雄) knowledge or permission, shouldn't they be kicked out of the party? (Pre-completion update: Fai has offered to quit the party, but he wasn't kicked out.) If Ma and/or Wu did know about it, shouldn't they step down from their respective positions? And are the KMT's "apologies" really apologies when caucus whip Lin Yi-shih says that "these four legislators didn't do anything wrong." Is he advocating Gestapo-like tactics? What if the shoe were on the other foot?

Furthermore, can the KMT's "apologies" really count as apologies when a front-page ad in Thursday's United Daily News (聯合報) has Wu making the excuse that they "went to the wrong place at the wrong time"? Would it have been okay at "another time"?
But that was yesterday
Well, they've gone and proven my point about those non-apology "apologies." Let's take a look at some more recent behavior from thug-islators Alex "The Faker" Fai (費鴻泰) and son-of-a-gangster Lo Ming-tsai (羅明才), with comparisons to their earlier "apologies" provided by the Thursday night edition of Talking Show (大話新聞):

2:30 YouTube video: "KMT apologies aren't real apologies"

Those "apologies" sure didn't last long, huh? Or, as I originally suspected, they were meaningless from the start.

Blues of a feather
President-elect Ma "Harvard-trained ployer" Ying-jeou's (馬英九) Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) has done the same thing by making "token gestures" to the survivors and family members of the victims of the 228 Massacre. Ma has also made election-related "promises" to the same victims. Ma and his party's insincerity is made apparent by the fact that they continue to idolize Chiang Kai-shek (蔣介石 / 蔣中正) -- the "main culprit" in both that incident and the subsequent decades-long period of White Terror and martial law in Taiwan.

With the above information to set the stage, how long do you think it will be before Ma and his party try to resurrect the old Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall (國立中正紀念堂)?

UPDATE: The very next day after I wrote the paragraph above, look what Mr. Ma told the China Times (中國時報):
The DPP government had changed the name of Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall to Taiwan Democracy Memorial Hall and replaced the inscription dazhong zhizheng (大中至正) on the gate of the hall with "Liberty Square" last May as part of its "de-Chiang campaign," aimed at erasing symbols of dictator Chiang Kai-shek (蔣介石).

"Illegally changing the name of Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall was ill-mannered and was, of course, invalid," Ma was quoted as saying in an interview with the Chinese-language China Times published yesterday.
You can also read about it in the China Post.

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

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At 1:42 AM, Blogger 嗑咖啡的人 said...


At 5:41 AM, Blogger channing said...

How cute, you forgot to make the word "Chinese" red.

At 7:27 AM, Blogger cfimages said...

Poagao did some digging into the story about the KMT guys going to Hsieh's office. Seems that it worked both ways.


At 9:20 PM, Blogger Tim Maddog said...

Craig (cfimages), it took me 3 days to write that earlier post (to which you are apparently referring) because of the difficulties in accurately figuring out what actually happened. Poagao, on the other hand, wrote his post (with only one link in the whole thing) a whole week after the incident and still got some key elements wrong.

If anybody has some links to the story about the DPP city councilors that Poagao mentioned, I'd be able to compare the two situations. (That ball is now in your court, Craig.) I'd expect such a link to tell me if those city councilors abused their authority to coerce government officials to accompany them, if they pretended to have authority to do anything but request info, or if they did anything else that your comparison of "worked both ways" implies (without providing any evidence whatsoever).

What's clear is that legislators shouldn't be doing the job of prosecutors, and considering the Chinese Nationalist Party's (KMT) record of secret police, martial law, White Terror, and even worse (on both sides of the Taiwan Strait), seeing what they're already doing with their dominant majority should be unsettling to even their heartiest supporters.

Tim Maddog


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