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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

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Deep thoughts, August 19, 2008

Look at the other hand

While many people are being misdirected by the madness surrounding former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁), other stuff -- really big stuff -- is going on:
Although there is no historical evidence that it was invented by the Chinese, it may be appropriate to note that one of the oldest forms of coercion is known as "Chinese water torture." By continuously dripping water on a victim's head over an extended period of time, it is said that the technique can drive a victim insane.

Nowadays, it seems like those drops of water are being applied to Taiwan's forehead, with each droplet taxing the nation's identity a little more each time. What's worse is that -- like a real victim of torture -- Taiwanese appear to be strapped to a chair and fated to a long period of suffering. And the torturer is a tag team: the Chinese Communist Party and the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT).

Drip: "Chinese Taipei." Drop: "Chunghwa Post." Drip: No WHO or UN application under the name "Taiwan." Drop: Our elected president is but a "Mr." Drip: The possible renaming of National Democracy Memorial Hall, after the murderous dictator the monument was built for. And drop: In the Dominican Republic over the weekend, where President Ma Ying-jeou's (馬英九) delegation was referred to -- for all to see and without as much as a complaint -- as "China, Taiwan."
Is there anybody out there? Is anybody awake? Do you have any idea just how much is at stake?

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

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6 Comments:

At 10:13 AM, Blogger STOP Ma said...

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I wonder about the exact same thing that I wonder about when thinking about Americans in the U.S...

What will it be?

What will be the last straw that leads to revolt?

As we see in the U.S., that threshold is extremely high. Both countries are heading towards more and more authoritarianism.

What is the common element that makes this threshold so high? Is it the biased corporate (U.S.) / pan-blue (Taiwan) media? Is it the greed and selfishness that exists in both countries?

Will it be too late when people finally start doing something?

It's hard not to have your head full of ugly pessimism these days.
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At 10:32 AM, Anonymous Stephen said...

It is truely astonishing that no-one is making any noise at all. I used to have faith that democracy would be Taiwan's protection against submission to China. That democratic voice is currently saying "we want to return to China".
It is so heartbreaking to watch.

 
At 4:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those of us Chinese who don't live in fantasy expat land always knew the potential existed for the "democratic voice" in Taiwan to embrace closer ties across the straits. As Ma Yingjiu and Wu Boxiong said this summer, the Chinese people have the wisdom to find a peaceful solution to the situation in the straits.

And for those of you who think that's a bad thing... too bad.

 
At 9:58 AM, Blogger STOP Ma said...

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...the Chinese people have the wisdom to find a peaceful solution to the situation in the straits.

Yeah. I know all about China's "peaceful solution". It's on full display during these Olympic games. If you agree with the CCP, then you are being "peaceful". If you disagree, you are "disrupting the harmony" of China (or even worse, you are a terrorist).

Not one application was accepted for the 3 "protest zones" in Beijing during the games. But, of course -- this is an indication of how "harmonious" Chinese society is.

My Chinese colleagues remind me of this practically every day and it makes me want to puke at their young brainwashed minds.
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At 4:18 PM, Blogger channing said...

These listed events are perceived to incrementally isolate and eventually extinguish the movement for a UN-recognized Republic of Taiwan and a formalized historical and cultural separation from China. They are not perceived to directly interfere in the ROC jurisdictions' internal sociopolitical affairs.

Thus, my opinion is that supporters of a nation-state and culture named "Taiwan" and "Taiwanese" may be understandably fearful, frustrated and even heartbroken. However, citizens under the ROC government have priorities and tolerance. Once we see Taiwanese getting harmed at home, journalists being jailed, or activists being shut up within Taiwan...then the people will revolt, and the world will finally turn its eyes to Taiwan, by then a center of gross human rights violations, widespread criminal neglect and direct repression by authoritarian forces (KMT, CCP, the name won't matter).

I'm confident that this will not happen in the foreseeable future. Ma will probably achieve little in tangible results for Taiwan's international status, but so far he is upholding a conservative, diplomatic and professional post as the leader and elected representative of 23 million--something the Taiwanese masses have been aching for after years of foul-mouthed, barbaric, name-calling partisan presidency that didn't achieve much internationally, anyway. Oh, and the Swiss accounts...what accounts?

Still waiting for those old-school stinkbags within the KMT to get lost, though. They've got a fair share of foulmouths and money drains as well.

 
At 8:48 PM, Blogger Tim Maddog said...

I will only spend the time required to point out to readers just one(-and-a-half) of Channing's own attempts to distract:
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Once we see Taiwanese getting harmed at home [...]
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... y'mean like when China blocked the WHO from coming to Taiwan during the SARS crisis -- something like that?

Here's something I wrote about it back in November, 2006:
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Go ahead and hate your neighbor
What if, when an ambulance came to your house to rescue family members in need, your neighbor said, "That's my property, and I won't grant you permission to enter"? Wouldn't it be appropriate to "hate your neighbor"? That's effectively what happened during the SARS crisis of 2003, when China blocked assistance from the World Health Organization for a month and a half while hiding the effects of the disease within their own borders. And surely the entire planet hasn't yet forgotten about China's "anti-secession" law (which ludicrously "legislates" the arbitrary use of "non-peaceful means" against a foreign country, namely the sovereign Taiwan). Is hatred of that truly "Sinophobia," as some people like to call it?


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Where the truth lies
China blocks Taiwan's participation in world bodies at every turn. This happens as a result of the economic terrorism exacted by its "one-China policy". Its detrimental influence is seen in so-called "news reports" from around the world which regularly diminish Taiwan and blow smoke up China's ass.

This nonsense needs to be put entirely to sleep. China is not "friendly" towards Taiwan, but if you believe it is, you're likely to believe just about anything.

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Why should Taiwan Matters readers believe anything Channing the foul-brained pan-blue supporter with a pan-blue agenda says?

Tim Maddog

 

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