Over the last few days, the global media has dedicated much attention to reports of the US Army's capture of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein.
\nAfter eight months on the run, following the US military's capture of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, this dictator, who is responsible for the persecution of his people, the eight-year-long Iran-Iraq war and two Persian Gulf wars, was finally arrested on the outskirts of his hometown, Tikrit, thus putting an end to an era of terror in Iraq.
\nThe US is of course the most qualified to comment on Saddam's capture, but, as a member of the international community and part of the anti-terrorist camp, Taiwan should also listen to what Israel, which finds itself in a situation similar to Taiwan's, says.
\nIsraeli President Moshe Katsav has said that the capture of Saddam is not only a warning to those who support terrorism, but that it also proves that the international community will not tolerate a dictatorship that supports international terrorism.
\nAlthough the Chinese media initially publicized the news of Saddam's capture, Chinese officialdom has kept a low profile on the matter. The government in Beijing has, in fact, never supported US military action in Iraq. On account of the Chinese media's distortion of facts, the Chinese public feels that the US has been acting too much like a hegemon in its deployment of troops in Iraq.
\nChinese officialdom has persisted in its view that the Iraqi issue should be resolved within the framework of the UN. Ironically, China's threats and actions toward Taiwan are not different from the behavior of Saddam and the former Iraqi government.
\nWe all know that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), after its defeat of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) in 1949, took over the Chinese mainland and founded the People's Republic of China. From that time on, the two sides of the Taiwan Strait have been individually and separately ruled, with neither side holding any jurisdiction over the other, thus creating a situation with one country on each side of the Taiwan Strait.
\nThe People's Liberation Army continued its artillery aggression against Kinmen, and even though they were defeated twice, they never gave up their ambition to invade Taiwan.
\nBut China, taking advantage of its increasing strength in recent years, has done its utmost to destroy the existence of the Republic of China, through political, economic and diplomatic means, as well as through suppressing athletic and cultural exchanges.
\nIn particular, following Taiwan's continuous opening-up, China has in recent years mobilized its enormous manpower and material resources to infiltrate every level of Taiwanese society by means of fake marriages, prostitution, blood relations, trade, illegal immigration, drug smuggling and illegal arms.
\nThey have carried out various kinds of intelligence-gathering, created family and social problems and upset social order; used marine-exploration vessels to carry out hydrographic exploration of Taiwan's territorial waters and paid Taiwanese businesspeople and unscrupulous elements to sell military secrets; used the Internet to hack into Taiwanese government Web sites to obtain classified materials, and organized an "Internet army" to carry out a large-scale information war; and used military exercises and other semi-military activities such as missile tests in attempts to control our elections and create public panic and stock market declines.
\nToday, they are aiming almost 500 missiles at Taiwan in order to terrorize the Taiwanese people into submission. All these activities can be summed up in one word -- terrorism.
\nWe must understand what terrorism is. Terrorism includes a series of activities that attempt to spread terror, fear and destruction among groups of people. Terrorism can be divided into state and anti-state terrorism or social and political terrorism. Be it state or anti-state terrorism, terrorists strive for political goals.
\nIn terms of state terrorism, the most important factor is that the organization in power wants to consolidate its power and oppose the will and determination of opposition forces. It does not hesitate to use violence for that purpose.
\nFrom this, we can more clearly understand China's ambitions and intentions.
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