Wed, May 25, 2005 - Page 8 News List

Letter: Terror victims should sue

By Thomas Liu

I am appreciative of what Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) has been doing regarding the decades of political persecution by the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) in Taiwan ("Lu releases White Terror names," May 19, page 1).

However, I totally disagreed with her when she, like so many others on various occasions, reiterated the cliche that "the people of Taiwan of this generation ought to have a better understanding of this part of history and keep it in mind to avoid the same mistakes from being repeated again."

How could an understanding and keeping in mind [of the events] prevent the same mistakes from being repeated? It is simply naive and wishful thinking that gives people false hope.

What is badly lacking is a "truth and reconciliation" commission that, as former South African president Nelson Mandela said, "helped us to move away from the past to concentrate on the present and the future."

Unless there is a ray of hope that the attitudes of the perpetrators and their associates have changed, the only alternative course of action left to the Taiwanese if they want to protect their future is for the victims and their families to sue the Republic of China, People's Republic of China, the US and Japan for damages.

Thomas Liu

Los Angeles, California

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