Tue, Aug 23, 2005 - Page 8 News List

Lay the assassination case to rest

By the Liberty Times editorial

When former Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) chairman Lien Chan (連戰) presided over his last Central Standing Committee meeting last week, he used a quote from late president Chiang Ching-kuo (蔣經國) to encourage KMT members: "You always have to approach an issue from the people's perspective, and solve problems according to the needs of the people."

Not a word was said about another former president, Lee Teng-hui (李登輝), who started the nation's democratic reform. It revealed who Lien really is -- someone who is always thinking about the democracy-suppressing Chiang.

Democracy puts the people first. During Chiang's authoritarian rule, the Taiwanese people counted for nothing. He often spoke of democracy, but that was all it was -- talk. But we cannot disregard what he said just because of who he was. When Lien quoted Chiang, he wanted to show that he also understands democracy. Regrettably, he doesn't understand that the people should come first.

On Wednesday, the Supreme Prosecutors Office announced that it was closing its investigation into the 319 assassination attempt on President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) and Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮). To a majority of the public, this finally means an end to the interminable soap opera. Regardless of whether this is a retirement gift to Lien, the last episode of this rotten show is finally over and the public can draw a deep breath.

But Lien, stressing that one has to "approach an issue from the people's perspective" ridiculed the decision, calling it the laughingstock of the international community and saying that "the KMT would expose the truth for the people, for the country and for history." From the March 19 shooting to the lawsuits challenging the fairness of the election and demanding that it be declared invalid, Lien has called anything that doesn't meet his expectations a joke, which is very different from what the public feels.

The pan-blue camp has been fighting ever since March 19 last year, but they have offered no solid evidence for their endless political accusations. Even the international media are tiring of this situation. Think about it: the KMT is well-connected in the intelligence community and has a lot of private investigators and ballistics experts. Despite this, they still cannot find any hard evidence to support their claim that the shooting was staged. Isn't this odd?

The pan-blue camp's shadow boxing in fact only satisfies its own paranoia. The roots of this paranoia lie in the unwillingness of Lien and People First Party (PFP) Chairman James Soong (宋楚瑜) to face up to facts. They and their retinue of fantasy writers think that as long as the 319 shootings remain in doubt, Chen has not won the election and Lien and Soong have not lost it.

In fact, fabricating politically disputable issues has long been a forte of the Chinese people. One classic example is the anecdote of the Yongzheng Emperor of the Qing Dynasty, who was said to have forged the will of his father, the Kangxi Emperor, so that he could ascend to the throne.

Just like Mao Zedong (毛澤東), many a politician in China believes that lies will become the truth if they are repeated often enough. Now, many would rather believe in the juicy details in the unofficial history of the Yongzheng Emperor than the truth that has been revealed by serious historical research, which only goes to show that such political skulduggery by politicians can still be influential.

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