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Letters: Crime and punishment

While first lady Wu Shu-jen (吳淑珍) will face an impartial trial with due process of law, the application of more equitable justice for all remains sorely lacking. There is an even more severe white-collar crime that has yet to be addressed: assets stolen by the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) from the citizens of the Republic of China (ROC) during the era when the KMT and the state were one.

Unfortunately, media coverage of a few people's wrongdoings somehow justifies making the pan-blues look like saints. Somehow accusing someone else day and night of wrongdoing grants the accuser the moral high ground even though we all know that certain high-ranking pan-blue politicians do not meet the high moral standards that they impose on others.

Those who are Christians should remember John 7:53 8:11, in which Jesus told the morally arrogant accusers: "He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her."

It pains me to see certain members of the pan-blues who set off firecrackers in celebration when the news of the indictment came. It reminds me of Shylock in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice who was so determined to get a "pound of flesh" from his rival Antonio.

If the pan-blues were not so obsessive from day one about getting rid of President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁), I would not mind so much about what is going on right now. However, the pan-blues' obsession reminds me of Captain Ahab in Moby Dick, who was so determined to hunt down the whale that almost his entire crew were killed. What a blessing: this indictment distracts everyone from more critical issues needed for the nation's survival, including the arms budget.

As the obsession to depose Chen continues, the ROC becomes ripe for the picking by the predatory People's Republic of China (PRC). Never mind that the pan-blues try to defend themselves by saying that they are willing to sign a peace treaty with the PRC. Any peace treaty according to Beijing's uncompromising terms will destroy the ROC. The KMT learned that long ago when it tried to negotiate with Mao Zedong (毛澤東) for peace.

Perhaps we should do the following as an exercise to ask ourselves if justice is applied equally to everyone in society.

Have Chen resign, then ask Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) to issue two presidential pardons: one blanket pardon to the KMT for all the assets it has stolen from the people, as well as all crimes that pan-blue leaders have committed that would make them unfit for presidency according to their own definition of morality. Then pardon Chen and his family for their own wrongdoings.

Are both pardons of equal weight? I don't think so.

Allen Chang

Hsinchu

The first lady has been indicted, protests against corruption have increased. The last two years of Chen's second term have been tumultuous. However, instead of giving a clear solution, he chose to look abroad and engage in diplomacy. That gave him dignity as president and it also refocused the media spotlight, which had been concentrating on the corruption scandals.

Chen's diplomacy -- giving aid to less-developed countries -- has helped raise the status of Taiwan and its leaders. And of course, to some extent, it helped the poor. Nevertheless, from a domestic standpoint, it was neither proper nor necessary.

First, Chen's diplomatic efforts were carried out just so he could ignore public opinion.

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