The death of the KMT
"For the people of Taiwan, the KMT must win the `war' over the presidential and legislative elections. If it loses again, Taiwan will exist no more," Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) presidential candidate Ma Ying-jeou (
Ma's manifesto is more than just a football coach's pep talk before a game, however. It denotes a speaker who at once assumes the role of savior and the head of a terrorist organization.
Ma the savior claims that Taiwan has "fallen" since the transfer of power to the Democratic Progressive Party, that the nation has been "standing still" and that Taiwanese are "angry" and "no longer laughing."
Ma is saying, somewhat grandiosely, that it is his destiny to take the lead in fighting a "holy war" of great historical significance concerning the future happiness of Taiwanese.
At the same time, Ma is also issuing a threat to the people who are not supporting him and the KMT, warning of an impending catastrophe of apocalyptic magnitude that could mean the end of Taiwan.
Ma's conclusions would have us believe that should he and the KMT lose the elections next year, the nation would continue to lose economic power, with no hope of recovery.
This reading, however, does not bear up with the nation's rosy stock indexes and can be refuted almost instantly.
Ma's pretentious prophetic proclamation is meant to inspire fear. It is pregnant with a very effective weapon in rhetorics -- silence -- that stems from privileged knowledge the audience is not privy to.
Whether his speech reflects an imminent invasion by the People's Liberation Army or a naval blockade from China in reaction to a KMT loss in the elections or of other factors that would endanger the future of the nation, we simply cannot know.
These are just some of the plausible scenarios, manipulated with diabolical dexterity since the ice-breaking pilgrimages to China by former vice president Lien Chan (連戰) and People First Party Chairman James Soong (宋楚瑜).
Who knows how many secret pacts they have signed with their Chinese Communist Party counterparts and what measures would be taken should they once again lose the elections.
This, of course, exploits the legacy of fear from the Martial Law era. Ma and his ilk are experienced terrorists, knowing that terror is still very much alive in a large part of the population.
Beyond Ma's posturing as the savior of the people or as a terrorist boss, however, one also senses desperation in his speeches, as if this were the KMT's last chance to regain power and claim political viability, as the outcome of next year's elections will be the deciding factor in whether the KMT dynasty will continue on or die.
The KMT dynasty, however, was pronounced dead in 2000, when a Nationalist expatriate in the US told a NPR reporter that he and countless other overseas Nationalists were about to return to Taiwan to vote for the KMT presidential candidate because "the Nationalists cannot afford to lose. If they were to lose," the man said, the "ROC would be no more."
Salt Lake City, Utah
China clouds act of generosity
China's state-run media reported that Hang Bin (杭彬), a woman from Jiangsu Province, had volunteered to donate stem cells to a leukemia patient in Taiwan.
The Chinese media stressed that the donation -- supposedly a milestone in that a Chinese would for the first time donate marrow to a Taiwanese recipient -- served as proof that Taiwanese find their genetic origins in China.
The generosity of voluntary, unpaid donors giving blood for the benefit of other people should cause us to rejoice. Sadly, however, this donation has sparked a controversy.
For one thing, China has cloaked what constitutes a genuinely simple exchange of unselfish love with politics, implying that the ancestors of Taiwanese used to live in southern China and that Taiwan and China should therefore ultimately unify.
The belief that the majority of Taiwanese come from the same ethnic group may be true, but this notwithstanding, there are lurid differences between the nations on either side of the Taiwan Strait.
Taiwanese exercise their right to elect presidents, members of the legislature and local governors -- all emblematic of a sovereign state.
In this specific case, the propaganda that China has aimed at Taiwan breaches the donor's code of confidentiality.
As is stipulated in many of the world's major marrow regulations, information -- such as donor's tissue, age, gender and ethnicity -- can only be released for medical purposes.
In order to avoid inappropriate and undesired coercion for financial or other types of compensation, it is required that the anonymity of both donors and recipients be maintained.
However, upon confirmation of the bone marrow compatibility, the Chinese media disclosed the donor's full name and overtly used her generosity for political advantage.
China's overzealous and callous disregard for the donor's privacy is abhorrent.
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