So, when Ma talks about how it is hard to judge a historical figure from just one point of view, what he really means is that while we need to offer our condolences to the victims, the killer also needs to be commemorated.
Let us stop and think about this for a minute. Suppose a German leader held a memorial for the victims of concentration camps and then every year turned around and commemorated Adolf Hitler. Would everyone think such a leader is on the side of the killer or those that were killed?
Murder is murder and the victims cannot be brought back to life. This is a simple thing to understand. Given that Ma shows so much respect to a “killer,” it follows that Ma is insincere in offering his condolences to the victims. Ma does not only do this in Taiwan, he also does this in China.
Ma once defined the Tiananmen Square Massacre as the CCP regime’s use of violence to suppress a democratic student movement. However, after he became president, he said that 20 years after the June 4, 1989, massacre, China’s economy has succeeded in opening up and this has greatly improved living standards in China.
Ma also said that in the most recent decade, the Chinese authorities have been paying much more attention to human rights. What Ma basically means by this is that the Tiananmen Square Massacre brought about progress, that killers have their reasons and those killed need not be mentioned.
It also implies that the various human rights abuses Chinese people have been subjected to in recent years and the self-immolation of Tibetans are also things for which the Chinese authorities need not take responsibility.
Regardless of whether it is in Taiwan or in China, Ma chooses to take the side of killers, and this is by no means accidental. This is because Ma sympathizes more with dictators than he does with ordinary people. Despite having signed two international human rights covenants, Ma has paid no attention whatsoever to the declining human rights situation in this country.
Ma is manipulating referendums, he is exploiting his dual role as national president and chairman of the ruling party, and he has access to considerable — and ill-gotten — party assets. In addition, he is cooperating with China’s dictators, and not the leaders of China’s democracy movement, in the pursuit of his “China dream.”
This has seen people such as the Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama and World Uyghur Congress president Rebiya Kadeer being refused entry to Taiwan.
This is not only a nightmare for Taiwanese, but also one for the Chinese.
Translated by Drew Cameron