The truth about the KMT
While there are many Taiwanese who never show an interest in or discuss issues relating to Taiwan, it is amazing to know that there is someone — a foreigner — who is intensively asking serious questions, such as “Where is the KMT [Chinese Nationalist Party] taking Taiwan?” (“President Ma is not the only problem,” Dec. 16, page 8).
The answer to that question is that the KMT is trying to bring Taiwan into a position where it will become a territory of China — either like Hong Kong or Tibet — in the near future. The KMT, always on the opposite side of the people, certainly will not go with “the general public trend which sees the population increasingly disassociating themselves from China,” as Michael Danielsen stated.
Danielsen is correct to point out that other than Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), the KMT is also a problem.
Issues that Danielsen is concerned with, such as Taiwan’s democratic development, Taiwan’s international status, Taiwan’s self-determination, the Covenant on Civil and Political Rights for foreigners and a worry over unification, are not on the KMT’s list of priorities.
Danielsen’s concern is legitimate. If he knew a few more things about the KMT, he would be able to understand how and why the KMT and Ma are doing what they have been doing. The important information in this case is as follows:
1. The KMT’s official name is the “Chinese Nationalist Party.” It seems to be that most of the members are Chinese and have Chinese nationalism on their minds. This explains very clearly why Taiwan — the beautiful island nation — is not in these people’s hearts.
2. The KMT is the richest political party in world. With estimated assets of at least US$200 billion, it is beyond people’s imagination what the KMT and Ma can do to affect the Legislative Yuan (parliament) and the outcome of elections, both on a local and national level.
3. The KMT has never been a democratic and civilized political party. It is an authoritarian political party. To say the KMT is a gang organization is not harsh, rude or barbarous.
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