Thu, Dec 20, 2012 - Page 8

Unification machinations

What Chang Kuo-tsai (張國財) wrote in a recent op-ed piece (“Society as a whole has to stand up for justice,” Dec. 13, page 8) is nothing new.

I have been coming to Taiwan for business for almost 40 years, and have lived in the country for three years.

I do not speak Chinese yet, so why can I see what the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) is doing and Taiwanese cannot or do not want to see it? Do they not care? Are they afraid?

The KMT has been planning unification with China since 1949.

First, it had this ridiculous idea that it could go back to China and be the boss.

Now the party knows it cannot be the boss there, so it goes for the next best thing — best for it, of course, not for Taiwanese.

The KMT will hand Taiwan to China in exchange for high-ranking positions in the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

Everything Chang wrote proves that the KMT is busy with preparations for this.

It wants to bringing democracy in Taiwan down to the dictatorial level of the CCP.

There are many similarities with what is happening in Taiwan and what is common in China.

I have noticed that Taiwanese are afraid to talk about politics.

Most of them do not want to discuss politics openly. In private, they do and most of them agree with me, but they do not do anything about it.

They did not learn from the last election, when President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) promised freedom, democracy and prosperity.

Can they not see what is happening now? Or do they not want to see?

Please Taiwanese, wake up and do something to stop this.

Gerry Floor

Greater Taichung

Thankful for Taiwan gun laws

As a native of the state of Connecticut, the scene of the US’ most recent and horrifying mass school shooting, I just want to say I am glad I live in Taiwan, a country with sensible gun laws.

I am glad that the only people here carrying weapons are police officers. Some have said in the wake of this tragedy that it is necessary to staff every US school with armed security personnel.

Though I feel an innate sense of foreboding at what this says about my country and the direction it is heading, I find myself reluctantly agreeing with the idea. The problem is, the US is already swimming in guns. No law made now will protect future victims from the more than 200 million privately owned guns estimated to be already out there. Thinking about it is exhausting, now more than ever.

Aaron Andrews

Greater Taichung