Wednesday, February 15, 2006

World Nut Daily: Bush Caves To China

One of the interesting things about supporting Taiwan is that in the US both the Red-Staters and the Blue-Staters support Taiwan. Only a few whackjob Leftists who locate themselves to right of Xinhua, and some old academic supporters of the KMT, still demur. Here is a piece from right-wing columnist Joseph Farah bashing Bush for complaining about Chen Shui-bian's New Year's Day surprise:

But this week, the United States told the people of Taiwan, once again, to forget about independence.

Don't even talk about it, the State Department warned. You might enflame the passions of the totalitarians in Beijing who want to crush your free island nation and subjugate you as one more miserable province in their fascist nightmare-land of forced abortion, controlled speech, dictatorial rule and crushed dissent.

Taiwan's duly elected president, Chen Shui-bian, has suggested drafting a new constitution emphasizing the nation's independence and said he believes the country deserves a seat in the United Nations.

For that he was firmly and rudely rebuked by Taiwan's so-called ally, the United States.

The State Department said the United States "does not support Taiwan's independence and opposes unilateral changes to the status quo by either Taiwan or Beijing."

"We're issuing this, in the wake of some comments by President Chen in Taiwan, that we don't want to be inflammatory or send the wrong signal," said spokesman Adam Ereli. "We certainly weren't expecting it, and we weren't consulted about it."

I've got a bulletin for the State Department and the Bush administration: The status quo is that Taiwan is a free and independent nation in every sense of the word -- like it or not.

Why would the United States oppose independence for another nation? Why would the United States condemn another people for struggling for it? Why would the nation that made history by declaring independence from the greatest superpower at the time in the world denounce another people fighting for the same thing?

The answer, of course, is obvious. We don't want to rock China's boat.

Imagine if the French of the 18th century took a similar stance. Imagine if Lafayette didn't want to "be inflammatory or send the wrong signal." Imagine if our founders were as timid as the Bush administration about freedom.
It's simpleminded, but it's nice to see a show of support for Taiwan that is also an attack on King George. If only the wingnuts loved democracy at home with the same gusto that they feted it abroad.


Darin said...

I understand that the US, wanting to avoid war with China pushes the status quo in the Taiwan issue, but I just am so frustrated with my supposedly democratic government sitting back and watching, if not aiding to, the abuse of one of the worlds better (particularly in the non-western category) democracies. I don't really understand why the US will go and fight wars for democracy in places where people don't want it, but will do it's best to oppress people that actually do. I just wish Taiwan had some oil for America to steal. I'm not saying I want war, I'm just saying that I want what's right. I would hope this issue could be solved without war, but logic is something that eludes both America and China to no end.

Anonymous said...

I think their hearts are with Taiwan but thats as far as it goes - and, they judge, can go in the real world. But the US may need to expect more heartburn as Chen looks to pulling off a big finish to his last term. All politics is local after all.

Anonymous said...

US made the right move.