Did you know that the Republic of China was never meant to be a democracy? That's right. A nation named the “Republic of China” was never meant to be a democracy. It was meant to be a republic, just as its name suggests. Now how shocking is that?The seeds were planted at the beginning.....
The Taipei Times reports on another scathing set of remarks from President Ma's former law school mentor Jerome Cohen:
The Harvard Law School mentor of President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) said yesterday that his former student needed to act urgently to prevent an “increasingly disturbing circus atmosphere” from prejudicing his predecessor's right to a fair trial. Jerome Cohen's comments to The Associated Press follow last week's biting skit that mocked former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁), performed by prosecutors at a dinner celebrating “Law Day,” which was attended by Minister of Justice Wang Ching-feng (王清峰), judges and other members of the legal community.The remarks of Cohen, whom private sources told me is "outraged" at the mess that has been made of Chen's trial, appeared originally in the International Herald Tribune. Cohen originally supported Ma's election as President (CFR visit a couple of years ago), but recently has been criticizing the KMT's handling of the Chen Shui-bian trial, most recently here, and before that, intrepid reporter Jenny Hsu caught him on a trip through Taipei in December with an earlier version of those comments (and in November too). Good work, Dr. Cohen.
Cohen, now a law professor at New York University, is one of the world's foremost experts on legal systems in Taiwan and China. He mentored Ma three decades ago at Harvard and they remain close. They last met in the presidential office in Taipei on Dec. 16.
In a telephone interview with AP, Cohen called performing the skit “unthinkable.”
The fullness of time is revealing how the KMT's obsession with Chen has been a massive political error. Had the Party left the judicial process alone, it would not have attracted the attention of outsiders, and the consequent heightened scrutiny and negative media coverage. Had it not then locked Chen Shui-bian up, he would be running around the island, spouting bombastic, easily satirized nonsense, and chilling public opinion about him. In detention, he is silenced, while the KMT assault is busily making him into a folk hero as public attention focuses on Chen-as-prisoner, not Chen-as-defendant. A smart friend of mine further pointed out that the media's attacks on his daughter have also generated sympathy.