Apparently President Chen has embraced this case, according to media reports. Here is the Taipei Times account, which further down charitably says that maybe Chen is crazy like a fox....
The office of former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) said yesterday that Chen was serious about asking US President Barack Obama to testify in court to clarify Taiwan’s status and that the suit had nothing to do with the former president being found guilty of corruption.Bluntly put, this is a stupid idea on Chen's part. The doctrine that sovereignty over a particular territory is a political question for the legislative and executive branches to determine is settled law (see the appeal). Further, even if they were successful, the US would immediately hand over sovereignty to China. That's just a given, folks. If compelled to testify, State Department officials might even testify that Taiwan is part of China. Only the gods know what might happen, and none of it is good. Obama is just another center-right US politician owned by banking and corporate interests, all of whom are looking to China to pull their chestnuts out of the fire right now. He's not going to rock the boat with a concrete display of support for Taiwan.
The office issued a statement saying that Chen supported a lawsuit that Roger Lin (林志昇), the founder of the Formosa Nation Legal Strategy Association, intends to file in the US because the former president hoped the case would help clarify Taiwan’s international status.
Chen also hopes the trial would reflect his position that the people of Taiwan should jettison the constitutional system of the Republic of China and make concerted efforts to build a new republic and write a new constitution, the statement said.
Further, sympathy for the lawsuit is yet another symptom of the ongoing problem of Taiwanese "petitioning the Emperor" -- asking the intervention of a higher power to magically make the island independent and all their problems go away. Note how Chen invokes Obama, like Renfield appealing to the power of Dracula, as if merely speaking the name "Obama" harnessed some talismanic power. Sad.
Fact: there is one, and only one, group of people who can create Taiwan independence: the people of Taiwan. Go to it, folks.
Back story: despite Lin and Hartzell's apparent sympathy for the PRC, Lin has a long association with the independence movement. He was once had of a pro-Lee Teng-hui organization before Lee removed him, and a prominent Taiwan supporter said privately that when he went to visit Chen Shui-bian in jail, one other person was there at the same time visiting Chen: Roger Lin.
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