Botnst - 7/16/2005 11:51 AM
Shane - 7/15/2005 12:48 PM
Where's your spirit guys? We are Americans and we dictate what is right and what is wrong. It is our GOD GIVEN DUTY to police the world whether it likes it or not because we know better and live a better way of life than anyone else on this little, blue planet. And quite frankly we have more nukes and can blow this communistic competitor for world supplies back to whatever kung fu age it came from. Hell ya! I'm gettin' my gun! No damn Chinese slant eye general gonna tell me what I can and can't do...
Disclaimer: For Bot.
Huh? How'd I get into this?
IMO, the Koumintang is still playing us, after 70 years.
Barbara Tuchman wrote an excellent book entitled, "Stilwell and the American Experience in China" (http://www.writing.upenn.edu/~afilreis/50s/stillwell-in-china.html). After reading that book back when it first came out, I was (and am) all for letting Taiwan find it's path without our input. A Hong Kong type absorption would be a great path for them to take.
Tiggerfink's history of Taiwan link seems very biased, for the sake of a political agenda. In truth, Taiwan was part of the Republic of China, the government that predated the Communist government. In 1949, when the Nationalists retreated to Taiwan with 100's of thousands of troops and two million Chinese refuges to escape the victorious Communists, they were greeted by a Republic of China governor, not a ruler of an independent state called "Taiwan". I could find nothing on any UN administration of Taiwan. I am sure it may have had a short period, as many areas formerly under Japanese occupation did, but the Wikipedia article I reference below clearly states the island was turned over to The Republic of China in 1945. From a strictly legalistic standpoint, Chiang did nothing more than transfer the capital of his country to another province in the face of enemy invasion. His action was recognized as legitimate by The West, while it was rejected as illegimate by the Communist Bloc. Given that history, it is difficult to posit Taiwan as an "independent state".
It was because of this that the US policy towards Taiwan, that it was the real government of China, was maintained as a fiction of International Law for much of the Cold War. The error in this policy was that the policy had to acknowledge that Taiwan was a part of China. Over the years the reality that six or seven billion of the people on the planet were actually ruled from Beijing and not Taipei became unignorable, and the US and the rest of the free world have instituted policies that recognize the Communists as the legitimate government of China, and recognize that Taiwan is a province of China, however with the stipulation that it must be peacefully reunited with the Mainland. Taiwanese nationalism isn't even a majority view on Taiwan. Most Taiwanese would prefer the problem is solved in a manner that preserves their way of life without them getting blown up, something I am sure they are even more interested in, given the recent renewal of American's history of "helping" oppressed people, which they usually do by spreading jellied gasoline over their children.
Unfortunately, their island is infected with the Oriental cousins of America's own rabid right wingers, and the entire bunch will eventually make a bloody mess of it.