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A Good Indication that Some People in Taiwan Still Don’t Understand Taiwan Itself

http://www.hi-on.org.tw/bulletins.jsp?b_ID=98150

This ridiculous mistake is a good indication how bad Taiwan’s history education is.  Any person with some sort of common sense about Taiwan’s history would not have made such idiotic mistake.  And this mistake comes from the military.  I guess under Ma administration even the military personnels become brain-dead.

Only Know After Reading Newspapers?!?

This is actually quite funny:

http://pfge-pfge.blogspot.com/2010/02/blog-post_22.html

http://www.hi-on.org.tw/bulletins.jsp?b_ID=98078

Naive Advocation By Academic

http://iservice.libertytimes.com.tw/liveNews/news.php?no=334793&type=%E5%9C%8B%E9%9A%9B

I agree with what they said in most part, however, their naivety still astonishes me.

談及美中台關係,黃奎博指出,對馬政府來說,美中台三邊關係,或是美台、美中、兩岸關係,不再是零和遊戲,而是「三贏局面」(win-win-win), 即使有些齟齬,也希望只是短期現象。現今的台灣政府自詡為和平製造者(peace maker),協助美中台關係朝正面、健康方向發展。

I think this is very naive because the win-win-win concept is nearly impossible.  Furthermore, “Peace Maker” is too huge a burden for Taiwan to carry.  China has the most initiative on whether to have peace or not.  All it has to do is give up annexing Taiwan, and there will be peace.  Furthermore, what Ma government is actually doing is paving the road for China to annex Taiwan.  Peace Maker, perhaps, but in the expenses of Taiwan.  It will be a loss-loss-win situation if Ma keeps going in this direction.

鄧中堅指出,中國從過去與西方對抗,到鎖國封閉,現在則開放門戶與西方往來,從這樣的歷史發展軌跡來看,或許有一天,中國也將出現讓人驚訝的轉變。

Now this one just sounds out right stupid.  First of all China already changed, from a communist dictator to a capitalist/socialist dictator.  Secondly, Soviet Union and the East European blocs suffered a complete economic failure and that is why they changed.  China is enjoying an economic success.  How can it change any time soon?  The comparison is so out-of-place.  Furthermore, China has not stopped opposing the west politically even though it trades with the west.

These people I just feel like they are too naive, even if their intentions are good.  (or maybe their intention are just bad, trying to put some makeup on Ma recent pro-China policy)

KMT at it Again

http://www.libertytimes.com.tw/2010/new/feb/25/today-t1.htm

KMT just never gets tired of it.  They love Chinese history so much, to the point that they have to force every students to study more Chinese history, whether people are interested or not. 

To this day, many Taiwanese are still extremely fuzzy about their own history.  Taiwan is not big, and its recorded history is approximately 400 years, so there is no reason that Taiwanese should be so ignorant of their own history.  The only reason is the long time bias of KMT to filled the majority of geography and history material with China. 

If it’s up to me, I will seperate the history into 2 parts, Taiwan history and world history, with 1:1 ratio.  Chinese history will be included within the world history.  World history will be seperated by regions, Asia, Europe, America etc, but with a common and comparable timelines.  People who are more interested in particular history of a country (China, Japan, Korea, UK, US etc) can take up electives for them.

It’s time to give the students a broader perspective of the world as well as a deeper understanding of their own land!

Require a Fundamental Change To Safe Guard Taiwan

http://www.libertytimes.com.tw/2010/new/feb/24/today-fo1.htm

I have to agree with this guy.  The fact is the situation has changed so much the so called status quo does not exist, especially in terms of military.  While China expands its military freely, Taiwan has to its hand tied.  This cannot end well unless there is a fundamentally change in strategy and policy.

KMT Propaganda Uncovered

http://tw.myblog.yahoo.com/antired-newspaper/article?mid=23528&prev=-1&next=23527

This is actually funny and disgusting at the same time.  Only KMT and CCP can create such “romantic” propaganda.

Another famous one is the fabricated Wu-Fong story created by KMT to fool children of the friendship between Chinese and Taiwanese aboriginal.  (That one is also very romantic.  Basically Wu-Fong sacrifice himself like Jesus Christ to “teach” the aboriginal about compassion lol).

Next time you see some romantic sh*t (eg. cough AVATAR cough), be aware of the stupidity behind it.  (and be careful about how truthful it is). lol

Yet Another Wrong Guy For The Job

http://www.libertytimes.com.tw/2010/new/feb/22/today-o3.htm

This is a well-known fact.  But the article described the situation more clearly.  Now this dude Hu Wei-jen (胡為真) has become the secretary-general of NSC.  Nice pick, Ma. 

Taiwan’s diplomats are just filled with thugs like 胡為真 and 郭冠英.  That is why there are huge misconception about Taiwan around the world.

Interesting Research: The Science of Walking in Circle

Tottoro posted a very interesting blog on the German research and how it relates to Ma administration’s behaviour:

http://tw.myblog.yahoo.com/tottoro-meowmeowmeow/article?mid=576&prev=-1&next=573

It is very interesting.  For pan green though we also have to be aware not to make such mistake.

Su Chi Step Down: A Sudden Move? Or A Timely Outcome

A lot of people are surprised by the recent step down of National Security Council (NSC) Secretary-General Su Chi.  I was also surprised, because he could have stepped down a few months ago.  Why now?

 However, after a few weeks, one can realize that step down is actually a good move.  After the Lunar New Year (or as most foreign call it, Chinese New Year…interestingly in Chinese, it’s not called Chinese New Year, but when they translated to English, they just have to add “Chinese” into it.  Idiots.  Heard some news that some Korean communities in the US are complaining, and they decide to change it to “Asian” New Year.  lol…I suspect next the Japanese and Philippine will complain…hey, WTF, we don’t have such New Year, why call it Asian New Year?  Are you racists?  But I cannot come up with a good name neither, so I will just call it Lunar New Year for now), people seem to forgot about all the beef fiasco created by Su Chi and Ma.  Some people even start to sympathize with Su Chi, saying something like he is actually a good man, just in the wrong place at the wrong time etc.  So an arrogant and incompetent official has become a victim of some sort.  Pure Genius.  People seem to forgot that his wife and his brother are doing business in China…and he is Secretary-General of What?  National Security Council?  Just by that he is unfit to the position.

But now let’s get to the point.  Most people, including me, are surprised, of course.  However, now I actually come up with a conspiracy theory that explain why his departure is in a timely manner.  Here it is:

The beef with bone negotiation thing with the US are to achieve two things:

  • Show to the US that Taiwan is not completely leaning toward China (when in fact Ma admin is lowering Taiwan’s defense faster than anyone anticipated)
  • Use this to stir up anti-American sentiment in Taiwan.

Ok, now you might wonder why stir up anti-American sentiment and how do they figure this beef thing will do that?

Why 1 –  Because Ma administration does not really want to buy any weapons from the US due to its complete pro-China view and his eventual unification goal.  However, he cannot refuse, because he promised to the US before that he would buy, not buying risks going against the US government or even the CIA.  Also, the military, although containing a lot of KMT supporters, cannot accept such refusal.  Furthermore, the backlash and panic of Taiwanese would be great, to the point that it might topple to government.  Therefore, Ma admin cannot right out refuse.  It has to stir up anti-American sentiment.

Why 2 – similarly to Why 1, Ma administration also hopes that the US actually refuse to sell weapons to Taiwan.  One way to achieve this is to messed up a deal with the US, such as  a beef deal. 

How do they figure this will work – I believe they follow the violent anti-American protest of South Korea after Korean government made the same stupid deal with the US, and want to replicate it.  Any sane and competent government, after seeing what happened in South Korea, would act carefully when dealing with similar issue.  But Ma administration actually goes the opposite way.  They charge right in as if they really really want to mess things up big time. 

However, they miscalculated the internal and external situation.  Internally, Taiwanese simply does not react the same way Korean do.  Although there are attempts by KMT to stir up anti-American sentiment and putting the blame on the US, overall it does not work too well.  Instead, blames are put squarely onto Su-Chi, Ma’s personal human shield (I believe Ma and his team are  the one making up this scheme, Shu Chi is just a glove doing the dirty work).  Externally the US also did not react the same way they expected.  In the end, the US still decided to sell Taiwan weapons, although the F-16 C/D and submarines sells are not granted…and perhaps they at least succeed in blocking those two.  (Of course, I think the US did not sell F-16 and subs because the US administrations are chickens when it comes to arm sell to Taiwan.  If it isn’t the TRA, they would use the arm requests document as toilet paper.  They probably feel more comfortable selling F-16 C/D to North Korea.  But who knows).

Since the scheme is over, most ultimently did not accomplish the 2 goals (create wide spread anti-American sentiment in Taiwan stop the US from selling arms) , Su Chi just step down.  Like he said, he has accomplished the interim tasks of the Ma administration.

Now the next dude that step in as NSC secretary-general, Hu Wei-jen, is even worse than Su Chi, in my opinion.  People should watch out for this guy, because based on his past record, he cannot be doing much good to Taiwan, but indeed doing harms.

UPDATE: A new editorial from Liberty Times on the related issue.  Actually one would not be too surprised if they change officials.  What is funny is how the pan-blue media once again tries to describe them as saviors.  The editorial is quite insightful though and pointed out how the root problem with Ma administration is not really who they use, but the wrong direction of policies and attitude.  (The article describe Ma’s attitude as that of the KMT 20 years ago during 蔣經國’s time when “KMT leads the government,” but that type of posture and attitude simply does not work anymore in today’s Taiwan.) 

UPDATE 2: Another article from Libert on the same topic.

Some Nice Articles

Some very nice articles recently.  All are worth a read: