tommy525 wrote:Its considered inflamatory for those who wish to remove the Rep of China from the map and set up a Rep of Taiwan.
I don't know. I am sympathetic to the desire to replace the Republic of China with a Republic of Taiwan. As far as I can tell, what sticks in most people's craw (if that's how you spell the word) is when you point out that the Taiwanese people themselves acquiesce to Taiwan's status as a province of China. There is something gut-wrenching about it, at least for me, but I think it points to the price this society is paying every single day. When progress was being made towards democracy, in fits and starts during the '80s and '90s and up until the shine wore off Chen Shuibian, it was not such a burden, but after years now of relative democratic stagnation, I think it has to make itself felt on this society, perhaps hollowing it out.
I am not in favor of blood at all, Mucha Man. I am in favor of carefully weighing all the essential facts, making the hard decisions--not in Western capitals, but in the hearts of the Taiwanese--about how to move forward, and then executing those decisions. I think there is now a culture of victimization among the democratic/independence crowd that is becoming monotonous and debilitating. Apparently, we can't wait to get rid of Ma Ying-jeou so we can replace him with somebody who will make futile gestures like applying for UN membership or making bold initiatives such as not signing a trade deal with China. And I don't mean futile because the UN will reject the bid. I mean futile insofar as nobody is likely to pay any attention to it.
The answer to the Taiwan Question is not in the political or diplomatic processes. Obviously, the KMT has no interest in acknowledging that, but neither does the DPP. It seems to be becoming the green patronage machine, and it has every interest in pushing the Taiwan=ROC line. Stir the pot, win some votes, and then back to the business at hand. That's its bread and butter, and the KMT are happy enough to tow the same line when they have to. So, why do they get away with it? A lot of reasons, but chiefly, the Taiwanese people let them do so.
In hindsight, it appears that the Shi Mingde protests were a watershed moment for the green movement, but they opted for power and they never looked back.