Originally posted by FredT
Thank god that the US did support Chiang Kai-shek. You seem upset by the fact that the US supported the "rebels" as you term them against Mao and
his brutal regime? I wonder if the people of China will ever forget the 30,000,000+ plus that the government that the Taiwanese fled killed during the
"Cultural Revolution" or the "Greal Leap Backwards" Its good that you wont forget.
I am familiar with the history of Taiwan and the Communist Revolution, and can count relatives lost in Korea. I am also no fan of Communism or any of
its foul and mendacious variants.
For the record, I am not upset that the U.S. supported Chiang, I am upset that we didn't follow through and allowed China to fall to Communism. But
that opportunity was lost decades ago, and clinging to the idea today is nothing more than folly.
I know all too well about the genocides resulting from Communism in China as well as in Russia and pretty much everywhere Marxism has infected
nations. I am not a fan of the current regime in China and would like to see it change. You are preaching to the choir.
What I am attempting to encourage is not revisionism but perspective. The situation between China and Taiwan has been drawn out over the years but
remains unresolved. The idea of aiding Taiwan to overthrow Communism in China is long past any possible hope of implementation. Thus the problem must
be addressed in light of the way things actually are, not how they might have been, and preferably with reason instead of bluster and saber-rattling
It is clear that Taiwan will not peaceably rejoin China unless there are some fundamental changes in China and in its policies toward Taiwan.
Legitimate and serious differences exist, and must be resolved.
I do not, never have and never will support a forced reunification of Taiwan with China. However, I can understand why China might see things
differently. There is a difference between understanding and agreement.
If steps are taken to win recognition of Taiwan as an independent nation with U.N. recognition, treaties, etc., I can see where China would have a
problem with that, and why they may be willing to use violent means to prevent it. Once that threshold is crossed, any effort at reunification can be
I support the rights of the people of Taiwan and China to self-determination, but that is a sword that cuts both ways. Foreign intervention is not
self-determination, no matter how much you want to "help" (that applies to Iraq, as well, but let's keep that to other threads).
That's the way I see it, and of course I expect people to agree or disagree with my assessment as they see fit. But there it is.