"Because in Cyberspace, no one can hear you scream."
Sunday, March 27, 2005
[Media Source*] (MSNBC, Posted on BNN)
TAIPEI, Taiwan - About a million Taiwanese marched through the capital on Saturday at a rally protesting a new Chinese law that authorizes an attack on the island if it moves toward formal independence...
"China is a violent country. We want nothing to do with it," said protester Wu Chao-hsiung, a carpenter from Taipei. "We have to insist on the freedom to determine our own fate."
But does Taiwan really have the power to determine their own fate? Despite their attempts for recognition as a country, it seems that most of the world sees Taiwan and China, as one nation, despite the fact that China is a communist regime while Taiwan is a democratic state.
Ironically as other areas of the world begin to taste freedom (with the recognition that usually comes with it) it seems that Taiwan is left out like some red headed step child.
Despite having a diverse culture, stable government and open political system (all with the looming threat of invasion by their "bigger brother") Taiwan is not only refused recognition towards national status by the United Nations but by the United States as well.
"We believe it [One China] lays a foundation for progress and offers some creative ideas for reducing tensions and resuming the cross-Strait dialogue," the State Department said.
"The United States is firmly committed to our one China policy, the three joint communiques, and our responsibilities under the Taiwan Relations Act," according to the State Department.
It is sad that a nation who has supported the spread of democracy in regions such as Iraq, Afghanistan and Lebanon refuses to recognize the existence of one as a nation, supporting a "One China" policy when it is clear that the people of Taiwan have no interest in being reunited with the main land.
The United States once fought for it's right of independence as a nation, to be recognized around the world as a free society. Taiwan is just as determined to be recognized by the world body and is capable of defending itself against China (as they would have plenty of allies, including Australia that would come to their defense). After all, every nation around the world has taken the opportunity to not only seize their own freedom but be recognized for it as well. Shouldn't we at least do the same for Taiwan as well?
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