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Wednesday, November 03, 2004
  The Shanghai Gesture
Don Feder at FrontPage Magazine comments on the latest outrage from Colin Powell:
Powell perfectly reflects the State Department mindset. In almost any situation he favors appeasement over confrontation, sacrificing U.S. allies (Israel, Taiwan) to win brownie points with thugs (Arab regimes, the People’s Republic of China).

But what Powell did on a trip to China last week went well beyond the usual State Department shenanigans. Like encouraging a pyromaniac to play with matches and gasoline, his comments were inflammatory, bordering on lethal.

In an interview with Hong Kong’s Phoenix TV, on October 25th, Powell said both China and Taiwan should "move forward towards the day when we will see a peaceful unification." (Emphasis added.)

Just to be sure he wasn’t misunderstood, in a CNN interview the following day, Powell opined that both sides should exercise restraint and do nothing to prejudice "a reunification that all parties are seeking." (Emphasis added.)
How is a peaceful unification to be achieved between two parties, when the bigger one wishes to eat the smaller? For Powell to even entertain the idea that the unification of Taiwan with China would involve anything other than the rape of Taiwan, is obscene. China has repeated ad nauseum there firm resolve to see Taiwan rejoined with the mainland. For the US to capitulate in this fashion only emboldens and encourages the communist thugs, while demoralizing Taiwan.
 
 POSTED BY THE GENERAL AT 10:26 AM


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