November 17, 2005

Get Me Rewrite!

"'By embracing freedom at all levels, Taiwan has delivered prosperity to its people and created a free and democratic Chinese society,' Bush said." -- W., quoted in yesterday's Murky News.

This is breathtaking in the way it rewrites history. Taiwan got to its current economic position largely as a result of fifty or so years of US-supported and US-approved authoritarian one-party military rule (martial law was in effect from the late 1940's right up until 1987; the KMT didn't release its iron grip on the one-party state until the early 1990's); it's still hardly the model of democratic diversity....

What's more breathtaking, though, is that the US media by-and-large let this one pass without comment; I can't find any mainstream commentary questioning W.'s whopper here.


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