But Russia went straight for Free Syrian Army (FSA)-branded, American-supported, nationalist rebels. One explanation is that...Putin intends to humiliate the United States and leave no room for doubt that this is a Russian victory at America’s expense.
[Hung Hsiu-chu] said on a political talk show on Monday night that if she loses by a landslide in the Jan. 16 election “it would not look good for [KMT Chairman] Eric Chu (朱立倫) either.” [emphasis added]
“If you are doomed to lose whatever you do, you might as well let your freak flag fly.”
Sure, nominating kookspoliticians of dubious electability might feel good if they promote views hardcore elements of the party strongly adhere to. But as I see it, the problem with "letting your freak flag fly" is two-fold:
First, nominating radicals poses the danger of splitting a political party -- something we're already hearing murmurs of in both Britain and Taiwan.
And second, in doing so, a political party sends the electorate the message that the party in question is fundamentally unserious and not to be trusted near the levers of power.
Not being either a British Laborite or a Chinese Ultranationalist, I'm entirely comfortable with both of those consequences.
“I want to make changes to the party I belong to,” Hung said with tears in her eyes on Saturday.
...there is no room (and no need) for Hung to step back, especially if her goal is to foil the growth of the local factions within the party, which could lead the KMT away from its “core [unificationist] values.” She has little to lose, too, except a KMT founded on expedient coalitions, and she is obviously willing to trade a big KMT for a smaller one with stronger faith. [Emphasis added]
"Then, Mao sent his Army to resist U.S. aggression and aid Korea to fight the Americans in the Korean War..." [Emphasis added]
If it's a Joe Hung column, one expects bizarre Sinofascist Big Lies, and Hung fails to disappoint:
"...rising China...may turn out to be the true caretaker of the United States to keep world peace." [Emphasis added]
Yeah sure, Comrade Historian. That could happen.
But only if Beijing can exercise enough self-control to abandon its belligerent threats against its neighbors and drop its illegitimate territorial claims against Taiwan, Japan, the Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia and India.
Oh, and resist the temptation to manufacture any NEW territorial claims...
Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Taipei City Councilor William Hsu (徐弘庭) has threatened to take legal action against [about 400] netizens who posted vitriolic replies on Facebook after he [suggested Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) had a special sexual relationship with another man].
...the Chinese travel agency organizing the tour demanded that the Taiwanese travel agency stop showing anti-Communist documentaries on tour buses carrying Chinese tourists, ... [and] it also demanded that Taiwanese guides refrain from expressing points of view different from their Chinese clients. [emphasis added]
Fortunately, the Taiwanese Tourist Bureau told the CCP to get bent. Whether it would respond similarly under a Hung Hsiu-chu administration however, is a question we will fortunately never have the misfortune of ever having to answer.