It's 1 am Wednesday morning, and a coup in Thailand is in process. Readers may remember that I've previously supported the LEGAL removal of Prime Minister Thaksin. This of course, is a whole other animal.
Thailand may be a long ways away, but these events couldn't have happened at a worse time for Taiwan. Isolated incidents of violence between supporters and opponents of President Chen Shui-bian have been reported in the last few days, KMT media figures have written newpaper columns outlining strategies for removing the president using force, and KMT lawmakers donned the RED SHIRTS of the anti-Chen movement yesterday to begin chanting "Depose Chen" slogans from the floor of the nation's legislature.
In certain quarters, it won't be long before people enviously wonder: If Thailand, why not Taiwan?
Should the KMT pull a stunt like that here, America should register its disapproval by immediately withdrawing President Bush's 2001 weapons offer. The irony is that the KMT could hardly cry foul, given that they themselves have blocked the bill 56 times within the last two years.