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It's absolutely bewildering to me why it is controversial to remove the statues of a murderous dictator from a democratic country. Absolutely bewildering.

Can you imagine even contemplating a tribute of statues depicting the image of George W. Bush? LOL!! And he is Mary Poppins compared to Chiang Kai-Shek.

I sincerely hope that the next generation of Tawanese will look back in 10 or 20 years and wonder (as we do now) what all the fuss was about -- no matter their political affilation.
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Big Dubya fan, are you?

Seriously though, Reagan and Thatcher were hated by the left 20 years ago, and today they've been honored with statues. Twenty years from now, passions will cool and BOTH Clinton and George W. will be similarly honored.

With respect to George W., I can easily imagine it happening sooner, particularly in the Iraqi Kurdish zone.

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With respect to George W., I can easily imagine it happening sooner, particularly in the Iraqi Kurdish zone.

It all depends how long the civil war lasts (and what it's outcome will be), I guess. (roll eyes)
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GW Bush will without question go down as the worst President in US history -- likely honored only by the Kurds in Iraq, and no one else. Passions are never going to cool because the climate isn't -- and future generations are going to mourn the opportunity lost when Bush decided to invade Iraq instead of moving to eliminate fossil fuel use and stop global warming, as well as greviously harm our place in the world. I doubt Clinton will get many statues either. Somehow his center-right establishment orthodoxy doesn't strike me as the type people idolize. And he suffers from the same global warming problem that Bush does.

Seriously though, Reagan and Thatcher were hated by the left 20 years ago, and today they've been honored with statues.

Not by lefties, however. We all know what a shit he was.

Great post, though.

Michael

Well, I'd better get this out of the way now. I AM a Reagan fan, and I happen to like George W., too. In retrospect, I think Reagan may have been too soft on Islamic terror, though he got the one big issue of the time right, namely communism.

As far as Bush goes, I'm glad he took out Saddam Hussein. I'll be willing to rethink that if someone worse comes comes to power in Iraq later, but for now, I'm glad. The folks who say, "Bush is Hitler", are, in my opinion, more than a little confused.

You may very well be right about the need to wean the economy off of Middle Eastern petroleum, but on the other hand, also I'm pretty wary about applying shock therapy energy policies to the world's largest economy.

My real point was not to debate the qualities of Reagan or Bush, but to simply point out that some folks like 'em, others hate 'em, and as long as their admirers don't go too far expecting societal adulation of their heroes, everything'll be all right. America will somehow muddle through if a statue or two of George W. pops up in a Texas town here or there.

Taiwan however, has HUNDREDS of statues of a man who's extremely controversial, and sets a pretty bad example for future Taiwanese leaders. Chiang's numerous detractors are simply being told to shut up and sit down. I just don't see how that kind of rigid attitude is going to fly in a democracy in the long term.

Very interesting regarding the statues of Chiang. I don't follow Taiwanese poltics closely enough to know about these things. I'm glad to see that many people recognize his dictatorial tendancies, corruption, and all that.

But you also raise a good point regarding people like Gen Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson. They inhabit a middle ground, whereby they exibited admirable traits, yet fought for the wrong side.

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