Wednesday, January 07, 2004

US policy on Taiwan: "Fifty years later, US posture on Taiwan remains basically the same, to prevent the ending of the Chinese civil war with a no-war, no-peace status quo to prevent a united China from challenging US hegemony in Asia. All the talk about defending democracy and preserving stability is merely 'to put ourselves [the US] into a defensible position'.

"In Oral History Interview with Dean Acheson June 30, 1971, by Theodore A Wilson and Richard D McKinzie, Acheson said: 'You see, you all start with the premise that democracy is some [thing] good. I don't think it's worth a damn ... People say, 'If the Congress were more representative of the people it would be better.' I say the Congress is too damn representative. It's just as stupid as the people are; just as uneducated, just as dumb, just as selfish ... In the old days when liberalism didn't persist and senators were elected by the legislatures, you got some pretty good senators, because they were not representative.' "

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