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United Daily News: Lee Teng-hui got fooled by history

United Daily News: Lee Teng-hui got fooled by history

At a time when the whole world was commemorating and reflecting on the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, former President Lee Teng-hui wrote to a right-wing Japanese magazine recalling that he and his elder brother joined the Japanese army and Japanese navy, respectively, during the war. "We two brothers, as Japanese, were fighting for our fatherland (Japan)," he said. He further accused President Ma Ying-jeou of trying to "harass Japan" and "curry favor with China" by holding a series of events to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the second Sino-Japanese War. These fawning remarks demonstrate that Lee is a hypocritical and pretentious person with a sense of inferiority. He is a slave of his own memory and a hostage of history. Lee was right. Taiwan did not take part in the war of resistance against Japan. It was the Republic of China government that was resisting Japan, and Taiwan was regarded by Japan as an outpost of its aggression of East Asia at that time. But Lee was totally wrong by saying that "Taiwan and Japan were one country" 70 years ago. Taiwan never belonged to Japan. It was only a colony of Japan. When the whole world is reflecting on "aggression" and "colonization," Lee, who was president of Taiwan for 12 years, completely ignores the nature of Japan's war of aggression in East Asia and pretends not to see the fact of Taiwan being colonized. While Lee used to enjoy the reputation of "Mr. Democracy," today he is trying to whitewash history for the Japanese government. Despite advocating "Taiwanese identity" for more than 20 years, Lee in fact is worshiping Japan. We cannot see the existence of any "Taiwanese identity" in his heart. (Editorial abstract -- Aug. 22, 2015) (By Y.F. Low)


Updated : 2021-09-22 02:03 GMT+08:00