Even 40 years after the former president of Taiwan died, it still appears that the Taiwanese military is still biased towards Chiang Kai-Shek’s old cronies and parties. “The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus yesterday slammed the Ministry of National Defense (MND) for publishing a comic book of the nation’s military history that failed to include the contributions of former presidents Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) and Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁).”
In a Army booklet obviously aimed at the nation’s younger generation, it should be more than embarrassing that the mention of DPP leaders have been intentionally or unintentionally been censored by the nation’s military–one of the country’s major budgetary items and historically in control of the country through the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, and most of the 1980s. “The DPP caucus told a press conference that the book, Eternal Glory, which was published to celebrate the Republic of China (ROC) military’s centennial, distorted history.
The caucus demanded that the ministry withdraw and re-edit the book, adding that it would ask the Control Yuan to investigate.”
With election of a Taiwanese president set for next year, it is particularly careless or intentionally biased for the military to ignore decades of development of government under the DPP. “DPP Legislator Gao Jyh-peng (高志鵬) said the book was mainly published to ‘flatter’ [the current] President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) by portraying him as kind and loving to the military and the public.However, the book does not mention Lee’s and Chen’s contributions to the military, although Lee led the country for nearly 12 years and Chen for eight, Gao said. The bulk of Taiwan’s -modern air force, including its F-16s, was acquired during Lee’s presidency.”
The Kuomintang army of Chiang Kai Chek have been established on Mainland China but moved over to Taiwan in 1946 in large numbers. A large number of living Taiwanese are ancestors of the Kuomintang army troops who came to Taiwan in the late 1940s. The Kuomintang group or combine also took over local politics and the economy of Taiwan in 1946–essentially running Taiwan’s political, social, and economic structures into the ground through major corruption activities by the end of the decade as Kuomintang dependents and military personnel took over many of the country’s corporations and natural resources–i.e. thourgh mis-implementing Fascist takeover techniques developed in Nazi Germany, Mussolini’s Italy, and in military Japan during the first half of the 20th Century.
It would take decades for the economy and social system to recover.
Now, in 2011, the Army–still run apparently by Kuomintang lovers–has insulted the opposition party and historians alike with the new comic book. “DPP Legislator Tsai Huang–liang (蔡煌瑯) said that during its eight years in office, the Chen administration transformed the military and amended laws to make it answerable to the nation rather than to a political party.”
“Taiwan’s military should have already been nationalized, but it seems the military has now returned to the period when it answered to the party,” Gao said.
In addition, Lee directed the military during rescue and relief efforts after the 921 Earthquake, Tsai said.
However, none of those developments are mentioned in the comic book.