With all the plugging and unplugging going on in Florida, we may have missed an important episode in the continuing drama that is Taiwan's modern history. Last week the Chinese "legislature" (read Communist Party) declared that the People's Republic China would use military force to take control of Taiwan should the government in Taipei declare independence. Yesterday (Today?), the Taiwanese people responded with mass demonstrations protesting the PRC declaration. If self-determination means anything, Taiwan would be officially independent now. They are independent in every meaningful sense of the word. But the PRC, like most dictatorships, is far more concerned about appearance than substance.
If you are interested in a review of past troubles in this region, check out this little website.
If you would like to review the PRC's ability to successfully invade Taiwan with military force review these websites:
P.L.A.N Report By US Naval Expert
Report about the Chinese Airforce
US 7th Fleet
When considering the credibility of China's threat to invade Taiwan consider that in June, 1944 the combined naval, air and land forces of the United States, United Kingdom and Canada (with help from small units from France, Poland, and the rest of Europe) invaded the coast of France across the English channel (a body of water similar in size to the Straits of Formosa). This attempt was made with years of preparation (including years of strategic bombing of German military production), under conditions of total air and naval supremacy, a civilian population that actively assisted the allies in the planning phase, during the invasion itself, and by disrupting counter attacks. The German army defending against the invasion was technologically spotty, a minority of units were top shelf, but most relied on horses for transport. The German army could not move during the day because of air attacks. German ammunition had a high rate of failure because of inferior production and forced labor ... and it was not an easy success.
Sunday, March 27, 2005
Posted by Raised By Republicans at 10:19 AM