Taiwan Post Election Awards I

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Friday May 23, by Jerome F. Keating Ph.D.

The inauguration of Ma Ying-jeou had barely finished when everyone began to show their true colors. A series of awards are thus in order. First of all, Minister of National Defense Chen Chao-min got two awards. The first was the award for claiming expertise in a field totally foreign to one's training. At a briefing of the National Defense Committee he stated that Chen Shui-bian's stomach wounds were not caused by the 3/19 shooting in 2004. How did he know, well he did not have any proof to offer, but he just knew. Since what he was talking about happened in 2004, he also qualified to share the "Get Over It" Award.

Ma Ying-jeou got the "Good Fellowship" Award; after trashing the DPP in his inaugural address and saying they and only they were responsible for all the problems of Taiwan; he now states that he hopes to develop a "more normal" relationship with them. I am sure they were waiting with baited breath for him to say that.

Annette Lu gets the "Go for It" Award. While Chen Shui-bian stated he would not criticize Ma Ying-jeou after he (Chen) has left office, when Annette Lu was asked the same question, she stated "not on your life," it's the people's right. Knowing Annette, it should not be too soon before takes aim.