September, as the World Turns in Taiwan: the Anti-Climax of Wu Shu-jen

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Monday September 07, by Jerome F. Keating Ph.D.

The court finally gave its sentence in the trial of Wu Shu-jen for implied money-laundering, corruption, manipulating state funds etc. etc. all those dark insinuations and charges that Taiwan has been forced to listen to from the pan-blue media for over the past two years. In the final analysis, after the trial, after the accusations, and after all the vindictiveness, Wu's sentence proved we had gone through all of this to listen to sound and fury signifying nothing. At best this sentence was, to say the least, anti-climatic.

Yes, after all of the hullabaloo and insinuations that Wu was evil incarnate, the Wicked Witch of the West (of Taiwan), a woman solely bent on hoarding great sums of money, the court finally came up with the sentence of perjury. Perjury is that all??? Perjury with a penalty of one year in jail which could even substituted for by community service? Perjury, a sentence, which could easily be appealed, had we wasted all the tax-payers money to come up with a one-year sentence of perjury?

What does it say? It says a lot if people have the courage to look beyond the surface. On the surface it simply said the prosecutors had no case. They had gone fishing, fishing with a vengeance for the past two years and more and came up with nothing.

There is a reason for this. It is not that no money was moved. It is not that there is legitimate question as to how the Wu Shu-jen got all that money. The reason lies much deeper; deeper in the fact that it is a two-fold distraction, and it is time that Taiwanese began to analyze and face the structures of corruption that are part and parcel of the Republic of China as built by the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT). Like the outmoded Constitution that has been foisted on Taiwan, these corrupt structures are the real cause of the problem and all this has been an attempt to lead the people away from that realization.

Distraction? Yes, first does anyone have the strength of memory to go back a few years to the Great Sogo Coupon Scandal? Remember how for years on end we had to listen to Chiu Yi spew away, hiding behind immunity from suggesting and implying lies, an immunity provided by his position in the Legislative Yuan. Remember all of the names like Douglas Hsu et al that were dragged through the media and into the courts. What was the final analysis? Only one person was found guilty and it was not any of those that were the main target of the accusations.

Smear, smear, smear and nothing but the guilt of a minor player? The Sogo trial was one of many expressions of the KMT smearing hatred for Chen Shui-bian and his family, one of the many attempts to transfer that hatred to the nation, Wu's trial likewise has been one intended to distract. Distract? What distraction is behind the curtain, beneath the surface as a cancer sore planted by the KMT?

I will give you the answer shortly when I talk about the Chen trial and its distractive purpose. I will use the KMT's own words to expose and condemn them. The reality is there for those who have eyes to see and the courage to analyze. Stay tuned.