Taiwan: In Crisis, a Country Must Unite
(liberal), Taipei, Sept. 14, 2001.
does a country need most when it encounters a crisis? Undoubtedly,
the answer is that the country must unite. The reaction of the American
people in the past few days after the terrorist attack is an example
of how a country ought to act in a time of crisis.
terrorist attack on the mainland of the United States was a disaster
that most Americans never expected. Many American people are dissatisfied
with the quality of intelligence work. They also feel threatened
by the possibilility of more terrorist attacks. But, as everybody
has seen, the American people did not severely criticize the government
or call on certain officials to resign. On the contrary, they have
become united in a short period of time and formed the backbone
that the government relies on to handle this national crisis.
New York City and Washington, D.C., were attacked by terrorists,
all civilized countries condemned their actions. These countries
also expressed their willingness to cooperate with one another to
attack international terrorist activities. But some people in the
opposition party in Taiwan and some who are pro-China take advantage
of the incident, saying that, because the United States was attacked
by terrorists, Taiwan cannot depend on it. They say that Taiwan
could become a casualty in the event of a conflict between the United
States and China and that Taiwan should adjust its strategy so that
it does not become too close to the United States. Some people have
also ludicrously deduced that Taiwan ought to return to the one-China
policy. When Vice President Annette Lu called on the country to
beef up its defenses, a certain media outlet called her a terrorist.
When the foreign minister said that our country stands on the side
of the United States, another media outlet ridiculed him, saying
that he was worried that Taiwan would be abandoned by the United
President Lu called on Taiwan to rekindle its patriotism, to strengthen
its sense of who the enemy is, and to develop a sense of crisis
regarding the future. In the wake of the terrorist attack on the
United States, we, especially the media, ought to consider the question
of how to defend our country. We can learn from the American people,
who become even more united after disaster strikes.