Has anyone been following the recent attempts by the DPP and its cohorts to place the blame for 2-28 squarely on the shoulders of Chiang Kai-Shek?
From what most of us know, Chen Yi, the then Taiwan governor, was the one primarily responsible for the killings, not CKS. Chen Yi was the one who was in Taiwan during the incident, not Chiang Kai-Shek, who was in China still battling the Communists.
On the one hand CKS can be criticized for handling the situation poorly, and not opening some kind of dialogue with the protesters. By resorting to sending troops in to quell the protests, he also sent the wrong message to the Taiwanese people.
However, in the case of a violent uprising, troops are needed to restore order. Naturally, they are expected to be disciplined, not to kill indiscriminately.
The “new study,” funded by the current administration, uses telegrams to back up its claims as well as the Generalissimo’s hand written leters, but ignores some of his other handwritten notes that urged troops to exercise caution and promised punishment to those that did not obey.
Without truly damning evidence, it is extremely difficult to prove that CKS knowingly and willingly organized the mass murder of Taiwanese people during the 2-28 incident.
The “study” smacks of yet another attempt by the Chen administration and its cronies to smear Chiang Kai-Shek’s reputation and defame him.
Chiang Kai-Shek was the man who lost China.
He was also the man who led the Northern Expedition, defended Taiwan against a tyrannical Communist aggressor and presided over the beginning of its “economic miracle,” which continued under his son.
He should be criticized for his decision to impose Martial Law and to not allow a more democratic Republic of China, but he should be remembered and respected for his achievements.
To label him the perpetator of 2-28 is just another exercise in tired partisan politics (ie: Guomindang figure from China = evil) and an attempt to divide the people of Taiwan.