Why is Pepperdine Pushing a Permanent Revolution Policy for Taiwan?
May 23 (LPAC)--ROC President Chen Shui-bian on May 22nd met with two representatives from Pepperdine University: Michael Warder, Vice Chancellor, and Bruce Herschensohn, a professor of public policy, who served in the administrations of Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan. Herschensohn proposed to Chen Shui-bian, to declare October 25th "Taiwan Independence Day", a step, he stated, that would be as historic as the designation of July 4th as Independence Day in the United States.
October 25 is the the date the ROC withdrew from the UN in 1971. Herschensohn said that Taiwan's bid to join the UN under the name "Taiwan" was futile, and that Chen therefore should take a historic step in the last year of his second term, and make Oct. 25th a national holiday. "Over the years, you have done everything in the world to try to accommodate the international community," Herschensohn said. "You can't win. Take exactly the opposite course."
Chen Shui-bian pronounced the proposal a creative idea, and said he was deeply impressed with it, and that the government would conduct careful discussion on the proposal. The Taiwanese President commented, that he wished American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Director Stephen Young were present to hear Herschensohn's comments.
In outlining his independence day proposal, Herschensohn also made an absurd comparison to the situation between Palestine and Israel saying, that while the U.S. government embraces a "one-China" policy, it calls for a two-state resolution to the Israel Palestine issue.