The Son of Taiwan accosts the First Lady of America
May 15, 2006
At Costa Rican Ceremony A-Bian grabs Laura Bush’s Hand demanding a Photo Op
United Daily News Reporter Liu Yong-hsiang
“President” Chen Shui-bian at Costa Rica President Arias’s Inauguration Ceremony, pressures US First Lady Laura Bush to shake hands with him while she is still applauding. Associated Press
“President” Chen succeeds in pressuring Laura Bush to shake his hand, while his translator captures the moment. Agence France Presse
Comment: Chen Shui-bian, aka “A-Bian,” apparently felt he hadn’t offended the Bush administration enough by bailing out on US State Department personnel at the eleventh hour, after his request for transit through Alaska had already been approved.
Upon spying Laura Bush at Costa Rican President Arias’ inauguration ceremony, Chen Shui-bian got it into his head to accost her, twice. Once at the beginning of the playing of the Costa Rican national anthem, and once again at the conclusion.
Video footage of the incident told the whole story, as the above still photos cannot. Anyone who knows anything about body language knows exactly what happened.
Diplomatic protocol prohibits a man from approaching a woman and pressuring her to shake one’s hand. Any exchange between a man and a woman must be initiated by the woman, not the man. Laura Bush kept applauding, hoping “this person” would go away, sparing himself and her any embarrassment. When A-Bian refused to take the hint, she reluctantly shook his hand.
Not only did A-Bian shake Laura Bush’s hand longer than was appropriate and longer than she was comfortable with, he trapped her right hand with his left hand in addition to his right, adding to her discomfort.
Not content with committing his diplomatic gaffe once, A-Bian rushed over to Laura Bush again as the Costa Rican national anthem concluded and repeated it a second time.
One can only imagine what George and Laura Bush said to each other later in the privacy of the White House about her encounter with this gauche buffoon.
This international faux pas, captured by the AP and AFP, was not merely a breach of etiquette, it was a highly revealing indicator of the deep ambivalence within the Taiwan “independence” Quisling mindset.
On the one hand Taiwan independence Quislings insist that they are proudly independent. On the other hand, they desperately crave affirmation and approval from certain significant others to whom they feel congenitally inferior, specifically former colonial master Japan and current imperial puppetmaster America.
As I wrote in “Diaoyutai and Pan Green Self-Delusion”:
Nothing is wrong with Taiwanese (Chinese people on Taiwan) wanting to stand tall, walk out into the sunlight, and enjoy respect. This is a perfectly laudable, completely understandable, highly desirable goal.
During KMT Party Chairman Lien Chan’s stunningly successful “Journey of Peace” to the Chinese mainland, CCP Party Secretary Hu Jintao explicitly acknowledged the legitimacy of Taiwanese wanting to “dang jia zuo zhu” (be masters in their own home).
Demands from Taiwanese for respect are not a problem. Within the framework of One China, as former PRC Premier Zhu Rongji once underscored, all kinds of concessions can be made, because any concessions would be made to one’s fellow countrymen.
Demands for respect are a problem only when, as George Washington put it, “ambitious, corrupted, or deluded (i.e., Japanized) citizens, who devote themselves to the favorite nation (Japan)… betray or sacrifice the interests of their own country (China).”
Respect entails self-respect. Before others will respect you, you must first respect yourself. Self-respect in turn, entails self-affirmation. If one respects oneself, one will have no hesitation affirming who one is.
A reluctance to affirm who one is, a determination to pretend one is something one is not, is symptomatic of a deep-seated lack of self-respect. If one is reluctant to affirm who one is, if one is determined to pretend one is something one is not, one has already invalidated oneself at one’s very core. Nothing one can do subsequently will ever make up for this initial act of self-invalidation.
The reluctance of Pan Green Quislings to affirm that they are Chinese, their stubborn insistence that they are “Taiwanese, not Chinese,” their pathetic attempts to spin themselves as “quasi-Japanese,” are all symptoms of the Pan Green Quislings’ profound lack of self-respect. Pan Green Quislings who refuse to affirm who they are, who insist on pretending they are something they are not, have already invalidated themselves at their very core. Nothing they can do subsequently will ever make up for this initial act of self-invalidation.
The Laura Bush handshake fiasco was merely one more example of the humiliations Taiwan independence Quislings are doomed to inflict upon themselves as long as they refuse to confront the neurotic contradiction at the core of their “Taiwanese, not Chinese” identity politics.