Taiwan: Ma's assassination called for?

Did a Taiwanese underground radio station just call for the assassination of the island's Kuomintang leader and possible future presidential candidate Ma Ying-jeou? Blogging from EastSouthWestNorth‘s Roland Soong suggests this is unlikely [#036], but a post from The View from Taiwan‘s Michael Turton shows that thoughts of political assassinations are more common there than one would think.


  • John, it might be an oversight, but you fail to mention that these “thoughts of political assassinations” — which are compounded by real actions — exist predominantly among Taiwan’s pan-blues and their supporters. In fact, Michael made that very clear in his post:
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    There’s been a pretty constant flow of death threats from Blue politicians toward Green ones.
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    When the parties who constantly cry wolf (the KMT and their spinoff, the PFP) make claims like such as this one about the alleged radio broadcast, they’d better present some credible evidence. Remember, President Chen Shui-bian (DPP) was shot once, his wife was run over by a truck (three times), and former KMT chairman Lien Chan said of President Chen that “anyone can kill him.”

    I don’t know how anyone could interpret those things as mere “thoughts.” I didn’t see it described that way anywhere in Michael’s post. I hope this was just a poor word choice.

    Tim Maddog

  • Oh, how I yearn for a “preview” button! Despite my best efforts, the words “real actions” in my first comment didn’t display the link that was supposed to be there. Here is that link again (I hope).

    Tim Maddog

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