Taiwan is known officially as the Republic of China, and functions as a democratic regime on an island 100 miles off the coast of mainland China. Communists under Mao Tse-Tung overran the Republic of China after World War II, and have since claimed to be the legitimate government of China. They also pursue the political ideology of "One China". And they continue to oppress the very people who's republic they say it is (People's Republic of China is their official name). Ever since Chiang Kai-Shek fled with the legitimate government of China to the island of Formosa in 1949, the Communist regime has viewed Taiwan as a rogue province to be recovered at all costs. Over the years, the Communist leaders on the mainland have managed to bully (bullshit?) the rest of the world into accepting them as the legitimate government of China. Taiwan was one of the charter members of the United Nations, yet they were stripped of their seat in favor of the these hooligans. Yes, I know this is not politically correct these days, but what are they going to do about it--my ISP is in the U.S. where I have the freedom to say whatever the hell I want to.

Just how did they do this? However they managed it, the world's leaders chose to ignore every not-so-subtle indication that these guys aren't exactly the definition of trustworthy. The cold war may be over, but to really get a hint of what these guys are really about, try this on for size. These are two snippets taken from the front page of The Wall Street Journal on the same day in January, 2001. They represent a perfect example of the two-faced hypocrisy that the PRC has gotten away with. When will we wake up and realize that these people will tell us what we want to hear in order to accomplish their agenda?

China intensified a crusade aimed at deterring protests by the Falun Dafa during Lunar New Year celebrations. Beijing warned that demonstrators would be harshly punished and urged the group's followers not to sacrifice themselves. Meanwhile, members of the sect are selling works by its leader at two market kiosks in Hong Kong amid warnings from Beijing that the city should not be used for "subversion".

China intends to ratify a key international human-rights pact within the next three months, officials told the U.N. secretary-general. The government is seeking to keep human-rights abuses from sinking Beijing's bid to host the 2008 Olympics. The treaty is one of two, which also has yet to be ratified, that lays down baseline guarantees for civil liberties often neglected in China.

This is great, isn't it? You just can't make this stuff up! Just for information, this Falun Dafa group (also known as Falun Gong) is a peaceful religious sect that practices meditation, self reliance and inner strength. Now, we can't have that, can we? Want more examples? Can you say "Tienanmen Square, June 4th, 1989"? Or how about Tibet, and the Dalai Lama? Stay tuned for more.... Don't you just love freedom of the press?