Dec. 21,1998---Bill Clinton, Tony Blair

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Taiwan Tati Cultural
And Educational Foundation
B16F, No.3 Ta-Tun 2St.
Taichung, Taiwan, ROC
December 21, 1998.

Dear Mr. President Clinton,
   Mr. Prime Minister Tony Blair,

The U.S. attack against Iraq was launched after months of warnings. The series of punishing air strikes aimed at hurting Saddam Hussein's ability to create weapons of mass destruction and assault his neighbors. But; on other reasons, Iraq, Russia and China called for an immediate halt to the U.S. and British attacks, but a divided United Nations Security Council took no action.

The Pentagon announced it was sending extra plans and troops to the area including 10 F-117 stealth fighters, patriot antimissile unites and troops, including military police, communications specialists and special force units.

Former President Bush, who presided over 1991 Gulf War against Iraq, said he supported Clinton's action "as long as one American military airman, seaman or soldier in harm's way". Just a month ago, Clinton had ordered an attack on Iraq but called it off at the last minute when Saddam promised to cooperate with the U.N. special commission in charge of Iraq disarmament. Since then, the Iraq President has kept up and even intensified his obstructions of the inspectors' work, Clinton said.

From reports most people hoped that this attack finally, would end the years-long threat Saddam has posed in the Middle East and even if Clinton managed to boost moral and score some political points, they said, he was unlikely to permanently take the minds of the country -- or of the congress -- off the scandal that has dominated the past year of his presidency. The House may have postponed its impeachment vote, but it will remain on the agenda once this crisis passes. But people's wishes is keep President Bill Clinton on duty.

On the other hand; we don't know why the U.N. Security Council, China's ambassador, Qin Husaen said "There is absolutely no excuse of pretext to use force against Iraq" ? After U.S. President Bill Clinton said he ordered air strikes on military targets to retaliate for Iraq's defiance of the United Nations special commission, which is responsible for eliminating the country's weapons of mass destruction.

In our view; any kinds of actions that used force against violence between countries are questioned either right or wrong. There are many countries acted as "peace-maker" standing aside, only wait and see, without any help to solve the problems.

In Taiwan Premier Vincent Siew said Friday (Dec. 18, 1998) made the statement in response to question in the legislature from legislator Lin Jui-ching from the opposition Democratic Progressive Party.

Lin said while Beijing has angrily denounced U.S.-British air strikes against Iraq, Taipei has thrown its support behind the attack due to the Middle Eastern country's refusal to allow U.N. inspection teams to examine its arsenal. "While not a U.N. member the Republic of China is a member of the international community, we respect U.N. resolutions and therefore support the U.S.-British bombing of Iraq for its defiance of the U.N. rules" Siew explained. He said the ROC is hopeful that Iraq will cooperate with the U.N. weaponry inspection teams and abide related rule to restore peace in the region as soon as possible. He said even though the ROC's stance on the U.S.-British air strikes against Iraq differ from mainland China's such differences are not expected to expected to have any negative bearing on Cross-Strait relations. "Only an immediate compliance with the U.N. resolutions can save the Muslim country from further punitive attacks and restore regional peace" we said, adding the ROC fully supports the U.N. resolutions on the inspection of Iraqi weapons. Wu, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Meanwhile; South Korean navy ships and planes chased and sank a North Korean infiltration boat and began reconnaissance operations to search for its suspected mother ship. The sunken vessel was described as resembling a low-slung, high-speed boat used to land or pick up spies. North and South Korean divided in 1945, are still technically at war, because the Korean War ended in an armistice, not a peace treaty. Everyone know that North Korean is mainland China's best friend.

Reports from Beijing, China's Communist Party chief Jiang Zemin yesterday (Dec. 18, 1998) vowed to crush subversive activities and ruled out western-style democracy, a day after two dissidents went on trial for trying to set up an opposition party.

In a speech to mark the 20th anniversary of economic reforms launched by the late Deng Xiaoping, Jiang also said Beijing would crack down on "splittist activities" a reference to agitation in Tibet and the Muslim region of Xinjiang. Leaders of Beijing worried about two decades of reform have loosened the Communist Party's tight grip on the economy and society, and Chinese citizens are using their new-found freedoms to challenge the authorities.

In our view; communist China need more courage to face democratic tidal current.

Taipei, Dec, 18 ---

President Lee Teng-hui said on Friday (Dec. 18, 1998) that the development of relations across the Taiwan Strait has a direct bearing on the well-being of all Chinese and is also critical to the stability of the entire Asia Pacific region, noting that political democratization and economic liberalization and globalization are the ROC's consistent national policy and stance. Lee said the ROC will continue striving for sustained economic growth and for entering major international organizations.

Taiwan need your support.



Sincerely Yours,
Yang Hsu-Tung.
President of
Taiwan Tati Cultural
And Educational Foundation


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