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
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
Taiwan need your support.