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United Daily News: The lost military soul

2011/02/11 11:42:57

Lo Hsien-che, a military officer who was promoted to highpositions during the administration of former President ChenShui-bian, nevertheless chose to betray the country in 2004 -- a timewhen nativist movements were prevailing in Taiwan.

Sexual and financial temptations aside, the choice was definitelyrelated to Lo's confusion over the country's future and the loyaltyof military servicemen. In fact, this is a question that President MaYing-jeou has so far failed to clarify.

During the final years of former President Lee Teng-hui's term inoffice and throughout Chen Shui-bian's presidency, social identityand unity were damaged by a series of movements promoting a newconstitution and designation for the country. As a result, manymilitary servicemen had no idea to whom they should pledgeallegiance.

Before the Lo Hsien-che case, several similar ones had beenuncovered in recent years. They include military intelligence officerLo Chi-cheng, who was found last year to have been acting as a doubleagent for China since 2007, and Presidential Office official WangJen-ping, who was found in 2009 to have sold nearly 100 confidentialdocuments to China, also since 2007.

Although the "love Taiwan" shouts were louder than ever duringChen's time in office from 2000 to 2008, the government could noteven uphold basic loyalty within the nation. This was the greatestdamage done to Taiwan by the wave of populist and nativist movementslaunched during that period.

At a time when the Democratic Progressive Party is using the LoHsien-che espionage case to attack the Ma administration, we mustremind the green camp to reflect on and admit the errors that it madeduring the time it was in power.

President Ma, meanwhile, also has to take some responsibility forthe delay in uncovering Lo's betrayal. (Editorial abstract -- Feb.11, 2011)

(By Y.F. Low)