Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Heroes Yes - Thieves No

"Tsai also called on the government to push for the 66 F-16C/D fighter jets and the diesel submarines that were omitted from last week’s arms deal announcement, saying the two items were crucial for defending the country."
Yes - helping Taiwanese pilots to establish and maintain air superiority over the Taiwan Strait is a value I'd be willing to pay for, but it must never be forgotten that it is individual pilots and their support teams on the ground who bear the awesome responsibility of maintaining air superiority over the Straits. The same goes the for the navy and the captains and crews of Taiwanese naval vessels. That this value is provided by the coercive means of government however is something I will never approve of. Heroes should not have to go begging to thieves for the money to buy their weapons.

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