Chiang Kai-shek, an American ally and a Brutal Dictator

Anyone in the United States who reads and/or listens to the news has probably heard of Mao’s brutality and the alleged brutality of the Chinese Communist Party, but what about Chiang Kai-shek and his KMT, an ally of the United States during and after World War II. In fact, you might be interested to discover how much the United States has spent just from 1990 on Taiwan’s defense from the Congressional Research Service to learn how much the U.S. is willing to spend to support a brutal regime.

The Taipei Times published a piece on the front page of the paper on Tuesday, February 27, 2007, and said, Former dictator Chiang Kai-shek was a murderer, and President Chen Shui-bian said Taiwan’s former authoritarian regime and its leaders were responsible for the massacre of tens of thousands of civilians slain in 1947.

On a site that lists the death tolls for the major wars and atrocities of the twentieth century, Chiang Kai-shek was given credit for 10,214,000 democides from 1921 to 1948.

Democide is a term revived and redefined by the political scientist R. J. Rummel as “the murder of any person or people by their government, including genocide, politicide and mass murder.”

In another post about Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity, enotes.com says, “From 1927 to 1949, Chiang’s troops used murder, torture and other brutal tactics to wipe out the communists.”

Then Scaruffi.com lists a century of genocides from 1900-2000 and Chiang Kai-shek was credited with the deaths of 30-thousand during popular uprising against his regime in Taiwan in 1947.

The Boston Examiner reported that several thousand protesters marched in Taipei on February 28, 1947 against the brutality—that took place the day before—but were met with bullets. Martial law was declared and even though things had settled down by the time the Nationalist soldiers arrived, the massacre began almost immediately.

East Asia posted an Austrian Perspective by Christian Schafferer, who said the infamous 1947 “2-28 Incident” resulted in ten-to-thirty thousand civilians killed and Taiwan’s governor executed.

In addition, I discovered a book on the topic, Representing Atrocity in Taiwan, The 2.28 Incident and the White Terror by Sylvia Li-Chun, who is the Notre Dame Assistant Professor of Chinese at the University of Notre Dame.

The most powerful evidence comes from the monument in Taiwan to the incident, which says, “Within a few months, the number of deaths, injured and missing persons amounted to tens of thousands.  Keelung, Taipei, Chiayi and Kaohsiung suffered the highest number of casualties. It was called the February 28 Incident.”

Then from the Asia Times, “They slaughtered civilians at random to terrorize the Taiwanese into submission, and carried out a targeted campaign to wipe out the Taiwanese elite—local leaders and intellectuals —who represented the biggest threat to KMT rule. To this date, the numbers killed are uncertain, but historians estimate 30,000.”

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Lloyd Lofthouse is the award-winning author of My Splendid Concubine [3rd edition]. When you love a Chinese woman, you marry her family and culture too. This is the love story Sir Robert Hart did not want the world to discover.

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11 Responses to Chiang Kai-shek, an American ally and a Brutal Dictator

  1. […] 1949, the Chinese Civil War ended and America’s ally for life Chiang Kai-shek fled to Taiwan where he ruled as a brutal dictator until he died in 1976. For a peek into Chiang’s brutality, one example of many was his 2-28-1947 Massacre in […]

  2. […] into a Civil War in 1927 (with a short break to fight Japan during World War II) that raged between the Nationalists under a brutal dictator called Chiang Kai-shek, an American ally, and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) led by Mao Zedong until 1949 when Mao’s […]

  3. […] after Mao and the Communists won China’s Civil War with the Nationalists under Chiang Kai-shek, Buddhism flourished for a time but was repressed during the Cultural Revolution (1966 – ‘76) […]

  4. My mom, commie pinko atheist that she was, used to pretty much froth at the mouth when Chiang Kai-shek was mentioned. I think she hated his wife even more. There are a few small advantages to having a mother who doesn’t buy into current mythology.

    • My parents, by comparison, were pretty much out of touch with everything that was going on in the world. They didn’t vote. They didn’t belong to a political party. They weren’t interested in politicos. The only discussions around the dinner table were from my mother and they focused on God, the Bible and Scripture. My dad didn’t talk much and for decade he refused to go the church with my mother on Sunday. The last ten+ years, he did go to church just to stop her preaching but he refused baptism to the bitter end. My dad’s biggest interest was horse racing. He was obsessed with it and spent most of his free time handicapping the Racing Form and then placing bets through bookies—bets that he won more than he lost. My mother’s health was always bad and my dad’s good so everyone thought she would go first and he already had his plans made to go on the road and visit every major race track in the country. My mother was anti-gambling. They made a great couple. :o)

      My mother lived ten years longer than my father did. He was gone at 79. She went at 89 close to turning 90.

      • My father was a twisted child molesting SOB, but smart. Maybe it’s a package deal — they need the brains to get away with the horrible stuff they do. So of course, he lived well into his 90s and my mom passed at 72.

        But she really WAS a pinko commie atheist and saw it as her mission in life to debunk everything anyone told me, including (maybe especially) religious people. She really had it in for religion. All religion. God himself was on her hit list. I had an interesting childhood.

      • It does sound like you had an interesting childhood. Your mother was at war with God, and my mother wanted to serve her entire family to Him but we all rebelled. If there is a Heaven and what she thought was true, then she’s there without any of her family as company just as she feared.

      • I like to think there is some kind of continuation … energy to energy or something like that. But heaven? Somehow, I don’t think so. And if there is one, I’m pretty sure it’s not MY heaven.

      • If we have a soul and it survives, then what would heaven look like to a creature that was pure energy and not flesh and blood?

      • Now that is a very good question. If we were medieval philosophers, we could spend many long years arguing the possibilities.

      • Plato beat the medieval philosophers to that debate by centuries.

        “This is the doctrine of recollection, Plato’s conviction that our most basic knowledge comes when we bring back to mind our acquaintance with eternal realities during a previous existence of the soul.”

        http://www.philosophypages.com/hy/2f.htm

        SOUL
        For Plato, the soul is the directing force of the body. Plato compares this with a charioteer – the soul tries to guide the mind and body together like two horses rather than allowing them to contradict and be pulled in opposite directions. Most people never achieve this direction and allow their lives to be dominated by physical needs and sense pleasures.

        IMMORTALITY
        The soul is immortal and can exist in the spiritual realm. It is unchanging thus pre-exists the body and cannot die

        http://www.tutor2u.net/blog/index.php/religious-studies/comments/platos-body-soul-distinction

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