Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Democracy as Defense

I blogged previously on Taiwan's Silicon Shield. Michael Turton proposes that Taiwan is defended by its democracy. Whatever one's opinion of Taiwan's self-defense capaabilities, it appears that Taiwan is effectively using consonance to its advantage.
[N]ot only does every democratic election establish Taiwan as an independent state, but the deeper democracy entrenches, the thornier the problem it presents for the occupation planning.

Asiapundit concurs and adds:
Taiwan's rambunctious democracy makes it unlikely that the island could be easily forced back into an authoritarian system. Plus, it strengthens the resolve of allies to come to its defense.

Update: Jujuflop and Peking Duck weigh in as well.