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Re: why must Debian call Taiwan a "Province of China"?

Anthony Johnson <pc_1500@yahoo.com> writes:
> > Why why must Debian call Taiwan a "Province of China"?  Why can't it
> > just stick with a neutral "Taiwan".  Why single out a geographical
> > name and append a political statement to it?  Sticks out and looks
> > kind of silly.

> Debian cannot win this argument and should not participate in it. We
> have to choose names from some standards body somewhere, and no matter
> what we do somebody will disagree.

Anyone with half a brain can see what moronic thing the `Taiwan,
Province of China' is.  It's the _only_ `editorial comment' in the
entire list (all other comma-separated entries are simple prefixes which
when used result in each country's full official name; the Taiwan entry
doesn't really fit).

It's clear that the PRC threw its weight around, threw a tantrum,
whatever, to get this kind of crap embedded in a standard, as
unnecessary and awkward as it is.

There's a solution which angers no one except those who have already
have abused the process:  just keep `Taiwan'.

Debian can even make a standard if they want: editorial comments will be
deleted.  Thus in the future, if Israel and Iran get tagged as `Israel,
illegitimate zionist running dogs', and `Iran, dictatorship of evil'
(and given the horse-trading that these standards reflect, I wouldn't
be at all surprised), Debian's course will be clear.

> > Why thrust Debian into politics, where there was no big problem
> It is people like you who thrust Debian into politics, even not enough
> in debian-boot.  Yes, you love living in China Taiwan. Will you stand
> on the other side when you live in China mainland?

Debian shouldn't _make_ editorial comments like this, but they shouldn't
dumbly stand by and mirror those made by others with fewer scruples.

Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it
has to be us.  -- Jerry Garcia

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