Re: why must Debian call Taiwan a "Province of China"?
Bruce Miller writes:
> International technical fora are adamant that they discuss only technical
> issues and leave politics to the politicians.
If that were true the subject of this discussion would not exist.
> The International Standards Organizations operates by consensus. The
> flip-side of consensus is that everyone has a veto.
Wrong. Taiwan not only has no veto, it has no vote.
> The ISO standard would not have happened without the 100% agreement of
> the United States Government.
Many things would not have happened without the 100% agreement of the
United States Government. So what?
> Far be it from any of us outside the USA to criticize the right of
> Americans to criticize their government's policy, or for any other
> nationality to criticize its government's policy, but an international
> technical forum is not the place to do it.
We are not discussing government policy. We are discussing Debian policy.
> It is perfectly reasonable of Debian to adopt an international standard.
> It raises Debian above the debate which is taking place here.
Adopting an international standard that includes a gratuitous political
statement is an endorsement of that statement. The added clause serves no
technical purpose. Throw it out.
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