Re: why must Debian call Taiwan a "Province of China"?
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Joey Hess was on the mark to criticize members of this list for rising
International technical fora are adamant that they discuss only
technical issues and leave politics to the politicians. To help this
international technical forum --- a mailing list about an operating
system --- to do the same, let us remember what the politicians of the
national government of most of the participants in this debate have
done on this issue:
The International Standards Organizations operates by consensus. The
flip-side of consensus is that everyone has a veto. The ISO standard
would not have happened without the 100% agreement of the United States
The United Nations' usage is one which the United States Government
agreed to of its own free will over 30 years ago and from which no
subsequent Administration, neither Republican nor Democratic, has
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.
It is perfectly reasonable of Debian to adopt an international standard.
It raises Debian above the debate which is taking place here.
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