Laser Skirmish is outdoor laser tag. It is pretty fun. Especially when the other team seizes a golf cart and begins setting off fireworks, thus giving them cavalry and flares.
It is interesting to watch the anti-KMT, anti-CCP tendency in Taiwanese politics move from a coherent argument for self-determination (when they were in charge) to increasingly belligerent and angry.
In this excerpt, Michael Totten (who is normally great on the subject) has a guest post which, among other things, cites Edward Said:
For the colonizer, the role as a â€œcivilizerâ€ is implicit on defining the objects of their civilizing project Said 1979: 44-45. The resulting definitions must contain two exclusive, yet interrelated parts: A convincing demonstration of the peopleâ€™s inferiority and the peopleâ€™s ability to become â€œcivilizedâ€ under colonial rule. By providing definitions for peripheral people, the civilizer provides the colonized with a set parameter of comparison with the colonizer and a reason they must become â€œcivilizedâ€Harrell 1996: 8-17.Often, the distance between the periphery and the center is imagined, not simply as physical space, but in terms of time. By projecting the â€œotherâ€ in terms of temporal displacement or â€œdenial of coevalnessâ€, the colonizer distances himself from the colonized Fabian 1983.
From Afghanistan to Taiwan, Chinese and American interests are rapidly converging. This is a good thing for those parties (such as the governments of Afghanistan and Taiwan) able to form friendships with both. For the often scattered and marginalized opposition, however, the Sino-American future presents real problems. As China and America are globalizing countries, it is no surprise that the opposition to Sino-American interests in both Afghanistan and Taiwan take up rhetoric that is skeptical of globalization and the west in general.