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EDITORIAL: BUSH'S "MAN OF PEACE" (english)
29 Sep 2003
Modified: 06:38:24 PM


The New York Times headline on Sept. 18 jumps out:
"Dalai Lama says terror may need a violent reply."
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Via Workers World News Service
Reprinted from the Oct. 2, 2003
issue of Workers World newspaper
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EDITORIAL: BUSH'S "MAN OF PEACE"

The New York Times headline on Sept. 18 jumps out:
"Dalai Lama says terror may need a violent reply."

The former monarch of Tibet, despite big advance publicity, drew a
modest crowd to an event in New York's Central Park. Most who showed up were expecting to hear a message of peace. Perhaps they had heard George W. Bush call him a man of peace. Before the Dalai Lama went to New York he met with Bush at the White House where he was received with honors just one step below those given a head of state. In return, the Dalai Lama has given his blessing to many of Bush's projects.

In an interview just days before the Central Park event, Tenzin Gyatso, the last monarch of Tibet, said he was for nonviolence "whenever possible," but war is justified at times. The particular wars that he thought okay were World War II and the U.S. war on Korea. He thinks the war on Vietnam started out right but ended up badly. Badly for whom, he doesn't say, but the Vietnamese thought it ended well when the U.S. finally withdrew.

Tenzin "Dalai Lama" Gyatso did not clarify what side he thought was
right in World War II. He had spent most of that war in the company of a Nazi SS officer, Heinrich Harrer, whose book "My Seven Years in Tibet" is a fictionalized version of their time together in the 1940s.

The Dalai Lama also praised the bombing of Afghanistan by the United
States Air Force, calling it a "liberation" of the Afghans. (World Tibet Network News, a support site for the Dalai Lama, has this headline: "Dalai Lama praises U.S. approach to bombing Afghanistan." www.tibet.ca) The Afghans have a very different view of the bombing.

As for the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq, the Dalai Lama says it was justified, though he hedged his support. Like Vietnam, it may end up going "badly"; the Iraqis may force the U.S. occupiers to leave.

These views may surprise some who've thought of the Dalai Lama as a
pacifist. But Tenzin Gyatso is no pacifist.

As historian A. Tom Grunfeld, author of "The Making of Modern Tibet,"
says, "The Dalai Lama's description of the Tibet under his serfdom rule as 'Shangri-La' has led to an infatuation with Tibet, which is a fad that will ultimately fade. ... The fascination is not with the real Tibet but a fantasy version. A dose of the real Tibet would leave them deeply disillusioned."

Tenzin Gyatso has many views that would make him quite unpopular if they were more widely known. In "Cuddly Dalai Lama is our fantasy creation," the former director of the so-called Free Tibet Campaign, Patrick French, says, "The Dalai Lama is very different from the genial figure we see in the West." (www.smh.com.au) For example, the Dalai Lama's anti-lesbian/anti-gay views are so extreme his U.S. publisher removed them from the book "Ethics for the New Millennium" for fear they would make the book unsaleable.

French worries that the truth about the Dalai Lama is becoming more
widely known and he wants to minimize its impact. The Dalai Lama has
been pumped up by the imperialist West to near-god status because he has been useful for their campaign to break Tibet away from China.

Hopefully a dose of the real Dalai Lama will put an end to the illusion that this is someone who is a spokesperson for peace. The real voices for peace will be in the streets of Washington, D.C., on Oct. 25 making it clear that peace means ending the occupation of Iraq and bringing the troops home now, without any qualifications.

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The Dali Lama has some intestinal fortitude (english)
29 Sep 2003
too bad the left wing weed smoking under educated college crowd who posts here don't get it
redemption through returning (english)
29 Sep 2003
If he returned to Tibet, facing any consequence, there would be evolution.