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A blog on writing, writers and why we read. Posted most mornings by Marion Blackburn.
Tibet monks under seige
Prayers and concern continue for our Tibetan brothers and sisters, especially the monks living in Lhasa who bravely disrupted the staged tour of their monastery yesterday.

Reports from Tibet today say they are being "re-educated." They must declare that His Holiness the Dalai Lama is a terrorist and denounce him as a separatist.

This report is chilling, not only because of the profound untruth of that statement. What is most disturbing is the mind of a government that would make such a statement and require people to utter it.

Tibetans are living in deep fear, based on their ethnicity. If someone doesn't call this ethnic cleansing they're not paying attention.


Happy weekend reading.

Photo by the Associated Press
2008-03-28 11:15:09 GMT
Comments (3 total)
One person's terrorist is another person's freedom fighter. To the Chinese, HHDL is a terrorist; to the rest of the world, he is a freedom fighter. To the British, George Washington was a terrorist; to Americans, he was a freedom fighter. To many people in the world, bin Laden is a terrorist; to many others, he is a freedom fighter. The Chinese authorities are so immersed in their own fear and power that they can't see beyond it ... just as American leaders can't see beyond their own fear and power to thoughtfully examine the factors that caused people to hate America so much that they would perpetrate 9/11.
2008-03-28 11:31:41 GMT
Your point -- as always -- is a good one. My additional observation is that His Holiness is a man of peace who rejects violence under any circumstances. For the authorities to associate him with "terrorists" becomes that much more repugnant. Che Guevera ... George Washington ... Joan of Arc ... have been misread and mislabeled according to politics. Jesus, however, stands out as another man of peace wrongly labeled and executed. -- MB
2008-03-28 12:41:55 GMT
Exactly ... Chinese leaders are no different from American leaders in villianizing those who threaten their power, their perceived moral authority, the comfy status quo. In this case, Beijing has overreached, and surely even their own people must see how ridiculous are their claims about the HHDL. The citizens of China can't be such sheep that they blindly believe everything their government says, right?
2008-03-28 16:22:12 GMT
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