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Tibet: A tragic picture of unrest

Posted by Stephen on March 14, 2008

Tibet, China’s poorest province, has been a battle ground of ideology. It is the spiritual home of the Dalai Lama, home of a large number of Monks whose allegiances are with the Dalai Lama, and a thorn in the side of the Communist Government of China.

The Chinese government has tried to counter the strife in recent years by hefty investment and subsidies from Beijing meant to alleviate resentment among Tibetans. Still, Tibetans have complained that the economic benefits have mainly enriched Chinese citizens.

The latest unrest began Monday, the anniversary of the 1959 rebellion, when 300 monks from one monastery demanded the release of other monks detained last fall. Political demands soon came to the fore. Other monks and ordinary Tibetans demanded independence and unfurled the Tibetan flag. Arrests ensued, leading to more protests.

Buddhism permeates every aspect of Tibetan life. While heavily regulated by communist authorities, monks remain widely respected for their piety and devotion to Tibetan culture, serving for many as living symbols of Tibetan nationalism.

Fox news reported that Actor Richard Gere, a Buddhist who has spoken out for Tibetan independence since 1978, said he was not surprised by the uprising.

“They’ve been brutally repressed for 50 years, 55 years, close to six decades,” Gere told CNN. “When you repress the people, they will explode. All people will explode.”
As fear of violence builds, the Dali Lama, whom most Tibetans consider their spiritual leaders, calls for calm.

“I appeal to the Chinese leadership to stop using force and address the long-simmering resentment of the Tibetan people through dialogue with the Tibetan people. I also urge my fellow Tibetans not to resort to violence,” he said in a statement released in Dharmsala, India, seat of the government-in-exile.

The international community continues to push for a peaceful conclusion in these matters. The White House has urged China to consider human rights before addressing an uprising.

White House spokesman Gordon Johndroe told Fox News that, “Beijing needs to respect Tibetan culture. … We regret the tensions between the ethnic groups and Beijing.” President Bush “has said consistently that Beijing needs to have a dialogue with the Dalai Lama.”

Restraint is not one of Beijing’s strong points and some feel there is no reason to think they will start now.

“Chinese leaders are not afraid of using force when they feel it’s necessary. I don’t think they’ll be shy because there’s now been violence on the demonstrators’ side. I feel they think this gives them the green light to use a strong response,” said Robbie Barnett, a Tibetan studies expert at Columbia University.

China is the most dangerous country on Earth today. There are more than a billion people in a Communist Country that cannot sustain itself or the insatiable appetite it has for natural resources. They are building the largest blue water Navy they have ever had. If successful they will control the Mediterranean. They are forging relationship with countries within the America’s.

China, not any country in the Middle East, is the greatest long term threat on Earth. China, not North Korea, is the most capable of using Nuclear weapons. China will be the country most likely to have a melt down over the next twenty years, aside from Iran. We will be charged to uphold freedom for the people of the Americas, while monitoring China’s investment in our hemisphere.

They want us to pull out our military posts near their borders. They want us to turn the other cheek as they destroy their own people. They want to build weapons, increase the size of their military, and silently become a menace to the Eastern portion of the Earth.

Yet, you dare ask yourself why it is so important to vote for John McCain in November?

Stephen Winslow is the executive editor of Conservative Viewpoints.

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