October 17, 2007

The Dalai Lama's Dumb Move

Until 1959 the Dalai Lama (at right in the photo) was a regular in Beijing, meeting with Chairman Mao, jockeying for position as the official reincarnation of the 10th Panchem Lama of Tibetans. From earlier times there is uncertainty as to which of two contenders is the true 11th Panchem Lama.

Since his abortive uprising - an event more than one investigator has shown was broadly (if not overtly) conducted with American and British covert operations - and move to India, the Dalai Lama has raised untold million$ in his quest to return to Tibet as the true reincarnation.

Although never mentioned by the New York Times/WashingtonPost/Associate Press editorial line, the Dalai Lama does not want to "free" Tibet but ensure himself and his chosen successors as heirs to Tibet's ancient and oppressive theocracy. Read this year's explanation of his policy.

After meeting earlier with President Bush behind closed doors, the Dalai Lama chose today to accept the Congressional Gold Medal from the United States Congress. The medal is awarded to civilians (the congressional Medal of Honour is specifically for military service) for outstanding achievement in the national interest of the United States. But in what way has the Dalai Lama served the USA's national interest?

A lot was made of the "harsh words" from the Beijing government in response to the ceremony in Washington. But how can the government of China not view this odd coronation as yet another American unilateral decision over an internal Chinese matter?

In accepting this inappropriate award the Dalai Lama tarnished his image forever. That he would accept a medal from a group of politicians (with abysmal approving ratings) that allow (if not encourage) the USA military, its contractors, and executive agencies to torture and abuse human rights around the world reflects how completely out of touch he is.

For people outside the celebrity party circuit and for many Chinese he can no longer be viewed as an unbiased voice for peace but as a tool of the American government.

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