Friday, March 28, 2008

Dalai Lama: Pacifist, Monk, Nazi?

Beijing's representative to Ottawa, Lu Shumin, has accused the Dalai Lama of ruling a totalitarian, Nazi regime in Tibet before the Chinese began their occupation. Found here is a CTV article chronicling several of Shumin's attacks on the well respected spiritual and political leader of Tibet, currently in exile in India.

On a national television program Lu alleged that the Dalai Lama was a slave owner, a claim that has been reputed by several experts. One can safely assume, I think, that many of these accusations are the product of increased scrutiny on China as the 2008 summer Olympics close in.

The Dalai Lama, born Llhamo Dondrub, became political ruler of Tibet at the age of 15. Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, he currently heads the Tibetan Government in Exile from India. He holds several notable honours, including an honourary Canadian citizenship and a medal from the United States Congress. While I would ahve a hard time accepting any of his theological, or "cosmic", philosophies, he is hardly a nazi.

He has proposed compromise after compromise with the Chinese government on the future of Tibet, and yet they continue to malign him as a slave owner and nazi while their occupation of Tibet is concertedly crushing the native culture, forcing Tibetans out of their homes, and imposing ruinous economic policies that are using up the natural resources at a rate far worse than anything our own, Canadian environmentalists can complain about.

So, who are we to believe? The Dalai Lama, noted pacifist and Nobel laureate, or Beijing, seat of power for China's 'communist' regime?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

To be fair, the Dalai Lama didn't rule a "free Tibet", he was the asbolute monarch.