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  •  READER COMMENTS

    Reader comments on Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion

    Subject: Re: Truth in Tibet
    Date: Dec 25, 2004
    Sender: Ian RPrevious | Next

    Julie, you are perfectly right.

    I haven't been to Tibet, but I fear that those who do are in any case heavily restricted as to where they may go, and who they may talk to.

    Also, while H. Yang is probably a good person, and may be very genuine in what he believes, like most Chinese citizens I have met, I would imagine he has no access to outside information about World events, other than the official Party propaganda. Therfore let us excuse his acceptance of this propaganda as factual, while at least trying to enlighten him as to the real facts.

    Firstly, it is not accurate to equate industrialisation with improvement of living-conditions. The Chinese have tried to introduce farming-methods appropriate to the Chinese flatlands into mountainous Tibet, with disastrous results. Likewise, roadbuilding is not necessarily a benefit; it depends on who you are and what you stand to gain -or lose- by the presence of the road. Even here in the West we often find that roadbuilding leads to closure of local businesses, and loss of jobs to the centralised corporate sector.

    Neither do I see any relevance in "Ad Hominem" attacks on Western misdeeds of the past. Two wrongs don't make a right. Yes, the treatment of the American Native Peoples was wrong. But that doen't make present-day Chinese actions right.

    The thing which strikes me most about the CCP's official rants against H.H. the Dalai Lama are their sheer absurdity. Anyone who has met this venerable and peaceful scholar knows that the CCP's staements are preposterous. If that were not enough, this ranting mirrors with far too great an exactitude the equally-fierce (and equally preposterous) rants against Mainland spiritual groups like Falun Gong.

    Are we to believe that ALL of these people (who all, interestingly, advocate nonviolent approaches to life) are demonically-obsessed "cults" who are plotting the downfall of the Chinese Government... or are we to see the pattern in this boringly-repetitive propaganda, and apply our commonsense?

    Ian (www.tibetsupport.org.uk)


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    Response to this comment:
    Re: Truth in Tibet

    Having been to Tibet myself I have seen the physical, emotional and spiritual destruction brought about by 45 years of domination by China. Tibetans who were brave enough to speak to me wanted to know why it was taking the rest of the world 40 years to help them, they wondered if anyone knew what was going on in Tibet! Yes, China has financed some infrastructure in Tibet, but of the lowest quality and purely for the benefit of the Han population. The PRC openly requests aid agencies to help the Tibetan people with basic fundamentals such as clean water and agricultural support and admits they will not spend any money in Tibet unless it supports the Han population (phone lines, satellites, highways, financial systems etc, please refer to any Ausaid reports on aid projects in Tibet and the White Paper on Tibet issued by China in May 2004). Religious freedom does not exist, with a police unit based at each monastery/nunnery moderating who enters and what practice is conducted is not religious freedom. The Dalai Lama would never give a directive to perform any act of violence, and I am surprised that one such as yourself who chooses education in the West and rejects the CCP can still maintain a belief in such blatant propaganda. All good and well to comment on atrocities committed by Western nations in past centuries, horrendous and shameful as they are, but Tibet is happening in the 21st Century, RIGHT NOW; it is unforgivable for this to occur in a time when you could expect more enlightened action from states and humanity in general. But I guess we should expect minorities to be poorly treated when a state has no respect for even their own people eg Tiannaman Square.






    Comment index:

  • Cry of the Snow Lion   from Dundub Lama, Nov 8, 2003
  • Truth in Tibet   from H Yang, Sep 22, 2004
  • Re: Truth in Tibet   from julie, Nov 24, 2004
  • » Re: Truth in Tibet «   from Ian R, Dec 25, 2004
  • Re: Truth in Tibet   from Marco, Mar 21, 2008
  • Re: Truth in Tibet   from dorjee, Jun 30, 2009
  • [no subject]   from , Feb 2, 2004
  • WARNING! DO NOT SEE!   from Anonymous, Feb 27, 2004
  • Re: WARNING! DO NOT SEE!   from Dharamsala, Sep 15, 2004
  • Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party   from Georgia, Sep 6, 2006
  • Cry of the Snow Lion   from Dundub Lama, Nov 8, 2003
  • Truth in Tibet   from H Yang, Sep 22, 2004
  • Re: Truth in Tibet   from julie, Nov 24, 2004
  • » Re: Truth in Tibet «   from Ian R, Dec 25, 2004
  • Re: Truth in Tibet   from Marco, Mar 21, 2008
  • Re: Truth in Tibet   from dorjee, Jun 30, 2009
  • [no subject]   from , Feb 2, 2004
  • WARNING! DO NOT SEE!   from Anonymous, Feb 27, 2004
  • Re: WARNING! DO NOT SEE!   from Dharamsala, Sep 15, 2004
  • Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party   from Georgia, Sep 6, 2006