When Monks Go Wild

Young Tibetans question path of nonviolence | csmonitor.com

Jigshe Tsering spends nearly every day inside a wire enclosure outside the Dalai Lama’s residence. Like most of his fellow student hunger-strikers, who have vowed to remain inside their mock cages until China eases its crackdown, he fled Tibet hoping to find a better life close to the man who has long stood as the bulwark of Tibetan identity.

But grim reports of China’s hard line against antigovernment protests that began there in March – illustrated by the poster-sized images of those allegedly killed or maimed by state forces that decorate town walls – have eroded his support for the spiritual leader’s nonviolent strategy.

“We are always waiting and nothing has changed in Tibet,” he says. “I want peace, but when you are pushed so much, you finally strike back.”

It’s a pretty amazing difference that leadership and culture make.  In Tibet and Palestine you have two native populations oppressed by superpowers with multi-generational lengths.  (Israel being a U.S. front and China being one in the making).

 How they have responded so far is indicative of that leadership.  We’ll see how much longer they can hold out in Tibet before going medieval on some asses (my guess is until the Dalai Lama rests eternally).

Whoa, Sorry About Those Nuke Fuses

The Associated Press: China Protests US Missile Fuse Mistake

BEIJING AP — China strongly protested to the U.S. on Wednesday over the mistaken delivery of fuses for long-range missiles to Taiwan, the latest incident involving arms sales to the island to roil relations between Beijing and Washington.In a statement posted on the Foreign Ministrys Web site, spokesman Qin Gang said China sent a protest to Washington expressing “strong displeasure.”

“We … demand the U.S. side thoroughly investigate this matter, and report to China in a timely matter the details of the situation and eliminate the negative effects and disastrous consequences created by this incident,” Qin said.

He reiterated Chinas long-standing demand that the United States halt all weapons sales and military-to-military contacts with Taiwan, the self-governing island that Beijing has claimed as its own since the sides split amid civil war in 1949.

Yea, uh, sorry about those nuke fuses. The funny part is the whole thing was a mistake. China loves to have something to distract everyone from what is going on in Tibet.

It’s true that monks and ninjas aren’t always the best of friends.  But we do have respect for one another, and I hate to see the cute little monky cry.

Lhasa (AsiaNews) – A group of Buddhist monks blocked a tour of 26 foreign journalists in Lhasa, led by the Chinese government, crying out that there is no freedom in Tibet and that the Dalai Lama is not responsible for the recent violence there.  Some of them after having cried “Tibet is not free! Tibet is not free!”, broke down in tears.

The surprise encounter occurred this morning while the group of journalists visited the Jokhang Temple. The monks interrupted the temples’ chief administrators address.  Government representatives tried to drag the journalists away.  Some of them however, succeeded in exchanging a few words with the demonstrators.

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It’s Good To Be The God-King

Inside the court of the Tibetan god-king | World news | The Observer

Although he describes himself as a ‘simple Buddhist monk’, last week’s events in the Tibetan plateau have underlined the Dalai Lama’s importance as a symbol of peaceful protests and a struggle for cultural freedom. For Tibetans, he is the Ocean of Wisdom, a god-king who engenders intense devotion – his name was chanted repeatedly by protesters across the roof of the world.Chinese officials have a different view, one rooted in the feeling that the Dalai Lama has used his moral and religious authority to destabilise Tibet. In an extraordinarily vituperative attack, state-run media said that the Chinese leadership is engaged in a ‘life and death struggle’ with the Dalai Lama, who is ‘a wolf in a monk’s robe, a monster with a human face but the heart of a beast’.

To anyone standing in McLeod Ganj, a British Raj hill station above Dharamsala last week, where he has lived in exile since 1959, the rhetoric seems faintly absurd – a Chinese dragon scared by a mouse that prayed.

Ahh, wait…so it’s the uh, “God-king”, that gets to fight the dragon, eh?  The big,  nuclear, 5-million-man army, err, dragon.  Riiight.

I’m sure he’ll be right on that.  In a “monk’s second” (i.e. eternity…damn, those monks are lazy).

Monks Getting Funky In the Mountains

BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | China’s quandary over Tibet’s future

It is still unclear what impact the crisis in Tibet will have on the prospect of talks between the Dalai Lama and China’s leaders.

What is clear, though, is that the options are changing. Many Tibetans are deeply frustrated. After decades of waiting, they see little sign of progress.

I love now the monks are planning on using the Olympics to piss off the Chinese.  Anything that pisses off the Chinese is good, although the Chinese do make excellent pirates.