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The daily grind

While the world spends an incredible amount of time focusing on Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine, China’s oppressive hold over Tibet shows no sign of ending. Daily humiliation continues:

Chinese authorities in the Amdo Tibetan region of northwest China have ordered Tibetan broadcasters to add fur trimmings to their traditional clothing, in an apparent jab at an anti-fur movement inspired by Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama. 

11 comments ↪
  • Leo Buddha

    Antony wrote:

    While the world spends an incredible amount of time focusing on Israel’s … occupation of Palestine

    Yes. BINGO!

  • Addamo

    The fact that the Dalai Lama has himself stated that Tibet is better off as part of China probably has a lot to do with the public's perception, but nonetheless, China's opression doesn't involve check points, Berlin wall like fences, tanks and Apache helicopters.

    The difference is also that China is implementing a 1 state solution, but certainly, the brutality of the oppression is disgusting.

  • Chris C

    Well, Leo Buddha, the Palestinians tried the “Tibetan solution” for about 30 years and got nothing except more expropriation, killings and subjugation.

    Funny how the worlds “most moral army” is having to be compared with China’s PLA to show it in a good light.

    How far God’s chosen people have fallen.

  • Leo Buddha

    Addamo consoles us:

    China’s opression doesn’t involve check points, Berlin wall like fences, tanks and Apache helicopters.

    I wonder Why that is so?

    Would anything that the Tibetian people are (not) doing have antything to do with that?

  • Leo Buddha

    The topic was Tibet.

    The topic now is NOT Tibet.

    Why?

  • edward squire

    Leo Buddha May 12th, 2006 at 1:00 pm

    The topic was Tibet. The topic now is NOT Tibet. Why?

    Who knows? Maybe you just really like talking about the Palestinians, the Oslo Accords and the security of Israel:

    Leo Buddha May 12th, 2006 at 12:35 pm

    That really started in earnest after the Oslo Accords and especially after that accord did not produce a viable Palestinian administration which benfited the Palestinan people AND at the same time did not threaten the security of Israel. The hotheads on both sides and the moral corruption and incompetence of the PA are, in my view, responsible for that.

  • Leo Buddha

    edward squire May 12th, 2006 at 3:42 pm

    Who knows? Maybe you just really like talking about the Palestinians, the Oslo Accords and the security of Israel.

    No.

    It was because Addamo, who seems

    to like like talking about the Palestinians

    at every oppurtunity opined on May 11th, 2006 at 11:19 pm

    China’s opression doesn’t involve check points, Berlin wall like fences, tanks and Apache helicopters.

    And because Ant himself very accurately pointed out that

    While the world spends an incredible amount of time focusing on Israel’s … occupation of Palestine

    countless millions of very real people in the world have far greater problems than the Palestinians.

    I simply responded

    Yes. BINGO!

    And BINGO! it was and is.

    Thank you for giving Ant and I the opprtunity to make the point again.

    BINGO!

  • Addamo

    Leo Buddah ignores the elephant in the room by looking at the wallpaper.

    Would anything that the Tibetian people are (not) doing have antything to do with that?

    Would it have amything to do with the fact that China is not stealing land, biulldozoing homes, humiliating Tibetans at check points, segregating the people into disconnected enclaves and denying them the ability to earn a living?

    Would it have anything to do with the fact that Tibet's spiritual leader has stated that it is in Tibet;s intenerets to be part of China?

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Sadly, China is stealing land, and trying to destroy the Tibetan people by harsh repression, no freedom of religion, bringing in tens of thousands of Chinese into Tibet to gradually breed out Tibetan culture. A slow, but deliberate, policy of eradication.
    As harsh as the Israeli occupation? Perhaps not, but the Chinese system isn't exactly friendly to dissent.

  • Leo Buddha

    Chris C wrote:

    the Palestinians tried the “Tibetan solution” for about 30 years

    Not at all.

    They had vocal support, financial, moral and military support from many others in the Muslim, Arab, and PEACE world. Remember the ongoing wars and "militant activities"? Remember Arafat's *struggles" in Jordan and Lebanon to name some?

    Living conditions during that time generally improved for them on the West Bank and Gaza.

    and got nothing except more expropriation, killings and subjugation

    That really started in earnest after the Oslo Accords and especially after that accord did not produce a viable Palestinian administration which benfited the Palestinan people AND at the same time did not threaten the security of Israel. The hotheads on both sides and the moral corruption and incompetence of the PA are, in my view, responsible for that.

    Your parellel is too simlistic and misleading, Chris C.

    The "most moral army" may not be as moral as it used to be. But then neither are its amoral critics.

  • Addamo

    Leo,

    Your verry first post mentinoed the Palestinians.

    While the world spends an incredible amount of time focusing on Israel’s … occupation of Palestine

    Bingo.