22 January 2009

What has the Dalai Lama ever done for you?

The Lama has no formal schooling in the fields of political science, diplomacy or international law. You ask the Lama why Tibet should be independent, and he can't give you any valid reason. He has a monastic education and holds what is roughly the equivalent of a doctorate in Buddhism. The best he can do is claim that according to the ethics of the Yellow Hat Sect, Tibet should be independent from China. China has the Seventeen Point Agreement for the Peaceful Liberation of Tibet. Liberation here referring to the liberation of Tibet from (British, Indian and other foreign) imperialist forces and thus returning to Chinese rule.

The popular belief is that China invaded a fully autonomous state in the fifties. However, there is much debate over the exact nature of the sovereignty of Tibet. Upon closer investigation, this commonly held belief seems short-sighted.

Technically Tibet has only made any attempt to claim independence from China between 1913 to 1959, and even then Tibet failed to negotiate independence from China (China has never accepted the complete independence of Tibet, only other "imperialist" nations have). In other words, Tibet has never been able to proclaim its independence from China through either diplomatic nor military means. Tibet has no legitimate reason to claim that its independence was threatened by a the big bad Chinese regime (because its independence never existed) and flying all over the world rallying support from Western countries is not improving its relationship with China - China being the only nation in a position to grant Tibet independence.

Tibet has been part of China from the Yuang dynasty (1271 – 1368). Viewed in this light, the period of 1913 - 1959, during which Tibet tried to claim independence, becomes immaterial. Certainly not material enough to use as a basis for sovereignty on any legal grounds.

Within the Asian continent, there are many independent states. Granted, the People's Republic of China is not always happy with this arrangement, but why isn't Tibet following a similar route? That seems reasonable to me, instead of the Oprah Winfrey cult of personality celebrity populist angle that the Dalai Lama is attempting. China does not care about the West and right now, the West needs China economically. The way to put pressure on China is not by shaking hands with the likes of Sarkozy, who is a populist scoundrel (also not that clear on the separation of the church and state himself).

Seems like the Lama is using the "enemies of my enemy are my friends" approach without really being concerned with whom he is dealing, as long as they don't like China. The Lama has not done a single thing that proves to me that he should enjoy respect. He's like PETA in that regard.

If Tibet deserves independence from China, then surely South Ossetia and Abkhazia deserve independence from Georgia too? Why isn't the West rallying behind their cause? They're in a far more clear-cut situation than Tibet, yet the West (America in particular) does not rally behind them when they try to claim their independence from Georgia, mainly because the Russians are. Oh, and South Ossetia and Abkhazia don't have a charming old man in a tunic shaking hands with world leaders rallying for their independence.

I hate the Dalai Lama because he appeals to people's emotions and spirituality and does not rely on reason to better the position of Tibet. He is nothing but a theocrat. If L Ron Hubbard declared Scientologists independent from the rest of the world, how seriously would you take him? Why does the Lama deserve better treatment?

If hate is a strong emotion to apply to someone you don't personally know, then surely the opposite emotion of love is just as strong to apply to someone you don't personally know. Seems to me that it is irrational to claim that the Lama is wise, kind and a spiritual leader worthy of our affection with his sage advice and guidance offered to us when he can't solve his own problems.

Comparing the Dalai Lama with Vladimir Putin

The Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama of Tibet, Tenzin Gaytzo
The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatzo, has been defending his outmoded theocratic system from the confounds of an Indian monastery and Oprah Winfrey's talk show couch.
  • He appears to have eyesight problems.

  • He gets CIA backing, because the Lama has never held a job in his life.

  • He writes self-help books, aimed at disarming you from your most precious weapon - your mind.

  • He is a fan of Marxism. Probably because he expects it to support bums like himself. Maybe the Lama should visit Cuba sometime?

  • He has nothing whatsoever to do with the noble llama. A llama has practical use.

That's all there is to him, really.

Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin in a TU-160 Bomber
Prime minister of Russia, Vladimir Putin. Where do we begin?
  • A former member of the KGB, Putin graduated from the International Law branch of the Law Department of the Leningrad State University in 1975. He wrote his final thesis on international law.

  • Putin was actually elected as the president of Russia. Despite his KGB intelligence background (which may or may not jeopardise the legitimacy of his appointment), it is worth noting that Russian people actually voted for him. He does not claim to have some divine right to rule.

  • Putin is a Judo champion.

  • He can fly planes, shoot guns and rescue scared pansies from the gaping jaws of lions, tigers and bears.

Who would you rather have fighting for your independence?


Chino Skeleton said...

EXCELLENT Post!!!, Superb comparison, I GO FOR PUTIN!!! ... all tibethans should read your post, besides that, one day I shall enter the halls of the Tibet with PURE METAL MUSIC to disrupt their mantras, MMMMMMOOOOOO!!!, let's see if their meditations work

Anonymous said...

you're an angry little person, aren't you? in many respects i agree with you over the question of tibet. however, there is no need for you to speak such hate for someone who has brought a lot of good to the world, and i don't just mean to tibetans or buddhists. he didn't decide he had a divine right to lead. top-level monks picked him out upon his birth, as they do with every generation of lama. as a poor tibetan born into religion without much opportunity for education outside the sangha, why get all hyphy that he doesn't have a phd in international relations? that he has an influence in world affairs without one says a lot for him, a lot you're apparently unable to see given your blind rage.

my advice to you: chill out brethren. you yourself have let your emotion cloud your better judgment. now go make yourself whiskey, put on your slippers, and smoke a massive cigar (or reefer).

best of luck to you.

Garg the Unzola said...

I'm curious to know how propagating superstitions is making the world a better place?

Even if he did make the world a better place (which I don't think he did), I don't believe that the end justifies the means.

Then I'd like to quote the Lama on Marxism:

Marxism is concerned with the distribution of wealth on an equal basis and the equitable utilization of the means of production

Distribution of wealth does NOT occur if you aren't allowed to earn the wealth proportional to your effort. That's why no Marxist system has ever worked, and why no Marxist system will ever work.

Note that Marx never enlightened us as to who would be the producers in his communism.

Besides, Lama boy has the world eating out of his palm. Perhaps growing up in the third world did not provide much by means of education, but he certainly has had the opportunity to study anything his heart desires - at any institution his heart desires.

Oh wait, desire is against his beliefs.

I think a glass of whiskey is a smart idea. I'd like to couple that with tying Lama up and squashing an entire ant colony one by one in front of his face.

One little, two little, three little Marxists..

Ladyfingers said...

Westerners like to believe that the solution to all life's problems is somehow held waiting for them in exotic locales by little bald men.

It's a middle-class expression of ostentatious self-loathing.

Garg the Unzola said...

So true. Fortunately, I'm not middle class. I don't have class at all.

Johncarlos Biza said...

Mandela was violent during the struggle and was a bit stubborn. After coming out of jail, he lost millions worth of jewelery. Where did the money to buy them come from? Also, his then wife is a selfish violent crook. His tenure as president came with very high crime and inequality. Amidst the above, he's the world's number one hero. The Dalia Lama is a peaceful man who's got very little luxuries. He prays all the time and is no fan of western lifestyle. He has repeatedly said that if Tibetans use violence to get rid of the Chinese barbarians, he will step down from his position. He has emphasised that the most oppresses group in the world currently should still apply peace. How many men in the world can take claps from both cheeks and still want to settle peacefully? I am fully Christian, but after getting to know more about the Dalai Lama and the plight of the Tibetans, I have new-found respect for Buddhism. He doesn't deserve all this condescending from u Garg, and he definitely cannot be blamed for being used as a 'pawn', although in a good way, by western media to sympathize with Tibetians. My prayers are with him and his ambitions. Nobody deserves to live like Tibetans. SA has had a similar recent history. We of all people should know better. I hate the Chinese nation. May God curse them accordingly.

PS: its been too long since u last updated your blog. Its the main reason why I actually replied.

Chino Skeleton said...

#FickDeineMutterDalai 他媽的你的母親達賴 เพศสัมพันธ์ dalai แม่ของคุณ 니 엄마는 달라이 #FuckYourMotherDalai #ChingaTuMadreDalai @DalaiLama

Nope, I'm not an angry little person. I just want to do some clash of cultures, meditations with all the noise should be PERFECT.

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