Un-Tibet

March 16, 2008 at 11:25 pm | Posted in annexation, British meddling, Burma, chimpanzee, CIA, civilian massacre, colonization, communism, Dalai Lama, democracy, dictator, discrimination, displaced persons, dissidence, dissidents, equality, ethnic cleansing, exile, forcible deportation, freedom of speech, global evils, government, human rights, Indian foreign policy, individual freedom, individual rights, intolerance, justice, liberty, man's inhumanity to man, Myanmar, peace, poverty, race, racial profiling, racism, self determination, Tibet | Leave a comment
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three chimps see no

None in the International community of nations, seems to be ready to bell the Chinese cat on Tibet. The policy of silence is loudest in Tibet’s closest neighbour – India.

It seems a shame that commercial interests combined with India’s real fear of confrontation with China on the disputed area of the borders in Arunachal Pradesh state, should be sufficient to cow down such an erstwhile champion of human rights as India. Still, the sad truth is that though the Dalai Lama is our guest in exile, in toto, that too is just for publicity’s sake and has little other than symbolic value.

Reading through Tibet’s long and tortuous history, we must again conclude that the death blows to Tibetan independence were finally dealt by the British in the early years of the 20th century, closely followed by a botched CIA operation during the 1950s.Like any unfortunate country that is lacking great enticements (like oil or mineral wealth), no other nation is willing to stick their necks out against the Chinese behemoth for the sake of a few million poor and exploited Tibetans. Europe is happy to support the right of Kosovans to self determination but won’t even whimper at the fate of the poor Tibetans.As with Sudan and Burma, so it is too with Tibet – a mysterious cat has got every single nation’s tongue!
The Chinese have been much more concerned with the possible effects on their precious Olympics. I think they have misread the world’s commitment to anything other than money. Our modern world’s shame is highlighted by the fact that ‘amateur’ sport has been so successfully exploited to become the biggest money spinner of all time. Catch the nations of the world putting principles ahead of the chance to collectively make some really fast bucks! If only even one country would demand autonomy or at least basic human rights for Tibetans before agreeing to Olympic participation… fat chance!

Just for fun, compare the “Freinds of Tibet” facts and figures with the Chinese version of ‘the truth’ and tell me what you think… There certainly is bias showing in Western reporting on Tibet but the Chinese story is simply pathetic.

War Games – Musharraf goes the "Cheney-Me-To-A-Rice-Bush" Route

November 4, 2007 at 7:29 am | Posted in 123 Nuclear Treaty, CheneyMeToARiceBush, democracy, Dickied Rice Bush, dictator, Indian Constitution, Kargil War, Musharraf, Mushy, neocononial, spin, statesmanship | Leave a comment

India has been toying with doing things in ‘The New American Way’ for some time now. Our present almost misadventures with the 1-2-3 Nuclear Power Treaty has clearly indicated our own Junta’s leanings. We too seem to be actively seeking ways to democratically subvert our democracy, but thankfully have so far failed.

Still the Dickied Rice Bush has had a visible measure of success with our neighbour Pakistan.

America kept insisting that this Mushy stuff was the closest that the Pakistani people could get to democracy. Instead, with the decle3ration of Emergency Rule, what was all along a dictatorship in democratic guise has now reverted to form and proved that it was indeed a full blown military dictatorship all along.

Musharraf is a suave, smooth, polite, educated, and eminently reasonable dictator, but a dictator and a ruthless and brutal one nonetheless. He is photogenic, soft spoken, and charismatic (wonder where I’ve heard that before) and an ideal stooge for the U.S. State Department’s deeper designs in this part of the world.
The last time Musharraf needed to consolidate his power he engineered a war (the ’99 Kargil War) with India. The then democratically elected Pakistani leader (Nawaz Sharrif) had to flee for his life.

This time Mushy has been concentrating on his Afghany front, and let’s hope that he stays focussed there. The chances are that as long as the current U.S. administration is wooing India, Mushy will have to bite his tongue and wait, but nothing is certain in todays global village.

Who knows perhaps in international parlance, engineering Emergencies is just one more way of delivering a hidden ultimatum? An openly militaristic Pakistan should certainly fuel the the local arms race and that itself would have made Dickey & Co. very happy. Every cloud should have a silver and gold lining, as should every pocket…

It’s too much to hope that India would have learned anything substantial from this, except that there’re always ways to make a quick buck. The depth of the pocket is actually what drives politics in India anyway.

Statesmanship is a thing of the rather distant past – a blurry, fading, black and white memory of what was always something of a hazy backlit dream.

“Do, you know that the U.S. tried ever so strongly to dissuade Mushy from such a drastic step?” At least that’s the current spin, being disseminated through the hidden alleyways of a ‘leaky’ State Department.

What everyone here does know, is that Mussharraf would never have dared unless he was offered tacit U.S. support.

  • We have blown it on Myanmar. We are supporting a brutal military junta.
  • We have blown it with Tibet; we have shamed ourselves, the Tibetan people and the Dalai Lama.

But it is not too late to change tack.

Let us try to realise the reality of our own proud constitution.
Let us once more try to stand for FREEDOM,
to truly uphold DEMOCRACY, and
to be the champions of JUSTICE
that we once thought that we could be,
and that we would be.

UPDATE 1 (Nov. 5) The headlines about 6 months down the road after a bit of NYT force fed journalism:

RENDERING (justice to) THE COURTS:

Gen. Pervez Mussharaf had exported Pakistan’s supreme court justices to the U.S. under the Democracy Re-education Program (DemRep) sponsored by the US Department of State.

Now, we are not so surprised to report that the use of waterboarding and other assorted (recreationally educational) nontortures at Guantanamo for the recalcitrant Pakistani Supreme Court justices has finally resulted in signed confessions of connections to terrorism from all 60 of the judges who had originally refused to swear allegiance to General Musharraf after he imposed martial law in order to SAVE Pakistani democracy. All the judges now unanimously support the continuation of Mr. Mussharaf as he is “clearly the only dictator capable of restoring true democracy.”

The Secretary of State is very pleased that the U.S. has been “able to further promote democracy in the world while simultaneously dealing a death blow to terrorist oriented judiciaries.”

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