Friday, December 27, 2013

"THE MIDDLE WAY" IN TIBET? "AUTONOMY" IN A TOTALITARIAN STATE (CHINA) IS AN IMPOSSIBILITY

UP FRONT News November 29, 2013
"The paper that can't be bought and can't be sold."
Published by Tom Weiss
Andrew Mazzone - Media Representative and Economics Advisor
Steven Gradman - Political Consultant
Lehman Weichselbaum - Arts Editor and Reporter
The views expressed in UP FRONT News are those of the publisher or of the contributing write and do not necessarily reflect the views of staff.
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"THE MIDDLE WAY" IN TIBET? "AUTONOMY" IN A TOTALITARIAN STATE (CHINA) IS AN IMPOSSIBILITY.
The Dalai Lama - who resigned his position as leader of the Exile Government of Tibet but remains the unquestioned spiritual leader of the very spiritual Tibetan people, including thousands of exiles, many of whom live in the U.S. (and many of whom read UP FRONT News), and other non-"Communist" nations, as well as the majority of Tibetans who remain essentially enslaved in Chinese Communist occupied Tibet - has proposed that the resolution of the China/Tibet problem is "The Middle Way." Summarized, "The Middle Way" would end the quest for Tibetan independence from China and cede to China such functions as foreign relations and national defense. The Tibetan people would have "autonomous" power to control other governmental functions relating to education, social services, enviornmenatl protection, religious freedom, etc.
While it has been reported that many Tibetans, fully loyal to the Dalai Lama, support The Middle Way, versions of which have been presented to the Chinese over the years, I've spoken to Tibetans who, in the most literal terms, call for a "Free Tibet", and who are not willing to accept Chinese control over any aspect of their lives. When they call for "independence", they mean just that, not at all unlike the calls for American independence from England back in the 1770's.
As far as I am concerned, the Dalai Lama, a man who is by nature an optimist who consistently seeks (and often finds) the best in people, is overlooking the reality that a Middle Way can only exist and survive in a democratic political context. As far as I can tell, government of the so-called "People's Republic of China" (watch out for that word "People's" when used by governments; the Hitler- promoted automobile, the Volkswagen translated is "People's Car") is the most fascistically totalitarian government on the planet with the possible exception of the gulag otherwise known as North Korea, a slave state cheerily calling itself "The Democratic Republic of Korea."
There is no "middle way" in a totalitarian state that practices torture, brainwashing, massive political imprisonment, a non-stop war on the poor (e.g. the mass homelessness generated by the corporate attack called the 2008 Beijing Olympics, which had George W. Bush as an honored guest) and genocide.
When the Nazis began to herd the Jews in conquered states into ghettos, the Jews were for a time even allowed a thimbleful of "autonomy" as (s)elected rabbis negotiated with the Nazis on various matters. In Poland, that middle way became the Warsaw Uprising and Auschwitz.
The reality is that, starting with the racist Mao Zedong, the Chinese Communist regimes have been perpetrating genocide in illegally occupied Tibet for over sixty years. In 1959 there was a monk-led uprising and the Chinese responded by murdering an estimated 70,000 Tibetans (referred to as "insects" in a Chinese military report I've seen) within a few days. The Dalai Lama has said that the Chinese occupation has cost the lives of over 1 million Tibetans.
Those benefiting from this genocide include multinational corporations who profit from the slave state that is China, just as the corporations ignored the facts about the Nazis in their pursuit of profits.
There was no "middle way" with the Nazis. There is no Middle Way with Communist China.
The government of China will have to change. Even Hitler's prediction of a "Thousand Years" Third Reich fell way short. Fascism never lasts.
I hope that the Dalai Lama and Barack Obama recognize that.
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MeUP FRONT News November 29, 2013 "The paper that can't be bought and can't be sold." Published by Tom Weiss Andrew Mazzone - Media Representative and Economics Advisor Steven Gradman - Political Consul
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