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March 18, 2008

China Blames Dalai Lama for Violence

Uh, we are talking about the same Dalai Lama here, right? Little dude, generally preaches non-violence? There's not two of them, or something like in Superman III where he splits into a good half and an evil half?


Premier Wen Jiabao accused the Dalai Lama and his supporters of orchestrating violent clashes to taint the Beijing Olympics, saying Tuesday that they were provoking violence to promote Tibetan independence.

The Dalai Lama urged his followers to remain peaceful, saying he would resign as head of Tibet's government-in-exile if the situation spun out of control. But he also suggested the Chinese may have fomented the protests in Tibet and neighboring provinces in order to discredit him.

In China's highest-level response to the unrest, Wen underscored the Communist leadership's determination to regain control of Tibet and nearby parts of China and reassure the world it is fit to host the Games.

Except that China is not an appropriate place to hold the Olympic Games. It got the spot because the Committee thinks that if we treat the Chinese like a model member of the global community, they might actually become a model member of the global community. Just as the U.N. shouldn't be playing cater-waiter to third world despots, the Olympic Committe should not be doing favors for the blood-drenched Chinese regime.

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posted by Gabriel Malor at 04:01 PM

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