Dalai Lama and CIA


china
#1
Obscured by the predominantly superficial media coverage is the reality that, before the Chinese invasion, "His Holiness" ruled over a harsh feudal serfdom with the proverbial iron fist. As reported by Gary Wilson in Workers World, "While most of the population lived in extreme poverty, the Dalai Lama lived richly in the 1000-room, 14-story Potala Palace." Even the omnipresent holy man himself admits to owning slaves during his reign.
In 1959, when the Dalai Lama packed up his riches and escaped into neighboring India, the CIA set up and trained an army of Tibetan contras. Potential recruits were asked only one, rather un-Zen-like question by Air Force pilots working with the Agency: "Do you want to kill Chinese?" The guerrillas were actually trained on US soil and then airdropped into Tibet by what the Tribune calls, "American pilots who would later carry out operations in Laos and Cambodia during the Vietnam War."
Yeah, those guys.
So, how did His Holiness and His Posse manage such paradoxical behavior? Lend an ear to what Jamyang Norbu, a prominent Tibetan intellectual, informed the Tribune: "For years, the only way Tibetans could get a hearing in the world's capitals was to emphasize our spirituality and helplessness. Tibetans who pick up rifles don't fit into the romantic image we've built up in the Westerner's heads."
And it works. If you don't believe me, ask R.E.M. lead singer Michael Stipe. He believes the Tibetans have "done it peacefully, without raising swords. No matter what hardship these people were under, they would not raise a hand against the enemy."
Wilson's characterization in Workers World presents a slightly different perspective: "The prevalence of anti-communism as a near religion in the United States has made it easy to sell slave masters as humanitarians. The Dalai Lama is not much different from the former slave owners of the Confederate South."
While the Chicago Tribune claimed that the U.S. government's support for Tibet's spiritual contras ended in the 1970s, former CIA agent Ralph McGehee told Workers World that the Agency was "a prime mover behind the ... 1990s campaign promoting the cause of the Dalai Lama and Tibetan independence." McGehee cites the Dalai Lama's eldest brother, a businessman named Gyalo Thondup, as the key player in this operation.
"Violence is unpredictable," the Dalai Lama announced last year, before adding: "In the case of Afghanistan, perhaps there's something positive. In Iraq, it's too early to tell." He confessed to having conflicted feelings over the U.S. invasion of Iraq, before declaring, "history would decide."
Uh...hello Dalai, but most of us have already decided.
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darkbeaver
#2
The British were there too. I thought the Dali Lamba could do tricks. I never see this guy do any.
 
dancing-loon
#3
Quote: Originally Posted by darkbeaverView Post

The British were there too. I thought the Dali Lamba could do tricks. I never see this guy do any.

Thanks, Beaver, you just made my evening!
 
Colpy
#4
Quote: Originally Posted by chinaView Post

Obscured by the predominantly superficial media coverage is the reality that, before the Chinese invasion, "His Holiness" ruled over a harsh feudal serfdom with the proverbial iron fist. As reported by Gary Wilson in Workers World, "While most of the population lived in extreme poverty, the Dalai Lama lived richly in the 1000-room, 14-story Potala Palace." Even the omnipresent holy man himself admits to owning slaves during his reign.
In 1959, when the Dalai Lama packed up his riches and escaped into neighboring India, the CIA set up and trained an army of Tibetan contras. Potential recruits were asked only one, rather un-Zen-like question by Air Force pilots working with the Agency: "Do you want to kill Chinese?" The guerrillas were actually trained on US soil and then airdropped into Tibet by what the Tribune calls, "American pilots who would later carry out operations in Laos and Cambodia during the Vietnam War."
Yeah, those guys.
So, how did His Holiness and His Posse manage such paradoxical behavior? Lend an ear to what Jamyang Norbu, a prominent Tibetan intellectual, informed the Tribune: "For years, the only way Tibetans could get a hearing in the world's capitals was to emphasize our spirituality and helplessness. Tibetans who pick up rifles don't fit into the romantic image we've built up in the Westerner's heads."
And it works. If you don't believe me, ask R.E.M. lead singer Michael Stipe. He believes the Tibetans have "done it...

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Freedom from fascism is NEVER won without the sword.
 
china
#5
Quote:

Freedom from fascism is NEVER won without the sword

Who said that Colpy ?..........the Inuits ?
 
Colpy
#6
Quote: Originally Posted by chinaView Post

Who said that Colpy ?..........the Inuits ?

First of all, the plural of Innuit is Innuit.

Secondly, no they didn't say it....I did.
 
china
#7
First of all :Thanks for the grammatical correction .I have to admit ,spelling is not my strong point .Luckily the computer warns me of spelling mistakes I make when typing .

Secondly , Freedom from fascism is NEVER won without the sword -.Very authoritative and obviously original .Just wandering ;is this an experience talking?
Last edited by china; Mar 28th, 2008 at 02:31 AM..
 
MikeyDB
#8
China

I don't think so China. No for Colpy his experience dictates that the facism of mega-multinationals that keep the symphony of consumerism and waste available as opiate to dull the senses into acquiescence is the preferred narcotic. It has kept Canadians and certainly Americans from examining any question of moral significance as the conditions and circumstances of foreign nations and governments is looted to feed the appetites of those injesting this narcotic of non-responsibility.
 
MikeyDB
#9
One worldview...

Jews displacing Palestinians ....OK!

Chinese displacing Tibetans....not OK!

Maybe there are more than two kinds of people in the world........
 
china
#10
"Canadians displacing Innuits
One more------------Westerners displacing Quebec.
 
EagleSmack
#11
Quote: Originally Posted by MikeyDBView Post

One worldview...

Jews displacing Palestinians ....OK!

Chinese displacing Tibetans....not OK!

Maybe there are more than two kinds of people in the world........

Or from your point of view...

Jews displacing Palestinians... NOT OK

Chinese displacing Tibetans...OK
 
ShintoMale
#12
free tibet my ***
 

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