Thursday, March 20, 2008

Lama drama ding dong

Jeremy Page writes in the The Times:
The Dalai Lama was criticised yesterday by prominent Tibetan radicals who say that his non-violent campaign for greater autonomy within China has failed and who are demanding a boycott of the Beijing Olympics.

Tibet’s spiritual leader has won international acclaim for eschewing violence since he fled Tibet after a failed uprising in 1959 and set up a government in exile in the Indian town of Dharamsala. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.

On Sunday he stopped short of calling for an Olympic boycott after two days of rioting in the Tibetan capital, although he did call for an international inquiry. Tibetan radicals, who are organising protests around the world, criticised his conciliatory approach, contrasting it with the successful drives for independence in East Timor and Kosovo.
A reader asks: Are you taking a position on this?

Liberal England replies: No, I was just looking for an excuse to use that headline.

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