Bush hosts Dalai Lama - the two "Men of Peace" reunite as one family
- After exiting the White House today, the Dalai Lama was asked by
reporters, "But how can you meet with a man who is the head of the
largest killing machine in the Solar system, and bring credibility to
him and his office by Your Most Holy Presence here today? What do you
have to say to all the innocent people who are being murdered
continuously at this moment by his death machine while you sit here
accepting honors and medals from these murderers?"
His Holines the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet and Nobel Peace Laureate,
1989, responded, "Let them eat shit. They're all going to die anyway at
some point, one way or another. Let the leaders do their work and don't
bother us with the dying - let God sort them out."
Bush hosts Dalai Lama amid Chinese outrage
By Matt Spetalnick and Paul EckertTue
Oct 16, 2007
President George W. Bush hosted the Dalai Lama on Tuesday despite
China's warning that U.S. plans to honor the exiled Tibetan spiritual
leader could damage relations between Beijing and Washington.
The White House talks were held on the eve of a congressional award
ceremony for the Dalai Lama, but the Bush administration took pains to
keep the encounter with the president low-key in a bid to placate
"We in no way want to stir the pot and make China feel that we are
poking a stick in their eye -- to a country that we have ... a good
relationship with on a variety of issues," White House spokeswoman Dana
Beijing has bitterly denounced plans for the Dalai Lama, who has lived
in exile in India since staging a failed uprising against Chinese rule
in 1959, to receive the Congressional Gold Medal on Wednesday.
Bush will attend the ceremony on Capitol Hill, the first time a U.S.
president will appear in public with the Dalai Lama, spiritual leader
of Tibetan Buddhists and a Nobel Peace laureate whom China regards as a
separatist and a traitor.
"We are furious," Tibet's Communist Party boss, Zhang Qingli, told
reporters in China. "If the Dalai Lama can receive such an award, there
must be no justice or good people in the world."
The White House denied Bush's private meeting with the Dalai Lama, his
fourth since taking office, was meddling in China's internal affairs.
But Perino said: "We understand that the Chinese have very strong
feelings about this."
Returning to his Washington hotel, a smiling Dalai Lama told
journalists and a small group of cheering followers that his meeting
with Bush had been "like a reunion of one family."
"Naturally he's showing his concern about Tibet and he inquired about
the situation there," the Dalai Lama said.
Asked about China's anger over his U.S. visit, he waved his hands
dismissively and said: "That always happens."
PLAYING DOWN THE SYMBOLISM
Trying to play down the symbolism of the talks, Bush met the Dalai Lama
in the White House residence instead of the Oval Office where he
normally welcomes visiting world leaders.
White House staff, who had refused to say when the meeting would take
place, afterward said it lasted half an hour but gave no further
details. Reporters were not allowed to glimpse the two together and no
photographs were released.
Asked why Bush was going ahead with the talks, White House spokesman
Tony Fratto said: "He made it clear in his communications with the
Chinese ... that when the Dalai Lama was in town for the congressional
ceremony that they would meet. So there's no reason not to."
China pulled out of a meeting this week at which world powers were to
discuss Iran, in apparent protest at Congress's plan to honor the Dalai
Lama with its highest civilian award.
China had also canceled an annual human rights dialogue with Germany to
show displeasure over Chancellor Angela Merkel's September meeting with
the Dalai Lama.
Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said China had expressed "resolute
opposition" to the U.S. award.
"China has solemnly demanded the United States cancel the
above-mentioned and extremely wrongful arrangement," Yang said.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao said if the decision to honor
the Dalai Lama was not reversed it would have an "extremely serious
impact" on bilateral relations.
China pulled out of the meeting on Iran for "technical reasons," he
told a news conference.
China's rhetoric against the Dalai Lama has been increasing in line
with his accolades abroad, even though the government and his envoys
are engaged in a tentative dialogue process.
The Dalai Lama, 72, has said he supports a "middle way" policy that
advocates autonomy for Tibet within China. But Qiangba Puncog, Tibet's
governor, said China believed he still supported independence and that
separatist activities in the region were increasing.
(Additional reporting by Lindsay Beck, Chris Buckley and Guo Shipeng)
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- Petros Evdokas wrote:
> Bush hosts Dalai Lama amid Chinese outrage<snip>
Meanwhile, Bush chides Congress for acknowledging the genocide of
Armenians by the Turkish government during WWI, saying that Congress has
"more important things to do"... I assume he means rubber stamping his
rape of the American Constitution...
- --- Darklady <darklady@...> wrote:
> Meanwhile, Bush chides Congress for acknowledging the genocide ofArmenians by the Turkish government during WWI, saying that Congress
has "more important things to do"... I assume he means rubber stamping
his rape of the American Constitution...
> -- Theresa
Always wonderful to hear from you. And, as always, your hand is on the
pulse of some of the most important matters.
Thank you for mentioning the Armenian genocide. Now that the issue is
in the news in the US, it underlines - for those who have eyes to see -
the horrendous state of our world under the domination of the US
Corporations and US Government. Massive slaughter of the "undesirables"
in the Middle East, an oil-driven Crusade to the death against Islam,
blood and profits oozing out of every operation ...meanwhile, back
within the Belly of the Beast, US citizens are deprived of all Civil
and Constitutional Rights, the Constitution is in the toilet (or
somewhere deeper), people are starving to death or dying from the cold
asleep under bridges, eating out of garbage cans. And the globe is on
the brink of a potentially irreversible catastrophe.
It's no secret that to many world planners and architects of social
policy, the Armenian genocide provided a blueprint for an "ethnic
cleansing" policy that was followed by Hitler, Kissinger, the Israeli
Government and numerous social-political forces and regimes hell-bent
on carving out Nation States comprised of "pure" populations of a
homogenized ethnic, cultural, religious and sexual identity.
I grew up with the generation of survivors from the slaughter of
Armenia (they were children at the time of the events, elders by the
time I was born), and with their incredible stories of death,
brutality, solidarity, love and determination. A lot of the feelings
generated in me by their stories were left dangling, unsettled, easy
targets for political manipulation.
All those feelings found an answer, a resolvement of sorts, and a
repository of hope when I met up with Turkish people - progressive and
radical individuals and organizations - who are totally committed to
building solidarity and true bonds between the ethnic communities
within and around Turkey. They of course condemn the massacres of the
Past, but more importantly they are an active force in the Present,
preventing their Government from excesses, holding back the dark heart
of militarism and ethnic supremacy that's embedded in the ruling class.
My beautiful friend and comrade BarkIn is one of those people - a
sample of his writing on this subject came up when the murder of Hrant
Dink, a Turkish Armenian community activist who was assssinated early
this year, brought out the love and solidarity of thousands and
thousands of people in Turkey who mobilized against the racism and
ethnic supremacy that are targeted against the Armenian population.
A small taste, a sampling of the beauty and strength of the bond being
pursued by Turkish people in solidarity with the Armenian people can be
"I lost a friend yesterday..."
"Sera's eyes ~ Hrant Dink lives"
Within the US itself, there is some but not enough mobilization against
the slaughters of Afghani and Iraqi people that are being committed by
the US armed forces and Corporate mercenaries. The people are too numb,
too tired, too broken, dispirited and demoralized to find effective
ways to stop the present wave of atrocities. The False Flag operation
of September 11 has taken the bone out of the antiwar movement - no
matter how loudly some of us cry out "it was an inside job", the Peace
movement is not yet clear enough on it to shake itself awake and get
energized. The numbness in the US at the present time is no different
than the numbness of the German people in the Nazi era, or the numbness
of the people in Turkey during the Armenian genocide.
We learn to not blame the people for these things, but also to remain
alert to this singular dimension of reality: *only* the People can put
an end to the slaughters and the cycle of blood, profits, butchery, to
the hubris of Empire itself.
Always, the question returns to "how?", "how?", how can the People
become again aware, energized, alert, organized, mobilized
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I've received a number of letters in private complaining about my "bad
treatment" of the image and good reputation of the Dalai Lama in my
short article, titled:
"Bush hosts Dalai Lama - the two "Men of Peace" reunite as one family"
For those who have an interest in exploring the reality of who and what
the Dalai Lama is beyond the marketing hype and clever packaging
promoted by the US Empire and other Western Corporate and State media,
here's some good sources - food for (spiritual and political) thought:
"Felonious Monk? (What's the deal with the Dalai Lama?)"
"Bush greets the Dalai Lama
Behind U.S. support for Tibetan feudalists"
By Deirdre Griswold
"CIA ran Tibet contras since 1959"
By Gary Wilson
"The Dalai Lama, Slick Denials and the CIA"
by Loren Coleman
The Dalai Lama's guerilla army training in ...Colorado, USA?
"Eager Tibetans were flown from the refugee camps in Dakota transport
airplanes with blacked-out windows halfway across the world to Camp
Hale, an army training base taken over by the CIA near Leadville,
Colorado. There they were trained in the basic doctrines of guerrilla
warfare, tactical small-arms use, explosives, and the tradecraft of
underground resistance movements. The CIA trainees were then flown back
to base camps in Nepal, and infiltrated back into Tibet..."
The American Spectator:
The short version:
"Dalai Lama on CIA Payroll?"
"Om Mani Padme Hummmer Arm Mored Vehi Cle Sal Vation From Ahimsa"
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