purplelotus wrote:Whatever the "complex" situation regarding Tibetan soverignty the fact remains that millions of Tibetans have been murdered and brutalised. Their culture, religion and land has been decimated. If you really want to understand this read Ama Adhe's "the Voice that Remembers" and Palden Gyasto's "Fire under the Snow." The world has looked the other way despite all the efforts of His Holiness. Efforts are made to "liberate" the Iraquis and Libiyans but when is Tibet ever mentioned? As Douglas Herd (UK MP) said when interviewed on this subject "it is never going to happen." There is no profit in it for the west.
It is a criminal outrage and should elicit the strongest response from any human being regardless of squabbles over who was where first.
I think everyone is well aware that the Tibetans have been brutalized by the Chinese state, but then facing up against China and threatening it would be disadvantageous both economically and militarily. The business elite have too much to lose, so a few statements are made in the hopes that China respects human rights, but little more.
Obama is well briefed and aware of the Tibetan situation, but obviously it isn't an issue for him or his administration.
What is the solution? I don't know if there is one for the foreseeable future. Violence is out of the question. His Holiness has said to those Tibetans wanting to utilize violence that even if they wanted to, where would they get the arms and training? In any case, His Holiness is absolutely opposed to the use of violence.
In the meanwhile the Chinese state encourages Han Chinese to migrate into Tibet. The education system sinicizes younger generations. The same thing happened to Manchurians and Mongolians who historically didn't identify as Chinese, but now they do.
Sad thing is that even in a few decades if they were to introduce some kind of actual democracy, there would be too few Tibetans left to vote for Tibetan autonomy. Tibetan culture in Tibet will be a museum piece with the occasional "ethnic festival" made as a gesture to the successes of multi-ethnic harmony. Once you get the younger generations practising consumerism and playing video games, they'll not care about Tibetan Buddhism or Tibetan culture. The younger generations might speak Tibetan at home, but in school and work it'll be Mandarin. Another generation and they'll drop Tibetan altogether.
The same thing has happened elsewhere in the Chinese empire.