The Sound of Breaking China
We now see more of the insane despot cooks in the kitchen in Asia. They are not cooking nourishing food for the people as they said they would. Instead, they are unleashing fits of temper and breaking everything in sight.
China’s current crushing of peaceful protest in Tibet, and China’s ordering of brutality against the Tibetan people are the latest intrusions. China which misappropriated Tibet by force and now calls it its own, is showing us by its current brutality to the Tibetans, how the common Chinese people suffer… and how other countries allied with China are encouraged to also break the bones and hearts of their own people too.
Than Schwe, the bloated fake-Buddhist and unelected dictator of Burma murdered his own Burmese holy people, monks and nuns, family people who cared for the monks and nuns and children. Than Schwe ordered the holy people kidnapped, maimed, beaten to death, drowned, hung. And China murmured in the background, Oh, be nicer, gentler with your own people.
But it turns out now that China was two-faced: soft-pedalling the Burmese situation likely in order to try to wash away their own blood-stained hands in service of the billion plus dollars that will flow into China because the Olympics are to be held there soon– But behind the scenes, China supports the use of brutality to quell speech, movement, peaceful assembly. At home in China. Right now. As well as elsewhere. Right now.
Perhaps the green-suit dictators who have never earned the epaulets and medals they sport in such excess on their miliatary uniforms think the world has forgotten. The world has not forgotten.
Not the lone student before the tank.
Not the blood on the square.
Not the families on the Yangtze, the farm-men in loincloths desperately trying to move the entire village board by board, the old women with so thin legs, the children naked in rags, moving cooking pot by ladle, high up the mountainside to save a way of life, a sustainable, ancient way of life from being destroyed by the hydro-dam the dictators insisted upon.
Nor will we forget your refugees who came to us, torn and carrying their old people in boxes, their kin murdered by the former Chinese despots.
And now Tibet?
More and more people worldwide who have loved the cheap goods coming from China, are awakening that any number of them are made by slave labor for greed’s sake; and are impregnated with lead and other contaminants for greed’s sake; that medicines that were entrusted to be made off-shore are too often either fraudulent or inconsistent–for greed’s sake; that no care is given to the humans who will consume these, neither in China nor in the world — all for greed’s sake…
and more and more people I see in the markets and stores are turning over items to read their labels of origin, and if it says ‘China,’ quietly replacing those items and choosing something else or going without. They dont want to fund brutality. They dont want to become ill from poisoned goods. They dont believe China uses the money to help their own people.
It seems certain that there are such good people in China, hearts and souls who are exactly like any other decent and dear soul anywhere in the world, people who are filled with humor, who love and desire and think and invent. The question is, as it is many other places in our world, why are they not at the top where they belong? Leading. Showing the new way.
Perhaps because those at the top keeping killing them. Killing and killing and killing them.
What is an ultimate stain to a nation strong in numbers but fragile in spiritual acts, or failing in those? China’s ultimate doom in the world court of thought and measure is that no country that kills its own can be held in high regard. No matter what that nation serves up in the forefront as entertainment that seems so pretty and compelling.
What matters more and most, is what madman is loose in the kitchen behind the scenes, breaking and murdering every delicate bond in sight.
This from the New York Times by Jim Yardley and Somini Sengupta: A brief course in Chinese redefinition of the real issues: It’s not us, it’s the Dalai Lama. It’s not us: It’s those Tibetans. Again. It’s not us: It’s anyone else, just not us. Wemustkeeptheolympicsatallcostswemustkeeptheolympicsatallcostswemust….
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Dalai Lama threatens to step down
He says he’ll resign as head of the Tibetan government in exile if riots get out of control.
The Dalai Lama speaks to reporters Tuesday in Dharamsala, India, the base of his government in exile. He condemned the violence that has erupted from the Tibetan protests, calling it “suicidal” for the Tibetan cause.
China called on Tuesday for an international investigation of the Dalai Lama, accusing him of masterminding the violent Tibetan protests spreading across China, but the Tibetan religious leader denied those claims and invited observers to scour his office.
The Dalai Lama said he remained committed to only nonviolent demonstrations and condemned the violence that has erupted from the Tibetan protests. He said violence was “suicidal” for the Tibetan cause and threatened to resign his political post as leader of Tibet’s government-in-exile “if things become out of control.”
China’s tougher language came on a day when both France’s foreign minister and the president of the European Parliament raised the possibility of boycotting the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics in August, if not the games. Jacques Rogge, president of the International Olympic Committee, said that no governments had called for a boycott.
Meanwhile, Chinese soldiers and military police continued moving into Tibet and Tibetan regions in other provinces of western China.
Witnesses described military checkpoints on roads, and soldiers and police officers in riot gear patrolling cities roiled by protests or violence in recent days.
In Lhasa, the Tibetan capital, which exploded in rioting on Friday, news agencies reported that most stores and schools in the Chinese section of the city had reopened even as authorities kept the city’s old Tibetan quarter under tight security.
Tibetan sympathizers said clashes occurred in two locations in Sichuan province, one of which left four Tibetans dead. The report could not be substantiated.
For days, Chinese officials and Tibetan advocates have offered starkly conflicting estimates of the death toll from the protests, without providing proof. Chinese authorities say Tibetans brutally killed 13 innocent civilians in Lhasa. Tibet’s governor also said Chinese paramilitary police and other security officers in Lhasa were not armed with lethal weapons and had not killed any protesters.
But on Tuesday, a spokesman for Tibet’s government- in-exile said it had confirmed 99 deaths, including 80 in Lhasa, in confrontations with Chinese security officers.
Pro-Tibet advocacy groups also released photos of naked, bloody bodies that they said were Tibetan protesters who had been killed by Chinese security officers in a Tibetan region of Sichuan province. Those contentions could not be independently corroborated.
Meanwhile, popular anger and resentment coursed through the Chinese Internet and state-run media. Many people expressed outrage that Western sympathies seemed tilted toward the Tibetan cause despite the violence inflicted on Chinese citizens in Lhasa. Propaganda officials were tightly controlling domestic media coverage while also continuing to censor Internet service and telecasts of CNN or the BBC.
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