March 31, 2008


Young Tibetans question path of nonviolence: Unrest in Tibet has revealed a generational fault line that is likely to sharpen as Olympics near. (Jason Motlagh, 4/01/08, The Christian Science Monitor)

The unrest in Tibet has revealed a generational fault line within the Tibetan community – one that is likely to sharpen as the Olympics draw closer. While they affirm their respect for the Dalai Lama as a religious figure, many Tibetans say they have lost faith in his "Middle Way" of coexistence to achieve political autonomy. Impatient with the approach that has brought their cause global sympathy – and little change on the ground, young activists say they are willing to consider a much broader array of actions to press their cause.

"The middle way has been in existence for 20 years and nothing has come out of it," Tsewang Rigzin, president of the Tibetan Youth Congress, recently told reporters.

He doesn't live there and he gets social cache -- not to mention cash money -- from being a cut-rate Ghandi. You don't defeat evil regimes by bowing to them.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 31, 2008 7:18 PM

Or with "Free Tibet" bumper stickers....

Posted by: Rick T. at March 31, 2008 8:40 PM

"I heard a singer on the radio late last night, said he's gonna kick the darkness til it bleeds daylight"

Precious litte of that left in the US these days.

Posted by: Bruno at March 31, 2008 9:05 PM
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