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Posted on Feb 18, 2010
White House / Pete Souza

Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader called China “childish” on Thursday after conferring with President Barack Obama in a meeting that was held over Beijing’s objections. The White House released a carefully worded statement that praised the Dalai Lama without lending too much weight to his cause.

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Statement from the Press Secretary on the President’s Meeting with His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama

“The President met this morning at the White House with His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama.  The President stated his strong support for the preservation of Tibet’s unique religious, cultural and linguistic identity and the protection of human rights for Tibetans in the People’s Republic of China. The President commended the Dalai Lama’s “Middle Way” approach, his commitment to nonviolence and his pursuit of dialogue with the Chinese government.  The President stressed that he has consistently encouraged both sides to engage in direct dialogue to resolve differences and was pleased to hear about the recent resumption of talks.  The President and the Dalai Lama agreed on the importance of a positive and cooperative relationship between the United States and China.”

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By Jeff, February 21, 2010 at 4:40 pm Link to this comment
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I’ve seen it with my own eyes and heard it with my own ears.  I’ve actually been there.  And there’s enough refugee stories to fill volumes.  I’ve seen refugees whose limbs were lost to frostbite, escaped political prisoners whose scars around their wrists and in their souls will never go away, nuns who’ve been raped with electric cattle prods.  The list goes on. 

But why bother.  Sitting from a comfortable distance, you’ve clearly made up your mind. 

And yes, I’ve read Parenti’s article.  Tibetans, like all peoples, have troubles in their past that today they work to overcome.  But they are Tibetan issues, not ours.  As Gandhi once said to the British viceroy of India, “Yes, we will have problems.  But they will be our problems.  Not yours.”

Like you, I am not blind to the corruptions of the past.  But here is where we differ: by no means am I blind to the circumstances of today.

And please - if you’ve got it - provide details on the Dalai Lama’s current terrorist activities, only be sure that you are not referencing Chinese government propaganda.

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By expat in germany, February 20, 2010 at 7:56 am Link to this comment
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Thanks for the Penn and Teller link. Hilarious.
I just don’t get how seemingly intelligent people can become awestruck and/or find time in their busy schedules to meet with people in colorful robes. Truly, we are not a successful species…

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By ofersince72, February 20, 2010 at 2:42 am Link to this comment

Did they exchange presents?

I hope the dolly at least gave barrack a lollypop

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By tres, February 19, 2010 at 3:38 pm Link to this comment
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Your wife did not live in the past, and she does not know what it was like if she had born under Dalai Lama’s. She would be a Serf, and happy. Please read Michael Parenti’s in-depth reporting on this subjects. This is suppose to be truth dig. Let the truth speaks for itself. And how about going there yourself and see in your own eyes.

Dalai Lama is a former slave owner, a leader of the group used CIA funding committed violence and caused thousands of death. He is now saying he denounces violence, but the group he controls is still actively undermining stability of the region. If he is doing this against the U.S., he could be declared a terrorist and hunted down like Osama Bin Laden.

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By Vic Anderson, February 19, 2010 at 12:59 pm Link to this comment
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Obamoronic! Barack’s chiding the third most prominent proponent of non-
violence (against the Tibetan GENOCIDE and CULTURECIDE) for over 30 YEARS to
avoid violence TODAY (AS IF!) is simply JEJUNE!

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By jeff, February 19, 2010 at 9:33 am Link to this comment
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Excuse me, Commune115;

My wife is a survivor of a Chinese gulag.  She fled Tibet looking for an education- something she was denied in her own country.  She couldn’t care less about abstract words like ‘feudal’ and ‘theocracy’ but she definitely understands ‘occupation’ in a way that you and I probably never will.

Please save your cynicism for some harmless topic.

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By thebeerdoctor, February 19, 2010 at 5:54 am Link to this comment

President Obama can play his state theater skit, with the Dalai Lama as symbolic prop. But the President who recently praised Dimon and Blankfein as savvy businessmen, also knows that status applies to that giant corporation of which Walmart is a wholly owned subsidiary: The People’s Republic of China. Obama can play the cosmetic court jester, but he also knows that if steps too far out of line, he will becomes like the 1500 foot Mt. Whaleback in Australia, which the Chinese crushed until there is nothing but a giant hole.

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By Scott, February 19, 2010 at 5:02 am Link to this comment
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Let’s not forget, like the Pope, the Dali Lama is a Divine Rule Head of State.  I continually wonder at my US born friends that practice Tibetan Buddhism, some of them left the Roman Catholic Church because the Divine Rule of the Pope.  Seems to me, they just replace one Pope for another.

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By Ouroborus, February 19, 2010 at 4:52 am Link to this comment

Well, Obama sure showed those Chinese; not going to
kowtow to their demands; he’s still the man!

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By Karl, February 19, 2010 at 4:36 am Link to this comment
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One of the best pieces on the Dalai Lama was done by Penn and Teller. They show
what he has done in the past… Like taking money from the CIA.. Training covert
Tibetan guerrillas in colorado…
Warning to all you kids, Penn likes to cuss.  smile

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By Commune115, February 18, 2010 at 8:15 pm Link to this comment

What is the point of this anymore? What is the Dalai Lama’s cause anyway these days? As if China will ever let Tibet become a feudal theocracy again. Obama probably just did this for those California Buddhist votes.

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