Teachings from Tibet

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The crisis in Tibet was discussed as part of Transmission 6-10 because it is a situation that most people are, to a small degree, at least aware of. It is a Genocide in the quintessential meaning of the term. A truly tragic horror that has been perpetrated against a people of peace, who, to the greatest degree, are near powerless to oppose.

Up step the rest of the world to face Goliath on behalf of a spiritual nation with a population of less than 6million. Not so. Unfortunately. Despite the indisputable fact that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) oppose any form of organised faith.

Human Rights Torch Relay speaker Cur Swah:
“China’s persecution of anyone who dares to stand up and oppose the Chinese Communist Party is systematic. They torture you, they imprison you. In Tibet, mere possession of the Dalai Lama’s photo will land you in prison for a period of maybe 10, 15 years…”

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As a case study, the Tibetan resistance offers and example, warning and rational that Falun Gong has found itself treading in the uncomfortable footsteps of. Will it take another 62 years for freedom to be found?

As with any report about China, the facts and figures all have to be taken with a pinch of salt. This is a government savvy at the art of propaganda. It is part of their political DNA. It is what put them power and maintains their position as subjugating rulers of the worlds most populated nation.

At first, in the wake of WWII and in the absence of truly scrutinising Western nations, the CCP took control of Tibet through typically ruthless tactics. Since then, an estimated 1 million Tibetans have needlessly lost their lives – that from a very small number of people to start off with!

Tibet was once a very isolated country, not only by virtue of its geographical location, but also due to its lack of desire to progress in tune with industrialised countries. Spiritual faith has always been the social and cultural bedrock. It is what defines them. A definition that is now being systematically watered down by a multitude of sinister mechanisms.

THE SYSTEM:

Violence was the first method employed to take control of the indigenous population. Nothing new there. All countries with empire aspirations have done as such. Violence never really worked though. The people of Tibet, despite the fleeing of their leader in to exile, stayed faithful to not only the Dalai Lama, but everything that he represents…everything that they believe to the core of their being – their souls if you like. That is their DNA.

Two sets of principles, which couldn’t be more polarised, found themselves existing on the roof top of the world. One simply wanting to exist how it always had done, and probably never stopped to think things would be any different. The other wanting change…needing change…for their own preservation as conquerers.

Enter the West. No. Not the USA, UK, nor the UN or any other goliath going toe-to-toe with the CCP for the freedom of a marginalised and forgotten people. It was down to David. Not just one David though. Many stepped up, and put themselves in to the foray, with, you guessed it, mere stones against an Arsenal that consists of many weapons – some more subtle than others.

If you cannot get away with killing 6 million people (Hitler tried that and almost succeeded, were it not for intervention – too late for those who perished – of Western military might), how do you get rid of them when trying to ‘convert’ them has also failed? One way is the population transfer. And this is where it gets complicated.

What do you do when a drink is too strong? You dilute it. The same principle applies here. You have several million people who all are of an alike mind. Introduce and equal and growing number who think entirely differently (and who are already under your control) and fairly rapidly the concentrated mass has become a cocktail. The CCP have instigated this by opening up Tibet to a migrant work force, who, get dispensations for their sacrifices. (1) “The incentives for Chinese immigrants include altitude allowance, remoteness bonus, tax concessions, leniency on work permits, fewer hours, longer holidays and greater market opportunities than in China. Professional and official wages are the highest in China and include over 30% bonuses.” Sounds good right?

This army, so to speak, of workers has to do something once they are in Tibet, which until recently was merely seen as land devoid of an industrialised economy. Well it turns out that Tibet is not without natural resources. (2) “The exploitation of Tibet’s rich mineral endowment, said to comprise over 40% of such resources potentially available to China, is accelerating worker migration.”

The consequences being manifold – in favour of the CCP but not without their troubles. Cocktails do not always sit well in the stomach! To keep things easily digestible, lets continue down the track of how the the Chinese government has kept its desire to eradicate Tibetan culture chugging along.

Railroads. The plunder has to be transported. One could argue that it would be better for the Tibetan people if their rightly owned resources remained ‘in-house’. Environmentalists would argue that these minerals would be best of un-mined. I suspect the Tibetans really couldn’t care less about them one way or another! (3) “The 1,142km (710mi) section between Golmud and Lhasa was inaugurated on 1 July 2006 by party general secretary, president Hu Jintao: the first two passenger trains were “Qing 1” (Q1) from Golmud to Lhasa, and “Zang 2” (J2) from Lhasa.[1] This railway is the first to connect the Tibet Autonomous Region to any other province…” It is now easy to get the goodies out of Tibet and to the industrialised east coast.

More jobs. More people. More infrastructure. More benefit for Tibet right. Wrong!

Incidentally, Ethan Gutmann pointed out that if things can be taken out of Tibet, they can also be trundled in to Tibet – he mentioned the word “tank”. That is an interesting thought, considering the riots which broke out prior to the Beijing Olympics of 2008 (which Tibetans were banned from entering despite one of their national animals being used as a logo and profit making merchandise). More on that later though…we are nearly railroading ourselves here in terms of topic. I warned you it was complicated.

(4) “Beijing’s new policy of population transfer into Tibet threatens the very existence of Tibetan culture, religion and national identity…which in turn disenfranchises them from the future political process.” This is by virtue of their dwindling numbers in relation to the migrant mainlanders. “According to a senior Western diplomat who visited Lhasa in mid-1993, the Chinese people “now dominate new economic activity in Tibet.””

Dilution at its most dastardly. It is true to state, however, that the illiteracy rate in Tibet has dropped markedly under CCP rule. However, what is the point in being able to read and write when your main task in life is to be faithful to your beliefs in a subsistence economy? Now the question is, what language is being taught? (5) “…the Chinese language is the principal medium of teaching and Chinese is required for most jobs. This gives new settlers an immediate advantage, apart from any purely racial advantage they may have in dealings with the Chinese authorities who dispense most of the jobs, residence permits and trade privileges.”

The cocktail becomes a little more opaque. The fluids are settling within an ornate receptacle. One fluid is quickly sinking to the bottom.

Average income has risen for local Tibetans too. They have not been truly left behind when it comes to modernisation. If that was what they wanted it would be great. Since the health system has improved, it also has to be pointed out that infant mortality rates have dropped and the average lifespan for Tibetans has increased (apart from for those who now, with alarming regularity, protest by way of self-immolation).

Surely now would be a great time for Goliaths around the world say enough is enough – “Never again”. Well, when the mining industry promises to be worth $128billion, who better to get in on the spoils than the West?

(6) “Relatively speaking, there really aren’t that many Canadian mining companies in Tibet; but even one is, perhaps, one too many, given China’s colonial aspirations for the region. The Chinese government literally wants to wipe Tibet from the face of the Earth… The country has already been wiped from many of National Geographic’s maps and Google Maps.”


(7) “We would urge National Geographic to urgently reassess its current presentation of place-names in Tibet and revert to a more neutral, politically balanced Romanised Tibetan version, rather than the politically motivated Chinese versions, which of course are the fabrication of China’s regime. As NG places such importance on balance and objectivity and strives to avoid political bias, surely Romanised Tibetan place names are less controversial and also more accurate in terms of the cultural, ethnological and historic reality of towns and villages in Tibet.”

Yep. We in the West sure do know how to put up a struggle for the underdog.

Actually…we do. Just not the governments, NGOs and global organisations such as the United Nations etc etc. There are numerous charities that fight the good fight. Credit to them. Largely self-funded by means of donations, they sure do pack a punch and make a lot of noise outside embassies, parliaments and establishments.

Herman Salton had this to say in his interview on the subject of Tibet:
“…it has such a huge international appeal, and international importance that by shutting down dissent within China is not enough. You need to tackle it internationally, and how do you tackle it internationally? Well, basically by using business as a sword…and this is not only China doing it by the way, it’s every country, but when you have an authoritarian regime it is more obvious, because you can see it is politically motivated.”

So the protest has gone global. Westerners stand side-by-side with Tibetans who live in exile (where they are free to carry a photo of the Dalai Lama and learn their own language…how unfortunate that they are also free to be exposed to the Western philosophies of materialism and vices which barely even existed in Tibet…until the brothels were built in Lhasa for the migrant workers to enjoy).

Herman Salton also spoke about the forms which protests take internationally and the CCP’s attitude towards them:
“Falun Gong has been particularly targeted I think, partly because of its success and the numbers…protests from Tibet, they are very vocal, but they are limited in numbers, whereas people from Falun Gong, you have them anywhere in the world, and therefore it is more difficult to control.”

So how do you control a bunch of people making a lot of noise (or in the case of Falun Gong, deafening silence…which causes waves)? Coercion goes a long way (the subject of another blog), but really, you just have to get other governments to see things your way – or you could, I guess, bribe them through business…whichever works!

All these people (Falun Gong, Tibetans, Tiananmen Square Massacre survivors, dissidents of all descriptions) are trying desperately to get the West to realise that they are being literally eliminated. In a world where information is spread in the blink of an eye, rather than by winged messenger or sandal-footed marathon runner, you would think that is was easy peasy to get your message out there. Journalists are a dime-a-dozen, but they don’t make the decisions. Media moguls such as Murdoch do – and they have financial interests in Mainland China.

Herman Salton:
“…the American media is not part of the American government, so from the public opinion point of view, you certainly have a situation of being proactive, partly because of the history of the United States and a country being fond of its religious freedom. So obviously they feel this very very very intensely. And that is why, for example, the Tibet thing is a huge issue in the United States.”

This is where I disagree. How many of you know that, even though the One-Child policy is not enforced in Tibet (which looks great in the papers overseas), women are forcibly sterilised and given forced abortions – neat way to counteract an official leniency.

We are back on the subject of population. People. Human beings. You may have heard of such a species. A complex specimen at best. Nevertheless, chances are you have encountered one or two in your time on Earth and are well versed in their psychological and emotional construct. The CCP indoctrinates Mainland Chinese into believing that Tibetans are essentially a backward populace who require saving from themselves. That sort of belief really helps when you send 7million missionaries to do the job for you.

(8) “Manchuria now has a population of 75 million Chinese to some three million Manchus; Inner Mongolia has about 8.5 million Chinese to two million Mongols and East Turkestan has seven million Chinese to about five million Uygurs.”

Those missionaries now go by train. With them, travel tourists. The industry is thriving in Tibet. Even Hollywood characters with newly developed supernatural powers (the film ‘Chronicles’) express a desire to visit such a unique culture.

(9) “Some would claim that the Western Development Strategy is a ‘champion’s march’ to develop “the economically backward regions of western China,” as China Dialogue recently put it.

Others would strongly disagree with that assessment, including the international network Students for a Free Tibet (SFT), who describes the strategy, launched in 1999, as “[a] politically motivated plan designed to further consolidate control over Tibet through economic rather than military means.””

Oops. Forgot that one. The culture is being destroyed. Better fix that quick!! In Tibet you can; look like a Tibetan; sound like a Tibetan; go about your day as a Tibetan, but you aren’t really allowed to be a Tibetan. That sort of thing happens in Disney Land – those horrifyingly large cartoon characters are not a new form of humanoid…they have people inside of them pretending.

When the Panchen Lama was kidnapped and a CCP selected successor put in his place, the government pulled of one of the most stunning pieces of gamesmanship in this contest. The Panchen Lama discovers the successor to the Dalai Lama (viewed as being the embodiment of evil to Beijing – “religion is poison” and all that). I wonder who he will choose, seeing as how he doesn’t have the supernatural ability to fulfil his role – quite sure he will be given a nod in the right direction…now there’s a good boy.

The next generation of Tibetans may well no nothing of their ancient heritage. If they do not, then they will have been indoctrinated into thinking along the lines of their Mainland Chinese ‘handlers’. If that happens, it could be “job done” in the eyes of ruling elite in Beijing, which is currently controlled by Hu Jintao, who rose to notoriety when he enforced brutality upon Tibet, where he was Party Secretary, in 1988.

The lineage of the Chinese Communist Party does not appear to be in as immanent peril. The new leader will more than likely follow the lead of the previous. That is how it was with Jiang Zemin and Mao Tse Dong.

(10)LHASA, April 11 (Xinhua) — The Tibetan Autonomous Regional Bureau of Statistics has published the findings of census in the region, which shows Tibetans comprise at least 92.6 percent while Hans never exceeded 6 percent since 1959.”

The Xinhua News Agency is not a reliable source of information. It is Party-controlled. The above statistic may simply have neglect to include migrant workers…migrants on the Mainland are equally neglected by statisticians.

We are back to talking about people once more. Jests aside, as this is a very serious subject, people are being killed by the CCP as this is being read. No-one can deny that who knows anything about China. Where does this all come in to affect with regards to Falun Gong? Example. Warning. Rational.

Practitioners of Falun Gong are being eliminated in a more obvious manner. They are just being killed. Those who are not incarcerated do their level best to inform others about the atrocities. They are trying everything that they can within their belief system. Tibetans have been doing it for decades. They are battle fatigued. The West has ignored their cries for help. In desperation, youths are setting fire to themselves to get the attention of the media. It does make headlines, but it doesn’t make a difference. The self-immolation protest supposedly by Falun Gong practitioners have been proven to be a yet another CCP method to turn the people of China against a population they want rid of. Is that happening in Tibet now. T610 does not know. If it continues though, the flames will be fanned for the world to look upon Tibetans as extremists. If you ever read an article that suggests as such, consider for more than a fleeting moment the 50 years of hell they have been subjected to. Pity them, don’t point a judgemental finger at them, because, you simply have not been informed about what is going on over there which has driven them to this point. That is the rational of protest. The example is obvious. The warning is, well, a warning. The road to freedom for Falun Gong may be very long and treacherous, but giving up is not an option. You won’t find Falun Gong practitioners going to extremes in the same sense as the poor Tibetans have been, as suicide goes against their teachings, but it does make one wonder…how on earth will all of this end, when hardly anybody gives a damn?

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So what is it that the Tibetan people have to complain about? Here is a quick run down:

The invasion of their country.

Forced exile of their spiritual and political leader.

The destruction of ancient monuments.

The subjugation of their people.

The slow eradication of their culture.

Margenalisation in their homeland.

The raping of their ecosystem for the profit of their foreign rulers.

Forced sterilisation and abortions.

Oh, let us not forget torture and brainwashing.

This, it is imagined, must undoubtedly lead to a life of misery for the masses – but at least they get to live longer!