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Commentary: Stop the hand behind Lhasa terror

March 16, 2008

By Xinhua writer Wang Jiaquan

     BEIJING, March 15 (Xinhua) -- The Nobel laurel was tainted, and the
U.S. Congressional Gold Medal proved nothing but a fig leaf of the Dalai
Lama when on Friday rioters, backed by the self-proclaimed peace
preacher, turned the tranquil holy city of Lhasa into a land of terror.

     And the intention harbored behind the monk's claim of seeking "real
or greater autonomy" of Tibet also proved hypocritical when hundreds of
his followers yelled independence, attacked police, smashed windows,
robbed shops, and set cars and a mosque ablaze.

     Yet, this impudent politician did not show any sign of shame when
he disassociated himself from the conspiracy as an innocent monk,
leaving his followers standing as cat's paws by persuading them, in a
canting manner, "not to resort to violence" reportedly in a statement
after the serene abode of the gods was disturbed.

     At least 10 people were confirmed dead in the rioting, while the
number of injured and other losses kept rising.

     When a woman who dared not to step out of her office near a looted
and burnt supermarket told me through mobile phone short messages that
Lhasa was cloaked in an atmosphere of horror, I believed the hand behind
the cat's paws was a master terror maker.

     But the monk in a crimson cassock has many tools for disguise to
survive the international criticism against violence and terror: his
preaching of peace, tolerance and benevolence to the Nobel honor and
U.S. medal which added to his undeserved aura.

     Now the blaze and blood in Lhasa has unclad the nature of the Dalai
Lama, and it's time for the international community to recheck their
stance toward the group under the camouflage of non-violence, if they do
not want to be willingly misled.

     The Dalai Lama and his clique have never for a day refrained from
violence and terror. His childhood teacher, an Austrian, was a Nazi, and
it's no secret that for quite a long time after he fled to India, he
kept a force, armed by his western patron, for separatist activities.
The peace advocator had also shown no interest in the global campaigns
against U.S. wars on Afghanistan and Iraq.

     The international community, however, seems to have neglected, or,
be unwilling, to face the facts. Continuous tolerance to violence
undoubtedly means appeasement to terror, while offering platforms for
the rhetoric lama to sell his deceitful philosophy will only encourage
him to drift further away from the negotiation framework on the Tibet
issue that the Chinese government has repeatedly promised to keep open.

     There are always countries, organizations and individuals who would
like to act as moral defenders when anything they don't like to see
happens. Now it's time again for them to stand out, but on whom their
whip falls is a test to justice.

     As for the Dalai Lama, I never disbelieve the ability and power of
the so-called "His Holiness" in praying for peace, but the violent scene
in Lhasa has given me the very reason to doubt the always-smiling monk's
sincerity.

Editor: An Lu
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