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Tackle terrorism through prevention

January 23, 2009

Epiphany for the Dalai Lama Dama Ding Dong?
 
By Andrew Bostom 
Canada Free Press - Toronto
Monday, January 19, 2009
 
“I think he’s got it!”
 
The Dalai Lama’s apparent epiphany while speaking in New Delhi, where he delivered the Madhavrao Scindia Memorial Lecture, as reported here:
 
    New Delhi The Dalai Lama, a lifelong champion of non-violence candidly stated that terrorism cannot be tackled by applying the principle of ahimsa [the avoidance of violence] because the minds of terrorists are closed.
 
    “It is difficult to deal with terrorism through non-violence,” the Tibetan spiritual leader said delivering the Madhavrao Scindia Memorial Lecture here. He termed terrorism as the worst kind of violence which is not carried by a few mad people but by those who are very brilliant and educated. “They (terrorists) are very brilliant and educated…but a strong ill feeling is bred in them. Their minds are closed,” the Dalai Lama said.
 
A remarkably candid epiphany?
 
    He said the only way to tackle terrorism is through prevention.
 
“Pre-emptive” and retaliatory prevention, perhaps, that also acknowledges that “ahimsa” cannot tackle the problem of for example, of JIHAD terrorism “because the minds of [JIHAD] terrorists are closed? Long term re-education of the Muslim masses so they are not indoctrinated with jihadism and infidel hatred—that kind of prevention?? We’ll see.
 
Andrew Bostom, M.D., M.S. (Providence, RI), is the author of the highly acclaimed The Legacy of Jihad: Islamic Holy War and the Fate of Non-Muslims.  More on Andrew Bostom’s work can be found at <a href=http://www.andrewbostom.org>andrewbostom.org</a>, including a preview of his eagerly anticipated forthcoming book, The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism: From Sacred Texts to Solemn History.
 
Andrew can be reached at: info@andrewbostom.org
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