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Tibet 'Report' Conjures Communist Illusions

May 24, 2009

Tibet Truth
May 21, 2009

There’s a decomposing yak in the lounge, the
stench, flies buzzing away, and meanwhile a
pest-control guy telling you the problem is a
blocked drain. You are stunned that he is
observant to the point of blindness, and so
unaware as to be oblivious to the mound of fur,
bones and horns right there on the carpet. But
sure as eggs-are-eggs this guy is casting his
eyes around the room and every time they appear
to alight upon the beast, his attention darts
elsewhere to seek a solution to that sickening
smell. All your efforts to alert him to the
source of the odour seemingly hopeless, clearly
he is refusing to concede the gut-wrenching
truth. Perhaps he has a phobia of yaks and is
demonstrating the classic signs of denial, his
emotional condition unable to accept the reality before his eyes.

Whenever faced with the facts of its brutal
occupation in Tibet and East Turkestan the
communist regime of China experiences a similar
psychosis. The harrowing truth of the abuses,
oppression and denial of political and civil
rights it has forced upon Tibetan and Uyghurs
cannot be admitted. Like any psychopath it
projects responsibility elsewhere, indulging in
denial and evasion, any course of action that
will conceal the truth. Take the laughingly
claimed independent report set-in-motion with the
sanction of the communist Chinese authorities,
into the uprisings in Tibet since March 2008
conducted and recently published by the
deliberately named ‘Open [sic] Constitution
Initiative’, a supposedly non-governmental
organisation “run by prominent lawyers and intellectuals in Beijing”.

Let’s get one thing right here. There are no
truly independent non-governmental organizations
in communist China. Every facet of research,
education, journalism, law and all other social
and civil institutions and agencies exist only
with the authority and supervision of the state.
No dissent from the official line is tolerated
and such bodies serve whatever propaganda purpose
tasked to them by their overlords.

The report is a clever piece of artifice that
seeks to claim that the unrest, demonstrations
across Tibet were born, not from a heartfelt
desire for nationhood, but as a reaction to
supposed corruption and economic
disparities  between Han Chinese and
Tibetans.  It asserts that last year’s Tibetan
uprisings, which it judiciously  describes as
riots, (a favoured term used by the communist
Regime, so much for an independent perspective
then) were a result of decades of inefficient and
corrupted economic and development policies.
Interestingly, similar conclusions were peddled
by both Robert Barnett and Tsering Shakya, who
rather like the communist Chinese government,
appeared reluctant to acknowledge the genuine
objectives and reasons of the protests.

Of course it is careful not to make the communist
Chinese regime accountable for such a situation
by claiming that Tibetans were marginalised and
resentful, of what it is claimed as the emergence
and corrupt practices of a supposedly "new
aristocracy." Now here’s the sting, who are these
seemingly venal officials? Why there Tibetans of
course, a new version of those nasty aristocrats
that communist China swept away following its
illegal invasion in 1950.  In a further
application of official gloss it refers to what
it suggests are “rivers-of-money” invested in
Tibet with the aim of securing stability. A
failed policy, apparently due to the corrupt
nature of the local political elite, who the
report incredibly claims misrepresented, what we
are told was simply ‘community discontent’ (what
an application of generalising anaesthetic that is) as being “separatism”.

"They use every opportunity to play the
separatism card." And they will try hard to
apportion responsibility on ‘overseas hostile
forces’ because this is the way to consolidate
their interests and status and eventually bring
them more power and resources." (Phun Tshogs Dbang Rjyal-quoted in the report).

While there are indeed a range of severe economic
disadvantages endured by Tibetans, which would
naturally generate resentment and frustration,
these are the direct result of policies,
economic, legal, and social, formulated, approved
and ordered by the national communist government
of China. Though local corruption may well
contribute towards the various deprivations
suffered by Tibetans, there can be no mistake
that the tragedy of Tibet was authored by China’s
blood-stained communist leadership. The slave
labor, unfair trials, systematic torture, forced
settlement of nomads, and campaigns of
mass-sterilisations are engineered and endorsed
by the State.  To disguise the causal reasons why
Tibetans rose-up in defiance of Chinese
occupation, as being based upon a sense of
economic grievance is a vicious perversion of the facts.

The demonstrations which burned across Tibet
throughout 2008 and into 2009 featured a common
demand, Tibetan independence. In association with
supportive calls for the Dalai Lama, the protests
essentially spoke with one voice, freedom for
Tibet. No flag championing greater employment
opportunities, no slogans shouting for less
corruption in local government, no banners were
raised calling for an increase in economic parity
between Han colonizers and Tibetans.

Yet this report, with its cosmetic nod towards
objective and independent analysis, would have
the world believe such frustrations were the
heartbeat of the unrest. With imperialistic
arrogance its findings (and the phrase is applied
loosely) imply that the otherwise obedient
‘natives’ will be satisfied with an improved
economic condition. Such strategy has an ancient
pedigree. It was Taoist philosopher Lao Tzu who
counselled that the best way to keep a people
simple and rustic was to “fill their bellies and
empty their minds” How communist China would
appreciate a docile population of Tibetans,
spaced-out on the tacky excesses of Chinese occupation.

However, the uprisings for Tibetan freedom
demonstrated a unified desire for national
freedom and an inspiring display of courage to
oppose the oppression and illegal occupation of
Tibet. Such convictions are forged from a
profound sense of injustice, the loss of culture,
a visceral sense of land and nation that cannot
be diluted or distracted by the ephemera of
economic circumstances, particularly when
handed-out like sweets by those guilty of the oppression.
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