The Chinese government either does not seek to listen to what the world is saying about what happened in Tibet or it deliberately is seeking to blame outside forces as being responsible for widespread anger at the violence in Tibet. Chinese authorities now claim the entire world wide expression of anger was organized by the German Friedrich Naumann Foundation. The Foundation, which receives considerable support from the German government, supposedly coordinated its plan with the Dalai Lama to create turmoil in Tibet and thus damage the Olympic Games. The entire operation in Tibet according to this latest manifestation of conspiracy was designed with one end in mind– destroy the Olympic Games and thus damage China’s reputation in the world.
The Chinese government is upset at Chancellor Merkel’s decision to meet with the Dalai Lama and her expression of concern over events in Tibet. A conspiracy approach to world problems only serves to ignore fundamental reasons why people in Tibet are angry and what happened when the world witnessed heavy handed attempts to crush the spirit of the Tibetan people. There is no question Chinese economic investment in Tibet has raised living standards, but failure to recognize the desire for Tibetans to have greater autonomy is a manifestation of the government’s inability to accept the need for greater democracy in the entire nation.
German Chancelor Angela Merkel became the first prominent world leader who has decided to boycott opening ceremonies at the Olympic Games to protest China’s brutal suppression of Tibetan protestors. She joins Poland’s prime Minister Donald Trusk and President Vaclav Klaus of the Czech Republic who earlier announced their decisions to avoid being at the opening events of the Olympics in Beijing. “The presence of politicians at the inaugaration of the Olympics seems inappropriate,” said Trusk. Merkel outraged Chinese officials a few months ago by receiving the Dalai Lama and having discussions with the Tibetan leader.
China is too powerful a nation to snub indefinitely. The world may express sorrow at what has transpired in Tibet, but the reality is little can be done to aid the oppressed people of Tibet. Heck, we Americans have been lied to and oppressed by the Bush administration and everyone seems perfectly content to meet with him. No one appears to worry about the Americans who have been brutalized by five years of a war based on lies.
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