Thursday, 18 October 2007


Is he an idiot? Is he misguided? Or is he GUIDED by God?

Am I asking about religious nut-job GW Bush? No, I'm asking about the "Bono of religion"; the Dalai Lama.

What did he hope to achieve by accepting a "Congressional Gold Medal" from the war-mongering "leader of the free world"? Actually, what DOES the DL do, anyway? He highlights the plight of Tibet, and otherwise swans around the globe giving speeches to legions of nu-hippy gullible western gitwits who'll believe anything if it's from the gob of an orange-robed shaven-headed grin-box. How does grinning next to GW Bush help his people's plight?

I'm all in favour of "free Tibet", or whatever, but sod Buddhism; it's rubbish. It allows you to fell good about yourself, apparently, by "feeling good about yourself" and "doing things with love". Like that makes any difference. It's another silly religion, perhaps a more innocent one than Catholicism, but that don't make it right.

In fact, the experience of the "free Tibet" movement is instructive about awareness. I think we're all aware of Tibet's plight. Unfortunately, noone told anyone to actually do anything about it (especially as that would upset China, and we need their poor people to make our clothes and little luxuries of modern capitalism cheap for us).

"Awareness" and it's ugly cousin "celebrity endorsement" doesn't achieve anything now. The "Free Mandela" concert may have helped, but only as a small addition to broad international financial sanctions against South Africa.
Being aware of Tibet, without pushing it's oppressor is inneffectual.

Does the Dalai Lama say stuff like that? I don't know, as I can't be bothered to listen to him.

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