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February 2, 2011

Tibetans, Chinese Government Both Need To Find Better Ways To Get

Compromise is a common word that many people use but never truly put into practice. A compromise is a meeting in the middle, a way that both parties get some of the things that they want but neither one gets all of their demands met. A compromise is what needs to be made in Tibet.

So Tibet wants the world to know that the Chinese government has done them wrong. Burning down mosques is not the way to get international sympathy. Rioting is not the way to get the world to listen to the fact that your spiritual leader is in exile. Of course, staging tours from international reports from some countries is not the way to ease the world’s worries that the Chinese government is strong arming Tibetans. Also, complaining that Tibet is simply trying to ruining the Olympics for China and talking bad about the Dalai Lama is not wise either.

I am not there in Lhasa so I can’t say exactly what is going on but I will say that it sounds like both sides need to reevaluate their tactics. I am not on one side or the other. I hear the arguments of both groups I understand that there are forty years of anger and mistrusts wrapped up in everything that is said. There is a right and wrong in the situation but I do not know which is which because the situation started long before I was born and I’ve missed some of the incidents that have led up to the current unrest. I absolutely can not stand when an “oppressed” group decides to attack another group. If the Tibetans what to show that they are upset and want changes, attacking Muslims is not a good way to show the world that they are being persecuted. I know that protests are probably not the way to go but think about it, the entire world will be in town soon. Why not remain peaceful until the guests arrive…that is the time to sing like a bird.

The Chinese government officials that are putting down the Dalai Lama must be careful with what they say. The Dalai Lama is a much respected international figure and spiritual leader. Also, he has been known to speak less about Tibet gaining an autonomous “freedom” from China and more about the two sides coming together and talking, something that the exiled Tibetan government has not been happy about in the past. I think that talking to the Dalai Lama instead of talking about him might at least ease tensions, if nothing else.

China has been in Tibet for decades now. There are people that live in the area that had nothing to do with the occupation of Tibet. Individuals on both sides of the argument that call the region home and lay claim to the land. The idea of who owns the land and has more right to it is one that has no right or wrong answer. I think that the two sides need to reach a compromise that both of them can live with. I believe that there is a way to meet in the middle.

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