March 14, 2008 - Tibetan Uprising Day
Nearly fifty years after the 1959
uprising against Communist China, which resulted in the nation's
spirtual leader, The Dalai Lama, fleeing the country, and the nation of
China instituting a highly-controlling presence in the region - -
another failed uprising was attempted and suppressed just a few months
before the world celebrated Beijing's "One World, One Dream" Olympics.
much more complicated than often portrayed in the rants of many college
Freshmen, the modern-day situation of Tibetans is undeniably one of
religious persecution (their faith is controlled by a Chinese puppet
called the Panchen Lama) along with what could best be described as
cultural flooding (the Chinese are currently filling the area with Han
Chinese in an effort to dilute the strength of the Tibetan people). And
with the American government soundly in China's pocket, there is no
reason to believe this situation will be changing in the near future.
Back in 2008, however, the Tibetans made in effort to rebel against all of this. Unfortunately, it didn't go any better than it had 50 years before - with hundreds killed and thousands arrested. Several monks set themselves on fire in protest, as well. (A worse way to rebel against an indifferent government, I cannot imagine.) People in the West watched the riots for a few days, but then just turned the channel when it was all over with - while the people in China were fed complete and utter nonsense by the state-controlled media who told them that everything they had seen on the internet was nothing but Western Lies.
All in all, it was a solid beatdown for religious freedom, and a good reminder that sometimes - if not most times - efforts to obtain Liberty don't quite work out the way they should.