a. Tibet has historically been part of China.
b. Western powers have committed human rights abuses themselves.
However, my postings wasn't about the Tibet being part of China all along which is most likely to be true or the whether westerners are barbarians. It was whether protests are a waste of time and whether the Chinese should view it as a ploy to humiliate the Chinese (again?).
Protesters all over the world are nothing but trouble makers. They will seize the moment when the news media of the world is focussed on a closely watched event - otherwise how will they get the attention they seek. The attention brings to focus whatever issues they support be it human rights, animal rights, the environment etc. Of course, if you were fighting an unjust war or polluting the environment and people are protesting against it, you would feel somewhat humiliated. Very often it is the govt that is humiliated and their own citizens are protesting against their policies. When Bush faces anti-war protests overseas, Americans don't feel it is ploy to humiliate them because they themselves might be against the war or believe others have the right to express their view. The human rights protests against China during the Olympic torch, evoked strong reaction among the Chinese that it is ploy by western govts to humiliate the Chinese. However, these govts are also powerless when their own citizens protest against them. You see, in those countries where protests have occurred, it is legal to protest and pro-Tibetan chaps like Richard Gere and Julia Roberts have been brainwashed not by their govts but by the evil Dalai Lama. They actually believe the Chinese govt has committed acts of violence against Tibetans. So there is a different point of view on what is happening in Tibet besides the wonderful economic boom often reported in China's media.
When PM Lee spoke at the forum, there was a rebuttal by a Westerner who said:
"I'm proud of the chaos that surrounds the flame because protest is, to use the Prime Minister's own terms, the way we challenge great minds. It is a new way of revealing basic truths " - Professor Gearty.
I really hope our PM could conceal his laughter when he heard the absurd remark by the misguided professor. Obviously, the professor has no understanding of how harmonious societies like Singapore operate. We ban protests and don't challenge great minds like that of our MM - we simply obey them for our own good.
I hope the Chinese forgive the westerners for their chaotic ways because their society is clearly far behind an advanced civilisation such as China. They (the protesters) are not out to humiliate the Chinese but to reveal basic truths about Tibet. The problem is they don't they have a state media to tell them what the basic truth is about Tibet. The westerners are all confused about Tibet.
Is the Dalai Lama part of an evil elite that exploited their own populace to live in luxury? ...The Chinese are actually liberators of the ordinary Tibetan people?
Thank you CCTV. No wonder the Chinese are angry with the western media. The protesters in Tibet are nothing but violent rioters, looters, arsonists and anarchists - yet they are held up in the western media as freedom fighters against Chinese oppression.
Lets watch another video:
Oops...the Chinese govt is oppressing the Tibetants no thanks to the BBC. No wonder those westerners are confused over who is abusing human rights are protesting against the Chinese govt. Who can blame them after watching the distortion from the BBC? .....If you go back to the words of the professor "protest is.... way of revealing basic truths...". I guess the truth here is not all that simple and requires alot of revealing by both sides.