A Lady's Ruminations

"Jane was firm where she felt herself to be right." -Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice


Monday, September 26, 2005

Try telling Osama, Dalai!

AP: Dalai Lama Tells U.S. Crowd War Outdated---

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - The Dalai Lama told 36,000 people at Rutgers Stadium that the concept of war was outdated and young people have a responsibility to make this century one of peace.

"This whole planet is just us," the 70-year-old exiled monk said Sunday. "Therefore, destruction of another area essentially is destruction of yourself."

Tibet's spiritual leader also urged the audience to develop a wider world perspective, not just focus on "America, America, America."

"His quiet mind is the kind of serenity New Jersey, home of strip malls, could use," Arielle Gomberg said.
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The Dalai Lama, who won the 1989 Nobel peace prize, accepted an honorary degree from Rutgers President Richard McCormick. He said it was an honor to receive it without having to work hard and study.

In his lecture, "Peace, War and Reconciliation," the Dalai Lama said society's dream should be a world free of nuclear and biological weapons.

He noted their danger — and their expense, saying some African states have an abundance of weapons, but not enough food.

Also Sunday, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg gave the Dalai Lama the key to the city, calling him "a moral beacon to millions around the world, with a clear and constant voice for human rights."

The Dalai Lama fled Tibet in 1959 following an aborted uprising against Chinese rule in the territory and now keeps an office in exile in the Himalayan town of Dharmsala, India.
First of all, our military men and women are out there trying to make this a century of peace.

Unfortunately, some cowardly animals from the Middle East have brought us a battle royale. We didn't start this war, but we will finish it.

What else are we supposed to do? Allow more airliners to be flown into buildings? Allow millions of innocents to die? Or allow these savage beasts to take over our countries and institute sharia?

Maybe the Dalai Lama should go have a little chat with Osama bin Laden and "men" like him. Change their hearts.

We are only protecting ourselves from terrorists who don't play by any rules. They really believe that all is fair in war, even taking innocents hostage and turning their planes into missiles.

Secondly, "it was an honor to receive it without having to work hard and study"??? That makes me think of all the people who just sit on their derrieres and let the rest of us pay for them through welfare and other social programs. After all, it's so much easier to receive money without having to work hard and study.

Third, it would be a wonderful world if we did not have nuclear or biological weapons, but he should try telling Osama and friends that. They would probably shoot him and then make a video of it to put on Al Jazeera.

THe United States is able to maintain a stability in the world, and peace and authority, because we have nuclear capabilities. We don't have to use them because we have them.

Is it our fault that corrupt African leaders take money meant for feeding their people and purchase weapons instead? The world got quite angry with us for demanding Saddam Hussein stop doing the same thing. Then we went to war with Mr. Madman and they got even angrier.

And how does the Dalai Lama suggest we deal with these people in Africa? Does he really think if the US gives up its nukes that others will do the same?

I can really imagine Osama, upon having possession of a nuke and hearing the news that the US has given them up, laughing gleefully and then swiftly using it on us.

And I would really like to hear more about this "uprising" in 1959, against the Chinese government. The word "uprising" really implies violence and something not peaceful. Shouldn't the Tibetan monks have simply turned the other cheek and only sought peace, even if it was peace without freedom?

Or is this an incident of hypocrisy?