Cruise into any Hollywood studio parking lot and you’ll see lots of Obama stickers. Also wildly popular are various “green power” stickers. I recently saw one of these dopey stickers slapped on 12 cylinder Bentley. Totally LOL.
You’ll also find one or two “Free Tibet” stickers. Peeling and faded, these bumper stickers are kind of sad, a pathetic echo of a righteous cause that was never quite sexy enough for the liberal elite.
China is a ruthless totalitarian state hence NY Times lefties Paul Krugman and Tom Friedman are inspired by its social and economic model. The progressive left (liberals no longer exist, they passed away with Scoop Jackson and Daniel Moynihan) is basically an anti-Democratic, anti-Constitutional, facist movement that adores big government—they hate big corporations; go figure—but holds ordinary citizens in contempt.
The Chinese have raped, looted and pillaged Tibet. They ruthlessly suppress Tibetan Buddhism and nationalism.
Now, the Chinese authorities are determined to choose the next Dalai Lama.
This is a bit like Hamas choosing the next chief rabbi of Israel.
Thus, Buddhist monks and nuns have been burning themselves to death in protest.
You would think that all the free Gaza fanatics would support the people of Tibet. You would think that the Europeans who constantly agitate on behalf of the “occupied ” Palestinians would also express outrage on behalf of the people of Tibet.
But of course, that will never happen.
The reasons are simple:
1. The Tibetans are pacifists. Hence, their message bears no real weight. It’s just not sexy. If they slaughtered innocent women and children or dispatched suicide bombers, the social justice mob would be convinced that their cause is righteous. But since they only kill themselves, well, it’s just not terribly convincing.
2. No Jews involved. If the Chinese were, y’know, named Arik or David and wore the Star of David instead of the sickle and hammer, you can bet your bottom dollar that the international left would be out of their so-called minds in outrage.
The Wall Street Journal ran this editorial:
The Dalai Lama observed a fast Wednesday to mourn Tibetans who have set fire to themselves to protest the Chinese government’s tight control over Buddhist monasteries.
The most recent case of self-immolation came on Monday with 20-year-old nun Tenzin Wangmo. She is the ninth Tibetan since March to commit ritual suicide.