Tuesday, October 13, 2009
I have to give the Eye of Polyphemus credit for pointing this out. The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989. He was awarded the prize for his persistent opposition to the use of violence in his many years of struggle for the liberation of Tibet. I am not an expert on the plight of Tibet. However, based on what I have read I would have to say that he was a deserving candidate for the prize and a deserving recipient. Now flash forward 20 years. Our current recipient of this estemed prize, the one who has done so much to forward the movement for peaceful alternatives to international conflicts, human rights issues, and global environmental problems, refuses to meet with the Dalai Lama during his visit to Washington, DC. Apparently he is the first president to do this since the Dalai Lama began visiting DC in 1991. In a cartoon sent to me via e-mail, Obama was poked at for agreeing to a meeting with Ahmadinajad, Chavez, Castro, and Kim Jong-Il, but refusing to meet with Fox News. I think the message would have been more powerful if the Dalai Lama had been put in the place of Fox News. Why would Obama refuse such a meeting? It does make you wonder.