Monday, October 29, 2007

Everything was going just swimmingly until...

Non-violence best answer, Dalai Lama says

"Avoiding violence in places like Afghanistan and Iraq is the best way to counter the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the Dalai Lama said before meeting the prime minister in Ottawa on Monday.
Speaking on the second day of his visit to Canada, the spiritual leader of Tibet said he would tell Stephen Harper, if the subject were to come up, that “using violence to counter violence” can exacerbate problems.

“I always believe non-violence is the best way to solve problems,” he said in response to reporters' questions about Canada's role in Afghanistan.

A clearly uncomfortable Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney stood close by, trying to interrupt without success and tugging at the holy man's elbow."

Tugging at the holy man's elbow? That's really classy, Jason.
Regular readers will recall Jason came this close to winning the coverted Certificate of Hitlertude just this past February.

1 comment:

Cliff said...

I suspect that the fervent anti-communists among the conservatives here and south of the border are equally uncomfortable with the Dalai Lama's evolving views on Tibet's relationship with China. He now calls for greater cultural autonomy but not independence because of the economic advantages of being part of China.

That, combined with his pacifist views on America and Canada's military adventures make him a less than perfect spokesman when the right tries to buttress their human rights credentials by rolling him out periodically. It reminds me a bit of Reagan and how he only like trade unionists if they were Polish and fighting communism.

Bush and Harper only like deeply religious resisters to empire if they're from Tibet.

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