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Why Tibet Waits for Freedom

Here’s a good article about why Tibet is being ignored in the UN for sovereignty, but the Palestinians are not.  It’s a sad reason, but probably true which is more of a criticism against the UN.

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China-Tibet History, II

Thanks to onejustworld,  for providing me with resources for the Chinese-Tibet conflict.  My goal is to read as much unbiased information as possible and try to come to a conclusion based on a logical decision, rather than emotional.

Thus far, historically, it still seems as if it’s not “case closed” on either side.  Especially when compared to other similar histories.  Meaning, if you looked at historical precedent, there seems to be enough to justify the Chinese claim to authority over Tibet.  This doesn’t mean they deserve it, or Tibet shouldn’t be free.  It means, that comparing the Chinese-Tibetan history to other histories, it isn’t so clear cut.

For example, in one of the resources pointed out to me is an article called, “Is Tibet Entitled to Self-Determination?”  the author, Paul Harris, says:

The official position of the Chinese Government on this issue is that Tibet is an inalienable part of the People’s Republic of China (just as France once claimed that Algeria was an inalienable part of Metropolitan France).

These two histories aren’t comparable.  First, France never had a geographic claim like China has.  Second, Algeria had been colonized by the Ottomans, and then taken from the French.  It was pretty obvious that the French “took over” Algeria.  The same cannot be said for China and Tibet.

So, historically, it’s a draw so far as I can tell.  I’m still reading.

But here is where I think Tibet does have a justified claim to independence, an argument I haven’t seen anywhere, so it’s probably a weak argument.

Though the Chinese-Tibetan history goes further back than any of the conflicts Russia had with her satellite states during the Soviet Union timer period, I think there’s a logical argument to be made here.

As soon as the Soviet government fell apart, these satellite states ran through the gateway of sovereignty.  History wouldn’t have mattered because to the people of the time, they wanted to rule their own nation.  It didn’t take long at all for other nations to recognize these new nations either.  Even the USSR recognized it only a month after the Estonia’s declared independence.

Thus, I believe if communist rule in China ended, Tibet and other current Chinese territories would claim their independence like Macau or Sichuan?  I’m sure the leaders in China believe this too, which is why they’ve been so hostile towards Tibet, and have tried to “breed” out the Tibetan culture.

Again, I’m still reading the history, but pragmatism tells me that Tibet should be free.

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Free Tibet

In August, I will be protesting the Olympics in my own way. Whether posting information on this site or joining protests in the states. The Olympics is August 8 to August 24, and I won’t watch 1 second of it. I will hope that our Athletes win as many medals as possible, but I cannot promote China positively in anyway until the mission of FreeTibet.org is fulfilled:

Free Tibet Campaign stands for the Tibetans’ right to determine their own future. It campaigns for an end to China’s occupation of Tibet and for the Tibetans’ fundamental human rights to be respected. Founded in 1987, Free Tibet Campaign generates active support by educating people about the situation in Tibet. It is independent of all governments and is funded by its members and supporters.

It’s long, but here:

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