Monday, April 14, 2008

The True Dalai Lama Behind The Western Media Fabrication

The West Is shown the Dalai Lama as a kind old wise man. But the
truth Is another matter. Read about what the Western Media doesn't
tell you about Tibet before Chinese Intervention. And to think that
this Is actually a case where a Communist regime actually gave
people more freedom. Tibet was actually a more repressive regime
than any Communist nation ! Free Tibet campaigners where were
you before 1949 ? Compared to the Dalai Lama regime, Tibet
Is free.

The True Face Of
The Dalai Lama

by Kalovski at

This is a backgrounder of the struggle in Tibet and
how the US has been building up Dalai Lama to
pursue their ideological struggle. In the US many
uninformed people had been awed by his philosophy
on "peace" and "non-violence". This article will
bare facts to the real color and intent of the Lama,
why the US had given him a Nobel Prize and many
more. - Kalovski Itim, The True Story of Maoist
Revolution in Tibet, When the Dalai Lamas
Ruled: Hell on Earth

Revolutionary Worker #944, February 15, 1998

Hard Climate, Heartless Society

Tibet is one of the most remote places in the
world. It is centered on a high mountain plateau
deep in the heart of Asia. It is cut off from South
Asia by the Himalayas, the highest mountains in
the world. Countless river gorges and at least six
different mountain ranges carve this region into
isolated valleys. Before all the changes brought
about after the Chinese revolution of 1949, there
were no roads in Tibet that wheeled vehicles could
travel. All travel was over winding, dangerous
mountain trails­by mule, by foot or by yaks which
are hairy cow-like mountain animals. Trade,
communications and centralized government
were almost impossible to maintain.

Most of Tibet is above the tree-line. The air is very
thin. Most crops and trees won't grow there. It was
a struggle to grow food and even find fuel for fires.

At the time of the revolution, the population of Tibet
was extremely spread out. About two or three million
Tibetans lived in an area half the size of the United
States­about 1.5 million square miles. Villages,
monasteries and nomad encampments were often
separated by many days of difficult travel.

Maoist revolutionaries saw there were "Three Great
Lacks" in old Tibet: lack of fuel, lack of communications,
and lack of people. The revolutionaries analyzed that
these "Three Great Lacks" were not mainly caused by
the physical conditions, but by the social system. The
Maoists said that the "Three Great Lacks" were caused
by the "Three Abundances" in Tibetan society:
"Abundant poverty, abundant oppression and
abundant fear of the supernatural."

Class Society in Old Tibet

Tibet was a feudal society before the revolutionary
changes that started in 1949. There were two main
classes: the serfs and the aristocratic serf owners.
The people lived like serfs in Europe's "Dark Ages,"
or like African slaves and sharecroppers of the U.S.

Tibetan serfs scratched barley harvest from the hard
earth with wooden plows and sickles. Goats, sheep
and yaks were raised for milk, butter, cheese and
meat. The aristocratic and monastery masters owned
the people, the land and most of the animals. They
forced the serfs to hand over most grain and demanded
all kinds of forced labor (called ulag). Among the
serfs, both men and women participated in hard
labor, including ulag. The scattered nomadic peoples
of Tibet's barren western highlands were also owned
by lords and lamas.

The Dalai Lama's older brother Thubten Jigme Norbu
claims that in the lamaist social order, "There is no
class system and the mobility from class to class
makes any class prejudice impossible." But the
whole existence of this religious order was based
on a rigid and brutal class system.

Serfs were treated like despised "inferiors"­the way
Black people were treated in the Jim Crow South.
Serfs could not use the same seats, vocabulary or
eating utensils as serf owners. Even touching one
of the master's belongings could be punished by
whipping. The masters and serfs were so distant
from each other that in much of Tibet they spoke
different languages.

It was the custom for a serf to kneel on all fours so
his master could step on his back to mount a horse.
Tibet scholar A. Tom Grunfeld describes how one
ruling class girl routinely had servants carry her up
and down stairs just because she was lazy. Masters
often rode on their serfs' backs across streams.

The only thing worse than a serf in Tibet was a
"chattel slave," who had no right to even grow a
few crops for themselves. These slaves were often
starved, beaten and worked to death. A master could
turn a serf into a slave any time he wanted. Children
were routinely bought and sold in Tibet's capital,
Lhasa. About 5 percent of the Tibetan people were
counted as chattel slaves. And at least another 10
percent were poor monks who were really "slaves
in robes."

The lamaist system tried to prevent any escape.
Runaway slaves couldn't just set up free farms
in the vast empty lands. Former serfs explained
to revolutionary writer Anna Louise Strong that
before liberation, "You could not live in Tibet
without a master. Anyone might pick you up as an
outlaw unless you had a legal owner."

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