Polish Lie #44: Tibet Matters (Where Is It Anyway?)

DISCLAIMER. The reason behind POLISH LIES is to give food for thought. Not fuel for flamewars. (When you’ll throw down the gauntlet, I may, reluctantly, pick it up.) Other members of this blog may not share my understanding of what POLISH LIES are.

Poles, the hopeless romantics (*).
For our freedom and yours, the banners say.

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I thought — after the Chechen freedom craze or freedom to Belarus craze — the madness could hake a break, take a day off, or better, a century off. But no. It seems it is time for some free Tibet malarkey.

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I know many of the old are vassals to powerful forces of evil, so they have to act dumb. Still, I would hope the young are smarter – they looked practical enough to leave the country to earn money abroad, then spend it on things that are not sad, grim, romantic — but mundane, practical and sexy. But now they seem to return to romanticism, calling themselves democratic fighters for human rights.

Well, let me tell what human rights Tibetans have.

They have the right to start thinking: prayer wheels against nukes. They have the right to start calculating: Against every Tibetan there are, what, several hundreds men of China, a thousand?

They have the human right to SURVIVE. In order to survive, however, they cannot be Indians that die with war slogans on their romantic mouth — they have to surrender and ask their victor’s forgiveness.

They have the the right to remember: we were beaten in 1717, the empire got our land. In the year 1717 there were free Indians yet in the lands known as the USA today. But the Indians were beaten, locked in reservation camps. They stand grin-ready to any buck-ready tourist, between a hot devilburger and the deep blue red of a coke, the buck made on Disney trafficking Pocahontas.

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Can we learn from history? Were there people interested in goading American Indians to fight? Of course they were! Dead Indians occupy their graves only, alive Indians occupy too many precious land lots. Imagine all the problems the USA would have had if masses of the combatant Indians had laid down their weapons and declared their want to start becoming and behaving American.

The lesson is thus:

Tibetans can start becoming and behaving Chinese — or they can start losing. Any romantic Pole supporting the “free Tibet” lunacy wants Tibetans lost — or at least, much unhappier. I would prefer Tibetans alive, or at least, happier. That is why I will think China deals with their own internal affair, and that Chinese stuff is OK. (Which no romantic pro-Tibetan can say, as has ever bought any made-in-China thing. Just like no romantic pro-human-rights fighter ever bought anything US American not to disgrace the memory of the noble savages.)

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PS Where (thanks, Scatts!) is Tibet, anyway?
Where, in any large-scale media cover, was it a month ago? A decade ago?

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(*) How?

Romantic about cherishing their history of odd inventions, even not Polish ones (hear ye wings of hussars?). Romantic about their defeats — with swords — or scythes — or charity boxes in hand — united they stand, united they fall. Romantic to strip women off their coats, but not of more — about kissing woman’s hand, but no further. Not choosing better artists, but regurgitating some romantic writers the world does not know or care about. Making kids memorize some sly poets smart enough to limit their being romantic to writing highfalutin verses for the dim public. Dim enough to let anti-Polish slanders from peoples that are not so romantic — slip unnoticed. Poles ready to lie whenever lies would sound romantic. Praising their sportsmen romantic enough to lose. Glorifying their soldiers die-hard romantic to fight for others and to care for others and to lose for others.

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Now I’m here, now I’m there.

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2 thoughts on “Polish Lie #44: Tibet Matters (Where Is It Anyway?)

  1. scatts says:

    Depending on how you define Tibet and Tibetan, there are approximately 315 Chinese people for each Tibetan.

    Within Tibet itself (subject again to definitions) there are roughly 3 Chinese for each Tibetan.

    And I quote:

    The United Nations Sub-commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities expressed “concern at the continuing reports of violations of fundamental human rights and freedom which threaten the distinct cultural, religious and national identity of the Tibetan people.”li In introducing the resolution, Mr. van Boven, the Dutch Sub-Commission Member explicitly referred to population transfer as one of the principal threats.

    Asia Watch, a New York based-human rights organization, has expressed its grave concern about the rapid growth of the Chinese population in Tibet and the imposition of Chinese authorities of policies that are de facto socially discriminatory against the Tibetan population in Tibet. It further states that social disadvantages and inequalities flowing from these policies form a contravention of the UN’s International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, a covenant to which China acceded in 1981.

    Asia Watch further expressed concern at the inherently discriminatory aspects of policies that are aimed at keeping non-resident Tibetans out of Lhasa while allowing non-resident Chinese the right to settle freely in the city.

    The figures themselves do not tell the real story. Regardless of the debate over the exact figure, the effect of the Chinese influx is enormous already and seriously threatens the Tibetan culture and identity today. This is because the Chinese have moved into and have taken over all the economic, political, cultural and spiritual centres of the country, transforming them into Chinese centres where Tibetans are already effectively marginalized. The actual political, economic and administrative power is, of course also in the hands of the Chinese. Though various Tibetans have been appointed in various administrative positions, they have largely nominal roles most of the time.

    If China is allowed to pursue this policy, the result will be the permanent disenfranchisement of the Tibetan people and destruction of its national and cultural heritage. Tibet will become just another province of China. Tibetans will be reduced to an insignificant minority in their own country.

    The Chinese are certainly exercising a form of racial discrimination, against the covenant they signed in ’81. They are breaching even more seriously, the seventeen point agreement signed between Tibet and China in ’51, however, this agreement was repudiated by the Dalai Lama when he fled in ’59. Perhaps, with hindsight, this was a mistake as it would, at least, give something else to point to as being an area where the Chinese are not fulfilling even the agreement drafted by their own hand?

    Having said all that, the fact is that Tibet is not a free country, it is a part of China and has been ever since, roughly, Poland became part of the other communist mega-state. Unlike Poland, Tibet has not many people, until recently not many friends and no neighbours in a similar predicament. It also has the misfortune of being occupied by a smart communist power as opposed to a stupid one.

    Not sure where this will end. Perhaps China will, given more time, grant independence. Not sure if that is economically viable though? Either that or Tibet, as was, will become a kind of Disneyland version of itself and remain within China as a sort of huge tourist attraction. I’m told the mountain views are “simply fantastic”!

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