Today is the 50th anniversary of the invasion and conquest of Tibet by the Communist Chinese army. I am quite happy to see this event noted prominently in both US and world newspapers. French newspapers provide quite strident coverage with photos and headlines.
WSJ: "Last year, a peaceful commemoration of the 1959 uprising by monks in Lhasa erupted into anti-Chinese rioting four days later and spread to surrounding provinces the most sustained and violent demonstrations by Tibetans in decades. This year, China has largely sealed off Tibet to the outside world. Recent visitors to Lhasa have described armed police posted on rooftops. Local governments in Tibetan areas have ordered foreign tourists out, and foreign journalists have been detained and told to leave. Internet and text-messaging services, which helped spread word of last year's protests, have been unplugged in parts of the region."
Obviously, at its internal core, Red China is still a fascist regime. Their use of the word, "democracy" is a reminder of the Orwellian newspeak of Leninist regimes. And their action over the 50 years shows the worst of cultural racism and ethnic cleansing.
WSJ: "Tibetan culture and identity are 'nearing extinction,' he [the Dalai Lama] told about 2,000 people, including Buddhist monks, Tibetan schoolchildren and a handful of foreign supporters. The group gathered in a courtyard that separates the Dalai Lama's home from the town's main temple, and monks blowing enormous conch shells and long brass horns heralded his arrival. 'Even today, Tibetans in Tibet live in constant fear and the Chinese authorities remain constantly suspicious of them,' the Dalai Lama said, blasting the 'brutal crackdown' in the region since protests last year turned violent."
One should simply disregard anything the Red Chinese say about this situation and their actions. That they seal off the area and prevent independent inspections is a self-admission of guilt.
Let's hope the world doesn't let them get away with this.
Word of the Day
"Aurignacian" - noun and adjective [$10]; a Mencken word
Aurignacian means (adjective) of or relating to a paleolithic culture in Europe and of the Near East, following the Mousterian and dated to circa 34,000 to 29,000 BCE; (noun) this culture. Mencken usage was as an adjective, describing crude, primitive, brutal behavior or people - an erudite method to call someone a caveman.
Sentence: The aurignacian core of the Communist Chinese government becomes apparent again in its oppression in Tibet.
Le Mot du Jour
"Affaiblir" - verb, regular -ir conjugation
"S'affaibler" - pronominal verb.
Affaiblir means (transitive) to weaken, to affect.
S'affaiblir means to become weaker.
La Phrase: L'optimisme de l'homme du bunker ne s'affaiblit pas.
Sentence: The optimism of Bunkerman does not weaken.