Tibet: Ungrateful Assholes
First let me start off by saying that I am actually not Chinese, nor even Asian. Yes I speak decent Japanese and got a degree in it and also East Asian Religion. I also took way too many courses on Asian history, politics, and economics than a normal person should. I say this in backing my stance in that it comes from an educated view and not just a “we all need to be free and happy” bullshit.
There is the whole issue of Tibet currently happening (if you don’t know go read a newspaper you American-centric douche) and there is more to this than all these hipster American protesters wish for the average person to know. Why? Because siding with things like the Dali Llama is cool. First off, issues such as this are nothing new to China. Go look up the Mongols and their treatment in the past, and also the past and current issues of the Uyghur in Xinijang. I bet you didn’t know there were Chinese Turkic people who don’t even look Chinese.
What is happening is Tibet right now is stupid. And by stupid I mean Tibet is being stupid. What are they hoping to accomplish? Stopping the influx of Chinese government money? Stop the support of infrastructure programs such as hospitals, schools, roads? Maybe they don’t like how their life expectancy had jumped from around 30 years to almost 60 years due to Chinese control? People need to stop with all the hype and ask this, what the hell will Tibet do if they actually become autonomous? The country can’t export or make any money to survive! Example: “Tibet’s GDP in 2001 was 13.9 billion yuan (USD1.8billion). The Central government (China) exempts Tibet from all taxation and provides 90% of Tibet’s government expenditures.” Wow, so in other words without China Tibet will be super fucked. Sure there was the recent discovery of mineral deposit under the Tibetan Plateau which people say has a value of $128 billion but is going to dig it out? The Dali Llama sure can’t pray money out of the ground.
So before you go and say that quelling protesters is bad, rethink your position first with more facts. I am not saying you can’t be against it but just read on the topic before you start spouting out dribble that makes no sense.
Personally I side with China. After reading on the issue, and even talking with Han Chinese who are from the Mainland, it definitely seems dumb for Tibet to just try and leave the Party. The country will fall back into its pre-China feudal times and end up a backwards 3rd world zone where relief workers will need to be sent. A great quote from Erik D. Curren’s Buddha’s Not Smiling: Uncovering Corruption at the Heart of Tibetan Buddhism Today:
History belies the Shangri-La image of Tibetan lamas and their followers living together in mutual tolerance and nonviolent goodwill. Indeed, the situation was quite different. Old Tibet was much more like Europe during the religious wars of the Counterreformation.
Tibet is like a kid who wants to touch the hot stove, you gotta smack their hand but some just don’t learn. Want a good example of a child with a burnt hand, go look at Serbia now that America and everyone else let them “be free”.