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    Together these three men present a model for understanding American Foreign policy in human terms. How policy impacts people, versus politicians.

    Dr. Michael Parenti is on speaking engagements all over the country - make sure to check him out:

    "Bush and company seized upon yet another pretext for war: Saddam has committed war crimes and acts of aggression, including the war against Iran and the massacre of Kurds. But the Pentagon’s own study found that the gassing of Kurds at Halabja was committed by the Iranians, not the Iraqis (New York Times, 24 January 2003). Another seldom mentioned fact: US leaders gave Iraq encouragement and military support in its war against Iran. And if war crimes and aggression are the issue, there are the US invasions of Grenada and Panama to consider, and the US-sponsored wars of attrition against civilian targets in Mozambique, Angola, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Yugoslavia, and scores of other places, leaving hundreds of thousands dead. There is no communist state or "rogue nation" that has such a horrific record of military aggression against other countries over the last two decades."

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      is a bit of a Stalinist. Condemned Zinn and Chomsky for signing this statement vs. Fidel,
      Statement Protesting Repression in Cuba

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          You can't believe anything anyone says in the mainstream US Press, perhaps even the Dalai Lama. Is it hard to believe a person would use religion to support a personal agenda totally opposite of religious teachings? Could the Dalai Lama be something akin to James Dobson? Parenti's source is a reporter who interviewed a survivor - that's credible journalism:  

          "The Tibetan serfs were something more than superstitious victims, blind to their own oppression. As we have seen, some ran away; others openly resisted, sometimes suffering dire consequences. In feudal Tibet, torture and mutilation--including eye gouging, the pulling out of tongues, hamstringing, and amputation--were favored punishments inflicted upon thieves, and runaway or resistant serfs. Journeying through Tibet in the 1960s, Stuart and Roma Gelder interviewed a former serf, Tsereh Wang Tuei, who had stolen two sheep belonging to a monastery. For this he had both his eyes gouged out and his hand mutilated beyond use. He explains that he no longer is a Buddhist: "When a holy lama told them to blind me I thought there was no good in religion."21 Since it was against Buddhist teachings to take human life, some offenders were severely lashed and then "left to God" in the freezing night to die. "The parallels between Tibet and medieval Europe are striking," concludes Tom Grunfeld in his book on Tibet. 22

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          As one who visited the exiled Tibetan area in India earlier this year, and sparked my renewed interest in this culture, I find both Parenti's article and the reply interesting.  I have to believe that, as with most phenomena where opposing points of view are presented, the truth is likely somewhere in the middle, albeit maybe closer to one side than the other. Both sides have credibility based on their prejudices, and are nether totally right nor totaly wrong.  A Shangri-La?  Doubtful, but better under Chinese rule?  Doubtful.

          Well, I guess I don't know what you mean by "equal justice under the law." - Bushy McSpokesperson

          by gatorcog on Tue Nov 20, 2007 at 10:31:50 AM PST

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