On Saturday, the Dalai Lama once again proved himself to be a politician wearing the robes of a monk when he criticised anti-whaling activists while visiting Japan. He did not speak harshly at all against the Japanese whalers. The Dalai Lama critcises anti-whaling protestors who mainly use nonviolent actions to try to stop illegal whaling, but he never speaks out against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan which are extremely violent.
Below is a part of the story from AFP and a video of the Sea Shepherds activities:
TOKYO — The Dalai Lama on Saturday criticised wildlife activists for staging what he said were violent protests over Japan’s hunting of whales.
The rebuke came as the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader visited Japan for an 11-day lecture tour.
At a news conference, he said he had told the US-based Sea Shepherd Conservation Society to stop its violent harassment of Japan’s whaling fleet.
“One time I wrote a letter…(saying) their activities should be stopping,” he told reporters.
It is becoming increasingly obvious that the Dalai Lama is just another politician. Even some of his most faithful followers are now beginning to question him.
Waylon Lewis, a long-time supporter of the Dalai Lama who lives in Boulder, CO (one of the main hubs of Dalai Lama fanaticism in the U. S.), wrote this statement on his website Elephant Journal today:
“And innocent as His Holiness’ intentions are, the context within which his comments were made is harmful—and may well lead to more permissiveness of real violence.”
Comments from the Tricycle Blog article Dalai Lama criticizes anti-whaling protesters:
“I feel HHDL must have based his comment on Japanese propaganda. It is sad that he would make such a public statement without getting both sides of the story.” – Leland Jory
“You can speak out against violence any time. It’s not necessary to single out the anti-whaling activists, who may not even be violent. To do so while visiting Japan was a political choice.” – Grover
I cringe to say this… but I disagree with HHDL here. The Japanese (illegal) whalers are the one’s using violence against the Sea Shephards. – Nate DeMontigny
“I respectfully disagree with HHDL’s opinion on this matter. I believe the protesters’ intentions are to do no harm, and to do everything they can to sway Japanese sentiment towards respecting all live, including those of whales. The continued and senseless killing of these majestinc animals – any sentient being, really – cannot be justified under any circumstances: the vast majority of human beings on this planet need not consume animals to survive.” – Willemien de Villiers
The Sea Shepherd responded to the Dalai Lama’s criticism stating:
“The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has never caused an injury to any individual. Reports that we have caused injuries have been fabricated for public relations purposes. We take every precaution to not cause injury, although we do destroy property that is used to take the life of sentient beings and for this we make no apologies. This year the Society has directly saved the lives of 528 whales and over 800 endangered Bluefin tuna. We are in the business of saving lives and not inflicting harm”