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A myth foisted on the Western world

Dalai Lama - Tibet - Myth
Below is the National Review article published in 1974 entitled A myth foisted on the Western world. A scan of the article can also be found on the Western Shugden Society website. I’ve typed it out to make it easier to read.

For years the world has swallowed the story that the wicked Chinese suddenly descended on Tibet and forced the Dalai Lama to seek refuge in India. But, according to T.D. ALLMAN, it wasn’t like that at all. The real villains were the CIA, perhaps the Indians, and the feudal class inside Tibet. Here is the second of Allman’s two-part article on Tibet, dispatched from Nepal.

Even the present, restrained degree of Chinese control over Tibet may well have been avoidable. As the prejudices of the cold war fade, it is clear that the events that overtook Tibet in the 1950s and 1960s were not simply a case of a strong Chinese government reasserting control over a region of outer China which its weaker predecessor had ignored. Nor, least of all, were the various Tibetan crises the product of some sinister, communist plot to extinguish Tibetan “freedom”.

Instead, in retrospect, it now is clear that China at first granted Tibet a degree of autonomy that was completely non doctrinaire in its expediency. But this autonomy was exploited not merely by Tibetan tribal groups and the traditional aristocracy. It also was used by the American government, to create a threat to Chinese sovereignty.

This state of affairs as perceived from Peking, eventually became intolerable. The public still remembers the events in Tibet in terms of lurid reports of a Red army expelling the venerated Dalai Lama from his homeland. But the real facts of the 1951 and 1959 Tibetan crises are known only to a few.

The facts, essentially, are these: In 1951, the Dalai Lama’s court, faced with Chinese diplomatic and military pressure, which stopped far short of Lhasa itself, signed agreements by which Chinese sovereignty was re-established over Tibet for the first time since the expulsion, with British support, of the Manchu garrison from Lhasa in 1912.

Under the agreements, however, the spiritual as well as many of the temporal powers of the Dalai Lama remained intact. And no Chinese effort was made to interfere with the internal life of Tibet. Indeed, the Chinese reassertion of suzerainty over Tibet in 1951, loudly lamented as it was in the West, was reminiscent of the combination of threats of force and promises of progress used by Britain, in 1904, to achieve similar ends – in that case the movement of Tibet into the British Indian sphere of influence.

From 1952 until 1959, the Chinese sought to turn the traditional theocracy – notably the Dalai Lama and the Panchen Lama – into agents of modernization in Tibet. The most striking example of the flexibility of the supposedly doctrinaire Chinese was summed up in the establishment, in 1951, of a preparatory committee. The committee was designed to coordinate Tibet’s relations with China, and to oversee constitutional progress towards Tibetan autonomy under the Dalai Lama, but within the Peoples Republic of China.

The Dalai Lama Mao and the Panchen Lama - 1959Significantly, the Dalai Lama was made chairman of the committee, and the Panchen Lama was made vice-chairman. In 1954, the Dalai Lama attended a major national conference in Peking, where he was treated with great respect by Mao Tse-tung and other communist leaders.

Even the most restrained Chinese efforts, however, inevitably incurred the resentment of Tibet’s feudal elite. And the young Dalai Lama, who was born in 1937 and only attained his majority in 1958, was a child during most of the crucial phases of the Tibetan-Chinese confrontation. As such, he was the tool – rather than the leader – of the traditional elite’s efforts to resist all change.

The uses to which the Dalai Lama could be put were first demonstrated in 1956. That year the Dalai Lama, then 19, was taken by his court to India for a long visit.

There followed a process of negotiation by which fundamental reforms in Tibet were bargained against the return to Lhasa of the Dalai Lama. Those surrounding the Dalai Lama wished to avoid all reforms. The Chinese – and numbers of Tibetans – wanted fundamental reform of Tibetan society. And few today, not even the Dalai Lama himself, deny that reforms were desirable.

Eventually Chou En-lai visited India to negotiate with the Dalai Lama’s court. And when, from Peking, Mao Tse-tung took the unprecedented step, for a revolutionary leader, of pledging publicly to delay reforms indefinitely, the Dalai Lama and his entourage finally returned to Lhasa.

By this time, however, other forces had entered the Tibetan equation, including India, and, most importantly, the United States. In 1959, Khamba tribesman rose up in revolt in southeastern Tibet. The Khambas – it now is known – were supported, directed and supplied by CIA agents working from a series of “forward area bases” in the northeastern Indian states of Assam and West Bengal.

This American inciting of tribal uprisings in Tibet was part of an overall US policy of harassing China. The policy included not only insurrection in Tibet, but also support, from Laos, Burma and Thailand, for insurgents in China’s Yunnan province. Under the same program, the CIA supported KMT irregulars in northern Indochina, became involved in the opium trade, and also the smuggling of religious relics from Tibet.

In Tibet, as elsewhere, a communist reaction was inevitable. Before 1959, even the most virulently anti communist observers concede, the Chinese in Tibet made no effort to restrict the use of private firearms and other weapons or to limit the traditional Tibetan trade with India and Nepal. But as the Khamba-CIA insurrection gained force, the Chinese went on the counter offensive.

Units of the People Army were moved in to combat the insurgency, and the Chinese began to regulate the movement of weapons and populations in the rest of Tibet. Tibetans known to be consorting with the CIA were arrested.

It was at this point in 1959, when the Chinese were beginning to restore order in Tibet, that the Dalai Lama, still then only 22 years old, was moved by his court first into insurgent territory, and then to India, where he later was advised, to repudiate the 1951 agreements with the Chinese.

The escape of the Dalai Lama and his court was the occasion for one of the CIA’s greatest cold war propaganda triumphs. Lurid reports of Chinese massacres and desecration were spread through the Western press. The Chinese were accused of destroying priceless relics – which emigre Tibetans later produced for sale in India. The facts of the incident, however, were quite different from the accounts reported at the time.

The truth is that the Dalai Lama’s departure from his own capital was engineered by the CIA American agents who flew air cover for the Dalai Lama’s party, dropping supplies and money, and strafing Chinese positions. Color films of this operation were taken, and the film has been viewed, in the US, by a number of people. This and other documentary evidence makes it clear that it was the Americans who wanted the Dalai Lama to leave Tibet, not the Chinese who wanted to dethrone him.

Dalai Lama fleeing TibetThe ease of the Dalai Lama’s escape – along with an entourage of several thousand, and heavy caravans of art objects, money and gold – cannot be explained, however, solely in terms of CIA intervention. There is no doubt that the Chinese could have blocked the Dalai Lama’s escape, but only at the risk of his death or injury. Rather than risk the stigma of harming the Dalai Lama’s person, the Chinese, while trying to dissuade him from leaving, did not stand in his way.

Interestingly, nowhere in his published works does the Dalai Lama accuse the Chinese of harming him, or threatening him. And until 1964 – five full years after his departure – the Chinese refrained from publicly criticizing the Dalai Lama. Their apparent hope was that, as in 1956, the Dalai Lama could finally be persuaded to return from India to Lhasa. As for the CIA, its support for the Tibetan insurgency continued into the 1960s and through the period of the Sino-Indian confrontation along the disputed McMahon line.

The history of events in Tibet since 1951 is one of the most important, if least appreciated, examples of the exploitation of the aspirations of remote peoples by the great powers. There is no doubt that the Dalai Lama was misused by his own aristocracy, and that the US, and perhaps India as well, took advantage of his youth and inexperience.

Perhaps with this in mind, the Dalai Lama, from exile in India and during his recent trip to Europe, has had little criticism for the Chinese lately. Instead, he has limited himself to expressing the hope that eventual negotiations between his court and Peking will permit his eventual return to Tibet, and the re-establishment of a greater degree of Tibetan autonomy within the Peoples Republic of China.

The tragic irony, of course, is that China offered such an accommodation more than 20 years ago, but it was subverted at the time by the Dalai Lama’s court, with the full-scale encouragement of the US. China has never functioned as a completely unitary state. Instead, China Proper has traditionally flanked itself with the suzerain entities, like Tibet. These states have enjoyed autonomy in many fields, but have never been permitted by any effective Chinese government to become bases for foreign interference in China.

It seems indisputable in retrospect that the Dalai Lama – by allowing himself to become a tool of the American anti communist obsession, as well as his own elite’s implacable opposition to reform – placed himself, and Tibet as a whole, in a position which no Chinese government (communist, nationalist or imperial) would willingly have tolerated.

In the end the initially circumspect Chinese established virtually direct rule over Tibet. And they carried their military power into border territories disputed with India.

China’s display of force in Tibet, and later along the Indian border, was one of China’s greatest cold war propaganda defeats. But, beneath the adverse headlines, the Chinese actions seem to have had the desired effect. In Lhasa, New Delhi and Washington, it was belatedly realized that China could not be harassed with impunity.

The world, since then, has moved on to other conflicts and new perceptions. The Tibetan conflict is half forgotten. But is is worth remembering now that, but for CIA intervention and Indian encouragement, it is possible that the Dalai Lama might still be the leader of Tibet.

It is certainly clear now that, initially, communist China was willing to grant Tibet a far greater degree of control of its own affairs than democratic India was willing to grant to Hyderabad or Kashmir. At the same time, those fading events had the effect of pushing Tibet into an entirely new phase of its history.

Perhaps the governing irony, in fact, is that, but for CIA meddling in what even the Chiang Kai-shek regime regarded as a purely internal Chinese matter, the “revolution” that since has overtaken Tibet under communist rule might have been deferred indefinitely.
Tibetan Guerrilas

The Dalai Lama brand

Dalai Lama controversy

This is a new version of a video I posted previously. This version is a little better. Below are links to the articles and news videos included.

The Dalai Lama: Front Man for a Feudal Clique, Darling of Wealthy Mystics and Cold Warriors

World News Briefs; Dalai Lama Group Says It Got Money From C.I.A.

Deity banned – Outrage as Dalai Lama denounces Dorje Shugden

Behind Dalai Lama’s holy cloak

Is the Dalai Lama a religious dictator?

PEOPLE & POWER – The Dalai Lama: The devil within

Cult gave Dalai Lama $2m

When Heaven Shed Blood

The Dalai Lama’s Buddhist Foes

The Dalai Lama’s demons

Protest at Dalai Lama prayer ban

A Great Deception – The Ruling Lama’s Policies

Western Shugden Society

The Dalai Lama: Front Man for a Feudal Clique, Darling of Wealthy Mystics and Cold Warriors

This article by Webster G. Tarpley comes from TARPLEY.net
February 17, 2010

Obama will meet the Dalai Lama of Tibet this coming Wednesday in a move sure to inflame resentment against the US in China. Various wealthy mystics in Hollywood have promoted the Dalai Lama as an exemplar of refined spirituality, but in reality the Dalai Lama’s operation, currently based in India, is a relic of the Allen Dulles-Richard Bissell era of Cold War extremists at the CIA. The current Dalai Lama attempted to lead an insurrection against Chinese rule in 1959, which was supported by the oppressive feudal nobility of Tibet, but failed because it had little appeal to the former serfs and slaves who made up about 80% of Tibetan society. Tibet under the Dalai Lama was a country where 200 wealthy families held 93% of the wealth, while the masses were so poor and downtrodden that the population was declining. During the 1960s, the CIA gave several million dollars a year to the Dalai Lama’s court, with the Dalai Lama personally getting more than $180,000 per year from the US taxpayer. Today, the Dalai Lama’s court in northern India is the home of a gaggle of reactionary Tibetan aristocrats supported by $2 million per year from that same US taxpayer. This is a very bad investment for the United States. It is time to defund the Dalai Lama, stop interfering in China’s internal affairs and foreign commerce, and engage Beijing in realistic diplomacy.

Webster Tarpley will discuss the Dalai Lama’s visit to Washington in the context of alarming Sino-American tension with host Peter Lavelle and his other guests in the Crosstalk program to be broadcast on Russia Today on Friday, February 19, 2010.

Dalai Lama Meeting with Obama

The truth about feudalism in Tibet and the Dalai Lama’s connections with the CIA came out in this Russia Today interview with the historian and author Dr. Webster Tarpley about the Dalai Lama’s upcoming meeting with Barack Obama.

The Dalai Lama and the American Empire

Dalai Lama shows off Congressional Medal
Today, I came across Grant Lawrence’s blog and discovered that he has been occasionally writing about the Dalai Lama’s hypocrisy for several years. Grant Lawrence works as a school counselor and mental health counselor in Gallup New Mexico. I’ve posted a couple excerpts from his articles below.

The Dalai Lama: A good showman but an empty robe

Audience member: “Can you give us an example of a leader we should look up to as a positive influence?”

Dalai Lama (after thinking for a few seconds): “President Bush. I met him personally and liked him very much. He was honest and straightforward, and that is very important. I may not have agreed with all his policies, but I thought he was very honest and a very good leader.”

The Dalai Lama has been shown to be something of a showman and a likely CIA stooge. He has previously gone on record supporting “just” wars like the one in Iraq and the War on Terror.

Unfortunately the Dalai Lama has put his own cause above the cause of humanity. The Dalai gets a great deal of US support (likely financial) for his continued discrediting of the Chinese government on the issues of Tibet. In 2007, Bush presented the Dalai Lama with the Congressional Medal of Freedom for his support of US policies around the world.

The people of Tibet and their treatment are an important issue. However, the people of Iraq, Afghanistan, and all of those countries suffering under the policies of Global Empire (globalisation) are no less important. …

The Dalai Lama Hype: Why?

The Dalai professes compassion and care for all beings but doesn’t care for the people of Iraq and Afghanistan. He promotes the idea of just wars and that the US occupations of those countries are good and decent. He also has a special fondness for the war criminal Bush.

The Dalai Lama’s connections to the CIA should be known. He was saved and paid by the CIA after leaving Tibet.

The Dalai Lama has morphed into a type of New Age Televangelist for American Empire.

He’s all show. But when it comes to delivering the goods of real compassion and moral courage he’s too busy putting on that show. I believe it is no accident that the Dalai finds such adulation here in the West and he has a history of support from the CIA. …

Looking Behind the Dalai Lama’s Holy Cloak

Michael Backman

Michael Backman has been one of the few mainstream journalists who have revealed the true face of the Dalai Lama. Backman received death threats for his article Behind the Dalai Lama’s Holy Cloak from a follower of the Dalai Lama. “My correspondent informed me that the next time I visit India I will be killed (eaten, he said) and my family will never find my body” Backman writes. Below are some excerpts from two of his articles published in The Age.

Behind the Dalai Lama’s Holy Cloak

Rarely do journalists challenge the Dalai Lama.

Partly it is because he is so charming and engaging. Most published accounts of him breeze on as airily as the subject, for whom a good giggle and a quaint parable are substitutes for hard answers. But this is the man who advocates greater autonomy for millions of people who are currently Chinese citizens, presumably with him as head of their government. So, why not hold him accountable as a political figure?

No mere spiritual leader, he was the head of Tibet’s government when he went into exile in 1959. It was a state apparatus run by aristocratic, nepotistic monks that collected taxes, jailed and tortured dissenters and engaged in all the usual political intrigues. (The Dalai Lama’s own father was almost certainly murdered in 1946, the consequence of a coup plot.)

The government set up in exile in India and, at least until the 1970s, received $US1.7 million a year from the CIA.

The money was to pay for guerilla operations against the Chinese, notwithstanding the Dalai Lama’s public stance in support of non-violence, for which he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.

The Dalai Lama himself was on the CIA’s payroll from the late 1950s until 1974, reportedly receiving $US15,000 a month ($US180,000 a year).

The funds were paid to him personally, but he used all or most of them for Tibetan government-in-exile activities, principally to fund offices in New York and Geneva, and to lobby internationally.

Details of the government-in-exile’s funding today are far from clear. Structurally, it comprises seven departments and several other special offices. There have also been charitable trusts, a publishing company, hotels in India and Nepal, and a handicrafts distribution company in the US and in Australia, all grouped under the government-in-exile’s Department of Finance.

The government was involved in running 24 businesses in all, but decided in 2003 that it would withdraw from these because such commercial involvement was not appropriate.

Several years ago, I asked the Dalai Lama’s Department of Finance for details of its budget. In response, it claimed then to have annual revenue of about $US22 million, which it spent on various health, education, religious and cultural programs.

The biggest item was for politically related expenditure, at $US7 million. The next biggest was administration, which ran to $US4.5 million. Almost $US2 million was allocated to running the government-in-exile’s overseas offices.

For all that the government-in-exile claims to do, these sums seemed remarkably low.

It is not clear how donations enter its budgeting. These are likely to run to many millions annually, but the Dalai Lama’s Department of Finance provided no explicit acknowledgment of them or of their sources.

Certainly, there are plenty of rumours among expatriate Tibetans of endemic corruption and misuse of monies collected in the name of the Dalai Lama.

Many donations are channelled through the New York-based Tibet Fund, set up in 1981 by Tibetan refugees and US citizens. It has grown into a multimillion-dollar organisation that disburses $US3 million each year to its various programs.

Part of its funding comes from the US State Department’s Bureau for Refugee Programs.

Like many Asian politicians, the Dalai Lama has been remarkably nepotistic, appointing members of his family to many positions of prominence. In recent years, three of the six members of the Kashag, or cabinet, the highest executive branch of the Tibetan government-in-exile, have been close relatives of the Dalai Lama.

An older brother served as chairman of the Kashag and as the minister of security. He also headed the CIA-backed Tibetan contra movement in the 1960s.

A sister-in-law served as head of the government-in-exile’s planning council and its Department of Health.

A younger sister served as health and education minister and her husband served as head of the government-in-exile’s Department of Information and International Relations.

Their daughter was made a member of the Tibetan parliament in exile. A younger brother has served as a senior member of the private office of the Dalai Lama and his wife has served as education minister.

The second wife of a brother-in-law serves as the representative of the Tibetan government-in-exile for northern Europe and head of international relations for the government-in-exile. All these positions give the Dalai Lama’s family access to millions of dollars collected on behalf of the government-in-exile. …

What has the Dalai Lama actually achieved for Tibetans inside Tibet?

If his goal has been independence for Tibet or, more recently, greater autonomy, then he has been a miserable failure.

He has kept Tibet on the front pages around the world, but to what end? The main achievement seems to have been to become a celebrity. Possibly, had he stayed quiet, fewer Tibetans might have been tortured, killed and generally suppressed by China.

Michael Backman on the Dorje Shugden Controversy

Why is the Dalai Lama so hell-bent on moving against Shugden supporters? A reason might be that he genuinely believes Shugden worship is wrong. Another seems to derive from his desire to unite the four traditions of Tibetan Buddhism – the Nyngma, Sakya, Kagyu and Gelugpa. This has always been one of the Dalai Lama’s problems. He is not the head of Buddhism; he is not even the head of Tibetan Buddhism. Traditionally, the Dalai Lamas are from the Gelugpa sect. But since leaving Tibet, the current Dalai Lama has sought to speak for all Tibetans and particularly all overseas Tibetans.

To enhance his authority, he has sought to merge the four traditions into one and place himself at its head. But Dorje Shugden presents a roadblock. One aspect of Shugden worship is to protect the Gelugpa tradition from adulteration, particularly by the Nyngma tradition. Nyngma followers respond by not wanting anything to do with Gelugpa followers sympathetic to Dorje Shugden. So to allow a proper merger of the four traditions, the Dalai Lama needs to get rid of the Shugden movement. If the Dalai Lama can claim to represent all Tibetans, it will increase his political prestige and clout with overseas Tibetans and with governments.

The Dalai Lama and the CIA

This clip shows the details of the state department documents highlighted in the new book A Great Deception – The Ruling Lama’s Policies by the Western Shugden Society.

Here is a sample of the section entitled The Dalai Lama’s Involvement with the CIA and the Tibetan Guerillas:

In 1974, the Dalai Lama claimed: ‘The accusation of CIA aid has no truth behind it.’ But gradually as more and more US State Department documents have been declassified he has been forced to admit the truth.

In 1999, discussing the early CIA operations involving his people, he said: ‘They gave the impression that once I arrived in India, great support would come from the United States.’ The CIA provided $1.7 million dollars annually to train and support guerrillas, including setting up training camps in the US (Camp Hale, Colorado) and elsewhere, flying the guerrillas there and parachutting them back into Tibet, and providing weapons, equipment and intelligence. The Dalai Lama himself received $180,000 annually to maintain himself in India, a grant for which he did not have to account.

In the above video clip the Dalai Lama says ‘Violence and telling lies these I believe basically against human nature.’

The Dalai Lama inspecting troops at Chakrata. He authorized the Tibetan units of the Indian Special Frontier Force to fight the war in East Pakistan in 1971.