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The Dalai Lama continues to refuse to speak against war

Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! asked the Dalai Lama about the U.S. wars in Afghanistan in New York on Sunday. Amy Goodman is an outspoken critic of the Iraq and Afghan wars and one of the most influential and respected figures involved in independent journalism in the U.S. She probably thought the Dalai Lama was a supporter of nonviolence who would speak against these wars.

Below is a video where Amy Goodman speaks about her view of the Iraq and Afghan wars. In this video she says “I think people are sick and tired of being fed either fluff stories or simply lies.” On Sunday, she was fed fluff stories and lies by the Dalai Lama.

Amy Goodman asked if there was a way other than war and the Dalai Lama said “I don’t know. I don’t know” after telling an odd story about how the U.S. should have threatened Saddam Hussein with war. This is the Dalai Lama’s answer to the question. It is sad that some people consider the Dalai Lama a wise and compassionate man. Here is a link to the video of Amy Goodman’s questions and the Dalai Lama’s response.
Amy Goodman Questions Dalai Lama About Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, and About Tibet

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Why won’t the Dalai Lama speak out against the war in Iraq?

The war in Iraq had no popular mandate from any nation and no legal mandate from the international community. Since the invasion there have been several hundred thousand civilian casualities and nearly 5,000 Coalition soldiers have died. If ever there was a war that could be definitively condemned it is this one. But the Dalai Lama won’t condemn this war. He says it’s too early to tell. Why? – aboutwss.org