Dalai Lama: Violence needed to fight terror
davidquarter at sympatico.ca
Sat Sep 20 10:44:53 MDT 2003
From: Rick Rozoff <R_ROZOFF at YAHOO.COM>
Perhaps the headline was meant to read Terror Needed
To Fight Violence: The West's Humanitarian Poster Boy
Better keep this guy away from Nepal....
--- Geese 4 Peace <geese4peace at yahoo.com> wrote:
ubject: Dalai Lama: Violence needed to fight
Fri, September 19, 2003
Violence needed to fight terror: Buddha's man of peace
By Laurie Goodstein
The Dalai Lama, a Nobel peace prize winner and one of the world's
most prominent advocates of non-violence, says it might be
fight terrorists with violence.
He also says it is too early to say whether the war in Iraq was a
mistake. "I feel only history will tell," he said in an interview.
"Terrorism is the worst kind of violence, so we have to check it, we
have to take countermeasures," the Dalai Lama said.
He spoke on Wednesday during his first visit to New York since the
2001 terrorist attacks. He is on the last stop of a US tour that has
highlighted his dual roles as Buddhist avatar and head of state.
During the visit he has met Tibetan exiles in several cities,
dedicated an inter-faith temple and pressed the Tibetan cause in
At a time when many political and religious leaders are saying the
American anti-terrorism campaign and the war in Iraq are only
additional terrorism, the Dalai Lama refused to pass judgement.
But he emphasised that "the real antidote" to terrorism in the long
run is "compassion, dialogue - peaceful means" - even with
"We have to deal with their motivation," he said. "Terrorism comes
of hatred, and also short-sightedness."
He likened Osama bin Laden to a butcher who has grown inured to
slaughtering animals. With terrorists, he said, applying a Buddhist
analysis, "their whole mind is dominated by negative emotions".
He rejected the prediction popularised by some scholars that the
world is headed towards a "clash of civilisations" between Christian
He cited the case of the Soviet Union, whose people once
hostility towards the US and the West but had now changed their
The Arab world could do the same, he said.
The Dalai Lama, 68, was interviewed in a hotel room in Manhattan
he prepared for the first of four days of teaching in Buddhist
Since he was driven out of Tibet 44 years ago by the Chinese, he
never been back. But he said that he "certainly" expected that
would eventually allow him and other Tibetans living in exile to
He long ago abandoned the goal of independence from China.
he said, he now sought "autonomy".
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