Thursday, March 20, 2008

Free Tibet

When I was young, I thought Tibet was a sovereign country; it is only now, because of the recent news on the Internet that I have come to know its present state. That Tibet is a Chinese controlled territory.

This year the eyes of the world would be on China for the Beijing Olympics to be held there. In China’s point of view it seems that the exiled government of Tibet, the Dalai Lama as their leader, is taking this opportunity to recover their country. However, the Dalai Lama and his government-in-exile denied this allegation.

If you look on the history of Tibet, the country is struggling for independence for decades. And as of this moment in time rallies, protests, and revolts are happening again. It is the same struggle for independence, history repeating itself. It would be the biggest revolt against China.

The saddest thing is, independence comes with a very expensive price. Right now, we are hearing reports of death from this uprising. Innocent people are being killed (directly or indirectly), taken into prison, and arrested.

I hope China will handle this situation with utmost care, the Chinese government should undertake the necessary measures, even to a point of giving up with the battle and granting Tibet its freedom.

As I recall this phrase from a famous Filipino song, “Ibon mang may layang lumipad, kulungin mo at umiiyak.” I don’t know the exact translation to this but here is mine “Like birds freely fly, cage them and they will cry.” I guess that’s it, it is human nature to ask for independence, as birds’ nature is to fly.

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