be careful where you clique
Governing China is like holding a mad wolf by the ears. A foaming, mad wolf with rabies. if you try to let go, you get munched. the only hope is to hold tight. This is the mainstay of post-mao modernization in china. smile for the cameras, and whip everyone into nationalistic submission either by hook or crook. How else do you expect to rule a mass of 1.6 billion people?!
In Tibet, the Lamas have a history of ruling the country as they pleased, not necessarily for the greater good- before the reds came charging up the foothills, burning and a killing, the monks were the supreme local repressors and they got to hold the squeezebox…. now that power has crossed cultural and ethnic lines, its a much bigger deal. i.e…. only i’m aloud to beat my kids.
That is not to say Tibet hasn’t suffered at the hands of the Communist nitwits in the present and past, they have… but so has China. Don’t forget that somewhere between 18 and 25 million people either starved to death or ate each other during the famines surrounding the Cult-ural Revolution. This goes without saying anything about the present… the rest of the world has propped up the Chinese government with plenty of “make us crap and we’ll pay you later” trade policies
As for the Tibet issue, let’s get real. Tibet has always been intermittently subject to foreigners- not only of the Chinese variety- the notion that things were once EDENesque there is a real gloss.
The problem with the present Chinese rule is the EGOMANIA- (i.e. we’re the best at everything, we’re older than dirt, we pay lip-service to the west but really we rock so much harder.) this creates the racist, xenophobic tendencies that lead to squashing insurrections and hot flashes of violence in temples scenes. Every big country has a tendency to slip into this mentality- America, Russia… but the Chinese variety is a bit dangerous because they feel like they have so much to prove. Look at the way they went ahead with the whole Three gorges, gorgeous Hydroelectric dam-n debacle just because the forebearers willed it to be. Even the World Bank said it was a bad idea- moving all those people, locking up the fish. There’s a line of rationality that isn’t trickling down correctly.
I do take my shoe off for the Central Committee, It’s no easy task ruling Bladerunner China- On the outside, you got hot head neighbors like North Korea, The Russian Mob, and touchy Taiwan. On the inside you got disgruntled workers, a disproportionate number of frustrated single males, a lot of poor people watching a select few get rich…. It makes sense that most of the Committee are a bunch of Scientists and engineers…. , much of the time it’s the middle men, the local representatives that are to blame for much of the shoddy policy.
As for Tibet, they need neither the Dalai Lama nor the People’s Central Committee breathing down their neck…. They need someone to come in, and say…. we’re going to show you why your way of life is important, attractive and needs to be preserved- and here’s how you can sustain it in the midst of globalization- let’s build some schools, let’s rebuild the libraries, let’s build some high altitude laboratories, let’s farm what we can and create attractive, low impact tourism.
In short they need Norway. China has turned the rooftop of the world into a second rate Disneyville with a shoddy power grid and a lot of crap markets. Of course they paid for it all, and they had to push a lot of people and culture out of the way to do it. now they want what’s coming.
Yet, whenever people get all high and mighty about Tibet and the Dalai, I think about the time he fled Tibet in 1959. He was met with a Mercedes Benz at the border because he was an asset to some big, important countries…. what a thorn he’ll be (thought They). and what a loveable thorn he is.
All nostalgia and romanticism aside. From a geopolitical point of view, If the central committee relents on its grip of Tibet, Xinjiang province (uighurville) will slip next, then Outer Mongolia, then…. then all the rich provinces around the big cities will start to think, “say- we’re not paying big taxes so the money can go to the poor interior…” and they’ll create their own states to set up better deals for their regions…..
THIS is why the country is selling nationalism so hard. This is why the Olympics were so integral to the master plan. It’s the only way to keep everyone together. Minority or not- China claims over 50 distinct minorites- i’d still like to see the PCR diagnostics.