There are still so many places I dream of going to. Lhasa is definitely one of them. I would like to go to Lhasa, nay I will go to Lhasa one day to dig the Tibetan people that Heinrich Harrer wrote about so dearly. Lhasa would be like the Holy Grail to me, the Forbidden City as it was once known; now whorehouses are packed under the watchful view of the Potala, the Dalai Lama’s winter-residence. Unfortunately we have the Chinese to thank for this feature. Well, not quite. The U.N. is also responsible, the U.N. and the rest of the international community. They watched resting back in their chairs when China invaded Tibet and took over the country claiming it as a province. The U.N. had a problem when Saddam Hussein did the same with Kuwait, why? Over 2 million Tibetans have died in their struggle for a care-free life of their own in their own country, but I guess that the international community just didn’t –and doesn’t– give a shit. The international community seems to accept the annexation of Tibet into China, why? Because the Tibetans were happy in their own country, because they hardly let foreigners in, because they don’t have any oil to export, just yak-dung?
The Dalai Lama has fled to Dharamsala in north-eastern India; he has gained enormous respect throughout the world both as a person and for his ongoing struggle for his cause, freedom for Tibet. Unfortunately nothing structural has come out of this yet, Tibet is still occupied and the international community still hasn’t done much to change that fact. What a shame.