12:43 am - Of course it's a Tibetan book. irish_erin
1. Grab the nearest book. 2. Open the book to page 123. 3. Find the fifth sentence. 4. Post the text of the next 3 sentences on your blog along with these instructions. 5. Don't you dare dig for that "cool" or "intellectual" book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest. 6. Tag five people.
"United States policy, therefore, has inadvertently strengthened the hand of the very hard-liners in China whose policies the Dalai Lama seeks to improve. Consequently, it is hard not to conclude that American expressions of support for Tibet and the Dalai Lama have been inherently counterproductive and the latest example of the Western 'bad friend' syndrome. The U.S. government and the Congress makes sympathetic but innocuous gestures of support, but carefully avoid using their might to induce China to compromise on terms the Dalai Lama is willing to accept; in the process they foster conditions that lead Beijing to consider a hard-line policy in Tibet to be in its national interests." from Melvyn Goldstein's The Snow Lion and the Dragon: China, Tibet, and the Dalai Lama. It is one of the most fantastic books on the subject of Tibet. It was on my desk right in front of me when I discovered these instructions. I'm writing a paper on Tibet right now. Go figure.