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Originally posted by seneca at 2011-5-12 16:12
40: I suggest you read Mr French's book from cover to cover and refrain from attributing to him intentions that other readers cannot detect.
He is still as unconvinced by the Chinese claims as I ...
"I suggest you read Mr French's book from cover to cover..."
Well, I haven't, yet. But I have read many of the reviews of his books and have followed his development as a human being based on his relevant works. And it's quite educational. From a 16 year old starry eyed teen in awe of his hero TheLie Lama to a now wizened man disturbed by the knowledge that his hero had contributed to the sufferings of his own people. (So said some of the reviewers)
No doubt his interest and fascination in Thebet led him to write a biography on Younghusband (1994), the British imperialist, mystic and uncertified nutcase who harbored dreams of having a godchild, not to mention betting that he could make Thebet a vassal state of britain. I'm sure that must've been an eyeopener to French who was probably dismayed to discover that his beloved britain was a prime aggressor in that area.
Did this prompt him to wonder at the Chinese aggression he had heard and read so much about? Was this why he went to the area in the years following his book on Younghusband? To see for himself? What did he find? According to wikileaks, "In 1999, following a trip to Thebet and neighboring regions, he resigned the chairmanship of Free Thebet Campaign , . He explained this decision with these words: "I doubt that a free Thebet has any meaning without a free China."
He RESIGNED chairmanship? Resigned?! Surely that is very strange behaviour for someone who's 100% gungho for TheLie Lama and his 'oppressed' masses! One would have thought he'd have his Chairmanship renewed in perpetuity after his visit! What happened?
And how does he explain his resignation? "I doubt etc...." What a curious statement! So ambiguous...and nebulous...and, yes, evasive....! WHAT HAPPENED? Something must've happened for him to step down from the Chairmanship, and the lofty moral perch he once stood upon.
In my guesstimation what he saw with his own eyes when he went there went some ways in helping to shatter his illusions. With his own eyes he probably saw that he had been fooled, deluded by the TheLie Lama and his exiled followers. What a come down that must've been!
He then wrote his book, an honest work. And he appears to take a suitably adjusted stance. No longer 100% behind the TheLie lama and his exiled followers, he now apportions blame to all parties concerned. Very wise. Very balanced. Very Yin-Yang. Very Chinese of him.....
"In fact, he and I see the majority of things the same way."
Now, now, senny, my dear friend. Stop begging. That's called 'the poor man's self aggrandisement'. When did you ever experience an awakening as French clearly did. And when did you ever acknowledge it, as French did? In other words when were you ever as honest as French was...?
Chuckle, chuckle, chuckle....!