It’s been at least 18 years since the Dalai Lama trekked to Washington without paying a visit to the White House, but this week’s visit from the Tibetan religious leader lacks a meeting with Peace Prize-winning Barack Obama. And while an appointment with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is on the agenda, the fact that Obama is snubbing a face-to-face visit with this prominent human rights advocate and critic of the Chinese regime is yet another signal of his willingness to bow to the world’s despots. Strangely, it also serves as a rare break from the Obama sycophants in Hollywood who desire to “free Tibet.”
Furthermore, environmental concerns can’t be discounted. Considering the huge sum of Treasury bonds currently held by the Chinese government, this appeasement could be seen as part of a larger shift in our relationship with China. The administration appears willing to overlook Chinese human rights and trade abuses in the interest of worldwide cooperation on environmental issues.
While the Dalai Lama is a man symbolic of a people’s plight, China’s abuse of its Tibetan minority is real. It’s unfortunate that, while Obama snubs their religious leader, Tibetans may be persecuted out of their enjoyment of the greener planet Obama’s supporters seek in their dealings with the Beijing regime.
Clearly, standing firm for human rights in the face of tyranny is not a prerequisite for winning the Nobel Peace Prize.