And Mr. Peace himself, the Dalai Lama, said this week that waging war for the cause of freedom can be justified. You have to welcome his open-mindedness on the subject. Unfortunately for the bumper sticker crowd, his comment continues by ruling out armed struggle for the freedom of his own country from China.
The allied victory in World War II "saved Western civilization," and conflicts fought in Korea and Vietnam were honorable from a moral standpoint, the 14th Dalai Lama said in answer to questions.
But he ruled out armed struggle for Tibet's grievances with the Chinese government.
"In the case of Tibet versus China, violence is almost like suicide," the Dalai Lama said. "If violence, then bloodshed. Bloodshed means more casualties among the Chinese and, again, more hatred."
"We must follow nonviolent principle so that later we can live happily."
Fighting a war of independence with China would also take a vast arsenal that Tibet lacks, he added.
I wonder if the bumper sticker crowd would mind if the US, which does have an adequate arsenal, were to give the Tibetans a little assistance. If not, I wonder just how they propose to "Free Tibet".