“I think he’s got it!”
New Delhi The Dalai Lama, a lifelong champion of non-violence candidly stated that terrorism cannot be tackled by applying the principle of ahimsa [the avoidance of violence] because the minds of terrorists are closed.
“It is difficult to deal with terrorism through non-violence,” the Tibetan spiritual leader said delivering the Madhavrao Scindia Memorial Lecture here. He termed terrorism as the worst kind of violence which is not carried by a few mad people but by those who are very brilliant and educated. “They (terrorists) are very brilliant and educated…but a strong ill feeling is bred in them. Their minds are closed,” the Dalai Lama said.
A remarkably candid epiphany?
He said the only way to tackle terrorism is through prevention.
“Pre-emptive” and retaliatory prevention, perhaps, that also acknowledges that “ahimsa” cannot tackle the problem of for example, of JIHAD terrorism “because the minds of [JIHAD] terrorists are closed? Long term re-education of the Muslim masses so they are not indoctrinated with jihadism and infidel hatred—that kind of prevention?? We’ll see.