Epiphany for the Dalai Lama Dama Ding Dong?


“I think he’s got it!”



The Dalai Lama’s apparent epiphany while speaking in New Delhi, where he delivered the Madhavrao Scindia Memorial Lecture, as reported here:


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.


Andrew G. Bostom is the author of The Legacy of Jihad (Prometheus, 2005) and The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism " (Prometheus, November, 2008) You can contact Dr. Bostom at @andrewbostom.org

One response to “Epiphany for the Dalai Lama Dama Ding Dong?

  1. Despite the fact that in the past Muslims killed so many Buddhists that they eliminated Buddhism from Central Asia, very close geographically to Tibet, over and over again in the last few years, the Dalai has stood up for Islam and Muslims, saying things like, Muslim terrorists are “just a few mischievous individuals,” who do not represent Islam and who should be paid no mind, and calling himself a “Defender of Islam.”

    According to him at the mushy California 2006 interfaith get-together, grandly titled, “A Gathering of Hearts Illuminating Compassion”

    “Nowadays to some people the Muslim tradition appears more militant,” the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism told attendees. “I think that is totally wrong. Muslims, like any other traditions, have the same message, same practice—a practice of compassion.”

    And as late as his address at Lehigh University in July of 2008 he stated that:

    “it’s totally wrong, unfair” to call Islam a violent religion.”

    So, I would not get too excited at his somewhat ambiguous statements, which only hint that we should somehow try harder to “prevent” Muslims from imbibing the doctrines of Islam and thereafter slitting our throats, and did not in any way suggest that we should use force to defend ourselves against them.