Dissin’ The Dalai Lama

South Africa has sunk to an all new low! A country that is well publicized for its human rights violations has decided to take another jab at peace and equality. This week South Africa will be hosting an international peace conference in Johannesburg, aimed at showcasing its role as a “human-rights champion” (yeah f*cking right). Wouldn’t this be a lot like Germany, right after the Holocaust, holding a peace conference aimed at highlighting how great life is for the Jews?

Well, the fact that South Africa is holding the conference isn’t the actual funny part… Oh no, the coup de grace comes from the fact that South Africa (the so-called haven of human rights) is refusing to give the Dalai Lama a visa to attend! The Dalai Lama is being sh*tted on!

If you’re like me, you’re asking yourself, “How the hell do you have an international peace conference, and refuse to allow the international symbol of peace and human rights to attend?”

Apparently it is felt that allowing the Dalai Lama to attend would shift the focus away from the 2010 World Cup soccer tournament, which happens to be the real reason for the international conference, and instead on the tension between China and Tibet. The conference itself is nothing more than a huge public relations stunt on the part of the South African government, a gigantic act intended to assure the world that South Africa thinks that “Peace is teh Koolest! We Luv teh Peace!”

Well, I’m calling bullsh*t! And I’m not the only one. Noble Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu is boycotting the conference, and former South African president, and also Noble Laureate, De Klerk has stated that refusing to allow the Dalai Lama is a “mockery“, and has stated that he too intends to boycott unless South Africa changes its stance.

It is felt that South Africa is bowing to pressure from the Chinese government; since they pretty much own the world, and therefore gets to set the rules and policy. This actually brings up a pretty powerful point. How long do you think  it will be before China tries to tell the US government what to do? I mean, sh*t, we owe them a ton of money also, and if you’ve ever owed someone a substantial sum of money, you know that the words “no, can’t, and won’t” don’t enter into your vocabulary too often when they tell you what to do!

Anyway, I digress! All I have to say to South Africa is thank you for showing your true colors once again. As a huge soccer fan I am really torn on this one. My love of the sport has me itching to watch every match possible, but my conscience makes me want to tell the South African government “f*ck you!” and skip the whole event. For now I’m going to sit on the sidelines and see how this plays out.

Seriously though, you have to be a real pr*ck to diss the Dalai Lama!

Max

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