Reps. Leach and Lantos: The hearings on the collaboration of high-tech American companies with the repressive Chinese government move in the direction of responsible corporate management and fair trade and are a welcome step in the right direction. The fate of journalist Shi Tao and his family is particularly important. The fate of the Panchen Lama should be considered as well. FYI, my essay from The Free Market News Network calling for an investigation into the fate of the Panchen Lama. All trade and commerce should be put in limbo until these issues are cleared up.
Send the Panchen Lama to My House
In November, my son and I had the opportunity to hear an address by the Dalai Lama in
This child has disappeared. But you will not see his picture posted on the side of milk cartons. Nor do headlines pour forth from the excitable TV press as they should. Instead there is a small web site (freepanchenlama.org) put together by Tibetan Buddhists sent to exile by the Chinese and a few of their new friends in the West. It tells the story in brief: Gedhun Choekyi Nyima was recognized at age six by His Holiness the Dalai Lama as one of
Despite repeated appeals to gain access to him, no international agency or human rights organization has been granted contact with the young Panchen Lama or his family. To date, their well-being and whereabouts remain unconfirmed.
This is a tragic situation, not only to Tibetan Buddhists, but to all freedom-loving people who wish fair play and good business and commerce practices to advance between East and West.
The International Campaign for
It is good that the UN is looking into this case, but I don’t have my hopes up. There are other strategies. The fate of the Panchen Lama should be a key element in the platform of both major political parties and foremost in the Libertarian Party’s, and all trade issues should be linked to the successful and happy conclusion of this dilemma. Paste the Panchen Lama’s face on every piece of sewed cloth that enters port from
If the Chinese don’t want the Panchen Lama he can stay with us. We’ve got plenty of room up here in our old house in
But maybe he’d like
The best-selling novel, Cold Mountain, by Charles Frazier a few years back made a connection between the sacred mountains in
Surely that marks the travail of the Panchen Lama and the brave Tibetans who lived in silence in the
I grew up in
But we do care about freedom, and that is the distinction between now and then. Our mills came from