A reply I left to Jerry in the Amazon comment section to a book about armed Tibetan resistance to Mao's invasion.
Jerry: Buddha's Warriors, the title is shocking. Buddhism forbids killing no matter what. Once a person puts on that orange robe he has renounced everything in human world including what he loves and hates. Tibetan Buddhism is a deviated form of Buddhism. Only in Tibet monks are being served like aristocrats such as the Dalai Lama. The Buddha himself renounced his power and wealth, lived an ascetic life. He traveled by foot and begged for food while teaching his wisdom. Monks throughout Asia, except Tibet, have followed this tradition; in Thailand you can still see monks begging for food by foot every morning. In Tibet, monks have become the ruling class living in the best palace and enjoying the finest food. Only this kind of "monks" will become warriors--they are still attached to worldly stuff.
I also read The CIA's Secret War in Tibet. Buddha's Warriors is about the same story and written with the same angle. I enjoy reading about history, and maybe because I am too old I don't have the kind of anger that some of the reviewers show towards the Chinese. Americans are no more virtuous than the Chinese; read about what happened to Native Americans if you don't know what I mean. As for Tibetans, they had a bloody past as well. When Tibet was militarily strong between 8th to 10th centuries, they invaded all neighboring nations in all directions. Their warriors frequently rode into China stealing, robbing, raping and killing Chinese peasants. Tibetans even captured the Chinese capital in 763 A.D. This kind of story repeats itself in most countries in the world. What can we do? Human nature is flawed.
Ivan: So Tibetans were "militarily strong between 8th to 10th centuries" and -OY VEY!- they "even captured the Chinese capital in 763 A.D" so now on account of their bad boy ways from more than a thousand years ago they have no moral right to object to living under a foreign, totalitarian, communist government that compromises their religious freedom, culture, language, can put you in prison for having a picture of the Dalai Lama, let alone expressing any criticism of the regime.
The government that uses Tibet as a dumping ground for nuclear waste and that has a flourishing program to flood Tibet with Han Chinese migrants to permanently alter its demographics and make Tibetans a peripheral minority on their own land crushing any hopes of meaningful autonomy or independence.
And of course, "Jerry" emphasizes that any Tibetan who might have fought against the invading Mao's army was a heretic to his religion because "true Buddhists can never become warriors" even when they were fighting against the army that brought mass starvation, concentration camps, and the Cultural Revolution that literally shut down all religious activity in a country that derived its' meaning from it?
A regime that is universally acknowledged by all independent scholars to have caused more deaths through starvation, murder and repression among its own people than the Holocaust (over 6 million) or even the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union (over 24 million).
And Americans have no right to criticize Chinese government acts in Tibet because of their ancestral crimes against the native population of their continent. Well, thanks for your insights, "Jerry."
What can we do? Human nature is flawed.