The consequences of any open revolt against Beijing, however, are that once again the fear of arrest, torture and even execution will pervade every corner of both Tibet and those neighboring provinces where large Tibetan populations exist, such as Gansu, Qinghai and Sichuan.
And the Tibetan Freedom movement still has little likelihood of achieving any significant improvement in central Chinese policy in the long run and no chance whatever of removing its control of Lhasa and their homeland.
Once again it would appear that the Tibetan people will find themselves trapped between an oppressive Beijing and a manipulative Washington. ...The fear that the United States, Britain and other Western states may try to portray Tibet as another Kosovo may be part of the reason why the Chinese authorities reacted as if faced with a genuine mass revolt rather than their official portrayal of a short-lived outbreak of unrest by malcontents supporting the Dalai Lama. "
3) The Tibet Card
by Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich
"What is the reason behind America’s sudden interest in Tibet, the Buddhist ideology of 1649 Dalai Lama preserving animal and nature (we certainly could be preserving nature at home) or is it what is under nature? Tibet has the world’s largest reserve of uranium, and in addition to gold and copper, large quantities of oil and gas were discovered in Qiangtang Basin in western China's remote Tibet area [http://www.gasandoil.com/goc/news/nts44532.htm]. A friendly Dalai Lama would help reimburse the CIA subsidies, and much more."
She also believes with good reason that 'the Tibet card' is being played to dissuade China from standing by Iran.
However we can go further and remind ourselves that not just Iran but China itself is under massive strategic encirclement (see Global Military Alliance: Encircling Russia and China: US sponsored military partnership in the Far East and the Pacific Rim, by Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya: http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=5605 )
This encirclement is taking place both diplomatically and militarily, with nuclear submarines and navy groups off the Chinese seaboard, while all the time the US seeks to capitalise on its real or imagined ability to shoot down Chinese or Russian missiles in mid flight ('Star Wars'). In the light of these circumstances, is it any wonder that the leaders of China feel they have to set their face absolutely against Tibet becoming another Western-'democratised' Ukraine or Poland (currently scheduled to host Star Wars programme monitoring bases for the US)?
It may not be pretty, all this ruthless geo-politics. But well-meaning 'liberal' interventions in the sphere of human rights which ignore these realities may often do more harm than good. As always the place to start humanising this heartless world is with ourselves, and the unjust power-dynamics of our own societies, corporations and foreign policies.
4) Democratic Imperialism": Tibet, China, and the National Endowment for Democracy
by Michael Barker
"By building upon the pioneering work of liberal philanthropists (like the Ford and Rockefeller Foundations’) – who have a long history of co-opting progressive social movements – it appears that the NED was envisaged by US foreign policy elites to be a more suitable way to provide strategic funding to nongovernmental organizations than via covert CIA funding.[reference in original] Indeed, the NED’s ‘new’ emphasis on overt funding of geo-strategically useful groups, as opposed to the covert funding, appears to have leant an aura of respect to the NED’s work, and has enabled them, for the most part, to avoid much critical commentary in the mainstream media."