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What ‘Free Tibet’ means

Like many locals, I had a “Free Tibet” sticker on my latest car.

Unlike most folks, however, I put mine right below my Army “Ranger” decal and to one side of my “Gun Control Means Using Both Hands” sticker.

It has become politically incorrect to point out that Tibetans traditionally used force to defend their country – and would do so again if they had bolder leadership and the right geopolitical opportunity. Khampa tribesmen fought the Chinese from the moment of the invasion and persisted in one form or another until the Dalai Lama ordered them to disband in the mid-1970s. Some committed suicide rather than surrender.

Tibetans will not be free until they remember they are members of a warrior race – and Westerners would do well to remember this bit of forgotten history, also.

Free Tibet! … By any means necessary!

Steve McNallen

Nevada City

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