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The Tibetan struggle for independence is illuminated by the flight of the Chinese controlled religious leader China feels they have the right to persecute and destroy a culture that has survived peacefully for so many years Unfortunately nobody is currently stopping them from these atrocities but some shocking actions have been taking place recently in China These events must show the world that China must be stopped in their actions in Tibet Tibet was once a land of peace and prosperity It once was fill with free thoughts and ideas The people of a religion called Buddhism were not a part of conquest and seizure That type of behavior was for surrounding Asian Nations Unfortunately for mankind in 1949 Mao Zedong set the conquest for Tibet as a major priority The Red Army invaded Khams through Dajain Lu in 1950 Tibetan opposition was ineffective and in 1953 the young fourteenth Dalai Lamas government was forced to sign and accept the seventeen-point agreement with China that dictated terms of modernization under Chinas control This agreement did not only dictate terms of modernization but promised self-rule freedom of religion and protection of Tibetan traditions and culture LA Times 1 This promise was violated in every way shape or form by 1956 After six years of punishment through cooperation with China the Dalai Lama escaped into exile in India with more than 80000 Tibetan refugees The Dalai Lama saw this journey out of his own country as the only possibilities to one day bring peace and prosperity back to his country When asked what his exile has done for him during an interview with Professor Robert Thurman the Dalai Lama responded When we meet real tragedy in life we can react in two wayseither by losing hope and falling into self-destructive habits or by using the challenge to find our inner strength Jones 3 While most leaders give up the Dalai Lama has shown by
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