on East Timor was Re: Tibet

Max Sawicky sawicky at epinet.org
Tue Jul 7 11:42:42 PDT 1998

> Max Sawicky wrote:
> << The difference is that the U.S. left reflexively supports
> "self-determination" for Timor, but when the words 'independence for
> Tibet' scrolls over the screen it causes everyone's computers to
> instantly reboot. >>
> i think the original question about tibet (from doug?) raised exactly
> the opposite point. u.s. liberals, hollywood-types in particular, have
> rallied to the tibet cause because of some perceived mystical
> specialness of tibet and of the dali lama. where was/is the cavalcade of
> concerts/movies/benefits to aid east timor? so it's not the reflexive
> support of self-determination for timor but rather the unreflective
> romantic rallying to the cry for 'independence for Tibet' << that causes
> everyone's computers to instantly reboot. >>

Right. Doug was dissing celebrity crusaders, which is easier than shooting fish in a barrel, and I was citing left unwillingness to extend support for self- determination to Tibet in a consistent way, an unwillingness that is reflected in your own post.



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