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Tibetans in Tibet Pray for the Victory of US War with Iraq - 2003-04-07


Stringer Gendun Rinchen in Kathmandu reports that most of the Tibetans from Tibet whom he has talked to hope the U-S will win the war in Iraq. According to Tibetans arriving from Tibet, people in Lhasa are keeping their attention very focused on the war in Iraq and many of them pray for the victory for U-S in the war although they have a variety of reasons for supporting the U-S. One older Tibetan said many Tibetans see the U-S as a great supporter of the Tibetan cause and the Dalai Lama, and some Tibetans think the goal of the U-S led war is to destroy the authoritarian regime of Saddam Hussien and it will teach a lesson to the Communist regime of China. Many other Tibetans he has talked to believe that war is not the ultimate solution but that the U-S and its coalition has a reason to use violence as a means to eliminate a brutal system. A younger Tibetan said China did the same to the people of Tibet that Saddam Hussein did to his people and the U-S led coalition has a legitimate right to crush the cruel regime and that the UN should support it.

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