There exist an interesting minority of folks who appear uncritical believers of China’s propaganda line on Tibet as some supposedly backward and oppressed culture, ruled over by an exploitative elite (sound familiar America?). Subscribers to that thinking may consider (in asserting that view) themselves as firmly planted upon an objective middle ground. Positioned between the odious realities of China’s rule in Tibet and the alternative narrative offered by those dismissing such as crude propaganda. That position though is a delusion, as with tyranny and the illegal occupation of a nation, there is no ‘golden mean’ of understanding.
Nor is China’s invasion of Tibet, and subsequent vicious assault upon Tibetan culture, justified by arguments drawn from colonialist attitudes, concealing the expansionist aggression and injustices of the invading imperialists with a hogwash of lies about improving the lot of the ”natives’! The same ‘reasoning’ would no doubt be used by the ignorant or misinformed in defense of the treatment dished out to the indigenous peoples of Canada or Australia.
While injustices and corruption occured in Tibet, when assessing the misery, death, oppression and atrocities generated by communist Chinese ideology, with the Buddhist culture of Tibet, it is difficult not to warm towards the Tibetan people. That does not claim any perfect society but one that cannot, unlike communist China be held responsible for the deaths of untold millions.