“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.” (Jospeh Goebbels, Nazi Minister Of Propaganda)
We wonder if former Harvard law student, now exiled Tibetan administration’s Prime Minister, Doctor Lobsang Sangay is aware of this deeply cynical and manipulative political strategy?
Surely no authentic democratic body would apply such engineered deceit upon its own people, right? Wrong! Here’s a few hot-button phrases to get you thinking; Fukushima, Iraq, WMD, Contra, Syria, homeland security, H1N1, terrorism..were does truth and fact exist, if at all? Are these cases where government has distorted and manipulated public opinion to meet a covert agenda?
Are Tibetans being deceived by their exiled Administration? Well on the thorny subject of that inane and fossilized policy known as the Middle Way (a proposal that abandons Tibet’s right to nationhood in favor of improved autonomy under Chinese control) it certainly seems so. However if you scan the various announcements of Tibetan officials we are given the idea that this ‘solution’ received the democratic consent of the Tibetan people and was conceived, instigated and exercised with the full, transparent endorsement of the Tibetan Diaspora.
Hmmm! Notwithstanding the fact of several million Tibetans in occupied Tibet not having any role in such a claimed process, while a struggle for Tibet’s independence continues to be waged, there was no independently monitored or delivered referendum to objectively determine the collective will of Tibetans on the subject. What surveys reported to have operated were prone to influence and censorship from an Administration that had already embarked upon a course of surrender to China’s regime.
Yet Tibetans and their supporters are being repeatedly assured that the adoption of the Middle Way policy was entirely democratic, are we in the presence of a ‘big lie’? According to prominent Tibetan activist and writer Jamyang Norbu it appears so, as demonstrated most ably in his latest essay http://www.dossiertibet.it/news/jamyang-norbu-great-middleway-referendum-swindle
It is of course conformity that enables this great deception to prevail, a complicity forged from the deeply held values of respect and loyalty which rests in the hearts of virtually all Tibetans. A social and cultural factor that greatly facilitates the unchallenged duplicity of an Administration who forced upon its own people a policy that appeases China and would if realized assassinate any hopes for Tibet’s rightful nationhood.