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Dalai Lama -- Now Go Back to Tibet!
Marin County Man Argues for Return of Dalai Lama to Tibet
as Only Remaining Hope to
Stanford (Oct. 31, 2005)
Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, makes three sold-out public appearances this weekend at Stanford University,
capitalizing on his fame and jet-setting reputation as the leader in exile of the beleaguered Tibetan people.
While the Stanford community fetes The Dalai Lama, Marin County resident and the first fourth generation Stanford
graduate Alan Nichols will sound a different message: that the quickest path to a free Tibet is the return of The
Dalai Lama to Tibet, combined with an aggressive stance towards Chinas occupation.
Since The Dalai Lama fled Tibet in 1959, more than 1.3 million people have died; 173,000 have died in jail;
population transfers have eliminated and marginalized Tibetans; and more than 6,200 temples have been destroyed,
said Nichols, an international law attorney and author who has traveled extensively by bicycle and jeep throughout
Tibet, has studied and spoken about Tibetan affairs and The Dalai Lama since meeting with him in 1972. Given his
stated goal of achieving freedom for Tibet, The Dalai Lamas program of absentee non-violence, publications, honors,
awards, and endless cries for negotiations with China from abroad has failed for 46 years and shows no prospects for success.
The solution, Nichols argues, is for The Dalai Lama to return to Tibet and capitalize on his celebrity
to wring concessions from China. It would take an act of courage for The Dalai Lama to return to Tibet, as there's
a risk of his being harmed by China. Theres also just as great a chance that The Dalai Lamas international
reputation, coupled with a call for a boycott of the 2008 Olympics in China, China-made goods, and other economic
pressures, would force Chinese to the bargaining table. In any event, is The Dalai Lamas comfort and safety worth
the sacrifice of six million Tibetans?
Nichols and a small group of supporters will be distributing brochures to people attending The Dalai
Lamas appearances on the Stanford campus on November 4 and 5.
For more information on Nichols perspectives, see www.lovetibet.info.