Tuesday, March 24, 2009

"all we are saying is give peace a chance"

So said South African ambassador to the United Nations Dumisani Shadrack Kumalo, explaining why his country supported suspending the ICC indictment for President Omar Hassan al-Bashir of Sudan.

Well, today comes news that the Dalai Lama was denied a visa to South Africa to attend the peace conference, leading most of the other attendees (including South Africa's own F.W. de Klerk and Archbishop Desmond Tutu) to walk out. The conference has thus been canceled.

Doubtless this will be played as another example of South Africa's fallen post-Apartheid promise, but the biggest thing here for me is how many countries China has now convinced that the Dalai Lama is some sort of separatist terrorist threat. As Nick Kristof has pointed out, though, once the Dalai Lama is gone and the real Tibetan terrorists start coming out of the woodwork, China may miss him.

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