The Dalai Lama has just been awarded the Congressional Gold Medal… For many years I have collected pictures of this holy man, and especially admired his special smile, radiating warmth and compassion. Well, the smile is gone. And why would that be? Just at the time the withdrawal of the troops in Irak is being vetoed, this man of peace is being honored… The Dalai Lama has many reasons not to smile: after all nearly 50 years of struggle, he is still unable to protect Tibetans from religions persecution… still unable to stop the madness… And the truth is, with the leadership we have now, maybe, just maybe the American people do not deserve the Dalai Lama’s smile.
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