The growing escalation of Russian and US tensions resulting in the Russian banning of Jehovah Witness and a government raid of a Church of Scientology in St. Petersburg has caught my attention.
While I am not too familiar with Jehovah Witness links to the US government, it is well documented that the Church of Scientology has a history of collaboration through its founder, L. Ron Hubbard and the CIA.
Jay Dyer, James Kelley and others have reported on this in more detail. This post, however, has more to do with an older, lesser known CIA link with religion more broadly. It is also well documented, that for many decades, the CIA has linked up with branches of Islam to advance government causes.
Most Americans, particularly Christians, would be utterly ignorant of this activity.
The following article by author and lecturer, Michael Parenti, in 2007 , also caught my attention concerning CIA links with Buddhist monks, specifically, the “man of peace” and “tolerance,” as known as the Tibetan Dalai Lama. Before you drool over his “holiness” next time someone posts something he said or you read something he wrote about humanity and/or spirituality, read this.
It should not be beyond belief or rational thought that George Soros and the CIA have identified their religious leaders in Russia.
While this article is a decade old, it still has great relevance but the Dalai Lama has clarified more recently that he is a non-Stalinist Marxist. Furthermore, this post and article presents a more complete picture of reality than the memes you might see.
The following paragraphs certainly gave me pause:
“Whatever wrongs and new oppressions introduced by the Chinese after 1959, they did abolish slavery and the Tibetan serfdom system of unpaid labor. They eliminated the many crushing taxes, started work projects, and greatly reduced unemployment and beggary. They established secular schools, thereby breaking the educational monopoly of the monasteries. And they constructed running water and electrical systems in Lhasa.”
Chinese authorities claim to have put an end to floggings, mutilations, and amputations as a form of criminal punishment. They themselves, however, have been charged with acts of brutality by exile Tibetans. The authorities do admit to “mistakes,” particularly during the 1966-76 Cultural Revolution when the persecution of religious beliefs reached a high tide in both China and Tibet. After the uprising in the late 1950s, thousands of Tibetans were incarcerated. During the Great Leap Forward, forced collectivization and grain farming were imposed on the Tibetan peasantry, sometimes with disastrous effect on production. In the late 1970s, China began relaxing controls “and tried to undo some of the damage wrought during the previous two decades.”38
For the rich lamas and secular lords, the Communist intervention was an unmitigated calamity. Most of them fled abroad, as did the Dalai Lama himself, who was assisted in his flight by the CIA. Some discovered to their horror that they would have to work for a living. Many, however, escaped that fate. Throughout the 1960s, the Tibetan exile community was secretly pocketing $1.7 million a year from the CIA, according to documents released by the State Department in 1998.
Once this fact was publicized, the Dalai Lama’s organization itself issued a statement admitting that it had received millions of dollars from the CIA during the 1960s to send armed squads of exiles into Tibet to undermine the Maoist revolution. The Dalai Lama’s annual payment from the CIA was $186,000. Indian intelligence also financed both him and other Tibetan exiles. He has refused to say whether he or his brothers worked for the CIA. The agency has also declined to comment.44
In 1995, the News & Observer of Raleigh, North Carolina, carried a frontpage color photograph of the Dalai Lama being embraced by the reactionary Republican senator Jesse Helms, under the headline “Buddhist Captivates Hero of Religious Right.”45 In April 1999, along with Margaret Thatcher, Pope John Paul II, and the first George Bush, the Dalai Lama called upon the British government to release Augusto Pinochet, the former fascist dictator of Chile and a longtime CIA client who was visiting England. The Dalai Lama urged that Pinochet not be forced to go to Spain where he was wanted to stand trial for crimes against humanity.
Into the twenty-first century, via the National Endowment for Democracy and other conduits that are more respectable sounding than the CIA, the U.S. Congress continued to allocate an annual $2 million to Tibetans in India, with additional millions for “democracy activities” within the Tibetan exile community. In addition to these funds, the Dalai Lama received money from financier George Soros.46
Whatever the Dalai Lama’s associations with the CIA and various reactionaries, he did speak often of peace, love, and nonviolence. He himself really cannot be blamed for the abuses of Tibet’s ancien régime, having been but 25 years old when he fled into exile. In a 1994 interview, he went on record as favoring the building of schools and roads in his country. He said the corvée (forced unpaid serf labor) and certain taxes imposed on the peasants were “extremely bad.” And he disliked the way people were saddled with old debts sometimes passed down from generation to generation.47During the half century of living in the western world, he had embraced concepts such as human rights and religious freedom, ideas largely unknown in old Tibet. He even proposed democracy for Tibet, featuring a written constitution and a representative assembly.”
This should raise anyone’s skepticism about any religion and why one seems more appealing than another in our day. Who is fueling and funding the leaders?
Read the full article by Michael Parenti at: