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Al Qaeda-Linked Group Attempted to Assassinate Dalai Lama

Posted by telecommatt on April 5, 2007

Security forces surrounding the Dalai Lama have been increased after reports that an Al Qaeda-linked terror group attempted to assassinate the spiritual leader.

The 72-year-old Tibetan Buddhist has been given a three-tiered security ring to protect him after the assassination attempt by Lashkar-e-Toiba surfaced, reported The Australian newspaper.

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All those who come close to the exiled Tibetan chief, who lives in the Himalayan foothills, will be watched closely by trained Tibetan security guards as well as heavily armed deployments of Indian police.

All visitors are now being body-searched before being allowed to approach the Dalai Lama, who is scheduled to make a widely anticipated visit to parts of Australia in June, before which he will visit the U.S.

In a recent document, Usama bin Laden reportedly denounced “pagan Buddhism” as part of his broad attack against anything not Islamic.

This story really has nothing to do with tea or technology or the environment, but I’m posting because it just makes me sad. I don’t understand. I don’t understand where this “us vs. them” mentality fits into religion. I don’t understand why someone would harm a man with such a wonderful message. I don’t really care what religion you are. The modern world has become too small to believe that you are right and the other group is wrong. It’s time to abandon this mentality of exclusion and instead try to really understand the “other side.” If we each reach out to understand our enemy, we are one step closer to having fewer enemies. I risk sounding like I’m at the pulpit, but I’m going to say it anyway because I believe it’s true. It doesn’t have to start with important people. We are the ones to start. Us, small, scared, angry, misunderstood, little- we must begin the healing, then the rest of the world will follow.

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