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An intrepid journalist’s investigation of cold-blooded murder in Chinese-occupied Tibet leads him deep within a lawless world in the land of the snows

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Murder in the high Himalaya: loyalty, tragedy, and escape from Tibet New York: PublicAffairs, c 2010 Jonathan Green Murder Freedom of religion China Tibet Hardcover. 1st. ed. and printing. xv, 272 p., [4] p. of plates : ill., maps; 25 cm. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG

On September 30, 2006 gunfire echoed through the thin air near Advance Base Camp on Cho Oyu Mountain. Frequented by thousands of climbers each year, Cho Oyu lies nineteen miles east of Mt. Everest on the border between Tibet and Nepal. To the elite mountaineering community, it offers a straightforward summit — a warm-up climb to her formidable sister. To Tibetans, Cho Oyu promises a gateway to freedom through a secret glacial path: the Nangpa La.

Murder in the High Himalaya is the unforgettable account of the brutal killing of Kelsang Namtso — a seventeen-year-old Tibetan nun fleeing to India — by Chinese border guards. Witnessed by dozens of Western climbers, Kelsang’s death sparked an international debate over China‘s savage oppression of Tibet. Green has gained rare entrance into this shadow-land at the rooftop of the world. In his affecting portrait of modern Tibet, Green raises enduring questions about morality and the lengths we go to achieve freedom.

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Without Knowledge, Skill cannot be focused. Without Skill, Strength cannot be brought to bear and without Strength, Knowledge may not be applied.

Some several centuries ago the humanitarian crisis was invented. That is not to say that before that time there had been no problems of conquest, war, famine and death but the rise of the modern newspaper and the need to market the same meant that the slaughter of 10,000 – or 10,000,000 – or as many dying because the crops failed or earthquakes and tidal waves brought down principalities and kingdoms became a tale that could be retailed to the common man. And just as surely as men answered the call of “Deus le Volt” and marched off to the crusades man are still willing to march off in pursuit of perfection of whatever their view of a better world may be today.

The communist Chinese sought to extend their dominion over Asia and the Buddhists were willing to defend their homes – the teachings of Buddha holding no more sway than the teachings of Christ held in the Crusades. Our interest at the time was in limiting, or at least slowing, Chinese communist aggression. We were blessed to have leadership that realized that no direct intervention would work but we were ready, willing and able to fight a proxy war – in the name of freedom – and that is what we did.

I often regret the lack of clarity and honesty in confronting geopolitical problems. It should be enough to determine at Country [A] poses a threat and be prepared to counter that threat. Should Country [A] reduce potential to act and make casus belli then they should be reduced to a state where they can no longer disturb the peace – it really is that simple.

When we allow the fog of isms to cloud our judgement we wind up fighting wars we shouldn’t – and maybe not fighting some we should – and we wind up with half measures that have left to continent of Asia in the grip of the most thoroughgoing barbaric regime in modern history. This book is a record of one more failure of a free people to share the blessings of liberty.

Buddha’s warriors : the story of the CIA-backed Tibetan freedom fighters, the chinese invasion, and the ultimate fall of Tibet      Mikel Dunham :     Foreword by the Dalai Lama  Tibet, China History 1951  New York : J.P. Tarcher, c 2004 Hardcover. 1st ed. and printing.     433 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references (418-423) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text.   VG/VG

Buddha’s Warriors is the first book that brings to life Tibet before the Chinese communist invasions and depicts the transition of peaceful monks to warriors with the help of the CIA.

Tibet in the last sixty years has been so much mystified and politicized that the world at large is confused about what really happened to the “Rooftop of the World” when Mao Tse-tung invaded its borders in 1950. There are dramatically conflicting accounts from Beijing and Dharamsala (home of the Dalai Lama’s government-in-exile). Adding to the confusion is the romanticized spin that Western writers and filmmakers have adopted in an effort to appease the popular myth of Shangri-La.

Buddha’s Warriors is no fairy tale. Set in a narrative framework but relying heavily on the oral transcripts of the Tibetan men who actually fought the Chinese, Buddha’s Warriors tells, for the first time, the inside story of these historic developments, while drawing a vivid picture of Tibetan life before, during, and after Mao’s takeover.

The firsthand accounts, gathered by the author over a period of seven years, bring faces and deeply personal emotions to the forefront of this ongoing tragedy. It is a saga of brave soldiers and cowardly traitors. It’s about hope against desolation, courage against repression, atheism against Buddhism. Above all, it’s about what happens to an ancient civilization when it is thrust overnight into the modern horrors of twentieth-century warfare.

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