[STOCKHOLM] The Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, said Wednesday that “Europe belongs to the Europeans” and that refugees should return to their native countries to rebuild them.
The Dalai Lama knows, from bitter personal experience, what can happen when a country’s borders, sovereignty, and national and cultural integrity are not respected. I have always thought he had a good head on his shoulders!
And in this arena, I fear he surpasses the current Bishop of Rome, not to mention many another contemporary Western political and religious leader. Here are his further comments on the subject:
Speaking at a conference in Sweden’s third-largest city of Malmo, home to a large immigrant population, the Dalai Lama – who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 – said Europe was “morally responsible” for helping “a refugee really facing danger against their life.”
“Receive them, help them, educate them… but ultimately they should develop their own country,” said the 83-year-old Tibetan who fled the capital Lhasa in fear of his life after China poured troops into the region to crush an uprising.
[Bear in mind that this was an “uprising” of native Tibetans, against Chinese troops who had already invaded that country.]
“I think Europe belongs to the Europeans,” he said, adding they should make clear to refugees that “they ultimately should rebuild their own country.”