It is not often that I write about stuff in the news or politics. Something really has to get me all hot under the collar….. and now something has!
South Africa denied the Dalai Lama a visa to enter South Africa. He was invited to be a guest speaker at a peace conference on ways to use football in the lead up to the 2010 World cup to help combat racism and xenophobia. Ok, granted, I am not that sure what the Dalai Lama knows about football but to deny him a visa because “it is not in the best interests of the county”??? That I seriously don’t get.
What?? Is he a hardened criminal, has he committed atrocities to human kind, is he a known terrorist? Oh, wait – no, if he was any one of the above he probably would have had no problem in getting a visa. Mugabe is in and out all the time. Is it because it might upset our “new best friend” the Chinese?? Yip, that is probably more likely…
I am saddened by our government’s stand – or none stand – on this issue!
HERE is a link to a report on this.