Somewhere Richard Gere's head is exploding. The Dalai Lama said to a stunned audience "I love President George Bush." Emphasis mine.
The Dalai Lama, a lifelong champion of non-violence candidly stated that terrorism cannot be tackled by applying the principle of ahimsa because the minds of terrorists are closed.
"It is difficult to deal with terrorism through non-violence," the Tibetan spiritual leader said delivering the Madhavrao Scindia Memorial Lecture here.
He termed terrorism as the worst kind of violence which is not carried by a few mad people but by those who are very brilliant and educated.
"They (terrorists) are very brilliant and educated...but a strong ill feeling is bred in them. Their minds are closed," the Dalai Lama said.
He said the only way to tackle terrorism is through prevention.
The head of the Tibetan government-in-exile left the audience stunned when he said "I love President George W Bush." He went on to add how he and the US President instantly struck a chord in their first meeting unlike politicians who take a while to develop close ties.
The Dalai Lama went on to say that he opposed some of Bush's policies but that he loved him. What do you know about that. The Dalai Lama's views on fighting terrorism are more in line with conservatives' views than with the mushy brained, arrogant, no nothing celebrities who cling to the Dalai Lama's robes. Many conservatives oppose a variety of President Bush's policies for a variety of reasons, but we admire him nonetheless, especially for his commitment to protecting America and defeating terrorism.