Alone among world religious leaders, the Dalai Lama has been excluded from the UN Millennium Peace Summit, despite being the winner of the 1989 Nobel Peace prize.

Pressure from the Chinese has forced this exclusion and as usual, the U.S. hasn’t protested. These days, our government seems to be run by people whose main interest is trading with the Chinese, to the exclusion of any and all moral concerns. When I look at our leading presidential candidates, I know this will only get worse in the future.

For fifty years after World War II, we supported one terrible dictatorship after another, in order to stop the spread of Communism. Latin America is just now beginning to recover from this policy. Africa may not make it.

Now that the Soviet Union has broken up, spreading capitalism has taken the place of containing Communism. But capitalism is an economic policy, not a moral philosophy, no matter how our politicians try to define it. The money men may run our economy, but we can’t let them take over the morality of our country. We can’t sell our souls for snazzy video equipment, a new SUV, and a bigger house in the suburbs.

Or can we?

If you want to support the Dalai Lama at the UN, write a letter of protest and send it to {BrahmaDas@aol.com. He’ll make sure it gets to the decision-makers.

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