Posted by Tony from 63-93-74-167.lsan.dial.netzero.com (22.214.171.124) on Saturday, September 28, 2002 at 0:51AM :
While expressing my sympathy, I said to the president that using violence may not be appropriate," the Dalai Lama wrote in a letter to US President George W Bush.
"Any problem within humanity should be solved in a humanitarian way and ahimsa (non-violence) is the human way of approaching a target," he told reporters in Calcutta.
While stressing that the essence of all major religions was forgiveness and brotherhood, he said, "There are people who use religion, but blaming a particular religion will not be appropriate."
"It is wrong to describe it as an act by Muslim terrorists. Because, I think all religions have the same potential to strengthen human values and to develop general harmony," he said.
"In this case the enemy is invisible and picking just one individual is difficult," the Dalai Lama said while emphasising the need to take 'a more wider perspective'.
"These things are a concern for humanity and not just one country," he said adding non-violence as a long-term measure should be explored to control terrorism of any kind.
On the causes that might be behind the terrorist strikes, he said "It could have a basis in 18th or 19th century decisions or colonial rules in the past or even economic factors like WTO or GATT."
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