At another time in my life I was the Haisla Lepled. It was a time of learning for me. One of my more important lessons was that suicide is rarely an act of surrender. A desperate act yes, but an act of affirmation and power. Apparently Tibet’s exiled Prime Minister has been taught the same hard lesson.
I believe that self immolation is wrong. Wrong because the Chinese government will not be moved by any number of Tibetan deaths. In these circumstances to self immolate is simply a wasted effort.
I also believe that these Tibetans are brave, courageous, determined warriors who are wiling to lay down their lives for the good of their people. I do not agree with their means but I certainly approve of the end they are working towards.