Ever notice how a mention of Israel in the Gaza strip or West Bank brings the out extremists? They come from both sides of the political spectrum: Left and Right. Contrast that with the virtual silence of the Left and Right on the issue of China's occupation and oppression of Tibet. Could it be the absence of Jews to rail against makes Tibet just another boring ethnic territorial dispute, like Sri Lanka, Aceh, Kashmir, Eritrea, Chechnya, and Kosovo? Maybe it is the absence of Asian countries backing the Tibetans the way the Arabs back the Palestinians and the West supports Israel. Perhaps it is the lack of homicide bombers. I guess Buddhists in Tibet are intrinsically dull compared to suicidal Muslims. Maybe they would get more ink and support if they set themselves on fire the way the Buddhist monks did in Saigon during the Viet Nam War.