Writer Offers a Different Take on Tibet

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Many protesters on the Olympic torch route have decried the human rights crimes of the Chinese government, and specifically the plight of Tibet. But author Patrick French tells Scott Simon that the protests around the relay may be sending the wrong message to Beijing.

French, the former director of the Free Tibet Campaign in London and author of Tibet, Tibet: A Personal History of a Lost Land, argued recently in The New York Times that the Dalai Lama is a great spiritual figure, but a poor political leader.

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