NBC claimed an Exclusive for Ann Curry's sitdown with the Dalai Lama, whom she identified as "the exiled spiritual leader of some 13m Tibetans worldwide." He called himself "a simple Buddhist monk." The Dalai Lama supported this summer's Olympic Games of Beijing and opposed secession of Tibet from the People's Republic of China. As someone committed to "freedom of expression, freedom of speech" he could not oppose protests against the global relay of Olympic Torch as long as they were peaceful. "Is violence ever justified?" "No." "Never?" "No. Even the United States, superpower, is too much using violence or force--not very successful in Iraq and Afghanistan."
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