In February 2010, after a visit with Obama which displeased the Chinese government, the Dali Lama had to exit the WH by the back door which led to an alley, remember? Quite an upsetting story at the time!
A Canadian conservative is one who believes in limited government and that the government should stay out of our wallets and out of our bedrooms.
"The Dalai Lama — based in the Indian hill town of Dharamsala since he fled China in 1959 — was welcomed to South Africa in 1996 and met with Mandela when he was South Africa's first black and democratically elected president."
Dalai Lama to Miss Mandela Memorial in SAfrica - ABC News
If he doesn't show up, it's because of politics, not because he didn't like Mandela.
The right is just to drum up BS nontroversy .. as is its manner.
A black leader the right doesn't like ..where's the news.
First of all there is no 'national embarrassment' attached to the first two on the part of the Dalai Lama, on South Africa's part perhaps but not on the Dalai Dude.
What has changed- did you not read the paper? Nelson Mandela has died. This is a State Funeral. Kind of a big deal. Rather than be a pawn he will show himself greater than the fussy secular leaders. You can make the same argument of any leader who rises above the petty political crap and does the noble thing.
Just being a pawn... yadda yadda yadda.
Fact is we will never know because Dalai Dude didn't even try.....