Consider the Lessons of Tibet and Chechnya

Most Southern Nationalist, when looking for examples of nations struggling to regain their independence, tend to talk a lot about Quebec, Scotland, Wales and Northern Italy. Occasionally Hawaii is mentioned. These choices are natural since the people of these nations are experiencing success in varying degrees. However, there are several efforts at devolution that deserve our attention. Two examples of one situation that should be studied are Tibet and Chechnya.

Tibet was invaded by China in 1950, but was allowed some autonomy until 1959 when Tibetan nationalists became too outspoken for Chinese communists and military troops were sent in. Since 1959, Tibet has seen a gradual erosion of its culture and the replacement of its people with ethnic Chinese.

Today, Tibet's population is estimated to be 50% Chinese emigrants who have moved there for economic reasons. With this drastic change in the ethnic make-up, Tibet has seen a steady decline in the local culture. Tibetans who have held out hope for regaining their independence are starting to lose faith that one day they will realize their dreams. With the fading culture goes the belief that one day they will be a free people again.

In Chechnya, the ethic people there, the Chechens, have taken to open, military opposition to the iron-fisted rule of Russia. While experiencing some early successes, they are out manned and out gunned. After suffering a humiliating defeat that cost the lives of tens of thousands of Russian soldiers, the Russians have proven themselves willing to slaughter innocent civilians in Chechnya to maintain a hold on the tiny nation.

While Chechnya has a longer history of being a part of Russian and the Soviet Union than Tibet has being a part of China, these people have shown remarkable determination to rid themselves of Russian rule. Unlike the Kosovo Albanians however, they cannot depend on the sympathy of the international community. The international community seems only to find outrage in the actions of non-nuclear countries.

Both Tibet and Chechnya are examples of nations being "manhandled" by a bigger, stronger nation. The South experienced this in the War for Southern Independence and Reconstruction. Today, as Dixie attempts to get to her feet again, she can expect to feel the weight of her "dominant sibling," the United States, pressing her down. In fact, the U.S. would like to see Dixie totally disappear (of course leaving her land, economy and tax dollars for the U.S. to exploit).

Southerners must keep in mind that as they exert their right to "dissolve the Political Bands which have connected them to another, and to assume among the Powers of the Earth, the separate and equal Station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them," there will be great resistance from those who wish to maintain their control over us. Specifically the U.S. federal government. Do not take this wrong. I am not saying we shouldn't strive for independence. I believe we should for the sake of our Southland and our children. We must enter this battle with the long view and with an understanding of the possible consequences.

Could we be occupied again like Tibet is today? Yes, and to a degree it is already happening. Could we end up in a fight like Chechnya? Yes, although I pray to God we can leave under more peaceable terms. Understand that we are in a war. Right now it is a war of culture, words and politics. One day, the U.S. government could escalate this to another level and we must be ready to stand our ground with the courage of our convictions. As a people, are we willing to do what we must to not face the tragedies of Tibet and Chechnya? Are we willing to make a stand? Each Southerner must ask themselves, "Am I ready to commit myself to achieving our dream to the degree our founding fathers did?" Is the South ready for independence? Are you ready?

Jeff Adams
November 30, 1999