By Lobsang Wangyal
MCLEOD GANJ, India, 31 October 2012
Americans will go to polls in a week’s time to elect their new president.
Polls show that the incumbent President Barack Obama and rival Republican nominee Mitt Romney are in a narrow race the closing week before the election. Three rounds of debates between the two contenders have mostly ended in a face-off.
Both the candidates advertise that they would improve education, the health care system, and the crippled American economy, and provide tax cuts and better infrastructure.
Obama wants to end the wars in the middle east and further east in Afghanistan that the US is embroiled in. He says that ending the wars started by his predecessor George W Bush would restore the damaged American reputation and the US standing around the world. Romney would have kept thousands of American soldiers in the battlefields for America’s own “security and peace around the world”. Romney says “…first for the United States, but also for all those everywhere who believe in the cause of freedom.”
Although both Obama and Romney have not spelled out any clear-cut policy with regard to Tibet, and since the few thousand votes from Tibetan-Americans will not make much difference on the vote count, Tibetans are nevertheless anxious about the results of the election. With the continuing critical situation of Tibetans in Tibet, particularly with the spate of self-immolations occurring there, Tibetans will want a president who could help to ease the dire situation in Tibet.
Who do you think would make a better president in general, and who would support the Tibetan people’s quest for a free Tibet?