The violent conflict in Tibet has been going on for a while, however I believe, unlike how other foreign news are reported in western countries, you only have heard of one version of it: Some Tibetans tries to gain the independence of Tibet in a peaceful way, but Chinese government banned them in a violent way.
A few days ago, I couldn't tell if that was true or not, but now, after collecting news from home and abroad with my Firefox Ladder that can go over the Great Firewall, I could tell you that is ridiculous.
Before I start, I hope you have a good idea of telling propagandas from truth, western media are not in the charge of the governments, but they do report propagandas sometimes. So please check out the websites from which you got to know the news, and pay attention to the photos they use. Some media have used false photos or twisted explanations for real photos to report how Chinese government "reacted" to this issue. While actually, in Tibet, the tibetans, who's following Dailai Lama, or maybe other Tibetan independence supporters that I don't know, attacked innocent Chinese people, and that's why our army was there, to save and to protect our people. If you don't believe what I've said, ask the westerners who was in Tibet during the event. And about the photos, check out Youtube.com, there's a video about it.
Honestly, I don't really like Tibetans, the Chinese people made there a better place to live, built a railway, and gave young Tibetans chances to have good education, even better than the Chineses', nevertheless they are never grateful. I know you don't consider Tibet should be a part of China mainly because China is communist, which means no political democracy. However, unlike Taiwan, Tibet was a very backward place, maybe you think communism is an evil system, but compared with how Tibetans used to be in charge of themselves, communism IS better, don't forget this system has been competing with Capitalism for years, and it hasn't lost yet.
Besides, during the recent history Tibet has never been admitted as an independent country by any other government unlike Taiwan. And it has developped a close relationship with China thousands years ago. And the main government took it as a part of the mainland during Yuan Dynasty, since then, Tibet has always been a part of China. However, the primary problem is about how the present government took the charge of it. Maybe it is true that our government did in a violent way, but I myself believe if a place always belongs to a country, it shouldn't be independent just because of the change of the government, so the government should make every possible effort to prevent it. America's government changes at most every 8 years, should Americans re-divide the country because of that? If Lincoln could start a civil war to protect the unification of America, then the Chinese government didn't do anything wrong to keep Tibet a part of China. If human rights should be beyond the unification, then the US would have been two countries long time ago.
So all you need to do is to visit Tibet, see if they really live a terrible life as Dalai Lama has been claiming, and read some history books about Tibet. And finally, please do not protest the Olympic Games, the Olympic is about peace, and it has nothing to do with politics, and holding a succeful Olympic has been the dreams of most of the Chinese people. Besides, you always claims that you want to know more about our country, and this is a great chance, so don't lose it because of political reasons, the Olympic Games is not only the government's Games, it's my people's Games. So if you have a passion for Chinese culture and Chinese people, please support Beijing 2008!