According to the S.F. Chronicle on the Dalai Lama's question-and-answer session, he stated, "History shows the Second World War protected the western world - protected democracy...The Iraq War - it's too early to say right or wrong." Then the Dalai Lama concluded that "war and violence led to more war and more violence, more hatred and more resentment."
I find the Dalai Lama's sentiment on violence is contradictory. On one hand, the use of violence such as dropping the atomic bombs protected democracy and the violenct invasion of Iraq under the false pretense of weapons of mass destruction to spread democracy is justifiable. On the other hand, violence is not good.
Revolution is violent. Living is violent. Buddhism is violent.