Bankrupt Opposition politicos support embargos against SL
It seems that some of the bankrupt Opposition politicians here are
more interested in bringing UNHRC Resolutions and embargos against Sri
Lanka than the United States, Canada or the UK.
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Those who can't get a mandate from the masses and win elections now
attempt to take shelter under the UNHRC Resolution to capture power
through short cuts.
Knowing that the masses are strongly with President Mahinda Rajapaksa
and that they could never challenge his popularity or beat the UPFA
democratically, certain Opposition politicians now seem to be
daydreaming of using the US-led resolution at the UNHRC as a tool to
achieve their political fantasies.
It is a shame that some local politicians and activists go to Geneva
as crybabies for the simplest thing. Instead of settling the political
scores here on a democratic platform, some Opposition politicians are
now trying to take undue political mileage out of the US-led Resolution
to take undue political mileage and challenge a regime which they could
not defeat at an election.
On the other hand, certain Western forces which are working overtime
for a regime change, too have got hold of the opportunist Opposition
politicians. Both the categories have a common objective - a regime
change. While certain Western politicians wants to have a local
leadership which dances to their melody, some of the local politicians
in the Oppositions are under an illusion that the US-led resolution
could give them something they could not achieve at successive
Human rights has been an effective tool for Western powers to tame
the regimes which do not dance the fandango to their whims and fancies.
While allowing their allies and partners in 'crime' to do anything and
everything under the guise of international terrorism, even the simplest
occurrence in countries which does not dance to the Western melody are
blown out of proportion. While turning a blind eye on gross human rights
violations by their friendly countries, serious war crimes charges are
being levelled to tame the regimes which do not sing hosannas to the
The US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian
Affairs Nisha Desai Biswal appears to have jumped the gun, saying that
the US does not have a set agenda against Sri Lanka. She has added that
the US is compelled to take up certain issues due to the values upon
which the US has been founded upon.
It is interesting to find out what these values the US is talking
about. She has said that the values, as the US constantly reminds the
world are upholding human rights, safeguarding the rule of law and
encouraging good governance. Those were the founding values of the
Biswal has said that there is "growing frustration" in the
international community due to the fear that Sri Lanka will lose the
golden opportunity provided by the end of terrorism to move forward.
A suspect being tortured in Afghanistan on the orders of US
She will also travel to Geneva, for meetings regarding US's intention
to sponsor a resolution on Sri Lanka in the March session of the UN
Human Rights Council. This resolution will build upon previous
resolutions in 2012 and 2013. Why should the US State Department
strongly shed crocodile tears only on the final phase of the battle
against terrorism, ignoring the thousands of brutal terror attacks the
LTTE had carried out during its three decades of terror?
The State Department officials have gone on record that if Sri Lanka
failed to address the civilian deaths in domestic investigation the US
would be compelled to join other international players to initiate a
global mechanism to probe the civilian deaths. Is this an indirect
attempt to glorify the now defunct terror outfit and protect human
rights of the LTTE terrorists killed in action?
None of these so-called godfathers of human rights ever uttered a
word when 21 million people of Sri Lanka were at the reconvening end.
Has any Western country voiced on those so-called values when the LTTE
indiscriminately killed tens of thousands of people in broad daylight
through mass-scale bomb explosions? Yet, the US and the UK are now
talking about isolated incidents without proof to undermine the
herculean achievements of Sri Lanka's valiant Security Forces.
Where were these so-called prophets of human rights and values when
the LTTE killed 98 people and injured over one thousand people by
exploding a massive bomb targeting the Central Bank? As the nation
marked the death anniversaries of those innocent victims, there are
several others who are still suffering or being paralysed due to the
The dead included 41 employees of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka.
Of the 1,400 people injured in the central bank bombing were two US
citizens, six Japanese and one Dutch national.
Eight adjoining buildings were also badly damaged and more than 100
people lost their eyesight as a result of the merciless bombing.
The country's financial hub was attacked by the LTTE crashing in
through the main gates in a lorry carrying around 440 pounds of high
explosives. As terrorists traded shots with the bank's security guards,
the suicide bomber in the lorry detonated the powerful bomb killing and
injuring bank workers and civilians.
A backup team followed the lorry with two more LTTE terrorists
gunning down stunned civilians with automatic rifles and an RPG
launcher. The duo, leader Velupillai Prabhakaran's right hand man
Subramanium Vigneswaram alias Kittu, and Sivasamy Dharmendra alias Raju
were arrested through tipoff's from the public. As we mark the 18th
anniversary of that horrific experience, the LTTE rump is still trying
to block the country's progress march by using various extraneous
elements in the West.
But now, the countries such as the US are talking about values after
thousands of soldiers had made supreme sacrifices to liberate the
country from the clutches of terrorism.
It is an open secret that the West was heavily influenced by them as
they strategically used the 'values' Biswal highlighted in Colombo, to
effectively control the narrative that surrounded Sri Lanka issues.
Before talking about the values and pontificate Sri Lanka on human
rights and accountability, the US should first and foremost investigate
the human rights violations by the US-led NATO forces in Iraq and
Afghanistan. How many innocent civilians and children have been killed
due to US drone attacks in Pakistan?
Isn't that 'values' story Biswal is narrating applicable to those
drone attacks? Similarly, the UK too must address the war crimes
allegations that have been levelled against the British Forces.
Let them clear the loads of rubbish that are there in their own
backyards before pointing an accusing finger against Sri Lanka.
In early 1970's when the US used carpet bombing inside Cambodia,
using the term Biswal used in Colombo, there was no 'agenda' for
Cambodia but to stop the influx of North Vietnamese Viet Cong guerrillas
to the Cambodian territory whose US-backed puppet regime of Gen. Lon Nol
had a hard time facing.
There was no US 'agenda' to pave the way for the emergence of brutal
Pol Pot regime in 1975. But that was the collateral effect due to the
Let's take a closer look on the track record of these Western
countries which are now trying to teach values to a country such as Sri
Lanka with a proud history of over 2,500 years old. None should teach us
on values as those have been inculcated with our proud history when
these countries ever thought of civilisation. Has the US forgotten the
'values' which the British had 'assured' by killing thousands of people
when invading countries such as Sri Lanka?
Here is how Amnesty International, in its 2008 report, described
USA's culpability to war crimes noted; "There is not a single fix that
will bring the USA's actions on counter terrorism into compliance with
international law. The violations in the "war on terror" have been many
and varied, and the government has exploited a long-standing reluctance
of the USA to commit itself fully to international law, including in
relation to recognizing the full range of its international obligations
with respect to torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment
We wonder whether the international community is aware the fact that
there are only 188 detainees in the Government's custody. This is out of
12,000 ex-combatants and LTTE terrorist surrendees since the battle
against terrorism was concluded on May 18, 2009. This is compared to 160
plus detainees in the US detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba,
some for ten years and others close to that and that about 60-odd
detainees are still incarcerated in Guantanamo despite US judiciary
directed their release four years ago as there were no charges, criminal
or otherwise, against them.
All 594 LTTE child combatants have been rehabilitated and reunited
with their families within one year. 11,872 ex-combatants have been
rehabilitated and reintegrated into society. Only 171 remain in
rehabilitation following legal proceedings. All detainees have access to
secondary, tertiary education and vocational and skills training
In the area of institutional strengthening, democracy has been
established in the North, replacing the LTTE's law of the jungle and the
elections to the Northern Provincial Council was completed. A separate
Ministry for law and order established while strengthening of the
Official Languages Commission undertaken. Fully functional Courts in
many parts of the Northern Province have been established with the
exclusive use of Tamil Language implemented.
Over 96% of the area demined and currently, only 86 sq km remain to
be cleared from a confirmed hazardous area of 2,061 sq km. A total of
297,000 persons housed at Menik Farm welfare village immediately after
the end of the battle in 2009 are now fully resettled.
Menik Farm Welfare Village was closed on Sept, 24, 2012. Action has
been taken to expedite resettling remaining 7,094 IDP families in the
North and East. Of this, 5,585 are staying with host families.
The question is who in Sri Lanka is able to undertake the 'global
task' of disseminating this information cogently to those in the West,
their lawmakers and policy wonks? Why can't the West see the
achievements of Sri Lanka which no other nation has achieved after a
bitter experience in the battlefield?