Sri Lanka accomplished the near
impossible almost five years ago, what even the most sophisticated
armies in the world with superior fire power could not achieve -
crushing the most ruthless terrorist organisation in the world!
When the US-led NATO forces failed in their attempt to crush the
Al-Qaeda terror outfit in Iraq and Afghanistan, suffering heavy losses,
Sri Lanka's valiant Security Forces proved that fire power and military
strength alone could not combat terrorism.
Nevertheless, some of the so-called big countries were reluctant to
acknowledge this fact for quaint reasons. Rather than hailing the
splendid achievements of the Security Forces, these countries conspired
to undermine those feats to cover up their own failure in combatting
The LTTE rump and Tiger sympathisers in the Tamil Diaspora exploited
this to the hilt. Moreover, they even intimidated some Western
politicians through the significant Tamil vote base in those countries.
On the other hand, the Tiger cohorts even went to the extent of funding
the election campaigns of some of these Western politicians who are
obliged to support the LTTE rump.
Thanks to the well-orchestrated anti-Sri Lanka LTTE rump campaign, a
section of the international community voiced strongly against Sri Lanka
and levelled war crimes allegations. This resulted in two back-to-back
Resolutions against Sri Lanka to the United Nations Human Rights Council
(UNHRC). The third US-led Resolution against Sri Lanka is likely to be
brought up at the UNHRC Sessions next month.
In this scenario, the LTTE rump has intensified its worldwide
campaign against Sri Lanka again, so that it could exploit the UNHRC
Sessions to foster its separatist agenda. Perhaps, even those countries
which had voted and plan to vote against Sri Lanka are doing so in good
faith in the belief that there had been so-called grave human rights
violations during the final phase of the battle against terrorism.
The LTTE rump has astutely misled the international community so that
it could woo sympathy for its campaign against Sri Lanka. Even the
bodies of LTTE terrorists had been effectively projected as the bodies
of hapless civilians killed by the Security Forces.
The LTTE had planned its campaign strategically throughout its
confrontation against the Security Forces. Some Tiger cadres who were
sent on suicide missions to attack the Forward Defence Lines were clad
in civilian attire. Hence, no sooner they died, their weapons were taken
away by fellow Tiger cadres and these bodies had been projected as those
of civilians killed by the Security Forces.
This is precisely why the Tiger sympathisers are now alleging that a
large number of civilians had been killed by the Security Forces during
the final phase of the battle against terrorism. There is no dispute
that a large number of LTTE terrorists were killed during the last
stages of the relentless battle against LTTE terror before the Security
Forces vanquished the LTTE leadership in the Nandikadal lagoon on May
18, 2009. The LTTE rump is now 'marketing' the dead bodies of its own
cadres sans uniforms as those of civilians killed by the Security
The infamous Tami Net, the unofficial website and global propaganda
organ of the LTTE, campaigned vigorously for the terror outfit. It not
only reported each and every incident and blew them out of proportion,
but also carried concocted stories to the advantage of the LTTE. Umpteen
stories were highlighted to mislead the international community till the
terror outfit was defeated militarily.
The Tamil Net, at no stage, reported the large number of civilian
casualties or so-called indiscriminate bombings by the Security Forces
as the LTTE rump and a section of the international community now claim.
The extremist website which carried loads of cooked up stories against
the Security Forces level such large-scale allegations which the LTTE
rump and certain Western countries are now levelling against Sri Lanka.
The current trend has been masterminded to suit the agenda of certain
Western countries under the patronage of the LTTE rump which is
spearheading its separatist agenda with a different face. The Tiger
sympathisers have given a human face to their campaign by effectively
invoking human rights as a tool to intimidate Sri Lanka. Regrettably,
several Western countries, either wittingly or unwittingly, adopted a
stance against Sri Lanka.
If these countries and the UNHRC are sincerely interested in
protecting human rights, they must take a closer look at the
circumstances under which the Government was constrained to launch its
battle against terrorism as a human rescue mission. It must be borne in
mind that the Government's action protected the human rights of 21
million people who had been subjected to brutal LTTE terror attacks.
In this context, the Government's achievements should be hailed
rather than being accused of human rights violations. The conduct of the
UNHRC and its head Navi Pillay is highly controversial, to say the
least, and do not by any means reflect that the UN human rights watchdog
is following its ideals and principles. Even at this late stage, the UN
could still show its commitment and transparency by haling Sri Lanka for
protecting the human rights of 21 million people.
The US should ponder seriously before it presents the third
Resolution against Sri Lanka at the UNHRC Sessions. Even if they were to
bring such a resolution again and pamper the LTTE rump, the US cannot
expect the same support it commanded on the last occasion.
It was only last week that the Australian government categorically
said that it would not back an independent international investigation
on alleged war crimes. Russia too has pledged that it would fully
support Sri Lanka against any international action. Although the UK and
Canada have already called for an international inquiry, claiming that
Sri Lanka had failed to heed two previous UN resolutions - to launch its
own judicial inquiry and prosecutions, Australia is not willing to join
the bandwagon. The Australian decision has been greatly influenced after
its leaders toured Sri Lanka last year and gained first-hand information
on the true ground situation in the country.
This is exactly why President Mahinda Rajapaksa has repeatedly called
upon the international community to visit Sri Lanka. Some countries
which show an extraordinary concern for Sri Lanka's human rights record
are doing so as they are either ill-informed or have been misled by the
false campaign disseminated by LTTE cohorts. Hence, it behoves the
leaders of these countries to visit Sri Lanka and get a true and
accurate picture rather than swallow the bait of LTTE cohorts.
Surprisingly, some Western countries are determined not to change
their mindset despite the stark facts. It is deplorable that some
politicians of these countries are beholden to the vote of the adopted
Tamils in their countries. As long as they are under obligation to the
vote base of the Tamil Diaspora, these Western politicians would
continue to dance to their tune.
President Rajapaksa, in his Independence Day address to the nation on
Tuesday, made an impassioned plea to all countries to join hands on the
path to democracy, development, national freedom and human rights.
Countries such as the UK, which now pontificate to us on human
rights, pose as if they are saints with an unblemished record. It is
astonishing that the UK is preaching to the same country which it
invaded centuries ago and killed thousands of civilians. Before pointing
an accusing finger at us on human rights and accountability, it must
first and foremost set an example. Only after Britain proves its
transparency and accounts for human rights violations when its forces
invaded Sri Lanka could it wax eloquent on human rights in Sri Lanka.
Moreover, it was Sri Lanka's Army which fought against the world's
most merciless terrorist outfit whereas the British forces illegally
invaded the country and gained territory. If it has an iota of
self-respect, it should desist from levelling baseless allegations
against Sri Lanka.Canada's problem is understandable as it has a huge
Tamil vote base; all adopted Sri Lankans. However, in the case of the
US, it is an open secret that it wants a leadership that could be
remote-controlled. Since Sri Lanka has a strong and fearless leadership,
which is only answerable to the people here, certain Western countries
are exerting pressure for a regime change.
The unswerving support of the masses has helped President Rajapaksa
and the Government to face all overwhelming odds to protect the
country's hard-earned peace.