US sponsored Resolution against Sri Lanka passed – what next
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The world’s worst perpetrator of war crimes & crimes against humanity went to great lengths to canvass nations to support a Resolution on “accountability” against a UN member state that has been the only country in the world to eliminate terrorism. That Resolution was passed with 24 countries favoring, 8 abstaining & 15 voting against. If India could vote against US on Iran why did India not vote in favor of Sri Lanka? If India’s excuse is the concern of Sri Lanka’s “accountability” we next need to remind India & tell the world that Sri Lanka’s terrorism was given birth in India! How many nations are actually aware of this? Sri Lanka would understand the decision of any country to vote against Sri Lanka but India had no moral right on account of its own guilt in being the root cause of the existence of the LTTE.
Yes, a Resolution has been passed frankly it was nothing to be surprised about when it is being tabled by a global bully. Yes, a terror conflict concluded in Sri Lanka that too after it was made to continue for 30 years. Yes, there were civilian casualties – we are talking about a scenario where LTTE were amongst civilians, shooting at civilians who tried to flee, depriving civilians of food sent by the Government. There are so many ways civilians can die when they have been hounded and made to walk across thick jungles and marshy land. But what is significant is that 30 years of terrorism ended in less than 3 years giving Sri Lanka a country without bombs and its people the chance to start life afresh.
Sri Lanka’s objections to the US Resolution was primarily because the country tabling it is plagued with crimes it simply refuses to acknowledge while projecting itself as guarding of human rights! Moreover, it is a country that has been vetoing every Resolution the UN has passed against Israel. The General Assembly has passed over 100 resolutions condemning Israel of this Resolutions 44 have been vetoed by the US.
The underlying message is that UN Resolutions cannot be applicable only to smaller & less powerful nations. The 2012 UNHRC sessions drama revolving around Sri Lanka’s Resolution had the US stretched to lobby for endorsement which itself should be regarded a victory. A lot of expense for nothing.
How many member countries were really aware of the LLRC or even read it. If it was only the US & India that was privy to it how can the entire membership be made to vote on US clauses that refer to the LLRC. Moreover, is the LLRC really sufficient for its mandate too covered only the period of the final war against the LTTE? If that is so then LLRC has not tabulated the roots of Sri Lanka’s problem failing to name the culprit that nursed the tigers and failing to name the factors that led to LTTE prevailing for 30 years.
Sri Lanka doesn’t need an LLRC report to know that if there are issues related to missing persons, disappearance & abductions, the underworld must be handled & rule of law must prevail. If the LLRC had been commissioned genuinely then before making it public it should have been properly reviewed to ensure none of its recommendations serve to compromise the sovereignty of the country nor allowed foreign interference in any way. It is aspects of these recommendations that are being twisted against us presently.
No Resolution can dictate to Sri Lanka not even India to demilitarize the North, reduce high security zones and devolve land & police powers. These echoes India’s clear intentions that India wants Sinhalese out of the North and with the ferry and accusations on fishermen issues it simply spells India’s plan to send more illegal immigrants into Sri Lanka and populate it with Indians! Indian PM clearly said that India’s objective was the self-respect, dignity & justice for Sri Lankan Tamils. What more excuses do we need? If the Sri Lankan authorities cannot read this clearly then something is drastically wrong. Do we need to beg Sri Lankan authorities to immediately do away with the 13a & abolish the provincial council system? There is no better opportunity than now.
If Sri Lankan authorities plan to “forgive” India for voting for the Resolution simply because it has “tweaked” it then our leaders are more naïve than we thought. Whatever tweaking India did was only to ensure India had a say in matters going global as India does not want to tolerate too many nations involved in Sri Lanka despite the Chinese factor.
The Resolution itself makes clear that there are shortcomings in the LLRC and this gives the Government the onus to brave the odds and come out with an action plan that makes sure India, US and allies do not have any provision to interfere in Sri Lanka.
Since the LLRC covers only the final period of the war with LTTE the Government must stop playing to the gallery and start functioning professionally. The Government need not adopt the policy of ridiculing the opposition to secure its popularity amongst the masses. What the Government needs to remember at all times is that all these foreign pressures are meant to oust it from power. Therefore, the President needs to call upon his merry men to pull up their socks and start functioning properly. The local administration setup must be fine tuned and simplified to cater to the needs of the people. This needs to happen without delays.
On an international front the Government needs to seriously address its shortcomings. As a nation grappling different types of enemies we need to be aware of what our representatives must do. We cannot plan to fail or fail to plan. We now need to be a proactive nation and not one on the defensive and certainly not one functioning on emotions.
Internationally, we are faced with a situation that merits greater attention. We cannot deny the influence of the Tamil Diaspora. They have been able to even buy over foreign MPs, diplomats, UN officials and human rights groups. In such a scenario one way to handle this would be to apply universal jurisdiction against the Tamil Diaspora for financing terrorism.
This then brings us to the TNA – a political party that has shamefacedly aligned itself to the LTTE. That India openly encourages Sri Lanka’s Government to negotiate with the TNA spells a dirty fish. The TNA has been functioning against the Constitution of Sri Lanka & it demands action.
Another error made has been to allow ethnic based parties to register as political parties. This has encouraged divisions among ethnic groups by politicians who use “ethnicity” to come into power. If changes can be made to reverse this it would be a great facilitator for reconciliation.
What needs to be reiterated and repeatedly so is that commissions or resolutions cannot change how people function. Humans are a complex species. The divisions were first created by the British – they called people majority & minority, then we became Sinhalese, Tamils & Muslims. It further divided into castes, classes and we all function amidst these complexities.
Accountability & Reconciliation maybe excuses for foreign interference but given that we are aware that nations are going to be using these themes we need to now start planning to overcome them. We must now turn the tables to our advantage.
Dear Shenali Waduge,
You have said it all. I fully endorse everything you have expressed so lucidly, logically and with such a good command of English. We need more people like you in the forefront to help our Hon President to battle the enemies of Motherlanka with your pen and brilliant analysis, to preserve our independence and sovereignty.
I nearly vomit when some naive imbeciles still call India ‘Big Brother’. What a hackneyed label India does not deserve! India is our enemy No: 1 and has been so for more than two milleniums.
India owe us huge compensation in billions of dollars for having ruined our economy and killed more than 80,000 SL citizens through LTTE. It was Indira Gandhi, when she was PM, who nourished, funded, trained, armed and relased this LTTE terrorist blight on SL through RAW in South India, to ruin our economy for 30 long years. After her assassination by the Sikh millitants, her son Rajiv Gandhi continued her policy to support LTTE openly until things went pear shape. VP took his revenge by killing Rajiv. Serve the imbecile right!
I hope Hon President is neither blind nor naive to excuse India this time of its open hostility against SL on the side of USA, Tamil Nadu, TNA and diaspora Tamils. India should never be forgiven! We should break-off relations with India and increase relations with other South Asian neighbours, who stood by us loyally. We should sign Defence Pacts with China and Russia urgently for our protection against anticipated military threats and invasions by India, USA and its NATO allies. In return let us give China, Trinco for a military base. This is fully worth, for the protection China can give us rather than lose all, to Tamil Nadu and the Tamils, to create a Tamil nation in SL, which is India’s hidden agenda.
Thank you for your confrontational wisdom.
President Bashir of Sudan behaved likewise and that lead to partioning of his country.
SL does have a problem and if it works with others to overcome the challenges the nation, it will overcome its problems and prosper and grow and become a true international citizen.
If SL adoptsa “I know all” attitude and refuses to work with others, it will end up in being divided.
We must let the gosl to solve this because they must have adequate persons within them or they must find within SL. If gosl fails that’ll be a deferent story.
Then We srilankans are already Great International/ Local Citizens both since long time ago & nothing to “become” so just now.!
Also anyone have right to introduce india or any other country as big or small brother & that’s not a bad thing in mutual support. If india had a supportive govt to SL then no one blame india.
Nicolas must understand that no one address “indian govt” as brother but the meaning is “the nearest big country which Buddha lived” that’s it..! It doesn’t mean an agreement with indian govt at all.!
For example we had a worst UNP govts in ’80s but did we say that the “srilanka” is worst..? No..! Those govts made srilanka a worst country then, that’s it.
So this’s not a relatively considered call for india but according to reasonable facts, that’s it..!
And there’re real “brothers” who kill each other, how are they..? Are they brothers or not..? They’re brothers though killi each other..!
So there’re things to consider “relatively” but not everything.!
Then as i know in christian religion it has said that;
“to love your neighbour” & “if someone slapped on your cheek, then let him slap on you other side of cheek also”
Nicolas., is it so or how.? If it’s so then, can you go against just this “brother call” according to your religion practically.?
Are you according to your conscience which you express about while talking in christianity.?
I saw you’ve mentioned this “brother call” frequently, unnecessarily & it’s not a mature sign of you at all to be anxious just over a simple thing..!
It is this attitude expressed by Amden and a few others, that is naive and weak. We have to take a strong, determined approach to India. That is the only language India will understand. If Pakistan was weak India would have over-run it and annexed the whole of J&K. Because Pakistan has nuclear arsenal and delivery system India is respectful to her. Counter-balanced, as US domination is counter-balanced by strong China and Russia.
India has had colonialist mentality for 2 milleniums. It is the Portuguese and the British that ended invasions by South Indian kings. Strong Sinhala Kings were able to resist and oust S. Indian invasions and Indian settlers periodically, before the Western colonial powers entered the scene. We have to learn this lesson from history. History has a valuable role therefore.
Strength is might! USA is the most powerful nation in the world today because of its strong economy and military arsenal which it continually develops. It has bases around the world in strategic locations. The people of Diego de Garcia Island was driven out by the British to Mauritius and Sechelles. It was handed over to USA to create a big base in Indian Ocean. The whole island is a military base. USA’s hidden agenda is a base in SL also, which LTTE had promised it in turn for its support tacitly. Hon President’s timely intervention ended this plan. USA has an axe to grind with our President therefore. The CIA will find ways and means to eliminate him eventually, as it did in Libya and is trying to do in Syria and Iran. India has bowed to USA because of its might and regularly participates in naval exercises with USA. Who is the enemy? China ofcourse. USA does nothing to totally destroy the Somali pirates which it can very well do single-handedly. It is not interested in such good deeds in the interest of security of vessels in that part of the world.
We need a counter-balance to USA. I am hoping for a stronger united Russia under Putin soon, militarily and economically once again. It was weakened by weak leaders, such as Gorbachev, which saw the collapse of the Soviet Union. I am hoping for a stronger China also, militarily and economically. I am hoping for these two countries reaching out to SL, to support and aid militarily, as USA is now focused in the SE Asia to dominate and consolidate its power even more with the help of India. That is why it is of prime importance now to align ourselves with China and Russia, for our defence against the threat of India and USA and its NATO allies. Non-align movement of ASEAN of which India is a member means nothing to India.
I HOPE HON PRESIDENT OF SL TURN TO ITS ALLIES, RUSSIA AND CHINA, FOR URGENT DEFENCE PACTS FOR THE PROTECTION OF SL FROM MILITARY AGRESSION/INTERVENTIONS BY INDIA, USA AND NATO.
India has craftily DIVERTED the cry of autonomy by Tamil nationalists in Tamil Nadu to support ‘eelamists’ in SL. India is avoiding the break-away of Tamil Nadu by backing the break-up of SL into N & S united ‘eelamist kingdom’. India is deceitful of its real intentions by pretending it is for ‘unity and sovereignty of SL’. What popycock! India prepared the ground for real break-up of SL by first enforcing on weak premier JR the now infamous 13th Ammendment. India is now calling for 13+ ammendment for ‘devolution’ to be granted. The 3rd step is, ‘Complete autonomy for the Eelam Region’. This is what is happening in Scotland today. It is achieving it step by step.
IT IS TIME WE SAY TO INDIA TO HELL WITH YOU! YOU DO NOT SHOVE DOWN OUR THROATS YOUR AGENDA FOR US. WE ARE NOT YOUR COLONY. WE WILL NOT ONLY NOT HAVE A 13+ AMMENDMENT BUT ALSO REPEAL THE 13TH AMMENDMENT ALTOGETHER. THAT IS ALSO OUR ANSWER TO EELAMISTS IN SL AND ALSO TO THE DIASPORA TAMILS.
THE MAJORITY TAMILS IN SL IN THE WHOLE OF SL DO NOT WANT A SO-CALLED EELAM STATE. THEY KNOW THEY WILL BE WORSE-OFF. THEY WANT A UNITED SL, AS ‘ONE COUNTRY ONE NATION’.
LET THE TAMIL NATIONALISTS FORM THEIR ‘TAMIL NATION’ IN TAMIL NADU, FOR THEIR 70 MILLION TAMILS THERE. THE EELAMISTS TINY MINORITY IN SL CAN THEN JOIN THE ‘TAMIL NATION’ IN TAMIL NADU. THAT IS ABSOLUTELY FAIR AND REASONABLE. OFCOURSE INDIA WOULD NOT TOLERATE A BREAK-UP. THEN OTHER MILITANT STATES IN INDIA, WHO ARE FIGHTING FOR AUTONOMY WOULD ALSO DEMAND IT, STARTING WITH J & K. IN THAT CASE INDIA SHOULD KNOW BETTER, TO SHUT UP AND RESPECT OUR SOVEREIGNTY ABSOLUTELY.
Partitioning of Sudan (oil rich country) was brought about through interference of Norway directly, with the backing of imperial West, as they tried to do in SL. The imperial West has got its oil now. Sudan remains poor and in turmoil, with the Christian half fighting the Muslim half. USA and the imperial West grows rich economically through such grabbing of resources of weaker nations. They have grabbed the oil of Iraq and Libya. Now they are after the oil of Syria and Iran. The oil of the whole of Middle East is in their pockets, to be shared by the imperial West to grow rich.
THIS IS THE NEO-COLONIALSIM OF THE COMBINED MIGHT OF IMPERIAL WEST.
Nicolas your ideas are sounds easy but not practical. Don’t just dream like “Karunanidi”, he is also ‘dreaming eelam’ while he’s “nidi”(නිදි/sleeping), he’s “karuna” but “nidi” always…!
Closing indian consulates in SL is not possible while visa applications are overflowing to visit india, most from buddhists. Our President will never do so, though you suggest it with vested interests or not knowing relevant facts. Closing diplomacy is not a decent & democratic attitude at all but it’ll lead SL to be isolated in the world. That’s only your narrow & impractical thinking. So those are the badly negative & weak ideas.
Then our need is to keep this peace in independent Srilanka & then we’ve our own things to mind.
Making counter blance of world is not our priority. Why you worry about that while you believing to have an eternal life just after your death..?
It’s better you to Balance Yourself 1st &then the world’ll be balance for you.! Otherwise the man will never balance the world while being unbalance himself.!
Because the world is man.! If no man then no world.! You know what i mean..?
Only Earth is not the world. Even if there’s an earth but without man, then who says even the word of “world”..?