With zero-record of reconciliation or resettlement, scores of Geneva Violations, US is bringing Resolutions against Sri Lanka
By Shenali Waduge
A second resolution is being brought against Sri Lanka at the UNHRC sessions next month because the US remains dissatisfied with the scale of progress and the measured implementation of the LLRC. This is coming from a country that carries out foreign invasions/interventions and does not wait for any UN approval (but gets it anyway) to bomb indiscriminately, violate Geneva conventions, and cares not a penny for the IDPs or refugees the US has displaced and doesn’t appear to receive any deadlines or timelines to address the appalling conditions it has left the countries the US and its allies have forcefully invaded! So much for equality of status and so much for the international justice system!
For the nations looking forward to voting against Sri Lanka at the UNHRC sessions headed probably by India all we can say is that the people of Sri Lanka are very disappointed at the manner nations are being diplomatically coerced to vote against Sri Lanka without looking at the merits of Sri Lanka’s resettlement record in a space of just 3 years given its limitations as a developing Third World nation.
It is clearly evident that development, resettlement, rehabilitation or reintegration is not what US and its lobbies have in mind and these Resolutions are simply to coerce and instill fear that the country’s leaders will be tried for war crimes so that their fear would get them to compromise or sell the nation to them – we hope our leaders are all the wiser not to fall prey.
Whereas Sri Lanka dealt with a non-international armed conflict – an internal terrorist problem, the US and Allied foreign interventions and invasions without UN approval has left over 2.4m Iraqi IDPs, the military intervention of Libya in 2011 and the ongoing interventions of Syria and now Mali show that it is the desires of a handful of powerful countries that matter and the entities such as UN and the office of the UN human rights are mere spectators but to project to the world that their office has a voice they go after the meeker nations of the world – yes, they are after Sri Lanka.
Notwithstanding all these negatives projected the world over about Sri Lanka, it cannot take away the fact that Sri Lanka took just 3 years to complete the military elimination of the LTTE including its ground leadership in May 2009 after 30 years of terrorism, becoming the first nation to eliminate terrorism from its soil freeing the people from suicide attacks and indiscriminate LTTE bombings. It took just 3 years to achieve another feat – that of resettling all the 295,873 IDPs who were rescued by the armed forces in a humanitarian rescue operation that left 5000 soldiers sacrificing their lives to bring Tamil civilians to safety. This last resettlement of 1186 persons from 361 Tamil families puts Sri Lanka on top of an exclusively single position of being the only country to resettle its IDPs given that there are 27.5m internally displaced people worldwide. The number of refugees worldwide is said to be over 62m more than half of whom have become refugees because of war – wars that are engineered.
Sri Lanka has demined 5000sq.km of land, it has rehabilitated and reintegrated 11,989 surrendered LTTE combatants, only 383 ex-combatants will be charged whilst 594 child combatants have been exempt from formal charges with the Government of Sri Lanka taking a magnanimous decision to treat these children as victims instead of perpetrators of terror. Some of these children have gone on to pursue higher education and vocational training, 53 LTTE couples were married in a mass wedding organized by the Sri Lankan military. As a nation we do not live in fear because there are no bombs going off at every corner, there are no suicide missions and assassination squads. The Tamil people themselves do not have to forcefully contribute to the LTTE kitty or pay “taxes” when they go to visit relatives in the North. So is the world concerned about the happiness of the Tamil people or the political aspirations of the Tamil politicians! The Government has diverted the bulk of loans received towards the rebuilding of the northern and eastern provinces. Over 1000 schools have been restored, canals, tanks and revival or agriculture and farming is visible to those visiting the areas that were once prohibited by the LTTE.
The most unbiased and explicit account of Sri Lanka as seen through the eyes of 2 Australian Opposition MPs visiting Sri Lanka is by far the best account the nation could ever hope to hear and we are thankful that there are some politicians of integrity still around. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_us_2XXRKmc Australian Deputy Opposition Leader Julie Bishop and shadow Immigration Minister Scott Morrison and border protection spokesman Michael Keenan.
The crux of the issue for most countries who had been part of the “solution” exercise over the years is that they cannot chew the fact that Sri Lanka defied their “orders” and marched on to totally eliminated the LTTE ground terror whilst the fronts of the LTTE remains very much functioning in their nations. Were they sincere they would at the very least investigate when we say they are still raising funds to again destabilize the nation.
Leaving aside the Government of Sri Lanka’s response, the rest of the country cannot understand how a country such as the US that has a criminal track record of human rights violations, crimes against humanity and one of the worst violators of the Geneva Conventions over a period of time can evade its own guilt to bring resolutions against other nations!
The military intervention of Libya took place on 19th March 2011 using UN Resolution 1973 with a coalition force of 19 nations that included Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, Norway, Qatar, Spain, UK and US. To France, Gaddafi was better dead than alive because it now emerges that former French President Sarkozy’s 2007 election campaign was funded by Gaddafi giving €50m- a lot of other secrets would have emerged had not Gaddafi been killed on 20 Oct 2011. As for the thousands of Libyan civilians who died – the simply answer is that they were killed by Gaddafi’s troops and the case is closed, all other countries the answer is “collateral damage” – case is closed. They say the Libyan civilian deaths are around 30,000 but the way Sri Lanka is being thrown ghost estimate figures we would rather not comment on civilian casualties because the West and its media have a way of creating dead figures and people to vouch that they saw the dead!
The people of Libya had a “dictator” – well that’s what the pro-west media termed Gaddafi and by easily getting UN approval US and NATO attacked Libya even going so far as to openly arm, train and supply rebels (using the clause “take all necessary means” to justify) to finally get rid of Gaddafi by killing him. If one man was a horror for the people of Libya, now Libyans have to contend with groups of armed militia all having a free run killing each other. Before Gaddafi’s death Libya was the “most prosperous nation” in Africa with people enjoying free health care and free education, they also enjoyed free electricity and interest free loans – that was why UN designated Libya the 53rd highest in the world in human development. A country that people were never homeless now according to UNHCR “At the end of August 2012, the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Libya remained somewhere between 65,000 and 80,000, a population composed mostly of minorities, such as the Tawerghas, who are unwilling or unable to return to their areas of origin for fear of reprisals”. So where are the UN officers handing over deadlines to the US and Allies for it is they who are responsible for Libyans now internally displaced?
Seven years after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans’ homeless population is estimated at 4,900, nearly two and a half times bigger than before the levees failed. The majority of the homeless sleep in the 40,000 abandoned buildings that remain as a legacy of the storm. So what is America talking about not being satisfied with the pace of “reconciliation” – in 7 years it has failed to house the remaining 4900 homeless in its own nation, is that such a difficult task for the most powerful nation in the world?
When Robert Blake the US official carrying instructions to the GOSL from the US says “I emphasized the importance of progress in reducing the role and profile of the military in the North, and full respect for human rights” – he seems to think that we are ignorant that the US has over 1000 foreign military bases installed in over 120 nations and territories through the “status of forces agreement” which guarantees US cannot be held accountable for any crimes the US soldiers commit in the nations they are stationed and there are over 160,000 such US personnel. These bases function as storage facilities for weapons, nuclear arms, training, intelligence gathering, monitor email, phone and data communication traffic, extra-judicial transport, imprisonment and torture of Guantanamo Bay and Diego Garcia are two good examples.
We are living in a world where conflicts do not happen naturally – they are all engineered to happen and created after a systematic and planned layout by people who remote-control virtually all of the decisions that affect most of the Third World nations because it is always they who become the best prey for profiteers.
If the world was sincere about solving terrorism all it had to do was to stop the manufacture and flow of arms, cease the flow of finances to purchase arms, stop the terrorist training and arrest all those involved indirectly or directly in fostering terrorist activity. Nevertheless, terrorism is today being used to bring nations to their knees, to dethrone political leaders, to force nations to be heavily reliant on international loans, every loan comes with a compulsory change to adhere to Western agendas and it is not difficult to see how enslaved most politicians of the Third World are and they in turn would compromise anything to remain in power. Over a period of time we are looking at nations losing their Westphalian sovereignty rights, creating a demographical imbalance or totally changing the cultural and historical dynamics of a nation.
Whilst we as a nation know the hidden agendas behind these Resolutions our fears also include to what extent the Ministry of External Affairs headed by a Minister ever ready to appease to the wishes of the West would have compromised of Sri Lanka.
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Shenali, you should be at the UNHRC representing SL to fight US wicked plans! I salute you for your excellent article exposing the evil intentions of USA.
US govt is dominating the world today, using its military might to coerce smaller nations into submission. Those who don’t submit, like Cuba, are beaten to the ground or their leaders toppled through revolutions engineered by USA and its imperial neo-colonialist allies, with military aid, money and trainers on the ground, as in the case of Libya and Syria now. Iran will be next. N Korea is too far away. N Korea is gearing-up to nuclear bomb USA in time, across the Pacific Ocean. They are championing the ire of the Freeworld against ambitions of USA and its evil allies to dominate the worl and grab their natural resources as in the past colonial times.
China is also helpless to stop the march of USA and its allies. I hope oneday soon, China will be a hyperpower to take on USA. Till then small nations like SL will have to suffer the fate of Libya, Iraq, Syria and Iran.
India has become US lapdog and plays along to its commands. India is our enemy! We should break-off trade and other links with India. We should have strong defence links with China and Russia. Let China have a base in SL in Trinco and Hambantota. This should put the fear-of God into India. It will deter US and its imperial neo-colonialist allies from attacking SL. Otherwise, the fate of SL will be the fate of Libya. SL has no oil at present but has strategic importance to USA. SL President is also a target for US assassination using local hitmen. I hope his security is always beefed up and reviewed.
Well said, Shenali, the facts though are contestable.
The fundamental is that we live in a intensely interconnected community and learn to be tolerant of others actions and thoughts.
This is similar to living in a small community in a street or a village.
I disagree wiht you on the reference to Australian politicians as pillars of integrity. They are a set of dumbheads, selling minerals from the earth that belongs to the natives and enjoying life.
It is not an issue of reconciliation or resettlement, or an issue of the current SL government alone. It is forcing a nation to submit to the will of the might. SINHALESE, MUSLIMS AND NON-LTTE SUPPORTING MUST NOW DECIDE WHETHER TO UNITE AND STAND UP TO THE THUGGARY OR OBSERVE THE SCIENCE AND INDIFFERENCE AND CRAWL BEFORE THE US AND INDIA SINCE THEY HAD BEEN/ARE WHITER THAN WHITE.
The social and moral decay of our society in the past 10 years is significant to an unimaginable extent. Governance and systems have collapsed. These changes, I believe, are irreversible.
I cannot see a single leader who can lead a moral and social resurgence.
perhaps an “outsider” could fill in the shoes; two likely candidates are Gen SF, Kumara Mahattaya??
Please refer to quote below:
Quote:”India would support any resolution brought forward by United Nations against Sri Lanka if the island nation does not honour recommendations of the world body on human rights issues, India’s Minister of State in the PMO V. Narayanasamy said on Sunday.
“When United Nations brought forward a resolution against Sri Lanka, India voted for it. If UN’s recommendations are not honoured by Sri Lanka, India will support any resolution brought by it against the island nation,” he told reporters in Chennai.
Observing that the Indian government was always for protecting Sri Lankan Tamils, he noted that powers were given to them through the Rajiv Gandhi-Jayawardene accord. “But Rajapaksa is not accepting them now.
“India is taking steps to get powers for Sri Lankan Tamils. That’s why India is taking a neutral stand. Not like some Tamil parties and Tamil Nadu government, which take decisions and pass resolution without thinking…,” he was quoted as saying by PTI.” UNQUOTE
I think it is time we split the marriage between our nation and India.
Great eye opening article by Shenali. Many thanks!
However, I wonder why SL or any other country like China or Russia cannot bring a resolution against US and Allies for regarding their international war crimes and human rights violations around the world.
Such a resolution may be shot down quickly by US and allies by “buying votes” from many poor countries or by coercing them using US power. But still it can create an atmosphere in UN where there is a voice against the world’s biggest thief.
By initiating such a resolution, even if it fails at the start, it can be the starting point for success in the future. You have to start somewhere. I am sure, if China sponsors such a resolution against US, many countries would not want to keep China on the wrong side too.
The Chinese and Russians are wise; they will never bring any resolution against the US. After all, the “cold war” is a just a stage show to keep dumhead bloggers entertained. The US, China and Russia are the biggest friends on earth. They will not undertake anything that is harmful to their mutual interest.
Only dumbheads in Sri Lanka believe China is a great friend. Every bloody cent which the Chinese give us shall be paid back at double the market interest. At least, the US controlled IMF give us money at interest below market.
Pity a few of the dumbheads are contributing to the blog in Onlanka. Their stupidity is an excellent stress release mechanism.
If someone thinks US is SL’s best friend, he or she is the biggest dumb-head on earth, but pretending to be very wise. Without them even knowing, US has put the rope through their nose and tied to their political cart. Now their job is to pull…!
Those short-memory dumb heads may not remember when US tried to rescue the world’s most ruthless killer Prabakaran at the last minute. Is that because US is the best friend of Sri Lanka? I don’t think you need a huge brain to understand that.
US controlled IMF… ! Huh.. truth jumped out of the sack ! Why is US controlling the IMF? May be because they are the purest saints in the whole world… Oh! Yes… to some dumb heads of course.
A very interesting conversation between bloggers. A true has to be selfless; selflessness a fundamental Buddhist concept which is extremely rare in the real world.
Is China our true friend? Is China selfless in the relationship she has with us?
The answer is a resounding “No”.
I will not pose this question on our relationship with other nations including US and EU.
Well, one cannot expect selflessness in any relationship; the best we could hope for stops at mutual respect.
No country including Sri lanka can be truly and completely self-less in dealing with other countries. If we cannot be self-less, then we cannot expect others to be self-less.
The argument here is not whether China or US or EU are self-less towards Sri lanka. It is all about who is and isn’t harming Sri Lanka directly and/or cunningly. China does it’s business with us and give loans and earns back their interest but does not go around waving fingers at us.
US and EU also are doing business and give loans and earn their interest but also go around waving fingers at us.
So which one do you pick to be “friend”? Which one has that “mutual respect”?