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by Dushy Ranetunge

Since 1983, the Sri Lankan state struggled to defeat the Tamil insurrection, because India and most of the Western democracies were sympathetic to the Tamil cause, and the Sinhalese were always perceived as the oppressors from the days of Sinhala only.

Sri Lankans gathered on Thursday to oppose a UN-proposed probe of abuses, saying it can be handled locally [pic by Reuters-courtesy: Al Jazeera]

India armed and extended training facilities to Tamil militant groups. Tamil rebels were also trained in Lebanon. The Europeans, the North Americans and India firmly had their sympathies with the Tamil cause and looked the other way as funds were raised to finance the Tamil cause.

Even during the deliberations leading up to the listing of the LTTE as a terrorist organisation in the United Kingdom, officials at the Foreign Office objected to listing the LTTE, as they perceived it as a liberation organisation. Interventions by India and Kadirgamer, ensured that the LTTE was on the list, when it was released under the Terrorism Act 2000.

It was Lakshman Kadirgamer, who positioned the Sri Lankan galleon, to take advantage of the changing winds blowing from the West. It was under his watch, that a deliberate and orchestrated strategy was pursued by the Sri Lankan state to “brand” the LTTE as a terrorist organisation. The LTTE projected itself as a liberation organisation. The Sri Lankan state won this contest as the international community listed the LTTE as a terrorist organisation.

But most of Sri Lanka’s senior diplomats were aware, that the moral high ground of the Tamil cause was unassailable, and the new concept of “terrorism” only provided Sri Lanka with a temporary respite. They knew that at some point Sri Lanka would have the address the issues of the Tamil cause.

Unfortunately, most of the Sinhalese population got carried away by the “terrorist” branding of our own propaganda, and failed to appreciate the underlying issues relating to the Tamil cause and its moral high ground. Tribal thought processes consumed both communities.

This month President Rajapakse told Sri Lankans that the war was won by Sri Lankans, without foreign assistance. This week at the UNHRC, during the debate of the US backed resolution against Sri Lanka, the Cuban delegate stated that 40% of the value of Sri Lankan arms purchases were from the United States, the United Kingdom and Israel.

Although the North Americans, the Europeans and India assisted and encouraged Sri Lanka in its war against terrorism, the bulk of the populations in these countries had their sympathies with the Tamil cause. This never changed. The change was only on the security aspect. The political aspect has always been consistent, in the need the address the core issues of the Tamil cause, which had let to millions of Tamil citizens fleeing Sri Lanka.

With the eradication of terrorism in Sri Lanka, it was only a matter of time, before the moral high ground of the Tamil cause would reassert itself.

Unfortunately, the overwhelming majority of the Sinhalese population, who had swallowed our own “terrorism” propaganda, hook, line and sinker, without appreciating the underlying issue of the Tamil cause were catapulted on to a different stratosphere, intoxicated with the war victory.

The assistance, political and military extended to Sri Lanka by North America, the European Union and India was not unconditional. There was the unwritten understanding that after defeating the “terrorists” the underlying issues of the Tamil cause will be addressed, so that it’s a win-win outcome for the Sinhalese as well as the Tamils.

After the end of the war, the world waited for some form of balance to be introduced, but Colombo was drifting.

The Rajapakse administration in Colombo thought that by concentrating on the economy, the underlying issues of the ethnic causes will fade into the horizon. Interestingly, President J R Jayawardene also thought the same, and after 1983 we had a period of considerable economic expansion, with mega projects like the Mahaveli scheme and other high cost infrastructure development. But the problem did not go away.

With justice in the battlefield swept under the carpet, the quality of governance deteriorating, and Colombo wishing away the ethnic issue, Sri Lanka’s first encounter at the UNHRC was mishandled by “Rottweiler” diplomacy of Dayan Jayathillake. It was only a matter of time, before the “Empire Strikes Back”.

Most senior Sri Lankan diplomats knew that it was a matter of time.

Later, one of our most senior diplomats HMGS Palihakkara expressed his views.

He stated,

“Sri Lankan governments, and the political parties, had shown a failure of leadership and that therefore “external prescriptions become inevitable” with the country facing intense international attention.”

“diplomacy was not a “zero sum game of cultivating one or one set of friends at the expense of another”. Instead, it was about seeking common ground.”

He spoke of a society, “where peaceful dissent is seen as an enriching experience and an exciting democratic challenge, and not an act of treachery or treason”.

Members the Rajapaksa government frequently label dissenting voices as “traitors”.

Mr Palihakkara also stated that Sri Lanka’s assertion of its sovereignty should be more than just “sloganeering”.

“Sovereignty must entail a government exercising its authority to uphold the rule of law.”

If that does not happen, he said, “certain crimes go unpunished, certain offenders enjoy impunity and certain investigations waver”.

Palihakkara had stated that human rights should be upheld in Sri Lanka and that the authorities should launch “humanely responsive policies” to address “the real concerns of the conflict victims’ communities, especially the minorities”.

In a recent NDTV interview in India, our High Commissioner Prasad Kariyawasam indicated that the 13th Amendment to the constitution, in respect of devolution of power to the provinces was going to be “re calibrated”.

These and other statements on the 13th Amendment are not interpreted as an attempt by the Sri Lankan state to strengthen democracy and devolution, but as a desire to water down the 13th amendment by “re calibrating” it, so as to satisfy the “Sinhala cause”, and not the “Sri Lankan cause”.

Last month the team from the United States, which visited Sri Lanka returned with the impression that Colombo was not enthusiastic in implementing the recommendations of the LLRC.

Blake stated that “Government has made many assurances”…., now is the time for the government to take real action…….came away with the sense that the government was still hesitating”

Former British Foreign Secretary David Miliband has stated that the Rajapakse administration are “liars”.

Whether its Palahakkara stating that “sovereignty should be more than just “sloganeering””, Blake stating that “Government has made many assurances” or Miliband calling them outright “liars” they all point to one thing.

There is a huge credibility issue with the Rajapakse presidency.

No one believes them any more.

Thus, “external prescriptions become inevitable” with the country facing intense international attention.”

(The Writer who lives in London, UK was the Editor of the Quarterly “Lanka Outlook”)

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49 Comments

  1. Hmmmmm….The blame should go to Prabakaran for taking 500 million and allowing the Rajapaksas to come to power in 2005.

  2. Exactly that is the state of affairs, vis a vis Sri Lanka. The people are going to suffer in the long term because of a leadership without a vision for the country and all the worse mess caused by the present Govt.

  3. Journalist in Yemen Jail for exposeing covert US killings of Yemeni civilians.. the usa conducted the air strikes via drones but the yemeni government said it was responsible for the air strike that killed its own citizens.. Well we all know that yemen dont have drone’s.. But this Guy for epxposing these ongoing Humanatrian Operations by the USA is jailed under US pressure in Yemen under the charges He is a alqeda operative.. Evidence he interviewed Alqeda Yemen people.. As journalist DO.. So the question here is Democracy, Human rights, Credability??? The writer in London should climb down from in coconut tree in London with that Western flag of credability..

  4. Hmm, waiting for Dagobert, Kalu Albert, Leela and suchlike to respond…………

    It would be so interesting to seek their views on this whole issue…………

  5. The majority community of Sri Lanka has all shades of opinions and views on the Tamil cause. Their views reflect their urge to the lion’s share of the national pie.

    Everyone, national and international, knows what a rational solution to the national problem would look like. But, so far, no one has had the moral courage to spell it out.

    The people, who are either guilty of or ashamed at, the persistent posturing of the Governments of Sri Lanka to deny justice to Tamils, simply stop at the threshold of a solution. Dushy Ranetunge has done no better.

    There is nothing called an International community. There never was; there never will be. This term attained stature only after 9 11. It was a watershed that proved to be a bonanza to the chauvinistic designs of the ruling elites of Sri Lanka.

    LTTE, born and recognized as a freedom movement, refused to pay heed to the changing mood of the world. It resulted in the movement for liberation being branded as a terror outfit. It is a big disappointment to many of us that LTTE failed to adopt its strategy to fit the newly evolved definition of terrorism.

    The Government of Sri Lanka, on the other hand, has taken full advantage of this lapse of LTTE. It has convinced the majority community that Tamil struggle is nothing but a ploy for separation.

    We are back at square one.

  6. Anonymous says:

    “The blame should go to Prabakaran for taking 500 million and allowing the Rajapaksas to come to power in 2005”.

    It was VP’s clever idea to bring MR to power thereby hurt the Sinhalese over a long period of time. If the Sinhalese are hurting then it is working.

    At the time it was said the total amounted to 176 Millions.

  7. I totally agree with this view. When Tamils started the armed movement against Sinhala dominated Government which was commiting discrimination and violence against them, they had the sympathy. This holy mission was given a terrorist label subsequently due to the madness of Prabakaran. Rajapakse is going the same way eliminationg dissent, calling those who speak the truth or giving correct advise as traitors, whipping up Sinhala nationalism to cover up his blunders and giving too hoots to the international community. This is the second blow to Rajapakse ego after the Oxford debacle. I am sure when the UNHCR meets in March next year a harsher resolution against Srilanka will be tabled if Rajapakse does not comply, which even some of the countries which voted for Srilanka or abstained this time are likely to support. After the elimination of LTTE, Tamils have regained their high moral ground and sympathy as an oppressed mimority fighting for their survival from a ruthless Sinhala racist state and are likely to win their demands.

  8. No one believes Rajapakse any more? Sure that’s why he’s been democratically elected for the send term in office…. And who cares what David Milliband thinks. What nonsense are you talking about Dushy?

  9. Overall a brilliant need of the hour analysis. Quoting ex-diplomat Mr. Pallikaha statement “Sri Lankan governments, and the political parties, had shown a failure of leadership……. ” is dissective or in your face to some of our well educated PhD holding diplomats who defended the regime with their “I ” I”.. arrogance. Even in the past ( eg 1971/72 ) the so called intellectuals from the LSSP and other left parties by joining the SLFP coalition let down Srilanka as a whole. JR’s leadership was not better between 78 and 83.

    Yes sooner or later the GOSL has to address the real issues concerning the Tamils since the introduction of Sinhala Only by another intellectual.

    Dushy plod on. You are doing a big duty to Srilanka

  10. Well said Dushy. The morons thought they were untouchable until they were brought to book in Geneva kicking and screaming with a riot mob of 50+!

  11. Where is the Tamil problem? 500 million solved the Tamil problem or Ranil’s Vanni+ peace accord solved the Tamil problem?

    Initially India helped the Tamil terrorism but later India became an enemy of EELAM. How? LTTE destroyed all the pro Indian movements and joined UNP Sinhalese.

    Now many realise the TAMIL problem is a TOOL for American intervention.

    LLRC report came last december but Americans are crying they “gave” three years! What is this joke? Who are these Americans to give ultimatum on local issues?

    Americans better try to implement the decisions made against Israel instead of poking in Sri lanka! If Israel refuse to accept UNHRC, Sri Lanka too do the same! Navi Pillai better go and give her ‘tution” to the Jews who simply kill Palestinians everyday!

  12. Hey Chaminda,

    Adolf hitler was also democratically elected, together with Slobodan Milosevic and Robert Mugabe.

  13. Your are spot on Dushy!

    Lanka Muslim, Suffering of Srilankans is a roller coaster ride. Thamils, Sinhalese, Muslims, Christians, Buddhists, Hindus the list goes on. 63 years of so called independence has taught Srilankans nothing other than ethnical extremism, which leads to polarized societies, which is an excellent breeding ground for Srilankan politicians. Those morons are playing the survival game very well to this day.

    WAKE UP SRILANKANS! before your are all drowned by your politicians

  14. Dushy
    You don’t need to describe MR Company and write article like this. Any one with common sense human brain will know of MaRa Company attitude. Whoever support them have no brain only speaks from heart. I understand now they are learning Chinese. The only place they can hide. May be noodles and soup will keep them alive.

  15. Chaminda Thilakumara ,

    “No one believes Rajapakse any more? Sure that’s why he’s been democratically elected for the send term in office…. ”

    are you sure about it my friend , 2005 Election won by whom ? please do check this before you write next time .

    2010 Election, the whole srilankan population (Actually people who want to see things as they are ) knows who won the election ! People of your ilk will never ever accept any of these ground realities, instead go on waxing eloquently on this junta regime until it is too late.
    Shame on you Chaminda , you should be grateful to your adopted country England, for letting you to settle down.

  16. raja kudda is not guilty of war crimes but guilty of other crimes happening in SRI Lanka almost daily.he had given is underworld special licence kill any one they like, rape , torture , get ransoms , murder , money laundering , sell government property and import and sell drugs.

  17. LTTE is dead and gone but still the Sinhalese raise the bogey of LTTE to justify and continue their genocide and extermination of all Tamils from SriLanka. The single minded goal of Sinhalese from 1950 was to drive out all Tamils from SriLanka and for that they indulged in systematic discrimination against the Tamils. LTTE was a reaction to such genocide and extermination of Tamils by the Sinhalese and if such genocide and extermination of Tamils continues, it will only end in the creation of a separate Tamil Country in SriLanka by World Powers. The brutal Sinhalese regime cannot hide behind China’s skirt for long and also cannot stop the creation of a separate Tamil country for SriLankan Tamils in SriLanka.

  18. Chaminda Tilakumara says:
    No one believes Rajapakse any more? Sure that’s why he’s been democratically elected for the send term in office…. And who cares what David Milliband thinks. What nonsense are you talking about Dushy?

    Chaminda!
    For how long you can pretend to be sleeping?
    Tamils of Sri Lanka’s future is now in hands those who supplied arms and ammunitions to Sri Lanka?
    SL has to make a decision now, whether to create a peacefull SL back or helping to create another version of LTTE with international help.

    Dushy,
    As many of us commented here, you do not need to wait thirty year to write this article.

  19. Like the mutibarrel barage that stopped a Tiger advance, US has given us oil consessions that our kerosine-thief govt failed to give.

    Lets see patriotism now.

    Vile mouthed now with toung hanging !

  20. Well Said Dushy!

    The Tigers unfortunately have given the Tamil struggle a very bad name and enabled Gota and others to dismiss genuine Tamil greivances as hog wash with the help of Tiger acolytes like Karuna Amman.
    Would you say this is how a democratic government functions by using exkillers as Paramilitary and elevating them as Ministers.

  21. ‘No one believes them anymore.”

    Blake and Miliband are not everybody. 15 countries including China and Russia voted with SL. 23 countries disbelived US.

    The writer believes that the sale of Arms to SL by US,UK and Israel was foreign assistance.If at all it is assistance to those countries by SL to sell their arms.

    Recalibration of the 13th Amendment is a must. It is not only for the Tamil community but for the whole nation. The Provincial Councils were not wanted by anybody, The LTTE and Tamil parties rejected it.The Parliament accepted under a threat of dissolution by JR.

  22. What Tamil cause? What moral high ground? They have only imagined racial high ground. Quoting favorable individuals and Miliband doesn’t make the truth.

  23. The rouge regime of Srilanka headed by people like thug Mervin Silva, dance according to the whims and fancis of Regime top.Hope dancing is stop soon.

  24. The author is only partially correct about the credibility of the Colombo administration. But grasping what’s behind the now-famous smiling lies is only a very small part of the truly serious concerns particularly of the West/US and India. (Otherwise, they would not have put such a concerted effort in to the UN HRC resolution.)

    The real reasons for the US sponsored resolution are many and inter-related. The key concerns of the collective of the democratic world (the 40 sponsors) are as follows:

    [1] The 1st is ideological. They are worried that Sri Lanka is rapidly becoming a dictatorship – and they want to prevent that from happening (e.g. A letter signed by many ex-US ambassadors was sent to president Rajapaksa few years ago which he casually ignored.) In the view of its sponsors this resolution will at least slowdown the dictatorial tendencies of the administration

    [2] The 2nd is geo-strategic interests. Sri Lanka is getting too close to China – for the comfort of others but mainly for that of India’s. The 40-nation strong sponsorship is one way to send a clear message that there will be a strong counter force

    [3] The 3rd is that the Rajapaksas are way out of control – absent a strong local opposition and India’s overtly sensitive approach to Colombo; i.e. there are no balancing forces

    [4] 4th, The Tamils on the island are severely weakened and they need to be propped-up. (Look for more US-TNA interactions in the coming months)

    [5] The genuine belief of the sponsors that the nation cannot move forward without first acknowledging and dealing with the past, i.e. South Africa style; and also their belief that absent a solution, the island will return to a condition of instability

    [6] 6th, the sponsors jumped on the LLRC recommendations characterizing them as home-grown solutions – effectively cornering the administration (LLRC report was a god-sent screwdriver to tighten the screws and the sponsors will continue to do so effectively)

    [7] Though this is a non-binding document, importantly, it leaves open a crack for them to take more stringent formal actions if there’s nasty misbehaving on the part of Colombo – to garner support towards war crimes charges and this remains the biggest stick of ‘em all. The potential risk puts the administration on notice (recall that pres. Rajapaksa did not even attend the UN annual pow-wow in NY in 2010 afraid he would be arrested!) Though they had been privately warned, the power-drunk lot never thought that they could ever be beaten; well, for the very first time, they have been – and they are wounded

    [8] Yet, just the following day the US approved additional defense favors for Colombo and just today relaxed Iran oil import restrictions. Expect more carrots for Colombo in the coming months. But make no doubt, they will be balanced with hard sticks. “Where is progress?” will be the on-going demand, the White House has already asked for an Action Plan. By now well accustomed to the smiling façade of Colombo, there will be microscopic oversight and scrutiny.

    The goal here is not war crime tribunals or regime change, but to navigate Colombo – using carrots and sticks – towards democracy, reconciliation and lasting peace. But as the author states no one trusts Colombo to do the right things. If they do the right things the nation will move forward; otherwise it will be isolated.

    Where the leaders want to take it – is now exclusively in their hands. Do you butt-heads with the entire democratic-world and take the nation down with you, or engage with them in a constructive way to build the professed Wonder of Asia? This will all depend on a very simple fact: what the leaders think of them selves (the ego). A hint of advice: think what happened to Prahabakaran.

  25. Dushy,

    The LTTE had become a terrorist outfit when it was named so. Period. It had bull dozed the moral high ground of the Tamils! What was defeated and destroyed by the GOSL and Sri Lankan armed forces with much international help (& arm sales!) was a terrorist outfit that had no claims what-so-ever to being called a liberation movement any longer. The LTTE was demonized because it had become a demon. The LTTE, when it was destroyed, had neutralized all the past terror and mis-deeds of the Sri Lankan governing establishment, with its brand of extreme terror and mis-deeds. What the LTTE did to the very people it claimed to represent, was not ever done by the GOSL or its arms. It is unpardonable. It is a balanced equation now. If the GOSL is considered to represent the Sinhalese and the LTTE, the Tamils, we have been both, partners in terror. The pot should stop calling the kettle black and vice-versa. Neither party had the moral high ground at the end of the war. It is time we openend a new chapter.

    Dr. Rajasingham Narendran

  26. They are a bunch of liars from Top to Bottom, and were caught out at UNHCR, and Sri-Lanka has lost credibility

  27. They are a bunch of liars from Top to Bottom, and were caught out at UNHCR, and Sri-Lanka has lost credibility

  28. Anybody in their right mind will now agree that the Rajapakses are as bad as the Tiger terrorists. These village godaya thugs have become a curse to Sri Lanka. After winning this war, one would think that they will develop the country by uniting its people, but oh no, that is a big ask from the Rajapakses.

  29. The best line of the week;

    If Rajapaksa foreign policy was a man, he will be locked up in a lunatic asylum for multiple delusional disorders.

    Tissaranee Gunasekara

  30. Dushy there won’t be many takers for this write up. When VP was riding high (? – temp) only handful predicted and gave good advice but majority stood with him and gave him support for all wrong reasons. I guess this “thing” runs in all Sri Lankans. Now MR is riding high but only very few are giving him the good sight but he doesn’t seem to understand what is awaiting because of majority support of all wrong reasons. Oh well…..there was a time people said only god can help Tamils….now it has changed to…only god can help Sri Lankans. It’s a real time comedy to hear something like….let’s boycott USA, let’s eliminate India, and there is Mervin…and there is lemon puff fasting hero Wimal….all are clear indications of where Sri Lanka is heading. God bless Sri Lanka!!

  31. Srilal says:

    “are you sure about it my friend , 2005 Election won by whom ? please do check this before you write next time”

    Prabaharan won it for him my dear friend by 100,000 votes for a price paid by MR funded by India.

    You say:

    “2010 Election, the whole srilankan population (Actually people who want to see things as they are ) knows who won the election !”

    Again Prabaharan won it for MR at the expense of 40,000 or so lives and immense suffering.

    Shame on MR he should be grateful to VP for sacrificing his life to perpetuate clan’s rule.

  32. Good article, the reasons why SL is in current situation have been illustrated accurately. As a sinhalese living in the UK I am ashamed of current political establishment. Yes SL Govt (Political hierachy and military leadership including imprisoned commander)freed the country from terrorism but has it done anything else for sri lankans to be proud of their own country? I believe the answer is “no” for most of the low abiding citizens of the country. Government politicians are the main ” law-breakers” in SL. Government spend so much public money on “lavish” mega projects from which an ordinary citizen would not be able to benifit. About 90% of sri lankans are below the poverty line trying very hard to make ends meet. Politicians live lavishly at the expense of public money. SL needs a democratic leadership and removal of presidency to be fair to all citizens.

  33. Hope fully the next resolution will be to seperate the country that will bring long waiting peace and prosperity to suffering tamils since 1958.

    Let the true pepole struggle begin just like in East Timor.

  34. Tamil people are a part of Sri Lankan fabric. LTTE can not considered to be sole representative of Tamil people, it’s just a part. All Tamil speaking people should not pay for it hence. No one has blamed SL for defeating LTTE but not addressing issues outlined in SL government LLRC report. What is wrong with that. Poor SL masses have been taken for a ride at present. Unfortunately we have idiots like Weerawansas and not greats like Kadragarmers who can provide right advice and steer ship. All these because power hungry uneducated politicos we have now a days. However we do have some academics advising the government who do not understand anything other than what is written in text books. Mr President do not assume things will fade away, be exemplary, ensure one’s freedom to express his/her views are safeguarded and rule of the LAW prevails.

  35. Resolution being good or not, most supporting it seems to have “huge issues with the Rajapakse presidency” and little care for anything much…there cannot be any better way to undermine the genuine need for it…

  36. I think the modern Sinhala Racism goes back to the times of Olcott. He’s the one who has injected the “ARIOSOPHY” along with H.P.Blavatsky to the Sinhala mindset. Anagarika (ADharmapala) became an instant student of blavatsky along with almost all the National Congress guys in the Ceylon politics. So, according to the teachings of H.P. Blavatsky (an esoteric) who wrote ‘THE SECRET DOCTRINE” which became the mantra to HITLER to unleash his bloody ARYAN RACISM on th rest of world that killed millions, Aryans are born to lead the world. So, this phenomena and the myth surrounding it gave the Sinhala’s ego a boost and thus they became animalised. From then onwards they see everything through the spectrum of Blavatsky’s misguided philosophy that led even the Hitler gang to send a team of anthropologists to study “Aryan Race” and its origins. So, Buddhism is the one that contributed the salvo needed for crazy minded Hitler to murder millions. He even adopted the SWASTIKA as a magical symbol. H.P.Blavatsky is a Buddhist. She embraced Buddhism in Ceylon/Sri Lanka in 1880’s.

    Blavatsky is an evil woman whose writings has inspired many a mass murderers to commit horrific atrocities to humanity in the world even today. FOR MORE INFO ABOUT HER…READ ABOUT HER EVIL WRITINGS AND THE SUPPORT SHE GOT FROM BUDDHISM

    Freemasonry: Midwife to an Occult Empire
    http://www.conspiracyarchive.com/NWO/Freemasonry.htm

  37. Yet agian,load of bull…How can any one justify any ones credibility,let alone president Rajapakses, whith what, the likes of David milliband says? He himself is a credibility wreck and a loser relegated to the waste bin of history.There are loads of misinformation in this article adressing them will lengthen my comment longer than the article.
    “Now many realise the TAMIL problem is a TOOL for American intervention”
    This statement I copied from M.Sivanandans comment and is the essence of the the problem,in addition the TOOL itself was a creation of the users themself. This was a design of the cold war period.
    Sales of arms is one of the main sources of income for the western countries,40% is not the surprise, why only 40% is the surprice. Probably they did’nt want to kill the goose that lays the golden eggs for them. This explains their unlimited,untiring interest in interfering in the Sri Lankan conflict and the suicidal confidence the tigers had in their puppet masters to save them from the jaws of death.Their faiure in this aspect is definitely the reason for their animocity towards Sri lanka.
    The other aspect of this animosity is the personal hatred with which Hillary Clinton persue to punish Sri Lanka.
    During the primaries of the last US presidential elections,the race boiled down to Hillary Vs Obama. Then a Tamil tiger front offered a donation to Hillary’s campaign and Sri lankan government objected fearing if Hillary wins the presidency she will be obliged to return a favour to tigers. Hillary was forced return the money and she lost the primary. It seems that objection at accepting tiger money is coming to haunt the Sri Lankan government.It is quite plain because only after Hillary came to the state department that US intervention in Sri Lankan affairs jumped many fold. All this war crimes charges,interantional human rights charges, mismanagement,law and order charges etc.etc…are emanating from the state department via Robert blake.That also explains the bullish attitude of the TNA towards a settlment insisting on police and land powers instead of getting on with it and do something for the people who voted for them.
    Finally,The funniest thing is, it is the people who ran away from the country and now living very compfortably in the west are the ones who makes most of the noise against the government and not the people who lived through the horror and are now living peacefuly here. For that also they have a stock answer!they claim that the regime is so terrible people are scared to even open their mouths to yawn!But a hired set of writers calling themselves jounalists are belting the government left and right without as much as a mosquito bite. The opposition is so hardup,they have nothing to oppose the government, they hold inquries against their own and quarral with each other.

  38. Dias says:
    March 25, 2012 at 2:08 am

    The author is only partially correct about the credibility of the Colombo administration. But grasping what’s behind the now-famous smiling lies is only a very small part of the truly serious concerns particularly of the West/US and India. (Otherwise, they would not have put such a concerted effort in to the UN HRC resolution.)

    The real reasons for the US sponsored resolution are many and inter-related. The key concerns of the collective of the democratic world (the 40 sponsors) are as follows:

    [1] The 1st is ideological. They are worried that Sri Lanka is rapidly becoming a dictatorship – and they want to prevent that from happening (e.g. A letter signed by many ex-US ambassadors was sent to president Rajapaksa few years ago which he casually ignored.) In the view of its sponsors this resolution will at least slowdown the dictatorial tendencies of the administration

    [2] The 2nd is geo-strategic interests. Sri Lanka is getting too close to China – for the comfort of others but mainly for that of India’s. The 40-nation strong sponsorship is one way to send a clear message that there will be a strong counter force

    [3] The 3rd is that the Rajapaksas are way out of control – absent a strong local opposition and India’s overtly sensitive approach to Colombo; i.e. there are no balancing forces

    [4] 4th, The Tamils on the island are severely weakened and they need to be propped-up. (Look for more US-TNA interactions in the coming months)

    [5] The genuine belief of the sponsors that the nation cannot move forward without first acknowledging and dealing with the past, i.e. South Africa style; and also their belief that absent a solution, the island will return to a condition of instability

    [6] 6th, the sponsors jumped on the LLRC recommendations characterizing them as home-grown solutions – effectively cornering the administration (LLRC report was a god-sent screwdriver to tighten the screws and the sponsors will continue to do so effectively)

    [7] Though this is a non-binding document, importantly, it leaves open a crack for them to take more stringent formal actions if there’s nasty misbehaving on the part of Colombo – to garner support towards war crimes charges and this remains the biggest stick of ‘em all. The potential risk puts the administration on notice (recall that pres. Rajapaksa did not even attend the UN annual pow-wow in NY in 2010 afraid he would be arrested!) Though they had been privately warned, the power-drunk lot never thought that they could ever be beaten; well, for the very first time, they have been – and they are wounded

    [8] Yet, just the following day the US approved additional defense favors for Colombo and just today relaxed Iran oil import restrictions. Expect more carrots for Colombo in the coming months. But make no doubt, they will be balanced with hard sticks. “Where is progress?” will be the on-going demand, the White House has already asked for an Action Plan. By now well accustomed to the smiling façade of Colombo, there will be microscopic oversight and scrutiny.

    The goal here is not war crime tribunals or regime change, but to navigate Colombo – using carrots and sticks – towards democracy, reconciliation and lasting peace. But as the author states no one trusts Colombo to do the right things. If they do the right things the nation will move forward; otherwise it will be isolated.

    Where the leaders want to take it – is now exclusively in their hands. Do you butt-heads with the entire democratic-world and take the nation down with you, or engage with them in a constructive way to build the professed Wonder of Asia? This will all depend on a very simple fact: what the leaders think of them selves (the ego). A hint of advice: think what happened to Prahabakaran.
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    This is one of the best analysis i have seen.Absolutely brilliant.This chap dias should comment more often.

  39. Dushi’s article is an eye opener.It is not one person’s opinion she quotes from the well respected and admirable Foreign secretary of CBK,Kadirgamar Government.Having worked under CBK Government I know the number of eminent people who made a pool of advisers to CBK and Kadirgarmer on the countriy’s Foreign Policy. She being a liberal and anti chauvinistic President and Kadirgarmar being a respected lawyer far from Tamil racism made the country proud in the International arena. They burnt midnight oil deliberating on the ethnic problem with right minded professionals.She saw how S.W.R.D’s and Sirimavo’s policies contributed to exacerbate the ethnic problem and was brave enough to accept and say at public meeting the truth.She was vilified for doing so.Compare her with the ruffians and uneducated Head of State who is incapable of understanding that the ethnic problem is almost 80 years old running back to 1920s. As some one has correctly pointed out that the root of Sinhala supremacy was sown by Anagarika and Blavetsky dou. Unfortunately there is no political party to take this message and start a dialogue with Sinhala and Tamil masses and the Buddhist clergy .

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    This Dushy is no she but a he.Dushy here is short form of Dushmantha. To avoid Gender confusion he could adopt Dushman but then people may think he is really a Dushman when actually he is a very nice guy

  40. Dushy brands the Overall Sri Lankan population as idiots who follow this Rajapakse blindly and wont Give an inch to the Sri Lankan Tamils because he (Rajapakse) says so.
    So My conclusion of Dushy’s article is that the Rajapakses are branded as Liars when they say that they will develop the East and the North, They will provide freedom to all people of Sri Lanka to move about Freely and enjoy a peaceful life, they will provide all facilities to the East and the North equally as in the South etc etc etc and that
    the Americans and the rest of the so called UNHRC are Kings who can merely say that The Rajapakse regime cannot be trusted. On the other hand the USA will stand by Israel and veto any move by the same community to criticize Israel and their treatment of Palestinians. At Least The Non Tamils of Sri lanka were NOT given this little island by the British in 1947 as a gift to make it their their homeland

  41. Conspicuous absence of any rhetoric from our friend Black-Albert ?!

    come on kaluu – give it to us baby!!!

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