In the last phase of the war against terrorism no one counted the bullets, and none the dead so from whom can one demand accountability?
We burst out in joy when Barack Obama was declared the 64th President of United States of America. He was a black man from the poor state of Illinois, having worked for the underpriviledged Communities we believed he was doubly suitable to be the President of America.
We expected him to take the Administration of the USA in a different direction from that which had been traced by the previous war mongering Presidents who tried to drive the priviledge of being the rich and a powerful country to keep the poor developing countries among others, supportive of their foreign policies without asking questions.
But how soon these expectation turned into bitter disappointment. Referring to the changes people expected of him the slogan of Barack Obama’s election campaign was “Yes We Can”. But what happened to that firm assertion of change in the American Administration.
George Bush last President was the greatest of war mongers among the all previous Presidents. But today the President Barack Obama is on the verge of breaking that record, to became the worst of all war mongering Presidents of America willing to sacrifice many more young American live as “canon fodder”.
He declared with great fanfare that he will withdraw the American troops from Iraq, and Afghanistan , and hardly before the sound of those words were lost in the ears, he joined France, UK, Germany etc. to bomb Libya along with the NATO Forces and killed Colonel Gaddafi. Colonel Gaddafi may have been a dictator to his people, but he developed his country, built homes and provided social welfare to his people. Now Barack Obama threatens Iran and readies his Armed Forces to declare war in Iran, while he tries to get the UN Security Council to sanction a war in Syria.
But America along with the NATO forces turned once prosperous landscape of Libya into ruins with only few building still standing with shattered windows damaged roofs , walls pockmarked in gun fire.
Writing on “ America’s Secret Libya war” in Daily Beast.com, John Barry says, “The U.S. military has spent about $1 billion on Libya’s revolution, and secretly helped NATO with everything from munitions to surveillance aircraft.” He continues his article, “But behind the scenes, the U.S. military played an indispensable role in the Libya campaign, deploying far more forces than the administration chose to advertise. And at NATO headquarters outside Brussels, the U.S. was intimately involved in all decisions about how the Libyan rebels should be supported as they rolled up control of cities and oil refineries and marched toward the capital, Tripoli.”
He further adds, “• An international naval force gathered off Libya. To lower the U.S. profile, the administration elected not to send a supercarrier. Even so, the dozen U.S. warships on station were the biggest contingent in this armada. In the opening hours of the campaign, an American submarine, the USS Florida, launched 100 cruise missiles against Libyan air defenses, crucially opening an entry corridor for the airstrikes that followed.” (thedailybeast.com)That is what became of President Barack Obama who gave so much of hope not only to the American people but also to the world which expected a changed American Foreign Policy. What more is in store to destabilize the world at great cost to small nations ?
Already the proposed sanctions on sale of Iran oil put many developing countries into financial difficulty, causing many development projects to be abandoned. America plans another war in Iran. Alastair Crooke writes in guardian.co.uk, under « Syria and Iran : the Great Game »
“……….nothing would weaken Iran more than losing Syria…….This is today's "great game" – losing Syria. And this is how it is played: set up a hurried transitional council as sole representative of the Syrian people, irrespective of whether it has any real legs inside Syria; feed in armed insurgents from neighbouring states; impose sanctions that will hurt the middle classes; mount a media campaign to denigrate any Syrian efforts at reform; try to instigate divisions within the army and the elite; and ultimately President Assad will fall – so its initiators insist.”
It will be the same any where America and the Western forces intervene to settle matters calling terrorist the “rebels”. All the countries where they intervened ended up in ruins. They do not help to build the cities that they bombed, houses that they destroyed. It was so in Vientnam, so in Iraq, so in Afghanistan, so in Libya, and it will be so in Syria, or in Egypt or in Iran. Once their job of bringing to the knees the governments and killed and tortured the leaders their “job “ is done.
The question is who walked the good man President Barrack Obama down the war path. It must have been his worst choice to get Hillary Clinton to lead the US State Department. She made the wrong choice in selecting the wrong team. Take for instance Central Asian Desk, it is headed by none other than Robert Orris Blake, who was the American Ambassador to Sri Lanka under the Bush Administration when the Sri Lanka terrorist were very strong and active.
Blake enjoyed the hospitality of the Sri Lanka Government and the people in the South, but he befriended the terrorists and wined and dined with them and was secretly helping the terrorists to break away Sri Lanka to form their own Tamil Eelam Homeland. Blake was against a military solution and kept on parroting that there should be a political solution. Robert O Blake is “a hypocrite from the land of vanity.”
Despite the fact that the terrorists have been eliminated Robert Orris Blake has not changed his stance and his allegiance to the dream of his friend the Sri Lankan Terrorist leader Prabhakaran.
Those who spoke about human rights, have now come out with another absurdity “ accountability”.
Accountability is what they demand of Sri Lanka just for the last phase of military operations against the terrorists, of which the God only knows what happened and no man or woman will be able to say what exactly went on during 12 or 20 hours of that terrible “last phase”.
But why don’t they demand an accountability for whole of 30 years of terrorism ?
Who can say exactly what happened except conjecturing “wizards” like the UK Channel 4 had done. No body had collected the bullets , and none had counted the dead ?
The Sunday Times Political Editor another local news paper noty too friendly to Sri Lanka, wrote:
« United States Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton issued a virtual 'ultimatum' to the government of Sri Lanka this week. In essence, it is a call to address accountability issues relating to the final stages of the separatist war in May 2009 or face a resolution at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva in the coming weeks. »
Now it has been announced that Robert O Blake is due to visit Sri Lanka with a delegation. I wonder what further information he could collect to accuse Sri Lanka further. The Agence France Press reports that, “Three American diplomats will travel to Sri Lanka for talks about alleged killings of civilians by government troops in their campaign to defeat the Tamil Tigers, an official and report said Sunday.”
After three years most of the people have even forgotten that episode of the “ last phase of military operations to eliminate terrorism in Sri Lanka.” It is these “do gooders” who carry the problem on their backs. Robert O Blake cannot do any further damage than what he has already done to Sri Lanka.
When Sri Lanka Armed Forces were engaged in a “live or die” war with the ruthless terrorists to finish with them after thirty years of terror, Robert A Blake went to Tamil Nadu State and delivered a lecture in the Madras University, stating that Sri Lanka should stop military operations against the terrorists as there is no military solution to the problem but a political solution.
But he knew very well that the President of Sri Lanka did all he could to bring the terrorists around a table for a peace negociation. It was the terrorists that foiled all those attempts.
The Western Governments say that they are supporting the people of the countries into which they interfere, against the Governments in place, because government change is their priority to set up West friendly puppet governments, the welfare of the people is the last of their concern.
The people in manifestations get into a mental “riot mode” and in that situation they move with the crowd imitating the rioters. They are not then thinking of democracy or setting up a new government . They break, burn , destroy and even kill. That is what the West wants to happen. That is when the CIA agents get down to work amoung the rioters, no one will know who is doing what. In such a situation can any intelligent man call for an accountability of what went on ?
AlJaseera reported today that 400 odd NGOs have been brought before the Egyptian criminal courts accused of inciting the “rebels” in Egypt. That coincides with the scenario described above.
Blake comes to see how things are progressing towards his “pet idea” of a separate Tamil Eelam . Blake has no good intentions for Sri Lanka’s development and progress as a one Nation State. If he had any such “good intentions” he would not have taken the American State Secretary Hillary Clinton to visit Jayalalitha of Tamil Nadu. Instead he would have arranged her to meet the President of Sri Lanka and evaluate for herself the ground situation Sri Lanka. He would not do it because it is not in his secret Agenda.
Blake’s informants , other than the pro terrorist front organizations of the Tamil Diaspora in America are Pakiasothy Saravanamutta and Jehan Perera who are known as supporters of terrorism.
Robert O Blake is the one who has influenced the American State Department against Sri Lanka. The President Barack Obama should at least now in retrospect try to understand how he could take America from confrontational politics, to more peaceful dialogue based political method to settling issues. It is enough that he has listened to Hillary Clinton with Robert O Blake to advice her.
It is now time for him to trace a different line of approach to American foreign policy. Interacting with countries is like building personal relationships, if you speak”down” at a person with force of strength, the other will try to react equally, but if you build a more cordial relationship and speak like to an equal, the other would be more willing to listen and accept suggestions.
President Barack Obama speaks beautifully, but does he act “beautifully” as he speaks his words ?
Well it is time for President Barack Obama to change his ways without blindly following what others tell him to do. What America should do now with Iran, Syria, China, or Sri Lanka is to talk to them like equals and discuss with them their political problems.
Robert O Blake should also remember when he comes to Sri Lanka, that Sri Lanka is a country that had gone through bitter times, and it is now that it has begun to relax , breath and hope for a peaceful existence.
It is therefore time that all these questions of violation of human rights, war crimes and accountability are dropped and allow Sri Lanka to solve its problems the way it is doing without bothering any one outside or any one inside.
In the last phase of the war against terrorism no one counted the bullets, and none the dead so how can one ask for accountability.