Thursday, 21 February 2013

America’s Killing Fields- American State Department should think twice before passing resolutions against Sri Lanka.

The  Indian Express of the 20 February,2013,  reports of the deep concern of the “benefactors” the Angel of God the  USA State Department on whose  kindness seems the  future of the   Sovereign State of Sri Lanka depends .  USA thinks it had some hand with the Almighty God during  the creation of the world to give a little place for Sri Lanka at the tail end of the Indian continent.

How can we otherwise understand their deep concern which is reported  as having been expressed by one of its  angels Victoria Nuland who perhaps knows nothing about Sri Lanka other than what she had read in reports handed over to her by her bosses in the State Department  to be read. Se had read out   we continue to be deeply concerned by allegations of violations of international humanitarian law and human rights in Sri Lanka,"

Who are making this allegations ? Should they really believe these allegations against Sri Lanka?
 No they should not because  US Sate Department knows better than any one what the violation of Humanitarian Laws and human rights is  as they do it on a daily basis in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, and did that without impunity in  Libya.  They are not doing any thing different in Syria with the local “rebels” –in reality terrorists, interposed carrying American arms and ammunitions.

 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye."  Matthew 7:1-5

The parable talks about hypocritical type of judging that points out wrong in others lives and ignores the wrongs in ones  own life.

That is exactly what the USA State Department does.  Nuland the spokesperson for the US State Department adds, “ At the end of this conflict, we support a full accounting for all who are engaged in acts that violated international humanitarian law,"

Victoria Nuland,  it is very interesting to read what your State Department which thinks it is clean as silver says, but what it  had been doing in Iraq,  a country which  had no weapons of mass destruction  as claimed by Bush administration as an excuse to declare a war against Iraq in 2003, is a shameful crime against the people of Iraq..

Please take note  and keep it in your mind Nuland, next time you read out your State Department note against Sri Lanka to the Press, that between March 2003 and 2012, Iraq Body Count Project reported  110 937 to 121 227 civilian deaths, and 172 907 Civilian and Combatant  Deaths in Iraq.  During the same period  the number of soldiers killed is reported as 4486.

Victoria Nuland please take a breath  before you read what  harrowing tales are written of the violation of human rights by the US Armed Forces in Afghanistan.  They are still more harrowing than its  bloody massacres and most humiliating and shameless Abu Gharaib Prison Tortures  in Iraq.

It was reported  that ,  “The Army staff sergeant, stationed at a U.S. base in Kandahar, entered three Afghan family’s homes at 3am and began the vicious killing spree. Relatives of the dead said he then 'poured chemicals over their dead bodies and burned them.'
The shooter is an Army staff sergeant from Fort Lewis-McChord in Washington state, and was believed to have acted alone. ”


Victoria Nuland, please note and report to your bosses in the USA State Department  that in another reported incident,

 “Twelve American soldiers face charges over a secret "kill team" that allegedly blew up and shot Afghan civilians at random and collected their fingers as trophies.  Five of the soldiers are charged with murdering three Afghan men who were allegedly killed for sport in separate attacks this year. Seven others are accused of covering up the killings and assaulting a recruit who exposed the murders when he reported other abuses, including members of the unit smoking hashish stolen from civilians.”


The likes of these  never happened in Sri Lanka.  And yet the US State Department thinks it fit to accuse Sri Lanka for violation of human rights  for eliminating terrorists, merely because the Tamil Terrorist Front Organisations  want America to do so.

From who should the UNHRCouncil demand accountability, from USA or Sri Lanka ?

The UK Channel 4 which makes fiction collecting images and doctoring them to show that Sri Lanka Armed Forces had committed war crimes, could  without taking so much of trouble  make a true horror film from what the American Soldiers are doing in Afghanistan. 
The more indecent is the American war in Afghanistan  which began in 2001 and which has now spread to Pakistan where civilians are being killed on a daily basis by Drone attacks against which American  anti war group Code Pink is campaigning.

Afghanistan was a country impoverished and the people were  suffering  without basic amenities after it had been occupied by the Russian Armies and then the Talibans. Immediately after that the Americans went to war in Afghanistan looking for Al Quaida terrorists.

The poor people in Afghanistan has had not a moment of peace.  The Americans drop bombs , shoot civilians, but has not been able to improve the living condition of the people who are worse than they were before.  America and its allies have killed 15,500 to 17,400 civilians  in Afghanistan.

The “ Costs of War” reported, “The killing in Afghanistan is not winding down:  in fact the annual death toll has risen since the war began in October 2001, and according to the United Nations, more civilians died there in May 2011 than in any month since 2007.  More lives are being lost as a result of war than when the Taliban was in control. The first half of 2011 saw the most intense fighting since the early part of the war. 

Civilians are being killed by crossfire, improvised explosive devices, assassination, bombing, and night raids into houses of suspected insurgents.  Unexploded ordnance from previous wars and from US cluster bombs continue to kill after the fighting stops.  “

It adds further “The war has also caused invisible wounds.  In 2009, the Afghan Ministry of Public Health said fully two-thirds of Afghans suffer mental health problems………

The war related indirect deaths in Afghanistan, as with any war, are caused by many factors, including disease due to lack of clean drinking water, malnutrition, and reduced access to health care.  Environmental disasters, such as drought and floods, make living in war zones more difficult, and create what the humanitarian relief community calls "complex emergencies."

Victoria Nuland  welcomes the report by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillai,  noting the strong concern about the government of Sri Lanka's lack of action to address these long-standing issues of reconciliation and accountability?

And had added, “"We plan to introduce our own resolution on this into the Human Rights Council,"   Navi Pillai- for the information of the American State Department is the most downright unfit selection of a candidate  to be the UN High Commission for Human Rights. She is a Tamil and an extremely biased racist. She had been brought up to hate those who ill treated  Tamils having suffered humiliation from the South African apartheid regime. 

Heads of International Organisations should be selected for their ability to take object  unbiased views on important issues, and the genuine  sympathy they demonstrate for  human suffering.

All that big talk about assailing Sri Lanka for fighting real terrorists- which the US State Department has failed to see as terrorists,  but as  harmless “rebels” or “revolutionaries” as it was in Libya,  can not  hide from the world the most heinous crimes against humanity and violations of human rights by the American Armed Forces.

It is reported that , “The estimate that over a million Iraqis have died received independent confirmation from a prestigious British polling agency in January 2008. Opinion Research Business estimated that the death toll between March 2003 and August 2007 was 1,033,000.


Another hotspot of  American Killing fields is Libya.  Of course Obama administration wanted to show the world  and assure the American’s at home that America will not send Soldiers to Libya. For America and its allies the Libyan theatre of war was merely assisting the “ Libyan Revolutionaries” from Bengazy.  But of course  America played its roll by sending  aircrafts, bombs , and arms and armaments and provided instructors on ground.
Kevin Baron of the National Journal covering the business of war  says Gaddafi  is the “billion dollar man”. Because , he says, “According to the Pentagon, that was the cost to U.S. taxpayers for Muammar el-Qaddafi's head: $1.1 billion through September, the latest figure just out of the Defense Department.”

Kevin Baron gives all the following details about the terrible war in Libya where the actual number of deaths cannot still be ascertained .  And paradoxically the American State Department is asking Sri Lanka for an accountability in a just war it fought against terrorists in side its own territory.

“NATO aircraft, including those supplied by the U.S., totaled 26,089 sorties and 9,618 strike sorties through Wednesday. More than 70 U.S. aircraft have supported the operation, including Predator drones. NATO flew 67 sorties and 16 strikes sorties over Libya one day before Qaddafi was killed. The NATO mission also employed submarines, aircraft carriers, amphibious assault ships, destroyers, frigates, and supply ships--as many as 21 vessels at one time. Additionally, as of one week ago, the U.S. had sold participating countries in the operation roughly $250 million in ammunition, parts, fuel, technical assistance, and other support, according to the Pentagon.”


But having reduced Libya to rubble after all that bombardments by USA and the NATO Armed Forces.  They have left the scene leaving a free hand to the Libyan terrorists, who they call revoluitionaries. Nothing is settled in Libya. 

Though they called Colonel Gaddafi a Dictator,  he was the only Arab Leader who used the petrol money the country was earning for the welfare of the Libyan People.  Every one in Libya had a home and a vehicle.  There were good schools, universities, hospitals and  Dispensaries  .  The shops did not lack goods.  The  Libyans had a high living standard. 

But now no body- least of all  America and its allies that destroyed Libya  have come back to reconstruct the  bombed Libyan towns and homes,  and give the Libyan people a minimum of what they had before America came with the NATO Forces to destroy Libya and kill Gaddafi calling it the liberation of the Libyan people.

Cynthia McKinney went to Libya when it was under attack by NATO Forces.  She afterwards wrote a book – The Illegal War in Libya.   Reviewing her book Glen Ford of Black Agenda Report wrote:


"'Those whom the gods wish to destroy, they must first make mad’
—and that was how the western powers and corporate media
portrayed Muammar Qaddafi for decades as he nationalized
Libyan oil, raised the Libyan standard of living to one recognized
by the UN as among the highest in Africa, and began promoting an
African currency and development bank to free the continent from
the IMF.  When the ragtag group of “Islamist” fighters from Ben
Ghazi given diplomatic cover as the Transitional Council began
their NATO-supported assault, one of the first things they did was
to seize the Libyan central bank, until then one of the few still
controlled by government in the world.  If this makes you wonder—
and it should—then this is the book for you.  Kudos to former
Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney and her truth-telling DIGNITY
journalists who put the complicit Western-backed human rights
NGOs to shame.”

The UN High Commission for Human Rights Navi Pillai the greatest critic of Sri Lanka is “hell bent” to take Sri Lanka  to tribunal for war crimes for eliminating “her dear Sri Lanka Tamil  terrorists”, was invited to come to Sri Lanka and see  for herself whether Sri Lanka segregates the Tamils and has denied them any thing that has been made available to other Communities.  And speak to the people and  have a first hand knowledge whether the Sri Lanka Government or its Armed forces  have committed any violation of human rights during, or after the terrorist war.  But she has refused to come.

Navi Pillai , if she is sincere and unbiased should  have  taken a lesson  from Cynthia McKinney- a great humanitarian and a fearless speaker for the underprivileged whose human rights  are not just  violated but devastated, and visited Sri Lanka to see for herself the  ground situation in Sri Lanka..

In view of what  has been written above it is for the American State Department  to  reconsider their proposed resolution against Sri Lanka, as America has  violated human rights and committed serious war crimes , while Sri Lanka has only carried out a just war against terrorists within its own territory, in order to protect its people and its territory.

The Tamil Terrorist Front Organisations and Fr. Emmanuel’s Global Tamil Forum are promoting terrorism having done nothing to ameliorate the condition of the Tamil people in Sri Lanka.  It is therefore time that continuous accusations against Sri Lanka are stopped by USA and the International Community to allow the  people of Sri Lanka  to live in peace and allow them to develop their country and find happiness after having suffered for thirty years under terrorism.

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