Sunday, 26 January 2014

Sri Lanka is a mature Nation, and needs no International pressure to solve its problems.

Jehan  Perera is a Sri Lanka NGO who without a sense of shame writes to bring disrepute to Sri Lanka and help its enemies justify their accusation of Sri Lanka and its Armed Forces for  violation of human rights and war crimes. 

He knows that Sri Lanka is being falsely accused by the USA and its allies for no other reasons than for  the elimination of a ruthless group of Tamil terrorists.  These false allegations as Jehan Perera knows,  are to please the expatriate Tamils living in the West who funded the terrorists in Sri Lanka,  and who are now an important vote bank, and financial  contributors for election campaign of USA President, and Labour and Conservative Governments  of UK and Canada.

Jehan Perera is contributing to justify these false accusations of the USA and its allies, by twisting facts to implicate Sri Lanka.   In his article “ Why international pressure has become necessary” published in the Island news paper on the 22 January,2014, Jehan Perera puts into the mouth of the President of Sri Lanka words he has never pronounced or sentiments he has never expressed.

The President Mahinda Rajapakse has not used the word “ethnic” in his speeches, which is a word bandied by the Tamil politicians, anti-Sri Lanka Tamils of the diaspora, Izeth Hussain a retired diplomat, the Western media and anti-Sri Lanka countries of the West.  Even the Sinhala writers or politicians rarely use the word, because there is no such thing as an ethnic problem  in Sri Lanka, though the Tamils refuse to accept it.

However, Jehan Perera writes in his article, “ Shortly after the end of the war in 2009, President Rajapaksa declared that in Sri Lanka there would no longer be an ethnic majority or ethnic minorities but only a majority who loved the nation and a minority who were traitors.” 

This is utterly false, deliberately twisted to please his “paymasters” to  give them an additional handle to pin Sri Lanka as a country discriminating against the minority  Tamil Community of Sri Lanka treating them as traitors.

What the President Mahinda Rajapaksa actually said  on the 19 of May, 2009 at the occasion of the Ceremonial opening of the Parliament in Sri Jayawardhanapura, Kotte was,
“……….Mr. Speaker
We have removed the word minorities from our vocabulary three years ago. No longer are the Tamils, Muslims, Burghers, Malays and any others minorities. There are only two peoples in this country. One is the people that love this country. The other comprises the small groups that have no love for the land of their birth. Those who do not love the country are now a lesser group………..”
Jehan Perera then goes on to explain the false statement he pretends to have been made by the President.  He says,

“ Apart from the warning inherent in this statement to those who were political dissenters, there was also the implication that a political solution based on the notion of ethnicities and majorities and minorities based upon them would be unnecessary after the defeat of the LTTE.  The logic of this position is that a political solution was only discussed because of the pressure of the LTTE, and now with its destruction there was no need to take that discussion forward.” 

That is far from what has to be understood from the President’s speech.  Jehan Perera is of course applying his lopsided “logical” conclusions to his own statement which he attributes to the President.

There is no warning, as Jehan Perera says,  in the statement made by the President.  It was a sincere statement  by the President heralding a new era after three decades of shedding blood and tears.   In that beginning of the  new era the Tamil people have  no reason to continue the separatist ideology of the terrorists which had just been brought to an end.  The three Communities the Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim have now to act as one people loving the country of their birth as the one and only motherland of every one of them.
But the President at the same occasion addressing the Parliament in Tamil said,
Friends, (In Tamil)
Ceremonial opening of Parliament on 19 May,2009, after elimination of Terrorism on 18 May,2009
This is our country. This is our mother land. We should live in this country as children of one mother. No differences of race, caste and religion should prevail here. Over the last thirty years, the LTTE has killed many people Sinhalese, Tamil and Muslims - many have been killed.  The war against the LTTE is not a war against Tamil people. Our aim was to liberate our Tamil people from the clutches of the LTTE. Our heroic forces have sacrificed their lives to protect Tamil civilians. The victory we have gained by defeating LTTE is the victory of this nation, and the victory of all people living in this country.
Protecting the Tamil speaking people of this country is my responsibility. That is my duty. All the people of this country should live in safety without fear and suspicion.

All should live with equal rights. That is my aim. Let us all get together and build up this nation (Tamil ends)
Jehan Perera says: “In keeping with the President’s immediate post-war policy statement and despite the passage of nearly five years since the end of the war there has been no fundamental shift in the government’s approach to the ethnic conflict.” 

How can we now speak of an ethnic conflict, if the President says that there are no more minorities in Sri Lanka ?

The President says that there are  only two  peoples in the country, that is  those who love the country and those who do not.   Therefore if the Tamils love the country , as much as the peoples of other Communities, then all these peoples are entitled to share in  every aspect of economic , social and cultural life of Sri Lanka without restriction.  Language wise Tamil is  now in par with Sinhala, and English. Development wise no part of the country is neglected. Education and employment is open to every one from what ever part of the country they come, and what ever community they belong. 

What more “fundamental shift in the government’s approach to the ethnic conflict  ”  is expected ? 
What more do the Tamil people want, inorder  to eliminate the notion of  “ethnic difference” from their minds ?
Is it their claim for a separate State that is lacking or is it the demand that  North and East should be left entirely for the Tamil  people ?

If what they still want is, a separate Eelam State, or a separate Province in the North and East exclusively for the Tamil community, then the Tamils fall into the second category  of peoples who do not love their land of birth.  If any groups of people wants to divide Sri Lanka, or separate a part of it entirely for the use of one Community then those groups of people become a minority, and an evil to the  whole of Sri Lanka, disrupting its peace and progress.

Jehan Perera says, “ Nearly all public intellectuals from the Sinhalese community who support the government, which is the politically dominant voice in society, appear to have also taken the cue from the President that there is no ethnic conflict to resolve.  But Tamil minority voters have repeatedly challenged this assumption. ”

That is how  the Tamil Community led by TNA is challenging the expressed view of the President, by creating and perpetrating the  “ ethnic  problem.”    What is the reason for this inane desire of the Tamil Community to perpetrate a notion of “an ethnic problem” ?

We have to make a deep search to find the reason  why the Tamils led by the TNA do not subscribe to “ no minority” issue as spelt out by the President of Sri Lanka.

All animals  as much as human beings have an instinct that goes beyond ancestral past.  This instinct may be stronger than the memory, and ties one to its natural environment from which  it sprang.  This is what creates a deep sense of belonging, and an attachment  to a motherland together with all human, animal and material wealth it contains.  For us Sri Lankans,  that belonging and attachment  extend to the length and breadth of Sri Lanka- from Dondra to Point Pedro, and from Batticaloa to Colombo. 

This is true with the  Sinhala people who  have nothing against Tamil or Muslim Communities, and accept them as nature has a way of accepting any foreign matter  thrown into it covering it up with lichen, roots, plants and earth. But that foreign matter thrown into the nature will remain the same without absorbing itself into the nature. Like a bottle in the sea.

That may explain why Tamils remain aloof, like the foreign matter thrown into the nature, with their Tamilness,  without  absorbing into a Nation of communities.  Muslims too with their spiritual allegiance to Mecca will remain without completely accepting a motherland, and  the Catholics who have their spiritual allegiance to the Holy See in Rome  will not honestly and sincerely  accept a motherland concept.

The Sinhala with their all embracing Buddhist culture  will accept any one into their fold, like the nature that accepts any foreign matter and makes it a part of it.  But yet the Sinhala will reject terrorists who had  terrorised the people in the past , and those who will terrorise the people in the future,  and will also reject those who demanded in the past ,  and those who  demand now or in future a  territorial separation. 

The Tamil people do not seem to have this sense of belonging,  ferociously seeking a  Communal separation.   Even the retired Tamil judge Wigneswaran who has his sons married to Sinhala women and have grand children of mixed blood, still seeks separation from the Sinhala to be in an exclusively Tamil environment.  They all remain unchanged like any foreign matter thrown into the nature.

Strangely, the Tamils are the ones,  including the retired judge Wigneswaran ,who are more concerned about Mahavansa , seeking to  write a new history of Sri Lanka  proving that there were Tamil settlements in North and East even before the arrival of the Sinhala.

What is the necessity to write a new history ?  Is it to prove to themselves that they are a separate entity ?

The answer becomes apparent  when we look into the past history of the Tamil Community in Sri Lanka. Their ancestors  came from South India as marauders and plunderers until Elara set up  a Kingdom in Anuradhapura, and brought along with him  Tamil mercenaries. 

Hence the Tamils in Sri Lanka today are the descendents of  those Dravidian marauders and mercenaries who settled down in Sri Lanka. Therefore their sense of belonging is to  where their Dravidian ancestors came from .  But now that they cannot claim the land from where their ancestors came from as their motherland,  they seek separation from the Sinhala , to live together in an area exclusively  for the Tamil people.

The Tamils of Sri Lanka haven’t got that sense of belonging to a motherland vis à vis  Sri Lanka the same way the Sinhala people feel for Sri Lanka to the extent that they are willing to sacrifice their lives to keep their motherland intact with all Communities united, which is not Sinhala Buddhist chauvinism, as those who do not understand it as  the natural consequence of a sense of belonging, accuse. The Tamils on the other hand want a territorial separation or a Tamil only Provincial Administration, which is racism.

Therefore when Jehan Perera says, “ So long as there are unresolved ethnic grievances the electorate will tend to vote along ethnic lines.  The government’s policy of formulating and promising policies of economic development as an alternative to political reform have been repeatedly rebuffed by the ethnic minority electorate.  ”, it has to be seen in the light of the  absence of  the sense of belonging of the Tamils who are seeking a separate identity.  It is a loss for the Tamils.

The ethnic problem is therefore  in the minds of the Tamil people.  If they can change their mind set the problem could be solved, but this will not happen as long as TNA politicians are in control of the North with the International community making use of them for their own political benefit to keep the North of Sri Lanka out of reach of China and Russia.

Only a few Tamils were able to clear their minds of this negative sense of  being different, to   accept the Sinhala as their own people. They are Ponnambalam Ramanathan, Lakshman Kadirgamar, Jeyaraj Fernandopulle, Douglas Devananda, Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan, Nalliah Thayabharan, Thuraisingam Bhagawathsing, Manohar Radhamano and a handful of others.

The USA and its allies have understood this, (USA and Canada being  Communities in a foreign land), and are profiting from this to precipitate a territorial separation or Tamil only Province in the North for their own strategic benefit.  They have no  love for the coloured Tamil people,  having no kindred relationship- the fact which should be seriously taken into consideration by the  Tamils included those in the TNA.  There is now no minority in Sri Lanka means that there is no “ethnic problem”. 

Ananthi Sasitharan  who has still not shed her terrorist garb, thrilled in the company of  Michelle Sison and Stephen J Rapp standing at St.Anthony’s ground  would have to make herself seem important, and the contact more interesting recounted a horror story perhaps with tears in her eyes of how the Sri Lanka Army Soldiers shot Tamil families gathered at that ground.  That was fodder for Stephen J Rapp who seized the story to  note it down as evidence of violation of human rights and war crimes recounted  by an eye witness against the Sri Lanka Armed forces.

A Government cannot continue to govern the country continually moving to escape  from the threat of anti anti Sri Lanka Western Countries seeking to accuse it for violation of human rights for what happened five years ago in the elimination, in the greater interest of the country and its  people, of  a  ruthless group of  terrorist. 

The accusations are false , but the anti Sri Lanka Western powers lead by USA are not prepared to accept their accusations as such, and continue to gather  evidence when there are none  getting individuals to make statements and adduce them as true evidence  against the Government and its Armed Forces without an iota of truth in those statements made by the selected individuals. Even false evidence repeated over and over again leaves a dirty scar. People like Jehan Perera only support the West in their blind acceptance of what ever false evidence that falls in to their hand.

In Law evidence has to be verified in  cross examination of the witnesses.  Similarly the evidence USA is preparing to present against Sri Lanka should be allowed  to be cross examined  by Sri Lanka,  the  party accused of those allegations. It should be the normal  procedure without which it amounts to contempt of international good relations, and making questionable the honesty and respectability of  USA.

This is what the USA Ambassador at Large Stephen J.Rapp did on his recent visit.  The terrorism was eliminated five years ago and the USA and its allies are still collecting evidence of violation of human rights and war crimes by the Armed Forces of Sri Lanka, not allowing the right of access to such witnesses to Sri Lanka

Why ?

After five years have the memories got a new lease of life and those witnesses see more clearly what happened five years ago now than immediately after,  or are they inventing new stories more damning and horrific ? 

Formerly it was the USA Ambassador in Sri Lanka Robert O’Blake who was  openly maintaining friendly contacts with the terrorist leadership who was making accusations and demanding accountability from  Sri Lanka for the elimination of terrorists.  Now it is Michel J.Sison the new USA Ambassador in Sri Lanka who has commenced  a devil dance with an appropriate facial mask to bring back the terrorist phantoms to life.

Jehan Perera writes a long article all about the “ethnic problem” , and spectrum of events initiated by the government, which  according to him  are in view of the forthcoming UNHRC Sessions. Jehan Perera has to write to earn his living.  It cannot be Prabhath Sahabandu who is paying him.  It had been said that Pakiasothy Saravanamutta and Jehan Perera were the informants on Sri Lankan Affairs to USA State Department.   It was reported that they were once taken by the CID and questioned on their arrival in Sri Lanka after a junket in USA.

The elections to the Western and Southern provincial councils, Jehan Perera says  is to , “….negate the impact on the people of Sri Lanka of a negative resolution that seeks to penalize the government and its leadership.  The government will make maximum use of international pressure for domestic political gain ”. 

The mass of the people of Sri Lanka  outside Colombo are not really concerned with the UNHRCouncil Sessions.  The elections will however be decided on what the Government has done for the development of the country, and in the absence of a comparatively competent and a more popular  political leader to oust the present President and his government.

In order to counter  a single party (TNA) administration  in the Northern provincial council promoting a separatist agenda, Tamil political leaders are in the process of forming a new Tamil Coalition Political party.  Their object is  to take the Northern provincial council forward awakening  the Tamil people to the necessity of a break away from the narrow racialist communal political system to which the TNA had bound them, and open themselves  to a honest reconciliation with the rest of the Communities of the country for their own progress and development.

With regard to this initiative of the Tamil political parties, Jehan Perera’s friend Pakiasothy Saravanamutta has said, “…… the credibility of the new coalition is questionable, since its composition is mainly of Government political parties…………the policies of the new coalition; with reference to reconciliation, conflict resolution and rebuilding; need to be taken into consideration in order to assess whether the party is going to make any difference to the politics in the North.” 

The fact that the new Tamil coalition is government friendly is no reason to scorn it as a  possible means  to break away from the political dominance of the north by the  TNA , and to make the Northern Provincial Council cooperate with the government and the rest of the Communities to bring progress and development to the people of the North.

Finally Jehan Perera says, “The ethnic conflict is the problem that gave rise to three decades of war.  The answer to the conflict has to be a just sharing of power between ethnic majority and minorities.  It is in the context of failure to evolve an internal answer that the answer to the government’s failure has come to be seen as international pressure.” 

It has to be repeated ad infinitum that there may be a  communal problem in Sri Lanka , but  not an ethnic problem.  The ethnic problem if there was one, ended with the elimination of the terrorists and the President of Sri Lanka in Parliament declaring that there is no more minorities in Sri Lanka.  But this “ethnic problem” is kept alive by the TNA, the anti-Sri Lanka Tamil expatriates, the anti-Sri Lanka West, and writers like Jehan Perera twisting facts and putting unspoken words as said by  the President.

If there are no more minority and majority communities, it means that the   political power is equally shared by all the peoples- Sinhala, Tamil, Muslim and all others.  The solution to the problem is for the TNA to realise that the Tamils have to live with the rest of the communities as the citizens of Sri Lanka sharing in its prosperity or in its poverty. 

This could happen if the International Community instead of seeking to accuse the Government of Sri Lanka advice the TNA and the Tamil people to cooperate with the government and live in harmony with other communities. USA in the mean time should not use its Embassy in Sri Lanka to interfere in the internal matters of the country.

More resolutions by the USA and its allies against Sri Lanka every year calling for accountability for a struggle which had been brought to an end  five years ago  will only prolong the reconciliation of the Communities in Sri Lanka.  

Therefore Jehan Perera should write articles to inform the west that Sri Lanka should be left alone to bring progress, peace and security to the country at its own pace,  without  becoming a stumbling block  to Sri Lanka’s  efforts at reconciliation, progress and development.

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Stephen J.Rapp do you know WIN and Gallup International say, today US represents the largest threat to world peace ?

twitter photo of Rapp and Michel J. Sison and Anandi Sasitharan at St Antahany ground
“In their annual End of Year poll, researchers for WIN and Gallup International surveyed more than 66,000 people across 65 nations and found that 24 percent of all respondents answered that the United States “is the greatest threat to peace in the world today.” Pakistan and China fell significantly behind the United States on the poll, with 8 and 6 percent, respectively. Afghanistan, Iran, Israel and North Korea all tied for fourth place with 4 percent.”

There is proof of this in Sri Lanka -a country seeking a peaceful existence, where Stephen J. Rapp US Ambassador for Global Criminal Justice, who  had come with a pre-conceived Agenda to accuse Sri Lanka for human rights violations.  He had met  a political party TNA, which still promotes the ideals of the former  Tamil terrorists’ demand for a separate Tamil State.  They  had taken him to St.Anthany’s ground at Iranapallai where Stephen J.Rapp had taken a photo and sent it over the twitter with the comment that “ the Sri Lanka Army shelling had killed hundreds of families at St Anthany’s Ground.” (where he was standing).

This Stephen J.Rapp has stated without any attempt at  verify the truth of the statement,  just taking what some one had stated as the truth beyond any reasonable doubt. It is strange coming from a US Attorney and a one time  Chief of Prosecution of ICTR. This is not surprising as all allegations the USA State Department make against Sri Lanka are based on the exaggerated lies of the Tamils for Obama and the rest of the pro-terrorist Tamil expatriates.

It is unfortunate that these investigators from USA come with minds  which have already accepted that Sri Lanka is  guilty of the offences they are coming to investigate. It is unfortunate, because with that mind set they will  accept all they are shown and  every thing they are told as correct evidence of  violation of human rights committed by the Government of Sri Lanka and its Armed forces.

The Americans seem to ask correct questions to inculpate  Sri Lanka , but never pose those same questions to themselves. America cannot have solutions for internal problems of other Nations, other than opinionated  suggestions, but they may have solutions to solve their own problems which they have not solved.  

They remind me of Angels that came to Sodom and Gomorrah and set fire to the cities for crimes the  Angels thought the people had committed. “ For we will destroy this place, because the cry  of them is waxen great before the face of the Lord; and the Lord hath sent us to destroy it.” (Genesis 19.13)

This American emissary who is a senior citizen and an Attorney  with the impressive title “Ambassador –at-large, Office of Global Justice ” should be cautious in accusing others without ascertaining the verifiable  truth of the evidence.  The American legal procedures however are not exemplary. 

It was evident even in the recent case of the Indian woman diplomat who was handcuffed ,taken to the police station, denuded, and subjected  to a complete body check including intimate parts of her body which had no relevance to the charges on which she was arrested.  Even when the former Managing Director of the IMF was arrested they treated him like a criminal allowing him to be photographed with handcuffs on, with out any respect to the man whose culpability was still to be proved.

The Ambassador-at-Large had questioned the Defence Secretary why the LTTE combatants were not prosecuted instead of rehabilitating.  It was in fact a praiseworthy example of  Sri Lanka’s attempt to bring back its own misled youth into the society after rehabilitating them to  make them responsible citizens.

A person may  have been a criminal but  if he regrets his errors, shows willingness to refrain from such criminality, he should be  treated with appropriate leniency.  That is in fact a Buddhist way of looking at it. Angulimala was a  criminal.  The Buddha subdued him and admitted him  to his  order of Monks.  These are aspects of Sri Lankan culture that foreign Christians will not understand.

USA and its Ambassador–at-Large Stephen J.Rapp cannot understand this, as the terrorists  they have been fighting against were not Americans, but those they searched in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Those terrorists the Americans could not have  rehabilitated and make of them responsible citizens.  They were either murdered in cold blood, or tortured in prisons like those in Abu Ghraib, or Guantanamo Bay detention Camps. 

The terrorists in Sri Lanka were its own Sri Lankan youth who had been mislead  and trained by India as terrorists.   Therefore there was no question of the captured Tamil  terrorist combatants  taken to justice and imprisoned , or murdered in cold blood, but instead they were rehabilitated and released into the civil society, with a “re-educated” mentality.

This belies the UK Channel 4 video  documentaries which showed persons dressed like soldiers pointing guns at terrorist like men seated on the ground, to prove that the Sri Lanka Armed Forces tortured and killed terrorists.
Buddhism is a human related pragmatic philosophy

It is perhaps important that the Americans and others who accuse Sri Lanka Armed Forces for violation of human rights and war crimes know, that the Soldiers of the Sri Lanka Armed Forces are predominantly Buddhists.  Buddhism is a human related pragmatic  philosophy, where there is an acceptance of all beings as equal. A Buddhist learns from very young age  to extend loving kindness, and compassion to all beings. 

Therefore even if a Sinhala Buddhist Soldiers would kill their enemies they will never harm any one who is innocent and not offensive.  This should enables those who reflect intelligently on  matters to understand that  the soldiers of the Sri Lanka  Armed Forces  are the last who could be  accused for deliberately shooting to kill Tamil civilians or torture them. 

The Catholics do not have such a refined philosophy to understand the mentality of a Buddhist Soldier. The Catholic or  Christian religion is in the belief of  a creator god beyond human reach.
Rapp and Sisson with Rayappu Joseph the Catholic liar

Therefore the Mannar Bishop Rayappu Joseph, Father Emmanuel of the  Global Tamil Forum or any other Catholic giving evidence against Buddhist Soldiers are doing so fundamentally because of their bias towards Buddhism. 

Even the Tamils who are Hindus believes in a creator God as the Catholics, and do not understand the subtlety of the mind of a Sinhala Buddhist soldier against killing an innocent Tamil civilian who is not his enemy.

Taking into account that cultural difference the foreign investigators should understand why  rehabilitation of the captured terrorist combatants  is  important in the reconciliation process while allowing  the  terrorists combatants still in their youth to regret their past and  revert to society as useful members. 

It was a unique opportunity to show the Tamils  that the Government Armed Forces did not fight against the Tamils as such but against the terrorists. Once the terrorism had been eliminated, the Government of Sri Lanka was not proceeding to take revenge from those who were forced by the terrorists to fight alongside them; but instead make of them good citizens of Sri Lanka.

The Ambassador Stephen J.Rapp  had in fact  met the Northern Provincial Councillor Anandi Sasitharan a wife of a terrorists combatant, who had according to reports made presentations to him on the situation of Tamil women in the North.  Ambassador Rapp could have if he used his intelligence before posing the question as to why the terrorists combatants were not  prosecuted,  understood how Sri Lanka had made a wife of a former terrorist an acceptable Councillor of a Provincial Council. 

Anandi Sasitharan was a part of the terrorist apparatus being married to a terrorist,   who had not been rehabilitated  after capture and her present behaviour  shows an unchanged biased mentality towards the Armed Forces that killed her husband, which explains why her evidence may  have been coloured by her separatist terrorist tendencies.  Therefore, Ambassador Rapp should reconsider what ever evidence she had given in the light of what she had been.

The rehabilitation of terrorist combatants  is a unique  Sri Lankan  experience  showing  compassion towards fellow beings, and a means to reconcile the Tamil Community with the Sinhala Community.  Of the 12000 terrorists combatants captured by the Armed Forces 11000 had been rehabilitated and reintegrated into the civil society.  Some of them have sat for examinations and entered the Universities, others have found employment, some have joined the military or police forces, while some  have married and settled down.

What would have been their future if they were prosecuted and put into prisons ?

It was the same as making the Soldiers of the Sri Lanka Armed Forces who fought the terrorists, a civilian security force to protect the country and the people, reverted to civilian work of utility while being in the uniform of the Armed Forces , yet be in readiness against possible resurrection of terrorism

The US Armed Forces and its allies have provided arms and ammunition,  and sent military instructors to train Libyan dissidents in Bengazi and elsewhere, and also to the rebels in SyriaIs not  this arming and training of so called rebels who are in reality terrorists who had  taken arms against the government in power illegal and criminal ? 

In that situation Sri Lanka government would  have “forced” a dialog with the rebels, and make them see reason and arranged them a meeting with the authorities to settle the problems regarding  which they rebelled.  It is not too late for the USA and its allies to do even at this late stage.

When Stephen Rapp the US Ambassador-at- Large  asks the Government of Sri Lanka why were the captured terrorist combatant rehabilitated instead of having them prosecuted , he is contradictory, as while asking Sri Lanka to prosecute the captured terrorists, USA is arming the terrorists against the regimes in power.

Should not USA and its allies  on this account be a subject of a resolution of accountability at the next session of the UNHRCouncil in Geneva ?

If Sri Lanka has violated human rights or committed war crimes to whom is Sri Lanka liable to answer for those supposed  acts ?  Is it to US Ambassador-at-Large of  Global Justice, US Congressional Committee, UNO, or UNHRC. 
There are far  too many busy bodies coming to Sri Lanka to inquire into what happened five years ago when Sri Lanka eliminated a ruthless group of terrorists, while 140 million people have been killed  and more are continuing to be killed in Syria, and  there is utter chaos and lawlessness in Libya with even the Prime Minister being kidnapped, by  armed  Libyans tribal groups.

“I’m not saying that Libya needs a new dictator at all, I’d like to see more democracy in Libya but the responsibility for this chaos must lie with the Western powers who toppled Gaddafi without really having a firm plan on what was going to happen afterwards. We have seen this in every country that the West has intervened to topple the government. We have seen this in Iraq – 6,000 people alone killed this year in Iraq. We have seen it in Afghanistan with the ongoing war there and we had over 100,000 people killed in Syria in the last two years. That was due to a different type of Western intervention by packing proxy militia who is trying to topple the government there. The chaos and the lawlessness in Libya and the prime responsibility must lie with the NATO powers who helping toppling Gaddafi in 2011. “  Says Neil Clerk of RT Question More (
Is it not more appropriate that USA sends its Ambassador-at-Large Stephen J.Rapp to Syria and Libya to find out what USA could do to stop this massacres without resorting to annihilate the Syrian people and property by using NATO Forces to bomb ? 
There is more work in Syria and Libya for the Ambassador Stephen J.Rapp to do,  than in Sri Lanka ?
If the USA may have the right to ask question as to whether Sri Lanka Armed Forces committed violation of human rights and war crimes in the elimination of terrorists, it may seem for others that it is  not correct for Sri Lanka to point its finger  and say you also have  violated human rights and committed war crimes. 
But Sri Lanka nevertheless has the right to know whether USA posing questions is without blame on that score. Because the names of the  countries where violation of human rights  and war crimes  have been committed by the USA Armed Forces are written in too large red letters one cannot miss to see-Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Vietnam, Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan , Pakistan…….list is long.
In the light of that “war crimes” back ground of USA,  may I ask the Ambassador-at-Large of Global Criminal Justice,  what is the necessity for the USA State Department to spend money and waste the time of a very important Ambassador of Global Criminal Justice Stephen J.Rapp, to be sent to Sri Lanka to collect evidence to prepare another resolution against Sri Lanka for violation of Human Rights and war crimes?
These  Accusations,  the Ambassador Rapp as an Attorney  should know are absolutely false if there are no verifiable eyewitness accounts.
Ambassador Mr. Stephen J.Rapp,  the people who  took you to meet  those who  they said  have evidence of acts of  violation of human rights and war crimes committed by the Sri Lanka Armed Forces during the period of terrorism,  may not have even been allowed  by  terrorists to enter any where near St.Anthany’s Ground,  and during the military operations they may have been  driven like cattle by the terrorists keeping them- the civilian Tamils as their human shields. 
Under the circumstances what is the guarantee you have, that they are telling you the truth, and the absolute truth, and how in the world are you going to verify the truth of their statements ?
It is high time that the USA State Department  should reconsider  whether they have the moral right  to keep on moving resolutions year end and year out against  Sri Lanka on the question of  accountability in respect of violation of human right or war crimes against civilians in course of the elimination of terrorism in Sri Lanka as far back as 2009. 
It seems perfectly alright if the US Sate Department is in the embarrassing situation of not finding any thing better to  keep you occupied in your office as the Ambassador-at-Large on Global Criminal Justice.
It is time at least now in the wake of  new Nations with greater military and economic power competing for the leadership amoung Nations of the world, for USA to  re-assess its continued  political intimidation of developing nations,  and adopt a generous coexistence with them. 
It is in that reality the USA State Department should adopt a different approach in dealing with developing countries like Sri Lanka.
Therefore the US Ambassador-at-Large for Global Criminal Justice should in absolute honesty demand the US State Department to stop  passing further resolutions against Sri Lanka,  which after suffering thirty years under terrorism is trying to develop the country, unite its communities, and bring happiness to its people, allowing them to enjoy a peaceful existence.

Friday, 10 January 2014

Barrack Obama a haughty man of high sounding words, Mahinda Rajapakse a friendly man of determination and hard work.

Barrack Obama knows how to use words making  phrases which are beautiful  and inspiring. However, his words do not match his deeds.

He had said, “ And when I am President, we will end this war in Iraq and bring our troops home; we will finish the job against al Qaeda in Afghanistan; we will care for our veterans; we will restore our moral standing in the world; and we will never use 9/11 as a way to score up votes, because it is not a tactic to win an election, it is a challenge that should unite America and the world against the common threats of the twenty-first century: terrorism and nuclear weapons; climate change and poverty; genocide and disease.”

He brought back the troops from Iraq  but increased US Troops in Afghanistan, and ordered more drone strikes in Pakistan. After nearly one and a half million Iraqi deaths due to US Invasion in Iraq,  he withdrew the US troops with only a promise to reconstruct the country.

The socialist reported: Obama's claims about America's "extraordinary achievement" in Iraq are Orwellian. In reality, the U.S. war and occupation further wrecked an already devastated country, left it in a shambles instead of the promised reconstruction, and stoked sectarianism between Iraq's three main groups--Kurds, Shia Muslims and Sunni Muslims.

Barrack Obama got Oussama Ben Laden  killed under questionable  circumstances.  He divided terrorists into two categories those who attack America and its allies as terrorists and terrorists elsewhere as freedom fighters.  In Sri Lanka the terrorists that massacred children, men and women, killed a Prime Minsiter of India and a Foreign Minister and  other Ministers  and Officers and wounded an Army Commander  are only  freedom fighters for Obama Administration, who still seek to accuse Sri Lanka for war crimes for eliminating terrorism.

Barrack Obama  ran his election campaign with money coming even from terrorists from other Countries. Tamils for Obama who campaigned for Barrack Obama  are a group of Tamils in America who funded,  and continue to fund terrorism in Sri Lanka. Tamils for Obama is a terrorist group supporting the Sri Lanka terrorists  designated as a foreign terrorist group  in USA.  Now Barrack Obama is obliged to them and take their advice to accuse Sri Lanka for war crimes.

He captured the American voters with his  speeches inspiring them with  slogans “Yes We can,”  and “Change and Hope”.  His promise for  hope and change to the American people,  and peace to the world, propelled him  to the White House as the 44th President of USA on 4 November,2008 at 47 years of age.

Thereafter, he became very popular and gave the Americans and the world lot of hope.  He continued his beautiful speeches in different Capitals in the world  promising peace and equality. His idea of peace was apparently  not different from what American Administration had always proposed.  Peace through threat,  peace through recognising  terrorists as freedom fighters, peace through regime change in developing countries, and peace through bombs. That is what America always believed. 

American legal system is a shame.  Barrack Obama could have at least changed it to fit into a modern democratic system. A person arrested is immediately treated as guilty of the offence. Recently an Indian woman diplomat was arrested in front of the school where she had come to drop her daughter, on a question of paying a low salary to a domestic help. The diplomat was handcuffed and taken to the police and subjected to a humiliating body check.

Barrack Obama’s first act  after being sworn in as the President of USA was to sign an Order to close down the Guantanamo Bay Detention Camps,  of which he had  said , “ In 2006, Senator Obama spoke on the Senate floor in support of an amendment to restore habeas corpus rights to individuals at Guantanamo Bay. He argued that holding people in Guantanamo without habeas corpus is un-American, tyrannical, unnecessary to fight Terrorism, a potent means for stoking anti-Americanism and fuelling Terrorism, a means of endangering captured American troops, Americans travelling abroad and Americans generally, and a violent betrayal of core centuries-old Western principles of justice.”

But nothing came of that promise and the Act he signed, “ In 2008, the Supreme Court ruled that detainees at Guantanamo Bay were due habeas corpus rights. Three months after the Supreme Court's ruling, four Afghan citizens being detained at Bagram tried to challenge their detentions in U.S. District Court in Washington

After Barack Obama took office, a federal judge in Washington gave the new administration a month to decide whether it wanted to stand by Bush's legal argument. In a two sentence response, the Obama administration sided with the Bush administration in declaring that those detained in Iraq and Afghanistan had no right to habeas corpus. "Having considered the matter, the government adheres to its previously articulated position."  

Barrack Obama had to give in to what it had been under Bush Administration.  That was  his  “yes we can” claim.  Barrack Obama could not bring the United States of America to the surface from the depth of the American Administration mire into which it had sunk. The Administration of USA is  marked by  a blind “ greatest Nation pride” and  authority coming from military power at its command.  The President Barrack Obama had to sink into the same depth as the USA Administration to keep himself alive.  He is adopting a mere survival tactic.

Now let us turn to President Mahinda Rajapakse the President of Sri Lanka, a simple man of the people. He was sworn in as the President of Sri Lanka  in November,2005 at 60 years of Age.

He was worst off than Barrack Obma when he took over the Presidency of Sri Lanka.  He inherited a Sri Lanka  burdened with an on going terrorism that had continued for over two decades.  All development work had halted.  The economy was at its lowest.  People living in fear of terrorism seemed doomed to suffer .  In addition to that the East Coast of Sri Lanka was hit by  a tsunami in which more than 40 000 people lost their lives and devastated land and property.

The President  Mahinda Rajpakse knew that it is not the high sounding  words as those of President Barrack Obama that was needed to give assurance to his people.  Mahind Rajapakse spoke slowly, but he spoke  words rich in  meaning giving  hope and confidence to the people that there is a light at the end of the dark tunnel of suffering they were trudging  through. Mahinda Rajapakse’s speeches  were not empty words that flowed through his lips,  but they were meaningful , frank and assuring words that came  from the depth of his heart.

Barrack Obama could not make such speeches.  Barrack Obama though he used a  flowery language and delivered his speeches in correct diction they will remain just great speeches made in English language and go down history as such, but  what good  have those speeches done?  Did those speeches Change the lives of the American people ? Did they contribute to help the welfare of poor developing Nations ? Did he change the  American Administration  from being an aggressive, manipulating system, using threat against developing Nations who do not follow American political views ?

Even to give the American people an affordable health care facility he had to overcome an enormous opposition.  American political hierarchy wants American Leadership in the world , but not under a black President, hence  Barrack Obama with all his stimulating  speeches  cannot change any thing . His slogan “yes we can”  was a bluff.

Mahinda Rajapakse the President of Sri Lanka on the other hand contributed vastly to enhance the living condition of the people and take a country , assaulted by terrorism, suffering from underdevelopment, and  divided  by conflicting interests of Tamils and the other Communities, towards development and progress in the right direction.

Mahinda Rajapakse when he campaigned for the Presidential elections was aware of  the priorities he had to attend to  if he were to be the President and had a  workable pragmatic plan of development to take the country forward. When Mahinda Rajapakse was  sworn in as the President of Sri Lanka he promised the people that he would seek to settle the decades old terrorism in peaceful negotiation with the terrorists, failing that he said he would employ a military solution. 

Thereafter he said he will develop the country and reconcile the communities.  Mahinda Rajapakse true to his word having failed to get the terrorists for a negotiated peace settlement resorted to military operations forced by the terrorists who had forcibly closed the sluice gates of Mavil Aru water reservoir depriving access to  water to thousands of farmers. 

Mahinda Rajapakse’s determination to end the nearly three decade old terrorism resulted in complete elimination of terrorists in May, 2009.  Within four years thereafter he organized the government and the people and developed the country rebuilding the much neglected infrastructure- roads, communication, water supply, electric facilities, and building schools, hospitals, banks, post offices, harbours and airports.

Then the Tamils in the diaspora who had been supporting the terrorism in Sri Lanka by collecting funds, and buying arms and ammunitions for the terrorists were  discouraged by the unexpected elimination of the terrorists by the government Armed Forces. They began a publicity campaign against the Government of Sri Lanka and its Armed Forces accusing them of violation of human rights and war crimes.

This terrorist rump spend lavishly the funds they had collected and continue to collect to support and reintroduce terrorism in Sri Lanka, to buy the Western Media, American Senators, Members of Parliament in Western Countries, Amnesty International and other human rights activists demanding them  to send an Independent  International  Committee to Sri Lanka to investigate violation of human rights and war crimes committed by the Government Armed Force in the elimination of terrorists, and help the Tamils to set up a separate Tamil State. 

These pro-terrorist Tamils in USA formed into a group calling themselves Tamils for Obama. The USA President and his State Department  depending heavily on the complaints made by the  Tamils for Obama against  Sri Lanka   and its Armed Forces for violation of human rights and war crimes , presented resolutions against Sri Lanka at the UNHRCouncil Sessions.

Barrack Obama the President of USA  faced a serious financial crisis, which he has still not been able to surmount.  He has also failed to bring back  all of the American troops as promised. He is therefore  loosing fast the confidence of the American people, and  is unable to continue to make the American people believe in an American leadership in the world.

Barrack Obama therefore turned outwards in search of a solution to rebuild his popularity amoung the American people.  He turned his attention to bring back  the developing countries now turning away from the American influence  and reaching out to  China and Russia- two countries which are more generous than America ever was  to developing countries, and willing  to help them unconditionally to come out of their state of underdevelopment.

Barack Obama in his effort  to reaffirm the American leadership in the world which it has lost to China and Russia is turning towards developing  countries with political strategic interest, and other oil rich countries with economic interest , along with  the Western Allies to  destabilise them , and change regimes by putting in place West friendly  puppet regimes, or bring them  under their control using the UNHRC, which seems to have become a part of the USA State Department, and other Human Right Agencies.

In the new search for America’s place for leadership in the world, Barrack Obama’s Administration  along with its Western Allies search for dissidents, and terrorists in the developing countries  who have taken arms against the governments in power, and arm them as rebels (freedom fighters) to fight against the government forces with the backing of the USA and its Western Allies. It happened in Libya, it was nearly happening in Iran , and  an American led war in Syria was avoided just in time due to a fortuitous intervention of Russia to make America and its allies see the reality of their folly.

Mahinda Rajapakse the President of Sri Lanka unlike Barrack Obama the President of USA has his feet well grounded in Sri Lanka and indefatigably search for the development of his country and bring together the Communities .  In order to satisfy the Tamil Community he declared that there is no more minority and majority in Sri Lanka, and made the country a tri lingual Nation.  Unfortunately the Tamil community is continuously kept apart from the rest of the Communities by a self  seeking ambitious set of  Tamil politicians.

The Tamil Community in Sri Lanka is suffering from a deep inborn inferiority complex which makes them “think” that they do not measure up to the Sinhala Majority Community, hence to assure themselves that they are better than the Sinhala Community, they continually oppose every move of the Government of the President Mahinda Rajapakse to reconcile the communities to bring the Tamils into the common fold of a Sri Lankan Nation. 

The Tamils of Sri Lanka opposed to any reconciliation with the Sinhala Community demand a province reserved  only for the Tamils or a separate territory for themselves as a  Tamil State, so that in an  environment  which is exclusively Tamil they will be able to shed their inferiority complex.

The Barrack Obama’s Administration and the Western Governments who cannot understand this “inferiority complex bias” of the Tamils, accept the Tamil version of the  discrimination of the  Tamils in Sri Lanka by a Sinhala majority government. 

Barrack Obama belonging to the American Black Community knows very well that the Black Community in America has asserted its  rights not by seeking to be a separate community but by seeking to be integrated into the majority white community, which the Sri Lanka Tamils if they are intelligent and not self centred should follow.

But, that claim of discrimination by the Sinhala majority against the Tamils is an opportunity for the USA and the Western Countries whose parliamentarians depend on the vote bank of the expatriate Tamils living in their countries, to implement their “ regime change manoeuvres” on Sri Lanka- a country of  strategic value against Chinese and Russian domination of the Indian Ocean. 

That is the reason why USA and the West  are going all out to discredit and destabilise the Government of Mahinda Rajapakse by passing resolution at the UNHRC in Geneva against the Government of Sri Lanka and its Armed Forces for violation of human rights and war crimes in the last phase of the elimination of terrorism .

The President of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapakse, not having the ambition of Barrack Obama for a world leadership claim, remains calm and unperturbed following a middle path between assertion of his power of being a popular President of a large majority of his people , and giving into unjustifiable arm twisting of the Tamils and the USA and its allies. 

Mahinda Rajapakse’s ambition is to bring together  all the communities of his country into one great Nation of Sri Lankans.  In that commendable aspiration he seeks to establish diplomatic relations with divers Nations, from Asia, to Africa, Middle East to Eastern Europe while trying to maintain diplomatic relations, and  cooperate as much as he can with USA and the Western countries despite their constant aggressivity and unfriendly moves against Sri Lanka.

Mahinda Rajapakse the President of Sri Lanka has thus built close relations with many nations through dialogue and friendly visits. “Welcoming the first Sri Lankan head of the state to visit Israel despite long existing diplomatic relations with the state since 1956, President Peres commended his Sri Lankan counterpart as a great leader for eradicating the three decades long terrorism and bringing peace, reconciliation and restoration to the country which is not a small achievement.”
But Barrack Obama the President of USA does not believe in friendly dialogue.  He prefers to look at  the Leaders of  Sovereign States  of developing countries with his head raised high taking a superior attitude, while reasserting his equality with Western Nations. 

Barrack Obama uses his country’s military capabilities, and  his command over the Western Nations to threaten developing Nations and impose on them “trade embargoes and sanctions.  Cuba is under a commercial, economic and financial embargo imposed by USA in October, 1960.  USA has sanctions against, Burma since 1997, Iran since 1979, Libya since 2011 ( against parties closely associated with former Gaddafi regime) North Korea since 1950, Sudan Since 2002.

Jayalalitha said after meeting with Hillary Clinton, that  “She recalled a US congressional committee voting to ban aid to Sri Lanka unless it showed `accountability` over the `bloodshed` in the final stages of the conflict in 2009”.

We are in 2014, it was in 2009 that the Armed Forces of Sri Lanka eliminated  terrorism for good from Sri Lanka.  Since then Sri Lanka has successfully  marched forward becoming a middle income country from being a developing country . If Sri Lanka’s  progress is unhampered by the “jealousies” of the West, it would even  step into being a developed country.

But while Sri Lanka is gradually progressing into  2014,  Barrack Obama  and his State Department are still  living in 2009.  Barrack Obama has sent Stephen J.Rapp,  The United States Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues, in the Office of Global Criminal Justice at the Department of States to study  Sri Lanka's justice, accountability, and reconciliation processes.  Stephen J.Rapp had told reporters that, The US will seek an international probe into alleged rights abuses in the final months of Sri Lanka’s civil war against the LTTE under a third resolution at the UNHRC.”

In the meantime Barrack Obama also sends his Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Desai Biswal who had warned that if Sri Lanka doesn't make meaningful progress in addressing the accountability issues, the patience of the international community on Sri Lanka will start to wear thin and urged Sri Lanka to take some "concrete steps" to address the issue of human rights, accountability and reconciliation process. 

Barrack Obama is not short of threats and warnings to this small Island of  Sri Lanka which has a land mass of only   62,700 sq Km,  and a population of  20 million people. But Sri Lanka under Mahinda Rajapakse is doing far better than even USA in its  economic and social development.  Barack Obama the President of USA who visited India refused a visit to Sri Lanka.

Even his former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton  who visited the Indian State of Tamil Nadu to meet the Chief Minister Jayalalitha a decadent brainless old film star,  did not have the politeness to visit Sri Lanka.  That shows how much more respect and trust  the President Barrack Obama and his State Department has on the pro-terrorist Tamils expatriates in  USA the pro-terrorist Tamils for Obama , than to a popular President of Sri Lanka a Sovereign State which has a documented history of over 3000 years.

USA with such undiplomatic , ungenerous, inhumane threats and warnings  will only keep away the developing countries from coming under its influence, preferring the warm, friendly, generous  nations such as, China, Russia, Iran, Vietnam, and others outside  USA’s periphery of influence.

Barrack Obama quite unconcerned about Sri Lanka’s hard task ahead for its development and progress has rejected Sri Lanka’s plea for exemption from the oil embargo on Iran and…“ has asked the Government to dissociate itself from some 30 companies, including banks and shipping firms. The Sri Lankan Government’s request had been prompted by rising costs to import refined fuel products. Petroleum Industry Minister Anura Priyadharshana Yapa had sought some concessions for Sri Lanka to overcome the effects of the sanctions on Iran, but the request had been turned down.”
So much for  Barrack Obama’s generosity to help developing countries, despite his  “ change-Yes We Can”
On the other hand Mahinda Rajapakse, the President of Sri Lanka goes on to make friends with other nations extending his hand of friendship and generously offering  as much as he can afford for the welfare and the  goodwill  of the people of  other Nations.

On the 7 January,2014 President of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapakse  opened a Vocational Training Centre funded by the Government of Sri Lanka in Betunia, in Palestine, and also donated books and computers to the Betunia Municipal Library.

In Palestine, the Palestinian Foreign Affairs Minister Maliki speaking at the opening event said .  "You're contributing to the livelihoods of Palestinians and for building a good future for them so thank you very much for that, It's remarkable to see a president of another country dedicate so much of his energy to another cause." 

Calling President Rajapaksa "a special, special, special guest," the Palestinian Foreign Affairs Minister said the President's visit is "historic in all its dimensions. It reflects a milestone in the special relationship between Sri Lanka and Palestine, Thank you for your solidarity, your support and your love for Palestine." 

Mr. Mahinda Rajapakse the President of Sri Lanka recently hosted the Commonwealth Head of Government Meeting in Sri Lanka, where a very undiplomatic event took place with   the head of the Government of Great Britton David Cameron who made his invitation to attend the Meeting,  made it an occasion to visit  the Provincial Council of the North on a fact finding mission to attack  Sri Lanka for violation of human rights and war crimes  at the last phase of military operations to eliminate terrorism,  and visited a pro-terrorist Tamil Press office, known for its false media reports against the Government and the President of Sri Lanka.

However in his speech as the Chairman of the CHOGM Mahinda Rajapakse the President of Sri Lanka said, “….If the Commonwealth is to remain relevant to its member countries, the association must respond sensitively to the needs of its peoples and not let it turn into a punitive or judgemental body……...We must also collectively guard against bilateral agenda being introduced into the organisation, distorting Commonwealth tradition and consensus..."Our deliberations in Colombo must lead to the greatest practical benefits for the peoples of a renewed Commonwealth, one that is engaging, collective and unifying, rather than prescriptive and divisive." 

Those are the differences between the friendly President Mahinda Rajapakse of  not so rich and not so powerful Sri Lanka,  and the haughty President Barrack Obama of  rich and powerful USA.