SOUTH ASIA: SRI LANKA News Briefs
governments still have failed to acknowledge the fact that the Tamils have
grievances and they were up in arms not just for fun, but because of the Sri
Lankan state’s continuous violence against Tamils who protested peacefully
for thirty years to attain their political demands.
The de facto Tamil state was perceived by the Sri Lankan terrorist
state as a state run by a terrorist organisation, which for the Tamils was a
resistance movement with a credible ideology.
and his coterie took advantage of the post 9/11 global war on terror, a phrase
invented by George W. Bush to fight the Al Qaeda and to justify his invasions
on Iraq and the attacks on Afghanistan, a war against the Taliban that cannot
be won. Consequent to the debunking of this term, Rajapaksa called his
terrorist war a humanitarian operation, which for some members of the
international community was convenient to accept.
These countries should realise that no other country would launch
military attacks through aerial and heavy artillery bombings, not to mention
wanton deliberate attacks on hospitals and inmates, on whom they call their
Lanka having been ranked as a failed state and a red hot genocidal state has
emerged as a fit state to be congratulated on its defeat of “terrorism”
even after the subsequent massacre of 30,000 innocent civilians, thanks to the
UN. Rather than treating Sri Lanka as a terrorist state and
dealing with the country accordingly for its genocidal war on Tamils, it is
rather pathetic to note that those countries that now, after the LTTE were
defeated militarily in May 2009, have found it expedient to abandon the Tamil
Diaspora Tamils in Europe, as well as many other human rights and civil
activists hailing from many other
countries, collected generous gifts with the aim to reach the displaced Tamils
in Vanni under the banner ‘Mercy Mission’, and they dispatched
them in a Syrian registered ship named
‘Captain Ali’ along with
the medical and food items, but the Sri Lankan navy seized the ship on June 4
when it entered the Sri Lankan waters, and then it found nothing other than
the basic supplies such as food, cloth and medicine after 101 hours of search
of every nook and corner. Yet, the Sri Lankan government authorities ordered
the ship to leave the island on June 8 without unloading. This is clear evidence of the callous and murderous attitude
of the Sri Lankan government towards the Tamils.
all the crimes of the Sri Lankan government, some of the countries who were
critical of them have metamorphosed in chameleon-like fashion to holding talks
with the foreign minister of the failed terrorist state and legitimizing its
actions. We are aware that these
acts are necessary in diplomacy where lies and deceptions are the norm.
countries fail to recognize, or pretend not to, the gimmicks of Sri Lanka
because Sri Lanka is doing its best to cover its record of being a failed
state and from being considered a war crime state.
countries in Europe and elsewhere continue to call on the United Nations to
bring the perpetrators of Sri Lanka’s war crimes to book.
Over 30,000 Tamil civilians were killed within a few days and many
thousands are still held in unidentified camps.
Many hundreds are facing torture in Colombo on the fourth floor of the
Criminal Investigation Bureau (CID), while over 280,000 Tamils are put in
Nazi-style internment camps in Vavuniya and denied access to international
organizations and the media. So, the government is desperate to show the world
that it is not a rogue to obtain monetary aid of $ 1.9 billion pending from
the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and thereby escape from war crimes.
need a singular political movement
direly need a political movement to mobilize what has been put behind by the
Resistance movement of the LTTE. After
global governments urged the LTTE to give up the military struggle, the LTTE
surrendered in order to save the civilians and the Sri Lankan government won
the war. The political initiatives should be taken forward to fulfill Tamil
the Sri Lankan government in their undeserved triumphalism does not appear to
have the slightest inclination negotiate with the Tamils. Rather, they are planning their rigged elections in the North
to have their own mercenary candidates loyal to Rajapaksa and claim to have
won the “hearts and souls” of the Tamils, and thereby show the world that
they have upheld their shameful democracy on the island.
Rajapaksa is trying to showcase to the world that his administration is doing
its best to end the conflict through a political dialogue.
It is planning to invite anti-LTTE Tamils to lead a delegation and
thereby offer a political package with less power than the federal structure
existing in India. So, Colombo is
planning to bring in Indian leaders to Colombo. Rajapaksa has invited the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu
chief minister recently turned 86, M. Karunanidhi, to visit Sri Lanka to ease
the uprising among Tamils around the world.
As a self-proclaimed world Tamil leader, Karunanidhi then would call
upon the global Tamils to remain calm as he is satisfied with the initiatives
taken forwarded by Rajapaksa government and also happy with the outcome of his
political manoeuvrings getting his sons and daughter a political and financial
future. A continuing tragedy for
the Tamil Nadu people with democracy denied for at least another generation.
In their political ignorance little do they realise this. The question
is whether Rajapaksa has failed to do his homework because his home-grown
political package would not work to fulfill the demands of Tamils who have
been struggling for the last six-decades.
the Sri Lankan government has failed to realize the fact that tens of
thousands of potential freedom fighters will emerge unless Sri Lanka ends the
conflict through peaceful means by fulfilling the demands of Tamils.
The Tamils are not warmongers. Their
demands had been peaceful before the advent of militancy in asking for
Lanka should follow the Vaddukkoddai resolution of Tamil United Liberation
Front (TULF) in 1976 and 1985 Thimpu principles.
All these demand greater autonomy for Tamils.
The Tamils want something better than the federal system existing in
Canada and prefer the Swiss model of confederation which is worth discussing
for the Sri Lanka conflict because Tamils and Sinhalese are different nations
with totally different identities in culture, history, religious, ethnic and
the division based on Tamils and Sinhalese have deepened through such a bitter
violence since early 1980s, and the wound, after losing more than 100,000
Tamils in addition to over 25,000 LTTE fighters and billion dollars worth of
properties damaged and such a massive displacements created uncomfortable for
the civilians in the last 30 years, will be in the hearts of Tamils forever.
It is unimaginable to ask the Tamils to live in a untied Sri Lanka.
this context, Tamils globally need to reach consensus to be united rather than
falling prey once again as they did it in 1970s and 1980s where Tamil youths
came as a united force to fight the Sri Lankan state with the demand of a
separate Tamil Eelam where each militant group acted against other that
weakened the Eelam freedom struggle for more than two-decades.
So, the time now is ripe for the Tamils globally to unite to show their
unity and thereby save their brethren living in Eelam.
could remain a forgotten nation in the eyes of the world unless these
governments come forward to proactively support to keep the cause of
self-determination for the Tamil nation alive. The glaring abrasiveness and
the blatant aggressive behaviour on the Tamil people are becoming increasingly
evident after the defeat of the military leadership for Tamil resistance.
Therefore, the Diaspora Tamils have to play a leading role through a unified
movement to save the Tamil nation from moving towards extinction.
11 LTTE militants killed in Batticaloa District: 11 Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) militants were killed by the troops in the Kalavanchikudi area of Batticaloa District in the morning of May 27, 2009. Subsequently, the troops recovered dead bodies of all the slain militants along with five T-56 weapons, 20 claymore mines weighing about 15 kilograms each, two hand grenades, three anti-personnel mines and a stock of medical items from the area. Sri Lanka Army, May 27, 2009.
[South Asia Intelligent Review]