Stop big bullies

(11.03.2014 – Email)

Addressing the ‘Janapathi Janahamuwa’ program telecast live last week, President Rajapaksa has said that the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay in connivance with a handful of powerful countries, based on wrong information, demanded an international investigation against Sri Lanka despite the fact that the government had eradicated three decades of terrorism and ensured the most important human right that a person can have, ‘the people’s right to live in any part of the country without fear’.

In an another piece of news item, the President added that the Government has succeeded in resettling people who were displaced by terrorist atrocities in the North and the East and the responsibility is ahead of the government to resettle thousands of Sinhalese and Muslims, who were chased out of the Jaffna peninsula by the LTTE terrorists decades ago as part of their ethnic cleansing scheme, to ensure their legitimate rights. The President also added that the Government has faced an obstacle in ensuring such rights for the Sinhalese and Muslim communities as some politicians in the North backed by some foreign forces and their NGO bandwagon who are dependent on these forces are against this move.

As we are aware, Sri Lanka is enjoying peace and harmony after three decades of brutal war waged by the Tamil Tigers, who believed only on suicide bombing techniques and power of the gun against the democratically elected government and its people irrespective of their ethnicity with an intention of carving out a separate fascist state. During the period of war against terrorism Sri Lankans had hardly a single day of peace having to suffer carnage at the hands of the suicide bombers of the LTTE. We have witnessed how the LTTE used child soldiers, launched suicide attacks, used women in suicide attacks, assassinated politicians including ethnic Tamils, government ministers, Sri Lankan President, taken hostages, and committed all kinds of crimes to finance its operations including human trafficking.

We also witnessed how Sri Lankan security forces under the political leadership of the elected government with the overwhelming support from the peace loving citizens of all communities in Sri Lanka defeated the terrorism, while freeing 21 million Sri Lankans from the yoke of the LTTE who held them to ransom for decades.

After providing the most important human right that a person can have, to live without fear of death, the government of the day had said to have spent Rs 4 billion to develop the Northern Province and all basic amenities such as pipe-borne water, electricity and houses to those affected.

Although the US, EU, Britain, Canada, India and several other countries have designated the Tigers a foreign terrorist organisation, it is a well known fact that those groups of displaced LTTE members residing in those countries, who called themselves ‘Tamis Diaspora’, are continued to raise funds and make use of the funds already collected to carryout crimes against humanity are now making use of those funds to exert pressure to the politicians of respective domicile countries under the guise of ‘human rights’ to achieve their ultimate goal of carving out a separate racial state exclusively for Tamil people (whose total population is around 14%, according to the latest Census) which they failed to get via terrorism.

The TNA, a pro-LTTE group who survived unharmed during the war against separatist since most of its leadership lived comfortably among the majority Sinhalese in Colombo while providing the necessary political support to the outfit, has strengthen its separatist campaign by making use of the ill-framed sections in the 13th Amendment, crafted under the Rajiv- JR pact signed under duress, to its fullest advantage. The government made a big blunder by not taking appropriate steps to ban TNA, knowing it past very well , or to amend the Constitution to get rid of the Provincial Council system as a matter of priority.

Soon after the elimination of the LTTE terror from our soil, we had every reason to believe that the US and their notable allies were rapidly making a case of war crimes against Sri Lanka on the basis of the conduct of her armed forces as well as political leadership. One of the motivation of this action was to cover-up their own continuing armed conflicts on large scales, involving major humanitarian catastrophes and causing the death of large numbers of innocent civilians due to military actions ranging from Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Vietnam, Laos, Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan and the like.

Soon after the appointment of infamous Ban Ki-moon panel, foreign funded NGO peace vendors, notably the so-called National Peace Council, were back in business issuing statements almost every week upholding every actions statements made by their pay masters as was usually done by them during the past. They are once again advocating solutions. The solutions they sought in the past were from outside and the solutions they seek now are also from outside including foreign intervention. It is not surprising at all to learn that those who live on foreign funding are for foreign intervention. Unfortunately a section of our local national printed media, who made a remarkable contribution during the war against terrorism, too gives wide publicity to this NGO peace vendor’s debris, probably, due to monetary benefits to their businesses.

Almost all statements released one after the other, by western politicians, diplomats, spokespersons and now the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay concerning the internal affairs of our country, reported visits and secret visits said to have been made by some of them to meet the opponents of the peace loving people of the country, including the those groups of displaced LTTE members residing outside Sri Lanka, to discuss ‘undisclosed’ matters related to internal politics of a sovereign country are typical examples of their extent of confusion over the limits of control of specific territories of these foreigners.

Although the government has made attempts, in vain, to provide details of its effort of resettlement of IDPs, rehabilitation of the Ex-LTTE Cadres, demining, re-establishing of democracy, providing basic needs, infrastructure developments etc, to those who have been determined to punish Sri Lanka, it is evident that the US and the United Kingdom are now engaged in a massive campaign to get as many votes, making use of their mighty economic and military powers, in favour of their resolution against our country remembering us the famous saying “beehiri aliyata veena wadanya karanawa wagei”

Foreign interference, both political and economic, with the internal affairs of our country was bare minimum during the cold war. With the collapse of the Soviet Union, open economy and the short-sighted foreign policies of the government after 1977, various forms of interference started emerging, reinforcing the racial terrorism. Foreign funded NGOs found Sri Lanka a safe heaven and have grown from strength to strength opening a path for another form of colonialism. It is interesting to note that the remains of those so-called Marxist politicians who made a big motto against imperialism in the past are aligned with the imperialists and their local agents, NGOs, when justifying foreign intervention.

Sri Lanka, under the right leadership, managed to defeat terrorism within three and half years with proper planning and determination despite the pressure exerted by the so-called super/regional powers. If the government is facing obstacle from TNA politicians backed by some foreign forces and their NGO bandwagon when ensuring rights for the Sinhalese and Muslim communities, as stated above, time has now come to activate the norms, rules and regulations without giving in to the big bullies in the international politics.

S. Akurugoda

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