Human Shields in Swat Valley
Posted on May 8th, 2009
Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . Canada
May 8, 2009
The Editor (Letters)
On page A5 in todayÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s Ãƒ”šÃ‚ (May 8)Ãƒ”šÃ‚ The Ottawa Citizen, you report that CanadaÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã…“Cannon distressed by lack of ceasefire in Sri LankaÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã‚. Ãƒ”šÃ‚ Ãƒ”šÃ‚ And on page A7 you say Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã…“Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢Human shieldsÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢ used in Swat Valley Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ Pakistan starts offensive against TalibanÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã‚.
I havenÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢t heard howls nor whimpers coming out of CanadaÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s House of Commons denigrating PakistanÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s offensive trying to save the human shield-hostages held by the TalibanÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s, nor suggesting that there should be an Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã…“Emergency Debate on PakistanÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã‚ as they did on Sri Lanka on February 4 just because the Sri Lankan Armed Forces were trying to save the Tamil civilians held hostage as Human Shields by the Tamil Tigers.
Canada should stop making Sri Lanka the butt of a sick joke, just because the numbers of Tamils exceed the numbers of Afghanis which would make a difference to win a Federal riding with their votes.
I am disappointed in such Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã‹Å“You scratch my back and I will scratch your backÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢ Canadian politics.Ãƒ”šÃ‚ It boils down toÃƒ”šÃ‚ purelyÃƒ”šÃ‚ of a case of ‘refugee and family re-unification politics‘.Ãƒ”šÃ‚ There is a lack of sincerity in all this.