Sri Lanka: War Crimes
Posted on May 8th, 2009
Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario Canada
May 7, 2009
Ken Sunquist, DFAIT’s Assistant Deputy Minister of Asia and Africa, during his musings on Sri Lanka War Crimes before Foreign Affairs Committee on April 29, missed the opportunity to include in his equation of, “the possibility of future investigations into allegations of war crimes and genocide in Sri Lanka”¦” the possible claims for compensation for the victims and their families who lost their lives and limbs because of foreign nations support , directly or indirectly, for the Tamil Tigers to continue this war.
While India would be a very definite candidate for such an allegation for training the Tamil guerrillas during late 1983 and early 1984 in military camps in the south and north of India and graduated them as terrorists, and sent them back to Sri Lanka to kill and maim innocent civilians for the want of their separate state, Eelam.
The other nation unfortunately happens to be Canada, and we will find it difficult to dodge that bullet. Canada let the Tamil Diaspora collect two million dollars a month to stuff the Tamil Tiger war chest for 13 years when the Liberals were in power. Such an indictment would come, most definitely from the families of the 114 who were killed and the 1,338 who were maimed for life by the truck bomb carrying high explosives which brought down the Central Bank Building in the heart of Colombo on January 31, 1996.
It has been documented that the Tamil Tigers in 1994 bought 10 tons of hexogen, a plastic explosive like Semtex, and 50 tons of trinitrotoluol (TNT) from the Rubezone Chemical Factory in Ukraine, and paid with a cheque cut from a Tamil-Canadian account in a bank in Vancouver , which were used in the truck bomb.
So Canada’s DFAIT shouldn’t be smug about pointing its finger at Sri Lanka’s government on war crimes. We too will have to pay the price for being that heartless, as the incumbent government was only interested in buying Tamil votes in the GTA ridings where a good majority of the Tamils live.