Sri Lanka & IMF Loan
Posted on May 14th, 2009
Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . K1J 6G. Canada
Human Rights Watch 350 Fifth Avenue, 34th Floor New York, NY 101118-3299
Two days ago, around 10nish in the morning there was a knock on my front door. I opened the door and found two smartly dressed ladies hugging several slim publications, with two folio cases slung over their shoulders. They smiled and I greeted them with a smile.
The older one pushed a small brochure at me and said, “We just want to tell you that there is so much suffering in the world, and there is one person who could help all of us”. “Who is it?” I asked!
Pointing to the sky, she said, “its God”.
“Really”…I responded turning my face towards the sky to spot this person. “I never met this person. May be because I am a Buddhist”, I continued.
After exchanging a few God-thoughts, and I holding back my comments with disbelief, she got out the May 2009 publication of AWAKE, opened to page 15 which had a photograph of a Mammoth skeleton with the article ‘When Giants Roamed Europe”, she asked, “Do you know about Dinosaurs. Do you know who created these monsters, because they just did not happen?” I was amused.
“Have you been to the Museum of Nature, down town?” I asked. “Yes”, the older one said.
“Have you been to the Dinosaur Hall”, I asked. “Yes”, the older one said again.
“I created that Dinosaur Hall, with two other scientists and a designer. I know dinosaurs fairly well, and I believe in evolution,” I said.
The four eyes popped out in disbelief. “You must be having a lot of credentials?” the older lady said in jest.
“I am not sure of that”, I said. “But one thing that I do know for sure is that I do organize Buddhist breathing meditation sessions at the Buddhist Temple on Heron Road. You should join me for one of those sessions. It will do you a lot of good”, I said.
The ladies did not accept my invitation and they thanked me for listening to them and they turned around and went on their way to knock at another door. They were Jehovah Witnesses.
Brad, then I happened to read your letter to the Executive Directors of the IMF of May 13, telling them, “We urge you and other IMF members to delay approval of the standby arrangement (of the loan of US$1.9 billion emergency support) until the government of Sri Lanka takes the following steps to ease the humanitarian crisis…”
“Oh Man, Oh Man! This man is God”, I thought, who believes he has the power to play Russian roulette with the lives of 200,000 displaced Tamil civilians, who the Sri Lankan government is trying to do its best to normalize their lives by feeding them, taking care of their health, build shelters to house them, de-mine the surrounding terrain for their safety, build temporary schools for the children, et cetera, and that need funds. And along comes God Adam, who thinks that he has the power to hold back the normalizing of these 200,000 suffering civilian lives, who fled the clutches of the Tamil Tigers dodging bullets fired at them for abandoning the human shield. Some were not lucky and they caught the bullets and dropped dead.
You know Brad, I wish those two ladies will turn up at my door again, so that I could reveal to them what I had discovered.
I would tell them, “Do you know what? You were right. There is a God, or a pretend God, who wants to manipulate the lives of 200,000 Tamil civilians who are “suffering” in Sri Lanka. His name is God Adam. His office is closer to heaven on the 34th floor of a building, about 550 feet above ground, and it is in New York. You ought to try and find this God. He thinks he has the power to screw the lives of innocent people who had suffered enough for 25 years under the jackboots of Tamil Tiger terrorists. And he wants to prolong this suffering, and there is a motive for all this which I will reveal to you later.”
God Adam, you are obviously concerned about the 20,000 civilians still held hostage by the Tamil Tigers and caught between the cross fire of the Government Forces and the Tamil Tigers. You know what God Adam, if you have a Manual How to Make War for Dummies instructing how one could fight a war without shooting a bullet or throwing a bomb and without having collateral deaths, then you should throw that Manual at Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa as well as President Barak Obama whose forces are killing thousands of innocent Afghanis, specially children for the want to get rid of the Taliban terrorists.
Just do that, God Adam. Teach these world leaders how to fight a war without killing people other than their enemies, and I promise you that I will certainly come over and spit and polish your halo.
By the way, today’s The Ottawa Citizen reported, “Pakistan: 170,000 flee as jets attack Taliban. About 170,000 more civilians registered as refugees with the UN after fleeing the offensive in the northwest where Taliban fighters have terrorized the population. Residents trapped in Mingora, the district’s main town, said militants had planted mines and were digging trenches.” God Brad, sounds familiar isn’t it with the Tamil Tiger terrorists at play with their war games.
I am just hoping that the perverse, pretend God Adam of Human Rights Watch will not misuse his powers to try and screw the lives of these 170,000 Afghani civilians the way he is trying to screw the 200,000 displaced Tamil civilians in the North east of Sri Lanka by wanting to delay the IMF loan for Sri Lanka. Brad, I suppose pretend God’s don’t realize how cruel it is to misuse their powers.
Do I suspect that all this huffing and puffing and exaggerating by God Adam, and threatening to blow Mahinda Rajapaksa’s house down, is to seek more international funding to pay his staff and continue running his questionable humanitarian business? Do you know what God Adam, I smell a rat here!
Sincerely Asoka Weerasinghe