When another terrorist was killed in Sri Lanka people danced in the streets, and the West called it triumphalism .
Posted on May 2nd, 2011

By Charles.S. Perera

 

When President Barack Obama announced the death of  Osama bin Laden, it twas reported that, the «  The news touched off an extraordinary outpouring of emotion as crowds gathered outside the White House, in Times Square and at the Ground Zero site, waving American flags, cheering, shouting, laughing and chanting, “U.S.A., U.S.A.!” In New York City, crowds sang “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Throughout downtown Washington, drivers honked horns deep into the night.”

 

We Sri Lankans can understand it but when our people in Sri Lanka broke out into similar “outpouring of emotions” the Western media called it triumphalism. It is strange how the reaction of the people of two worlds on  similar issues could be seen differently one as an out pouring of emotions , and the other as rude triumphalism.

 

It is good to be a rich powerful country to rid of terrorists and be happy that there would be no one to “question  how ? “ nothing  but peace and happiness thereafter.  But regrettably  a developing country which gets rid of terrorism is  not allowed to enjoy that peace after terrorism, without quickly being accused  for war crimes.

 

In Sri Lanka we suffered 30 years of ruthless terror our innocent villagers were massacred, our  Security Officers, innocent men, women and children were killed by suicide bomb blasts and snipers, our Ministers, Parliamentarians and Presidents were killed or disabled for life, our children were massacred in trains, innocent travelers in  buses were bombed, a bus load of our Buddhist priests were butchered inside the bus, our airports were bombed and terrorism restricted our daily existence.

 

But yet when we finally eliminated terrorism and saved the suffering of the people and loss of our valued  leaders and heroes, the very same America that rejoices today the death of a terrorist  who was the prime mover for the massacre of  innocent Americans, ”  just on one day “ through utter terror,  accuses  Sri Lanka Government and Armed Forces for war crimes and violation of human rights, for eliminating  that group of terrorists who practically every day  for thirty years  killed and massacred over  70 000 of our people in side our own country.

 

Where is justice, and why is it  that suffering through terrorism is understood only when it happens to the big and powerful,  and  not  when the sufferer is not oneself but others poorer and less powerful.

 

It was 10 years ago in a September that  the American people were attacked , and the American Government sent its Army to Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan in search of the perpetrator and finally he was hunted and killed.  But in Sri Lank the  attacks were  a daily happening and the perpetrator was helped by the West and the Tamil diaspora living in America and other foreign countries  collected funds to allow the terrorist in Sri Lanka to keep killing the innocent people.

 

When Sri Lanka finally caught the perpetrator in his den and killed  and removed terrorism from the country,  and the Government started a massive rehabilitation project and  cleared the areas held by the terrorists and removed the  mines and re-settled the displaced Tamil people back in their villagers, the West comes round along with the Human Rights activists, Amnesty International, UN and Ban Ki Moon, Navi Pillai, investigation Panels, Robert Blake , and American State Department to pontificate to us how we should have carried out the elimination of  terrorists, and accuses the Government and  the Army for war crimes.

 

No one can assert that there was no Zero civilian loss in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan  through out the hunt for  Osama Bin Laden during the past 10 years.  Will the American State Department advise Ban Ki Moon to appoint a panel of investigators to look into any violation of human rights in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan  through intense bombardments  and drone attacks  in the hunt for  Osama bin Laden ?

 

We agree with the President Barrack Obama when he says , “And yet we know that the worst images are those that were unseen to the world. The empty seat at the dinner table. Children who were forced to grow up without their mother or their father. Parents who would never know the feeling of their child’s embrace. Nearly 3,000 citizens taken from us, leaving a gaping hole in our hearts. ”

 

Yes that was 3000 citizens lost to a country and fathers mothers and children  lost to families.  We suffered these losses more frequently for 30 years  and in all it was more than 70 000 of our citizens, and fathers, mothers, children, and some time the only “bread earner” to the  families.   May be in the rescue operations and the elimination of terrorism some of our  citizens may have died  in that effort but those  civilians who also died in the hunt for Osama bin  Laden may be countless though they are from families poorer than those in America and whose loss are not felt by any one in far away America.

 

It was worst for us in Sri Lanka because it was not hunting and eliminating terrorists in a foreign land, but our soldiers had to rescue the innocent civilians (our own people) that were herded by the terrorists to be their human shield  and that was the most difficult task that fell on the shoulders of the poor soldiers to  avoid being killed , not kill civilians and kill the terrorists, what happens in such an effort only a soldiers in the midst of it would know.

 

That onerous task cannot be understood by Ban ki Moon or his advisory panel, Robert Blake, David Milliband, Hillary Clinton, Amnesty International, human rights activists , UK Channel 4 or numerous critics of Sri Lanka, it has to be one inside doing the difficult task of a soldier, who would know what it was like,  it could be  explained by this one sentence of the President Barrack Obama, “And yet we know that the worst images are those that were unseen to the world. ”

 

It was the same with our President Mahinda Rajapakse when he  announced the death of the terrorists leader Prabhakaran, it marked the ” most significant achievement to date  in our nation’s effort to defeat  terrorism in Sri Lanka”.

 

As much as the President Barack Obama asserted to his people:

 

“As we do, we must also reaffirm that the United States is not “”‚ and never will be “”‚ at war with Islam. I’ve made clear, just as President Bush did shortly after 9/11, that our war is not against Islam. Bin Laden was not a Muslim leader; he was a mass murderer of Muslims. Indeed, al-Qaida has slaughtered scores of Muslims in many countries, including our own. So his demise should be welcomed by all who believe in peace and human dignity.”

 

our President Mahinda Rajapakse also said  very clearly that his Government and the Armed Forces were not and never will be at war with the Tamil people”¦ that the war  was not against Tamils and that Prabhakatran was not a leader of the Tamil people, he was a mass murderer of his own people and the rest of the communities of Sri Lanka.  His demise  should be welcomed  by all who believe in peace and human dignity.

 

We appeal to the President Barrack Obama to understand,  that as he said ,  no country “”¦”¦..will ever tolerate its security being threatened, nor stand idly by when its people have been killed. All countries  will be relentless in defense of its citizens and friends and allies.”  ,and request  his State Department, and other  countries sympathetic to terrorist front Organizations of the Sri Lanka Tamil Diaspora, and Ban Ki Moon of UN  to get off the “back ” of Sri Lanka  and stop threatening to take Sri Lanka before a war tribunal for the elimination of its terrorist under very difficult conditions,  and ” understand the cost of war.”

17 Responses to “When another terrorist was killed in Sri Lanka people danced in the streets, and the West called it triumphalism .”

  1. Sunil Mahattaya Says:

    This is a masterfully and sensitively worded document which reaches out to those who know the meaning of the terms double standards and bourgeoisie !! and indeed the rich and powerful seem to exult in their interpretations of striking back at terrorist leaders from their perspective as though only their Twin Towers, the Pentagon, airplanes filled to capacity with passengers in flight, et al, matter towards retaliatory strikes to eliminate a ruthless terrorist where there is no disparity between the mendacities of both Bin Laden and Prabhakaran in reality! Both deserved identical meting out of punishment.The 3000 odd lives lost in the USA offset against nearly 70,000 in Sri Lanka bear testament to what the real disparity was despite the grief being relatively similar perhaps in both cases although almost arguably the worst images indeed were those unseen to the world, unseen by unseeing eyes refusing to acknowledge where the greater implication of mind numbing grief lies! Indeed where is justice, and why is it that suffering through terrorism is understood only when it happens to the big and powerful and not to others poorer and less powerful ? So what does it take for a superpower like America to acknowledge that in both cases the implications were relatively almost identical despite statistically being greater in the case of Sri Lanka? A Bin Laden tenure of terrorism that might have lasted three decades with an equal loss of life and damage to property in the West?

  2. Don Knight Says:

    The U.S. are hypocrites. As long as someone threatens the U.S. they are terrorists and they are killed off to a chorus of cheers and applause from its citizens. But should any other country, especially poorer Asian countries, get rid of their own terrorists, then that country is put under a microscope, and hounded for the most innane of reasons. It proves one thing: that the U.S. is not neccessarily the good guy as Hollywood and CNN promotes it to be. Far from it. Their drones kill the innocent grandchildren of Gaddafi, and the ‘world’s watch dogs’ ( just dogs, actually i.e. U.N, Amnesty. HRW etc.) are tongued-tied. But when it comes to Sri Lanka they readily accept doctored video tapes as true and heresay evidence as gospel. Make no mistake about it – the U.S. is ‘bullying by proxy’ – they stand in the shadows and employ the U.K., EU the U.N and formentioned groups to punish Sri Lanka – all because they can’t get at China who helped our nation, and who holds the world’s largest rising economy, and who holds the the economic future of the U.S. by virtue of the fact that they have huge investment stakes in the U.S. So large, in fact, that if they decide to cash out their investments it would mean financial ruin for the U.S. Confirm that with any economic expert.

  3. Kit Athul Says:

    Excellent article and an excellent timing. This ruthless criminal should have been got rid of long time ago. Why could’t Clinton and Bush do it? Intelegence leaks. Now to the celebrations! what did Hilary Clinton do when we killed the whole Prabhrakeran family, she sent the punk, Robert Blake to insult the SINHALA ARMY and president Rajapakse and his family. Now, if this punk, senator Casy (D-Pennsylvania) requests Tamil Sangham in Boston to produce a video of Osam Bin Ledan pulling out his his white turban and waving to surrender. This is the same funny story that Hillary is sending Robert Blake to meet with TNA MPs in Sri Lanka. See the connection. If Hilary reads this she will realize what a dumb thing she is doing by sending Robert Blake to discuss the UN Report!

  4. OaO Asithri Says:

    Very well analyzed and articulated submission Charles! Truly the hypocrisy of the west, particularly of the US and UK, makes my hair stand on its end! What needs reminding here is that although people might gloat over this killing of OBL with a “precision attack,” prior to that hundreds and thousands of innocent Afghans and Pakistanis have died in the west’s pursuit to catch this one terrorist. Now the apologists for these innocents’ deaths might say that such deaths are all “collateral damage” and there is nothing much you can do about it when you are going after a terrorist leader such as OBL and that’s where the snag is – as evidently that rationale is ONLY accepted when the “white-west” goes after its terrorists. After useless peace-talks over 30 years when finally Sri Lanka went after her terrorist leader, then it was grounds for accusations of “crimes against humanity” and “war crimes” !!! This hypocrisy makes me want to puke!!!

  5. Nanda Says:

    Strange thing is Osama had only few people as “human shield”. One of them( a woman) got killed according to news. Even if you count 10 people as “shield” 10% got killed. Sir Lanka had 100000 people. 10% is 10000. So what is the fuss ?

  6. cassandra Says:

    Ah Well! Does this not fit in with the ‘Hilary Clinton doctrine’? Did she not once say something on the lines of ‘not all terrorists are the same’!

  7. nandimitra Says:

    lets get all this in the right perspect. Osama the terrorist killed 3-4000 multi nationals. The americans have killed millions in the korea,Vietnam, Iraq Afghanistan and many more in the proxy wars. Who then is the bigger Terrorist?

  8. Lorenzo Says:

    Al Zwarhi becomes the new leader. He is said to be trained by the Russian FSB. He was in prison in Egypt trying to overthrow Mubarak! I will not be surprised if he does things Osama didn’t want to do. If so, the killing of Osama would be a mistake.

  9. radha Says:

    Brilliant article. But I am afraid it may be just playing a power drill to a deaf elephant.

    The difference between the two events of extermination of terrorist head is that the one in SLK was aided and abetted by Western powers as we observed by their conduct at the last stages of the war, and afterwards. We saw who was playing which card, and the complicity of Norway in its attempt to break up SLK.

    It is evident that Western governments run by their political parties are playing to Tamil votes at local level. It was discussed many times in this forum.

    Strategically, the West want to control Southern Asia through destabilization of the region by using their agents and political sabatoeurs from within the countries they are targetting. Breaking up of the large land mass and State of India through regional uprisings may be their ultimate target, compare with former Soviet Union and Balkans. So, why not start from Tamil Nadu, or Pondicherry or even Assam, but use Sri Lanka as their pilot project.

    A broken up India will bring the West to containing China too. So it is a win-win situation for them.

    Sri Lanka is caught up in this power politics. West is using a non-existant HR issue in SLK to agitate the local Tamils, Sinhala political sabatoeurs and creeps, the world in general, as a thin end of the wedge to force their policies through. In fact through their actions they are disturbing peace within the country and the region, festering discontent. Therefore do not expect the West to listen to this plea.

    Sri Lanka may be just a stepping stone to India, but India is at a greater danger than we are in the long term.

    The concept of Human Rights nowadays is not to protect the individual as it was originally intended. It is just a malleable weapon in the hands of Western nations in their strategy to extend their political will and control other nations and their natural assets.

  10. dhane Says:

    Excellent article. Charles please make a list of LTTE killing starting from Jaffna Mayor and 1st set of solders. Add to the list Central Bank, Army coordinating center at Flower Road, Killing Indian PM Rajiv Gandhi, President Premadasa, 600 Policemen, bus load of our Buddhist priests were butchered inside the bus, airport bombed etc ect. Also find out any other Tamil person who had killed more Tamils than Prabakaran. Good timing to hand over a copy of your excellent article plus the “LTTE Killing List” to Robert Blake to hand over to President Barrack Obama when his is back un USA.
    Then Obama can read to understand what he should instructed Ban ki Moon and his advisory panel. Let Ban Ki Moon apologies to Sri Lanka for his mistake and resigned immediately from UN. We are awaiting for another triumphalism to come very soon.

  11. ranjit Says:

    This letter should be read by Obama itself then he will realize the pain of others same as them. These Americans always talk about themselves and their heroicks like in comic books. Only their citizens are humans not others that’s why everytime they kill innocent civillians in other parts of the world they say “SORRY” we were targeting only terrorists. When Prabakaran killed we showed to the world but why cant they show Bin Laden in the same way and no one will talk about conspiracy theories as some talk now.

    Anyhow Charles this was a great article and all should appreciate for having to read these type of articles to understand the true nature of these evil empires and their policies.

  12. thurai Says:

    Everywhere Terrorism is one and the same . World must understand the situation in Sri Lanka. By accusing
    Sri Lanka Government and Officers who fought against Terrorism, do the world want Terrorism than Peace?
    during the second world war howmany innocent peoples were killed by attacks in Europe again Hitler.
    Do German people are aginst USA & Uk? Why West want action against Sri Lanka? If they really want to
    destroy Terrorism or keep the Terrorism for their political benefits?

  13. Fran Diaz Says:

    Here is another view of the situation :
    Getting rid of Bin Laden after all these years (10 yrs since the twin towers tragedy), when he had been hiding in a facility close to one of the Pakistani military outfits probably since 2005, boggles the imagination ! Bin Laden came from a wealthy Saudi family. Saudi is right now having trouble with its border villages joining the unrest in the Middle East. Saudi is one of the big suppliers of oil to the west. Connect the dots. Isn’t there something to do with the oil factor & protecting the Saudi leadership ?
    Re Prabhakaran, the ltte & Lanka tragedy: It was for some different reasons. It was to do with the proximity to India and the sea route to the East, and an obedient & poor Tamil population burdened with Caste problems, and the proximity of the Tamil homeland of Tamil Nadu.
    Alternative energy may solve the whole problem. The day we can purchase a small alternative energy car (and other vehicles) for a reasonable price, a lot of the worlds problems may be removed, including environmental pollution. After all, it is we ordinary folks who consume that oil thereby pushing leaders to somehow get the oil ! India is supposed to bring out the first compressed air car this year. We live in Hope !

  14. aravinda Says:

    Compared to Prabakaran, Bin Laden was a kindergarten kid. Bin Laden learned many of his dirty tricks from Prabakaran.

    Secondly, we would now see a UN panel appointed by Ban Ke Moon in regard to nearly million civilians murdered in Iraq, Afganistan and Pakistan in so called war on terror. Ha Ha….I was just joking….UN is a part of Pentagon.

  15. cassandra Says:

    radha,

    You make some very valid and sensible points.

    The publication of the report by the UNSG’s Panel of Experts has got Sri Lanka ‘cornered’ – never mind how flawed the report might be. I note that one of the recommendations of the Report is that the Human Rights Council should re-visit the 2009 Special Resolution (which commended SL for the manner in which it defeated the LTTE) in light of the contents of the Report. So, where to from there?

    My fear also is, now that SL is in a vulnerable position, ‘they’ (and here I include India) will try to use the Report to their advantage and exploit SL’s discomfiture to try to wrest from SL all manner of concessions that the country might not otherwise have conceded. I see this as a real danger. Among the concessions ‘they’ (especially India) might seek is to give into some or many of the demands of the TNA. One remembers only too well how when SL was in a similar position before, India got SL to accept, under duress, the infamous 13th Amendment. India did more. It went on to secure for itself virtual control of the Trincomalee harbour and any development of the Palaly airport. These had nothing to do with Tamil demands but were of strategic interest to India, and what better time to screw SL down than when it was not in a strong bargaining position? Sadly, history repeats itself. One only hopes that the government is able to hold its nerve, and won’t wilt under the pressure.

    In the meantime, all those people who delighted (and some still do) in calling the UNSG all manner of names and attempts to ridicule him, might want to think again. What Ban Ki-moon has demonstrated, through his Panel’s report, is that he is one smart cookie, and that behind that inscrutable face and nondescript countenance and ‘ahinsaka’ look, is a cold, shrewd, cunning and clever man. I suppose he could not have got to where he is without those qualities. And, no doubt, those qualities will come in handy again in his pursuit of another term of office.

  16. Susantha Wijesinghe Says:

    Charles ! Al-Qaida is an underground movement and its members are invisible. They never came forward to bribe world leaders, and attempted to influence their idealogy to top people in high office. They hated some countries for reasons best known to them. No world Leaders ever had any discussions with any of them to bring about settlement, and they do not talk to Terrorists.

    Comparatively, LTTE was an underground Terrorist movement in Sri Lanka, and is an LTTE, CIVILIAN TERRORISTS MOVEMENT IN FOREIGN COUNTRIES, where they have full access to world Leaders ? Administrators, through the Rump LTTE Tamil Terrorists Diaspora. This Rump is Molly coddled for the greed of free flow of USD.

    Admittedly, the LTTE Terrorists Mafia, is the WEALTHIEST TERRORISTS MAFIA in the World, having Billions of Dollars to BRIBE ” Any Old How ” to fall with servitude at their feet, to collect the lucrative offers, in exchange for malicious requests to villify this beautiful Island of Sri Lanka, verbally and on paper.

    The Top Leaders and Administrators of the Western and European Countries, including the UNSG and his Three Stooge Panelists, fall into this Category of ” Any Old How ” The words Morality, Respectability, Decency, and Credibility are non existent in their vocabulory.

    Top Leaders in USA said over National Television, that the killing of Bin Laden is not the end, but the begining of a continued, sustained effort to go after the Al-Qaida and wipe them out one by one.

    Now why is this concept not applied to Sri Lanka, for it to go after the LTTE RUMP TAMIL TERRORISTS SYMPATHISER DIASPORA, in UK, USA, Canada, Australia, Germany, Norway and many other countries, ONE BY ONE ? ? ?

    Because all officials in these countries who are responsible to stop Terrorism, fall into the category of ” ANY OLD HOW ” BILLIONS OF DOLLARS ARE WAITING TO BE DOLED OUT WHEN NECESSARY, AND ON REQUEST.

    TIME HAS COME FOR WESTERN AND EUROPEAN COUNTRIES TO NOT ONLY WIPE OUT AL-QAIDA FROM THE FACE OF THIS EARTH, BUT ALSO HELP BEAUTIFUL SRI LANKA TO WIPE OUT LTTE FROM THE FACE OF THIS EARTH.

    SO PLEASE HAVE A CHANGE OF MIND FOR THE BETTER.

    Please help Sri Lanka catch them ONE BY ONE. You will be blessed.

  17. Kit Athul Says:

    White House released how the order was given to KILL Bin Ledan and NOT to take him alive! Three Navy Seals entered the third floor of the compound, first Navey Seal who recognise him fired a shot through his left eye (his Brain was shattered) then he fired the second shot that went through his heart. Bin Ledan was un armed so was his wife, she jumped in front of the Navy Seal to protect him and was shot on the leg. His son was then shot. None of them were armed. Probably, Bin Ledan family surrendered, but the order was to kill him and the Navy Seal had no choice but to obey the order. Quiet rightly President Obama gave the order from the White House via a video link to the Seals on the two helicopters as soon as they took off. The code name was TARGET (KILL). After he was killed Seals told him its all over, the code name was Geranamo.

    Now President Rajapakse has plenty to talk about when he talks to Hilary Clinton next time. “Where is your human rights?” “Where is your UNHCR” Where is your war crimes tribunal in Haug? Robert Blake can now put his tail between his legs and run with out insulting the Sri Lankan army.

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