Sri Lanka’s Dirty War Must Be Investigated – May 4,2011
Posted on May 8th, 2011

Ira de Silva London, Canada

The Editor
Financial Times
London, U.K.
 
Dear Sir:
 
I am writing to correct some of your statements in this editorial. This report is not a U.N. report – it was an advisory report to the Secretary General that was called for to satisfy the western powers, the same powers who tried their best – your David Milliband who admitted that he spent 60% of his time to woo the Tamil vote in the U.K. was one of them, to save the leadership of the Tamil terrorists. These countries were pushing for a report, again to pander to the LTTE Tamils in the U.K., U.S., Canada etc. To be an U.N. report it needed to be called for by either the Security Council or the General Assembly. It was not. That is why Ban ki Moon said that he has no power to act.
 
It was not an investigative report as clearly stated many times by the authors. For example on page  6 of the main report, they say  “the panel and United Nations officials repeatedly made clear to the government the scope of its mandate as an advisory panel to the secretary general including that it was not engaged in any investigation. Again on page 14 it stressed “the panel’s mandate precludes fact finding or investigation.”
 
There is no  “credible evidence” in the report. It is based on unsubstantiated allegations gathered from public presentations and what was in the U.N. system. Further what is curious is that these presentations were classified as strictly confidential and can not be examined by anybody for twenty years!  If they are making accusations, for them to be credible and have any semblance of legality, those they accuse should have access to the information they have relied on. To ask for another international investigation is just a fishing expedition which which will continue not for the benefit of Sri Lanka or it’s citizens but to satisfy the countries who want to punish Sri Lanka to satisfy their own citizens of Tamil origin. The panel collected information from people and no one knows who they are or the content of the material collected.  On page 15 they state “this account should not be taken as proven facts” which means that they are not prepared to guarantee the accuracy of the what is in the report but expect Sri Lanka to take them at their word. Given the bias of the three panellists based on their prior statements on Sri Lanka, may I say that their report  is a waste of public money. It was meant to be broadcast to the world so that reporters and publications such as yours could continue to pass judgements against Sri Lanka based on innuendo and hearsay.
 
You state  Sri Lanka “did not even allow the three UN panel members into the country to carry out an investigation”. Sri Lanka said they could come to the country but they could not carry out any “investigations” – they had no mandate to investigate.
 
You state “western liberal democracies want greater respect for human rights”. Sounds good but is it not a fact that these same western liberal democracies are violating the human rights of millions in Iraq and Afghanistan? Not only violating human rights they have and are causing  hundreds of thousands of deaths which they consider the “price of war” and pass off as collateral damage, displacing millions, using torture, rendition, water boarding and other abuse. For a fact, Sri Lanka can not be compared to these liberal democracies and has merely defeated terrorists in their own country and saved the population from frequent terrorist attacks which it had endured for over twenty five years. That is the duty of any government. The liberal democracies are invading and killing countless thousands in other countries supposedly to protect their own citizens.
 
You state “authoritarian governments have carte blanche to deal with internal security issues as they see fit, without regard to the laws of war or international humanitarian rules. If 40,000 – or 400,000 – civilians die in the process, then so be it. That would be a terrible message indeed”. It is not “authoritarian governments” that are conducting wars without regard to the laws of war or international humanitarian rules even though they supposedly do not have carte blanche – it is the same liberal democracies that you seem to believe want greater respect for human rights. It is countries such as yours and the U.S. who have the attitude  that if 40,000 – or 400,000 – civilians die in the process, then so be it. That is what has been done in Iraq and Afghanistan. That is the terrible message that they are sending to the world, not Sri Lanka or any country you brand as having an “authoritarian government”.
 
It is not Sri Lanka’s dirty war that must be investigated but wars that are being waged by your liberal democracies. There is sufficient documented evidence of the crimes that have been committed – why do you not call for an immediate investigation by the U.N.
 
Yours truly,
 
Ira de Silva
London, Canada

4 Responses to “Sri Lanka’s Dirty War Must Be Investigated – May 4,2011”

  1. TERRENCE DE SILVA Says:

    Sri Lanka’s Dirty War Must Be Investigated – May 4,2011 – IRA DE SILVA.

    DEAR IRA, I CERTAINLY HOPE THAT YOUR VERY INCISIVE LETTER WILL GET ITS DUE RESPONSE FROM THE EDITOR OF THE FINANCIAL TIMES. LONDON U.K., IF HE HAS THE GUTS TO FACE UP TO THE INACCURACIES IN HIS EDITORIAL THAT YOU HAVE POINTED OUT. ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU HIGHLIGHTED THAT IT WAS NOT AN “U.N. REPORT” NOR WAS IT AN “INVESTIGATIVE REPORT,” SANCTIONED BY THE U.N. GENERAL ASSEMBLY OR THE U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL BUT PURELY ON A WHIM OF THE UNSG BAN KI MOON BROUGHT UPON BY INTERESTED PARTIES WITH VESTED INTEREST IN UNDUE & UNWARRANTED PUBLICITY WITH HINTS OF LARGE FINANCIAL DEPOSITS AT THEIR DISPOSAL.

    ANOTHER SALIENT POINT THAT BEGS THE QUESTION IS “WHAT GIVES THE “WESTERN LIBERAL DEMOCRACIES” THE UNQUESTIONABLE RIGHT TO FLOUT INTERNATIONAL LAW AND THE SOVEREIGNITY OF COUNTRIES TO OVERFLY THEIR AIRSPACE, COMMIT ACTS OF WARFARE BY ATTACKING THEIR PRESENT GOVERNMENTS, AND CAUSING DEATH & DESTRUCTION UPON ITS CIVILIANS POULACE & FEW MILITARY TANKS, INVADE & MURDER A SO-CALLED TERRORIST LEADER(WHO WAS ADMITTEDLY UNARMED AT THE TIME) , HIS SON AND SHOOT HIS WIFE WHO WAS UNARMED TOO; WITHOUT THE KNOWLEDGE OF THAT HOST COUNTRY’S GOVERNMENT (PAKISTAN) , ITS MILITARY FORCES OR ITS PEOPLE. WASN’T HE THE FRANKENSTEIN THAT THEY THE CIA AND BRITISH SAS CREATED AND DUBBED HIM COLONEL OBAMA BIN LADEN IN THEIR FIGHT TO OUST THE RUSSIANS FROM AFGHANISTAN. DO THE U.S. “ELITE” SEALS TAKE PRIDE IN A “JOB WELL DONE” (QUOTE: U.S. PRESIDENT OBAMA) IN DISPOSING OF A BROTHER-IN-ARMS WHO RENEGADED UPON HIS MENTORS?

    THIS BLATANT USE OF MILITARY MIGHT & POWER OVER LESS POWERFUL COUNTRIES POINTS CLEARLY TO THE “LAW OF THE JUNGLE” (MIGHT IS RIGHT) AND THE UNITED NATIONS CHARTER JUST A WHITE PAPER TIGER. WITH THE UNSG BAN KI MOON JUST ANOTHER POLITICAL STOOGE; CALLING HIS OWN SHOTS & ACTING ON HIS OWN VOLITION SANS THE APPROVAL OF THE AUGUST U.N. ASSEMBLY OF NATIONS.

    ITS ABOUT TIME SOMEONE BELL THE CAT & DEFANG & DECLAW HIM OF BEING USED AS A LTTE (DISPORA) TIGER’S PAW.; IN THE AFTERMATH OF SRI LANKA’S VICTORIOUS WAR AGAINST TERROR. THERE CANNOT BE TWO DIFFERENT STANDARDS TO FIGHT TERRORISM; OR ARE WE BEING ASKED TO FALL BACK ON WHAT U.S SECRETARY OF STATE HILARY CLINTON QUOTED AWHILE BACK, “THAT THERE ARE GOOD TERRORISTS & BAD TERRORISTS.” WHICH WAS VERY HILARIOUS INDEED!” AND DO WE NOW KILL THE BAD TERRORIST WHEN THEY FAIL TO CONTINUE TO SERVE USA, BRITAIN & FRANCE & NORWAY. ( AND ENDEAVOUR TO THROW A LIFE LINE TO THE GOOD TERRORISTS AND TRY TO SAVE THEM – SO LONG AS THEY COULD BE USED – AS IN THEIR FAILED ATTEMPT TO SAVE THE LTTE MASTERMIND PRABAKARAN WHEN HE WAS CORNERED BY THE S.L. ARMY.).

    TAKE THE TRUTH TO THEM “IRA” – FACTS CANNOT BE REFUTED – AND THE TRUTH WILL SET THEM FREE OR CONVICT THEM AS IT MUST!

  2. nilwala Says:

    Just a word of caution to those of you responding to articles such as this one from the FT….when you use their own title header it is picked up by search engines and and totted up as an approval vote for the veracity of the title. Please make sure that the subject/title conveys your true position…e.g. in this case it should be something like “Objection to Financial Times Editorial re Sri Lanka/s War” or at least “Response to……”.

  3. Gangdhi Says:

    Finacail Times has to go after the rich. The richest man in UK is a Person of Indian Origin and there are a lot of them.

  4. Sunil Mahattaya Says:

    With all due respect to Ms. Ira de Silva, Nilwala’s caution seems in order as I too was a bit surprised at the title with respect to the writer and thought it to be an exhortation in favour of, by Ms.de Silva whereas it was to the contrary. Little lapses such as these are often taken advantage of by those who intend to mislead the gullible.

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