Hell freezes over William Blake is on our side
Posted on May 10th, 2011

By Philip Fernando

William Blake is seemingly on our side. To many Bin Laden getting ripped off in Abbottabad may have triggered it. Yet others would always see Assistant Secretary of State Blake as the universal symbol of anti-Western bluster indicating sympathy to the Tiger cause even after Prabhakaran got crushed under the deadweight of colossal crimes against humanity. Blake’s current pro-Lankan stance compared to his silence or reluctance to rebuke Tiger atrocities that brought them total defeat seemed amazingly ticklish. Yet providing a carte blanche to Blake to dilly dally as he pleases would be unwise and unpalatably unpatriotic. We have to watch him extra carefully lest we reap a whirlwind. The Darusman panel according to Blake seemed harmless yet he had not dismissed it outright.

 Blake’s propensity to combine the good, bad and the ugly in international affairs is a strange phenomenon. On the good side, Blake had recently acknowledged that Sri Lanka had the forum to achieve reconciliation. He said:” The Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission is playing an important role in the reconciliation process. We hope that the LLRC will also address accountability and will offer recommendations on how to redress wrongs committed by both sides during the conflict,” he added.

 The bad and ugly part was Blake never made a distinction about the Darusman panel and the LLRC. The Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Prof. G L Peiris had to retort rather bluntly reminding him about the Government’s position regarding the Darusman report stating that a clear distinction has to be made between the Advisory Panel and the United Nations and that the report had no stature as a U.N. document.

 The Minister added that Sri Lanka has a cordial relationship with the U.N. and will engage with it. He further said that a detailed letter will be sent to the Secretary-General by the Government on developments and progress made in the country.

 Greeks bearing gifts

 A cynic has described Blake’s recent mellowed stand on Sri Lanka to a wooden horse being left outside Kilinochchi-an apt Trojan horse analogy. Blake wants us to get into a dialogue with the former LTTE protƒÆ’†’©gƒÆ’†’© the TNA. Will TNA Horse be packed with enemy combatants waiting to break through? We have not forgotten that Blake erupted in joy when the CFA with the Tigers was signed in 2002.

 So what can we make of the latest posture of the former U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka that he proclaimed thus: “alleged support for “ƒ”¹…”regime change in Sri Lanka have no basis whatsoever.”

 Plainly stated we are flabbergasted. Has hell frozen over? The frantic efforts to throw a lifeline to Prabhakaran and his cohorts by the West in May 2009 are still fresh in our mind. Where was Blake at that moment?

 We are gasping for breath when Blake expressed support for the government’s efforts to recover from its devastating civil war, and encouraged further steps towards reconciliation, and a peaceful, united, democratic Sri Lanka. Blake reportedly stated “I think the government has made some positive progress. It is very important that this progress be sustained,” he added.

 Jekyll and Hyde

 The Jekyll and Hyde duality that the Westerners exhibit being supportive now and dismissive then of the most precious issue to all Sri Lankans””‚the protection of Sri Lanka’s sovereignty. That can never be left to the whims of a carrier diplomat who had not being forthright in condemning the violent actions of the Tigers and the Tiger Diaspora bent on establishing the division of Sri Lanka.

 Eelam is the sum total of a vicious separatist movement to carve out a new state from the historical landmass known as Sri Lanka. Blake must get that straight. It is no whimsical posture but an article of faith that we live by. Blake or no Blake””‚that is not negotiable.

 Darusman panel changed our belief in getting a just deal from the United Nations. Blake and others failed to put the weight of accountability on the Tigers for the entire gamut of atrocities they committed. Utter failure by the LTTE to abide by the provisions of accepted rules of engagement in protecting civilians was the primary cause for loss of civilian life during the protracted terror war.

 Making pious pronouncements about what Sri Lanka is doing now may sound good but the crux of the matter is that Sri Lanka defended her territorial integrity against a mythical claim of Eelam—this has been and must always be the central logic.

 The atrocities done by the Tigers cannot be dealt with –they took hostages insofar as they forced thousands of civilians, often under threat of death, to remain in areas under their control and they forcibly used child cadres and they killed with no respite.

 The primary charge against the GOSL relates to shelling in retaliation to Tiger menace, inevitable in an armed conflict. Whether it was widespread or excessive has to be evaluated in terms of military objectives as in any armed conflict.

 Sri Lanka always adhered to the responsibility to ensure the safety of civilians and children under the provisions of the “Fundamental guarantees” warranted by the Geneva Convention.

 In this regard not only did the LTTE fail to provide for such guarantees. They made the human shield an integral party of their war strategy-forcing civilians and children to be combatants. That failure by the LTTE to abide by accepted norms of warfare was the primary cause for loss of civilian life. The LTTE and others in the Diaspora as well as those within Sri Lanka who provided “material support” must be held accountable for failing to conduct their war strategies responsibly.

 How and why Blake and the like had failed to harp on this repressive Tiger behaviour must become a matter of concern. It is inconceivable that the Tiger Diaspora as part of a proscribed terror group should be allowed to access the US state machinery to promote their ends. Those who became facilitators of such access must be made to explain.

 Blake being on our side would mean nothing if the same LTTE Diaspora can come and go as they please in order to influence the policy makers in USA.

16 Responses to “Hell freezes over William Blake is on our side”

  1. Rohan Says:

    RED ALERT!!! RED ALERT!!! RED ALERT !!! RED ALERT!!! RED ALERT!!! RED ALERT !!!
    Western Goverments, in particular United States and Britain using their intelligence agencies, CIA, MI6, French Intelligence and Mossad.
    About to stage big and horrifying and Evil FALSE FLAG TERROR attacks in the western countries and blame it on Al Qaida and Pakistan. In order to drag Pakistan, China, Russia and India and
    START WORLD WAR 3!!!
    These evil bastards are about to launch World war 3, triggering it in South Asia.
    Two American independant expert geopolitical analyst experts who have studied deeply the American and British Governments, are asking everyone to get the word out to everybody you know.
    Circulate this video to everyone in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka just defeated the LTTE, now after a short time of peace they might be caught in the crossfire of world war 3 this not a joke.
    They are about to stage a false flag in the west as bad of 911 and blame it on Pakistan!!!
    Please everybody listen to this 29 min audio, it is one of the most important everybody in Sri Lanka and the region shoudl be aware right now.
    Please listen and circulate this Audio to everybody.
    Here is the important warning Alert!!! by these top analysts. Please circulate as wide as possible.
    Here is the audio link.

    http://tarpley.net/audio/getfile.php?f=20110504-WGT_on_AJS.mp3

  2. Lorenzo Says:

    Oh when the Greeks
    Oh when the Greeks
    Oh when the Greeks come bearing gifts
    And when the Greeks come bearing big gifts
    They come to stab you in backside.

    Oh when the Greeks
    OH WHEN the Greeks
    Oh when the Greeks come bearing gifts….lal lal!
    And when the Greeks come bearing big gifts
    They come to stab you in backside.

    (No relevance to Greeks per se.)

  3. gdesilva Says:

    Robert O’Blake and Pat Butenis have a clear job description – to remove the current Government from power and install their own cronies. This is what the US/CIA has been doing for the last 60 years and if anyone thinks otherwise they are living in denial. Watch out…the jackals are out working towards their objective.

  4. ranjit Says:

    The whole wide world know the double standard of the white empire USA. Every country knows what these western cowboys have in their evil minds. This world is evil with evil people who doesnt care about human lives or any peace. They are all doing business someway or the other without caring a damn for human lives. Blake or Obama or Pillai or Monkey Moon all are same doing monkey business with the world for their own survival.

    Blake is like a lizard changing his colors according to the time and place. Those evil minds who harass our beloved land will perish without knowing for themselves what has happened to them. The day of doom for them will be near. Let’s hope good will come to our land and for the people in this 2600 years of BUDDHA JAYANTHI year.

  5. Leela Says:

    Mr. Blake or any American in his position takes nobody’s side. As always, they’ll be on American side. Only the ignorant and the gullible would believe otherwise.

    So, we mustn’t be confused; he’ll take the most promising route to achieve what Anglo, French the US oligarchy aim at.
    Leela

  6. andylingam Says:

    Agreed Leeal !
    Does not matter who ever ,they alway in thier side (eg: American , even Indian ) !
    Why can We in a side that is SRI LANKAN side ! ( not Sinhalavan side , Demila side) !

  7. ranjit Says:

    Andy I cannot figure it out in which side you are.sometimes you talk sense sometimes I get mad because you write absolutely untruth. Anyhow I agree with you that we all have to be in Untied SRI LANKAN side along with our partners in the good side.

  8. andylingam Says:

    Ranjit
    I do not want lied to you that I were not supporter of separate land for Tamils in Mother Lanka !
    We ( Tamils ) All has been possioned by our Thalavar’s ( Head) from Thanthai Chelva to Sampanthan .
    They told us Nalai pirakkum Tamil Eelam ( Every day said , Tomorrow Tamil Eelam will born ) but they are clever , never said Today We will get ( for last 33 years ) .

    Also I only surf Tamil web sides & papers until Mullivaikal tragedy (18/05/2009).As like All Tamils Namma Thalairar Addippar , Namma Thalairar Addippar ( VP will hide back/ will hide back ) , but we All know what happened last .
    ( My fare related Aunty told me When she cross the line to Army , first think they have given food & water- I am not making up)

    Ref:absolutely untruth
    I only write what I read from Tamil web side ( I runaway from home to London 1983 as economic refuge -Thanks to Presitant JRJ)

  9. Chintha Says:

    Blake has one mission. That is to form EALAM. He does not want to be on the bad book of people of SL. First the UN fraud report. Then black mail govt. Then federalism. Then EALAM.
    One at a time.

  10. jayt Says:

    they have been setting fire to millions of children women and men around the world in the last 50 or 60 years and getting ready to start official third world war from Sri lanka. Any Any Friendship is possible? forget about it, only sri lanka have to get ready by putting foundation for a new era to build weapons in the space with help of global funding technical experts from many nation.

  11. ranjit Says:

    Dear Andy I understand your position. The only good thing you can do to our Motherland is to become a goodwill ambassodor and explain to your people about the truth what you see from your own eyes and what you hear from your own ears to do that you have to come back without any fear and visit the whole country by yourself. You will be surprised because of the change and how your people and my people live harmonously and in peace after bloody thirty years of suffering.

    Dont listen to your or any politician.Dont watch only Tamil webs which instigate violence and revenge.We dont want to take any revenge from anyone.We want only to live peacefully as human beings with good jobs,housing,health services and other requirements to live as decent citizens. So believe me, come back, forget the past and start a new life with your family in our blessed land together anywhere you like.It’s safer than any place in the world. Good luck Andy.

  12. andylingam Says:

    ranjit
    FYI, God gave me a opportunity to visit my mother lanka last year (after 27 years) , I fully agreed I have travled as local Tamil person ( even I understand atleast 25% sinhala but avoid specking ) North to south & East to West ( ID(they call IC) is My UK passpord) , first time Batticalo & Kathirkama(m) in my life time.
    No problme , Not at all .

    What I so supprise how come not even one SL forces not reated badly .

    Last days , I got funny idea , I took CTB (noe SLTB) bus from Vavuniya to Colombo ( at Anuradapura town – my hard beeting was 100% high than nomal) a wondered solders got in to the bus for begging ( gave his story about how he wondered by LTTE terrarist ( My formar liberation fights )). I gave him what ever SL rupees was in my perse (belive me – tear was in my eye, coroctle tear).

  13. andylingam Says:

    belive me – tear was in my eye,Ranjith – NOT coroctle tear).

  14. Leela Says:

    andylingam: Sinhala people are not racists or supremacists (they do not believe they are superior to Tamils or anyother). They have nothing against Tamils. They are only against Tamil racist and separatist mentality.

    Your name reminds me of an anecdote in early sixties. We had many Tamil friends then; we mixed and pally at the public library. They visited our homes in Colombo suburb and we visited their homes in Jaffna. One day, I got to know a Tamil gentleman from New Cross when he visited Colombo. His name was Lingam too. He invited me to come and stay with him if I happen to visit London. And I stayed with him for few days on my way to college, and even visited him afterwards during college holidays as well. Such was the courtesy between Tamils and Sinhalese then. I wish that era would be back again.
    Leela

  15. jimmy Says:

    Leela
    God bless you man

    I remember My dads friends from South ( mostly Judges and lawyers) visited Jaffna and we all used to go to Keerimalai beach . It was in late 70s and early 80s . I was happy during my childhood time it was great trip to these places . They used tc come with their family and stay at our place
    There was always love and compassion between tamils and sinhalese those years
    I like to see this again

  16. andylingam Says:

    Ref:They are only against Tamil racist and separatist mentality.
    Hi Leela
    First of I have to thank this web modarater who allowed to (not deleting) post Tamil speacking SRILANKAN commets.
    Leela You & other Sinhala speacking SRILANKAN should understand our problm who have possied our mentality ( sinhalavan Enkalai kolovan – Sinhalese will kil us etc, etc….) last 63 years ( VP carried out last 33 Years) .
    These well educated(?) high class Yalpanathan ( Jaffna mans about 5%) only know English & broken Tamil, these bus**rd does not undrestand a word of Sinhala.( What a great languages to speck – eg: Machchan Komatha , Kanavatha -How easy to mised both language speck )

    Also Thier goal was indirectly help by Sinhala racist ( Politician & Bickus etc.. ) .

    Anyway past is pass !!

    What Govt of SL & Sinhala specking SL should do now ! How to get these 95% of Tamil specking SL to their side . ( please do not say no of our business – if you have cancer it will kill you one day ) as a one family members .
    I do not want to advice you My brothers & Sisters , You have enough knowdlege ( sorry to say , We thought you were Moddaya Sinhalaya – but you have proofed to us you are not )

    Sorry As a Tamil We always think We have more knoldge than others (that is in our bad DNA),
    Example : Please open FREE sinhala language course (3 moth to speck in Sinhala) ever corner of SL ( not only North & East ) at the end will get a certificate & free tour to All ceylon ( include all the Vihara)

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