Channel 4 video of Sri Lankan Killing fields
Posted on June 19th, 2011
Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . K1J 6G1 Canada
18 June 2011
The Editor (Letters)
THE OTTAWA CITIZEN
“Graphic footage of the murder of Tamil civilians in a powerful documentary should move the world to seek justice” wrote Chris Cobb.
I myself was reviled by this documentary as was Chris Cobb. But my revulsion was for a very different reason. This was a video when challenged by independent experts as not being authentic footage, was admitted by Channel 4’s Callum Macrea who directed it that it was put together with photographic stills, LTTE (Tamil Tiger) websites, video clippings, from official Sri Lankan Army video footage and satellite imagery, contrary to what we were made to believe were completely shot by a simple mobile phone in the killing fields. I also noted that it was Channel 4’s News team, Nick Paton Walsh, producer Bessie Du and cameraman Matt Jasper who were deported from Sri Lanka on 10 May 2009, as they alleged were arrested for false reporting on the Tamil Tiger terrorist war and subsequently deported.
It is also clear that the motive to air this video to be seen around the world is to insist that Sri Lanka has to be tried for war against humanity and war crimes during the final few months of the war, when we know that the Tamil Tigers did kill over 100,000 innocent unarmed Sinhalese and Muslim civilians, men, women, pregnant mothers, children and infants for 27 long years and hijacked the right-to-life of 21 million people who were just scared to step outside their homes for the fear of being bombed to smithereens by the Tamil Tigers. They were the terrorists who perfected the art of suicide bombings with suicide body packs, and executed 388 suicide bombings by the time the war ended on 18 May 2009, which also assassinated two heads of state Rajiv Gandhi of India and President Premadasa of Sri Lanka.
There were no if’s and but’s as this Tamil Tiger terrorist war had to come to a military conclusion not only to give back the right-to-life to 21 million people, but also to defend the sovereign territory, and to liberate the Tamil people which the government forces did by liberating 300,000 Tamils by 18 May 2009, who were herded for 30 months like cattle by the Tamil Tigers from the west coast to the east coast as a human shield.
War kills, but such killings that happened and is happening in the millions in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan are always explained by the western nations as co-lateral damage and keep going on with their wars to eliminate terrorism. And as the western nations who were responsible for these killings so has the Sri Lankan government denied the allegations that it has deliberately targeted its own civilians.
My revulsion is visceral with Channel 4 and Amnesty International for airing this film with such horrifying images that will degrade the dignity of a dead person and that of the dead person’s family without any guarantee of the authenticity of the film footage as it would only adversely harm the present reconciliation process in Sri Lanka among the affected communities by way of lacerating the healing wounds of 27 years, as it has the potential to incite hatred among these communities and their future generations at home and abroad. This is unfortunate and cruel.