Crimes against Colonialism must be investigated before War Crimes
Posted on September 26th, 2011

Shenali Waduge

War Crimes has become a favored buzzword by western political leaders & western dominated international agencies to castigate less powerful nations of the world. These countries have found it easy to destabilize these nations by selling arms to the terror outfits that strike in these countries as well as supplying arms to the countries to fight the terrorists (dual profit).

 This is how the west is making profits today while externally pretending to be exponents of righteousness & human rights dignity. Nevertheless, what these countries conveniently forget is that all these countries they term as “developing” were once powerful nations in their own right before they were stripped of their cultural dignity through colonialism. Africa, Asia, Ocean were all taken over by Spain, Portugal, Netherlands, France & Great Britain. They are today powerful industrial nations because of the manner they invaded & took over unarmed countries & stripped them of their traditions, cultures & sovereignty. Their countries will have enormous amounts of cultural heritage, artifacts etc that belong to these native countries & rightfully they should all be returned.

 All countries colonized must get together & demand compensation forthwith.

 With war crimes looming against Sri Lanka as a counter measure it is good to create a platform of countries that would stand by Sri Lanka & a good way would be to have countries suffering due to colonialism be brought together under one umbrella to seek compensation.

 Sri Lanka should spearhead a campaign seeking compensation & justice & demand that crimes against colonialism be investigated before any war crimes.

 Shenali Waduge

10 Responses to “Crimes against Colonialism must be investigated before War Crimes”

  1. Lorenzo Says:

    Crimes against colonialism or crimes OF colonialism?

    Agree with this idea. We should. This was proposed a few years ago by Ven Ellawala Medhanandha thero but nothing happened.

  2. ranjith Says:

    Waduge,

    //All countries colonized must get together & demand compensation forthwith.//

    Demanding Compensation!

    Bambuwa!

    Ussala Dey!

  3. gdesilva Says:

    I am sure what you meant was crimes under colonialism…. :-)

    A good way to do this will be for a Sri Lankan descendent of a person murdered by the British in the 18th century to lodge a criminal liability case against the British PM or the Queen at a District Court in New York – ideally to coincide with an official visit of one of them to the US. There should be no problem finding one such claimant as the British did not spare the guns or the swords in annihilating the Sri Lankans at time (or even today, in Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan etc).

  4. anura seneviratna Says:

    “Crimes of Colonialism”. Rational and powerful proposal that our Country should initiate and take Leadership with other countries who suffered from crimes of colonialism. Sadly, failure to act due to servile attitude and lack of National Esteem make these proposals disappear into thin air.

  5. gamunu6 Says:

    Shenali Waduge! Thanks its very useful more than ever, we & other communities who suffered under colonialism, should demand investigations to their conduct during occupation.

    This type of request should have come long time ago. When the “holier than thou” preached their gospel how to behave, conduct ourselves, and persistence in human rights violations.

    For a change lets see how these colonialists will respond or defend their actions. Thanks again Shenali, its always refreshing to read your articles…………Gamunu Alahakkone~ Canada

  6. Ben_silva Says:

    crimes committed by Colonialists is an important issue. They are now raising their ugly head again using bogus human rights orgs. We cannot however put all the blame on them. We were not competitive enough then. Are we competitive enough now ?

  7. AnuD Says:

    They still spread colonialism.

    What do they do in Libya and Syria etc.,etc.,. They use their own forces and people naturalized or came to study in their countries as rebels and create civil war.

    How it is different from, when British to India or Sri Lanka and found some henchmen to assist running the country ?

    UN is there. What does it do. Nothing. Because, it is their to fulfill their needs.

  8. Hiranthe Says:

    Just another good idea from a person who loves her motherland over everything.

    Dear Shenali, Thanks for this great idea which might open the eyes of these blind politicians from the West

    If they are not blind but harassing the smaller countries knowingly, this action will expose their nudity to the entire world. Present generation do not know how brutal they were. This is the best way to bring it back to the surface. But the question is who will do it? I think GOSL should not get involved. It should be a political or another organisation, like JVP or JHU. JVP is dancing to the tune of the West so they will not do it. Can JHU do it? They are a political party who represent people of our country. It may be credible if it comes from such an organisation. But without MR’s involvement, none of the other countries will come forward. Finally it is again MR… To win the war – MR. To clear the image of our country – MR…

  9. Rohan8 Says:

    @ gdesilva you really are moron. Stop blaming the British for yours and Sri Lanka’s short comings. You guys did jack since 1948 in developing Sri Lanka. At least the Brits build roads, a rail system in the hill country that Lankans still enjoy. Gave you the game of cricket. Gave you the modern education system there. Also a Brit founded the Sri Lankan armed forces built along British Army lines NOT AMERICAN which enabled Sri Lanka to crush the LTTE and on the whole for a colonial power was very respectful of Sri Lankan culture and Buddhism. Yeah Sri Lankans blame the British for all your woes. Nice going gdesilva a top Sri Lankan moron which lankaweb.com is infected with.

  10. Fran Diaz Says:

    All the stuff the Brits ‘brought’ to Sri Lanka such as railroads, roads, administration systems, etc. were to supplement their commercial activities mainly re tea, rubber and spices, which activities were done with cheap, submissive imported Tamil labor. These were not ‘gifts’ to the people of Lanka. These things were done to ease their commercial activities and to administer the local natives with a firm hand, sometimes downright cruel such as the Uva-Wellassa massacre, as well as divesting the upcountry Sinhala peasants of their land (yet uncompensated), in order to grow tea. It is definitely the rural folk, both Sinhala & Tamil, who were grossly neglected and received the worst end of Colonial rule.

    Since 1948, after some 500 yrs of Colonial rule, we are still trying to re-establish the time tested positive aspects of our gentle culture, religion, & life styles. It is due to the fact that Sri Lanka is basically a Buddhist country that the People have survived even this much without too much damage to life & the environment here. In times prior to colonisation, we had a much admired civilisation in Lanka. Lanka was then known the Granary of the East, so great was the production of rice here. The great irrigation works of Lanka which went hand in hand with rice production & daily human needs, are admired by the world to this day. It is said that the sanitary systems of a country defines its level of civilisation – Sri Lanka boasted a sophisticated sanitary system, the remains of which are visible even today in our archaeological sites.

    In my humble view, we now have to move forward thoughtfully and with care, gently repair the damage done without harming life here, and be loyal to this country that secures, feeds & shelters us. How can we help and not hinder progress ?

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