UN says Sri Lanka not in ‘List of Shame’
Posted on June 12th, 2012

Asada M Erpini

Sri Lanka is no longer in “ƒ”¹…”List of Shame’, according to media reports on 12 June that cite the UN Secretary General. On the surface it appears as if UN has found something positive to say about the forever-maligned Sri Lanka. But as the reader proceeds, he would not know whether to smile or cry at this apparent elevation of Sri Lanka from its routinely designated pariah status, which many UN agencies and its financial backers in the West are all out to bestow on the island nation.

It is the same UN Secretary General who appointed a hand-picked trio headed by Darusman to advise him on matters pertaining to Sri Lanka not too long ago. Darusman had an axe to grind with Sri Lanka, and the advisory team that was appointed was not a body that came into being in pursuance of a decision of the UN Security Council or the General Assembly. Yet, the biased report that the team of “ƒ”¹…”experts’ delivered in April 2011, without striving to get information first hand, is, in the hands of anti-Sri Lanka gangs, a UN Report.

The most detestable aspect of the news item is the statement attributed to the woman who originated in Sri Lanka and is the incumbent in the envious and lucrative post of Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict. When the LTTE was forcing thousands of parents to give a child from each family to the cause (of a separate nation for Tamils within Sri Lanka) she did not care to raise a whimper. But now she pretends that she is happy because there are no child combatants in Sri Lanka at present. She brazenly continues that Sri Lanka completed “Security Council-mandated action plans to end the recruitment and use of children” in armed combat.

In the deceitful wording that the Representative of the Secretary-General is well known to use, she carefully avoids any reference whatsoever to which party to the conflict used child soldiers. It is the LTTE and its support groups, and not the legitimate armed forces of Sri Lanka that used under-age fighters as cannon fodder in the confrontation. By leaving out this vital piece of information from her statement – although what she said is not a lie “”…” she makes certain that there is ample room for the uninformed to conclude that the government forces were the culprits.

Additionally, there is the good old saying, which the woman clearly would have come across many times: Post hoc ergo propter hoc, which means “after this, therefore because of this.” People who have had some education know that this is a logical fallacy. The fact that the recruitment of children “”…” by any concerned group – for combat in war situations has ceased cannot be projected as the result of the Security Council-mandated action plans: there is only an association between the two, the causes could be far different from what the woman wants the rest of world to believe.

 

 

 

3 Responses to “UN says Sri Lanka not in ‘List of Shame’”

  1. aravinda Says:

    According to 4 billion Asians and 1 billion Africans, UN is in the LIST OF SHAME. UN has become a prostitute in the hands of USA and EU. We are eagerly waiting for UN sanctions to bomb Damascus, the worlds oldest inhabited city. American hatred for great civilizations will be extended to Syria. Those 6,000 year old roads, buildings, places of worship and archaeological sites in Damascus will soon be bombed. UN will do the dirty work to prepare the background.

    There will never be peace in Africa and Asia as long as UN is there. To handle conflict situations and to act as a change agent, the world needs a more equitable and accountable organisation than this shameful puppet. UN’s main job is to retard development in Asia and Africa. I have never seen a organisation which has entrenched double standards than UN. It is worse than foreign policy of United States, which is the benchmark for double standards. UN is a dinosaur from 1945. This is 2012. To hell with this colonial parasite.

  2. A. Sooriarachi Says:

    Mr Erpini you are so correct about Radika Coomarasamy’s silence at the time LTTE was grabbing Tamil children clutching to their helpless parents or walking home from school, and now have the audacity to release a misleading statement allowing the uninformed to think SriLankan security forces were also guilty. The following paragraph extracted from your article, tells the story.

    “In the deceitful wording that the Representative of the Secretary-General is well known to use, she carefully avoids any reference whatsoever to which party to the conflict used child soldiers. It is the LTTE and its support groups, and not the legitimate armed forces of Sri Lanka that used under-age fighters as cannon fodder in the confrontation. By leaving out this vital piece of information from her statement – although what she said is not a lie – she makes certain that there is ample room for the uninformed to conclude that the government forces were the culprits”

    Sri Lanka must reject her statement, in its current format.

  3. Vis8 Says:

    The US is now helping “syrian Rebels” (aka Al-quaeda) to take a foothold in the Mid East, and the UN is gladly kissing up to its western masters. The “united nations” should be #1 on the list of shame.

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