Letter to President Barack Obama to explain why a Resolution against Sri Lanka at UNHR Commission in Geneva will be against his Political philosophy
Posted on February 13th, 2013

By  Charles.S.Perera

President Barack Obama
1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr.President,

I congratulate you on your re-election.  I am Sri Lankan by birth.  Therefore, your foreign policies affecting Sri Lanka interest me. I entreat you to please bear with me and read through the  following matters  I am bringing to your  attention and pray you for action.

Mr.President, your time is precious therefore I will be as brief as possible . It is about Sri Lanka an Island,   slightly larger than the State of  West Virginia, with a population  of about 20.4 million with  the government of which your State Department had not been fair in the application of harsh political dictates opposed to your political philosophy,  since its elimination of a ruthless group of terrorists that terrorised the Island for thirty years.

From your speeches and writings  I expect a radical change in your foreign policies from that of the pervious Presidents of USA.  But when your policies are being carried out by those whose thinking differ from yours , they become different from what is expected under you Presidency.

You are of Afro-American origin Mr.President, nevertheless, in your  great political wisdom you did not identify yourself  as an Afro American but as an American.  That is the  key to your  popularity, and to be  acclaimed the President of the United States of America.

Your admirable political success lies in that ability to have buried your ” Communal” identity in the larger interest of a political unity of all minor and major Communities in America.  You said in your second inaugural address, “”¦”¦ what binds this nation together is not the colors of our skin or the tenets of our faith or the origins of our names. What makes us exceptional “”…” what makes us American “”…” is our allegiance to an idea, articulated in a declaration made more than two centuries ago”¦”¦”

But, in the application of  foreign policies of your Government  in relation to multi-ethnic Sri Lanka the policy makers of your State Department should see the ethnic problems in that country  in the light of the way you solved the ethnic problem in America , but White Americans whose mentality is different,  have failed to grasp the essence of  your political philosophy. Therefore, their political views are diametrically opposed to yours. As a result the  Government of Sri Lanka  is made to suffer from their failure to perceive the problem in that country in its correct perspective without engaging in divisive politics.

The problems in Sri Lanka as well as in many developing countries come from the  conflicts between the minority Communities and  the majority community  which normally hold  the political power as it had been the case even in America .  It is more complex where there are tribal differences such as in Africa  or religious difference  such as in  Muslim Countries.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 So far the American Foreign policy,  as much as those of the countries of the International Community, had been to maintain this ethnic difference in developing countries in order to stop communal unity and allow the States to disintegrate according to Communal differences- in other words to facilitate Balkanization of Sovereign States,  according to a planned political Agenda

This is not the political philosophy with which  you identify,  which you demonstrated by steering away without falling into the trap of  Communal politic in the USA.

As you know  Mr.President the task of uniting  ethnic Communities in America is after all not that difficult as  all communities speak the same language, and have  more or less the same religion or have similar religions.

But when it comes to a country like Sri Lanka where there are  three major Communities , Sinhala 75 % of the population, Tamil 14 %  and Muslims 9%  , speaking Tamil and Sinhala languages and having three different religions,  the task of bringing together the Communities into a one whole nation is  not without difficulties.

Sri Lanka had no Communal problems since its independence in 1948. However, in 1970’s there began conflicts between the Tamil Political Leaders and the Sinhala Majority Government, when  the Tamil  political leaders demanded parity of status for the 13% of the Tamil Community along with the  75 % Sinhala majority Community.

Eventually  a group of  unemployed Tamil youth in the North of Sri Lanka , coerced by the nearby TamilNadu State in India, after being  trained  in terrorist warfare, was released in the North of Sri Lanka in 1983.  This group of  terrorists killed a number of Sinhala Police officers stationed in the North, which started a communal riot during which large numbers of Tamils left Sri Lanka making that a reason to ask for  political asylum, though most of them were in fact economic refugees.

They settled down in UK, USA, Canada, Australia, Netherland etc.  They  were organised by the Sri Lanka terrorists into Terrorist  Front Organisations, to collect funds for terrorism in Sri Lanka with the promise that they will eventually, through terrorism wrench away the North of Sri Lanka to form a separate Homeland for Tamils.

It is the second and third generation of these economic refugees  who have not even visited Sri Lanka now represent  the Terrorist Front Organisations in USA and other foreign counties.. However, the terrorism that began then lasted 30 years, with massacres, assassinations, and bomb blasts in which many lives were lost.  .  The terrorists  collected considerable sums of money through their Terrorist Front Organisations, which is said to be about US$ 300 million per year, from the expatriate Tamils, with which they built  a powerful terrorist military force.

In 2005 Mr Mahinda Rajapakse was elected the President of Sri Lanka.  By then the terrorists had become  a considerably powerful military  force with modern military equipment, owning more than ten cargo vessels,  planes and a fleet of Dovra boats. In 2009 the Armed Forces of Sri Lanka wiped out the terrorists.

Having brought back peace to the country,  the government of the President Mr. Mahinda Rajapakse, launched  large scale development programmes.  He started many project in the North and East of Sri Lanka to help the Tamil people who had suffered mostly from terrorism.

Hardly  a year after the elimination of the terrorists, the International Community and  many human rights organisations began a campaign against Sri Lanka for so called violation of human rights and unaccounted civilian deaths during the last phase of the military operations against the terrorists.  Many  false video footings  were prepared by anti Government forces financed by the Tamil  Terrorist Front Organisations in USA, Canada etc., and distributed world wide.

The  Terrorist Front Organisations continue to collect  funds, and the bulk of the money collected are available to them to  finance their multi-pronged  campaigns against Sri Lanka, with a plan to revive terrorism again to break up Sri Lanka to Se up a Tamil homeland.

These  Terrorist Front Organisations in America have formed  a group called the Tamils for Obama, which has paid considerable funds  for your   Presidential  election campaign.  As these funds collected by Terrorist Front Organisations  fall into the category of ” Money Laundering and indirect  financing for terrorism”, the contributions  from the Terrorist Front Organisations “”…”Tamils for Obama  should not have been accepted for  your Presidential Campaign.  Accepting these funds only strengthen their hope for the revival of terrorism in Sri Lanka.

 Mr. President, it is disheartening to  see  that, while the President of Sri Lanka and his government work to integrate the  three Communities into a  Nation of Sri Lankans,  it is  the American State Department and the  International Community which have come together to keep alive the separatist political environment in Si Lanka, and perpetuate its existence when you in your wisdom Mr.President contributed to stop the separatist Communal  politics in America.

In order to satisfy the detractors accusing the Sri Lanka Government Armed Forces for violation of human rights and war crimes, the President of Sri Lanka appointed a Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission(LLRC), to look into how the war against terrorism was carried out and if there had been  violations of human rights during the terrorist war. The report of the LLRC had made recommendations to be implemented by the government.The government is in the process of carrying out many projects by way of reconciliation, and bringing the Communities together.

The way the President of Sri Lanka sees the  post terrorist reconciliation is not different from your own political views, he would have very well said what you said  in your inaugural address, “. A decade of war is now ending. An economic recovery has begun. America’s ( Sri Lanka’s) possibilities are limitless, for we possess all the qualities that this world without boundaries demands: youth and drive; diversity and openness; an endless capacity for risk and a gift for reinvention. My fellow Americans,(Sri Lankans) we are made for this moment, and we will seize it “”…” so long as we seize it together.” (I have entered Sri Lanka to make clear what I mean)

President Mahinda Rajapakse  stated immediately after the terrorist war that there are no majority  or  minority Communities in Sri  Lanka,  but only good or bad Sri Lankans.

In order to   facilitate  the integration of all Communities in to a common Sri Lankan Nationality,  he made Sri Lanka a tri lingual country with Sinhala, Tamil, and English having official status.  He gave priority to carry out infrastructure developments in the North  and East  of Sri Lanka, the provinces in which a majority of Tamils live.

These provinces  which had no electricity or drinking water  have been provided with these facilities on a priority basis.    A large irrigation reservoir has just been constructed. New schools, hospitals , banks and Welfare Centres have been constructed .  Many housing project have been commenced, with  in some projects the Armed Forces deployed in civilian activities for construction of  roads, bridges, houses, cultivation of farm land , training students in leadership, and even in  hotel and restaurant services.

As much  as you Mr. President   did not want  Americans identified according to their   ethnicity  such as, Black Americans, White Americans, Afro Americans, Latino Americans, Chinese Americans, or Muslim Americans, but  as Americans, the President of Sri Lanka Mr.Mahinda Rajapaksa too does not  want Sinhala Sri Lankans, Tamil Sri Lankans or Muslim Sri Lankans, but he wants all of them to be just  Sri Lankans. ” Now, more than ever, we must do these things together, as one nation, and one people.“, those are your words Mr. President.

The terrorist in Si Lanka were very cunning, they wanted the terrorists represented in the Parliament of Si Lanka hence they Organised  a political party the Tamil National Alliance.  After the elimination of terrorism the Tamil  National Alliance was not disbanded.  And now they , the TNA speak for the separatist expatriate Tamil Terrorist Front organisations.  The TNA  continue to  represent the voice of the terrorists.   They want to keep alive the ethnic difference to exist as their own future as politicians depends on Communal Politics. They are all out  Mr. President , to stop any action to integrate the Tamil Community in to the mainstream Sri Lankan Nationhood even  though they are not the sole  representatives of the Tamil Community

Mr. President, be assured that there is no discrimination against any Community in this aspiration of the President of Sri Lanka for its people.  But the white politicians of th West  cannot understand this.  Your former Secretary of State  Mrs. Hillary Clinton too could not understand this political philosophy to which you too had whole heartedly adhered, a country like America without minority Communities and a majority Community.

Mrs. Hillary  Clinton was “made” to disagree with such a policy in Sri Lanka by the Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Mr. Robert O’Blake who was a close  friend of the terrorists when he was stationed in Sri Lank as the American Ambassador. Mr.Robert O’Blakes  has a personal score to settle with the President of Sri Lanka as he resorted to a military solution to terrorist problem,  against a political solution proposed by  Mr.O’Blake.

The Sri Lanka Terrorists who were a ruthless terror mongers in Sri Lanka, maintained good relations with foreign NGOs and Western Embassies and visiting foreign delegates.  There was therefore the tendency for the foreigners to consider them  as “rebels” or “freedom fighters”.  It is only the Sri Lankans  who were suffering directly from their ruthless ferocity who saw their real face of terrorism.  The result of this misconception is that the  USA and the International Community making use of every opportunity to attack Sri Lanka , looking for an opportunity for a regime change,  and if possible divide Sri Lanka allowing the Tamils to have a separate  homeland in the North.

With this in view US State Department moved a resolution at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva against Sri Lanka demanding,  of all thing, to implement the recommendations of the LLRC, the Commission appointed by the President of Sri Lanka himself.  The Government of Si Lanka Mr. President should not be coerced to implement its own Commission’s recommendation.  This is only a  move to satisfy the Tamil Terrorist Front Organisation in USA.

Your State Department is proposing another resolution against Sri Lanka at  the next session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. This Mr. President is a wrong move on the Part of the State Department, and I write to pray you to please look into the matter and advice  the Secretary of the  State  Department to advice, the Ambassador Eileen C. Donahoe , the US Representative to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva to stop any further action on the proposed resolution against Sri Lanka.

Yours respectfully, Mr. President,

Charles.S.Perera

e-mail: [email protected]

 

36 Responses to “Letter to President Barack Obama to explain why a Resolution against Sri Lanka at UNHR Commission in Geneva will be against his Political philosophy”

  1. Lorenzo Says:

    Well said Charles.

    But just to correct something. In 2012 election, Tamils for Obama was NOT active in politics. They were very active in 2008.

    So it is correct to say Obama did NOT get money from the terrorist group Tamils For Obama (TFO) in 2012.

    They argue LTTE LOST during Obama’s rule.

  2. Hiranthe Says:

    Well-done Charles, This should have been done long ago by our foreign mission. I greatly appreciate your love for our motherland!!

    This is good for a petition with our signatures… so even if Obama’s officials throw this letter to a dust bin without passing it to him, the petition with hundreds of thousand signatures may be treated differently…

    In the meantime our patriotic Sri Lankans of all ethnicity in US should form a group and request a private meeting with the President to present this letter with some photographic evidence of the LTTE atrocities and how our soldiers saved civilians during the last phase of the war…. a proper document has to be put together for this with 100’s of copies so the senators etc will get the copies…

    Everyone who has these information should extend their help for this document.

  3. Charles Says:

    Loresnzo,
    See this for instance:

    Re: Your Victory, and Our Part in It

    November 14. 2012

    President Barack Obama
    1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
    Washington, DC 20500

    Dear Mr. President,

    Congratulations on your re-election. We are delighted and we feel rewarded.

    During the campaign season we raised funds for your campaign; we polled opinion among Tamil Americans (95% preferred you), and distributed this result in the battleground states (all the major networks reported it on their websites); our Tamil American friends, working with your campaign, worked at phone banks in the days leading up to the election; We made and distributed two not-so-obviously-partisan videos. The links to these videos can be seen at these locations.
    http://tamilsforobama.com/New_Video2.html
    http://tamilsforobama.com/New_Video.html

    We hope to see an independent Tamil homeland–Tamil Eelam—emerge in northeastern Sri Lanka. We hope that you and your next secretary of state will have an active part in helping Tamil Eelam to be born.

    Thank you.

    Sincerely,

    Director
    Tamils for Obama
    Email: [email protected]

    http://www.tamilsforobama.com/letters/congratulations_mr_President_2012.html

  4. A. Sooriarachi Says:

    President Obama should see the recently released movie “Lincoln”, to understand the parallels between what happened in the US about 150 years ago and what happened in SriLanka, quite recently. Both countries had the same goal to defeat separatists at any cost and then usher in a period of peace, economic development and equal rights to all citizens. In the US over 600,000 died in the 4 year separatist war with the sourtherners and at the same time the afro-american slaves were liberated through a change to the US constitution. In SriLanka around 100,000 died in the 30 year separatist terrorism of the LTTE and also, over 300,000 tamil hostages rescued from the LTTE as well as the entire nation liberated from LTTE terror. Both the Presidents worked hard to achieve their goals, sometimes taking decisions that may have been outside the constitution and sometimes acting in a dictatorial manner and also applying every trick in the book to get majority support in the houses of representatives of the two nations.
    So the USA, of all the nations, should have been the first to applaud SriLanka on this achievement, rather than get pushed by the LTTE diaspora operating on US soil, who in fact are accountable for all this misery and distruction in SriLanka..

  5. Ratanapala Says:

    President Barack Obama too is a victim of the American Military Industrial Complex. Whatever political philosophy he may have all that he has to leave behind when he becomes the President of the US. He is just like an Engine Driver who changed place with the previous driver. He has no choice but to go to the appointed destination which is already set by the long term US foreign policy.His only capability is to do very minor changes similar to what an Engine Driver could do on a train. No more nor less.

    American people duped to believe that America is a super power. Today this country is deep in debt and mired in the delusion that other’s miseries can bring in joy and happiness to America. They have forgotten that they breathe the same air as the rest of the world. Their hurry to grab all the wealth for themselves has left the world a polluted place in every sense; environmentally, morally and culturally.

    When they say “God Bless America”, they asking their god to treat the rest of the world differently. The spate of environmental disasters in America is a kindly reminder to these myopic people to realise that they have to be kind not only to themselves, but to others as well. Victims of hurricanes Andrew, Katrina, and now Sandy and who knows how many victims of countless tornadoes are silently suffering while US busy spending Trillions of dollars to kill, maim innocents and destabilise and balkanise other nations. Yes, if they can ask their god to bless the whole world then at least there can be a change of heart. This cannot happen as long as there are evangelical Christians deciding on the fate of the world based on their military might alone.

    They seems to think that the rest of the world are blind to what is going on. The whole world knows that the Americans and their other boot licking nations in Europe are out to plunder and rob other nations of their natural resources. The French are not out in Mali to save the Malians! The whole world knows who the French are! Whole world knows that their much tooted ideals of human rights and democracy are only a veil to plunder and rob.

    The day the world will be awash with nuclear armed drones belonging to US, Russia, North Korea, Israel, Iran and other boot licking European nations is not far away. The day an ordinary American will loose his or her freedom to roam the world at will too is not too far away.

    All those who profess the Abrahmic faiths will eventually destroy the world as we know today.

  6. nilwala Says:

    A US Resolution against Sri Lanka at the UNHRC Geneva will only serve to endorse American hypocrisy underlying such a Resolution. The President is responsible for Foreign Policy.
    President Obama has a legacy he must leave for posterity. This resolution cannot but tarnish America’s image in the world. Everyone knows, and the US itself acknowledges to this date, the inhumanity of the LTTE, its use of suicide terror as well a child soldiers sacrificed at the will of the LTTE leader, and that an end to LTTE leadership was the only way for Sri Lanka as well as the Tamil people themselves to find Freedom and Peace.

    President OBama has a legacy of world statesmanship to leave behind… he cannot afford to let domestic policy alone dictate what he has to do as a world leader.

  7. Charles Says:

    Lorenzo

    Please see: http://www.tamilsforobama.com/letters/congratulations_mr_President_2012.html

  8. Sri Rohana Says:

    Charles, Good work Appreciated!
    Obama is a “wolf in sheep’s clothing’s”. There is no difference between Bush administration and Obama administration. Only difference is the skin colour of the two men and the two women. Bush was white his secretary of state Rice was black. Obama is black his secretary of state Hillary is white.
    Their foreign policy, foreign invasions, human right abuses, hypocrisy none second to any. It is a same coin but two sides. Therefore don’t expect any good from those American vultures.
    Still they have some lap dogs in Sri Lanka? Dollar greedy N.G.O’s, Tamil racist politicians, tamil terrorists, tamil expansionists, U.N.P pimps and catholic church. Even America invade our country those pimps never open their mouth against Yankees.

  9. Christie Says:

    Come on people. Things have changed over the years. How many Indians are in the US (Obama) administration. Wickram Singh who came with US delegation recently is an Indian.

    Send this letter to Indiadan politicians. I have not come accross any Indian in India or outside India that support Sri Lanka or the Sinhalese.

  10. Voice123 Says:

    Good work.

    Now we need to get this sort of message into the global mainstream media. We need to flood out the Tamil terrorist propoganda that, sadly, dominates the global media in regard to Sri Lankan news. How do we get the global media to represent our views?

  11. Senevirath Says:

    u have to tell them about tamils short history in sri Lanka how they were braught here as labourers by british and how they were settled in jaffna with special THEsawalamai lawand how gave them special education and encourage them to suppress Sinhalese

    but sinhalese treated them thousand times better thanhow white americans treated african slave labores .
    British has a grudge with sinhalese because they faught against british for freedom while tamil and muslim minorities licking english boots and betraying sinhalese for their benifit
    British iltreated Americansand there was a big war between them OBAMA may be able to understand that british are selfish may be better than HILARY Obama should not get cheated by British
    Charles
    u must get together with Nalin de Silva S L Gunasekara and others to prepare a petition with our signatures

    Never use the word ETHNIC Ptoblem
    Govt Ministers are not capable for this

    What ever the result we should try.(INFACT I THINK THEY ALL KNOW THE TRUTHAND THEYare IGNORING IT because of some o ther rea.son)

  12. amy poirier Says:

    I am very impressed with this letter. I am an American and proud to be. However, I am continually surprised when the standards are changed and the situation made to fit The situation. In EVERY war innocent people are killed, sadly this is a fact as is the fact that war is a license to kill. Having said this I wonder if some leaders are going to held or labeled as “crimes against humanity” then ALL leaders entering in any war should be held to that same label and crime. Sadly Sri Lanka was at war among their own country men. This too has happened in America and America has taken part in many wars for different reasons and on different levels through out the world. Sometimes renaming them conflict after the point.

    I have visited Sri Lanka several times and see a country that is filled with people who are extremely resilient and working towards peace and a better life for themselves and their families as well as their country. I see Sri Lanka as a country with a great future before them. Between my visits to Sri Lanka I have seems great growth and change. I am in awe of the fact that the people of Sri Lanka many of them who have spent a large portion of their lives in witness to the war, in fear of their lives and hiding their children. I can’t imagine living 30 years or greater with that happening and not be effected by this reality on a very deep level. They seem to have put that second to rebuilding and making a better country which is remarkable.

    I have also had the honor of having spent much of 6 months side by side in Leogane Haiti with the military of Sri Lanka assisting the people Of Haiti after their earthquake. What I saw was complete professionalism, compassion and great sacrifice. I witnessed the military take food away from their own supplies to feed hungry people therefore going without? I am sure this was in great part due to the empathy they developed from their own life in their own country.

    War is he worse thinkable action at anytime. If Sri Lanka is going to be labeled a country of “crimes against Humanity”. Then all countries and in turn their leader should also labeled the that same label. including America. I seem to remember America recently under cover of night going in killing and claiming the life of a man and his family and many American rejoiced over this? Why is that acceptable? I do not believe it is but I am only one voice.

    The other point I have is after 30 plus years at war is it remarkable that they have made such great changes and positive moves forward in such a short time? How can the UN or American criticize the turn around by saying they have not done enough when there has not really been such a great on the ground response. In Haiti so may countries responded, of course the Sri Lankan were already there. If the UN and America can sit and condemn for not enough being done or not enough fast enough then let’s send people, professionals and Funding to assist with the change.

    Let Sri Lanka grow into the country the Sri Lanka people want to make it, assist them with full resources but don’t sit back and judge them, listen to them and assist in ways they are asking for assistance. They are NOT America therefore they should decide what their country should be.

    In closing if President Obama accepted funds from a terrorist group under any name he needs to expose these groups and return that money to a positive action group. If he did this knowing the money was coming from terrorist shame on him and his camp and they should stand and account for this action.

    May GOD of each understand smile down and bless Sri Lanka.

  13. Voice123 Says:

    Yes Amy, your President and Hilary are partially funded by terrorist front organizations. What is worse, they seem to be aware of it. Its the same in Canada. They are active throughout the Western world. If such organizations were closed down, there would be no “ethnic conflict” in Sri Lanka. Its difficult to expose them because the mainstream media mostly publishes only lies and distortions of the ethnic separatists and rarely any objective story or the truth. They have such influence and hold on the mainstream media. If the Americans, Canadians, British really knew the truth I am sure most would be horrified and hold their politicians accountable for this. Moreover, it is indirectly harming the people of your country also.

  14. Lorenzo Says:

    Thank you Charles.

    I didn’t know this. My apologies.

    Please write it in a new article in Lankaweb so that it will have a record in the internet. EVERYONE MUST know this.

    It explains MANY things.

    So the US backed resolution in Tamil controlled UNHRC is actually funded by Tamil terrorists!!

  15. Charles Says:

    Amy ,

    Evidence is there in the internet .Please google Tamils for Obama.

  16. amy poirier Says:

    Charles:

    I have seen the evidence on the Internet. I have seen what many would call evidence on the Internet. If I was to believe everything on the Internet then I would have to also believe the Killing Fields which by the way I believe was created and not real and was produced to reach The English speaking world.

    I have sent you an email to the post gmail account. I welcome a conversation with you off line.

    For the record I DID NOT vote for Obama myself.

    Peace,

  17. Kit Athul Says:

    Amy Poiriner, I am a SINHALA AMERICAN (I lived in US from 1975) and I am very proud of it. Amy tell me some thing please can you prove that you went to Haiti? The only proof I will see is that you write an article with pictures of you in Haiti and publish it on LANKAWEB.com. Please don’t throw rocks at Charles when you sit in a glass case. There are people who likes to throw rocks at you, like me. From Sunny Florida, USA

  18. Kit Athul Says:

    If you didn’t vote for Obama, then I have a problem with you. If you did vote for Mit Romny, who has FIBROMYALGIA, and his wife, both have it. May be you have this too??

  19. amy poirier Says:

    Wait a minutes I am NOT throwing rocks at anyone. I think he did a great job with his letter. You have not understood what I have said. Yes I can prove I went to Haiti and all that I stated. If you took the time to research me then take the time to research more and you will see. I do not have to prove anything to anyone because I am an American born and raised. I went to Sri Lanka to help the displaced and I am working on raising funds to build house’s in the East. 100 percent of every penny I have raised for all my projects go into the project cause. I am UNLIKE the NGO’ s who are paid to work or paid to talk I have always paid my own way and donated more then my fair share and given above and beyond. If I was hiding I would NOt have used my real name in my comment as many have. Please take a breath and re-read what I posted and maybe you will see what I really wrote. Or not and sit with all the stones you want which ever makes you happy. I my friend get up from behind the computer and give of my time, my resources, my family to assist people without looking for a return. I stand proud as an American but I see America with my eyes open fully open! As I stated and stand by IF the President of America took funds from a terrorist group they he needs to be accountable for his actions. I stated I am impressed with Charles letter. I wrote that I did not vote for Obama and as an American I have a choice and he is not mine. As an American I have the freedom to say what I want without censorship so I have no fear that I stated I did not vote for him. However simply because I did not vote for him does not make me just assume everything anyone says about him is correct. He seems to be a fine man but he is not my choice.

    I have been to Sri Lanka several times to assist and see what if anything I could assist with. I have met with representatives of the Sri Lankan government to LiSTEN and ask if they would like assistance and how and where they would like assistance. I have never had to run from my birth country and I thank GOD for that I have been blessed not with riches because I have little in this world but with compassion and passion for people and the willingness to do what many other just want to talk about should be done.

    I don’t throw rocks by the way, I listen and learn and attempt to understand where the other person is coming from and really saying. I am a human with many faults but gratefully judgement is NOT a cross for me to carry. Is in not too heavy and life too short. Peace

  20. amy poirier Says:

    Wow I have made a large mistake thinking that this is a open forum where people can post and respect one another. Kit, you have a problem with me you state ….Wow is that meant to hurt me? As for anyone health is that any of my business? Since when is it that Fibromyalgia mean people are less then or can’t serve their country. I find your responds very interesting. Maybe you came to America for a great opportunity which is great for you and what America is all about. I find it interesting that you sit in Sunny Florida throwing stones…..let me ask you openly what have you done for YOuR real homeland??? When I ask that I am not asking about your family who may still be there I mean for the country for the people who need assistance that you do not know. You have a problem with me. WOW what does that even mean? I have taken a lot of heat for defending Sri Lanka but I am totally taken back by it happening in this forum. Peace

  21. Lorenzo Says:

    Kit,

    That is not right.

  22. Charles Says:

    Kit

    I am saddened by that comment.

  23. aloy Says:

    Two Americans clahing over a vote for Obama. Did he knowingly take funds from tamils for obama?. If he did, it is a crime agaist Humanity and are not saints to lecture us. Amy, can you be of any help to put this across to Americans?.

  24. Voice123 Says:

    Amy said: “Since when is it that Fibromyalgia mean people are less then or can’t serve their country”

    – Kit, I am surprised you would disagree with this. Is this a misunderstanding?

  25. RohanJay Says:

    Amy poirier don’t take the comments on this site personally, it is populated with people who have big chips on their shoulders. I myself on many occasions have put my views forth and got back rude replies. This site only has a certain world view and they don’t like that view being shattered. Hence you get characters like Kit from florida insulting you for no reason mainly because you are a westerner, an American at that. Strangely except for Australians maybe because half of Sri lanka now lives in Australia, some Sri Lankans don’t like westerners very much, the English in particular. I guess thats what five hundred years of European colonialism will do to a people. That said most Sri lankans are a hospitable friendly people and generally don’t go out of their way to be rude to other people even if they are Americans or westerners, even on this god forsaken website. I think Kit from Florida needs to distinguish between ordinary Americans like amy poirier and the American govt and its policies. I try not to comment here as it is populated by hateful idiots. The good news is and I am sure from your experience in Sri Lanka. There are far more friendly polite Sri lankans that you will meet whether on the internet or in real life than the few rude ones like Kit in Florida ironically now domiciled in your homeland, America.

  26. Lorenzo Says:

    Tamil Madu losers protesting is NOT something to be taken seriously!!

    “The Tamil Nadu state recorded 15,746 demonstrations in 2011, an average of 44 a day, more than any other state in the country. Uttarakhand was a distant second, with 8,610 protests, according to figures from the home ministry’s Bureau of Police Research and Development.”

    – indian news.

  27. Nanda Says:

    Dear Amy Poirier,
    I am very sure that this KIT fellow will apologize soon. That is his charater.
    He claimed I made bad comments to be condemned in this site and I asked him to show it. Never came back afterwards.
    He is not a Sri Lankan. Ignore him.

  28. amy poirier Says:

    Thank you for kind words. The entire thing with Kit is rather sad. I want to clear I have great respect and passion for the country and people of Sri Lanka. I have witnessed remarkable events by very impressive people. I feel blessed to have friends that I think of a family now in Sri Lanka. This is a great time for the country and people they have been given the change to recreate their island not many are given that chance. I know and have seen the nightmare they have lived and I pray that I will never suffer their heart cake first hand in my life or the lives of my loved ones. I know many bad things happened at the hand of many bad people. However the beauty of each new day is that bad and evil can become a positive power if the decision is made to do so. I believe with all my being that one day all of Sri Lanka will learn to accept and tolerate one another. In my mind it does not matter what GOD, force or statue one worships or prays to through acceptance and compassion no war can be and no pain will remain.

    I speak of my experience of the people of Sri Lanka and I speak of the remarkable job the Sri Lankan Army has done in Haiti and that they were nothing short of an inspiration and I will always tell that to all who listen. I have also seen some bad unacceptable situations but they were few to the many great situations. As I have stated I am an American I have seen good, bad, evil and greatness in NY USA too.

    “Let the ties that bind be stronger then the one that can fare us apart” someone once said.

    Thank you again. peace to all. Amy [email protected] for all to have

  29. Nimal Says:

    Perhaps Barak haven’t heard of Sri Lanka.Many things will be done in his name and who knows one fine day like President Bush who gave us a ocean going navvy ship,might surprise us with some F 16s and drones to defend the island?It’s not Barak who is talking or pushing things against SL now but money and the lobby of the diaspora,while our guys in Washington is hanging around in temples.Hardly any of them could communicate with the people that matter.We belong to the old school and few of us remaining to speak for the country.We are truly venerable.I will never forget a famous son of a middle east leader saying the same thing.his father is no more and he is locked up.He tried his best to create a credible diaspora,intelligent and educated enough but the sad events overtook his dream for a better country.Today that country is in a disarray.He had to fight a terrible disadvantage of a tribal and medieval country that was made easy for unrest and for IC meddling.

  30. RohanJay Says:

    amy poirier having read your comments again. I find it hard that anyone can have a go at you. You seem to be a nice generous of spirit American person. You’re right some research on the internet confirms that you indeed physically help people in Haiti and now Sri Lanka. You’re comment was spot on regarding Kit, he abandoned Sri lanka to find greener pastures in America and I for one can’t find any evidence that he went back and helped his people in his REAL homeland. Yet he sitting in sunny florida in your REAL homeland seems to take the liberty to have potshot at you on this forum. I think Kit is deep down ashamed because he didn’t do anything to help people in his country Sri lanka or Haiti for that matter so he feels better criticising you. Amy Poirier thank you for helping people less fotunate, you needn’t have done it but you did because you are a good person. The world needs more people like Amy Poirier and less people like Kit in Florida. I think the world will be a much better place. Kit do the decent thing and apologise now to Amy Poirier. Peace out. This will be my last comment on this website forum for a very long time. So that the Kits of this world can post their stupid comments to their hearts content. I know I have the satisfaction of not being part their inane comments on this so called open forum.

  31. Nanda Says:

    Kit is a disgrace to Sri Lankans, somtimes. He should grow up

  32. Charles Says:

    Amy Poirier and Dear Friends,

    It is not, often we have an American Citizen expressing his/her opinion for or against in this Forum except for Professor Hudson McLean.

    So seeing that we have a comment from a real American citizen which pleases us, but unfortunately we having had no pleasant experiences with Americans such as those of the USA State Department and Human Rights Watch, etc. the first reaction in seeing an American in the forum would be to think that the comment is to attack Sri Lanka.

    Hence, Kit, who is very patriotic despite the fact that he had left Sri Lanka for studies first in UK and thereafter in USA and finally for personal reasons settled down permanently in America; had the reaction that Amy Poirier an American may have nothing other than to attack Sri Lanka Therefore he may have without reading the very positive and friendly note in Amy Poirier’s comment, reacted with the reaction of one who is used to reading articles from Americans and Canadians against Sri Lanka. We should therefore extend our patience and kindness to him.

    I request Amy Poirier to please understand the circumstances, and not to forsake this Forum which welcomes her with open arms.

  33. Voice123 Says:

    Agree with Charles. Most of the comments about Sri Lanka from Westerners are lecturing, negative and/or misinformed. Amy’s was refreshingly positive. Perhaps Kit didnt read her comment carefully enough before responding? We have to ask ourselves why do most Westerners have such a negative perception of Sri Lanka? Obviously the international media plays a major role. Then there is the LTTE diaspora and also colonialistic minded non-Tamil Sri Lankans abroad who are always complaining about Sri Lanka to Westerners as if they are our masters. If the ordinary people in America and the West had a more positive perception, then their governments are less likely to adopt anti-Sri Lanka policies. We really need to look at making the international media accountable for false or negative stories about Sri Lanka. I wish there were more people and pro-Sri Lanka groups out there planning to sue Channel 4, have Adele Balasingham charged with mass-murder, etc etc? I know funds are scarce but this is not insurmountable.

  34. amy poirier Says:

    Voice123 I could give you a few ideas of why Sri Lankan are thought of as negative based on my own experience and listening to what others have said. However since I either do not agree with it or I seems
    And pushed past it I am hesitant to do so in this forum. I have posted my email address if you would like to have that conversation vis email off line.

    In reality, do we not owe it to ourselves and other human being so step back and see other way to get to see people as people and not just accept a label? I think that if given a real chance in almost all situations we can see a better person then those presented.

    Peace

  35. Nanda Says:

    US cirizens are the most unfortunate compared to otheres in the developped world.
    They suffer due the brain wash they get from birth, but they are victimised too. They live in fear nowadays.
    We must have sympathy for them.

  36. Christie Says:

    Most of the Sinhala people living in the West tend to vote the part with socialist tendencies. This iundersatandable as they feel they are discriminated in their new found freedoms or wealth. How ever when it comes to policies of the West towards countries like Sri lanka these parties take the side of Indians. The reason is Indians largely support the same parties. Take the Democrats in the US. Democrats get a lot of money and votes from the Indians. Look ath te hord of Indians in the Obama Administration.

    If the few Sinhalese who live in the West realise this and support the Conservative parties like the Republicans tyhen we have a chance of defeating the Indian agenda.

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