If USA asks accountability for civilian deaths at last phase of terrorist War, Sri Lanka should file legal action against LTTE for 30 years of terrorism.
Posted on March 9th, 2013

By Charles.S.Perera

 By holding onto the tail end of the war against terrorism by the Sri Lanka Armed Forces USA State Department is  bogged down with an impossible task of asserting the number of  Tamil Civilians killed proposing different numbers at different times from 6000 to 40000.

 Knowing very well that even a foreign investigators will not be able to ascertain the actual  numbers killed, USA now introduces new issue in their resolution  which has no connections to the  accountability for civilian deaths they vehemently called for earlier.  They have very cunningly switched to issues which are internal matters with which they have no right to interfere.

 America is acting like the crab walking side ways calling the other crabs to walk strait.  Every thing America complains as violations  by the Sri Lanka Government and its Armed Forces are the violations American Arm Forces themselves are doing, many folds more with complete  impunity in their several  theatres of war. 

 There is certainly no reason for the USA State Department to make such a song and a dance about the numbers of civilians killed at the last phase of the war against terrorism ignoring  the innumerable numbers of men, women and children killed by the terrorists for 27 years or more before that.

 It appears that the last phase of the terrorist war was selected to accuse the Sri Lanka armed forces  for war crimes, genocide and what not leaving out the LTTE terrorists for their unaccountable number of massacres, assassinations, suicide human bombs and bomb blasts.  If USA and the UNHR Commissioner Navi Pillay call Sri Lanka for accountability for the deaths of civilians  at that crucial end of the terrorist war, we should then  take up the cases of massacres, assassinations, and bomb blasts and take legal action against the LTTE.

 That would end the present comedy of the terrorist rump in the diaspora, and Global Tamil Forum, the TNA spokes men for terrorism and the  rest of their supporters including Ministers in UK and Canada, who will stand charged for terrorism, and aiding abetting terrorism.  There is enough evidence to bring all of them into the net. Sri Lanka need not have  access to UK Channel 4 to make a false video footage as plenty of  real videos, photos, and eye witness accounts are available.

 There was definitely no intentional shooting by the Sri Lanka Armed Forces to kill civilians. If their were civilian deaths they were accidental,  the deaths of those unfortunate ones who were caught in the cross fire, and those deliberately shot and killed by the terrorists, to discourage others running away from them.  Even those will certainly not  amount to as much as they estimate to make their reports create an images of  the  Sri Lanka Armed Forces as monsters.

 It is a hard way to put it but one says that one cannot make an omelet without breaking eggs. A war cannot avoid deaths.  In the case of a terrorist war, there are no  niceties and if there were 40 000 killed then it was because of the war.  We have a right then to ask who brought the Sri Lanka Armed Forces into a war. Many Sri Lankan Governments before and the present government tried their  best to get the terrorists around a table to come to a negotiated peace settlement.  But all those negotiations ended with the representatives of the terrorists walking away from talks half way.  Finally the government had no alternative but to take alms when the terrorists opened fire at soldiers who were opening the sluice gates of the Mavil Aru tank the terrorists had wantonly closed, depriving the farmers water to cultivate their fields.

 It was in that opening of Mavil Aru sluice gates  when the terrorists opened fire at the armed forces that began the military operation against them that led to intense fighting ending up in large numbers of terrorists , civilians and soldiers killed until the end of it.  The deaths in the course of that fighting are the responsibility of the LTTE terrorists who have to account for every drop of blood in that war.  But the USA state Department and Navi Pillay is conveniently avoiding the issue to exonerate the terrorists, and ask accountability from the Government of Sri Lanka just for the deaths during a  space of about three weeks  of fighting from 21 April, 2009 to 18 May,2009.

 Even then the actual numbers of deaths cannot be ascertained and it cannot be as much as 40 000( according to Gordon Weiss), and  certainly far less, even  for which the Sri Lanka Armed forces cannot be held responsible as it was the  terrorists who brought the civilians into the war zone as a human shield for their own protection..

 America had never been a country which act with concern about numbers of civilian deaths which it conveniently shirks off as collateral damage.  It was the same even  in its wars with  CIA interventions in previous regime changing wars in Guatemala, Iran, Chile, Congo etc. 

 America had not been able to get rid of its visceral aggressivity out of its system. Nor has USA which accuses developing countries, and now Sri Lanka ever assisted a single developing country to develop into being an independent Sovereign State.  On the contrary it had destroyed many developing countries and balkanised some, made some caught in its “debt trap”.  It is the same that USA is trying to do now with  Sri Lanka.

 It is sad that the USA President Barack Obama who came with a cry of “hope and change” has completely failed to “change” even  the foreign policy of US State Department.

 The USA State Department personnel do not have enough “grey matter” to think and understand whether it is possible for  an Armed Force of a country fighting against terrorists that had risen from amoung them, who are their own people  sharing the same motherland would,  while rescuing 300 000 Tamil Civilians, shoot to kill 40000 others ?

 The Armed Forces and the Sinhala people from the South provided three meals per day for the rescued Tamil Civilians “”…”the IDPs who where sheltered in camps hurriedly set up by the armed forces, and  provided with clothes and amenities by the people from all over Sri Lanka.

 It is time Sri Lanka takes some bold action, without playing second fiddle to India.  India had decided long before the UNHRCouncil’s 22 Sessions to vote with the USA against Sri Lanka.  Indian political leadership has no backbone, living under threat of  break away States.

 It is possible with politicians like Karunanidhi, Jayalalitha, Vaiko , Nedimaran  who have not the intelligence and the political acumen to understand human situations in a political environment.  Their attachment to Sri Lanka terrorists is a mere sentimental issue, and Karunanidhi’s hands are smeared with the blood of the assassinated  Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, in whose assassination  he has  had a hand according to the Report of the Jain Commission.

 Sri Lanka has had enough of interference into its internal affairs by the USA, the International Community and Navi Pillay, without having  made any positive moves to assist and aid Sri Lanka before he elimination of terrorists, and now put barriers against its process of  reconciliation of the communities to  unite the people. 

Sri Lanka does not want foreign technicians and NGOs to settle its problems.  They will only make matters worse as they come with their own agenda, and without an atom of understanding of the Culture , custom and sentiments of the people in Sri Lanka.   Therefore, the USA and International Community and Navi Pillai should get off our backs and  allow Sri Lanka to solve whatever problems it has with its people in its own way at its own pace.

 It is now time that Sri Lanka prepares to take the LTTE terrorists and all those connected to the LTTE to a tribunal. A Law Court for that purpose should be set up in Sri Lanka as the Foreign  Tribunals “”…”even the International Court of Law in Hague cannot be trusted to be independent as the  USA and the West are determined to take revenge from the Government of Sri Lanka for the elimination of its terrorists, who for them are only rebels.

3 Responses to “If USA asks accountability for civilian deaths at last phase of terrorist War, Sri Lanka should file legal action against LTTE for 30 years of terrorism.”

  1. aravinda Says:

    US foreign policy is based on three principals.

    1. MIGHT IS RIGHT. Disregard all rule of law and decency and pressure smaller nations to tow the American line.

    2. If that fails, GUN BOAT DIPLOMACY.

    3.If that is not practical, as in case of China, US will kneel down, beg and borrow.

  2. Ananda-USA Says:

    Bravo, Hon. Faleomaevaga!

    Finally, an influential Member of US Congress tells it as it is taking to task the current ASININE US POLICY on Sri Lanka!

    The Current US Policy is geared to destabilizing, undermining and bringing down a democratically-elected hugely-popular government of Sri Lanka that is fundamentally Pro-American.

    While the US Champions Democracy, it cannot and will not tolerate democracy it cannot bend to its own FUNDAMENTALLY FLAWED grand designs that change with the wind in Washington, DC.

    As President Rajapaksa said, if the US wants to influence Sri Lanka as much as China does, let the US AVOID dragging Sri Lanka into International Courts, while its own feet are mired in human rights abuses all over the world, and let the US vastly increase its aid to Sri Lanka to match what China gives. Sri Lanka needs aid for development after a 30-year war and must accept all aid that is offered from whatever source.

    The US gives $25 million/year and expects the same co0nsideration as China that gives $2,500 million/year to Sri Lanka. What the US does give, is all for nonsensical projects to “promote democracy” aka funding dissidents in Sri Lanka, to acquire political leverage on the cheap.

    Where are the American University, the American Hospital, the American Freeway, the American Airport, the American Harbour, the American IT Center, the American Wind Farm, the American Nuclear Energy Plant, the American Automotive Assembly Plant? Where are they? Where is the BEEF in the DEMOCRACY sandwich?

    Sri Lanka is the Oldest functioning Democracy in Asia … and the US, the self proclaimed Champion of Democracy … is hell bent on destroying it, to bring to nought the benefits of peace and prosperity Sri Lanka achieves through military defeat of the most murderous terrorist outfit in the whole world.

    Perhaps the US is CHAGRINED and JEALOUS that once Sri Lanka set aside the fetters of 30-years of flawed Western advice for appeasement and decided to fight the terrorists to the finish, Sri Lanka accomplished what the US has failed to do in Vietnam, inj Iraq and in Afghanistan. 30 years of pandering to Western platitudes brought no relief and only allowed terrorists bring Sri Lanka to her knees.

    Shame upon the US for its MONUMENTAL STUPIDITY in driving away brave little Sri Lanka into the arms of competing global powers, instead of championing its cause and holding Sri Lanka as a model for terrorism ridden nations to emulate.

    Sri Lanka, as the OLDEST DEMOCRACY in South Asia, is a NATURAL ALLY of the US, because of the convictions and temperament of its people. It does not need to be force-fed lessons in democracy by the United States?

    Destabilization of Sri Lanka will only result in weaning Sri Lanka away from the enduring Democracy it has practiced for 65 since independence in 1948, for when national survival is at stake, Sri Lanka will choose Survival over Democracy.

    Having suffered over 150,000 dead to terrorist attacks, and its national integrity threatened by mealy mouthed self serving western Neocolonialists who counseled appeasing murderous terrorists, shedding crocodile tears but not helping Sri Lanka to survive in any meaningful way, Sri Lanka is in no mood to return to those bad days of the recent past.

    Sri Lanka says: BUTT OUT of our Internal National Affairs; we do not heed your flawed advice again when our security is at stake, after you had ignored our pain and turned a deaf ear to our pleas for help.

    To US Leaders I say: Listen to the words of Hon. Eni Faleomavaega, for he speaks the TRUTH in the National Interest of the United States.

    Let us not turn Sri Lanka ALSO away from our democratic family fold.

  3. Fran Diaz Says:

    Strange how Sri Lanka takes the flak for ltte crimes lasting over 30 yrs. Who are we protecting ?

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