US preoccupation with Sri Lanka
Posted on April 24th, 2013

By Neville Ladduwahetty  Courtesy ISLAND

US preoccupation with Sri Lanka’s internal affairs is a cause for concern. Every incident has prompted a comment from the US. If the office of a newspaper is attacked, it is an attack on the independence of the media despite the fact that any number of possibilities not connected with media freedom exists for such attacks. While issues such as increase in electricity tariffs, transfers of judges and concerns over religious tensions have elicited comment, the following are repeated on a regular basis: progress on reconciliation; delays in implementing the National Plan of Action; delays in evolving a political solution; need for accountability, and the list goes on and on.

A point has been reached where analysts and commentators speculate as to which issue or issues should be addressed for the US in particular and the West in general in order to get them off Sri Lanka’s back; the most popular being the implementation of the National Plan of Action. A recently adopted strategy to retain two PR Firms at a reported cost of $116,000 per month to improve Sri Lanka’s image in the US would work only if hidden agendas do not exist on the part of the US and the West. However, if the litany cited above is only a cover for an unstated agenda, living up to the expectations of the US and the West would not in any way prevent their continued preoccupation with Sri Lanka.

Despite the fact that perfect societies do not exist anywhere and that every country has shortfalls in performance and shortcomings of every conceivable kind, including even the US, there has to be some compelling reasons for Sri Lanka to be hit on with such regularity and persistence. Historically such strategies have been adopted in order to break down a nation to a point where it would barter away an asset that is prized in the hope that they would be left alone. Is this what is at play in Sri Lanka?

This was the technique used with the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC). The explanation doing the rounds for the broader than expected recommendations in the LLRC Report particularly by a membership most of whom had been associated with the Government, was because of their perception that such a report would soften the call for inquiries into war crimes that had persisted prior to the publication of the Report. Whether or not there was a tacit understanding on which such a perception was based, the LLRC presented a Report that came to be acclaimed internationally subject to a caveat: the Report fell short on issues of accountability. Doubt was also expressed as to whether the Commission’s findings would be implemented. This doubt was overcome by the US initiated resolution in Geneva in 2012 which internationalized and concretized the LLRC recommendations in order to ensure that the recommendations of the LLRC that were incorporated into the National Plan of Action would be implemented to the satisfaction of the US and the West. In short, resolutions of 2012, 2013 and what is to follow would not let Sri Lanka off the hook.

GEOSTRATEGIC DEVELOPMENTS

The compelling reason for US preoccupation with Sri Lanka is attributed to Sri Lanka’s extended engagement with China. The need to counter or balance China’s engagement in Sri Lanka has been recognized by the US and India. While India’s concern has both national and geostrategic ramifications, to the US it is primarily geostrategic. As a first step, Japan has got involved with Sri Lanka by way of maritime security and project aid, perhaps at the prompting of the US. The next step may be to get a foot hold for the US in Trincomalee despite recommendations of some military strategists for the US to reduce Naval bases globally. Others however have called for an increase in US presence in the Indian and Pacific Oceans in view of the growing importance of these two oceans to contain or balance China regaining power.

Sri Lanka is increasingly becoming the focus of these developments because of its location: as they say the 3 most important factors in Real Estate are “Location, Location and Location”. A consequence of the growing importance of Sri Lanka has been to bring together the US, India, China and most recently Japan to engage with Sri Lanka in the pursuit of their strategic interests or as proxies for others. In this regard, how prudent was it to develop maritime relations with Japan in the background of growing tensions between China and Japan in the South China Sea? This development will likely have repercussions in Sri Lanka’s relations with China. Similar displeasure with Libya for engaging with the West prompted China who had been a faithful ally of Libya to abstain and permit the West to militarily attack Libya.

Sri Lanka therefore has to clearly figure out how it is to survive with all this attention and at the same time protect its national and strategic interests without seeming to be aligned to any power in particular. It is certain that if Sri Lanka enters into a strategic relationship with the US on the understanding that in exchange for access to Naval bases and/or other assets beyond the current provisions of the Access and Cross Service Agreement, the US would relax on the issue of accountability, Sri Lanka would fall into a trap as it did with the LLRC Report. Hence, Sri Lanka has to be extremely circumspect in whatever negotiations rumoured to be taking place. In short, adopt President Reagan’s warning: “Trust but verify”.

IMPACT ON SRI LANKA

In the background of these global engagements how could Sri Lanka protect its interests, the most vital of which is its territorial integrity? Current plans are to hold elections to set up a Northern Province Provincial Council. What would follow thereafter is uncertain. The Council could very well resort to legal action for the full implementation of the Constitutional provisions of the 13th Amendment that include Police and Land powers. If the ruling is in favour of such powers, they would apply to all the Provincial Councils. A Council could resort to other actions as well such as calling for a referendum in keeping with sentiments expressed in Tamil Nadu for a UN sponsored referendum to set up Tamil Eelam.

The fact that such developments would impact on India’s territorial integrity by way of a breakaway Tamil Nadu is recognized and accepted by analysts and commentators in India. Despite this recognition regular calls by the Central Government of India to implement the 13th Amendment may be then seen as a ploy to placate Tamil Nadu rather than as a durable political arrangement for Sri Lanka. However, the fallout from a Tamil Eelam in Sri Lanka would encourage Tamil Nadu to break away from India with the possibility of the two regions merging to form a combined region for the Tamils of the world. To some, such possibilities are wild imaginings beyond the realm of reality. However, countries such as Sudan and Timor were divided on the basis of referenda, which attest to the possibility becoming very real. The mutual dependence for security between Sri Lanka and India was recognized by the former Foreign Minister, S.M.Krishna when he stated that the security of India depends on the security of Sri Lanka.

India may be confident that it has both Constitutional and military capabilities to prevent threats to India’s territorial integrity. This is a false security considering the capabilities of powerful external states to subvert and destabilize states such as India, which incidentally never in history existed in the form it is structured today. The reward for such efforts would be to alter the emerging global architecture of a multi-polar world made up of the US, India and China as the major players, to one that is bipolar made up of only the US and China. Under such a global formation the US would have full dominance in the Indian Ocean. For Tamil Nadu a confederated state made up of itself and Tamil Eelam would present opportunities far in excess of being one of many states in the Indian Republic with only a Chief Minister. Furthermore, such a confederation would be a sovereign state with joint access to demarcated resources in the Economic Zone in the Indian Ocean. All in all, this outcome would offer decided advantages to the Tamils of Sri Lanka and those in Tamil Nadu, with a geostrategic advantage for the US to pursue its interests in the Indian Ocean.

OPTIONS FOR SRI LANKA

If Sri Lanka goes ahead with holding Provincial Council elections for the Northern Province, it would precipitate an irreversible process from which Sri Lanka would not be able to extricate itself. Under these circumstances Sri Lanka has 3 options. 1 – Work with the UNP, the major party in the Opposition, and evolve a common agenda based on the District as the peripheral unit to ensure territorial integrity together with an equitable arrangement to share Executive power among the three major communities at the Center. 2. – The Government could use its 2/3 majority in Parliament and unilaterally abrogate the 13th Amendment and replace it with the District as the peripheral unit and share Executive power at the Center with the three major communities on an equitable basis. 3. – A referendum could be conducted to establish the acceptance or rejection of the 13th Amendment as a political arrangement.

Whatever option is adopted there is bound to be fallout of significant proportions because the outcome of any of these options would be detrimental to the interests of the Tamils within and outside Sri Lanka who are for Tamil Eelam, the Tamils in Tamil Nadu who are for separation from the Indian Union, and the geostrategic interests of the US. The combined effect of these interests is formidable. In all likelihood it would be similar to the price Sri Lanka is paying for not having suspended military operations when called for by the US and the West. Under the circumstances, the choice for Sri Lanka is either to hold the Provincial Council elections and live with the consequences, or to take the risk and do what is best to protect Sri Lanka’s interests. The choice before Sri Lanka is either to witness the dismemberment of the state, or retain its territorial integrity and pay the price for keeping it so. Such a momentous decision should be made by the Peoples of the nation.

CONCLUSION

Procrastination has compelled Sri Lanka to face some hard decision in the eleventh hour. The outcome of the planned elections for a Northern Province Provincial Council would have precipitous consequences for many stakeholders. A TNA-backed Provincial Council would inexorably gravitate towards a Tamil Eelam with the active support of Tamil Nadu. This in turn would tempt Tamil Nadu to seek separation from the Indian Union and for a joint confederation with Tamil Eelam in Sri Lanka. The prospect of such a notion is the creation of a sovereign state for the global Tamils with the potential to reap the rich resources of the greater Economic Zone in the Indian Ocean; a dividend it would not have if Tamil Nadu remains one of several states of the Indian Union.

The pay-off for the US from these developments is for it to gain legitimate access to the Indian Ocean by working out arrangements with the newly created confederation thereby denying to India its claim that the Indian Ocean is India’s exclusive backyard. In the meantime, negotiations are rumored to be underway for the US to gain access to the assets in Trincomalee in the misguided hope that there would be relief from issues of accountability, having forgotten the lessons learnt with the LLRC Report, i.e., that accountability issues would remain intact whatever the nature of the arrangements negotiated. Make no mistake about it.

Since the US already has a stake in the Pacific Ocean, a stake in the Indian Ocean independent of India would considerably extend US’s geostrategic capabilities to contain China’s expansion both in the Indian Ocean and the Pacific with a choke point straddling the two Oceans in the Malacca Straits. In light of US preoccupations with Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu involvements in Sri Lanka, an election for a Northern Province Provincial Council would precipitate a series of events that Sri Lanka and India would not be able to contain or hold. Therefore, it is in the interest of both India and Sri Lanka to jointly work out a strategy that would serve their vital interests since the territorial integrity of one is a conditioned dependency that affects the other.

 

FEATURES- ISLAND
US preoccupation with Sri Lanka 
April 21, 2013, 9:42 pm


By Neville Ladduwahetty

US preoccupation with Sri Lanka’s internal affairs is a cause for concern. Every incident has prompted a comment from the US. If the office of a newspaper is attacked, it is an attack on the independence of the media despite the fact that any number of possibilities not connected with media freedom exists for such attacks. While issues such as increase in electricity tariffs, transfers of judges and concerns over religious tensions have elicited comment, the following are repeated on a regular basis: progress on reconciliation; delays in implementing the National Plan of Action; delays in evolving a political solution; need for accountability, and the list goes on and on.
A point has been reached where analysts and commentators speculate as to which issue or issues should be addressed for the US in particular and the West in general in order to get them off Sri Lanka’s back; the most popular being the implementation of the National Plan of Action. A recently adopted strategy to retain two PR Firms at a reported cost of $116,000 per month to improve Sri Lanka’s image in the US would work only if hidden agendas do not exist on the part of the US and the West. However, if the litany cited above is only a cover for an unstated agenda, living up to the expectations of the US and the West would not in any way prevent their continued preoccupation with Sri Lanka.
Despite the fact that perfect societies do not exist anywhere and that every country has shortfalls in performance and shortcomings of every conceivable kind, including even the US, there has to be some compelling reasons for Sri Lanka to be hit on with such regularity and persistence. Historically such strategies have been adopted in order to break down a nation to a point where it would barter away an asset that is prized in the hope that they would be left alone. Is this what is at play in Sri Lanka?
This was the technique used with the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC). The explanation doing the rounds for the broader than expected recommendations in the LLRC Report particularly by a membership most of whom had been associated with the Government, was because of their perception that such a report would soften the call for inquiries into war crimes that had persisted prior to the publication of the Report. Whether or not there was a tacit understanding on which such a perception was based, the LLRC presented a Report that came to be acclaimed internationally subject to a caveat: the Report fell short on issues of accountability. Doubt was also expressed as to whether the Commission’s findings would be implemented. This doubt was overcome by the US initiated resolution in Geneva in 2012 which internationalized and concretized the LLRC recommendations in order to ensure that the recommendations of the LLRC that were incorporated into the National Plan of Action would be implemented to the satisfaction of the US and the West. In short, resolutions of 2012, 2013 and what is to follow would not let Sri Lanka off the hook.
GEOSTRATEGIC DEVELOPMENTS
The compelling reason for US preoccupation with Sri Lanka is attributed to Sri Lanka’s extended engagement with China. The need to counter or balance China’s engagement in Sri Lanka has been recognized by the US and India. While India’s concern has both national and geostrategic ramifications, to the US it is primarily geostrategic. As a first step, Japan has got involved with Sri Lanka by way of maritime security and project aid, perhaps at the prompting of the US. The next step may be to get a foot hold for the US in Trincomalee despite recommendations of some military strategists for the US to reduce Naval bases globally. Others however have called for an increase in US presence in the Indian and Pacific Oceans in view of the growing importance of these two oceans to contain or balance China regaining power.
Sri Lanka is increasingly becoming the focus of these developments because of its location: as they say the 3 most important factors in Real Estate are “Location, Location and Location”. A consequence of the growing importance of Sri Lanka has been to bring together the US, India, China and most recently Japan to engage with Sri Lanka in the pursuit of their strategic interests or as proxies for others. In this regard, how prudent was it to develop maritime relations with Japan in the background of growing tensions between China and Japan in the South China Sea? This development will likely have repercussions in Sri Lanka’s relations with China. Similar displeasure with Libya for engaging with the West prompted China who had been a faithful ally of Libya to abstain and permit the West to militarily attack Libya.
Sri Lanka therefore has to clearly figure out how it is to survive with all this attention and at the same time protect its national and strategic interests without seeming to be aligned to any power in particular. It is certain that if Sri Lanka enters into a strategic relationship with the US on the understanding that in exchange for access to Naval bases and/or other assets beyond the current provisions of the Access and Cross Service Agreement, the US would relax on the issue of accountability, Sri Lanka would fall into a trap as it did with the LLRC Report. Hence, Sri Lanka has to be extremely circumspect in whatever negotiations rumoured to be taking place. In short, adopt President Reagan’s warning: “Trust but verify”.
IMPACT ON SRI LANKA
In the background of these global engagements how could Sri Lanka protect its interests, the most vital of which is its territorial integrity? Current plans are to hold elections to set up a Northern Province Provincial Council. What would follow thereafter is uncertain. The Council could very well resort to legal action for the full implementation of the Constitutional provisions of the 13th Amendment that include Police and Land powers. If the ruling is in favour of such powers, they would apply to all the Provincial Councils. A Council could resort to other actions as well such as calling for a referendum in keeping with sentiments expressed in Tamil Nadu for a UN sponsored referendum to set up Tamil Eelam.
The fact that such developments would impact on India’s territorial integrity by way of a breakaway Tamil Nadu is recognized and accepted by analysts and commentators in India. Despite this recognition regular calls by the Central Government of India to implement the 13th Amendment may be then seen as a ploy to placate Tamil Nadu rather than as a durable political arrangement for Sri Lanka. However, the fallout from a Tamil Eelam in Sri Lanka would encourage Tamil Nadu to break away from India with the possibility of the two regions merging to form a combined region for the Tamils of the world. To some, such possibilities are wild imaginings beyond the realm of reality. However, countries such as Sudan and Timor were divided on the basis of referenda, which attest to the possibility becoming very real. The mutual dependence for security between Sri Lanka and India was recognized by the former Foreign Minister, S.M.Krishna when he stated that the security of India depends on the security of Sri Lanka.
India may be confident that it has both Constitutional and military capabilities to prevent threats to India’s territorial integrity. This is a false security considering the capabilities of powerful external states to subvert and destabilize states such as India, which incidentally never in history existed in the form it is structured today. The reward for such efforts would be to alter the emerging global architecture of a multi-polar world made up of the US, India and China as the major players, to one that is bipolar made up of only the US and China. Under such a global formation the US would have full dominance in the Indian Ocean. For Tamil Nadu a confederated state made up of itself and Tamil Eelam would present opportunities far in excess of being one of many states in the Indian Republic with only a Chief Minister. Furthermore, such a confederation would be a sovereign state with joint access to demarcated resources in the Economic Zone in the Indian Ocean. All in all, this outcome would offer decided advantages to the Tamils of Sri Lanka and those in Tamil Nadu, with a geostrategic advantage for the US to pursue its interests in the Indian Ocean.
OPTIONS FOR SRI LANKA
If Sri Lanka goes ahead with holding Provincial Council elections for the Northern Province, it would precipitate an irreversible process from which Sri Lanka would not be able to extricate itself. Under these circumstances Sri Lanka has 3 options. 1 – Work with the UNP, the major party in the Opposition, and evolve a common agenda based on the District as the peripheral unit to ensure territorial integrity together with an equitable arrangement to share Executive power among the three major communities at the Center. 2. – The Government could use its 2/3 majority in Parliament and unilaterally abrogate the 13th Amendment and replace it with the District as the peripheral unit and share Executive power at the Center with the three major communities on an equitable basis. 3. – A referendum could be conducted to establish the acceptance or rejection of the 13th Amendment as a political arrangement.
Whatever option is adopted there is bound to be fallout of significant proportions because the outcome of any of these options would be detrimental to the interests of the Tamils within and outside Sri Lanka who are for Tamil Eelam, the Tamils in Tamil Nadu who are for separation from the Indian Union, and the geostrategic interests of the US. The combined effect of these interests is formidable. In all likelihood it would be similar to the price Sri Lanka is paying for not having suspended military operations when called for by the US and the West. Under the circumstances, the choice for Sri Lanka is either to hold the Provincial Council elections and live with the consequences, or to take the risk and do what is best to protect Sri Lanka’s interests. The choice before Sri Lanka is either to witness the dismemberment of the state, or retain its territorial integrity and pay the price for keeping it so. Such a momentous decision should be made by the Peoples of the nation.
CONCLUSION
Procrastination has compelled Sri Lanka to face some hard decision in the eleventh hour. The outcome of the planned elections for a Northern Province Provincial Council would have precipitous consequences for many stakeholders. A TNA-backed Provincial Council would inexorably gravitate towards a Tamil Eelam with the active support of Tamil Nadu. This in turn would tempt Tamil Nadu to seek separation from the Indian Union and for a joint confederation with Tamil Eelam in Sri Lanka. The prospect of such a notion is the creation of a sovereign state for the global Tamils with the potential to reap the rich resources of the greater Economic Zone in the Indian Ocean; a dividend it would not have if Tamil Nadu remains one of several states of the Indian Union.
The pay-off for the US from these developments is for it to gain legitimate access to the Indian Ocean by working out arrangements with the newly created confederation thereby denying to India its claim that the Indian Ocean is India’s exclusive backyard. In the meantime, negotiations are rumored to be underway for the US to gain access to the assets in Trincomalee in the misguided hope that there would be relief from issues of accountability, having forgotten the lessons learnt with the LLRC Report, i.e., that accountability issues would remain intact whatever the nature of the arrangements negotiated. Make no mistake about it.
Since the US already has a stake in the Pacific Ocean, a stake in the Indian Ocean independent of India would considerably extend US’s geostrategic capabilities to contain China’s expansion both in the Indian Ocean and the Pacific with a choke point straddling the two Oceans in the Malacca Straits. In light of US preoccupations with Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu involvements in Sri Lanka, an election for a Northern Province Provincial Council would precipitate a series of events that Sri Lanka and India would not be able to contain or hold. Therefore, it is in the interest of both India and Sri Lanka to jointly work out a strategy that would serve their vital interests since the territorial integrity of one is a conditioned dependency that affects the other.

14 Responses to “US preoccupation with Sri Lanka”

  1. Voice123 Says:

    A good analysis with a twist that reads like a horror story at the end.

    Sri Lanka should not be concerned about India remaining in one piece, just like they arent concerned about Sri Lanka remaining in one piece. The 2 countries have 2 very different cultures. Only after breaking up of India into 20 or more sovereign states with grassroots democracy, eessential services, quality and domestic growth preoccupation, can Sri Lanka survive. The USA keep poor the Indian Ocean with a weak Indian population dominated by brown Sahibs at the centre. Dont worry about the bogeyman, look instead at the 2,000 year old threat and contain it. Even the USA could come in handy for this purpose.

    A promising analysis which reads like a horror story at the end. Sorry, you trusted the WRONG entity, then the knives and kukris will come out when we are alone and forsaken!

  2. Insula Says:

    Everybody knows that the USA ( Iraq, libya, Syria etc), Soviet Union (Afghanistan), China (Tibet), India (Kashmir, Bangla Desh, Sri lanka) are the biggest trouble makers, and USA is by far the worst.

    It is all about their OWN SELF INTEREST.

    World War 1: First Major Colonial Imperialist War
    World War 2: Second Major Colonial Imperialist War
    Now, The Major Economic Imperialist War fought between USA, Russia, EU and China. India is too fragmented, full of mythological beliefs like Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam and Christianity.

    Where does Sri Lanka stand in this Global Imperialist Power Play? They will use Sri Lanka the way they they used the divided Arab Countries.

    Read:

    http://www.globalresearch.ca/boston-truth-the-chechen-connection-al-qaeda-and-the-boston-marathon-bombings/5332337

    BOSTON TRUTH: The “Chechen Connection”, Al Qaeda and the Boston Marathon Bombings

    Global Research Editor’s Note
    Global Research will be publishing a series of articles and reports with a view to promoting “Boston Truth”. The underlying objective is to confront and challenge the official version of events concerning the Boston bombings as well as the twisted and convoluted interpretations of the mainstream media.

    We invite our readers to endorse “Boston Truth” and spread the word on social media, independent media and blog sites.

    The fact of the matter is that the jihadist movement is a creation of US intelligence, which has also led to the development of “political Islam”. While the role of the CIA in support of the Islamic jihad (including most Al Qaeda affiliated organizations) is amply documented, there is also evidence that the FBI has covertly equipped and incited would be terrorists within the US. (See James Corbett,The Boston Bombings in Context: How the FBI Fosters, Funds and Equips American Terrorists,Global Research April 17, 2013)
    The CIA’s agenda starting in the late 1970s was to recruit and train jihadist “freedom fighters” (Mujahideen) to wage “a war of liberation” directed against the pro-Soviet secular government of Afghanistan.

  3. Lorenzo Says:

    We should do this. We should get compensation from Imperial Britain, Imperial Japan and Imperial Endia for damages suffered by us from their war crimes in SL.

    Greece has officially declared it will seek reparations from Germany dating back to the Nazi occupation during World War II, which could amount to over €100 billion, likely putting further strain on relations between the two Eurozone countries.

    “We will exhaust every means available to arrive at a settlement,” Greek Foreign Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos told parliament in Athens on Wednesday. “One can’t compare the times, but also one cannot erase the memories.”

    A Greek Finance Ministry report leaked to local media earlier this month showed that Greece believes that Berlin owes it €162 billion – €108 billion for infrastructure damage during the occupation between 1941 and the end of the war, and €54 billion as compensation for an interest-free loan Germany took from the country to support its war effort.”

    – RT

  4. Lorenzo Says:

    We have to learn from Tamilians. In Jaffna when someone dies the family hires PROFESSIONAL CRYING B*TCHES. They howl and cry as loud as a jet engine in orgasm !! Then the sorrow is turned to hatred and it is turned to justification of various benefits.

    This is the same thing they do with war DEFEAT.

    We should do same legally. Imperial Japan bombed Colombo, Trinco, etc. Chased away people in fear. We need Imperial Japan to WRITE OFF their debt to us in compensation.

    Imperial Britain/Portugal/Netherland destroyed our economy, temples, etc. We want $500 billion for that. They brought Tamilians to SL. They should take them back.

    Imperial Endia invaded us in 1987 and financed the LTTE that costed us $250 billion.

    Canada, UK, etc. Tamilian Diarrhea bought weapons at $300 million a year for LTTE that costed SL $ 400 billion.

    We want this money.

    I think we should seriously start this. MOST COUNTRIES will support us because MOST of them also went through this.

  5. Insula Says:

    “Imperial Endia invaded us in 1987 and financed the LTTE that costed us $250 billion.”

    Go back further. Another $100 billion fot Chola and Elara Invasion from South India.

    Another $100 Billion for Vijaya invasion of Lanka and Demonizing the Natives from Orissa and Endia.

    Another, $100 billion from God Rama for invading Lanka and setting fire, Arson, to Lanka.

    Perhaps, the the Russians, The Poles, the Netherlands, the Belgians, the French and English ( Colonial masters) , can collect from Germany and give to India and Lanka. Then Endia -Bharat can afford to pay to Lanka

  6. Insula Says:

    Building a Pretext for an All Out War against Syria? Allegations of Chemical Weapons Use

    http://www.globalresearch.ca/building-a-pretext-for-an-all-out-war-against-syria-allegations-of-chemical-weapons-use/5332731

    Building a Pretext for an All Out War against Sri Lanka? Allegations of War Crimes and Genocide? No WMD or Chemicals? Any WMD besides the Rafiosos?

    New allegations claim Syrian chemical weapons use. We’ve heard similar ones before. Obama calls using them a “game changer.” He also said their use crosses a “red line.”

    Syrian officials are unequivocal. Weeks earlier, Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Miqdad spoke for others saying:

    “Syria stresses again, for the 10th, the 100th time, that if we had such weapons, they would not be used against our people. We would not commit suicide.”

    Alleging Syrian chemical weapons use resembles bogus claims about Saddam’s nonexistent WMDs. It’s similar to false charges against all US enemies.

    Big Lies launch wars. They facilitate them. They perpetuate them. Gore Vidal once said:

    “Our rulers for more than half a century have made sure that we are never to be told the truth about anything that our government has done to other people, not to mention our own.”

    Syria is Washington’s war. It was planned years ago. It’s objective is regime change. America’s been involved from inception. Independent governments aren’t tolerated.

    Read On……

  7. Voice123 Says:

    Agree with Insula. We should be wary of any big power manouverings that secretly encourage Sharia and Wahhabism/fanaticism to undermine genuine progress in the Muslim world and keep them poor and terrorised. There is potential for us to join forces with sane Muslims but name-calling, religious intolerance and insults from any quarter will get none of us very far.

  8. Voice123 Says:

    “We have to learn from Tamilians. In Jaffna when someone dies the family hires PROFESSIONAL CRYING B*TCHES. They howl and cry as loud as a jet engine in orgasm !! Then the sorrow is turned to hatred and it is turned to justification of various benefits.”

    I have seen them crying for the camera on stations like Channel 4, ABC and SBS. Unfortunately many westerners are duped by the professional weepers and give money and assylum to their hirers. How can people be so gullible and stupid?

  9. Lorenzo Says:

    Some FOOLISH Endians want war with China!!!

    When BJP comes to power, Endia will End.

    “Jammu: Expressing serious concern over the Chinese incursion in Ladakh, Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) Thursday said the government should take military action against the neighbouring country.

    “China is posing serious threat to our national security and sovereignty. The government should take military action against it,” BJYM state chief Ravinder Raina told reporters during Yuva Adhikar Yatra at Sunderbani, 60 km from here.

    However, the Congress-led UPA has surrendered before China, he said. “UPA has totally surrendered before China and is not taking any action against it,” Raina said.

    The BJYM leader said it is the right time to show our military might to China.

    In a deep incursion, Chinese troops have entered the Indian territory in Daulat Beg Oldi (DBO) sector in eastern Ladakh and erected a tented post.

    `India should take military action against China`

    A platoon-strength contingent of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) came 10 km inside the Indian territory in Burthe in DBO sector, which is at an altitude of about 17,000 feet, on the night of April 15 and established a tented post there, highly placed sources had said.

    A Chinese Army Platoon usually consists of around 50 men.”

    – zeenews

  10. Lorenzo Says:

    Cholas (low caste scavengers) are NOW bankrupt so we can’t recover any money from them!!

    It is a waste to try.

    Saudi money is what finances FSA in Syria and US weapons.

    USA+KSA=FSA

    Syria is ruled by Shiites so Sunni Saudi wants Shiites killed. This is why the war. USA plays to Saudi tune for money and oil. If not for Shiite-Sunni sectarian killings, Muslim population growth will be even higher!! That is the ONLY control of their cancer like expansion. This is the bitter truth.

  11. Lorenzo Says:

    Foolish Tamils. They think the “SL army” that “allegedly tortured” this loser DON’T KNOW his family in SL when he uses an unreal name in Australia!!!

    If they did it, they KNOW who he is ALREADY, his family and his address!! Hiding the name in Australia doesn’t help.

    What a joke.

    This lazy bugger is on temporary visa in Australia. He has to get PR. So this is the PR stunt.

    Despite these torture stories Tamils visit SL in tens of thousands!! Why don’t they face torture?

    How many BEAUTIFUL Tamil women visit SL every month? How come they are so damn safe?

    “Tamil from Australia tortured, abused by Sri Lankan forces during visit to island

    [TamilNet, Thursday, 25 April 2013, 17:48 GMT]

    An Eezham Tamil male currently residing in Melbourne, Australia was tortured and sexually abused by Sri Lankan forces when he paid a visit to the island a few weeks before, Australian media reports. Speaking under a different name of ‘Kumar’ to the ABC on Wednesday, the father of three described in graphic detail of how he was abducted and tortured. This was, however, flatly rejected as “false allegations” by the SL High Commissioner for Australia, Thisara Samarasinghe. Despite living in Australia, the torture survivor is unable to come out in public owing to fear of retaliation by the GoSL on his family back in the island.

  12. A. Sooriarachi Says:

    It seems the US and UK Embassies in Colombo are impatiently watching like traffic inspectors, to pounce on every little incident in SriLanka to distort and inflate them to a level where they could blame the Govt for such events.
    To support the propoganda needs of US and UK embassies, it is said that the Tamil Tiger terrorists have set up cells in SriLanka, not to fight with guns, but to create incidents such as attacking the Muslims, the Journalists, TNA politicians and human rights NGOs, so that the US and UK along with their international agencies and local NGOs could blame and discredit the SriLankan Govt.
    It is said that the Tiger cells are now engaged in bashing with or without their consent, those Tamils sent back to SriLanka, so that the victims could blame the security forces and then re-apply for refugee status in foreign countries as well as stop the return to home countries, other Tamils already in foreign countries.
    In fact a tamil ‘refugee’ in UK has inadvertantly spilled the beans by admiting to his Tamil employer that doing anything and everything is worth to fool the UK immigration and get UK citizenship to enjoy economic benefits they could only dream of, without having any skills or qualifications. As such he himself got someone to burn his body with cigarette butts and blamed the security forces and this had worked for him and others like him. This self inflicted injuries are now happening in a bigger scale, mainly to prevent the return of bogus refugees to home countries.
    Ironically another qualification to be a refugee is to claim a connection to the Tiger terrorists and get stamped as genuine refugees by Navi Pillai’s UNHRC

  13. Geeth Says:

    Good analysis; must be an eye opener for the administration.

    A drastic US policy shift toward SL apparently took place only in late 70s and the beginning of 80s. At that time China was not even a stakeholder in the geostrategic chessboard of the Indian Ocean. Evidently due to this change of policy, although all options were open for the USA to get a foothold in the island under JRJs administration, US did not want to go ahead for it. Some analysts assumed this (US’s reluctance to peruse for military/naval assets in Trinco) was ensued solely due to the opposition of nationalists and the leftists within Sri Lanka. But we all know that was a false notion, because at that point of history, JRJ had ensured the death of entire left once for all without even traces. If US wanted to go ahead, JRJ had all political will and constitutional tools including the determination to do it.

    Given cold shoulder and sheer isolation JRJ received from US when India violated Sri Lankan air space, it was pretty obvious that US had a different agenda in regard to Indian Ocean region. But even at that point SL experts never comprehended it. From US point of view, JRJ was merely a sacrifice worth for a greater agenda. Neither our political analysts could grasp the reason for the US policy shift, nor did traditional analytical tools explain it. (They even never knew if there was a US interest in the region and if so, what was that) This was a major reason for the entire Colombo based policy planners muddled the entire national issue from that point of history until they brought it to the current level.

    JRJ was actually an old fox lived in the political fantasy of cold-war era who could never envision newly emerging global realities beyond cold war global power equilibrium. He never saw the emergence of neo-liberal corporate capitalism taking over the reins. He never saw the nation state going to be an obstacle for the expansion of global capital. He could not see the geostrategic relationship of the island nation in relation to globalization and its concomitant fragmentation of national boundaries. JRJ’s calculation was to become Lee Kuan Yew in south Asia positioning SL under the umbrella of US influence in Indian Ocean, assuming to receive western support at the time when India was a Soviet ally. But US thinking was quite opposite. Not only that, adding salt to the injury, then US ambassador James W. Spain declared they (US) didn’t have any strategic interest whatsoever in Trinco ensuring India to act freely in their geopolitical action plan, knowing very well that Indians were doing exactly what US really aught to see happening in SL.

    Under this light, as Mr. Ladduwahetty says, offering Trinco on a gold platter to US will never change anything. As writer point out, it will never put SL off the hook. Trinco never was an option for JR and it will never be for MR either. It will never be a bargaining tool in the current crisis. Because it never answers the question, never remedies the problem, never satisfies the hunger. It supplies a wrong commodity for a wrong demand. Because US is not only pursuing a foothold in the island nation, but no doubt it may be only a part of it. US has a larger agenda for the entire Indian subcontinent and the Indian Ocean region. It will go well beyond acquiring military assets in Trinco. If Trinco is the jewel of Indian Ocean, then US looks for the crown, not just the jewel of it. If US needed only military presence in the region, then it was JRJ who could have accommodated that need much better than MR. Why US had to go through all these troubles for three decades to come back into the square one????? if that was the case?

  14. Geeth Says:

    Our Colombian policy makers have dragged the Colombo administration from one problem to another. It seems SL will never have a future without overhauling this bureaucracy and putting right people in right positions to handle affairs wisely. The way entire scenario lining up now, we can expect a constitutional crisis in the next level. Then it will be a legal issue. Then the so-called international community will take matters into their hand with UN approval. A nation will be divided due to the crass stupidity of a bunch holding positions in Colombo.

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