Harper in Commonwealth staredown
Posted on April 29th, 2013

Asoka Weerasinghe  Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . Canada

 April 27, 2013

 The Editor

The Ottawa Citizen


It was only yesterday (April 26) that you reported that ‘UN reviews Canada’s record on rights.  Will bring up murders of aboriginal women.’ And today you report that ‘Harper in Commonwealth staredown. Canada likely to boycott meeting in Sri Lanka over human rights record.’

 Good.  A hypocritical Canada should stay away from the Commonwealth Summit as the Summit will do good without Canada’s presence.

 Canada talks of human rights violations in Sri Lanka when we had difficulty to acknowledge the classic text book example of promoting human rights in Sri Lanka when they liberated 295,873 Tamil civilians from the clutches of the Tamil Tigers  on 19 May 2009, who had used them as a human shield for 30 months herding them like unwashed cattle  from the west coast to the east coast  while retreating from  Sri Lankan armed forces’ offence before they were eliminated militarily. 

 Canada had difficulty to acknowledge that the Sri Lankan government performed a human rights miracle preparing a million meals to feed these liberated Tamils three hearty breakfast, lunch and dinner a day, without letting them starve to death.

 Canada has had difficulty to acknowledge that the Government of Sri Lanka by eliminating the Tamil Tigers on 19 May 2009, gave back the right-to-life to its 22 million people which had been hijacked by the Tamil Tigers for 27 long years when they killed over 100,000 innocent civilians.

 With that kind of hypocrisy, Canada has no place at that Summit.  I say keep away Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

 With the intended unprecedented boycott of the Commonwealth Summit by Canada, I sense that it would be the ominous death-knell of the Commonwealth of Nations.  It should be disbanded.  With hypocrisy  of ‘We are Holier than Thou’ attitudes of countries like Canada which is not lily-white have no place at such palavers.

 Asoka Weerasinghe 

6 Responses to “Harper in Commonwealth staredown”

  1. HelaDaru Says:

    For Harper and his cohorts, it now looks like a case of “Gale reepu balalaa wage”. He’s put his foot in his mouth on boycotting the summit, assuming that the rest of the CW will follow suit…. await more comedy from the Canadian circus.

  2. Insula Says:

    Ask Canada to look at Godfather of Terrorism. USA



    State-sponsored terrorism defines US policy. Doublespeak duplicity conceals it. Doublethink manipulates public opinion to ignore inconvenient truths.

    Howard Zinn once asked: “How can you make war on terrorism if war is terrorism?” Waging war on terrorism “gives government a perpetual war and a perpetual atmosphere of repression.”

    “And it generates perpetual profits for corporations. But it’s going to make the world a far more unstable and dangerous place.”

    “Terrorism replaced communism as the rationale for the militarization of the country, for military adventures abroad, and for the suppression of civil liberties at home.”

    Since WW II, “there has not been a more warlike nation in the world than the United States.”

    Zinn added that “(g)overnments are terrorists on an enormously large scale.” None in world history match America. Waging war on humanity is official policy.


    One of the most significant developments of the post-Cold War era, and certainly the most ominous, is the transformation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), a military bloc created by the United States during the genesis of the Cold War in 1949, into one that has grown to encompass the entirety of Europe, has expanded military partnerships throughout the world and has waged war on three continents.

    In 2006 Kurt Volker, at the time with the State Department and two years afterwards U.S. ambassador to NATO, boasted that the year before NATO had been “engaged in eight simultaneous operations on four continents.”

    Two years later the State Department’s Daniel Fried told the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs’ Subcommittee on Europe:

    “When the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, NATO was an Alliance of 16 members and no partners. Today, NATO has 26 members – with 2 new invitees, prospective membership for others, and over 20 partners in Europe and Eurasia, seven in the Mediterranean, four in the Persian Gulf, and others from around the world.”

  3. S de Silva Says:

    Yes Asoka, the World is full of hypocrites clever at pointing fingers atothers like Canada , Britaain, and Australia preaching HR to Sri Lanka but their arguments fall flat in comparison with how they themselves treated their so called First Citizens and other minorities. These are countries who preach ” Do as I say but NOT as I do or did!!” – S de Silva – London

  4. A. Sooriarachi Says:

    I believe, the best course of action Canada could now take is to not send the Prime Minister Mr Harper and the Foreign Minister as these two politicians would be representing the Tiger terrorists and not the Canadian people.

  5. Nimal Says:

    Who cares if these hypocrites stay away.

  6. douglas Says:


    The date , time and venue of the “investiture” will be notified in due course.

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