An Acclamation Of The Real Story Behind Sri Lanka’s Unprecedented Victory Over Internal Armed Insurrection Based On Which UN’s Navi Pillai Should Stop Hounding Sri Lanka?
Posted on October 5th, 2013
LankaWeb Weekly Editorial,
Ã‚Â The UN Human Rights Chief Navinethem PillayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s assertion that “if certain concerns are not comprehensively addressed, she believes the international community will have a duty to establish its own inquiry mechanisms”is now being made to look insipid and mostly Tamil Diaspora instigated as accurate and unbiased observations are beginning to pour in from many parts of the world towards disclaimng the Pillai rhetoric.
It is fast becoming obvious that she has no mandate to make such a claim and in all probabilities needs to be warned off her direction or else face the consequences of overstepping her metes and bounds where suddenly almost in awareness of the huge faux pas she has committed to she has strangely gone silent.
While there are many viable sources that have observed that learning lessons from the Sri Lankan victory over the insurgent Tamil Tigers is of far greater importance towards the morality and principle behind, it is also becoming evident that the Navi Pillai pursuance of Sri Lanka towards an accountability she has little claim towards substantiating is something she is likely to regret as it will eventually portray her feeble minded albeit biased outlook over an issue that she seems to have little or no cognizance relative to tangible proof as well as first hand information which truly disentitles her to her myopic opinions simply to appease those egging her on.
In this respect a recent well documented presentation from a South Asian country all but verifiably attests to the salient truth of what really transpired in Sri lanka during the insurrection and needs to be broadcast to the world so that all the misgivings portrayed by the Pillai clarion about Sri Lanka are none but her own conclusions far removed from the real circumstances which surrounded the three decade long conflict.
That this stems verifiably from a nation overrun by its own terrorist problem whose observations promote rather than condemn the manner in which Sri Lanka eventually overcame the Tamil Tiger spectre lends much credibility towards what the Government of Sri Lanka did to avert a national catastrophe at the hands of ruthless terrorists and acclaimed globally not condemned as Navi Pillai chose to do where she truly needs to be educated for her lack of awareness on the issue of the Sri lankan insurgency or admonished for her irresposibilities towards the stark accusations she continues to make whatever the case may be.
Ã‚Â Learning lessons from the unprecedented Sri Lankan victory over rebel Tamil Tigers is something the world needs to acquire perhaps as a model towards dealing with similar situations in a world strewn with macbre attrocities by terror outfits and regimes and the testimony the following presentation bears towards it is perhaps also unprecedented.
Learning lessons from Sri Lankan victory over rebel Tamil Tigers
Ã‚Â While the world and countries such as Pakistan continue to be hit on a regular basis by terrorism after 9/11, it needs to gain some inspiration from a much smaller and poorer Sri Lanka, which is literally rising from ashes after having fought with the rebel Tamil Tigers for nearly 27 long years and ultimately defeating the insurgents on May 29, 2009. Sri Lanka was left with a daunting post-war task to ensure the welfare of nearly 300,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), who were hed as a human shield and a bargaining chip by the rebel Tamil Tigers.
Ã‚Â Under its well-planned reconstruction, resettlement, rehabilitation, reintegration and reconciliation programmes after the war, the Sri Lankan government had helped the besieged Tamil civilians restart their lives.
Ã‚Â Research tells us that the Sri Lankan Government had declared Ã¢â‚¬Å“No Fire ZonesÃ¢â‚¬Â for the safety of the civilians who were used as Ã¢â‚¬Å“battlefieldsÃ¢â‚¬Â by the terroristsÃ¢â‚¬â€- unlike what is happening in the troubled Pakistani areas where American drone attacks have seemingly made the matters worse.
Ã‚Â Equipped with heavy artillery and mortars, the raging Tamil Tigers had disregarded humanity by killing the fleeing civilians and also by carrying out suicide attacks on those who would attempt to escape from their camps during the war.
Ã‚Â These suicide attacks on civilians were in addition to the ones that had regularly targeted the countryÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Army personnel and sensitive installations.
Ã‚Â What is more enviable is the fact that Sri Lanka had only spent $5.5 billion between 2006 and 2009 to banish the Tamil Tigers. This figure was made public in June 2011 by the then Sri Lankan Central Bank Governor, Dr Ajith Nivard Cabraal.
Ã‚Â This amount of $5.5 billion is far less than what the powerful countries normally spend on training their military personnel every year. Remember, the United States spends in excess of $40 billion every year to train its Army.
Ã‚Â The intermittent insurgency by the defiant Tamil Tigers against successive Sri Lankan governments had resulted between 80,000 and 100,000 deaths, according to the United Nations.
Ã‚Â According to the May 30, 2009 edition of the Ã¢â‚¬Å“Sydney Morning Herald,Ã¢â‚¬Â the deaths included at least 27,639 Tamil Tigers or the LTTE fighters, not fewer than 23,790 Sri Lankan soldiers and policemen, some 1,155 Indian soldiers and tens of thousands of innocent civilians.
Ã‚Â The 2010 Sri Lankan Ã¢â‚¬Å“Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation CommissionÃ¢â‚¬Â had estimated that from August 2006 to May 2009, 5,556 Sri Lankan soldiers were killed, 28,414 were wounded and 169 were missing in action.
Ã‚Â During the same period, the Tamil Tigers had lost 22,247 men, of which 11,812 had been identified by name.
Ã‚Â On May 21, 2009, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) had carried an AFP report that had stated: Ã¢â‚¬Å“The UNÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s humanitarian co-ordination office says 80,000 to 100,000 people were killed in the war between the government and Tamil Tiger rebels. Sri LankaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s President formally declared victory over the Tigers yesterday (May 20, 2009), after the government troops had captured the last sliver of rebel territory.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã‚Â However, a US State Department report had suggested that the actual casualty figures were probably much higher than the United NationsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ estimates and that significant numbers of casualties were not recorded.
Ã‚Â While the Sri Lankan Civil War was still going on, the devastating tsunami of December 26, 2004 had hit this tiny Indian Ocean Island, killing more than 35,000 people and leaving many more homeless. A report by Asian Economic Institute had estimated that the total economic cost of the 27-year war in Sri Lanka was around $200 billion.
Ã‚Â In 2007, the Sri Lankan regime had to borrow $181,449 worth of loans from international markets, virtually double than the 2006 figure.
Ã‚Â In 2008, when violence had caused a 31.4 per cent plunge in foreign visitors, the country had allocated $ 1.5 billion for defence purposes.
Ã‚Â And in 2009, the war cost had consumed over 30 per cent of the national budget.
Ã‚Â The June 5, 2011 edition of largest Sri Lankan English newspaper Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Sunday ObserverÃ¢â‚¬Â had stated that committed and firm political leadership, adaptation of correct military strategy in attacking terrorists, the correct selection of the military officials to lead the state forces and the mass rescue of displaced people used as a human shield by the Tamil Tigers had helped the Sri Lankan government earn victory over the rebel forces.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã‚Â The Ã¢â‚¬Å“Sunday ObserverÃ¢â‚¬Â had quoted the then Sri Lankan Army Chief, Lt. Gen. Jayasuriya, as saying: Ã¢â‚¬Å“It is a saga to be shared with the world. It is our story of courage, valour and glory of compassion, humanity and joy of peace, freedom and democracy. Above all, it is the story of epic political resolve and the will to deliver a nation from the grip of terrorism, wherein strong political will and national support was the key to victory, which came with many sacrifices.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã‚Â According to this prestigious Sri Lankan newspaper, the government had spent over Rs1.8 billion during the first 18 months after the war to rehabilitate the ex-Tamil Tigers, some 11,664 of whom had surrendered to the military during the final months of the battle.
Ã‚Â By June 2012, some 469,275 mines, exactly 1,399 anti-tank mines and 388,963 unexploded ordnance devices had been recovered by the countryÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s security forces and other de-mining organizations. At present, only a very small area remains to be de-mined.
Ã‚Â According to the Sri Lankan Ministry of Defence and Urban Development, peace has reigned supreme in this country after three decades of death, destruction and mayhem.
Ã‚Â The above-mentioned Sri Lankan ministryÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s website states: Ã¢â‚¬Å“Sri Lanka is now one of the most peaceful countries in the world. Its security forces had conducted one of the largest humanitarian operations in the modern history of the world to rescue the country and its people from terrorism which had brought in a reign of death, destruction and unspeakable misery on a once peaceful and resplendent nation. It is noteworthy to mention that within a short period of three years, a conducive environment has been successfully created where democratic pluralism, social cohabitation and economic freedom could flourish.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã‚Â The Sri Lankan Ministry of Defence and Urban Development further states on its website: Ã¢â‚¬Å“Renovation of road and rail network, power restoration, uninterrupted water supply and irrigation work were expedited after the war. A large number of funds were allocated to renovate the existing school buildings and construct new ones. Much emphasis was paid to uplift the health care and sanitation facilities. Stringent measures were taken to ensure the welfare of the resettled communities. Poverty alleviation and people empowerment programmes were carried out to improve the quality of life and harmonise civil society with sustainable livelihoods in conflict affected areas. With the successful resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), the welfare camps were eventually closed. Ã¢â‚¬Å“
Ã‚Â The website notes: Ã¢â‚¬Å“Since July 2011, more than 51,400 foreign passport holders from over 100 countries have visited Sri Lanka and travelled to the once war-torn North. The Colombo-based business houses and conglomerates are rushing to set up shop there”
Ã‚Â Acknowledgements to~
Sabir Shah~ Pakistan
Friday, October 04, 2013
From Print Edition
Ã‚Â So, does Navi Pillai based on such testimony and observations have an inch to stand on?