Canada’s Response To Banned Sri Lankan Terror Fronts Overseas Dismays Many Discerning Sri Lankans Aware Of Related Realities.
Posted on May 1st, 2014
LankaWeb Weekly Editorial,
Only a feeble minded simpleton without the capacity to comprehend the direction CanadaÂ is taking with respect to Sri Lanka in recent times would have thought contrary to the breaking news thatÂ Canada will not enforce the Sri Â Lankan ban on named groups who have the notoriety of being supporters and sympathisers with the Tamil Tigers ( dead and buried in Sri Lanka hopefully never to be recussitated or revivedÂ but making desperate attempts to regroup overseas!)
So when the Canadian GovernmentÂ has indicated through dialogue from theÂ Cdn.Foreign Ministry that it will not enforce a ban on 16 groups by the Sri Lankan Government and those groups will have the freedom to express their views in Canada legally it is an insult and an affront to the policy of a fellow Commonwealth member, also the Secretary Nation of Commonwealth affairs,Â Sri Lanka which not only shows off Canada’s foreign policy in very Â poor light but also exposes the dangers Canada is toying with towards tolerating these groups who have every likelihood of taking advantage of Canada’s naivette towards propagating the implements needed towards a resurgence of the Tamil Tigers on CanadianÂ soil.
This would be something disastrous as well as a gross embarrasment to Canada Â where perhaps.Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Consular Lynne YelichÂ may have to re-think their policy making over the related issue. It might even prove regrettable given the track record of anything linked to the Tamil Tigers as history has proved their mendacities and the attitude of the Canadian Foreign Ministry a seemingly blinkered one!
Regardless of their so calledÂ concernÂ towards the Government of Sri Lankaâ€™s listing of 16 entities and 424 individuals for purported links to terrorist activities, including some with ties to Canada.â€œ despite Sri Lankaâ€™s action having no legalÂ binding in Canada: it does not constrain the freedom of listed groups and individuals to lawfully express their views to the contrary in Canada which then needs to work both ways.
The opposition to the Canadian Government’s decision also needs to be tolerated and there could be a voluminous response from Sri Lankan Canadians aware of the importance of Sri Lanka’s ruling towards the preservation of the country’s Sovereignity and Territorial Integtity where under no circumstances should Sri Lanka tolerate any situation that could imperil the security and well being of Sri Lanka through a resurgence of the Tamil tigers and what Canada’s state ofÂ being blinkered is all about.
Apathetic. irresponsible and a viol;ation of the charters of freedom for a sovereign democratic nation notÂ toÂ be able to legitimately foster and maintain censure and proscription withinÂ her justice system of proven threats which have unfolded almost to a nation destructive level in the past albeit viewed upon indifferently on the basis of agendas and sympathies brought on by a need for political survival it is presumed by many analysts.
If Sri LankaÂ chose to enforce the implications ofÂ censure and proscription of Sri LankanÂ Canadians targeted by this list where theyÂ could be subject to possible questioning, detention or arrest by authorities in Sri Lanka, it would be Sri Lanka’s prerogative whereÂ the two Ministers who have been obnoxiously adamant that their decision will stand may haveÂ no legitimate recourse towards warding off any related fallout or penalties and punishments likely to be imposed.Â
In an almost Faux Pas like scenario they have statedÂ that “diaspora communities play an important role in Sri Lankaâ€™s post-conflict reconciliation process and the action by the Sri Lankan Government could further hinder progress on reconciliation.” a somewhat lame sounding excuse where the hampering of any peace that now exists within Sri LankaÂ at a very appreciable level could easily be ursurped and interfered with should these diaspora communities with proven sympathies to the Tamil Tigers whose agendas are the furthest from reconciliation and hinges mostly on the pursuit of secession which they have never apparently given up are tolerated! It also proves further that Canadian cognizance of the related realities and the dangers involved are at either atÂ a very low ebbÂ or virtually non existent..
Once again The Canadian Ministers have resorted to the never ending cacophonyÂ over “Human Rights ViolationsÂ saying that “while they share concerns about some of those listed, ” (sure sure! and how so? just some and not all ? or is this a bit of eyewash towards justifying their overall ignominy directed at the GOSL)Â the Government of Sri Lanka must ensure that any measure taken to combat terrorism complies with its obligations under international law, in particular international human rights law.” as though Sri LankaÂ comprises of Â a bunch ofÂ undiscerning insensitives unaware of what’s best for their country. The obligations have been more than fulfilled in the manner terrorism was eliminated in Sri Lanka and the post insurrection measures taken to ensure the well being of all freedom loving citizens not terrorist supportive deadbeats calling themselves the LTTE rump!
If as suggested “The Government of Canada remains committed to combatting all forms of terrorism. Under the provisions of the Criminal Code, Canada included the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam on its list of terrorist entities in 2006 and added the World Tamil Movement to the list in 2008,â€Â it has to rationally follow that there are other proven organizations linked to groups capable of furthering terrorist ambits covertly disguised and towards strengthening theÂ statementÂ should heed the cautions of the nation most likely to be affected by them namely Sri Lanka.
The following responses from many Sri Lankans apalled at Canada’sÂ Foreign Ministry response more than pellucidates the mood of those who percieve the ramifications involved.Â
1.What a shame! Canada has still not been hit by a severe case of terrorism that is why they are courting these vultures. Politics Is more important than peace in the world, we witness that daily with the UK and USA too. Oh dear Canada the haven for terrorists! If Iran or Syria is considered as terrorist sponsoring countries by the West, then Canada and UK too are terrorist sponsoring countries no different than Iran or Syria.
2.Â Good luck Canada, till you reap the results of ungrateful Tamil eelamist terrorists.Reply Canada is now risking the well being and safety of Canadian citizens by blindly protecting those named as connected with terrorism in another nation. Canada must surely be aware of the terrorist acts committed by LTTE front organisations operating from Canada, including the Colombo Central bank truck bombing, even though Canada failed to investigate and act against the perpetrators of such crimes. To these power hungry politicians, getting re-elected seems to matter more than the welfare of their nation and accountability of their supporters.
3.LTTE supporters in Canada collected millions of dollars, but sent only a fraction of it to LTTE. Some of the â€˜collectorsâ€™ became rich overnight, bought BMWs and luxury houses without even working and paying taxes in Canada. Still the politicians supported them and rub shoulders with them to get Tamil votes. They even participated in events where tiger flags hoisted in front of parliament. Shame on them! Conservatives are trying their best to woo Tamils. If the Harper government wants to support the LTTE rumps, then they should stop talking about reconciliation and peace in SL.
4.Canda Â You have invited terror into your own land.We as Sri Lankans will make sure that Ealam will never raise its head in our mother land.it is upto you how you will contain this false propaganda and fund raising for trerriorist .They are heâ€™ll bent on revenge.Soon you will find Scaraborough wanting self rule.There are many Tamils inCanada who do not support or associate with this so called find raising for Tamils organizations as they are well aware how ruthless these people are.Children of diaspora who were brought to Canada as infants now carrying LTTE flags And infiltrating universities teaching hatred .
5.Canada do you want to support generations who grow up with evil intents? It is a pity that the Canadian Government has opted to ignore the activities of terrorist groups bsased in their country, just to spite the request of Sri Lankan Government although US Governmentâ€™s bureau for terrorism has confirmed that LTTE is still active internationally. Canada which was a friend of Sri Lanka and had assisted Sri Lanka in a major way under the Colombo Plan opened its doors to immigrants from Sri Lanka from late 50â€²s. Many of the tamils from Sri Lanka made their way to Canada to better their life.
5.The Tamil leaders like Chelvanayagam who was fighting for a 50-50 power sharing in Sri Lanka formulated a far reaching plan to get the tamils to migrate to the Western Countries as well as get employment in Western Embassies to facilitate their migration and also to restrict the issuing of Visas to Sinhalese. Today their plans have borne fruits with the tamils being politically strong and influential in framing the foreign policies of their host countries. Sri Lankaâ€™n Government which defeated the brutal LTTE terrorism which was ravaging for over thirty years has to use their military intelligence to prevent the LTTE terrorism from raising their heads again and has banned the organisations still engaged in funding the LTTE terrorism internationally.
6.Although it is the duty of peace loving countries to assist in curbing terrorism, the countries such Canada and UK where tamils are politically strong have been influenced by them to ignore the Sri Lanka Government request. The banned organisations which are free to act in anyway in these countries will tend to use the legitimate organisations with no links to tamils to channel funds to Sri Lanka to assist the LTTE terrorists. The Government of Sri Lanka should take note of this fact and scrutinise and restrict the activities of the NGOâ€™s and other individuals from these countries from using their freedom to act in Sri Lanka and rekindle the brutal terrorism again even by banning any person or organisation in Sri Lanka. â€œThey noted that diaspora communities play an important role in Sri Lankaâ€™s post-conflict reconciliation process..â€The Tamil diaspora sent millions of dollars to LTTE to buy missiles,but they didnt send even a penny to the people who were affected by the war.If the diaspora really want to do something good to the Tamils in SL,they can open factories,teach English to the poor students in Vanni etc,etc.What they are doing is spending thousands of dollars in organizing protest march.Tamils are not going to benefit by these protest marches.If the diaspora is really interested in reconciliation,LET THEM STOP PROPAGATING RACIAL HATRED.LEAVE THE POOR SL TAMILS ALONE. Lets see whether Harper Government & John Baird can get re-elected at the next election by fostering Terrorists by Sucking up to the pro-LTTE diaspora to get re-elected.
Some responses which more than empasize what many observers now see as Canada’s folly and seems to have kindled a fervour of impassioned emotions thatÂ convey a diatribe against Canada unprecedented previously.