American base in Sri Lanka with the blessings of the Government?
Posted on July 20th, 2016

Dr Sudath Gunasekara19.7.2016.

 Dear all Patriots, 

 I earnestly request you all to read the following article by Senali Waduge immediately. 

Thereafter I would suggest that we all lodge our strongest protest against this sinister betrayal by the government done without informing the Parliament and force the Government to withdraw permission given to USA to start this project on our soil.  Then sack

America needs this in the center of the Indian Ocean to control South and South East Asia as it will soon lose Okinawa in Japan and Diago Garcia in the Indian Ocean.

Once it is establish you can never send them back and this little Island will be a battle ground for all global power politics. Where is our non-align policy, Independence and national sovereignty? This will be a threat not only to us but to the whole of Asia

Please react immediately.

US Militarization of Sri Lanka : Sri Lankans to provide Canteen Services

Shenali Waduge Lankaweb 19.7.2016

There are over 1000 foreign US military bases and installations. The 4 losers of World War 2 host the biggest bases located in Germany, Italy, Japan and Korea. The newest strategy is to set up smaller detachments across the nations where US geopolitics pivots to. It is as a result of such bases in Diego Garcia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and other Gulf states that the US was able to militarily intervene in targeted nations and thereafter set up bases in them. The recent announcement of US State Dept awarding a USD155m contract raises many questions that draw serious ramifications internally for Sri Lankan society and externally for the rest of Asia given the destructive nature of US military.

The Daily FT—155-m-embassy-complex-in-Sri-Lanka has reported the construction of a USD155m contract awarded by the US State Dept to Caddell Construction Co to be built in 2 years in a 6 acre area (possibly joining the present US embassy with the former British high commission located right in front of Temple Trees) How is it that Sri Lanka came to know of this very important news only after the US State Department awarded the contract to a fellow US construction company?

Why has the GOSL kept this secret from the general public? Why is there no Parliamentary debate on this? Given that there is no Opposition, what has the Joint Opposition to say about this and why are they keeping mum too? Should such an important decision not be shared with the public and public opinion sought on the matter BEFORE agreeing with the US?

All of the US bases have a history of problems. These bases serve to proliferate weapons, they undermine both international stability and have resulted in increase in internal violence of some sort or the other. The bases have created social problems – rise in rapes by US military personnel, increase in prostitution with female sex industry thriving (high end and poor), increase in drugs, violent crimes by foreign soldiers, a country losing value of prime land in and around the complex, issues of pollution and health hazard caused by testing non-conventional weapons inside the compound.

The most shocking part is that NONE of these crimes committed by US personnel can be charged for criminal offence as the US military are granted immunity under SOFA or status of forces agreement which defines the legal status of US personnel and property in territory of another country covering the criminal, civil jurisdiction, carrying of arms, tax and customs relief, damage claims for US by the host government. The general understanding is that it is in the interest of the host country that the US base is set up. However the agreement provides the US and not the host government a host of rights. US forces are not accountable for anything in a host country. In 1998, host governments processed 5092 cases against US personnel under SOFA.

30% of Okinawa Island in Japan is occupied by US military since World War 2. Locals have been protesting since and the US response was to build another base in 2004 which was luckily stopped due to environmental concerns being raised. In Puerto Rico 2/3 of the island is occupied by US, inhabitants were expelled from their homes to facilitate US bomb testing. We know too well how the Chagossians were virtually carried from the homes and evicted by the civilized British to set up a base for US in Diego Garcia. These people were dumped in Mauritius and even after winning a court order the British Government used Executive Orders and ignored it.

So if a Sri Lankan is raped, killed, molested, kidnapped etc the victims will have no justice whatsoever. If anyone is in doubt they can ask the 65,000 Okinawans from Japan who protested demanding the removal of US military from their Island. It is good to note that despite the people of Japan demanding its government to close the US base, Japan cannot because of the agreement in place. Therefore, if any base has been allowed, Sri Lanka will NEVER be able to remove it.

The US also has more than100 bases in Korea and here too US military are not accountable for any crimes they commit. In 2002, two teenage girls on their way to a birthday party were run over by a US tank – the driver was repatriated where a US military court found him ‘not guilty’. In 2006, 2600 car accidents were reported in Korea involving US servicemen. Koreans could not claim damages. Korean Insurance companies refused to cover damages too.

The Netherlands hosts 7 US bases one which has nuclear warheads. Two bases monitor and intercept drug-transport on the Caribbean Sea and another serves as reconnaissance flights over Colombia making the Netherlands indirectly involved in the Colombian conflict. The bases allow US to bring arms and materials to the country without reporting to Dutch customs!

But then the CIA is famed for smuggling drugs! The present Pakistan-India-Sri Lanka and East Asia is a narcotics hotbed!

All of US bases are platforms for military manoeuvres – aerial bombings on Pakistan are launched from Diego Garcia, the base in Ecuador is used for covert military actions on Colombia, the bases in Iraq and Turkey have served as intelligence centres against Iran and Syria. Bases have also been used for extra-judicial transport, imprisonment and torture of people. Guantanamo Bay is the perfect example while there are numerous other secret centres across Middle East and Europe. Some bases are even used to test nuclear arsenal, while others are for intelligence operations such as the world-wide network of ‘Echelon” bases that monitor all email, phone, data communications traffic.

These bases serve to overthrow governments – of the over 300 overseas military interventions & invasions by US were possible because of the US military facilities in various nations.

US & NATO has managed to surround Iran by occupying Iraq & Afghanistan and placing bases in 8 neighbors of Iran with 3 US-backed nuclear powers in Israel, India and Pakistan and Turkey deploys US nuclear warheads. Iran has every right to protect its nation and its sovereignty. What nation wants to be attacked this way?

Does Sri Lanka want to be an enemy to our friends in Asia? These bases will certainly be used against Russia, China, Iran and even India (though India foolishly thinks itself to be a proud partner of the West – non-whites are never ‘partners’ but kept to serve the interests only)

Do we in Sri Lanka boasting of being a non-violent and non-aligned nation wish to encourage such SADISM by a country whose hobby is bulldozing nations and blowing them to pieces?

This is not a game of Cowboys and Indians!

These are all early warnings for Sri Lanka.

These bases host not only US military but US citizens – soldiers, civilians, and others that include their families. Why are so many 7 star hotels emerging in Sri Lanka, we do not have people to afford such luxury. These hotels are meant for the families and the top brass and other very senior officers who will be regularly flying in from all parts of the world.

The new US base is said to have a US marine residence and a warehouse among other sophisticated items. Why would an embassy need a Marine Residence? And a warehouse to store what? These are dead giveaway for the ultimate creation of a US military base pretending it to be a US embassy complex. The momentum obviously came when in November 2015 Daya Gamage reported that when Samantha Power visited Sri Lanka, she envisaged ‘enhanced military relations’ which is beyond the sale of military equipment and training (it was not given when we needed it and now we don’t need it as the conflict is over)

When scores of foreign military set up virtual residence in Sri Lanka, the GOSL will say these are opportunities for our people. What are the opportunities…we will have to send our women as prostitutes oh yes and they can make money selling their bodies, we will have men and women serving as stewards and waitresses, do parents spend so much on education for their children to be servants in our own country! But then there will be plenty of cocktail circles where the local lackeys will squirm in front of their superiors boasting of hobnobbing with them. What else are we likely to get out of this can anybody please elucidate!!!

In the end we would have become distanced from our historical friends choosing to become their indirect enemy and when we are ever in need of help we would have no one to come to our aid. Irony is that even those that helped the US to get their prize catch would also end up getting the boot one fine day as Saddam, Suharto, Ngo Diem, Pinochet & Osama found out too late.

Why would Sri Lanka knowingly want to suffer the same hassles that nations with US bases are going through?

8 Responses to “American base in Sri Lanka with the blessings of the Government?”

  1. plumblossom Says:

    Sri Lanka should tell the US that Sri Lanka cannot abide by the UNHRC resolution. The Sri Lankan Army did not commit any war crimes. It is the LTTE terrorists who committed war crimes throughout 26 years of war. No country with an ounce of self respect will place their army in harms way to be tried by a court domestic or hybrid of war crimes the army did not commit in anyway. If individual soldiers committed any crimes, a complaint can be placed in a court of law in Sri Lanka. Why is there a need for special judicial procedures? This government is a puppet of the US, EU, UK, Norway, Sweden, Canada and India and is so subservient to US interests that it is ready to try its own armed forces for crimes that the armed forces did not commit. All the while, the LTTE terrorists who committed war crimes are being shown as totally innocent. Using the ploy of wanting a new constitution which almost all Sri Lankans don’t want, this treacherous government is trying to create a separate state in the guise of a federal state as the TNA separatist terrorists and the US, EU, UK, Norway, Sweden, Canada and India wants. Sri Lanka should tell the US that Sri Lanka cannot abide by the UNHRC resolution. The worst that the US, UK, EU, Sweden, Norway and India can do is impose sanctions on Sri Lanka. So what? Sri Lanka can trade with all the countries of Asia and the rest of the world even if the US, UK, EU, Norway, Sweden and India imposes sanctions. Sri Lanka can grow rice, we have jack fruit, bananas, bread fruit and plenty of water too. So we will not starve just because the US, UK, EU, Sweden, Norway and India imposes sanctions. Also since we can trade with the powerful economies of Asia which includes the Middle East, South East Asia, South Asia, the Far East and Central Asia as well as the rest of the world, actually, we may be OK economically too despite any sanctions imposed by the US, EU, UK, Norway, Sweden, Canada and India. However by avoiding implementing the unjust UNHRC resolution, Sri Lanka will safeguard its independence and freedom which is the most important thing for the next thousands of years as we have safeguarded our independence and freedom for at least the last 2600 years and avoid the creation of a separate state or eelam in the guise of a federal state. So Sri Lanka must very urgently tell the US that we will not abide by the unjust UNHRC resolution but carry out our own domestic process of reconciliation as we see fit. Let the imperialist US impose sanctions. Nothing much will happen to our economy since we can trade with the powerful economies of Asia and the rest of the world instead but Sri Lanka would have preserved its independence and freedom for the next thousands of years and avoid the partition of the country and the creation of a separate state which will be Sri Lanka’s end.

  2. plumblossom Says:

    Not only this, the treacherous Ranil, Sirisena, CBK, Mangala, idiotic UNPers, those INGOs working for thousands of dollars and even the JVP are trying to dismember the country via constitutional changes. We patriotic Sri Lankans should demand a strong central government, no more powers to provincial councils, no merger between provinces, ideally abolition of the 13th amendment to the constitution and absolute safeguarding of the sovereignty of the country.

    The army did not commit any war crimes. it is the LTTE who committed war crimes. However, it is high time that Sri Lanka rejected the US imperialists UNHRC resolution and state at the UNHRC to leave Sri Lanka alone to get on with reconciliation as Sri Lanka sees fit.

    Actually Sri Lanka today being accused of committing war crimes by the US, UK, EU, Norway, Sweden, Canada, India etc. is very similar to the way Saddam Hussein and Iraq was accused of possessing non existent WMDs. Although Iraq did everything possible to show the US, UK, EU, Norway, Sweden, Canada etc. that it did not possess WMD it was bombed anyway, regime change brought about since Iraq has massive amounts of oil which the US, UK, EU, Norway, Sweden, Canada companies wanted to extract at cheap rates by bringing on a puppet regime. A similar scenario is unfolding in Sri Lanka since Sri Lanka is located at a strategic location, the US wanting to establish a naval/air base at Trincomalee, the US wanting to establish further US army, navy, air force bases in the island, mineral resources, marine resources, control of the Indian ocean sea routes etc. For this, the separatist, terroristic Tamils who are subservient to the US are who the US is favouring to help them with this task. This is why the US favours eelam. All patriotic Sri Lankans should therefore tell the government to withdraw from carrying out the US resolution and to tell the US to leave Sri Lanka alone.

  3. plumblossom Says:

    Sri Lanka needs a strong central government in the form of the executive presidency. It is the executive presidency which is keeping the unitary state together since provincial councils have now been provided powers. Therefore if the executive presidency is abolished, the provincial councils will become more powerful and the separatist terroristic TNA will try to break away using threats the North and the East. the PR system is the fairest system which means each vote counts. It is a very democratic system. We do not need any changes to the constitution. These changes to the constitution are only suggested to bring on stealthily a federal or a separate state by falsely labelling it as ‘unitary’ to hoodwink the idiotic Sinhala Buddhists. We do not need any changes to the constitution which is what the separatist terrorists of the TNA, US, UK, EU, Norway, Sweden and Canada wants to dismember this country. Also it is the executive presidential system which can easily carry out programmes to develop the country since otherwise there will be endless wranglings within the cabinet and in parliament about what path to follow for development to happen. A well meaning executive president can easily implement a reasonable and suitable programme to take the country forward. Another main reason to keep the executive presidency as it is to counter the separatist threat since a strong executive president can stop any treacherous activities which goes against the independence, freedom, sovereignty, unitary status etc. of the country since the executive president is elected directly by the people’s vote and is answerable to all the people of the country as a result. So for all these reasons, there is no need whatsoever to change the constitution. However the provincial councils should not be given any more powers, there should not be any merger between provinces, ideally the 13th amendment to the constitution should be abolished and there should be a strong central government if Sri Lanka is to move forward as a country and since it is a small country.

  4. Ancient Sinhalaya Says:

    Sri Lanka-hating, Sinhalese-hating, Buddhism-destroying catholic-run UNPatriotic party at the driving
    seat. Americans got their puppets in Sri Lanka so they know anything is possible. Just ask, the bum lickers
    will fall over to do anything. Americans want the mighty Chinese presence lessen in the indian ocean. What
    better place than Sri Lanka to do that?

    Sinhalaya being modayas and dhrohiyas didn’t care. So they voted in these YAMA PALLAN who are the
    worst thieves, murderers and tom pachayas. Last time they were ruling Sinhalese burnt in tyres when they
    rebelled. But when catholic tigers of tamil drealam rebelled they were given half the country. With China
    all these american, indina, british etc etc bullies, racist cancers etc. would’ve stayed away from Sri Lanka
    since none of them don’t want upset the mighty Chinese.

    Americans owe the Chinese trillions and trillions of
    dollars. If they ask for the money, americans will have to jump into the sea. That’s how powerful the
    Chinese are. Do Sinhala modayas know that? Of course not. That’s why modayas and dhrohiyas voted
    PREPARE FOR ENDLESS BORDER WARS WITH traitor cancers tamils and mussies. We curse you Sinhala
    modayas and dhrohiyas who voted for these YAMA PALLAN!

  5. Christie Says:

    Trump when he comes in wants all nations who has US bases to pay for the services. So Chandrika, Sirisena, and Ranil will have to ask the Indian Empire for money.

    People do not see Mauritius is already an Indian colony and we are heading the same way.

    All these are distractions.

  6. Fran Diaz Says:

    Now that Lanka has turned westward completely, are any foreign bases necessary in Lanka ?

    Sri Lanka has always been westward inclined. Shouldn’t foreign bases be in ‘big neighbors’ in the region, if at all ?

    Er, and who is the Enemy for foreign bases (if any) to fight in Lanka. …. ?

  7. NAK Says:

    I get a distinct disgusting feeling that this was a masterly played out narrative and we people are being taken for a ride.

    President Mahinda Rajapakse must make a clear declaration on his stand about this US military base in Trincomalee and the support facility in Colombo where family accommodation for staff is being built, I suspect every one is in on it and we are subjected to a comedy and the joke is on us.
    Ranil wickremesinghe declared somewhere in 2012/13 that they will take the government by 2015 and MR sure gave them the opportunity and the two election afterwards were not really fought and all the blame for failure was apportioned on Sirisena.
    Why did everyone in the Joint opposition, except for Dr.Sarath Weerasekera, voted for the 19th amendment which prevented an early election that could have ousted this disgusting government.
    We do know that president Rajapakse allocated the Sampur land for an industrial zone and the coal power plant which would have derailed military base plans but some how none materialized.

  8. Fran Diaz Says:

    Powerful Duo, the West/INDIA combined ousted the MR govt on FALSE War Crimes charges.
    They put in place two persons who had a record of failed politics (RW/CBK).
    Now Lanka is stuck with them and MS as puppet Prez too.

    If we go to the start of Tamil Separatism, the start of internationalised politics in Lanka, it is to the 1930s.
    Next, the Vadukoddai Resolution (Eelam through Violence) in 1976.
    Next, Riots of 1983 >> Nearly a Million strong Tamil Diaspora formed in the west.
    Next, Prabhakaran & the LTTE who did just that as instructed by the Tamil leaders – Eelam through Violence (VR, 1976).
    Next, the ‘war’ with the LTTE.
    Next, FALSE war crimes charge by the UNHRC on the former govt.
    Next, Foreign Min of Lanka AGREES with FALSE UNHRC claims & terms !
    Next, Yahap ‘govt’ downs Lanka fiscally through Central Bank scams.
    Next, Yahap ‘govt’ attempts :

    – Changes to Lanka Constitution & various laws without due process
    – ETCA
    – Sea tunnel to Tamil Nadu (!)
    – 5,000 acre lots on 99 yr leases to foreigners
    – New Constitution (!)

    Next, …. ?

    We hope some good comes out of this tragedy in Lanka.

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