The Democrats US Policy on Sri Lanka – A BRIEF – KINDLY TAKE NOTE
Posted on December 10th, 2016
Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . K1J 6G1 Canada
9 December 2016
The Honourable Nikki Haley
Office of the Governor of South Carolina
1205 Pendleton Street
Columbia, South Carolina 29201
Designated Republican’s US Ambassador to the UN
New York, US
(sent by FAX: 803-734-5167 & hard copy by mail)
Honourable Governor Nikki Haley:
Re: The Democrats US Policy on Sri Lanka – A BRIEF – KINDLY TAKE NOTE
It is with a genuine delight and honesty that I congratulate you on your appointment as the Republican US Ambassador to the United Nations.
It is also with honesty that I confess to you that I was rooting for the President-elect Donald Trump to win the Presidential election. Not that I am an American-political aficionado, far from it, but my attraction to the States has always been studying its modern poets and their poetry, like Robert Lowell (with whom I read in Newfoundland), Anne Sexton, Denise Levetov, Sylvia Plath, Alan Ginsberg, T.S.Eliot, Ezra Pound, Robert Frost, Peggy Lynch. (with whom I read several times in Austin, Texas), W.S Merwin and the like. And having been invited to be a guest poet at the International Poetry Festival in Austin,Texas (2001) and the guest poet at the Poetry in the Arts in Austin, Texas, in 1998 and 2003,
Backgrounder for my request:
However, I began to notice the US involvement in geo-politics by chance, when I realized that the US was up to no good when the Democrat’s Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, began to support Tamil terrorism in Sri Lanka, despite the US State Department having proscribed the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE aka Tamil Tigers) as a foreign terrorist organization in 1997, and a Specially Designated Global Terrorist Organization in 2001. The FBI on January 10, 2008’s report rated these Tamil Tiger terrorists as the most dangerous and deadly extremist outfit in the world and the world should be concerned as this outfit had ‘inspired’ networks worldwide, including the al-Qaeda in Iraq. It was a case of the US saying, “Eat your heart out al-Qaeda and Hamas, the Kings of the terrorist world are the Tamil Tigers of Sri Lanka who perfected the art of suicide bombings having perfected the suicide body pack, and used it to assassinate two heads of state, Rajiv Gandhi of India and President Premadasa of Sri Lanka. And this was the only global terrorist group that had its own ‘Military’ (infantry), Sea Tigers (Sea wing) and Air Tigers (Air Wing). .
What the separatist Tamils in the States were lobbying Hillary Clinton and the State Department with lies and buckets full of American dollar bills was to separate this puny island nation, the size of West Virginia (62,755 km2 to Sri Lanka 65,610 km2), and claim their separate, fascist, mono-ethnic, racist Tamil state, Eelam. And that too, one-third of the real estate in the North and East of the whole island bordered by 66% of the coast line, for 12% of the total population of the island’s 21 million peoples. These Tamil have claimed the North and East of the island as their “homeland”, after ethnically cleansing by terrorising and kicking out 27,000 Sinhalese between 1971 and 1981 who had lived there for generations; expelling 100,000 Muslims from the North and East in October 1990, giving them 24 hours to get out. Like on October 30, 1990, when Tamil Tigers drove through the streets of Jaffna ordering Muslim families to assemble at Osmania College and told them to exit the city within two hours, making Idi Amin of Uganda look like a gold lame-winged angel having given the Ugandan-Indians 90 days to leave Uganda. And clinically purifying the Jaffna University to be only for Tamil students when on August 26, 1972, they stoned and chased 400 Sinhalese lecturers and undergraduates out of the campus and they were escorted by the army and police in a convoy of buses out of town and driven south out of harms way while the Tamil undergraduates basked in their intellectual glory at other University campuses in the South together with the majority Sinhalese undergraduates and of other minority groups So that is the backgrounder for you when the Tamils come to you claiming the North and East of the island as their ‘homeland’. When historically, archaeologically, ethnographically and ethnologically they don’t have a snowball chance in hell to prove their claim for this second Tamil ‘Homeland” when the first being Tamil Nadu, in South India which is teeming with 72 million of their Tamil brethren.
Terrorist leaders killed.
I have had difficulty to comprehend the American State Department’s logic, when they found it OK to kill al-Qaeda’s leader Osama Bin Laden on 1st May 2011, by their Navy SEALS of the US Naval Special Warfare Development Group, in Abbottabad in Pakistan, but not the killing of the Tamil Tiger’s leader Velupillai Prabhakaran shot on the beach sands of the Nandikadal Lagoon in the east of Sri Lanka by the Sri Lanka’s Armed Forces on 19 May 2009.
If there is one single reason why the Tamil Tiger terrorists were annihilated with the killing of their leader, then it was what you and I and the rest of the world know. With his death, the Sri Lankan Armed Forces gave back to the 21 million of their Sri Lankan population their most singularly precious human right, their right-to-life, which had been hijacked for 30 bloodying years with guns, bullets and suicide bombs by the Tamil Tiger terrorists, the most ruthless in the world, and if that is not a good enough reason, then what is?
The Penalty applied by the US on puny Sri Lanka for killing the Tamil Tiger terrorist leader, and his gang of terrorists was…
The US ‘Tamils for Clinton’ Sri Lanka policy was that Hillary Clinton and Barak Obama administration brought several resolutions against Sri Lanka at the UNHRC claiming that war crimes had been committed during the last few months of the 30 year long brutal war, when over 100,000 people were killed. A war that was mostly aided and abetted by countries like, India, Norway, Canada, US and the UK. Yet, internationally acclaimed legal experts such as Prof. Dixon of the USA, and Prof. Nice and Sir Desmond de Silva of the UK and the former Commander of the SAS after studying the military operations that concluded on May 19th, 2009, have exonerated Sri Lanka’s Armed Forces. Yet, their words of wisdom had little chance to penetrate the clogged deaf ears of the Sri Lanka policy makers of the UNHRC and the US State Department.
And what was despicable of the Democrat’s Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was that she tried her utmost to cripple Sri Lanka financially when she forced her UN representative to tell the IMF not to give a USD2.6 loan facility to Sri Lanka. Well… she tried her damndest and thank to then head of the IMF Mr. Strauss-Kahn who rejected Hillary Clinton’s pressure by approving the loan. No wonder during her Presidential election there were camps of ‘Tamils for Clinton’ supporters, thousands and thousands of them.
No sooner the former Sri Lanka’s Mahinda Rajapaksa regime was toppled and the twinned Sirisena-Wickramasinghe Yahapalanaya coalition took up the reins to govern the island, they shifted their focus from China to the West, and the US Secretary of State’s opportunistic personnel lined up taking numbers and waiting for their turn to visit Sri Lanka to woo its new Government and to circle the wagon beginning with Secretary of State John Kerry followed by others promising the new Sri Lanka administration with millions of dollars in assistance.
All what I said under my breath was “O My God! Sri Lanka please beware when Greeks come bearing gifts on golden platters. These are the same Americans who went about democratizing Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan, not that they asked for US assistance and failed miserably with thousands of innocents killed along the way, and buried under five feet of soil, and the rest is history.”
And now for my Request to you
Dear Governor Nikki Haley, bearing the Facts in the above backgrounder, my request to you as the representative of the new Republican administration of the US at the United Nation is to review the disingenuous, bullish and mischievous US policies on Sri Lanka which have been burnished with a sugar coating of Tamil Tiger terrorist sympathy.
I believe and have the fervent trust in you that you have the capacity to bring a change in the U.S. Foreign Policy to make the U.S. great again. And that your present Foreign Policy should have no place for vindictive, bullish and a vengeful policy on Sri Lanka. The reason for such vengefulness was because the Democrats’ US was not given the opportunity by the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to rescue the Tamil Tiger leader and his senior entourage during the last few weeks of the Eelam War, to appease the Tamil Tiger supporters and their terrorism, as that would have brought the Democrats scores of thousands of green dollar bills and votes from this Tamil Tiger terrorists supporting community.
When your new administration lead by President-elect Donald Trump with a different focus to deal with justice around the World Affairs, I hope you all will conclude that Sri Lanka should be left alone to work out their traumatic post-war issues of accountability and reconciliation. And not to let the UNHRC meddle with Sri Lanka’s internal affairs. And conclude that the US has no moral right to influence the re-writing of Sri Lanka’s Constitution to align with US policies on South-East Asian countries.
It would be a failure on my part to ignore mentioning how Sri Lanka’s neighbour, Rajiv Gandhi’s India, with a Tamil population of 65 million in 1987, parked a war ship at the International waters -edge overlooking Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo, and violated Sri Lanka’s sovereign air space by flying five AN-32s of the paratroops’ Training School in Agra, escorted by Five Mirage 2000s, of the No. 7 Squadron on 4 June 1987 evening.
This Bully Boy exercise was to intimidate Sri Lanka’s Government and drop 80 tons of relief supplies to feed 800,000 Tamil people in the Northern peninsular, to shove down Sri Lanka’s throat the Indo-Lanka Accord in support of the separatist Tamil demands in Sri Lanka. That Accord has done more harm than good to the psyche of that puny democratic nation and its peoples. And I wish that there will be no more interference by arrogant foreign powers that have no business to meddle in Sri Lanka’s internal affairs.
The 54% of the Tamil population in the South and 41% of the population in the capital Colombo are Tamils, who are vulnerable if there is a partition of the little island having created the second Tamil ‘Homeland’ in the North and East of Sri Lanka with the support of foreign powers. The island of Sri Lanka’s inhabitants are no Saints. The Northern Tamils are ethnic cleansers to purify which they claim is their Tamilian God’s little acre, and the majority of the rest of the population are emotionally charged and attached to one unitary state wanting to live in harmony with their neighbour of any ethnic group, as they have done so for hundreds of years. And the country’s human and cultural history goes back to over 2,600 years and the majority of its peoples will not accept the dilution of that fact by internal or external interfering meddlers and injected into the new Constitution.
My crystal ball reading of the present ground realities in the North and East of the island predicts a future of volatility and a fear of a copycat repeat of the possible horrors of the Indian partition of August 1947 of death, torture and rape after the expected newly created mono-ethnic fascist, racist, Tamil State, Eelam, in the North and East of the island, and a forced migration of Tamil people going up North and other non-Tamils coming down South. The international Sri Lanka watchers shouldn’t be naive about this eventuality, and my wish is that the US Republican foreign policy on Sri Lanka will not be the catalyst of such an unfortunate eventuality.
While I apologize to you, Governor Nikki Haley, for this lengthy brief, I sincerely hope that you will initiate at your Republican President’s deliberations on Sri Lanka to drop the war crime allegation of its armed forces and bring an end to the persistent meddling by the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Sri Lanka.
This allegation has no currency when the end result at the culmination of a 30-year long bloody separatist war, the Sri Lankan Armed Forces gave back the 21 million Sri Lankan peoples their paramount treasured human right, their right-to-life, which was hi-jacked for 30 long years under the very open eyes of the world by the Tamil Tiger terrorists.
And by 19th May 2009, the Sri Lankan Armed forces rescued 295,873 Tamils from the clutches of the Tamil Tigers who used them as a human shield herding them like unwashed cattle from the west coast to the east coast for 30 months under the scorching Jaffna sun. And the soldiers and the Sinhalese people prepared a million meals a day of hearty breakfasts, lunches and dinners to feed these rescued Tamil refugees sheltered in temporary camps.
These facts have been deliberately ignored by the Human Rights in Sri Lanka watchers, and thus expose their humbug when they charge Sri Lankan Armed Forces as violators of human rights, And that Governor Nikki Haley is the unholy bottom line of this nasty, unnecessary Tamil separatist war and the charge of Human Rights violations by the Sri Lankan armed forces during the last few months of the Tamil separatist war.
I will hail the Republicans for their honesty, if you Governor Nikki Haley, chalk in the culmination of the 30-year long Tamil separatist war on 19th May, 2009, which was aided and abetted by India, UK, US, Norway, Canada and a few other countries, as the first triumph of a nation winning militarily against terrorism almost single handed. And that too against the most ruthless terrorist outfit in the world, the only outfit that had a ground infantry, a sea-wing and an air-wing, and the terrorist group that perfected the suicide pack for suicide bombing.
Governor Nikki Haley, I wish you well and strength to be the most honest and successful US Ambassador to the United Nation there ever was, there is, and there ever will be.
Asoka Weerasinghe (Mr,)