Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . Canada
27 April 2013
Paul Dewar, MP (NDP Member of Parliament for Ottawa Centre)
Rathika Sitsabaiesan, MP (NDP Member of Parliament for Scarborough-Rouge River)
House of Commons, Ottawa
cc. Mr. Kamlesh Sharma, Secretary-General, The Commonwealth, Marlborough House, London, UK
Dear Paul and Rathika:
Re: NDP launching a national campaign to boycott Commonwealth Summit in Colombo
I was intrigued to read that you two have ganged together to launch an NDP campaign to boycott Sri Lanka”‘s Commonwealth Meeting.
The Press Release said that you two “…”have launched a national campaign to pressure the Conservatives to fully boycott the Commonwealth meetings in Sri Lanka unless an independent and international investigation into alleged war crimes are accepted by the government of that country.”‚
Before I come out with my spiel to tell you two that you two have no moral right as Canadians to seek a fully boycott of the Commonwealth Meeting, as we Canadians were part of the alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka in a big way. And I want you to know that I am no Johnny-come-lately on this file as you two are.
And then what moral right do you two have when the UN reviews Canada”‘s records on rights about the murders of aboriginal women. This is no flippant comment as it is the Netherlands, the UK, Slovenia, Sweden and Mexico that have submitted written questions in advance of Canada”‘s Universal Periodic Review before the UN Human Rights Council of Geneva. Well Rathika, you should be ashamed of yourself not being concerned about our treatment of members of your gender in the aboriginal communities. And dear Paul Dewar, you as a parliamentarian should hang your head down in shame. Don”‘t you two find it strange and out of sync concerned about Sri Lanka when human rights violations are happening in our First National communities under our very eyes?
*Paul, I was on this Sri Lanka file since 4 August 1983, when I went on national TV on the 6 o”‘clock national news with another Sinhalese, another Asoka from Chalk River, to tell the flip side of the story that the Tamils had been spewing and spitting at us Sinhalese since 25th July. I have been on this file ever since day in and day out for almost 30 long years, and perhaps a thorn in the flesh of the supporters of Tamil Tiger terrorists, like your partner in crime, Rathika.
*Paul, I was the one as Chairperson of Project Peace for a United Sri Lanka who met your dear Mum, Marion, at her office on Metcalf Street when she was the President of the NDP to complaint about your NDP MPs, Ernie Epp and Michael Cassidy for speaking Tommy-rot on Sri Lanka supporting the Tamil cause during Question Period. Let me tell you Paul, your dear Mum gave me a good and a sincere hearing, and after seeing the photographs of the Tamil Tiger massacres of the Sinhalese, especially those of the meditating Buddhists under the Holy Tree at Anuradhapura her eyes were well with tears. The Tamil Tigers drove down in trucks and shot and killed 120 unarmed Buddhist devotees who were meditating and wounded 85 others on 14 May 1985.
Before I left she pulled me towards her, planted a kiss on my bearded cheek and said, “…”Keep up the good work and I promise that I will see what I can do with Ernie and Michael”‚. Both of them went silent in the House after that, and I had a long correspondence with Ernie and finally he was embarrassed enough to tell me in Ed Broadbent”‘s office on the Hill, that he was sorry for trying to be a cocky MP who pretended that he knew of the Tamil issue when he knew very little about it.
*Paul I was the one with the beard who presented myself on 30 March 2009 to the Parliament”‘s Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development chaired by MP Kevin Sorenson, and you were part of that Committee, and you asked me: “…”What is your take of what Sri Lanka”‘s Prime Minister had said that the Government”‘s war with the Tamil Tigers is a Humanitarian War?”‚
My response was, “…”I would go further than that by saying that it is not only a Humanitarian War it is also a Liberation War, trying to liberate the 300,000 Tamil civilians who are being held by the Tamil Tigers as a human shield.”‚
Your come back was: “…”I know where you are coming from but I don”‘t agree with you”‚, and you got up with a huff and you walked out of the meeting and you never came back. Remember?
*You might wonder how I ended up in Ottawa that long ago, and the reason why I got involved in this Sri Lanka-Eelam War file and stay on course for 30 long years.
In 1970, when the National Museum of Canada were searching for a liberal scientist to Head the Thematic Research Section of the Design & Display Division for the renovation of the Victoria Memorial Museum on Argyle Street to complete 15 brand new exhibition halls they head-hunted and found that I fitted their requirement and invited me to come over from London, England.
When you as a 11-year old visited the National Museum of Natural Sciences and the Museum of Man in October 1974, you were reading the texts on wall panels of the Dinosaur Hall (Life through the Ages) which I wrote, and you heard the long poem Trail of Mankind which was piped through the ceiling of the Museum of Man”‘s Orientation Hall was my poem which was used as the storyline for that hall.
And as to how I got involved in the Sri Lanka-Eelam War file in 1983, – that was easy. When the Canadian-Sri Lankan-Tamils were lying through their teeth and spitting at the Sinhalese Buddhists, they were also spitting at me as I am a Sri Lankan-Canadian Sinhalese Buddhist. If they were going to speak of me, then I wanted them to tell the truth and nothing but the truth if not I was going to open up and tell the Canadians the truth.
So I did Paul. Do you know what? More than 200 letters to the editor of newspapers had appeared from St.John”‘s in Newfoundland to Vancouver in British Columbia and not a single letter was challenged by these Rathika-Tamils. They were smart. They knew that I knew the facts and if they had challenged that they would have opened a window for me to prove that they are a bunch of liars one more time.
But they, however, did challenge me in a cowardly way as a bunch of gutless, spineless nincompoops, who threatened me on the phone that they would blow me off this earth by blowing off my face. And they threatened to blow up the 15 storey Centennial Building at 200 Kent Street as I was working for DFO Communications on 9 June 1987 and there was a major security concern in Ottawa that day.. If you wish to know details I will speak to you confidentially in the presence of you partner in crime, Rathika. Get back to me.
Paul in your press release you said “…”I invite all Canadians to join our campaign and pressure the Conservatives to fully boycott the upcoming Commonwealth meeting hosted by Sri Lanka, unless that government allows an independent investigation into allegations of war crimes.”‚
I tell you what Paul and Rathika, I will be the first Sinhalese-Canadian to accept your invitation on one condition. That you two be honest enough to add these words to that request. “…””‚¦.unless that government allows an independent investigation into allegations of war crimes and also investigate those persons and countries that aided and abetted the alleged war crimes to happen by supporting the Tamil Tigers.”‚
Let”‘s throw the net afar a field reaching places like India, Norway, UK, Germany, and France and close to home, Canada.
*I said close to home because the Canadian Government under the leadership of Jean Chretien and Paul Martin let the Tamil Diaspora collect 2 million dollars a month for 13 years to stuff the Tamil Tiger war chest to buy sophisticated war weapons to kill my Sinhalese people;
*I said close to home because the Tamils cut cheques from Vancouver bank accounts to purchase 60 tons of RDX and TNT explosives from the Rubezone Chemical plant in the Ukaraine. A sum of $990,987 was wired from the bank account of one B. Thambirajah from his bank account in a Vancouver Bank to a Tamil Tiger procurement account overseas to purchase the above consignment of explosives in 1994. This was part of the $7.5 million that was sent to Ukraine for that purchase.
It were these explosives in a truck bomb that brought down the Central Bank Building in the Fort in Colombo on 31 January 1996, killing 114 and maiming for life 1,338 others.
*I said close to home because the Liberals, Paul Martin (Finance Minister), Maria Minna (CIDA Minister) and several back benchers like Jim Karygiannis attended a $60-a-plate fund raiser in Toronto on May 6, 2000, for the Tamil Tigers, organized by the Federation of Associations of Canadian Tamils (FACT). Paul Martin was the chief guest of honour. So they aided and abetted the war crimes in Sri Lanka. FACT had been identified by the US State Department in its annual list of terrorists groups as “…”front organizations”‚ for the Tamil Tigers. Let”‘s rein in these Canadian parliamentarians for aiding and abetting the alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka, as they are not lily-white and haul them to an International War Crimes court;
*I said close to home because there is information that Manivannan Karunananthaswamy, World Tamil Movement (WTM) leader in Montreal, presented the TRO (Tamil Rehabilitation Organization) with a letter which was sent from Manivannan Veerakulasingham (aka V. Castro), leader of the Tamil Tiger International Secretariat, stating that the TRO in Canada should collect money from non-Tamil people only as it is the responsibility of the WTM to collect money from Tamils. Let”‘s find out whether it did happen, if it did who was involved in collecting the funds to aid and abet the Tamil Tiger war crimes in Sri Lanka.
Paul and Rathika, there are oodles of other incidents that happened in Canada which make you hold the buckets for the aiders and abettors of these alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka. Without casting the net far and wide across Canada, you have no moral right to be selective and campaign to boycott Sri Lanka”‘s Commonwealth Meeting.
With such piffle from you two, who are on the way to get embarrassed, if I were you would keep your hands off Sri Lanka. And as for you Rathika, you have better things to do in your constituency like looking after the interest of your seniors without trying to nail Sri Lanka to the wall.
By right you should go on your knees in front of Lord Siva with your palms together thanking Sri Lanka for liberating 295,873 of your Tamils from the clutches of your ruthless Tamil Tigers who were eliminated by Sri Lanka”‘s armed forces on 19 May 2009.
Both of you seem to be disingenuous politicians. Rathika, what you have not told your partner in crime is that when you were brought over to Canada when you were 5-years old, that it was not because of discrimination, which you wouldn”‘t have understood even if the words -D I S C R I M I N A T I O N was parachuted down to you from heaven on Babi dolls, but it was because you happened to be a prime candidate to be kidnapped by the Tamil Tigers and brain washed and trained to become a suicide bomber. Of the 388 suicide bombings that the Tamil Tigers executed over half of the bombs were young Tamil Tigeresses. And, of course, according to UNICEF there were over 5,700 child soldiers and you may have been one among them. And the Human Rights Watch (HWR) says there were over 21,000 of child soldiers. So stop going around town saying that you came over because you were discriminated as you knew it was not so even though you were a Babi-doll hugging kid playing hop-scotch in the hot sun under a mango tree.
So Paul and Rathika, let me know whether you are prepared to accommodate my suggestion to re-write that clause to include the possible aiders and abettors from Canada of the war crimes in Sri Lanka.
Just one more thing in passing, John Baird our Foreign Minister had said that Sri Lanka has failed in the fundamental Commonwealth values of “…”freedom, democracy, human rights, the rule of good law and good governance.”‚
This guy, I am sure is competing for the year end award of, “…”Canada”‘s Best Joker of the Year”‚. This is the guy as a Foreign Minister who hasn”‘t had the honesty and gumption to acknowledge that the Sri Lankan government had eliminated the Tamil Tigers the most ruthless terrorists in the world, who perfected the art of suicide bombing, and killed two heads of state, Rajiv Gandhi of Indian and President Premadasa of Sri Lanka, and gave back the right-to-life (the paramount human right) to 22 million of its people that had been hijacked for 27 bloody years. This guy who is not willing to acknowledge this classic text book human rights example executed by the Sri Lankan Government has no business to comment on Sri Lanka. He is one pathetic politician we have to live with.
Asoka Weerasinghe (Mr.)