Posted on June 4th, 2009

L. Jayasooriya

Sri Lanka understands with relief that the term of the American Ambassador Robert O Blake has ended and that he has been promoted most probably on the recommendation of Hillary Clinton who is exactly on the same wave length as him. We only regret that he has not been put in charge of Russia, China, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and the various states in that area to put them all in order as required by America. Why was he denied this chance?

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ Now we have a new ambassador by the name of Ms. Patricia Butenis about whom we have been told at length in a comprehensive article titled “Caution Sri Lanka: New US Ambassador Patricia Butenis – a meddler in internal affairs”, published in the reputed Asian Tribune website on 2009-05-30 by Daya Gamage. After the experience we had with Blake and the fact that America wanted to save the LTTE and failed and with the much changed ground situation after the elimination of the LTTE the activities of every American ambassador from now on will be watched. In India too the appointment of Mr. Peter Burleigh on a third tour after taking him out of retirement will cause some suspicions because Mr. Burleigh according to the Asian Tribune has been a CIA operative. Why take a man out of retirement unless there is no other suitable person?

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ The article in the Asian Tribune reveals a great deal about your activities, Ms. Butenis, mostly in Muslim countries. There is no indication that you have had experience dealing with Hindus like your predecessor Blake who was in New Delhi and was wise enough not to meddle in the internal affairs of India. If he did he wouldn’t have lasted there a day longer.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ He had the audacity and the courage to advise us to follow the lead of men like Tissa Vitarana and Ranil Wickraasinghe and has said many things against us to the press but he has never had the courage to reply when challenged. That does not display diplomacy. He was displaying his contempt to the host nation. When things were going bad for the LTTE he even went to Chennai and whipped up South Indian hatred against our government. During his entire stay here he has generated so much of hate against America that no other ambassador has been able to do. That is the way he served his country. I will take seven decades for that hate to go away unless it enters schoolbooks. Our president did not sack him the way that Mugabe and Chavez sacked their American ambassadors because the biter response from America at a time when we were weak and were concentrating on finishing off with the LTTE would have added to our problems.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ Now that we have exterminated the LTTE that had the backing of America for three decades as has been clearly demonstrated and have discovered new friends at the UNHRC the environment has changed completely. That probably was the reason why Robert Blake was promoted to a higher appointment to avoid the fate that befell the ambassadors who interfered with Mugabe and Chavez. Blake will never be posted here again because our government will not approve his posting.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ Robert Blake visited Buddhist temples twice on his own and exchanged gifts. That was not a part of his duties unless he has been officially invited for a function. It is now clear that he went there to add “Buddhist experience” to his bio data similar to what Sarah Palin did when she wanted to add diplomatic experience to counter Hillary Clinton during the presidential debates. That was a real laugh.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ Buddhists for whom there is no God and no Soul are the most tolerant and most forgiving in this world. They never harbour grudges. Even the terrorist leader Prabakaran has gone on record to say that a Sinhalese man will forget everything in two weeks. Unlike Blake if you were to associate with genuine Buddhists who constitute 70% of the nation and all others without joining the traitors to de-stabilize the government you will have a pleasant stay in our country and you will find peace and tranquillity of mind during the tenure of your office..

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ L. Jayasooriya

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