Navaneetham Pillay: Fairplay
Posted on March 9th, 2010

by DEMOS, Courtesy The IslandƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ 

Navaneetham Pillay, the UN Human Rights Commissioner, has started her all too familiar, ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”War Crimes InvestigationƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ refrain once again, to coincide this time, quite ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”accidentallyƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢, with the upcoming parliamentary election. She has been going for Sri LankaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s jagular ever since the Government crushed her fond band of LTTE terrorists.It has almost become a blood feud that can be satiated only by arraigning Sri Lanka before the UN for ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”war crimesƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ aka the crushing of LTTE terrorism! She is of course egged on by notoriously pathological LTTE sympathizers like Miliband (religiously committed mouthpiece of the Tamil Diaspora) and the Vikings et al, in this relentless endeavour. Not that NP needs any encouragement by the West to pursue this vendetta as she apparently seems to have deep, impelling, Tamilian atavistic urges in her own right, to do so.Not at all happy with the round rebuff they received at the hands of the UN when they first yelled for blood,this vengeful cohort is back once again trying to intimidate and demoralize the government of Sri Lanka, on the eve of a crucial parliamentary election. To give the proposed investigation the appearance of a level playing field, NP ventures to name three countries Iran, Sri Lanka and somewhat ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”boldlyƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢, the US (where some Guantanamo prison abuses are thrown in), in regard to alleged human rights violations and war crimes.Why is there complete silence,one may quite righteously and legitimately ask,on the unspeakable atrocities committed in Iraq and Afghanistan? Why such abhorrent selectivity on the basis of differentially applied multiple standards?

In the case of SL, NP purports to take up a ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”fair positionƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ by stating that the proposed war crimes investigation will include all parties viz. the SL Armed Services as well as the LTTE terrorists. It is indeed laughable that NP has the temerity to equate a democratically elected Govt. with a ruthless band of terrorists outlawed by many Western countries themselves! And what,one may question further, are the implications of the ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”fair-minded approachƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ of this ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”ImpartialƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ Human Rights Boss, if this type of mock investigation is permitted to be held? For one thing,one can of course be certain that there will be no lack of witnesses sent by the Tamil diaspora and the INGO to volunteer ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”first-hand accountsƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ of the ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”brutal killingsƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ carried out by the Army of terrorists who came out meekly with white flags, to surrender! All this crass tosh, one can equally be sure,will be appropriately melodramatized and aired by the notorious so called Western opinion -making TV trio, the BBC, CNN and sadly by even the supposed Arab channel AlJazeera, which will all be well-orchestrated for the purpose.

The results of the investigation arrived by the Committee appointed , will obviously be a foregone conclusion.

As for the LTTE, whose known cadres are for the most part dead and gone, such a ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”necroƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ based investigation into the appalling atrocities committed by them,will have to be necessarily conducted in absentia, of the accused. The hilarious part of this sham investigation, will be the passing of the sentence and punishment on the LTTE cadres, again in absentia! What a travesty of Justice this parody of an investigation will eventually turn out to be! All this, for venting the fury of a biased few,on a democratically elected Government, for effectively crushing a ruthless band of terrorists, who were attempting to tear asunder the territorial integrity of a sovereign country.! NP has to learn the hard way that the people of this country will not be cowed down by the cheap, intimidatory tactics pursued with such obvious animus by people like herself in the UN, who will only succeed in bringing discredit and dishonour to that August Assembly. It should be re-iterated, that the entire Sri Lankan nation,will stand solidly behind the Government, in resisting such evil machinations!

Furthermore, Secretary General Ban ki-Moon, who is no Man in the Moon, should not under any circumstances,permit such incorrigibly biased functionaries like NP and a few others,make him act like one!

NP and the cohort of LTTE sympathizers should further realize that their hollow strategy to punish a sovereign democratic country for eliminating the ruthless LTTE terrorists from the land, is indeed a puerile one that will rebound on them retributively, before long. As in the earlier instance, when a similar resolution sponsored by the same vengeful band was derisively rejected by the right thinking majority of the UN membership,this time around too, it will be rejected out of hand with emphatic vehemence,by the righteous and discerning UN members

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