KANGAROO COURT of DR BAN KI MOON
Posted on March 25th, 2010

By DR M D P DISSANAYAKE

Sri Lankans inherit tolerance from Buddhist philosophy.  At times the tolerance is interpreted as a sign of weakness.  When President Mahinda Rajapakse assumed the presidency, his objective was  to bring about a negotiated settlement with Prabhakaran. During 2004 Presidential Elections, Prabha prevented tamils in  north and east of participating in the elections.  As Prabha has already made  a deal with Ranil Wickremasinghe by signing a Cease Fire Agreement, Prabha  preferred MR to be the President than RW, thinking MR is a weak leader whereby he could achieve his ultimate aim of setting up Eelam.

 President MR initially worked extremely hard to conduct series of negotiations with the LTTE top brass. After protracted delays by the LTTE and late Anton Balasingham,  Prabha finally agreed for negotiations provided that they are conducted in overseas destinations.  The President agreed.  Then Prabha wanted Erik Solheim of Norway as their Chief Negotiator.  The President agreed.     Then Prabha requested that LTTE negotiating team will attend talks if the overseas destination is Geneva and not Thailand.   The President agreed.   Then Prabha wanted his team to fly to Geneva, but will fly from Vanni to the capital of Maldives, Male, by seaplane and get a connecting regular flight from Male to Geneva. The President agreed and provided logistic support.

 As the negotiations were about to commence, LTTE carried out massive terrorists attacks in key locations, killing innocent civilians and destroying properties.  Yet the President still wanted to continue  negotiations process.     The general public was extremely angry with the President MR at that time for not showing courage and leadership.

 When the negotiations were resumed, LTTE objected to the composition of government negotiating team and left the meeting abruptly and returned to Vanni.  President MR changed the composition of the team to satisfy LTTE and   still wanted  to negotiate despite continued breach of CFA by LTTE.  LTTE repeatedly postponed several meetings with utmost disrespect to the government of Sri Lanka.  Then President MR suddenly revoked the CFA, sending shock waves, but signaling the end of tolerance. From there onwards, the President fought the war to the end, giving a stunning victory against world’s worst terrorist outfit.  Our President has achieved what George Bush, Tony Blair, John  Howard, Obama, Gordon Brown, Kevin Rudd could not achieve thus far.   President MR has shown in very clear terms that he is not a weak leader, in fact he has now  placed  himself in a strong position as one of the best and  strongest leaders of the world.

 The President’s next challenger is Dr Ban Ki Moon (BKM), the UN Secretary General.  Compared with the President MR,  the  BKM  is a very weak leader. He went to Burma to get the release of Aung San Suu Kyi, but the military government showed him the exit gate and BKM returned empty handed.   He campaigned  for Climate Change at the Copenhagen, but succumbed to his master’s resistance for any meaningful legally binding action. His negotiation efforts with Iran, Iraq, Israel  are in shambles.   He gave blessings to American  resolution at the UN Human Rights commission against Sri Lanka, which failed miserably.

 On 13 October 2006 when BMK became the new UNSG, taking over from Kofi Annan, BMK made a very colourful speech to the assembly.  In his final note he said: “In too many places could I feel the dismay over the inaction of the UN, or action that was too little or came too late.  I am determined to dispel the disillusionment”.

 If BMK wish make his mark and keep to the commitments he made during the inaugural speech, there is no other place better than Iraq War.  In September 2004, UN Secretary General at that time Mr Kofi Annan said “from our point of view and the United Nations Charter point of view, the Iraq war was illegal.“   Dr  Ban Ki Moon, what have you done so far to take actions against those culprits who illegally invaded a foreign country and killed its leader, innocent people, destroyed revenue earning major oil wells and infrastructure?  Is this the way you keep your commitment of “I feel the dismay over the inaction of the UN, or action that was too little or came too late.  I am determined to dispel the disillusionment”?.   Kofi Annan was a courageous Secretary General, not a gutless, spineless American Puppet, to make that statement at an extremely heated moment.

 The United Nations charter has authority to expel a member nation, but it has no provision for a member nation to voluntarily withdraw from its membership.  Despite its governing rules, in 1965, courageous first President Sukarno of Indonesia withdrew its membership from the UN, protesting Malaysia’s membership in the UN, and thus became the first country to leave UN even for a brief period. UN learnt its first lesson from an Asian leader.

 As a consequence of  BKM’s  repeated interference into the internal affairs of Sri Lanka, it is probable  that  His Excellency President Mahinda Rajapakse’s  tolerance has  almost reached its limits.

 By and large, the President Mahinda Rajapakse will be in power for the next 6 years.  United Nations or other western enemies of Sri Lanka have no option but to come to terms  with this courageous new leader and his 21 million strong  patriotic people,  even beyond next 6 years. 

Sri Lankans inherit tolerance from Buddhist philosophy.  At times the tolerance is interpreted as a sign of weakness.  When President Mahinda Rajapakse assumed the presidency, his objective was  to bring about a negotiated settlement with Prabhakaran. During 2004 Presidential Elections, Prabha prevented tamils in  north and east of participating in the elections.  As Prabha has already made  a deal with Ranil Wickremasinghe by signing a Cease Fire Agreement, Prabha  preferred MR to be the President than RW, thinking MR is a weak leader whereby he could achieve his ultimate aim of setting up Eelam.

 

President MR initially worked extremely hard to conduct series of negotiations with the LTTE top brass. After protracted delays by the LTTE and late Anton Balasingham,  Prabha finally agreed for negotiations provided that they are conducted in overseas destinations.  The President agreed.  Then Prabha wanted Erik Solheim of Norway as their Chief Negotiator.  The President agreed.     Then Prabha requested that LTTE negotiating team will attend talks if the overseas destination is Geneva and not Thailand.   The President agreed.   Then Prabha wanted his team to fly to Geneva, but will fly from Vanni to the capital of Maldives, Male, by seaplane and get a connecting regular flight from Male to Geneva. The President agreed and provided logistic support.

 

As the negotiations were about to commence, LTTE carried out massive terrorists attacks in key locations, killing innocent civilians and destroying properties.  Yet the President still wanted to continue  negotiations process.     The general public was extremely angry with the President MR at that time for not showing courage and leadership.

 

When the negotiations were resumed, LTTE objected to the composition of government negotiating team and left the meeting abruptly and returned to Vanni.  President MR changed the composition of the team to satisfy LTTE and   still wanted  to negotiate despite continued breach of CFA by LTTE.  LTTE repeatedly postponed several meetings with utmost disrespect to the government of Sri Lanka.  Then President MR suddenly revoked the CFA, sending shock waves, but signaling the end of tolerance. From there onwards, the President fought the war to the end, giving a stunning victory against world’s worst terrorist outfit.  Our President has achieved what George Bush, Tony Blair, John  Howard, Obama, Gordon Brown, Kevin Rudd could not achieve thus far.   President MR has shown in very clear terms that he is not a weak leader, in fact he has now  placed  himself in a strong position as one of the best and  strongest leaders of the world.

 

The President’s next challenger is Dr Ban Ki Moon (BKM), the UN Secretary General.  Compared with the President MR,  the  BKM  is a very weak leader. He went to Burma to get the release of Aung San Suu Kyi, but the military government showed him the exit gate and BKM returned empty handed.   He campaigned  for Climate Change at the Copenhagen, but succumbed to his master’s resistance for any meaningful legally binding action. His negotiation efforts with Iran, Iraq, Israel  are in shambles.   He gave blessings to American  resolution at the UN Human Rights commission against Sri Lanka, which failed miserably.

 

On 13 October 2006 when BMK became the new UNSG, taking over from Kofi Annan, BMK made a very colourful speech to the assembly.  In his final note he said: “In too many places could I feel the dismay over the inaction of the UN, or action that was too little or came too late.  I am determined to dispel the disillusionment”.

 

If BMK wish make his mark and keep to the commitments he made during the inaugural speech, there is no other place better than Iraq War.  In September 2004, UN Secretary General at that time Mr Kofi Annan said “from our point of view and the United Nations Charter point of view, the Iraq war was illegal.“   Dr  Ban Ki Moon, what have you done so far to take actions against those culprits who illegally invaded a foreign country and killed its leader, innocent people, destroyed revenue earning major oil wells and infrastructure?  Is this the way you keep your commitment of “I feel the dismay over the inaction of the UN, or action that was too little or came too late.  I am determined to dispel the disillusionment”?.   Kofi Annan was a courageous Secretary General, not a gutless, spineless American Puppet, to make that statement at an extremely heated moment.

 

The United Nations charter has authority to expel a member nation, but it has no provision for a member nation to voluntarily withdraw from its membership.  Despite its governing rules, in 1965, courageous first President Sukarno of Indonesia withdrew its membership from the UN, protesting Malaysia’s membership in the UN, and thus became the first country to leave UN even for a brief period. UN learnt its first lesson from an Asian leader.

 

As a consequence of  BKM’s  repeated interference into the internal affairs of Sri Lanka, it is probable  that  His Excellency President Mahinda Rajapakse’s  tolerance has  almost reached its limits.

 

By and large, the President Mahinda Rajapakse will be in power for the next 6 years.  United Nations or other western enemies of Sri Lanka have no option but to come to terms  with this courageous new leader and his 21 million strong  patriotic people,  even beyond next 6 years.

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