Island editorial – April 18,2011
Posted on April 20th, 2011

Ira de Silva London, Canada

The Editor
The Island
Colombo, Sri Lanka
 
Dear Sir:
 
You have posed very pertinent questions that the U.S. and Robert Blake in particular should answer regarding their constant requirement to “investigate” what happened during the last phase of the war and the persistent use (misuse) of the word “accountability”.
 
Given that the “Moon Report” also finds the LTTE at fault, another pertinent  question to the U.S. and Blake in particular, is whether he will “investigate” and ask for “accountability” from his friends,  the office bearers and members of the transformed LTTE namely the Transnational Government located in New York, the Global Tamil Forum of the U.K. etc.  Blake should provide the answer as to why the left-over LTTE, which is a banned terrorist organization in the U.S. has regular contact with  the State Department providing input into U.S. policy.  According to the statement made by Blake after his last meeting with the Global Tamil Forum, Transnational Government etc.  he meets with them to get their views so that he can be informed. Presumably he needs to know what they need him to do on their behalf. 
 
The next meeting of the leaders of the LTTE and the State Department should be to set the guidelines, carry out  an investigation of the  LTTE during this phase (the war crimes, atrocities etc. of the LTTE during the past thirty years are well documented and could be provided as an annexure), the role played by Blake during this phase where he led the other western powers such as Norway, U.K., France to save the hierarchy of the LTTE – cables published by Wikileaks (3166 cables from Colombo to Washington) should be part of this as they would reveal Blake’s frantic efforts to save Prabhakaran and would possibly provide a clear idea of his thinking, motivation and rationale for supporting saving the leadership of the LTTE in the Vanni and an explanation of why the U.S. asked to GOSL to “pause and negotiate” with terrorists when it is the stated policy of the U.S. not to negotiate with terrorists. When Blake failed to save Prabhakaran there followed  the crusade against Sri Lanka starting with blocking the IMF loan which has the hallmarks of revenge, bullying and duplicity that is now becoming the “foreign policy” of the U.S. So that the U.N. does not feel left out, Blake should also reveal his role as well as the role of the so-called international community, which everyone knows is a collection of western countries trying to carry out colonial type domination of non-western countries, in “pressuring” the U.N. to send an envoy to Sri Lanka.  The U.N. can provide the background of those negotiations and the rationale for it’s attempt to save terrorists in violation of the founding principles of the U.N.
 
If Blake and his “international community” provide such a report and hold themselves “accountable” for their support of what they themselves called the most ruthless terrorist organization in the world it would be a start and benchmark for any investigation on Sri Lanka. Until such time as they can do that and provide answers to the questions posed in your editorial, Blake and his buddies have no right to call for investigation and accountability because the U.S., even with proof of their atrocities in other countries, does not investigate and certainly does not hold itself accountable while the UN seems to be blissfully unaware and does not even think of investigations of U.S. invasions, atrocities, indiscriminate killing of civilians and other violations of their much publicised concern of human rights  violations.
 
Yours truly,
 
Ira de Silva
London, Canada

One Response to “Island editorial – April 18,2011”

  1. douglas Says:

    Your last words in the above letter- “…UN seems to be blissfully unaware and does not even think of investigations of US invasions, atrocities, indiscriminate killings of civilians and other violations ……”.

    We all know that there is a “magic” word in English language that could be used to commit any crime and without shame say “SORRY”. What else you can do when they say “sorry”. It is time that S/L too learn it and use it whenever required.

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