Moon has no evidence to hang even a cat
Posted on May 9th, 2011

H. L. D. Mahindapala

 In appointing an Advisory Panel of Experts (APE) Ban Ki-Moon, the Secretary-General, has grabbed (literally and metaphorically) the tiger’s tail: he can’t let it go because he is under pressure from the Western and Tamil lobby (represented partly by the anti-Sri Lankan Ms. Radhika Coomaraswamy within his own Cabinet) nor can he hang on to it because he knows (or should know) that he has done the wrong thing and no one has come forward so far to run with the report to the Security Council “”…” the strategic point which can implement decisions.

 Parenthetically, it must be reminded that it was Ms. Coomaraswamy who reacted like a woman scorned when she wrathfully blasted (in a private correspondence) Ambassador Dayan Jayatilleka’s speech at the UNHRC as “obnoxious”, all because the vindictive efforts of the Tamil racist lobby to denigrate and punish Sri Lanka for crushing the Tamil Tigers was defeated by an overwhelming vote (29 “”…” 12) at the UNHRC in Geneva. This is a clear reflection of her political alignment with the West to act against Sri Lanka “”…” a policy pursued by her since she joined hands with Neelan Tiruchelvam of the ICES funded mainly by the Ford Foundation of America..

 The immediate and official opposition to the UNHRC resolution came from Ms. Navi Pillay, the Human Rights Commissioner, another actor aligned to the international Tamil network of Ms. Coomaraswamy from S. Africa. Her opposition, however, prompted a severe backlash from India which at the time (May 2009) was openly and enthusiastically on the side of Sri Lanka. The Indian Ambassador to Geneva, Gopinanthan Achamkulangarie’s response to Navi Pillai was impeccable and succinct. He said: “It would be extremely unfortunate if the intergovernmental decisions adopted by the Human Rights Council were to be ignored or set aside (by) the High Commission and/or her office”¦”¦according to their convenience or in accordance with the agenda of some states, or unrepresentative or unconscionable organizations to pursue their own agenda.”

 Ambassador Achamkulangarie prophetic words are more valid today than when he uttered them in 2009. “Unrepresentative and unconscionable organizations”, handpicked by the Secretary-General from outside the UN organization, have stepped in not only “to ignore and set aside” the resolution commending Sri Lanka but also to undermine the fundamental principles on which the UN is based. Whatever powers that Moon has to appoint inquiries on his own is vitiated by the UNHRC which has already made a clear cut decision. Can the servant of the UN override the decisions of the masters? If he can will he now appoint another commission to inquire into President Obama’s shoot-to-kill order on unarmed Osama living in his home with his wives and children and grand children? Or will he appoint a commission in the NATO bombing of Gaddafi’s residence killing his children and grand children?

 India, in the meantime, seems to have backtracked from her initial position of going all out to defend the multilateral resolution passed at the UNHRC on Sri Lanka. How can India which backed the multilateral decision of UNHRC in May 2009 now go back on it and back the arbitrary decision of one-man, Ban Ki-Moon, acting without authority or legitimacy?

 The sudden volte-face of India is contrasted by the consistency of China and Russia. For instance, the other day India marched into the American Embassy with the usual suspects in the Western embassies and the NGOs when the American Ambassadress wagged her index finger and asked them to come for her tea party. Neither Russia nor China was invited obviously knowing that they will not join the West-NGO plot against Sri Lanka.  The Indian move to join America, departing from her stance in May 2009, is less due domestic considerations and more due to her new alliance with America as its “strategic partner” in the east to re-draw, if possible, the new map of Asia. This shift to the American camp (after abandoning India’s alliance with the Soviet bloc) is ominous and can pose a serious to peace in the SAARC region and the East. This is an issue that has to be dealt in depth later.

 But first, it is the next move of Ban Ki-Moon that is now awaited with bated breath. Moon has painted himself into a corner and does not now how to get out of it. He now has two reports on his desk “”…” one from his three-headed APEs which has no legs to walk on and the other from the UNHRC which has given him clear instructions on how to assist Sri Lanka to take practical steps that could lead to peace, communal harmony and progress.

 Moon’s move to appoint a three-headed APE is worse than what Kofi Annan did when he visited Sri Lanka soon after the tsunami hit Sri Lanka. It was a time when Karuna Amman had split from Prabhakaran and the internecine warfare targeting each other was raging in the east. One of the victims of this warfare was Lt. Kausalyan, a Tiger terrorist in the eastern wing of the Tamil Tigers. He was caught in the cross-fire and when his death became known to the public Kofi Annan officially offered his condolences to him — an insignificant Tiger terrorist in jungles of the east. This is like offering condolences to a Nazi lieutenant who was carrying out execution of the Jews in Europe. The death toll of the Vadukoddai War had been rising “”…” particularly the child soldiers — and the CEO of the UN, the primary guardian of human rights, condoles with a Tiger terrorist who was oppressing and massacring Tamil dissidents and their rivals in Karuna’s camp. It shows, more than his misplaced political sympathies, his utter lack of judgment and respect for human rights.

 Moon’s judgments are no better than that of his predecessor. Take the case of Moon appointing the three-headed APEs to investigate Sri Lanka. There was no necessity for it except to pander to the West and the Tamil lobby. From the day (May 27, 2009) the EU and America (West) lost UNHRC resolution A/HRC/S – 11/L 1/ REV2 to the non-West they have been plotting to punish Sri Lanka. UNHRC vote was a severe blow to the hegemony of the West which has dominated the UN and used it as a rubber stamp to endorse its international agenda. The three-head APE is a counter-move by Moon to restore the hegemony of the West which it lost at the UNHRC in May 2009.

 Besides, appointing a three-headed APE is the cheapest trick in politics. When politicians/CEOs are stuck without a handle to get what they want the cheapest methodology is to appoint a committee of either their cronies or ideological fellow-travellers, with the specific mission of getting a report that endorses their hidden agenda. Radhika Coomaraswamy did it when she wanted to nail the Sri Lankan government with accusations of recruiting child soldiers. NGOs allied to her in Colombo were cranking up this story of the government recruiting child soldiers to tar it with the same brush of Tamil Tigers who were forcibly grabbing under aged children to fight in the futile Vadukoddai War. Whom did she pick to do the job for her: Alan Rock, a Canadian politician who had close links with the Tamil Tigers in Canada? Predictably, he reported back to her saying that the Sri Lankan government too was involved in recruiting children.

 A good local example is Ranil Wickremesinghe. Each time he is stuck he appoints a committee (invariably headed by his yes-man, Bradman Weerakoon) to produce a report. He has appointed umpteen number of committee and the latest is to inquire into the Moon’s report headed again by Badman Weerakoon. (Oops, I missed “ƒ”¹…”r” again!). Being an apparatchik of Ms. Coomaraswamy and her NGO gang Badman must be waiting for instructions from her on how to save both Moon and Wickremesinghe.

So it is not surprising to find Moon appointing the APEs to get the kind of report he wants, ignoring the legally valid resolution passed by UNHRC for him to act. This arbitrary and unilateral act of Moon not only violates the international law of “consensusualism” or “voluntarism” but also undermines the underlying principle of multilateral decision-making process which is needed to revitalize the UN as a vigorous multilateral institution that recognizes the equality of all member nations rather than a  rubber stamp of Western and bureaucratic hegemonists. Radhika Coomaraswamy has been vocal champion of multi-lateralism as opposed to unilateralism, or Bushism when he decided to invade Iraq with cooked up reports. Even Alan Rock, one of her fellow-travellers in her international network, emphasized this evil of unilateralism on the eve of his departure from his position as Canada’s UN Ambassador. He told the Toronto Star: “The UN is in trouble on many fronts, we have to find a way to address the North-South gap, to encourage the big powers to abandon unilateral approaches and work collectively “”‚ that’s in the interest of everyone, including them.”

So isn’t Moon resorting to bureaucratic hegemonism by acting unilaterally without the consent of the member states? Besides, why has he decided to violate unilaterally the recognized principle of “consensualism”? Who gave him the authority to dictate terms to Sri Lanka when the will of the nations expressed in the UNHRC has clearly defined the parameters of his next course of action? Where in his job description does it say that he is superior to the will of the member states and he can act arbitrarily on his whims and fancies?

 The UN has been consistently plagued by the unilateralism of the of big powers. Now a new malaise has set in with the Secretary-General trying to usurp powers which he doesn’t have to impose his will on member states. But his knee jerk reaction has boomeranged on him. He is stuck. He has confessed that he has no power to go any further unless Sri Lanka or an inter-governmental agency initiates action. He is in a pitiful situation where he has a report without any ability to take action on it. So far no one has come out of the trenches to fight on his behalf. Consequently, he is waiting from some state, aligned to the West, or manipulated by the West, to pull him out of the hole in which he is right now.

 In any case the report he has in his hands is like the flawed one presented by Colin Powell to attack Iraq. It is now accepted without a demur that Powell’s report to the Security Council consists of fabricated evidence. It was another one of those cheap tricks of powers-that-be to convince the public that there is legitimacy to their political agenda of interfering in the domestic affairs of a sovereign state. There is hardly any difference between the APE’s report and that of Powell’s. Both are hoaxes. The other common factor in both reports is that they are designed to interfere in the domestic affairs, mainly for regime change.

 In the case of Sri Lanka “international standards” demand verifiable and testable evidence on the number of casualties. Before Moon goes to the Security Council he has to come up with a credible figure that can be accepted right across the board by the rational and reasonable elements in the international community.  But has Moon got any figures that would make him look like a truth-teller? The available statistics range from 7,000 “”…” the figure accepted by the UN “”…” to (1) 20,000 of the London Times, (2) 30,000 by the French ambassador to the UN, Gerard Araud, who is also the current President of the Security Council  (3) 40,000, according to Gordon Weiss, who is inflating his own figure of 7,000 when he was UN spokesperson in Colombo, to promote his book now on sale, (4) 50,000 according to Prof. Francis A Boyle, the leading Tamil propagandist in USA, and, last but not the least (5) “tens of thousands” of the APES.

 All these figures are given by the international community. If these figures represent “international standards” then the foreign experts adding these numbers must be airlifted to a primary class in Debarawewa to re-learn their basics in subtracting. So which of these figures will Moon accept? He can’t lift a finger on these figures. Nor can he hide behind the fictitious figure of “tens of thousands” “”…” the vague figure of his APEs without specifying what exactly is  “tens of thousands”? Is it two “tens of thousands”? Is it ten? Is it twenty? Or is it like recurring decimal that goes into eternity?

 Moon can’t take another step without fixing a definite figure because the case against Sri Lanka hangs essentially on the number of casualties. In all probability the figure, at worst, could be around 5,000 “”…” the same amount of Tamils killed by the IPKF  in north and the east within 32 months of their “humanitarian operation”. In which case, India too should be taken to an international tribunal. But on the figures available to Moon it is not possible to even hang a cat on the untested, unverified and contradictory figures presented as evidence by the “credible sources” (to quote the APEs) cited above. Sri Lankans do not have to accept bogus “international standards” that do not add up to verifiable truth. Finding a credible figure is Moon’s biggest problem. His APEs have given him heaps of alleged accusations (which are yet to be proved, according to the report) from anonymous “credible sources” but what is missing is testable, verifiable evidence. Something more precise and credible than the airy-fairy “tens of thousands”!

 Not even a village court in Timbuctoo will accept anonymous “credible sources” as hard evidence. So why should Sri Lanka accept it? This leaves all the alleged accusations up in the air like the figure of “tens of thousands”. If he can’t give the world a testable, verifiable and “credible” figure then his whole case against Sri Lanka collapses. As things stand now he has a lot of allegations but where is the evidence to prove them?

 Take the case of his representative Gordon Weiss, the former UN spokesperson in Colombo. He has admitted responsibility for his failure as a UN representative in Colombo in several interviews. More importantly he was a key player in the noxious game of fixing figures to suit his personal and political agendas. In Colombo he fixed the figure at 7,000 and after leaving his job he jacks it up to 40,000 to boost the sales of his book published in Australia. When Channel 4 of London asked him what his sources were Weiss said that he relied on two (unnamed) Tamil representatives in the Vanni. Doesn’t he know that he has cooked his own goose when he cites unnamed Tamil representatives as his source? Is Gordon, the author of a book on the war in Sri Lanka, Weiss or otherwise?

 This game of fixing figures began with Mathew Russell Lee of the Inner City Press (ICP), the press puppy who has been barking and nipping at the heels of UN officials and diplomats on Sri Lanka and other conflict zones. He has been briefed sufficiently by the local NGOs and the Tamil lobby to raise issues on Sri Lanka at UN’s press briefings.. In fact, Sanjana Hattotuwa, the garrulous loud-mouth from the Centre for Policy Alternative, went all the way to New York to back up Mathew Lee’s allegations against Sri Lanka in a radio interview. Lee first went on the offensive on March 27, 2009 when he raised the issue of the number of casualties at a UN press conference presided by Ms. Michelle Montas, the UN spokesperson for the Secretary-General. Lee was armed with a leaked UN document which fixed the figure of casualties from January 20, 2009 “”…”to March 7, 2009 in the conflict zone of Mullativu at 9,924, including 2683 death and 7241 injured. (See his video link of March 27 on Inner City Press web site.)

 Boasting about the leaked document in his possession Lee asks Ms. Muntas whether the UN has any fixed figure. She tells Lee quite bluntly that there is no way of counting the dead. She says: “No way of knowing what the exact count is?” So if the UN has no way of arriving at an accurate figure, even with their representatives on the ground, what is the figure that Moon has to go ahead with his report?  This leaves the varying figures that range from 7,000 to 50,000 somewhere up in the stratosphere and not on the ground in Sri Lanka. For instance, can Prof. Boyle of the Illinois University, Chicago, tell us how he got the figure of 50,000? Or at least tell TamilNet which is his main mouthpiece?

 The other issue that has to be factored into this calculation of numbers is also critical to arrive at an accurate figure: when two parties fire at the same target who is there to identify whose shells killed whom? The report of the APEs admits that the Tamil Tigers fired at the civilians. Tamil eyewitnesses speaking to Al Jazeera too complained that they were shelled by both sides and do not know which shells targeted the hospitals and the civilians. So if you take the figure of 40,000, purely for the sake of argument, can the APEs tell us which shells killed what amount?

 Brushing aside these elementary calculations, the APEs’ report, and the defenders of the report, puts the blame emphatically on the Sri Lankan government, ignoring that the report names three guilty parties: the UN, the Tamil Tigers and the SrI Lankan government. The common tactic is to blame selectively the Sri Lankan government, while adding just a few passing references to the Tigers. This is predictable because from the time the EU resolution was beaten at the UNHRC in May 2009 the trend has been to put Sri Lanka on the dock. In fact, the defeated EU resolution was also designed to accuse Sri Lanka of war crimes. The subsequent reports of Human Rights Watch, AI, ICG etc have followed the underlying basics of the EU resolution in targeting Sri Lanka. This was the pattern even when the counter-terrorist offensive was it its height. None of the  I/NGO commentators took into account that the Tamil Tigers were accused by the Tamil leaders of killing more Tamils than all the others put together.

 This blame game is going to be a rather chronic feature for the simple reason that it is cranked up by the Tamil expatriates. The Tamil lobby abroad has taken to the APEs report like the way Prabhakaran’s brain-washed kids took to the suicide pellets. They believe that the APE’s report is the weapon that is going to bring them their elusive Eelam. But the winds of their sails have been taken out by the Chinese and the Russians. Shortly after Sri Lanka defeated the vindictive EU resolution in Geneva the “Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Andrei Nesterenko “welcomed” Colombo’s success in “restoring control over the entire territory of the country” and liberating the civilians held hostage. Russia “supports the fight of the Sri Lankan government against terrorism and separatism and for state sovereignty and territorial integrity” and stands ready to “strengthen further its cooperation [with Sri Lanka] … both in a bilateral format and in regional and international organizations on counter-terrorism and on other themes of mutual concern”.(Asia Times “”…” May 27, 2009).

 The Chinese formula too seems to be gaining ground. Right from the start China maintained that Sri Lanka should be allowed to handle its own domestic without outside interference. The Chinese Foreign Office spokesman Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu said: “As a friendly neighbor, China has kept a close eye on how the Sri Lankan situation developed. We sincerely hope Sri Lanka will make efforts to accomplish national reconciliation, social stability and economic progress.” That stance of allowing Sri Lanka to develop its own strategies has not changed.

 The Tamil expatriates and Moon must sober up and learn that they can only go thus far and no further. More than investigating what has already occurred in Sri Lanka it is important to go beyond the dismal past into the future. The APE’s report is about the dead past. If numbers matter it can be argued that there are six charges against the Tamil Tigers in the APE’s report as opposed to five against Sri Lanka. In their obtuse way the Tamil expatriates are campaigning on the five charges not because they care for the Tamils in Sri Lanka or even human rights but because they are worried that many of them who are borderline visas will be sent back home if there is peace and stability in Sri Lanka.

 Isn’t this hypocrisy of the lowest kind? Those who believe in the future must necessarily dump the counter-productive APE’s report and actively engage in adjusting to the future demands, moving away from the violent politics unleashed by the Vadukoddai Resolution.

11 Responses to “Moon has no evidence to hang even a cat”

  1. dhane Says:

    Never ever to trust Indians.

  2. ranjit Says:

    Indians who started our problem in the beginning by creating a devil to destroy our land and divide our people and still I acnnot trust them to do anything good and be honest to our Motherland. 8% of their origin cannot have half of our country and if they love their people too much they can accomodate them in Tamil Nadu and give them their freedom and Independence they talk about. I dont think they can have a better life in India than in Sri Lanka? Our country is a heaven when you compare to India in everything.

    We are a sovereign nation and like to live unitedly and peacefully with all our citizens Sinhalese,Tamils,Muslims,Burgers and Malays although they represent only a small section of our population. India should not meddle too much in our affiars and our Goverment should not allow the Indians to open counsel generals,banks,ports,factoris and so on in the North as they do now and they might be a threat to our security later on. We dont need a sea port in the North as mentioned in the news yesterday as we have the biggest and natural sea port in Trincomalee. Beware of Indians. Not a good sign to allow Indians to come in droves. Our security at stake. Moon,Indians and our traitors in the opposition always try to find ways to tarnish our Image from the day we destroy their darling Prabakaran? Like Moon, Ranil too appoints a panel to investigate what ever against the Government and then run to India to show them his report. This is how these bunch of traitors work. We should be more careful from them than moon,Navin Pillai and the clan. The time to get all freedom loving peaceful people to rally behind our hero cum greatest President of all time his excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa. Let our enemies go to hell.

  3. andylingam Says:

    H. L. D. Mahindapala ,
    No evidence does not mean no crime commited !!!
    UN have enough evidence to hang All Three war crime players Now !
    Game already statrt now ! ( wiil be more visiters from indian to our mother lanka )
    All Three players ( LTTE Terrarist , SL Head of state, Indian Head of state) killed our 40,000 civilians will be hanged soon or later !

  4. cassandra Says:

    It may well be as HLDM has argued that “Moon has no evidence to hang even a cat”, if indeed the matter was being decided in a court of law, subject to the usual degree of proof required to establish a charge. But the fact is that parts of the overseas media, various other organizations and a number of countries have been prepared – regardless of the deficiencies HLDM has cited – to accept the contents of the report of the panel appointed by the UNSG. And these are parties who have the ability to hurt Sri Lanka.

    Another thing about the report that concerns me is its recommendation that ‘The Human Rights Council should be invited to reconsider its May 2009 Special Session Resolution (A/HRC/S-11/L.1/Rev2) regarding Sri Lanka, in light of this report’. Recommendations, by definition, are matters to be followed up. I don’t think we can be complacent in thinking that they may not indeed re-visit the matter, as recommended.

  5. samaraweera Says:

    Andylingam, Not only the LTTE terrorists, But also those who supported the terrorists, For eg., Terrorist leaders among the Tamil diaspora who funded them, the Bishops of the Catholic church who was the invisible hand behind the LTTE., the NGO’S , Balasingham’s wife who pioneered recruitment of young girls and children as combatants and so on. Andy, don’t forget that nearly 300,000 who were held as human shield ran away from the Terrorists.

    P.A.Samaraweera, Australia.

  6. andylingam Says:

    Yes, I appriciaated our brave solders liberte 300,000 people from LTTE terrorists who kept for their own shelder last 33 years !
    but our head of state is responsible for 12,000 people in account from IDP camp ?

  7. Chintha Says:

    The head of state is responsible to safeguard all citizens. The IDP camps were provided with three meals, education for children and even banks. The LTTE members were put on rehabitation and others were resettled in award winning time. SL IDP camps were much better than the camps in TN or elsewhere in the third world. There were over 50 int and local NGOs working inside them. What’s your big problem?

  8. andylingam Says:

    You only will understand if you have put in IDP camp in your own mother land !!!
    I have visited these camps in Vavuniya as orinary visiters I am not complining condition & our solders helps in these camps ( YES, 1000% better than TN camps) .

    I hope & pray !
    We happly live together in our Mother lanka as a family !!!
    Jaldevi ( from KKS) & Uththira devi ( Colombo fort) will meet at Anurathapura(m) soon………

  9. Naram Says:


    Sri Lanka is indebted to you forexposing theseshameful episodes of the NGO puppets dancing to thetune of Terrespora and other foriegn masters with theirown agenda. Andy should who ended in the IDP camps – some like Prabhakaran’s parents were illegal immigrants, who had come back to Sri Lanka to spend the happy retirement thanks to the generosity of the Government of Sri Lanka after successfully clainming refugee statusin India.

    Our friend Andy should realise thattihis was a one illuminating instance and there may be thousands of similar individuals more among those who could not prove their status. THen there were more thousands who migrated to Canada and Australia to hoodwingk the authorities with the helpof LTTE in those staes about a ‘race’ war in Sri Lanka.

    One abiding memory I have of the last stages of the LTTE was the interview an Army officer few young ladies who had surrendered.

    THey had been a school teachers drawing the salary for few years, conscripted and fighting as a LTTE cardres in fear of their lives more from theirown commanders. Of course well off diaspora living in centrally heated homes, driving cars, some with private pools as that North London GP would not mind the poorer class, often low caste Jaffna folks not getting any education or not even going to school.

  10. ranjit Says:

    Andy dont think in your dreams even to take our beloved President or any war hero to Hague. It will never happen as long as we live.Try if you can.Dont talk about how we treated your kind first think how your LTTE terrorists killed children,Buddhist Monks,Adults,Politicians even Prime Minister of India in cold blood. Your terrorists friends attacked our most revered holy place DALADA MALIGAWA and dont think we will forgive them for that in our life time. We like to live peacefully as we love peace but dont try to stir anthing again and regret later.

    All this started because of one greedy,power hungry, ungreatful person called Sarath Fonseka after he uttered the most stupid story we ever heard now we suffer for that after the well deserved victory against terror and terrorism.
    The traitors to the Motherland from any race or any religion should be eliminated before they bring desaster again to the country we love. I hope and pray peace will prevail and all citizens will help each other and live unitedly and hamonously for a better future.

  11. M.S.MUdali Says:

    Can you tell why UNP supported LTTE? Even Ranil carved out an area for the survival of the LTTE criminals!

    At UNHRC the motion against Sri Lanka was defeated with the help of India, Russia and China under the diplomatic efforts of Dr. Dayan Jayathilake. But Dayan was punished by Rajapakses for the diplomatic victory by re-calling him from Geneva.

    Sri Lankan Sinhala pandits then started double crossing silly games of Maradana Choppe! Barking at India is always a tomfollery followed by the Sinhala racists.

    Instead of being grateful to India during the war and after the war, Rajapakse administration started to show anti-Indian barkings and tried to neglect India. Now Rajapakse asks Indian help. Dont you know it?

    Barking at Tamils is always a racist game of the Sinhalese to escape the backlash of the International concerns.

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