Stephen Harper lashing out at Sri Lanka
Posted on October 1st, 2011

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario ., Canada

30 September 2011

 The Editor (Letters), 
 Globe & Mail,
Toronto, Ontario


What you said, “In policy shift, Stephen Harper pressures Sri Lanka on human rights” is very troubling.

See who is talking!  Amnesty International has lambasted Canada year after year for its human rights violations against its indigenous peoples and having failed to implement the recommendations of UN human rights bodies concerning the protection of Indigenous peoples rights in Canada, pointing implicitly at implementing the land rights of the Lubicon Cree, the police shooting of Dudley George, and violence against Indigenous women, so why this “We are Holier than Thou” prima donna attitude by Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Sri Lanka?

If our Prime Minister has difficulty to appreciate and acknowledge and give top marks to Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his government for giving back the “ƒ”¹…”right-to-life’ to 22 million of their peoples by eliminating the Tamil Tiger terrorists who had hijacked this most precious human right for 27 blooding years, with the help of Canada by letting the Tamil Diaspora stuff  two million dollars a month for 13 Liberal governing years to buy a lethal armoury to kill;  and the liberation of 300,000 Tamils from the clutches of the Tamil Tigers who held them as a human shield, then Stephen Harper should stay back and not attend the  Colombo’s Commonwealth summit in 2013, as that palaver would be better off without  having to deal with Canada’s hypocrisy.

The Conservative Government’s amazing volte-face is astounding as it was just a few months ago that they were whipping up public concern about the Tamil smuggling ships The Ocean Lady and Sun Sea saying that the Tamils in those ships were mainly Tamil Tiger terrorists and that we don’t want them in Canada.

If  Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Foreign Minister John Baird are accusing Sri Lanka for human rights violations to appease the Tamil vote bank in the Greater Toronto Area, then the rest of the Canadian voters should take umbrage at this  immoral turn around.  And if Canada is now trying to promote itself as a bit player in the international field in upholding  human rights, then Canada should be ashamed of itself for picking at a little pip-squeak of an island nation  stuck somewhere in the middle of the Indian Ocean that eliminated the most ruthless terrorist outfit in the world with no help from Canada, and not going after our big southern neighbour who has killed over a million  innocent Iraqis on a lie, and many thousands of innocent Afghans and Pakistani trying to eliminate another bunch of terrorists, the Talibans, who are not as ruthless as the Tamil Tigers that Sri Lanka successfully eliminated.

  This strange betrayal eroding Canadian values by lashing out at Sri Lanka unfairly, is a tectonic shift in geo-politics drawing a line between the East and the West nations as there is a show down  looming over the Commonwealth Summit in Colombo which doesn’t bode well for the glue of the Commonwealth of nations.

 This is no way to reinstate the international prowess and crown of the Pearsonian-Canada which Canada abdicated long time ago by helping the Tamil Tiger terrorists surreptitiously through the Tamil Diaspora in Canada, to haemorrhage Sri Lanka for decades and kill scores of thousands of innocent unarmed Sinhalese and Muslim peoples.

Asoka Weerasinghe

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