US begins ‘Operation Monsoon’
Posted on March 4th, 2012

Written by  Patali Champika Ranawaka-Courtesy Nation 

 

US begins ‘Operation Monsoon’

 

The entire country’s attention is right now focussed on the United Nations Human Rights Council. This is due to the United State’s claim that it will bring a resolution against Sri Lanka regarding the killings that are alleged to have occurred during the war against terrorism. According to reports received thus far, among other things, the resolution will urge the setting up of a mechanism to implement recommendations made by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), the announcement of a specific timeline for the implementation of these recommendations, and obtaining professional advice from the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.
This is an extremely subtle resolution. The reason for this is that the US believes it will lose if it presented a strong resolution against Sri Lanka like what happened in June 2009. This is why the US is bringing in a resolution regarding the implementation of recommendations made by Sri Lanka’s own commission; because it knows even the Sri Lankan government cannot oppose it. In doing so, the US is slowly tying Sri Lanka in a number of knots.

Devolution of powers
The first conundrum is that it is extremely difficult for the government to implement some of the recommendations made in the LLRC report. For example, the LLRC report recommends further devolution of powers as there is an ethnic problem between the Sinhalese and Tamils in Sri Lanka. It is unclear if this means implementing the devolving power to the provincial councils (including police powers) or whether it involves going even beyond that (federalism).
Another recommendation states that the rule of law and good governance established. Another one states that the right to information must be ensured. All these recommendations are open to broad interpretations and one could interpret them as attempts to scrap the 18th Amendment or bringing back the Right to Information Bill (2003) presented by Ranil Wickramasinghe.

Thus, though it was appointed by the President of Sri Lanka, it is politically impossible to implement all recommendations made in the LLRC report. It is also impossible to implement all these recommendations in a short timeframe. Even if army officers acted outside the rules of warfare, we cannot allow them to be punished by Navi Pillay’s office. Recently, it came to light that there were credible reports that put the number of civilians killed during fighting in the Vanni at 5,633. On the one hand, this disproves the myth propagated by various foreign organisations, Tiger sympathisers, and Tamil racists that between 40,000 and 60,000 were killed in the fighting.

On the other hand, it is clear that many times that many lives were saved as a result of the defeat of terrorism. The question is whether justice will be done for the 9,878 civilians which the LLRC report says were killed by the LTTE. We must ask why Western nations don’t take action against Rudrakumaran in New York, Father Emmanuel in England, Nediyawan in Norway, and Vinayagam in France.

Harsh stance
If our war heroes, who went into battle to safeguard the country’s unity, and democratic society, are to be punished for actions taken outside their legal mandate, then such punishments should also be meted out to LTTE activists who reject both democracy and the unitary status of this nation.

Most people question as to why the US is adopting such a harsh stance regarding Sri Lanka. Some claim that then US ambassador to Sri Lanka Blake had a poor opinion of not just President Rajapaksa, but his brothers as well. They point to comments made by Blake in cables which were subsequently published by Wikileaks as evidence of this. Some claim that the LTTE served as a cat’s paw of the US to destabilise the region; that the US strengthened the organisation in order to weaken both Sri Lanka and India, and that it is finding the LTTE’s defeat difficult to swallow.

Another view holds that the US wanted the LTTE to be weakened by limited military operations, not destroyed. KP has revealed that there was a plan to transport 47 senior Tiger leaders (including Prabhakaran) and their families to Europe with US aid during the last stages of the conflict. It is speculated that the US is acting this way as Sri Lanka ignored its directives, and it fears that other smaller nations will take Sri Lanka’s lead, thus eroding its global influence.

One theory is that the US is acting out of jealousy as a small nation like Sri Lanka completely eradicated LTTE terrorism, whereas the US has still been unable to defeat the Taliban; and organisation that is even weaker than the LTTE. Some others claim the whole thing is being manipulated by LTTE elements who have many politicians in Europe and the US in their pockets.

Removing President
All of these reasons might be true. However, there is another, far deeper reason for the US’s conduct, and that is the international balance of power in the Indian Ocean.
90% of the world’s cargo is still transported along sea lanes. Europe and the US, which became industrialised during the 19th century, relied heavily on the Atlantic Ocean for their trade. In the 20th century, with the rise of the Soviet Union, China and Japan, most trade with North America was conducted along the Pacific Ocean. In the 21st century, the most powerful economic avenue in the world is the Indian Ocean, which stretches from Iran to India, and from China to Indonesia and beyond. 60% of the world’s fossil fuels and 50% of its container traffic is transported along the Indian Ocean.

In his book “Monsoon”, Robert Kaplan, an American security analyst, clearly explains how China is currently building a complicated supply network which includes a network of harbours, airports, railways, and highways which connect Iran, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Bangladesh, Myanmar, and Indonesia. Even Robert Blake alluded to the same thing sometime back. This is why Iran, Pakistan, the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Myanmar are firmly in America’s sights. When President Nasheed came to office in 2008, he adopted a pro-Western stance. However, when his pro-Western policies plunged his nation into an economic crisis, it was to China and India that he turned to for help. Both Islamists and Western embassy officials were behind protests against him. It has been reported that Western delegations that went as observers for the last SAARC summit in the Maldives gave the final push for the rebels to take on Nasheed.

The US’s next target is Syria, and Iran will come afterwards. The US’s politico-military strategy involves removing President Rajapaksa, installing a US backed puppet in his place, disrupting China’s supply network, and weakening India. After the events in Sudan and Libya, accusations are being made that the US, which is currently in the midst of an economic depression, is now launching Operation Monsoon in the Indian Ocean as China and India are not exhibiting their military might in the region.

The US is bringing forth important concepts such as human rights, democracy, and peace. They used these same concepts to go to war in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya. Those countries are currently running in red with blood. If we let this mission to become a success, the same fate might befall Sri Lanka as well.     

7 Responses to “US begins ‘Operation Monsoon’”

  1. Lorenzo Says:

    “Recently, it came to light that there were credible reports that put the number of civilians killed during fighting in the Vanni at 5,633.”

    NOWHERE it is said 5,633 CIVILIANS died. It only says 5,633 PERSONS died. They include BOTH terrorists and civilians.

  2. AnuD Says:

    This article makes lot of sense.

  3. Christie Says:

    Maldives, our smallest neighboor has comeout in support.

    Our big neighbour and biggest economic beneficiary of the island nation is dumbfounded. Our trade visible deficit with India is millions of coreros. Invisible deficit is probabaly more than that. Where does the foreign currencies in pettah and fort ends up?

    Navi Pillai’s is a Person of Indian Origin (PIO); an Indian colonial parasite from South Africa.

    Take off your coloured glasses and just look accross to see our enemy then aqnd now.

    US is just a pawn in the scheme of things.

    Let us unite and stand up to Indian imperialism and Indian colonial parasites.

    Champika has forgotten that it was India who trained and armed and provided management and strategic advice to Indian Tamil terrorist outfit.

    Champika are you aware it is Indians in the US who are behind the Democrats? If Republicans were in power things would not be exactly the same.

    Champika did US Air Force drop lentil bombs in 1987?

    It was Indian Lentil Imperialists who dropped lentil bombs.

    Are you aware it is US technology that helped us with Kafirs and Drones while Indian Radars helped Indian Tamil terrorist outfit’s bomb planes?.

    Please answer above.

  4. Ananda-USA Says:

    I agree 100% with Champika Ranawaka’s analysis in the last paragraph of this article. I have written offering the same explanations for the US’s actions before at LankaWeb.

    Christie, the Kafirs and the Drones were obtained from Israel, not the USA. I don’t think Champika has forgotten any aspects of India’s culpability in initiating, training, funding and siupporting Tamil terrorism in Sri Lanka, until they realized that the LTTE and Tamil terrorists posed a far greater danger to India’s security and integrity than a friendly undivided Sri Lanka.

  5. Lorenzo Says:

    Christie,

    You have mixed up 2 things.

    Indian colonial parasites – fully agree.

    But USA is euqally dangerous. They also have their agenda. They want to screw everyone other than their own kind. Using Obama to kill people is a fantastic yet barbairc strategy. The fool has betrayed his own people.

  6. Ananda-USA Says:

    AMAZING!, The US ASSERTS the right to kill people, even Americans, who are even CONTEMPLATING/PLOTTING attacks against the USA, without having ACTUALLY COMMITTED such attacks.

    Very LAUDABLE, I am sure. But, why is such a right DENIED Sri Lanka? Sri Lanka targeted only those who had actually joined terrorist groups, and had attacked the nation.

    Different Strokes for Different Folks?

    DOUBLE STANDARDS & PURE HYPOCRISY!

    ……………
    U.S. defends killing Americans who join al Qaeda

    By Andrew Stern
    March 05, 2012

    CHICAGO (Reuters) – The Obama administration asserted on Monday a right to kill Americans overseas who are plotting attacks against the United States, laying out specific details for the first time about a policy that critics argue violates U.S. and international law.

  7. Ananda-USA Says:

    He said the president has constitutional responsibilities to protect and defend the country.

    “Military and civilian officials must often make real-time decisions that balance the need to act, the existence of alternative options, the possibility of collateral damage, and other judgments,” Holder said.

    President Rajapaksa also had Constitutional responsibilities to protect and defend Sri Lanka. He and the SLDF had to make “real-time decisions that balance the need to act, the existence of alternative options, the possibility of collateral damage, and other judgments” just as US Presidents and US Armed Forces do, but in a MUCH MORE URGENT & COMPELLING situation WITHIN AN ACTIVE WAR ZONE with far more civilians requiring immediate rescue, and a far greater number of combatants taking part than the US counterparts had to deal with.

    Why are these parallels ignored, as the US castigates Sri Lanka at the UNHCR adopting a holier-than-thou, we-can-do-better attitude. As I said before, it is PURE HYPOCRISY and DOUBLE STANDARDS.

    The MIGHTY is BULLYING the WEAK plying their global agendas. Different Strokes for Different Folks!

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