Helping Sri Lanka’s New Democracy
Posted on February 1st, 2015

Ira de Silva London, Canada

The Editor
New York Times
New York,N.Y.

Dear Sir:

I am writing to you regarding this disgusting exhibition of U.S. ignorance, arrogance and hypocrisy.

To write of Sri Lanka’s “new democracy” shows how ignorant the writer and your paper is regarding Sri Lanka. It is a country that has had democracy for sixty years and the country has an educated electorate which takes it’s responsibility to vote seriously, which is more than can be said of the U.S. The percentage that voted in the last election was over 80%. You are aware of the low voter  participation at your elections, which indicates that though the U.S. preaches democracy in other countries even if it means killing people and destroying them for purely selfish U.S. political gain, democracy is very much more present in Sri Lanka than in the U.S.

U.S. ignorance and arrogance is personified in the picture accompanying this article. The U.S. has various “rituals” as to how to treat your own flag and will not hesitate to bomb, murder and otherwise attack other countries if the U.S. flag is considered to have been desecrated because it is a symbol of the United States. This picture shows complete disregard for another country’s flag. If the U.S. flag is a symbol of the U.S. so are the flags of other nations to the citizens of those countries. The fact that you have chosen to publish this disgusting picture merely illustrates your low mentality and an appalling ignorance.

Regarding “war crimes” and prosecuting perpetrators, while there is agreement that such people should be brought to justice, it would be better if you would champion prosecution of those in the United States who have committed  such crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan for which there is ample documented proof and confirmed in the recently published U.S. Senate report, before calling for action in other countries on mere allegations. This is the embodiment of U.S. hypocrisy, to commit war crimes without any accountability but not hesitate to condemn other countries without any proof.

Sri Lanka is capable of looking after it’s own matters and the U.S. would do well to stay out of attempting to interfere in the internal matters of Sri Lanka until and unless it sets it’s own house in order. The people of Sri Lanka are well aware of the destabilization promoted by the U.S. in the name helping democracy. As Sri Lanka has a well established working democracy, it does not need help from the U.S. in this regard so you would be better advised to concentrate on promoting democracy in the U.S. and to educate yourself on basic principles of democracy and respect for other countries.

Yours truly,


Ira de Silva

London, Canada


5 Responses to “Helping Sri Lanka’s New Democracy”

  1. Christie Says:

    Namaste; US is just doing India’s and Indians hack work. They cannot see how impotent they are how they are being screwed by Indians and the best example is Ni Biswal or someone who is in charge of US Indian affairs. They cannot find an Anglo, African or a Hispanic to do the job. Jai Hind

  2. Christie Says:

    A copy of the email sent nyteditor
    You have recently published an article on Sri Lanka (Ceylon) by a professor about the democracy in the island. What is actually happening in Sri Lanka and other nations of the former British-Indian Empire now the Indian Empire should be analyzed with what will be the future of those Indian colonies and the effect on the world and particularly he US. Indians in the US and other Anglo countries are becoming very powerful individuals and are in a position to dictate terms to the advantage of the Indian Empire. Ms Nisha Biswal is is the best example of such people. US cannot find an Anglo Saxon, African American or a Hispanic for similar jobs. This will come back to bite the US economically and socially.

    Jai Hind

  3. Cerberus Says:

    Bravo Ira. Well said arguments to defend the honor of Sri Lanka. The new President is too busy looking for Lambos and other mud to sling against MR to notice these insults to Sri Lanka from the West. MR would have called up the US ambassador immediately and demanded an apology.

  4. Fran Diaz Says:

    Thank you, Ira, for defending the Lanka Flag.

    This cartoon is reminiscent of a cheap school yard bully in America, straddling some hapless animal. It demeans the good and mature relationship between America & Sri Lanka. America trained the soldiers of Lanka to fight LTTE terrorism.

    It is also a reflection on the poor taste of humor in the NY Times, and does not present a blot on the rest of America or Americans in general. The NY Times alone should bear the burden of shame for this sicko cartoon.

    It is rather silly to publish a bad taste cartoon on Lanka as most Americans have no idea about the politics of Sri Lanka.
    Generally, they do not even know the location of Lanka on the world map. There is some vague knowledge that Lanka was
    plagues with terrorism over a long period.

    However, the State Dept. of USA should tender an apology to Sri Lanka for the bad taste this cartoon leaves behind in people all over the world who care about human life and world peace.

  5. Nimal Says:

    Ira I agree with you on double standards of US and that doesn’t mean the gosl could violate the international conventions that are there to protect the humble people. Two wrongs can’t make it right.
    You live in London they try and befriend a policeman if you can then you will find out they agree with me.They will say that no country has a right to commit war crimes.They too will not agree with US.

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