Why the US resolution must be defeated
Wednesday, 14 March 2012 - 11:17 AM SL Time
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The US is determined to go ahead with its resolution on Sri Lanka at the UNHRC and all signs are that a showdown is inevitable. What is unfolding in Geneva is a diplomatic badger hunt with the mastiffs of neo-imperialism on the rampage. Smarting from an ignominious defeat at the UNICEF in Paris last year at the hands of Palestine, the Obama administration cannot afford to lose in Geneva against a small nation. It will, therefore, go the whole hog to secure the passage of its resolution, come what may. Sri Lanka is equally determined to defeat the resolution which is a Trojan horse.
On the face of it, the US resolution may look harmless. But, looks are deceptive! The 2002 Ceasefire Agreement, too, had an innocent look about it. But, it not only paved the way for the internationalisation of Sri Lanka`s internal problem but also enabled the LTTE to gain international legitimacy and establish a de facto separate state. It also helped the US, the EU and Norway have a strong presence in this region on the pretext of resolving Sri Lanka`s conflict.
Those longing to get rid of the incumbent Rajapaksa regime are apparently deriving some perverse pleasure from its predicament in Geneva. If they think the US resolution is against the government and not the country, they are mistaken. Should the US and its allies succeed in their endeavour, the ultimate winner would be the LTTE, which is now trying to achieve its goal diplomatically.
One`s opposition to the US resolution should not be confused with one`s antipathy towards the US or the West or one`s love for the Rajapaksa regime. Deputy UNP leader Sajith Premadasa is no Rajapaksa fan, as is well known, but he has rightly condemned the US move. He deserves praise!
That the US is not genuinely interested in protecting human rights is patently clear from its human rights track record. Having torpedoed a UN report (better known as the Goldstone Report) on alleged war crimes committed by Israel against Palestinians, it is backing the rulers of Bahrain, who are violently suppressing democratic dissent. In 1986, when Saddam Hussein was in its good books, the US voted against a UN Security Council move to condemn Iraq for chemical attacks on Iranian troops a savage war crime.
As for the US war crimes, nothing is more revealing than what US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said on May 12, 1996 in answer to a CBS television query on civilian deaths in Iraq:
Lesley Stahl of CBS: We have heard that half a million children have died [in Iraq]. I mean that`s more than died in Hiroshima. And, you know, is the price worth it?
Albright: I think this is a very hard choice, but the price, we think the price is worth it.
Former Head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Nobel Laureate, Mohamed ElBaradei, in his book, Age of Deception, Nuclear Diplomacy in Treacherous Times, highlights blatant war crimes the US-led forces have committed in Iraq. He says, `Estimates have ranged as high as eight hundred thousand Iraqi deaths during the first three years of the war. This does not count the millions maimed or wounded, or the millions displaced from their homes and stripped of their livelihoods.` He asks: `Should the United Nations request an opinion from the International Court of Justice as to the legality of the Iraq War? If the answer is that the war was in fact illegal--and moreover, if consideration is given to the massive civilian casualties incurred--should not the International Criminal Court investigate whether this constitutes a `war crime` and determine who is accountable? Should Iraq request reparations at the International Court of Justice, or another forum, for the damages incurred during a war launched in violation of international law and on the basis of falsehoods?`
So much for the US and its concern for human rights violations!
It is being argued in some quarters that the US resolution is only aimed at pressuring the Rajapaksa government to implement the LLRC recommendations. That is a brilliant feint. America`s real intention is to set up a mechanism similar to the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission by assigning a supervisory role to the UNHRC packed with LTTE sympathisers. Given half a chance, they and their western masters will turn the process of implementing LLRC recommendations into a war crimes probe. How the western powers abused a UN resolution to bomb Libya and arm the anti-Gaddafi rebels to effect a regime change in that country is a case in point.
Sri Lanka must oppose the US resolution with might and main. It deserves the help of other nations to defeat the US move fraught with the danger of bringing about a very bad precedent.
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| 16 Mar 2012 21:09:29 GMT Report for Abuse
|Gadafi was a criminal dictator
to excuse this as US thing is BS
disrespectful to dismiss the normal sons of those countries for shedding bigot dictators
uprising from Tunisia, Egypt and Libya had Arab league endorsement for US/EU
US give arms, also Russia gives, China gave us, we gave Tigers 89-91 (fight Indians)
Investigations needed for all, Russia/China will veto in our favor
We cant however escape the fact that we were happy to rescue just 70 000 as this was the image presented
More had died from starvation and injuries, here Tigers fattening up argument dont stand
This one, nudism our unique thing, also complicated as our own countrymen, not any foreign like what the US is up to, like our fellows (JRs relative) tearing ear rings from our queens ears
Killing also there is a way to kill and who to kill
But the normal people were led astray and the disciplined soldiers are not guilty as they carried out orders diligently
It is the racist bigots at the top, the criminal family that should be held responsible, not resolution or army investigation
these fellows should be tried and not any other
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| 16 Mar 2012 23:21:57 GMT Report for Abuse
With the 70 000 plan dismissing UN/Red-Cross 300 000+ estimate as Tiger stuff, your talking of a genocide plan of three fourths of that Vani population !
Similarly, now dismissing Tamil grievance, right to equal rights as Tiger diplomatic plan
Not alowed to live witout army, not even allowed to sing our (not different) anthem, so what of the LLRC
These racist bigots took us for a ride, tarnished our image and now turning on their own
We are yet gulable, now trying to blame forces with investigation (neglecting now GOSL tigers) when it is these fellows who are under investigation, they responsible not security forces.
Edited By - MuddyHi - 16 Mar 2012 23:33:07 GMT
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| 17 Mar 2012 02:56:37 GMT Report for Abuse
|The article exposes some of the criminal acts of the US. But, the Blood-soaked history of the US, internationally speaking, began with WW11 with nuking Hiroshima and Nagasaki and 21 countries have come under brutal US bombing.
China twice in 1945-46 and 1950-53
Korea 1950-53 cold bloodedly murdering nearly 3 million innocents
Guatemala in 1954, 1960, and 1967-69
Indonesia in 1958 murdering nearly a million innocents
Vietnam in 1961-73 killing almost 5 million innocents
Congo in 1964.
Laos in 1964-73 off loading 2,000,000 tons of bombs
Peru in 1965
Cambodia in 1969-70
El Salvador throughout the 1980s
Nicaragua throughout the 1980s
Lebanon in 1983-84
Grenada in 1983
Bosnia in 1985
Libya in 1986
Panama in 1989
Iraq in 1991 until today
Somalia in 1992, 1994
Sudan in 1998
Former Yugoslavia in 1999
Afghanistan in 1998, 2001 until today.
Uncle Sam is NOT through yet, with Syria and Iran next.
What business has US to bomb and blast countries far away from its shores and kill and maim millions of people?
Of course Uncle Sam's sordid record of mindless and brutal killing dates back to its beginning with heartless brutalities against the Natives of America.
Funny that the US with the MOST Blood on its hands should target Sri Lanka and the Western world should see nothing wrong.
These Christian nations have conveniently forgotten Jesus's words about who should cast the first stone.