26 April, 2019

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All Those Shouting About War Crimes Are Not Hypocritical

By Rajiva Wijesinha –

Prof Rajiva Wijesinha

Reconciliation: Looking Forward xiv – Motivations At Geneva

Though obviously the issue of the Chief Justice’s impeachment will reverberate internationally, but it will be very sad if it is used to attack Sri Lanka in relation to very different matters. I was disappointed then that the American delegation declared that this recent development is a reason for the resolution it proposes to bring in Geneva.

There are in fact three very different issues involved. The first, and longest standing, is allegations of War Crimes, which are excessive and hypocritical. The problem is that these allegations arise from two different motivations. Neither of these relate to whether or not there were War Crimes, since the leading advocates of the charges have never cared about War Crimes perpetrated by their own favourites.

This does not mean that all those shouting about War Crimes are hypocritical and with their own agendas. There are many idealists who get carried away by emotion, and that is why we need to deal with the issue systematically, and on the basis of evidence. The blanket denials that we sometimes here do no service to anyone. I continue astonished that we have not dealt clearly with the numbers that are flung around, using statistics we possess that almost entirely support our case. But with a dysfunctional Foreign Ministry, and no coherent policy about information dissemination, we will continue to suffer – or rather the armed forces which did so much will suffer, while those reaping the fruits of their efforts will continue to swan around ineffectively, but joyfully.

The two principal proponents of the War Crimes charges are the Tiger rump, who are still pursuing their separatist dream (but using now the consequences of Tiger terrorism rather than terrorism itself) and those Western politicians who have their own agendas. Some of these want only to appease the Tigers, but we should not therefore dismiss all of them. There are some whose motives are relatively decent, though they have failed to understand that the end cannot justify the means.

I refer to those who thought that any form of pressure was acceptable so as to promote pluralism and political equity in Sri Lanka. From the relatively decent American who declared in India that they had found the perfect weapon – Sarath Fonseka – to force President Rajapaksa to move forward, to the earnest young British diplomat who said the 2009 resolution in Geneva was designed to ensure that we resettled the displaced Tamils swiftly and dealt leniently with former combatants, they have made the problem worse by being devious.

Why they cannot understand that they have only succeeded in increasing the influence in government of hardliners with very different agendas from their own is beyond me, but I have long understood there are people who are too clever by half – and they generally lurk in Foreign Ministries where they deal with relatively unimportant countries and issues, so they have a free hand (in Sri Lanka they deal with the important issues, but that is another question).

The result is that they have contributed – though it is certainly not their fault alone – to the fact that our progress towards Reconciliation has been far too slow. This is the second reason for a Resolution in Geneva, and while I sympathize with the aims of those who want us to move more swiftly, I wish they did not confuse issues. I suppose a Resolution on this subject alone would not fit within easily within the scope of the Human Rights Council, and would not rouse the emotions needed to ensure success, but I think it could be done, and I could only wish India– which in the last couple of decades always promoted pluralism in Sri Lanka whilst being tough on terrorism – would direct attention to this aspect alone. But since we have failed utterly to ensure cooperation with India in this regard, we will suffer again, and the other issues to which I have referred will continue to haunt us.

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    Forgive me Rajiva, I was taught as a child to always try and wear anothers shoes – to understand what they may have been through. Perhaps I am an idealist then as I firmly have no strings attached to the tigers (never had either) but feel very much for those INNOCENT people who were brutally targeted and murdered, for those who helplessly witnessed the atrocities and for those who are physically and emotionally scarred for lives beyond this life and have had to endure silence, ‘blanket’ dismissal of their testimonies and have sadly had no encouragement ‘to live’, caged in camps and now set free into the open but under the constant watchful eye of the military. We as Sri Lankans (& I’m not talking about the power mongrels who are simply traitors, stealing from us all for their own greedy gain), need to search ourselves as human beings and truly understand each other for repair of any kind to start.

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    Only way to control this uneducated, southern criminal family is war crime charges and UNO embargo on Sri Lanka after UNHRC in March 2013. If you have brain now leave Sri Lanka educated real people.

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    Rajiva, as a minister could not do anything constructively under his portfolio. Then he started to bring out issues against the government. Then he saw the recent cabinet reshuffle, especially the change in power and energy ministry which should have shocked him. Is he once again, as usual, trying to curry favour with the government to protect his ministerial position? If he is a honest person, based on the government not accepting his proposals he should have resigned his ministerial seat. Further he being the head of the Liberal Party, keeping liberal party ideals in mind, he should have resigned when the impeachment of Chief Justice and the appointment of a Cheap Justice took effect. He did not do that either. I think more he writes, he brings him self down. At least he should learn from his friend Dayan Jayatilleka.

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    Rajiwa wijesinghe is not worth to be a member of parliament by any means.

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    Tiger rumps, LTTE sympathisers and western politicians who want to please the Tiger rump.

    These tiger rumps will not be able to achieve what the once mighty Tigers with arms could not achieve. The Tiger rumps play only a minor part in Sri Lanka’s woes today but the major headache is from the western governments, the USA and the Indians you and your president fooled to get their support to defeat the LTTE in 2009. Rajapaksa fooled them all and they are no wonder giving you a hard time. Please remember that the Indians, the Americans and the UN, all have evidence of your war crimes in their possession. You may be able to fool the Sri Lankan masses and the stupid Indians many times but you can’t fool the USA, UN or the Europeans again and again.

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    The war crimes allegations will not come from anywhere. It will come from teh Tamils of Sri Lanka in few years, the way East timor came up. Truth can not be suppressed by racist like Rajiv

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    Sri Lankan govt should go head with the LTTE rump living mostly in the western world. LTTE rump is responsible for war crimes by supporting LTTE to take large numbers of Tamils as hostages and moving them around in wanni in order to protect the LTTE leaders.

    As the Sri Lankan govt did with the LTTE should stop playing the defensive game. Instead, lobby foreign govts to get the members of the tiger rump for war crimes. They helped LTTE to recruit child soldiers, carry cyanide capsules, build suicide jackets and move and use thousands of Tamil civilians as hostages.

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    Sri Lankan PResident should assemble a team, build legislation if needed, should discuss with the foreign govts and should prosecute all those members who appeared in various forms. that includes every Tamil that represented and supported LTTE.

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    I am sick and tired of hearing from the likes of Prof that the entire Tamil Diaspora is a “Tiger rump”.This is not true but a very convenient way of branding all the Tamils living outside are Tiger supporters.
    This so called Tiger Rump would like to see an independent international
    investigation of war crimes and crimes against humanity carried out by BOTH sides – the Govt of SL and the Tigers.

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    The three major events and blunders that V.Prabhakaran did for his downfall …..leave others to a lesser extent.

    1) USA world Trade Center Bombing.
    2) Assassination of Rajive Gandhi.
    3) Closing Mavil Aru sluice gate.

    CLOSING MAVIL ARU SLUICE GATE WAS THE BIGGEST BLUNDER VP DID FOR HIS IMMEDIATE DOWN FALL.

    Three major Blunders President Rajapakse did for his downfall.

    1) Killing 40,000 innocent Tamil people at nanthikandal lagoon.
    2) Sending Gen. Sarath Fonseka to prison.
    3) Impeaching CJ Dr. Shirani Rajapakse.

    IMPEACHING CJ.SHIRANI RAJAPAKSE IS THE BIGGEST BLUNDER PRES. RAJAPAKSE DID FOR HIS DOWNFALL.

    MR and VP ………on same boat.

    HISTORY HAS ALREADY WRITTEN…….NONE OF PROF. RAJIVA’S MOTIVATIONAL WRITINGS WILL UNDO IT.

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