26 September, 2020

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Dirty Wars: Ugly Reality Of US Counter-Terror Operations

By Amy Goodman –

Amy Goodman

In this new documentary, the Nation’s investigative reporter lifts the lid on the ugly reality of US counter-terror operations

President Barack Obama prepared to be sworn in for his second term as the 44th president of the United States, two courageous journalists premiered a documentary at the annual Sundance Film Festival. Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield reaffirms the critical role played by independent journalists like the film’s director, Rick Rowley, and its narrator and central figure, Jeremy Scahill.

Read more in the Guardian

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    Don’t forget about Sri Lanka’s own ‘Dirty War.’

    http://groundviews.org/2007/08/07/sri-lankas-dirty-war/

    http://youtu.be/poYN8ikai60?t=2m3s

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      Hay Bean,
      What dirty war you LTTE backers are talking about? In the Armed forces 23,327+ got killed and 60,000+ got wounded. In a dirty war, the would have taken revenge, and 11,644 LTTE terrorists wouldn’t have been captured alive and rehabilitated and released within few years.

      Of cause the government do not deny it used live ammo and not popcorn in shoot outs with LTTE tagged terrorists and their untagged makkal padai who were dressed as civilians but trained and armed and used as sentries. So, you can keep your one-sided write-ups and fake film stripes as mementos. What matters for us is; unlike the US wars, Eelam war 1V was over in just three years and we have peace now.
      Leela

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        The South has relative peace ( not all Sinhalese are happy about what has been going on in the last 45 months and the previous 61yrs).
        Most people in the North and East are living in hell.
        There is no justice for the oppressed in this world – the UN and the Commonwealth run on geopolitics, NOT on human rights for all.
        People like you are OK about it.

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      Indeed, the Euro-American international community should stop beating about the bush with Human Rights and give Mahinda Rajapakse a clear choice and ultimatum:
      either there is real demilitarization and devolution to the minorities in north east, in the next 2 months and northern provincial council elections are held IMMEDIATELY or NO CHOGM in Rajapassa land in November!

      Roll out the ultimatum Kamalesh Sharma – head of the Commonwealth of Clowns that supports third world dictatorships!

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    The term “terror” as used by the USA and Israel refer to any objection, resistance or indignance at the atrocities committed by them and their allies in “theatres” across the oil rich mid east killing millions in the process… the single attack on US soil (ie 9/11)had these hypocrits in tatters with regard to a response considering the double standards, duplicity, deceit and impunity with which they ruled the world…

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    US has earned a huge legacy of mistrust and hate throughout the muslim world due its use of military power to kill innocent civilians. This is the prime reason for the conflicts still raging in Iraq and Afghanistan. Whilst terrorism is to be condemned and rooted out, the killing of innocent civilians cannot be condoned by any right thinking people.

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    Although the Americans today are shouting on roof tops that they are fighting counter Terrorism, It is the Americans that spawned Terrorism in every country for the last fifty years. We may not be there but one day America will learn a bitter lesson and that Nation will pay a heavy price.

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    For decades Tamils have been trampled through the hatred brewed in textbooks. This led to the growth of LTTE. Then luckily for the Sri Lankan state came the burst of ”ANTI-TERRORISM”. Being in a geopolitically strategic location it could do anything to the Tamils and get away.

    Will Rick Rowley and Jeremy Scahill and others make a film or two (no shortage of material in oa very vicious and very complext intrastate conflict of 65yrs) to help the Tamils please?

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      Dear film-makers

      You have an unimagined material here:

      CEYLON : A DIVIDED NATION, B H Farmer(1963):”The truth is simply that nobody unacceptable to the present Sinhalese Buddhist nationalism has any chance of constitutional power in contemporary Ceylon.”

      ”But that truth cannot excuse human rights violations that currently afflict the nation as a whole; or for that matter obscure the looming threat of the cultural and political colonisation of the north by the Sinhala Buddhist majority” – Biased and Prejudiced Collection on Sri Lanka, *Gananath Obeyesekere, Economic & Political Weekly, VOL 47 No. 04, 28 January-03 February 2012 (*a Sinhalese Buddhist and Emeritus Professor of Anthropology, Princeton University)

      There isn’t much more to go.

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    Every single counter-insurgency campaign (including those won and lost by the West) has involved the use of torture, abduction & assassination, death squads and wholesale human rights abuses. GoSL however seem intent on behaving as if they’re still fighting the LTTE.

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