6 December, 2019

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It’s Not A War Crime Debate, They’re Still Debating The War

By Indi Samarajiva

Indi Samarajiva

The Daily Mirror wrote a misleading headline saying “Tamils to blame for Lanka solution delay: Rajapaksa“. What the President seems to have said is that he blames the TNA, saying “There is no point blaming me, it’s the Tamil parties that are delaying the solution.” In the Colombo Telegraph, also, Ambassador Dayan Jayatilleka has pointed to the intransigence of the TNA (the Tamil National Alliance).

Are Tamils To Blame? No. Tamils are people with diverse opinions and multiple identities. That would be retarded if Mahinda said it, but as it is I think it’s just a stupid headline.

Is The TNA To Blame?

Eh, not really. They’re not really negotiating in good faith, but that’s really because the premises they (and some Tamil groups) are operating under are completely different from the that of the government and the vast majority of Sri Lankans. There’s no point blaming them really, but they’re not really part of a solution either. That said, they are more a part than they were four years ago.

Faulty Premises

What are the premises? On the extreme Tamil side, you’ve got the idea that the North and East are a separate state, or at least a nation. On the mainstream Sri Lankan side you’ve got that idea that Sri Lanka is one country which requires equal rights for all. On the extreme Sinhala side you’ve got the idea that Sri Lanka is a Sinhala Buddhist nation and everybody else can just deal with it.

One side is calling for separation, one for subjugation, and the majority for unity and civil rights.

Why do I say the civil rights position (mine, coincidentally) is the mainstream? Because that’s what the government says (though not always what they do). That’s what the laws of the country are. That’s what the political system could support. It’s essentially the path of least resistance.

The War Crimes Debate

The war crimes debate makes a bit more sense viewed through these premises. The TNA and, more vocally, LTTE and non-LTTE diasporals are calling for international investigation because they want to see the Sri Lankan government punished for winning the war, leading somewhat mysteriously to separation for the North and East. People in the diaspora still want Eelam recognized as a separate state, while the TNA is more reasonably calling for autonomy. Note that this issue is not actually connected to the war crimes in question, that’s just a means to an end. It is, like Dayan Jayatilleka says

As if most of German society did not criticise the Nazis and Auschwitz even after WW 2 ended, and called instead for an international inquiry into the fire-bombing of Dresden by the Allies. (Colombo Telegraph)

The extreme Sinhalese oppose any investigation because, to paraphrase, fuck them. The mainstream, however, has conducted a flawed investigation which nonetheless took the huge steps of admitting that civilians died and that abuses did occur (Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission Highlights). The argument therein was that these losses were proportional to a broader aim – ending the war and uniting the country. That said, the next step would be civil rights.

The War Debate

I think why this isn’t enough is that the TNA et al don’t agree with the proportionality at all. They don’t see a united Sri Lanka as a desirable outcome at all, so any price would be too high for such a thing. It’s like asking a Muslim how much they’d pay for a ham sandwich. Nothing, less than nothing. They don’t want a ham sandwich at all. They’re not debating war crimes, they’re debating the entire war.

What they want out of investigations is not specifics of what went wrong and redress for that, the essentially want the whole premise rolled back, to say that the war itself was wrong. That’s obviously unattainable (because it’s not really true, IMHO) and the next step of internationally backed ethnic division is even more implausible. But that’s where they are.

Personally, I think the separatist argument is dumb by any degree. Even if the North and East is separate, nearly half of the Tamil population is still in the south and a ton of Muslims and Sinhalese are in the East and North. Aside from ethnic cleansing I don’t see how that works out. AFAIK, civil rights for all is the only way out and in that sense the TNA and many in the Tamil community are not helping. Many, however, are. It’s just going slower and more one-sided than it needs to be, because many political leaders don’t want to buy into the idea of a united Sri Lanka at all.

So, in that sense are the TNA and some diasporals beyond useless? Yeah. But I think the vast majority of Sri Lankans accept the idea of a united Sri Lanka and just want equal opportunity and a better life for their kids, ie, civil rights. It’s sad that many Tamil political parties aren’t really pushing for that attainable and worthy goal, but I think the people of Sri Lanka are more broadly moving in that direction.

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    Mr Samarajeeva, Dr Jayatilleka says “I strongly urge that the best educated, credentialed and knowledgeable members of Tamil civil society be asked to undertake such an audit. I would think that Prof Ratnajeevan Hoole would be the best to head such an exercise. Others could include P Rajanayagam, S Chandrahasan, Ahilan Kadirgamar, Pakiasothy Saravanamuttu, Nirmala Rajasingham, DBS Jeyaraj and Mutukrishna Sarvanandan among others.”
    read the comments; http://colombotelegraph.com/2011/12/28/llrcthere-has-been-no-equivalent-from-tamils/

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    What authority has this man got? We can take lessons from people who can teach not people who can on stage and say whatever just to make a noise.
    Sambanthan cannot even connect with other Tamil Parties, nor can Douglas Devanada or Ponnambalam. If teh Tamils can get their act together we will find the Sinhale Parties are also in a disarray. The UNP is of the idea that the Tamils are the archangels of peace whereas they are Terrorists backers. Anandasangaree was tolerated because his sarong was held up by the LTTE belt or like all the others he to would have been minced meat. I have talked to people like Prince Casinader, Mamangalarajah, Joseph Pararajasingham and his wife who is really the brain and the brawn. None of them know what is good for their people because their people don’t know themselves. So how can a Sinhale person pretend to know the answers when he does not know the question. It will be the contry’s convenience if we forget the Tamils and go on with our lives.

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    Tamils think they are a higher bread? Or a special than other human breads? wtf is wrong with this dirty retards? for thirty years they destroy sri lanka and they too got to live in UN provided tents. what a retard bread. We are all apes. I mean monkeys evolved to today’s standards as what we are now. Why do we need to call “tamils” or sinhales? I think Tamils has to stop worshiping stone coks throwing stones and bathing them in milk asking for ” Muruga” for help and get their bolts tighten. Are they born retards or .. ?

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      Be creful talking regarding the religion once soma amuduruwo preached that Muraga having six heads and six hands don’t no how many other things he has(refreing about ……………) aftersix months he came from Rasia with full kit so plese don’t
      irate other religin you also get the same results

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        I’m so scared now. lol. Soma Thera spoke the truth. Truth which is ruthless for the brainwashed religious retards. Even some Buddhist who worship Buddhism instead follow it. Our leaders and the Maha Theros are lack of enlightening Buddhist with actual Buddhist teachings because for reasons. Other religions are user friendly and support the current way of living. So our Buddhist leaders let the Buddhist to have free will. Whatever. I’m not scared of man written out dated crap or its blindly followers ..

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    Whither SL and laws ! 21 UPFA local body members take refuge in Chairman’s residence fearing Gota’s white Van!

    (Lanka-e-News-30.Dec.2011,11.30PM) 21 UPFA members of the Local body of Kelaniya and the Municipal council of Peliyagoda have assembled at the house of the Chairman of the Kelaniya polka body in fear of their lives, according to reports reaching Lanka e news.

    It is with regret that it has to be reported that these members are those who are fated to be victims of the notorious white Van abductions under the despotic law enforcement in the country. Of these 21 members, 15 are of the Kelaniya local Govt. body and the other six are of the Municipal Council, Kiribathgoda. Intriguingly , every one of them is a supporter of the most notorious Minister Mervyn the vermin, and the white Van is trailing behind most of these members , it is learnt.

    Following the mystery surrounded murder recently of Minuwangoda local body member Dinesh Chandrasiri , this group of UPFA members are living in fear .

    The members of the group are scared to go out alone. Yesterday , when seven of them were traveling together in a Van to pump fuel for the vehicle at Somapala filling station , a white van suspected to be loaded with army in civil clothes and with weapons had tried to cross the path of the vehicle of the members , but , these members have managed to make a narrow escape in their vehicle.

    It is interesting to note that Amal Rodrigo, the co ordinating Secretary of Minister Mervyn Silva was abducted a few days ago at PitaKotte . Although it was reported that he was released a few hours later , he had been detained at an unknown destination for 8 days and interrogated. These UPFA members who are now in fear of their lives say they are frightened that the detainee could have given their names and places of abode .

    When Mervyn Silva who has left for Dubai had been communicated over the phone on these events, he had advised in his characteristic hooligan style’ get hold of those fellows who come in the white Van , and thrash them’. The UPFA members of the councils have then inquired , how is it possible to attack the armed group? When attempts were made to inform Basil Rajapakse , they had been told he is abroad.

    These members who are gripped by fear claim that they have not committed any wrong , and if they have , to bring them before the laws of the country legally , and they are prepared at any time to submit to the rule of law. These members who are in fear that they may also fall victim like the Minuwangoda member who was abducted and died mysteriously , have assembled at the Kelaniya Local body Chairman’s house.

    If the Presidential advisor Bhartatha Lakshman can be killed in broad daylight and on the highway in public l , these members are fearing their getting killed is no big deal in this country where anarchy is the order of the order.

    We wish to recall that Lanka e news reported on the white Van abductions and those behind it under the caption ‘Here are the full details of the white Van criminal abductors..’ on the 23rd of November

    Whither SL and laws ! 21 UPFA local body members take refuge in Chairman’s residence fearing Gota’s white Van!

    (Lanka-e-News-30.Dec.2011,11.30PM) 21 UPFA members of the Local body of Kelaniya and the Municipal council of Peliyagoda have assembled at the house of the Chairman of the Kelaniya polka body in fear of their lives, according to reports reaching Lanka e news.

    It is with regret that it has to be reported that these members are those who are fated to be victims of the notorious white Van abductions under the despotic law enforcement in the country. Of these 21 members, 15 are of the Kelaniya local Govt. body and the other six are of the Municipal Council, Kiribathgoda. Intriguingly , every one of them is a supporter of the most notorious Minister Mervyn the vermin, and the white Van is trailing behind most of these members , it is learnt.

    Following the mystery surrounded murder recently of Minuwangoda local body member Dinesh Chandrasiri , this group of UPFA members are living in fear .

    The members of the group are scared to go out alone. Yesterday , when seven of them were traveling together in a Van to pump fuel for the vehicle at Somapala filling station , a white van suspected to be loaded with army in civil clothes and with weapons had tried to cross the path of the vehicle of the members , but , these members have managed to make a narrow escape in their vehicle.

    It is interesting to note that Amal Rodrigo, the co ordinating Secretary of Minister Mervyn Silva was abducted a few days ago at PitaKotte . Although it was reported that he was released a few hours later , he had been detained at an unknown destination for 8 days and interrogated. These UPFA members who are now in fear of their lives say they are frightened that the detainee could have given their names and places of abode .

    When Mervyn Silva who has left for Dubai had been communicated over the phone on these events, he had advised in his characteristic hooligan style’ get hold of those fellows who come in the white Van , and thrash them’. The UPFA members of the councils have then inquired , how is it possible to attack the armed group? When attempts were made to inform Basil Rajapakse , they had been told he is abroad.

    These members who are gripped by fear claim that they have not committed any wrong , and if they have , to bring them before the laws of the country legally , and they are prepared at any time to submit to the rule of law. These members who are in fear that they may also fall victim like the Minuwangoda member who was abducted and died mysteriously , have assembled at the Kelaniya Local body Chairman’s house.

    If the Presidential advisor Bhartatha Lakshman can be killed in broad daylight and on the highway in public l , these members are fearing their getting killed is no big deal in this country where anarchy is the order of the order.

    We wish to recall that Lanka e news reported on the white Van abductions and those behind it under the caption ‘Here are the full details of the white Van criminal abductors..’ on the 23rd of November

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