14 November, 2019

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Peace: Whose Business Is It Anyway?

Malinda Seneviratne

It has been reported that US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton and Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh have ‘agreed to work closely in expediting the Sri Lankan peace process (sic)’.  That ‘decision’ had been taken when the former visited the latter in New Delhi on Tuesday.

Interesting.
First of all, neither Clinton nor Singh are representatives elected by the people of Sri Lanka.  Nor were these individuals mandated to ‘expedite’ any process that concerns Sri Lanka.  Neither of them have bothered to explain what ‘peace process’ means.  Most importantly, neither of them has the moral authority to pass judgment, forward proposal or even comment on things Sri Lankan.  Let us explain.
In March this year, the USA sponsored a resolution on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council.  It was a resolution that Sri Lanka objected to, vehemently, and perforce was one roundly seen as an unfriendly move on the part of the USA.  It was a resolution that India supported, thereby dispelling all illusions about that country’s friendship claims.
If one were to go back further in history, then we can talk of how India ‘expedited’ the ‘peace process’ in Sri Lanka by funding, arming, training and giving refuge to terrorists.  We can talk of how India PREVENTED the vanquishing of the fascist LTTE organization in 1987, postponing that eventuality by 22 years and thereby facilitating that many years worth of carnage. That act of thuggery also helped unleash an insurrection that left 60,000 dead in less than 2 years.
The USA, for all its anti-terrorist rhetoric, actively sought (through its local representative, Robert O Blake) to throw a lifeline to the fascists in the last days of the conflict, showing generosity of a kind that was and is patently absent in how that country dealt with its armed detractors in Afghanistan, most notably al Qaeda and Taliban operatives including Osama bin Laden.
Both countries were very active in supporting a largely pro-terrorist Ceasefire Agreement signed in 2002.  There was no ‘expediting’ of anything other than destabilization, chaos, anarchy and separatist drives.
Despite all these spokes in the wheels, Sri Lanka did defeat fascism.  Sri Lanka opened the doors that the LTTE had closed to peace, normalcy and reconciliation.  Singh and Clinton may have their own definitions of ‘peace’, and they are more than welcome to apply them to themselves, Singh in Kashmir and Clinton in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and other places where massive crimes against humanity are perpetrated in the name of democracy.
Sri Lanka, however, is not another state of either India or the USA. Guns, bucks and inflated egos do prompt people to be presumptuous, that’s human of course.  But this without-any-by-your-leave attitude will not help heal strained relations between these countries and Sri Lanka.
There is reference to a ‘stalled peace process’.  The wording is telling.  There was a stumbling block to peace in Sri Lanka: the LTTE fascists.  That obstacle was removed.  There are unresolved grievances, yes.  Not all of them are Tamil-specific.  Not all of the articulated ‘grievances’ are myth-free.  Neither are they un-tainted by ‘aspiration’.  There’s nothing among these ‘grievances’ that come even close to the suffering of certain communities in India and the USA.  Indeed if there has been ‘stalling’ it is because of the TNA’s intransigence, its long history of supporting LTTE fascism and its absolute reluctance to come to terms with political realities and historical facts.
In May 2009, Sri Lanka closed a chapter, the long and bloody story of fascism, spawned by chauvinism of all kinds but especially that of the likes of Ponnambalam Ramanathan, S.J.V. Chelvanayakam and G.G. Ponnambalam, and nurtured by the evil designs of Indira Gandhi and her son Rajiv.  The meddling of the likes of Blake didn’t help at all.  Singh and Clinton can walk that path.  They have the power to push Sri Lanka back into those terrible times.  That’s not helping ‘peace’.
Given their histories and their abilities to rupture old wounds, if they really want to help, it’s best they keep their distance.  Rebuilding is easy and is happening. Curing a nation of old suspicions and animosities that are naturally birthed by conflict takes longer.  If Singh and Clinton are impatient, hard luck! They can look at their own examples if they really want to know about ‘inability to resolve’ and ‘insufferable delays’.  This is Sri Lanka.  It is a country that has its own pace.  Own way.  Those who prescribed, dished out bad medicine.  When that happens, such physicians are not re-visited.
Dr. Singh and Ms. Clinton are not citizens of ‘peaceful’ countries.  They are both leaders of countries at war; at war with other countries and peoples and at war with their own people.  They are hardly in a position to prescribe solutions to others.
Peace in Sri Lanka is the business of people who live in Sri Lanka.  They can’t find fault with anyone who says ‘Thank you, but no!’
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    This writer does not seem to know about R2P.

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      In Sri Lanka over 290000 inoscent civilians (held hostage by the LTTE as a human shield to protect its leadership) were rescued. Within a short period of 3 years almost all have been resettled. Close to 12000 ex terrorist combatants have been rehabilitated and reintigrated in the society. You must talk about R2P with them. Ask them what they think of the government and her security forces.
      Whoes concept is this R2P anyway? Its a concept that came from the west. The eastern cultures rich with culture and tradition nurtured by Hinduism and Buddhism have had R2P right from the biginning. We don’t need western pundits to dictate terms.

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      R2P= Return to Pakistan, that is Kashmire, you idiot. Kashmire belonged to Pakistan and Singh and Hilary will work hard to make sure that peace process in Afghanistan, Jammu-Kashmire will be restored.!!!

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    Interesting article. I agree with the malinda in most of the arguments. Also noteworthy, all pro government writers whn bashing the CFA ignore the fact that it was non other than the current foreign minister G L Peiris was the CHIEF NEGOTIATOR when CFA was signed.

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      The buck stops with the leader and that was Ranil Wickremasinghe. The deputies take orders and carry out their duties. So lets not try to transfer blame to GL.

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    the fundamental fact (purposefully) ignored by the author is that we live in a connected world order. True,for the most part, the “state sovereignty’ is the single most valid currency in International Relation. However, in the realm of ‘realism’ no state is in island.
    Beside, even if a modern state could claim such ‘stand alone’ sovereignty, it should be states like Saudi, Singapore or even Malaysia who manage their internal and external affairs independent of ‘borrowing’ or dependent on others- mainly the western state.

    Lanka’s foreign debit is close to 400 Billion US $. A greater portion of the DGP is reserved to service those loans and their interest dues.
    Lanka cannot continue without IFM stand-bys. She begs for cheap oil, try to sell her largely unskilled labour in the world market and eternally calling for those FDIs (which never come).

    Even if the above points are not valid, Lanka’s abysmal failure to keep her people queuing at every western embassy gate for jobs, residency visas and citizenship bothers these western states. Added,the ones who had already gone to those states are creating enough trouble for the local MP, be it the Tamils in Toronto or Sinhalas in Melbourne.

    So it is Lanka who has handed her fate to the other by failing to sort her internal socio-economic. If you buy weapons from western states/India to fight your own people- then you also have be ready to answer questions on the unaccounted bodies- after the war. That is how power politics works .

    Malinda’s hyper nationalism cannot evaporate the realities of world order- however he may dream such outcome
    Sad, an otherwise potential thinker repeatedly travelling on the
    විමල් වීරවංස ”පටුමග”

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      SriLanka bought arms from other countries to defend the country from terrorists sponsored by foreign powers (LTTE) as well home grown terrorists(JVP). This is not a case of killing your own law abiding people, but a case of battling criminals to protect other citizens, as is the case all over the world. Buying arms does not give the right to suppliers of arms, the right to intervene in the client state. what a silly argument.

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    Malinda, LTTE was crushed with the help of India & America, otherwise still the war will be on, your article may please the gallery not us.

    There are so many underhand dealings by our rogue regime with these 2 countries, covered in the name of State Secret.

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      USA gave a derelict ship to Ranil with its guns removed and without the helicopter,Sri Lanka spent a million dollars or so to renovate it in USA. If Ranil didn’t accept it they would have sunken it. They refused to even supply spare parts to Bell helicopter we had already purchased. India’s help was mostly useless radars which couldn’t detect LTTE mosquitos and as M.K.Narayanan climed only defensive weapons. The President at one time had to tell the Indians that he will not stop the war untill the end even if they dropped Parippu and invade Sri Lanka.Thats the kind of help we got from USA and India.

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    MEANY THANKS TO MALINDA, WELL EXPLAINED:::::: THIS ARTICALE SHOULD SEND TO OBAMA, CLINTON AND M SINGH
    INDIRA GANDHI AND HER SON RAJIV { WE SRI LANKAN HAVE NO RESPECT FOR THEM.} STARTED SATANIC PEACE PROCESS WITH THEIR OWN HIDDEN AGENDA [ TO DESTROY SRI LANKA } AS THEY WERE AFRAID OF SIR LANKA, BECOMING THE SINGAPORE OF SOUTH ASIA].
    THEY MADE THE SOUP AND THEY HAD IT,
    MS CLINTON AND MANAMOHAN SINGH CANT SOLVE THERE COUNTRY PROBLEMS AND DIRECTING CIA AND RAW TO DESTABILIZE SOUTH ASIA.
    MS CLINTON SHOULD KNOW THAT INDIA IS SPENDING $ 50 MILLION PER MONTH TO SPY ON U S GOVERNMENT.
    MANAMOHAN SINGH SHOULD SOLVE HIS KASHMIR TERRORIST PROBLEM AND GIVE AUTONOMY TO KASHMIRIES AS WE IN SRI LANKA DOES NOT HAVE A PROBLEM NOW.

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      Do you drink before starting to write something Mr Seruvila Senarath?

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    This guy lives in cloud cuckoo land! The world is increasingly globalized and trans-nationally networked, as is every strata of society in Lanka which sends housemaids to perform slave labor and professionals overseas to keep Rajapkse and that criminal Cabraal in clover and able to borrow on INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL markets to finance their corruption! This joker Malinda talks as if Lanka is on another planet of its own in 2nd century BCE. He clearly has no grasp of contemporary international theory or social science and sounds pathetically uneducated in the ways of the modern world where “national sovereignty” is increasingly a legal fiction– whether we like it or not– and the last bastion of insular nationalists like this Malinda character!

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      Globalised the world may be but no one has the right to dictate to nay country as to how to manage its people ,the peace or the economy . Who has given them this authority to give orders to SL ? The goverment is accountable to the people of SL , not to any Tom , Dick or Harry that gives instructions or advice . Democracy is for the people by the people of the people . Where does Cinton and manmohan singh fit into this equation ????

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        We can kill anyone we like then??

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    This Man, Milinda is a another obedient servant of Mahinda’s evil empire. He is even worse than Victor Ivan because of his connection to Sinhalese extremists groups like Hela Urumaya. Is Malinda telling us that Sri Lanka is a democratic country which respects human rights? Is he telling us that other countries in the world should close their eyes when some governments like North Korea, Iran, Burma,Sri Lanka and other Dictators exploit its own citizens and violate human rights of its own citizen? Can Milinda explain why Mahind Rajapakse went to Geneva to protest against violations of human rights during Premadasa and JR regeims? Didn’t the opposition at that time complaint to the Western countries to interfere in Sri Lankan affairs.

    Sri Lankans should be grateful to all Western Countries for pressurising Sri Lankan government to honour basic human rights of its own citizens. If not for this constant pressure from outside world, Rajapakse brothers would make a hell in SriLanka long time ago. What a shame when some journalists become slaves of dictators and safeguard them for personal favours while their own fellow journalists are attacked and murdered in daylight by the same dictators.

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    Malinda is right in saying that the representatives elected by the people of Sri Lanka that should resolve its own problems.
    But these representatives (politicians) keep hoodwinking the same people that elected them.
    MR continues to drag his feet and fob off the electors. Pressure from US, Europe, India is a good thing considering our opposition is doing nothing.
    MR keeps harping on about a home grown solution.
    LLRC report has not even been translated into Sinhala or Tamil by the Govt. Is he scared that if it was, more and more people would agree with the recently passed UN resolution.
    Malinda can keep batting in the mean time.

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    Sadly, he gets paid to write this…

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    Did the writer recognise the fact the war would not have been won, if these “two countries” didn’t give moral and material support?

    The President of SL made some promises to these “two countries”; basically, these “two countries” are following -up on those promises.

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    This is what happens when your elected politicians behave like wild asses.

    Instead of aiming for the easy targets of Clinton et al, why does not Malinda focus on the evils perpetrated by our political leadership and their scavengers? All he does is gingerly skirt around the subject, like a cat on hot bricks!

    But then, asking this from him would be to much as a paid propagandist of that very government!

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    Well explained Malinda. India forgot what happened to Rajive who poked his nose to other people’s affairs.This lesson was taught to him by LTTE.
    MR should try to keep the trust of our people. But the way he act, I don’t know who will come to attack him first. India? America? or all the people of Sri Lanka?
    There is a saying, that the memory of Sinhala people is not so long. It is like a bottle of Soda. MR, they had forgotten the victory. Did Ranil teach you to keep cool whatever happens?
    If so, may the tripple jems bless Sri Lanka.

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    I live in the U.S.A, and I know how the middleclass and the poor suffer over here. All politicians including Obama and Clinton do not give a damn about them. Their rhetoric is only to win another election. That being said, I commend Sri Lanka in vanquishing the worst terror organization the world has known. The LTTE did not care about their own people, they only cared about power, and that is why after 30 years of war, the people living in the North of Sri Lanka are suffering. The millions of dollars that were collected from the LTTE diaspora went to arm the LTTE and provide luxury living quarters to the LTTE leadership and educate their children in the U.K. while the poor tamilians had to give their children to the LTTE and definite death. Of course Clinton knows all of this. But it is the votes that count. Clinton and Obama are both in the pockets of the LTTE rump; with one special organization; Tamils for Obama making superpac campaign contributions. Do they care about the people of Sri Lanka? Definitely not! It’s just politics! It’s the money talking!
    We need to thank journalists like Malinda for voicing his opinions and not ridicule him. If citizens of Sri lanka do not stand for Sri Lanka,then who will?

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    You are fighting with each other since you have independence from the British. You do not value and respect your own fellow citizens. You do not know how to get to along with your neighboring country India. Canada is the second largest country in the world with lots of resources, yet it does not do anything to undermine the USA. Simply you do not know how to live in peace. Therefore, you need others to guide you, that is why India and USA are making sure that you do the right thing.

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    Dear Antany,
    You must be a real proud American who normally ignorant of the ‘other world’ outside USA … By the way, thanks for the advise ….

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    Peace: whose business?
    Don’t be so ignorant, Malinda ..
    It is the business of neighbour rapist and super power thug …. Do they respect others? No …
    India is being replaced with Pakistan in the ‘USA agenda’ in Asia … See what will happen to India, the neighbour thug in few years time … It would be the same fate now Pakistan is going through … Pakistan’s rights are violated left and right by USA while threatening it …. What a pathetic site! …. USA milked Pakistan for their agenda in last few decades and then abondaned like garbage … Not only that … USA is now cultivating the ‘biggest’ friendship with it’s enemy, motherr India …. Earlier decades, India was punished due to it’s friendship with Russia by helping and cultivating friendship with India’s enemy, Pakistan by USA ..
    There are no ends to the games played by these thuggers?
    Countries and people could get away from the holes these thuggers dug if they are vigilant ..
    Your articles always help in this regard, Malinda … Thanks a lot …

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    Stop blaming USA and India. In the first hand why did you massacre And victimized all Tamils in 1983 and spilled the problem beyond your borders. Tamils leaving there lands and moving to west, moved your problem from local to international. It’s a domino effect, you have to wait till the last card falls.

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      No, they were Tamil Tiger Terrorists, innocent Tamils still in Colombo.

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    Dear Commentators,

    This author is for you not extream enough to match your expectations, eventhough he takes an anti US and an anti indian standpoint

    Why should some other countries interfere in our matters if we are able to solve our issues?

    You guys think with Buddha, Gotha and Mahinda you can do everything

    But one thing I never understood!

    You have an anti west attitude in terms of human rights.
    Why do you migrate to western countries?

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    Malinda Seneviratne LITERALLY works for the Rajapaksa government as Editor-in-Chief of The Nation that is OWNED by a member of the Wickremesooriya family, a brother of the idiot ‘representing’ us in Washington.

    Why does CT have to give this vicious chauvinist an additional forum? The Goebbels’ of Sri Lanka should be allowed to spout their venom and fabrications in the journals of their masters. God knows they get paid handsomely for their efforts!

    All the time and effort ranting and raving against R2P could be better spent by its opponents simply saying that ONLY war criminals should be investigating their own crimes because that is what they are really saying.

    One thing’s for sure, these chauvinists supporting Malinda certainly prove that they should stick to their own language rather than inflict their broken “Singlish” on the rest of us!

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    Malinda Senivirutne is a sinhala hegemonic with no grey matter. He speaks as though whole of Sri-lanka is the private property of the Sinhalese. The racist Sinhalese crooks like Malinda mislead the culpable Sinhala public who are generally fair minded. Give the rights of the Tamils that was robbed by unfair means. The Sinhala government used the army and committed the genocide of 40000 Tamils in one day. Should they do this to wipe out only 8000 LTTE terrorists (as accounted by the in custody foolish Army commander Sarath Fonseka)?

    Criminals cannot escape the law. That is why USA is watching over Sri-Lanka.

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    Raja, like maharaja, missed the vital point. GL never protested when the CFA was brought in and was actually the chief negotiator under ranil’s govt. Glad raja accepted GL was a puppet then. Well what difference does it make ? He is still a puppet today as we all know it’s Sajin who runs the ministry.

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