The 2nd US Resolution on Sri Lanka is to be presented to the UNHRC to be submitted to a vote. Whether ‘procedural or ‘substantial’, it is meant to further tighten the screws on the Mahinda Rajapakse Regime (MRR). But not to decapitate or even suffocate it. Just enough to discipline and bend it. This is while attracting it with even more shares of profit and plunder. More lucrative oxygen to keep its blood vessels open, flowing and alive. Enough support and aid to keep it in line. This move is part of the emerging geo-political strategic agenda of the US directed at maintaining overall military-strategic superiority in the Asian Pacific Region and the Indian Ocean. More fundamentally, this US agenda is driven by the need to secure, consolidate and expand its global empire and its undisputed position as the world’s sole super-power.
Neither the US, EU, India or China, nor any other imperialist- capitalist State has any fundamental problem with the MRR. The MRR has danced to the tune of open-market policies of neo-liberal Capitalism. It has magnified and multiplied vulnerability and dependence on International Finance Capital and Imperialism. It has taken us into a perilous debt-trap, while selling out the country for fat bribes and commissions. The entire economy is driven by and tied to the needs of Capital accumulation and the geo-strategic interests of the various imperialist and regional powers. The very foundations of an internally driven national economy based on strategic self-reliance and self-sufficiency have been demolished. The imperialist and regional powers exploit this strategic vulnerability to further sink their fangs into the life-lines of the State, Economy and Society. This is while they contend for strategic advantage and superiority over the region. This agenda underlies the politics of the US resolutions, and the role of all other states, and of the UN agencies that have a stake in the process and outcome of Geneva.
This dependency and vulnerability drives the Lankan economy towards ever more crises, dislocation and anarchy. Here networks of drug cartels, financial manipulators, crooked speculators, war lords, thugs, murderers and rapists thrive. This is alongside skyscrapers, seven star hotels and hospitals, casinos, spas, brothels and bars that dot the glimmering skyline, while the majority of the toiling masses and lower and middle income strata are thrown into desperate crises of survival.
The fate of the Tamil nation will be negotiated and bargained and ultimately corralled into the system of imperialism and neo-colonial subjugation. The issue of war crimes and accountability will either recede or advance, depending on how the game is to be played. Most likely, if the MRR capitulates, as it already has, then the whole issue will be conveniently shelved, or comfortably watered down. The release of the Jaffna university students upon a Presidential decree, is part of the sop to please the Masters. It has nothing to do with restoring constitutional governance and the Rule of Law, and still less with providing a democratic political solution to the Tamil National Question. Selective assassination, mob rule, abductions, disappearances, terror and torture shall continue unabated, since this is the general system of domination and control exercised by imperialism and its neo-colonial states. Imperialism and neo-colonial subjugation breeds and feeds on chauvinism, violence and terror. Sri Lanka provides a model of this path of imperialist-driven, neo-liberal Capitalist development.
India will play second fiddle to the US and support the resolution. It will appease its Tamil Nadu constituency, while gaining even more power over the politics of the Island. China and Russia will not provide any serious opposition, since there are bigger stakes involved. The imperialist/ neo-colonial status quo in the South Asian Region will be maintained and stabilized. Mahinda Rajapakse will fit in to the agenda. The MRR will show that it is a victory over imperialism won by the people of Lanka. Ranil Wickremasinghe, will twiddle his thumbs and play along, and the entire Opposition shall submit. The future of the Tamil Nation, and its right of self-determination will be sold down the tube. The gates of imperialist plunder will be opened even wider and crony-mafia Capitalism shall prosper, while the masses of toiling people will be crushed as never before.
What is the way out of this never-ending madness, horror and degradation? All advanced revolutionary forces of Lanka – North-South-East-Hill Country- should unite to raise the level of conscious, mass revolutionary class struggle aimed at overthrowing and uprooting the foundations of imperialist domination and neo-colonial subjugation. Only such a path of uncompromising proletarian revolutionary struggle can lead to a new and higher form of State: a People’s Democratic State. The PDS shall represent the political will of all exploited and oppressed classes, nations and nationalities, united as the People of Lanka, in the common struggle to liberate their Land from the shackles of imperialism, neo-colonialism, and feudal oppression. The future of the Tamil nation is locked in to the future of the People of Lanka, inasmuch as the future of the People of Lanka is organically interconnected with the future of the Tamil nation. The liberation of the Tamil nation is integrally bound up with the liberation of the People of Lanka. There is a profound lesson to be learnt and applied. Lessons Paid in BLOOD. Either we shall all be free OR none of us shall ever be free! Either we unite to overthrow the Master’s table, or remain enslaved, each and all! But, if we fight side by side to WIN, then the People of Lanka shall gain VICTORY and FREEDOM! IT IS TIME TO UNITE!