29 November, 2020

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The Un-Mainstreaming Of Hatred

By Malinda Seneviratne

Malinda Seneviratne

Malinda Seneviratne

Assistant Secretary of USA for South and Central Asia Nisha Desai Biswal, currently visiting Sri Lanka, has issued a warning. The lady, sent here by President Barack Obama, says ‘if Sri Lanka doesn’t make meaningful progress in addressing the accountability issues, the patience of the international community on Sri Lanka will start to wear thin and urged Sri Lanka to take some “concrete steps” to address the issue of human rights, accountability and reconciliation process’.

‘Accountability’ is the word here. ‘International Community’ is the definer. ‘Patience’ is the commodity in short supply. And charity begins at home, they say.

President Obama is a man of words (which, by the way, is not the same thing as ‘a man of his word’). On Wednesday the 13th of May, 2009, Obama urged ‘both sides in Sri Lanka’s 25-year civil war to take measures to avert a humanitarian crisis and aid tens of thousands of people trapped in the war zone.’ ‘Without urgent action this humanitarian crisis could turn into a catastrophe,’ he worried. “Now is the time to put aside some of the political issues that are involved and to put the lives of the men, women and children who are innocently caught in the cross fire, to put them first,” he pontificated.Nisha Biswal

Nisha Biswal – Photo via Facebook – U.S. Embassy Colombo, Sri Lanka

Obama probably knew and still knows the meaning of the word ‘catastrophe’ and one assumes that Biswal does so too. So let’s talk catastrophe. Policy-driven catastrophe. Ms Biswal might have heard that around the time that Sri Lankan forces are supposed to have committed war crimes, the US Air Force dropped bombs in Bala Boluk, Afghanistan, killing some 150 people. That’s just one of thousands of such policy-driven, systematic crimes against humanity. She knows of Drone Attacks. She knows about how her country bombed Iraq into the middle ages, when thousands of air sorties dropped millions of tons of bombs on places where there were millions of civilians. I am being brief here by the way. But briefly, let me remind Nisha (and the world) that US-led sanctions on Iraq caused the death of half a million Iraqi children.

She knows that her government maintains over 190,000 troops and 115,000 civilian employees in 909 military facilities in 46 countries and territories, and that’s not counting the on-going wars including the non-declared troop deployments in subversive actions to gift democracy (read ‘instability, submission, anarchy’) to certain selective Arab nations. She knows of abuses and usurpations of American standing armies and they include rape, murder, sexual harassment, robbery and other crimes such as the seizure of people’s lands, destruction of property and cultural imperialism. All this is not catastrophe-recipe, is it catastrophe-ongoing [if unpunished, uncompensated crimes is the subject, the international community would have nothing else to do but investigate, investigate and investigate the USA let’s not forget – that’s catastrophe-past-tense].

But let’s forget it all. Let’s go back to accountability. Nisha must have heard that the Deputy Prime Minister of Britain, Nick Clegg, confessed that the invasion of Iraq was illegal. She knows also that the whole Iraq adventure was about WMDs or Weapons of Mass Destruction. A country was invaded after obtaining the green light of the US citizenry through their elected representatives who were told that Iraq possessed WMD. It was a lie and those who uttered it knew they were lying. And today, more than a decade later, Obama cannot straighten his twisted tongue to admit the fact.

So let’s get to this accountability business. And also ‘credible, transparent, domestic investigative mechanisms’. Dear Ms Biswal, is there such an entity back in the USA that’s inquiring into the invasion of Iraq on the basis of a deliberate lie? Is there an entity that is inquiring into the systematic use of torture on political prisoners? Is there an entity that is inquiring into deliberate and indiscriminate bombing of civilian populations?

We don’t know and we don’t know if Ms Biswal knows or if she does whether she would tell us. But the world knows that her president announced to block the release of photographs documenting American military personnel torturing detainees in Iraq, in a reversal of an understanding given earlier. The justification is that releasing such photographs would demoralize his troops. So it seems that Mr. Obama, who has ‘eyes’ to see ‘catastrophes’ where none exist, does not have eyes to see the catastrophes his country orchestrated and perpetuated and worse, wants to world to close its eyes as well.

So Ms Biswal, tell us, how many WMDs did US and allied trooped find in Iraq?

Nick Clegg said the invasion was illegal. It is known that there was absolutely no evidence of anything warranting an invasion but the US Congress and Senate were deliberately misled into believing otherwise. Is there any mechanism to investigate how all this happened?

President Obama himself has said ‘don’t talk to us about such things’, clearly implying that the USA is not willing to subject itself to the kind of international scrutiny it demands for when it comes to other countries. But in the clear absence of a credible, transparent domestic mechanism to investigate these crimes against humanity (and here we are talking about concrete evidence and not allegations made by people totally dependent on hearsay and that too from unreliable sources such as terrorists or terrorist sympathizers), is an international investigation, distasteful as it may be, the only way to get to the truth?

One can get away with murder (as the USA has) when one is judge, jury and court reporter. But Ms Biswal must understand that at this end of this political economy of justice, the general perception is that the world has too much colonial posturing and too little reason.

In other words, the leaders of this country are answerable. They are answerable to the people of this country. They are not answerable to a bunch of terrorist who use wealth and weapons to convince the world that the rivers of blood they make flow are the inevitable juices that give life to democracy, peace, civilization etc.

And that brings us to ‘patience’. The world, Nisha, has been patient over Hiroshima and Nagasaki, not to mention the D-Day massacres. The world has been patient over your country’s use of chemical weapons in Vietnam and other unhappy places. The world has been patient about CIA operatives disguised as diplomats sowing discord, fermenting anarchy. We have watched patiently as the USA toppled one democratically elected head of state after another in Latin America and while it moved to install despots instead. We have watched tyrannies being propped up, monarchies having their lifespan extended and the most ruthless autocrats being embraced as benefactors of humankind by your leaders, Obama included.

And we have patiently observed the machinations of your ‘friendly-to-Sri-Lanka’ government in Geneva and elsewhere, even as it continues to perpetrate horrific crimes against humanity across the globe. Do you think that we think that if this Government cures itself of all its ills you will get off our national back? No. We have no illusions. That’s a discard that accrues, paradoxically, when people have been as patient for as long as we have. In fact, the one concrete thing that will result from these games people like you play, is the further strengthening of the regime. Perhaps that’s what you want?

So, spare the lectures. Spare the tuition classes. Say your piece, by all means.

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    “”‘Accountability’ is the word here. ‘International Community’ is the definer. ‘Patience’ is the commodity in short supply. And charity begins at home, they say.”

    Tsunami Hora’s macchan talking of charity starts at home I’say.

    Linda in the well.

    Passion has ruled the world not politic or rhetoric.
    Wriggle No more the worst is yet to come- sky come down on you.

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    Let’s not forget the massive loss of civilian lives caused by the dams raid (RAF) and the flattening of Cologne and Dresden (RAF+USAAF).

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    Why is the response form people like Malinda to go on about what the person telling us about our problems has done?

    Let us assume I hammer my wife and my neiughbour hammers his wife and children. If my neighbour tells people I am a wife beater, does it matter that he is a worse abuser?

    I know what the response from people like will be. They will say I have become a wife beater because my neighbour is an abuser (e.g. colonialism & imnperialism). Always with excuses, never accepting responsibility.

    Some advice to abusers: YOu know the best way to stop your neighbour from ineterfering? Stop beating your wife.

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      Did you interfere when your neiughbour’s (USA, UK) abused persons not even in your Back yard but in foreign lands (Iraq, Libya etc) in the abused people’s land – you were a spectator and supported the actions of your great neiughbours. When people were raped, beaten and murdered in their own home (SL)for 20/30 years by Tamil terrorists living their home people took the much wanted action in getting rid of the vermin. What right has your neiughbour’s got to interfere in our matter?

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    Malinda, it was Blair’s deputy Prescott who admitted to it being an illegal war.

    Catastrophic? Libya, Egypt, Syria, South Sudan all under Gujarati American Biswal’s boss (she’s a political appointee who will be out of job if racist demagogue mini Mussolini becomes President).

    There will never be courage to have Chilcot commission in the USA. BUT finally we might get to see the redacted 28 pages from the 9/11 report.

    ISIS came about from hardcore trained Baathist Iraqi army US disbanded.

    Political appointee Naturalized American Buswal is barking for her supper.

    If Hillary wins, Eelam might happen. Libya became ISIS Territory because US and UK lied and then overstepped their mandate .

    SriLankan American Dixieland dweller.

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    This particular MRbiased writer is making every effort to paint the picutre in favour of their fraction – he on behalf of them has always been on the effort. From Biswal s message went across the globe following her speech held in SL was about how improved the relationship between SL and the US. She even said the relationship has become all times high…. not being able to digest this the writer to make a distinction about the message sent by Biswal to Obama: “if Sri Lanka doesn’t make meaningful progress in addressing the accountability issues, the patience of the international community on Sri Lanka will start to wear thin and urged Sri Lanka to take some “concrete steps” to address the issue of human rights, accountability and reconciliation process” further shows how they are going to interpret it.

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      Another USA UK hypocrite. International community does not live in SL. People in Sri Lankans are devoid of murderous LTTE terrorist vermin who plagued our country for 20/30 years. Very short memories!!!

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    Well done Malinda…

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    As what happened to League of Nations UN too evidently failed.
    All countries should get together and voice for this shameless acts of UN manipulated by United States through various ways.
    if we are humans, it is a shame to keep our eyes and ears closed.
    please raise your voice against these crimes. Citizens of US have to get out of these shameless practices of their government.

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    As what happened to League of Nations UN too evidently has failed.

    All countries should get together and voice for this shameless acts of UN manipulated specially by United States.

    If we are humans, it is a shame to keep our eyes and ears closed.
    please raise your voice against these crimes commuted by powerful countries.

    Anybody can see that US has a weakness of committing crimes against humanity.

    Nisha biswal is just one women merely earning her living by supporting lairs to prevail.

    People of United States should voice against these shameless practices of their Gov.

    SO people voice to make UN a better place.

    Remember David put Goliath down !!!!!

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    Machan,

    Can you also tell us how many Highways, Rail Roads , Schools, Hospitals and Power Plants has America built in these countries which Ms Bishwal is touring?.

    Has Ms Bishwal dropped in to India to check on the Human Rights of the 23 percent ( 275 Million for the people who don’t know much about percentages) Hindians who live on less than USD 1.25 a day.

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    Malinda says that, “In other words, the leaders of this country are answerable. They are answerable to the people of this country. “

    Right! So let’s get on with it, shall we?

    If we (the Yahapalanaya GOSL) committed ourselves to allowing international jurists to conduct an objective inquiry, why not allow them to?

    What’s there to be afraid of if there is nothing to hide?

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      Are you afraid of going for a referendum?

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        @Lanka – koheda yanne malle pol!

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    Melinda,

    Perhaps the US is truly as bad as you make it out to be.

    But that is not an excuse for us to be bad, is it? Let’s follow the lead of Jurisprudence above and get on with doing the right thing by our citizens and our solemn commitments in Geneva.

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      Malinda, my apologies for misspelling your name.

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    Seems like a(nother) reprise of that old record from Malinda collection.

    Hold on, let me read again before I wade in.

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    Mahinda Seneviratne it is great to see people standing up to bigots like USA and UK and telling them about the atrocities they have committed around the world.

    Problem with ‘yahapalanaya’ idiots especially the so called FM Mangala Samaraweera who will wipe the feet of his white master!!!!

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    What is so sacred about this ‘International Community’? What have they done about the atrocities listed so well by Malinda? This so called ‘International Community’ is but blind and stupid at best, or so conniving that they have taken the gullible in planet for a slow spin. The backers of this ‘International Community’ in Sri Lanka are in the payroll of some NGO one way or other, OR they are of the subhuman species that hate themselves primarily and hate the last regime blindly!
    Point here is we have investigated this issue several times, so why revisit it again by an investigation team appointed by the terrorist and their backers? These people as pointed so well in this article, are incapable of telling the truth. So what concocted lies to their gains / means to their end will we get?
    The ‘International Community’ does not want peace and stability in our nation nor do they want reconciliation. So mark my words, this merry go round will go on for many years to come! How else would all these people make a living?

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    malinda the RH of mahindaor is it the LH of mahinda
    you say
    ” One can get away with murder (as the USA has) when one is judge, jury and court reporter. “

    THat is what you are doing in SRILANKA
    You are true to the saying KETTLE CALL POT BLACK.
    Wake up and look into whats happening in srilanka now.
    14 years girl is raped and beaten by the police as reported in CT No action taken by the police to arrest because perpetrator is an influential sinhala buddhist and the victim is a poor tamil.
    Why don’t you concentrate in alleviating the injustices in our land so people can live peacefully. Journalists like you with lots of influence can make a real difference. So please malinda make an effort you will be rewarded with a satisfaction that you have contributed something worth while to the people of SRILANKA.

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    This is a case of implementation of a resolution of UNHRC and it has no bearing on political histories of nations who are members of the UNHRC.
    Malinda is lost in polemics in this matter.

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    ‘UNHRC has no bearing on the political histories of the nations who are members of the UNHRC’. Perhaps it should take a look and correlate this history to the current situation in many nations including Sri Lanka. Lessons learnt will provide a good education to all. The colonial history, US imperialism and relationship between US interest, NATO and UN (including UNHRC). Then some Sri Lanka are blind and stupid or just prefer to be blind.

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    /‘Patience’ is the commodity in short supply. And charity begins at home, they say./

    Those who follow things closely know your level of patience. A number of us saw the interview you gave, in which you gave a lecture in an unprofessional tone.

    Charity begins at home, Heh heh…

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