26 August, 2019

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This Is The Gist Of What I Had To Say In Westminster

By Gordon Weiss –

Gordon Weiss

In the past few years, I’ve largely avoided junkets from Sri Lankan diaspora groups, for fear of being tarred with various brushes. The two exceptions (not junkets of course) were from Toronto’s Sri Lankans Without Borders , a group dedicated to building common ground between all of Lanka’s communities, and now the Global Tamil Forum, who persuaded me to travel to London for their third annual conference. Sunday I was laying in the sun in Australia, trying to heal a herniated disk in my back. That evening, I decided to catch a plane the next morning.

I was convinced by the line-up of speakers: the UK’s Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg; current and former UK foreign secretaries Douglas Alexander and David Milliband; current opposition leader Ed Milliband; Conservative leader in the Lords, Baroness Warsi; former Norwegian government minister Erik Solheim; leading international lawyer and academic, Professor Bill Schabas; the redoubtable Judge Yasmin Sooka, one of the three panellists on the UN’s Panel of Experts report, and Commissioner on South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission; Callum Macrae, the producer and director of all three Channel 4 films, including his latest No Fire Zone which will be shown for the first time this Friday at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva; and representatives from the African National Congress; International Crisis group, Amnesty, Human Rights Watch, and Civicus.

This is quite apart from the other remarkable people I’ve met while here. Sri Lankan academic and writer, the wry Kumar David; the courageous M.M. Rajani Iqbal who, along with her husband, has done so much to document disappearances; the eloquent M.A. Sumanthiran, MP in the Sri Lankan parliament, and reputedly one of the best practising lawyers on the island; the doughty and irrepressible MP Rajavarothiam Sampanthan; and Father Emmanuelle, a theologian and scholar much disliked by the island’s regime.

This is the gist of what I had to say in the ten minutes I was given… Incidentally, my journey was funded by a European government.

“Thanks to the Tamil Global Forum for persuading me to be here. I’m grateful, considering the very persuasive group of Britain’s leading decision-makers who have fronted up today to lend their heft to this subject, turning their minds to reconciliation in Sri Lanka, supporting an end to the string of violent conflicts that has dominated this beautiful country’s last four decades.

I have said elsewhere that in the war in Sri Lanka, I had no dog in the fight. No Tamil wife, or cousin, no Sinhalese brother-in-law, or best friend. So I have always fancied that I am very much an outsider, an ordinary man if you will, with ordinary responses, and an impartial observer.

On Sunday I was lounging on the beach in Australia, trying to recover from a herniated disk, and it was very much a last minute decision to be here. I drove from my home to the airport on Monday, and flew via Beijing, thinking once again of my daughters…

I am not a human rights professional, and I have emphasized before that my response to the final page of Sri Lanka’s war was very much that of an ordinary person, despite my professional role and responsibilities as the UN’s spokesperson in Colombo at that time.

When I set out to write my book, The Cage, it was because as an ordinary man I simply felt the unfairness, the indecency of what had happened.

When in 2009, during the war, I returned from work at night time in Colombo to see my daughters comfortably sleeping, I would think of the thousands of children in the north, living through the terror of a siege, and of their parents who were unable to medicate them when they were suffering from from common illnesses, or to save then when they were injured by shrapnel, or when their limbs were torn by high-powered bullets.

I have repeated many times that I went to Sri Lanka as a supporter of the government’s right to reclaim its sovereign territory. The LTTE, a revolutionary organization whose brand of ruthless ultra-violence had effectively subverted the justice of its cause, had to be taken on. The government military campaign was a relatively disciplined fight, up until the end. And it is that end with which I have taken exception, and for which I have worked to explain. In dealing with extra-state groups, sovereign states have a standard of responsibility that must be adhered to. As we have learned from the years of emerging evidence of war crimes, the so-called “Sri Lanka model” is no model at all to be followed.

The understanding, or full comprehension of what happened in Sri Lanka has come a long way since 2009. I ought to say that British leaders such as David Milliband, then Foreign Secretary and who has spoken today, already knew full well that the version propagated by the government of Sri Lanka was not the truth. But for the broader public, the lines of the Sri Lankan government, things such as “not a drop of civilian blood was spilled,” rang somehow true.

There had been no bombing of hospitals or schools. No bombardment of civilian concentrations and bread lines. No withholding of precious medicines and food. No battlefield executions, and no rape and killing of captured Tamil Tiger female fighters, or of children.

The commonly accepted coin was that India would never shift from the rock-solid support that it had shown for Sri Lanka, so obvious in the Human Rights Council resolution of 2009. So too it has always been the common coin that China will never shift its support from Sri Lanka, an analysis that I dispute.

At the time, there had been no International Crisis group report of the final stages of the war, there was no UN Panel of Experts report, no Channel 4 documentaries, and nor was there the flurry of news reports wherein it is now accepted that a great many people died while the world’s press was so successfully excluded from the battlefield by the government of Sri Lanka.

Today it is generally accepted, as irrefutable evidence has gradually emerged and accumulated, that a great many civilians died, that their deaths were probably needless and egregious even given the circumstances of this terrible final chapter, and that war crimes were committed by both sides.

So here, while we sit in the Gladstone room, off the ancient Westminster Hall, we are surrounded by the portraits and statues of the great, those who constructed and presided over the Courts of Justice for 500 years. But I also find a neat metaphor in the marks of the stonemasons who built this great hall, ordinary men who left their marks in the chips and scrapes on these walls.

For fairness, and a sense of common decency, is an ordinary quality common to all people. It is this innate sense of fairness that builds systems of justice, and which inspires just outcomes. It is this decency that was once written about by Vaclav Havel, the former dissident and President of the Czech Republic, a sense of decency that is ultimately, I believe, bound to prevail over those who would shroud the truth, compel us to forget, and whose interests do not lie with justice for all. It is this sense of decency which results in organizations like the ANC or CIVICUS, and which I believe will result in a truth process in Sri Lanka that will support reconciliation and a lasting peace.

I’d like to refer to three words raised by Father Emmanuelle:

The first is sincerity. The Tamil community needs to work to actively dispel the murky past that characterized the Tamil struggle for equal rights. That is not to say that it didn’t have its place, or that it was not part of a legitimate struggle. It was. When faced with an unbending violence, sometimes the answer will be violence. But at some stage, that answer became an anachronism, and no longer suited to a post-9/11 world.

The second is consistency. Tamils need to build a common platform, based on shared political and social aims, to replace the confusing proliferation of Tamil groups that have flourished since the demise of the LTTE. Tamils need to have unity of purpose expressed in a common voice, if policy-makers are to be able to act on their behalf.

Thirdly, Tamils need to understand what will work and what won’t today, in 2013, and to recognize what will achieve a listening from political leaders and broader publics throughout the world.

Finally, Father Emmanuelle mentioned “freedom based on truth and justice,” and it is here that I want to raise the prospect of an historic opportunity for the Tamil diaspora.

The Tamil diaspora, linked with the leadership of Tamils who live in Sri Lanka today, and who must find an accommodation with the current government, have an historic opportunity. You must recognize and seize this chance. To resort to some Australian-isms for a moment: the cloth-eared, kack-handed, woolly-headed approach of the current Sri Lankan government has presented the Tamil community with a golden opportunity. The government of Sri Lanka has squandered so much goodwill, and has proven itself so untrustworthy, that they have opened a wide void for an opposition, which is not being effectively occupied.

But the Tamil diaspora, this incredibly well-organized group – professional, well-educated, and well-connected in politics and finance – has the opportunity to speak not only on behalf of Tamils, but also on behalf of all those who are excluded from meaningful participation in Sri Lankan political life today. That includes the Muslims, Sinhalese oppositionists, the media, lawyers, Budddhist priests who do not share the extremities of their brethren, and dare I say other minorities such as homosexuals.

In the words of a famous Czech artist whose name I have forgotten but whose words have stayed with me, “In supporting the freedom of others, I find my own.” At a time of growing oppression in Sri Lanka, there has perhaps never been a better moment for the Tamil Diaspora to support the freedom of others, thereby finding their own.

Thank you for your kind attention.”

*This article was first published by the gordonweissauthor.com

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    Hi Gordon

    Imagine a Global German Forum 3 years after their well deserved defeat in the 2nd World War. Allied forces commited gigantic war crimes in their push to unseat Hitler and Nazis.

    Would you have gone to that summit too?

    How about Global Vietnam Forum? How many British leaders would dropped by? Not to forget Global Iraq and Afganistan Forums.

    BTW, see how much so called “impressive British leaders” have contributed to peace around the world. Jewel in the Crown being the cration of Israel inside Palestine.

    And we know all about David Miliband’s enthusiasm. it is based on shallow electoral interests of the Labour Party. Thank you Wikileaks.

    Gordon, BTF is run by the cunning LTTE rump in the UK. People who built the LTTE that caused the bloody Ealam War IV outcome. How about accountability of the support BTF members provided the LTTE for 30 long years?

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      Ben Hurling:
      It didn’t take long for the “conspiracy theorists” and the masters of obfuscation to emerge and – surprise, surprise – here’s the last-born of the Jewish tribes trotting out that very old and tired claim that “THEY DID IT FIRST, SO IT’S OKAY FOR US TO DO THE SAME!”

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        Exactly which part of response is a conspiracy theory?

        Again, all I can say is “Aney Apochchi”!

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        It’s not about them doing it first, Aney, but about them continuing to do it with impunity.

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      There is but one regime, as brutal as the SL regime, that comes to mind in the way it decimated its own citizens/civilians on such horrific proportion – the Pol Pot regime. All those whom you have cited did so to their enemies but after WW2, the SL regime stands ashamed of suc horrific atrocities against its own citizens, including Sinhala youths.

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        Jansee,
        You’re getting confused with your regimes. The ones who destroyed the JVP (to prevent SL going the way of a Pol Pot type situation) was the UNP. Those days Mahinda was off to Geneva to protest about human rights abuses. Neither the UNP or the current mob are particularly ashamed of what was done and what had to be done.
        http://tinyurl.com/alpkl9t

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      You are confused Ben.
      The war criminals who committed crimes against humanity are Sinhalese similar to the Nazis.
      The riots and killings of 1956, 1958, 1961, 1977, and July 1983 as well as the subsequent killings, rape, torture and concentration camps were committed by the Sinhalese.
      Your attempts of attack on Mr. Gordon is woefully consistent and pathetic.

      Of course, Mr. Gordon is guilty of doing nothing when most of the crimes he now speaks of so eloquently, when he was based in Sri Lanka as a well paid UN official. He witnessed those crimes. He remained silent for many years after until he wrote the book.

      However, his work not to expose the Truth, and bring about Justice is very much appreciated by not only Tamils but other well meaning citizens of the word. None of us want this to repeated to other minorities like the Tamil speaking Muslims or elsewhere in the world.

      Global Tamil Forum or other Tamil organizations will flourish among the 1 million Tamil diaspora and other Tamils around the world who lend their support in different ways.

      Tamils do not have the “Nazi Syndrome”. It is the Sinhalese who have that problem and go about attacking and slandering any one who speak up for the Tamils and Justice. Some websites and editors (Sinhalese) allow and encourage such personal attacks under bogus names even on this website.

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        Dear Donald,
        Of these millions of overseas Tamil youth, how many answered the Glorious Leader’s appeal from 2006 to 2009 for more manpower with which to fight the advancing SLA? The answer is a big fat ZERO.

        Compare the lack of commitment displayed by the overseas Tamils to risk their skins with the commitment shown by hundreds of British-born Muslims who’ve gone off to Libya and Syria to fight and die for their ’cause’.

        You had your chance to show your commitment to the cause and you blew it. The world saw your ‘brave’ demonstrations in London and Toronto and a strange unwillingness to act.

        Any idea why this was so?

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        Dear Donald

        Move beyond your Tamil only cubicle you have restricted yourself into. It is a large world.

        This is the 21st century. Tamil ethnic tribalism you display is not so hip anymore. Nor is Sinhala nationalism. There are many ethnic groups in Sri Lanka. Tamils are one of them. Sinhalese happen to be the majority.

        We want to build a nation where all are equal Sri Lankans before the law. Our diversity is a strength. Not a threat. Do not fear our differences or our common future. Do not be so narrow minded.

        Does that sound like Nazism to you?

        Or you just love being paranoid anyway?

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          Ben Hurling,
          Why don’t you give some advice to BBS(Bodu Bala Sena) not to antagonise the Muslims, which if not checked will result in many Muslim countries being unfrienly with our country.
          This will lead to no more recruitment of labour from SL, including House-maids, who bring in the much needed foreign excahange to sustain our finances.

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            Sarath

            Here is my take on that matter.

            They are a “Balu Sena”. They are a terrible shame to Buddhism and to Sri Lanka.

            Yet, they have the potential to destroy our beautiful country one more time. Including much needed international support and income.

            Therefore we must engauge them seriously in debate.

            Fighting “Balu Sena” is not my responsibility alone. A collective duty of a nation. I will do my part, to help put “Balu Sena” in their rightful place.

            I believe decent Sri Lankans must now stand upto “Balu Sena” in defence of our citizens, who happen to be of Muslim faith.

            “Balu Sena” kind of situation or ultra right-wing extremism is not unique to SL. West has serious problems with unjustified Islamophobia as well.

            I think the solution is to defeat “Balu Sena’s” intolerant, racist ideology on the public stage. Once and forever. Sri Lanka must prevail over “Balu Sena”.

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    This is how Gordon Weiss ends his speech: In the words of a famous Czech artist whose name I have forgotten but whose words have stayed with me, “In supporting the freedom of others, I find my own.”

    In the words of the infamous despot who rules this country with his family of 300 plus:
    “Awa balawa! Come and see! Not a single drop of civilian blood was spilled in the world’s largest hostage rescue humanitarian operation. Our humanitarian peacekeepers went on this peace mission with the human rights charter in one hand, a gun in the other hand and a camera phone to take pictures for posterity.
    There was no bombing of hospitals or schools. No bombardment of civilian concentrations and bread lines. No withholding of precious medicines and food. No battlefield executions, and no rape and killing of captured Tamil Tiger female fighters, or of children. Prabahakaran’s 12 year old son Balachandran was unfortunately killed when he was struck on the head by a meteorite while having a snack in a holiday bunker suite. The 3,00,000 survivors were given 5 star food and facilities in “Welfare Holiday Camps” and when the holiday was over, none of them wanted to go back to their homes because they felt so happy and safe to be protected by barbed wire fences and unarmed peacekeepers who kept away prying reporters and media people from disrupting their holiday. This is the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth…and may humanitarian lightning strike me down if I am lying!” :D

    http://youtu.be/Pb28kdYhKFU

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      But Jarapassa and clan said there is no Truth with all this,
      “BUT HALF TRUTHs”.

      I wander “What Half” They are talking about?.

      Did they forgot to Salvage some more precious things in NORTH AND EAST, After war is over?. is that half truth????????????.

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    This is actually quite a sensible piece from Weiss. Unfortunately the overseas LTTE (i.e. GTF, BTF, WTF and the rest of the alphabet) won’t take Gordon’s good advice.

    1. They’ll never explicitly criticise the LTTE or even engage in any sort of self-criticism of their own actions. They haven’t even admitted to having lost the war and instead behave as if this is long tea break before the next innings.

    2. There won’t even be a shred of unity, because there isn’t a Prabha figure with a gun in the background to instil discipline through fear. The Tamils are after all, real Sri Lankans, which means they can’t agree on anything.

    3. The LTTE diaspora isn’t interested in reaching an accommodation with GoSL. Some of its saner members maybe, but the nutters hold the whip hand, always ready to brand anyone who wants to accommodate GoSL, a “traitor”.

    If the LTTE diaspora really wanted to discomfort GoSL, they’ll start waving the SL flag at their next rally/hunger strike, Facebook campaign.

    Oh, and as long as the LTTE disapora shields itself with Western politicians who were self-admitted “Fluffers for Eelam” and beat the war crimes drum, they’ll never get a hearing in SL.

    p.s. I never knew that Father Emmanuel had taken part in the infamous series of “Emmanuelle” films. Who knew that he had such an interesting hinterland?

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      Many Tamils have chided the LTTE. If you have not read about it or pretend to be one, then it is your problem.

      If you want to be a lapdog of the GOSL, be one. What kind of accomodation are you talking about? There was this talk from the Tamil leaders in SL of this kind of accomodation immediately after the war. MR and his gang got carried away in the euphoria of triumphalism and politics and I just don’t know where were you people then.

      The talk/time of accomodation has long disappeared. Coming to grips with so much of loss of life and limbs, our women and girls brutally raped and murdered, thousands of children bombed to shreds, hospitals bombed, herding into the so-called treacherous no-fire-zones and bombing them to pulp, caging them like animals with guns to their heads, the colossal devastation, etc, yes, we have a score to settle with the SL regime. You take a hard look at yourself in the mirror and ask yourself of a wife, sister and mother of yours brutally being raped and murdered and there is nothing you can do about it. And incidentally, this was happening long before LTTE came into the scene and it was this reason that the Tamils were left with no choice but to support the LTTE. The way you write points to your belief that all Tamils are your enemies, not just the LTTE. Do you think the Tamils would be in so much pain if the regime had settled its scores with the LTTE, and LTTE alone who was its adversary. I know that most of you Sinhalese praise this regime and believe every dubious word this regime tells. That is the reason we have to go outside the country to smoke out the foxes. You talk of accomodation. We have no problem with that. Instead of having a skewed view of the Tamils who have lost so much because of a regime bathing in a heap of lies and blood, we can still join hands to get this regime to answer for its crimes. Both of our races have a trust deficit – so let us have an independent international investigation and then wherever lies the truth, everyone has to to accept it, be it the Tamils or the Sinhalese. Are you game for it? Tell your masters, just the mention of it will send shivers through their spine. You are fools – I am not saying these, the regime knows this and is just hiding behind this folly.

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        Jansee,
        Individual Tamils chiding the LTTE isn’t the issue. Weiss was talking to the various overseas groups who claim to act on behalf of all Tamils. Show me any evidence of them having undertaken any kind of objective analysis of why the LTTE failed, the damage the LTTE did to the Tamil people during its slow death rattle and any admission of these groups’ culpability for the deaths of Tamil civilians in 2009.

        We know that the overseas LTTE didn’t give a damn about the well-being of Tamil civilians in the North & East. They wanted them to die in very large numbers. We know this thanks to Wikileaks.

        “Ambassador [Blake] briefed the minister on the results of the meeting Asst Sec Boucher had hosted with American (SL Tamil) Diaspora representatives. He explained that the Diaspora had rejected U.S. calls for them to urge the release of civilians.
        https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/wikileaksdiaspora-had-rejected-u-s-calls-for-them-to-urge-the-release-of-civilians/

        As for international investigations, can you provide answers to these basic questions:

        Who will comprise this foreign ‘independent’ panel acceptable to all parties?

        Which period should they cover?

        Which countries should they investigate, other than SL?

        Should they be able to indict SL Tamils currently living in the West who can be proved to have supported the LTTE? [I expect to see Aunty Adele and a plane loads surviving senior LTTE officials arriving in CMB]

        Will they indict and prosecute Western supporters of the LTTE, including some dodgy NGOs?

        But before we get there, we should investigate and provide accountability for the dead and disappeared of JVP 1, JVP 2, Eelam Wars 1-4 and the perpetrators of Black July. Atrocities should be dealt with in strict temporal sequence.

        But before any of that, any international investigating body must apply the same principals of justice and accountability to far greater war crimes. So let them start with the biggest enablers of civilian deaths in the last two decades, the UK & US (remember Iraq sanctions in Gulf War 1, then Iraq 2 and currently AfPak quagmire?), then on to Russia (Chechnya) and then perhaps India (too many insurgencies and atrocities to list – Punjab, Kashmir etc) oh.. and Israel of course and then by all means prosecute Sri Lanka.

        After all, for justice to be done, it must be done impartially, no?

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          Whatever happened to the pronouncement of a humanitarian operation? Although the adversary ought to have been the LTTE, the killing of thousands of civilians, which you implicitly admit, is clear genocide. It is laughable to cite others for the genocide caused by the regime. Again, the regime’s adversary was the LTTE. Pray tell me what do understand by the regime’s claim of a humanitarian operation?

          This is the problem with guys like you. Even if we go by your argument that the diaspora Tamils funded the LTTE operations, for whatever reason(s), how does this legitimise the genocide of civilians? How more stupid can this get particularly when the regime mounted the operation to free the civilians from the clutches of the LTTE? Do you still have your head in the sand?

          The SL regime is the accused party – again this sounds so stupid – it has been alleged of serious war crimes. It has limited or no leverage in this matter to dictate the whos’ and whats of the investigation. It had four years to initiate credible investigations within the country but it continued bluffing and took everyone on a wild goose chase. This regime stands in no position to dictate terms anymore. As you know by now, it has tried all the tricks in the bag but still the noose is getting tighter.

          There should be no problem in trying the LTTE (or the remnants) in a similar vein as the regime. We can start with Karuna, KP and Pillaiyan. What do you think?

          What temporal sequence are you talking about? How many inquiries and commissions has the regimes of SL appointed to investigate the crimes you have mentioned. I have no qualms in mentioning that you are one hell of a liar. It is because of the total distrust on SL that external investigations have to be initiated. Again, you don’t dictate the terms anymore. Don’t you get it – much as you and SL wanted or wished, this matter has gone beyond the borders of SL. You are not in a position to set terms and conditions. That time is past already. See what you can do about the current proposed resolution in the UNHRC?

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            Jansee,
            You’re unable to answer my simple question about who will set up the international investigation acceptable to all and whine about ‘genocide’. Typical. I’ve never ever denied that thousands of Tamil civilians died. And the blame for their rests with the LTTE who used them as a civilian shield, which you are unable to admit. Why? What are you scared of?

            If GoSL was intent on genocide, why weren’t thousands of Tamil civilians killed in defeating the LTTE during the Eastern campaign? The answer is that the LTTE never managed to corral the civilians into a convenient, mobile human shield.

            It makes absolute sense for KP, Karuna and ex-JVPers etc to be brought into the mainstream, despite their previous misdeeds. That’s what has to happen after a war. You have to make peace with your erstwhile enemies. A good example from Northern Ireland is Martin McGuiness. He was a senior IRA commander during the IRA insurgency, he ordered the deaths of many British soldiers, planned countless bombings and tried (and failed) to kill Mrs Tatcher and her cabinet in the1984 Brighton Grand Hotel bombing.
            Martin McGuiness is now Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister (Prime Minister).

            Only weak, failed states allow investigations by external bodies of internal matters. e.g. Kosovo, DRC, CAR, etc. Despite the way that MR has behaved, (alienating SL’s friends, the chief justice affair etc), it’s extremely unlikely that he’ll be on his way to the Hague. Let me explain how that process works. Just memorise this and we can stop wasting time on this futile posturing about the ICC impeaching MR and his family of thieves.

            “There are three sets of circumstances under which the ICC can launch a prosecution.

            1. It can be invited in by a government which has ratified the treaty setting up the court, as in the ICC’s current prosecutions in Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, and the Central African Republic.

            2. It can have a case referred to it by the UN Security Council, as with its prosecution of Sudanese president Omar al Bashir.

            3. It can launch an investigation on its own initiative, as it has done in Kenya, but only in relation to states which recognise its jurisdiction and national courts are unable or unwilling to prosecute.

            There’s a further catch. The UN Security Council can halt any investigation it doesn’t wish to proceed. This is initially for a year, but is actually renewable indefinitely. Permanent members of the UN Security Council – such as the United States, China, Russia & UK are never likely to face prosecution, and could stop any investigation dead in its tracks.”

            So, China and Russia will block any ICC/UNSC investigations against MR. Unless GoSL does something really, really stupid, [which given their recent performance is possible] impeachment will remain a figment of your fevered imagination.

            http://www.battleofideas.org.uk/index.php/2011/battles/5400/

            MR & his family rule will have to be defeated by the SL voter and not by expat LTTE groups.

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              Lies belong to the province of the SL regimes and the lackeys napping with them.

              You still haven’t answered my question – what kind of a humanitarian operation was this when hospitals were bombed, food and medicine was denied and over 140,000 civilians were killed? Lies, lies and lies.

              In short, what you are telling is that the UNHRC is wasting its time. Then pray tell me why the regime is getting so “excited” over the resolutions? Just ignore them and there is no need even to send Mahinda Samarasinghe. Just sleep at home and all is well. Wish MR would not make the terrible mistake of appointing you as his advisor.

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              Jansee,
              Is that the best you can do to avoid answering my questions? Your whines include: “what kind of a humanitarian operation was this when hospitals were bombed, food and medicine was denied and over 140,000 civilians were killed? Lies, lies and lies.”

              Hospitals:
              Hospitals were bombed because the LTTE used their environs from which situate their own artillery and fire at the advancing forces. Horrible, but true.
              “The presence of a protected person [i.e. civilian hostages] may not be used to render certain points (e.g. hospitals) or areas immune from military operations.“4th Geneva Convention, Article 28.

              Food & Medicine:
              Despite attacks by the LTTE on food/medical convoys supplies were still getting through to the trapped civilians. When they got through, the LTTE used the stock for their cadres, first before the unlucky civilians got the rest.

              LTTE Sea Tiger suicide boats attacked MV Ruhuna and MV Malawa, which were carrying food supplies to the North.
              http://www.marsec4.com/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/03/Suicide-WBIED-Attack-off-Jaffna-SriLanka-10-08.pdf

              The ICRC even congratulated the Navy for its sterling work in evacuating civilians under difficult conditions;
              http://www.colombopage.com/imgs_11A/SriLanka_ICRC_Feb14_2009.pdf

              140,000 civilians killed:
              Why only 140,000? Why not 250,000 or 180,000 dead? GoSL are known and proven liars who’ve met their match in the distraught Eelamists.

              Now, let’s see if you’re brave enough to answer my questions.

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    Tamil leaders, here and in self-exile, accept the good advice proffered by Gordon Weiss. Throw in your lot with those engaged in the struggle for restoration of democracy and the rule of law in Sri Lanka. But shun the so called opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe who is part of this corrupt regime. This country is too small for division. People are prepared to live together in harmony. It is the politicians who whip up communal and ethnic tensions. Don’t trust the present leaders of the `Old Left’. They have sold their souls for a mess of pottage! Monsters raise their ugly heads from time to time. The latest monster is the Bodu Bala Sena. These monsters cannot survive if peoples from all communities unite to challenge them. I invite political leaders in the South like Karu Jayasuriya, Sajith Premadasa, Sarath Fonseka, Lakshman Kirielle, upcoming leaders like Dayasiri Jayasekera, Harin Fernando, Range Bandara and also respected Buddhist religious dignitaries like Ven. Maduluwawe Sobhita Thera to extend their hand of friendship to Tamil leaders and get on with the task of rebuilding national unity!

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      I can reason in this. Shiranee (CJ) sacrificed everything, though indirectly, in support of the Provincial Councils. So, I cannot turn the other side when there is goo emanating from any side, tamils or sinhalese but how does Sarath Fonseka figure in this? Isn’t he a war criminal?

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    The real issue is that the SL Government has steadfastly refused to accept that there were civilian casualties.

    That is why the GTF and Channel4 etc are thriving.

    If that issue can be resolved, one way or another, then progress in reconciliation can begin. Such resolution would probably inspire the Diaspora to productively invest in the north and east to augment the governments current efforts of development and rehabilitation in those areas.

    Confrontational battles will not help the cause.

    Acrimony, distrust and destabilsation efforts against SL will continue until such time cool heads emerge and accountabilty issues are dealt with amicably.

    With the current intransigence on both sides, the only losers in this battle for the foreseeable future are only the Tamils.

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    If only the detractors can stop pointing fingers at other situations, other culprits, stop attacking the messenger/writer, and spewing the government rhetoric, they can see that this is a well written article from a neutral point of view. Every article written by any journalist is immediately branded “coming from an LTTE sympathizer” it seems there aren’t any independent thinkers who may write based on their independent thoughts and perspectives. It seems no writer can question a supposed to be democratic government’s strange behavior of stalling, lying, and refusing all evidence, which by itself can be deemed guilty by action.

    Thank you for this article. Now perhaps it may give those with blind loyalty to a government with absolutely NO integrity to answer to the investigations, questions, and blind to the crimes that continue to go unsolved, something food for thought – if they are capable of such thought.

    It is easy to stay loyal, and apathetic, when your loved one is not among the killed or missing.

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    The carnage,destruction, misery,loss of thousands of Tamil lives so far have clearly shown that the communalism embedded in Sinhalese community will not just wither away, as we all wish.

    Tamil leadership have always led campaigns even before independence for “freedom based on truth and justice”. What Sinhalese gave them was unbending violence. Oppressed Tamils had to meet this unbending genocidal violence, with equal force of violence and destruction. Father Emmanuel himself martyred the Tamil freedom fighters when he said in the past “The church refused to let suicides have a Christian burial. But for us, these boys and girls aren’t suicides, they’re martyrs. They are giving up their lives for a higher cause, the way Jesus Christ did.”

    What Gordon Weiss fails to see here is that the new vigor and strong commitment(as never before in the history) to justice and truth by the international community (as shown by impressive leaders represented in the GTF Forum). We shave seen that these leaders of the international community will not shy away from taking any drastic action to regimes similar to Rajapkshas in seeking truth and justice as in Iraq,Libya,Sudan,Syria etc.

    Tamil diaspora cannot forge a credible opposition without drawing lessons from these rich experiences. Weiss is right to dispute China will never shift its support from Sri Lanka.

    Tamil diaspora is in a better position than any other national liberation movement (compared to similar movements (in relation Iraq,Libya,Sudan,Syria etc) as it has the “incredibly well-organized group – professional, well-educated, and well-connected in politics and finance” in the international arena. Already in the eyes of billions of workers, oppressed people around the globe, the genocidal campaign of Sinhalese have proved beyond any doubt.The next step is the continuation of the struggle along the same line as always it has been in the past not to to seek illusory “accommodation with the current [Sinhalese]government”.

    Unlike in the past, Tamils now have the international public opinion on our side.

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    Gordon Weiss is indeed becoming wiser with time. He is beginning to identify the stupidity and preach sanity. He is becoming a part of the solution, from being part of the festering problem. His advice to the vocal and organised segments of the Tamil Diaspora, should be considered a much needed purgative. I am sure GW will sound wiser the next time around, if he is invited and also funded by THE European country. I have my doubts whether he will be welcome next year around. I however wish he is, because I want hear what he will have to say.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      Looks like you are very, very sore that you were not invited. Perhaps, it is not that difficult to see the face behind the mask.

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        He will not be INVITED .

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      Gordon’s speech was good and please be rest assured that he will be invited by Tamil diaspora associations.

      He did not say anything which Tamils in the diaspora need to be upset about. One cannot please every body. I wish Gordon spoke about the violations in 2009 and 2010 and not after his book. But better late than never.

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      Of course he is sore, a man with the ego so large everything and anything has to me about him

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    Hey Gorden

    Refer below to your statement

    But the Tamil diaspora, this incredibly well-organized group – professional, well-educated, and well-connected in politics and finance – has the opportunity to speak not only on behalf of Tamils, but also on behalf of all those who are excluded from meaningful participation in Sri Lankan political life today. That includes the Muslims, Sinhalese oppositionists, the media, lawyers, Budddhist priests who do not share the extremities of their brethren, and dare I say other minorities such as homosexuals.

    Are you trying to hand over the SL future for this tamil diaspora organisation, are you mad, they are the same group who funded milions of dollars to LTTE kill thier own people and other singalese people

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      King Mahinda is going to be your deliverer. With everyone punding on him, he certainly requires saviours like you.

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    Gordon the unwise, at least you have daughters and hope you live long enough to grow them to adulthood.

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    Instead of criticizing & writing rubbish, I commend this writer.

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    I am in complete agreement with the author. For there to be effective action against the lack of Justice and law and order in Sri Lanka that most Sri Lankans are in agreement with, the Diaspora, must represent all oppressed groups in Sri Lanka.

    The mere fact that they represent just the Tamil people who have suffered gives enough ammunition for the Government to call them LTTE apologists and muster a huge opposition backed up by national sentiment.

    This was amply seen just yesterday, when whilst the Tamils were demonstrating about lack of information about the disappeared, other communities also (presumably with Govt. backing) had a counter demo about non Tamil disappeared who also need closure.

    It does not matter if you are a mother of a disappeared, whether the mother is Sinhala Tamil or Muslim, the suffering is no less. So when the Diaspora fight for only the Tamil, and no one represents the other, the non Tamil mother says to herself what about my son who disappeared. I don’t know what happened to him!

    So be understanding that mustering all opposition against this brutal regime is the way to go, and not be selective for personal goals which with the LTTE history will not achieve traction anywhere, no matter how hard one tries and spends all this money.

    In the end the lobbyists the recipients of the largess of speaking fees and invitational dinners are the beneficiaries of your hard earned money, with no results just another ineffective speech.

    Thanks for reminding the world and your audience that there is more to the issue than a Tamil one. It is a personal fight against injustice to all where no laws are enforced, and crime is the preserve of the governing class.

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    There is so much sense in what Gordon Weiss says.

    I think that the Tamil diaspora, which he describes as an “ incredibly well-organized .. and well-connected” group, must seize the opportunity to lead the restoration of Sri Lankan Tamils to their rightful place in the island. Although this does not mean an independent homeland, any solution must recognise that Tamil speaking peoples have the same rights as the Sinhalese and all other ethnic and religious groups who give Sri Lanka its unique identity.

    With regard to GW’s opinion that the Tamils “need to build a common platform”. It is unlikely that they would achieve the buy-in of ex-LTTE of nutters who, as another commentator put it, are “on a long tea break between innings”. The GTF needs to make do with the unity that they have achieved to-date.

    The biggest obstacles to any solution, however, are the murderous thugs who run the country today. Relinquishing power would not only result in loss of the corrupt, nice-little-earners that they have going, but also result in their being tried as war criminals. It is, therefore, unlikely that they will vacate they positions any time soon.

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    “The government military campaign was a relatively disciplined fight, up until the end. And it is that end with which I have taken exception, and for which I have worked to explain. In dealing with extra-state groups, sovereign states have a standard of responsibility that must be adhered to. As we have learned from the years of emerging evidence of war crimes, the so-called “Sri Lanka model” is no model at all to be followed.”

    This about sums up where the govt went wrong and four years later we are still lost in the web of injustice and suffering caused. There can be no victory without justice and recompense for the victims, the message is now being said loud an clear by many people throughout the world.

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    “I have repeated many times that I went to Sri Lanka as a supporter of the government’s right to reclaim its sovereign territory.” This GORDON – would he say his forefathers committed GENOCIDE. Where are the ABORIGINEAS of Austaralia? He is from a group of people beliving “Captian Cook discovered Australia”.

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    The Rajapakse’s priority is to establish, more to the consumption of the world and the uncontgrollable Sinhala extremists at home, there is a direct and definitive link with Prabakaran’s LTTE and the Tamil resistance – both within and without the Island. So the entire Tamil diaspora, the TNA and the Tamil leadership (with the exception of quislings Devananda, Karuna & Co) are, invariably, called and asked to be called “LTTE proxies” Even an 8th standard student of politics knows the TNA and its preceding leadership were all in the elimination list of the LTTE. Many of its leaders were shot to death by the LTTE. So how can they be willing collaborators of the fascist outfit? The sincere – that is what it appeared to me – and frank interview Father
    Emmanuel (not Emmanuelle, the sex symbol as Weiss spells) gave an English media unit in Colombo where he called the Sinhalese “his friends and brothers”. Father referred to the many years he spent in Kandy to build Sinhala-Tamil rapport. All this was surprisingly ignored. What was in effect was the reality of the “dog bites man is not news but man bites dog is” that the local media and the regime were following.

    The sooner the Rajapakses realise their act is up the better for the country. Setting up the Sinhalese against the resourceful and productive smaller Muslim community will not bring them gains in the long run. It will only add to their list of critics. It is good some form of assurance is given to a September PC elections in the North. But the more important feature here is neither State, the army or the State’s armed Tamil proxies should in no way engage in violence or inflict other illegalities to render the integrity of the election to lose its validity. The proposed election is a step in the right direction.

    Senguttuvan

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    The following two phrases Gorden Weiss writes are the crucial points to be taken into consideration…….They are………

    1) “The government military campaign was a relatively disciplined fight, up until the end. And it is that end with which I have taken exception, and for which I have worked to explain. In dealing with extra-state groups, sovereign states have a standard of responsibility that must be adhered to. As we have learned from the years of emerging evidence of war crimes, the so-called “Sri Lanka model” is no model at all to be followed.”

    2) “At the time, there had been no International Crisis group report of the final stages of the war, there was no UN Panel of Experts report, no Channel 4 documentaries, and nor was there the flurry of news reports wherein it is now accepted that a great many people died while the world’s press was so successfully excluded from the battlefield by the government of Sri Lanka.”

    We all know upto until end of war, it was Gen. Sarath Fonseka who was in charge of executing,discharging and co-ordinating all duties to ground, air and sea commanders.
    Gen.Sarath Fonseka always assured that under his command, there was no violations of War crimes took place and Gordon Weiss say the Troops were discipline until the last stages of war.

    We all know during the final days of war Gen Sarath Fonseka went to China to procure weapons and was absent from the battle field during the final days of war, but was communicating with field commanders.

    During SF’s absense, Govt.asked the UN and International aid groups and the reporters to pack up and leave war zone…and this is confirmed by Gordon Weiss’s above second phrase.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIJav9HgEwc

    Therefore what we have to do is to put together the dots…..as to.

    1)Who was incharge of the final days of war……during Gen.Sarath Fonseka’s absense…..

    2)Whose commands the ground deputy Commanders were executing when Gen.Sarath Fonseka was away.

    3)Why Govt.sent Gen.Fonseka to China to Procrue arms during the last remaining days of war knowing it’s going to win the war…..and the delivery of arms take time to arrive and by that time the war has already ended.

    4)Although Gen.SF was communicating with ground staff……did they really carried out his commands…….or was taking commands from a Govt. P_olitical authority.

    5)Who are the ground commanders who were communicating with Gen.SF in China to assure him that they were following his instructions and nobody else.

    6)Why President went to Embilipitiya and avoided David Miliband when he came to Sri Lanka to discus about Tamil civilian casualties.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rm0BatLHFSk

    7)What made Govt.to chase away the UN staff and the Reporters from battle field during the final days of war.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nzzK5f-02Y&feature=endscreen&NR=1

    7)Who assured UN that Civilians will be safe and no need of UN inspectors in Nanthikandal. Was it from Colombo DS office and if so to which ground commanders it conveyed this message. Did Gen.SF know about this assurance…….and if so did he check with the ground commanders if they adhere to this principle.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_c-Ieq6Mcs

    8)was this assurance was carried out by the Ground commanders and whose commands they were carrying out. Is it from Colombo Diffense Secretary’s office or army commander Gen.SF………
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUFSfQIPlmM&NR=1&feature=endscreen

    9)Where are the Video or Camera footages of LTTE soldiers and Civilians coming out from Nanthikandal carrying white flags with them to surrender to Govt.soldiers.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMKJaJH9BR8
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dFmlVw-uxI

    10)Why Gen SF said that Defense Secretary ordered Ground commanders to kill LTTE rebels who come with white flags to surrender.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oggCA19H9Oc
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pwz_umDr5ig
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9_nZmOKMcI

    WHO IS THE REAL MURDERER HERE……..IS IT DS WHO AUTHORIZED GROUND FORCES TO KILL ALL LTTE MEMBERS WHO CAME WITH A WHITE FLAG TO SURRENDER OR…………..
    GEN.SF WHO REVEALED THIS TO MEDIA AND PEOPLE DURING ELECTION CAMPAIGN AND PAID THE PRICE IN PRISON.

    IT IS TIME SOMEONE SHOULD IMPARTIALLY INVESTIGATE THE ABOVE AND REVEAL THE TRUTH TO THE WORLD.

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    Having paid for and attending the Sri Lanka Human Rights and Australia meeting organised by the Human Rights Law Centre yesterday in Melbourne. What I gathered of Gordon Weiss (GW) and this meeting is:-

    That this meeting was high jacked by the SL high commissioners official and unofficial representatives of half a dozen or more given front row reserved seats. The chief spokesman distributed a pamphlet under the title of “”ARE THE TAMILS (NOT CAMELS) REALLY COMING? Where-in the SL population was given as 14 million when it is almost the same as Australia these days.

    The SBS famed Mark Davis seemed to be side kick and a side show seated at the extreme left of the panel whose primary mission seemed to help promote Gordon Weiss and upcoming 2nd book as well. It’s going to bear the title of something like “the last days of the LTTE”. GW appeared to me to be an arrogant, self righteous autocrat who was more interested in not only selling his books and less in the truth and/or fairness even in the partisan conduct of this meeting so as not to jeopardise his main interests.

    This I suspect was more due to fear of the sales numbers of his books and the SL high commissioners men who acted as law unto themselves and had the proceeding of this meeting completely high jacked that this meeting without an itinerary or agenda prematurely finished in about 50 to 55 minutes having charged $25.00 and 15.00 concessions. The meeting commenced. The organisers did have a low profile presence of the police as well at this meeting.

    I was not allowed to speak at this meeting though at the end of it I spoke to all concerned and clarified matters to myself. This was including asking GW whether he was there more to sell his books. As that was the overall impression I got from this meeting. To this question GW looked up to another lady and asked her did I sell any? When I in response looked at her she was silent and gave me a great smile that disarmed me from any more verbal conflict.

    I saw many buying “The cage” and the other “Still counting the dead”. I told them this and more in person when we were all in the same lift that was bringing us down to the GF. Today I spoke to the HRLC and requested them to lift their game if they wanted to be taken seriously. The HRLC changed its venue for Sydney meeting today. This I suspect is mostly likely to cope better with SL HC’s official and unofficial proxies.

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    A correction in the 4th para that should read “The meeting commenced almost half an hour late as I gathered from the HR lawyer Ambihaiplalan who asked me to sit next to him in the 3 row when I was earlier seated at the extreme right of the 2nd row which according to him was also fully reserved without clear markings on all seats of that row as well.

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    An excellent piece by Gordon Weiss. Notice how he avoids extreme words and phrases like “terrorism”, “humanitarian operation”, and “homegrown solution.” The (Sinhalese) media is hopeless when it comes to doing the same. Even the Sri Lankan diplomatic corps (Rajiva, Dayan, Ravinatha) fail miserably. You can go pretty far when the language is low-key, although the likes of Dayan think the optimum strategy is to bribe the big powers with bad human rights records – China, Russia. That strategy may work temporarily in the UN, but in the long-term, Rajapakse becomes a pariah in the Western world, which has unwanted economic implications, e.g. loss of GSP+ concessions, foreign investment, etc.

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      I truly agree with Lester. I don’t know who conduct the workshops to our Foreign Ministry and Sri Lanka UNHR representatives. They all look and talk more arrogant, more offensive and no compromise or ready to listen to others opinions.

      They never behaved like this before the end of LTTE war. Everything changed after winning the LTTE war.

      This brings a negative picture to Sri Lanka, and our macho behaviour will only discredit SL in international community. Thug culture prevails in Jungles and not at UN.

      It’s time to re-shape and re-focus our Foreign Ministry and UN representatives.

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    It is quite apparent from Gordon Weiss’ own account that his speech was biased. He is very blatant and simplistic when criticizing the GOSL, but diplomatic and circumventing when he is criticizing the LTTE. Yet the LTTE rump must have found even this muffled criticism unpalatable. Gordon makes three valid criticisms:

    1) The Tamil community must “dispel the murky past” of LTTE violence. He says “it is no longer suited to a post-9/11 world.” By mentioning 9/11 in the same sentence Gordon is indirectly telling that the LTTE was a terrorist organization.

    2) He criticizes the “confusing proliferation of Tamil groups that have flourished since the demise of the LTTE.” Poor Gordon doesn’t know disunity has always been a hallmark of the Tamil struggle in Sri Lanka. It is only natural that many self-serving “leaders” will emerge when the motivation is not any genuine concern for the people but greed for the spoils.

    3) Gordon totally rejects Tamil Eelam. He puts it nicely, “Tamils need to understand what will work and what won’t today in 2013.”

    But what was more interesting to me was the joke with which he ends his speech. Gordon declares disingenuously that the LTTE rump “has the opportunity to speak not only on behalf of Tamils but also on behalf of all those who are excluded from meaningful participation in Sri Lankan political life today.” The LTTE never allowed even its own Tamil people to participate meaningfully in any social activity let alone politics.

    And Gordon’s punchline was that he was inspired by Father Emmanuelle to make the above solemn declaration. But even Emmanuelle himself will agree he is a father from hell.

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    mango:

    Lies are the coveted possessions of the SL regime, as you are, too. It started with zero civilian casualties and this was the regime’s official position even with mounting evidence until there were chorus of voices within SL itself to stop being silly in denying that was staring at the regime’s face. Doesn’t that sound silly – a humanitarian operation?

    I am also aware of the hospitals being legitimate targets but with a regime lying through its teeth we want independent verification and not what the SL regime keeps saying/lying. From our sources it appears that the SL regime was targeting the hospitals indiscriminately and with a cynical and devious purpose.

    Ah, that preposterous claim of only about 70,000 people left in the war area and food and medicine being sent to only that number when in actuality there were close to 300,000 people held there. And don’t keep lying of what the SL regime claimed all the while. Now, information has recently surfaced that the claim of sending the food and medicine itself was a lie. Using the confused war situation, the food and medicine were actually sent to the soldiers and IRCS was removed from the scene for a while to hide this fact. It looks like the SL regime had forged documents to make the world believe that it did send food and medicine but that now appears as a blatant lie.

    So, just like this bloody regime, you think we will be cowed by you. We are not cowards like you or the regime, hiding in SL and refusing to allow an independent investigation – total and pathetic cowards – because the truth will come out. Despite all the machinations we have and will continue to haunt this regime with more evidence of its crimes. It once hid behind the Congress regime in India, which has its share and part in this bloody mess. That mask has worn off and glee once the Congress regime gets booted out of power, and with the only saviour of this regime out of the scene, then the actual ground zero will start. What you are seeing now is just a rehearsal. And, in that, you or what this regime claims or does means nothing to us. On your part you can drag Prabhakaran to answer for his crimes form wherever he is – that is for you to figure out but we know where the Rajapakses are and we want them to answer for their crimes through an international constituted independent investigation.

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      Jansee,
      Another tedious rambling diatribe to disguise your tactical withdrawal. Show me your bravery and answer my questions.

      1. Who will comprise this foreign ‘independent’ panel acceptable to all parties?
      2. Which period should they cover?
      3. Which countries should they investigate, other than SL?
      4 .Should they be able to indict SL Tamils currently living in the West who can be proved to have supported the LTTE? [I expect to see Aunty Adele and a plane loads surviving senior LTTE officials arriving in CMB]
      5. Will they indict and prosecute Western supporters of the LTTE, including some dodgy NGOs?

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        Mango

        You have posed very important questions to Jansee. In turn let me pose few of mine:

        1. Who will comprise this foreign ‘independent’ panel acceptable to all parties?

        Whom do you have in mind, will comprise your internal ‘independent’ panel acceptable to all parties?

        2. Which period should they cover?

        My position is it should cover the period from 5th April 1971 to date. Do you have any problem with this?

        3. Which countries should they investigate, other than SL?

        India, for its part in IPKF’s atrocities. There are other countries which covertly or overtly colluded with Sri Lanka in the last war, including India, Pakistan, USA, China…………

        4 .Should they be able to indict SL Tamils currently living in the West who can be proved to have supported the LTTE? [I expect to see Aunty Adele and a plane loads surviving senior LTTE officials arriving in CMB]

        I have no problem with investigating whoever is suspected of being war criminals. Where I depart from conventional investigation is that punishing the criminal is unnecessary and counter productive.

        Therefore let us have an investigation modeled on South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

        5. Will they indict and prosecute Western supporters of the LTTE, including some dodgy NGOs?

        Would your internal investigators have the resources, infrastructure, neutrality, sufficient power to call all witnesses and perpetrators without fear or favour, giving justice to the victims,……….?

        Please prove to us whether you are with the victims or with perpetrators. It is always morally safe to be with the victims when natural justice is only seconds away from you.

        An independent investigation is non negotiable whether it will come about tomorrow or in about 40 years.

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    mango:

    Don’t sidetrack or beat around the bush. The time for you and SL to bargain and set conditions is past. When Ban (SG) appointed the Darusman and Petrie Panel, SL made a lot of noise. It cried foul when the Darusman Report was sent to the UNHRC. It vowed not to let any UN panel into SL but now is begging Navi Pillay to visit SL. Do you really have choice in this matter anymore. So, stop fooling around with these questions as you will get nowhere. It is time now for us to ask the questions.

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      Jansee,
      Thanks for admitting that you don’t have a clue about how to answer my simple questions about who will carry out these ‘international investigations’. All you can do is to spout inane slogans.

      Who is the “us” that is now asking questions?

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        mango:

        Thanks for getting tired of your lies and giving up. I see the same pattern emerging from the Rajapakses. When the world is talking about accountability, Mahinda Samarasinghe talks about roads. No wonder the Rajapakses are treating you all like fools.

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          Jansee,
          Show me the lies I’ve told. You, on the other hand dodge and run, without having the courage of your convictions to answer my questions, because we both know that if you were answer them honestly, your fantasy would collapse on itself.

          Let’s try again to see you run away from answering my questions.

          1. Show me any evidence of them [overseas LTTE groups] having undertaken any kind of objective analysis of why the LTTE failed, the damage the LTTE did to the Tamil people during its slow death rattle and any admission of these groups’ culpability for the deaths of Tamil civilians in 2009. = You ran away avoiding the question.

          2. Who will comprise this foreign ‘independent’ panel acceptable to all parties? = You ran away avoiding the question.

          3. Which period should they cover? = You ran away avoiding the question.

          4. Which countries should they investigate, other than SL? = You ran away avoiding the question.

          5. Should they be able to indict SL Tamils currently living in the West who can be proved to have supported the LTTE? [I expect to see Aunty Adele and a plane loads surviving senior LTTE officials arriving in CMB] = You ran away avoiding the question.

          6. Will they indict and prosecute Western supporters of the LTTE, including some dodgy NGOs? = You ran away avoiding the question.

          7. Who exactly is taking part in “our journey” to see MR & co “pay for their war crimes”. = You ran away avoiding the question.

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            mango:

            Why are you still beating around the bush? It appears that Mahinda Samarasinghe and G L Peiris have trained you well – to keep on shifting the goalposts and lying through their teeth. Let me put it in simple English – the time for you to set terms and conditions is past already. So, you don’t ask the questions. It is the turn of the US, UK, EU, UNHRC, etc. If you start playing the same games as you are doing now, thinking that you are fooling everyone, then the resolutions will get more stringent. Those who commit murders and genocide do not get to ask questions, just like Charles Taylor.

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              Jansee,
              Still avoiding answering my questions, no? What are you afraid of? Are they too traumatic for you? :) :) If I’m lying, show me where I’ve lied instead of making tactical withdrawals.

              As a general rule, Losers don’t get to try the Winners for War Crimes, although in this instance GoSL may prove the exception to the rule, because of their sheer stupidity.

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      The vanquished don’t get to dictate terms. It’s your turn to listen.

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        Ajay:

        You are telling this to us, or the US or the UNHRC? Sometimes you are very hilarious. I like it

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        Ajay

        “The vanquished don’t get to dictate terms. It’s your turn to listen.”

        I hate to agree with you however I would qualify my agreement with “not immediately”.

        No need to listen to the gloating of a feudal army and its peasant masters.

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    Avoid junkets but suckered in by the irresistable offer by the Global Tamil Forum.
    That herniated disck on your back will very soom emerge from your head as well.
    Vote grabbers, vultures all gathered over the ltte prey.

    Gerard Thurai… What is this rightful plae of SL Tamils you refer to ?

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    mango:

    You see what I mean. When you look for the four fingers, you can never see the eight. Now, at least you see the point that an exception does exist but to the “stupidity” of the Rajapakses I will also add the word “greed”.

    When the regime vehemently protested the appointment of the SG Panel, adding that it was not in conformity with the UN provisions. It refused to have anything with the Panel but secretly went to meet the Panel nevertheless. As now, it has refuted resolution 19/2 and protested it does not recognise but yet allowed the UNHRC team for the evaluation. Now Ravinatha Aryasinha and Mahinda Samarasinghe are protesting that Navi Pillay has exceeded her mandate but still the resolution is still on the table and it looks like there will be more takers than than the last time. So, I hope you get the drift.

    But the best part is not what I have stated above. The one person who got the grips of it in India, and particularly Tamilnadu is Jayalalitha. While the wheels of justice was moving, albeit slowly, with all the inherent obstacles that you have elucidated as posers, she shot off the first real missile – economic sanctions. I am not sure whether this has anything to do with Hillary Clinton’s visit to Tamilnadu but this is double whammy for SL. You see, the bulk of SL’s business is not with Russia or even China. It is the USA and the EU. There is no more Gaddafi or Chavez to help SL. The moment the US imposes sanctions on SL, the EU will follow suit. It does not need another evaluation as the one for the GSP is still around. When that happens India will have no choice but to follow suit because that is how compulsion politics works in India. Either the Congress will be dumped unceremoniously because of its excesses and even if it wins it cannot form a govt without regional parties’ support and now Congress’s breathing lifeline is from DMK in the south.

    So, when Jayalalitha aimed at the economic sanctions, she knew what she was doing. With the refusal to hold even the asian athletics event, she has drove home her point. With the on-goings in Geneva and the looming economic sanctions, that is a real double whammy for SL. Sometimes, it is not pointedly as black and white and we know that, too. While the Rajapakses may up the euphoria to muster the people behind them with the actions of the UNHRC, economic sanctions are different ballgame altogether. From the height of power when one is unceremoniously dumped and dragged through the streets, nothing can be more severe a punishment than that as Saratha Fonseka sadly found out. The erratic behaviour of the Rajapakses have started showing and they are doing all the “right” things to push themselves into a corner.

    You know mango, MR had the opportunity of a lifetime, call it a divine gift to become a statesman. I d not want to go into the semantics. Sampanthan offered him that opportunity on a silver platter and believe me the diaspora were ever willing to support Sampanthan in his initiatives but after inflicting so much of pain to the Tamils, for whatever reason(s) and with so much of loss of lives and limbs, on both sides, Sampanthan had all the magnanimity, even going against his own colleagues to sit down with the regime and he was very aware of the realities. When he met the President, he pleaded with him to work together and he will make the problems go away and investments will pour in. For all their ignorance and ego, all the Rajapakses have to do is to genuinely discuss with Sampanthan and you will be surprised, if Sampanthan agrees, the US, EU, even India and the diaspora will fall in line. That much of trust he has earned and after all he is not someone who dropped from the sky but an elected rep and whom the Tamils consider and recognise as someone who can take this forward in a genuine and amicable way. Instead of that the Rajapakse regime is going half the world to plead its case when the answer is right at the doorstep. I hope, even at this late stage, the Rajapakses will come to their senses because when the sort of noose is tightening around their necks, it is not Wimal Weerawansa of Champika Ranawaka who will be able to save them.

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      Jansee,
      I agree with you that MR had the chance to go down in history as one of the great peacemaking statesmen and instead chose the path of cementing a dynastic kleptocracy. But if you look at the situation dispassionately, there’s no chance of MR taking a one-way trip to the Hague for the reasons I’ve already given, above. You might wish that with all your heart, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to happen.

      And as Weiss has already shown, the expat LTTE crowd shows no self-awareness or insight, preferring instead cloak themselves as human rights defenders. In this, they help MR & co. They still haven’t admitted that the current regime is the only game in town and they can’t gain through war crimes trials nonsense, what they lost when they lost the war.

      Oh, and if you think sanctions will bring down this regime, that’s even more delusional. The poor, unemployed and dispossessed will suffer disproportionately which means the war-affected Tamil people in North & East will again suffer on behalf of the canapé munching diaspora.

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