24 October, 2017

UNHRC Gaza Vote & Indo-Lanka Ties

By Dayan Jayatilleka –

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

The vote in the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva last week to institute an International Commission of Inquiry into Israel’s latest assault on Gaza is instructive for the Sri Lankan public in several senses.

It reveals the utter hypocrisy of those who moved a resolution against Sri Lanka and voted for it while voting against the resolution on Gaza or abstaining. At least those who voted against Israel and Sri Lanka show the virtue of consistency if not logic.

The UNHRC vote also exposed the hypocrisy of those Sri Lankan civil society activists and the global human rights lobbies, which hold that what Israel is doing in Gaza is on all fours with what Sri Lanka did in its war against the Tigers. The fact that India, which has close relations with Israel especially under the BJP, voted for the Gaza resolution while having abstained on Sri Lanka and indeed having voted against the international inquiry clause (OP10), and that this was precisely the stand of almost all of Asia on the respective issues of Israel/Gaza and Sri Lanka, clearly demonstrate the firebreak between the attitude towards an occupying power under international law on the one hand, and intrusion into the national sovereignty of a small ex-colonial state fighting a legitimate war against a secessionist terrorist movement on the other.

The Gaza vote also explodes the nonsensical postures of the Sri Lankan administration in the domain of external affairs. The UN Human Rights Council proved that it wasn’t an instrument of the USA and the West. On Gaza, the USA stood against the resolution and could obtain only its own vote!  Thus the victory of the resolutions initiated by the US on Sri Lanka at the UNHRC three years running was by no means foreordained. The dice was by no means loaded. Sri Lanka lost the resolutions far more than the USA won.

The UN HRC’s Gaza resolution exposed the delusion of the Sri Lankan Defense and External affairs officialdom that Sri Lanka must ally with Israel and that Israel can protect Sri Lanka in international forums. How can Israel, which cannot protect itself in any UN forum other than the Security Council thanks to the US veto, be a viable ally and protector of Sri Lanka? The US and Israel went down to a crushing defeat at the UNHRC Special session in Geneva last week, while in 2009, Sri Lanka won a splendid victory with unanimous BRICS support at a similar Special Session on a raging war.

It is appalling that the July 15th 2014 statement of the Sri Lankan Ministry of External Affairs on Gaza, while condemning rocket attacks on Israel, does not even once mention Palestine, the Palestinians, the Occupation or the need for a two state solution.

Last week, with the moral wind in the sails of the Gaza resolution, with Navi Pillay supporting it and the BRICS all on board, the vote in favor was 29. This was exactly the same number of votes that we obtained for Sri Lanka against the US backed, Navy Pillay propelled EU move in May 2009. Thus in 2009, Sri Lanka succeeded in securing virtually the maximum number of votes that can be obtained at the UN HRC even when there is a clear moral and politico-diplomatic case as in the vote on Gaza. In short one can hardly do better. That’s where we stood in the UN in 2009, and that is the height from which we have fallen in the past three years 2012-2014, as a result of which we face the UN International Inquiry.

During the Gaza war of 2008-2009 I strongly criticized the Israeli aggression against Gaza while emphasizing the difference between Israeli practices and the actions of the Sri Lankan armed forces which were entering the final stage of our war against separatist terrorism.  I emphasized that Sri Lanka unlike Israel was not an occupying power under international law, and this principled stance reinforced the support of the Islamic and Arab states for Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council.

I was removed from my post in Geneva a mere six weeks after we succeeded, during the Special session on Sri Lanka, in cementing the broadest alliance in defense of our sovereignty. It is this self-dismantling of the effective diplomatic watchtower and wall in Geneva by Sri Lanka’s own state officials, which permitted the West, propelled by the Tamil Diaspora lobbies, to launch the deadly UN International Inquiry.

This in turn has resulted in Sri Lanka falling into a Western and Israeli trap, because it was precisely the intention of those forces to divert world attention from Israel to the so-called war crimes committed by Sri Lanka!

Sri Lanka’s support and solidarity with Palestine goes back to the Bandung Declaration of 1955 and Prime Minister SWRD Bandaranaike’s address to the UN General Assembly in 1956. Even while the then Minister of National Security was cooperating with Israeli advisors to the detriment of Sri Lanka’s external relations, President JR Jayewardene ensured that Sri Lanka was the first country to recognize the PLO’s government in exile. When the mighty USA, having won the Gulf War and in the wake of the collapse of the USSR, brought a resolution in the UN General Assembly to scrap the 1975 resolution that ‘Zionism was a form of Racism’, President Premadasa ensured that Sri Lanka voted against the US resolution.

Today, Sri Lanka has deviated sharply from this six decades long bipartisan stance on Israel/Palestine and had in fact defected from the Palestinian side to the side of the Israeli occupiers and aggressors.  Today, the dominant faction in the state apparatus seeks inspiration from and attempts to imitate the occupying state in this conflict.

In several crucial areas of the post war crisis of Sri Lanka, the factor of the adoption of the Israeli model as well as the attitude of the admiration and imitation of Israel by the most influential element within the Sri Lankan state was crucial. These three areas were (i) post war reconciliation with the Tamil majority north of the island, (ii) the diplomatic isolation of Sri Lanka and its encirclement in the global arena, and (iii) the surge of Islamophobia.

It is the implementation of a covert understanding on an Israeli inspired model or elements of it in the North and East that have run counter to the process of political reconciliation and has resulted in alienating the Tamil people.

It is this attempted implementation of the Israeli model that has permitted the pro-secessionist movement within the Tamil Diaspora to make such headway in their lobbying campaign in the West and in Tamil Nadu.

Half a loaf being better than none, the presidential expansion of the remit of the Disappearances Commission and the appointment an advisory panel of three persons distinguished in international law are to be welcomed. Had this move been made any time before March this year—indeed anytime between March 3rd and March 18th— Sri Lanka’s Asian friends led by India and Pakistan who solidly opposed the UN International Inquiry, may have succeed in drawing the game for us in the UN Human Rights Council. We could, in sum, have deflected or delayed the pernicious international inquiry. Sadly, that wisdom didn’t dawn in time. No matter. Belated action to boost a domestic inquiry process and bring it line with the recommendations of the LLRC as well as international standards is a smart move. It also shows that President Rajapaksa is capable of smart moves in the right direction and must not be written off.

The whole thing may blowback, though. In an administration and a policy environment in which one proposes and another disposes, the report of the upgraded Disappearances Commission may itself disappear, as did the APRC and Udalagama reports. It is hard to imagine that the three international advisors would not raise one helluva stink in that eventuality. The stink would go global in double quick time. Well, let us see.

Though it must be applauded, the Presidential step forward on the domestic inquiry front cannot be understood as a definitive turn in the right direction because it comes at roughly the same time as the disappointing response to the Cyril Ramaphosa visit, the reappointment of General Chandrasiri and the tightening up on the NGOs. Thus there is no cluster of positive initiatives; no overall liberalization as we saw in the case of Myanmar/Burma. Perhaps it was possible for the President to get away with the appointment of Sir Desmond et al as an advisory panel because he had already compensated the hawks within his ruling elite by tightening up on the other fronts.

The visit of a high powered delegation of BJP and para-BJP personalities – a superb initiative of the BCIS and its director Dr. Sunimal Fernando–albeit as a non-governmental and non-party group, gave a set of clear signals to the Government and the TNA. There is a shift from the public nudging of the government by India on the 13th amendment, to two other dimensions. One is strategic and the other economic. Dr. Seshadri Chari (perhaps unwittingly) echoed JN Dixit when he said that Sri Lanka is the gateway to India and that therefore India’s security depended on Sri Lanka just as Sri Lanka’s depended on India.  This was a signal that India regarded Sri Lanka as being part not only of its sphere of influence but of its vital defense perimeter.  Thus have geo-politics and geo-strategy returned as imperatives.

Sri Lanka’s ability to play China off against India has just narrowed, due to Delhi’s more robust reassertion of traditional geopolitics but also because of the rapprochement, based on realism rather than romanticism, in India-China relations. Neither will contest the other on the other’s own doorstep.

There are lessons for the TNA as well. India under Modi will not take kindly to the West bypassing India and attempting to strong arm Sri Lanka. The implication is not that Sri Lanka has a guarantee of India protection from the west but that any strong-arming will have to be with Delhi’s say-so, on issues approved by the regional power and in accordance with timing chosen by the said power. Delhi will not be railroaded into action against Colombo by Tamil Nadu or the Tamil Diaspora operating in and through Tamil Nadu.

What this means is that Colombo has a window of opportunity to do two things: get with the program on Delhi’s strategic concerns and (ii) deliver without any overt pressure, on devolution (which includes land but may exclude minus police powers).  This window will not remain open indefinitely. The Colombo-Delhi honeymoon which has commenced with the BJP charm offensive can easily go the way of the JR-Rajiv of 1985-1986.

Reading between the lines of the BJP delegation’s pitch, one could discern that the TNA will have to recalibrate its options. It may be better served in switching to a policy of building up, in this phase of history, the Northern Province and its Tamil community through the economic developmental loop that Delhi hopes will encompass Sri Lanka.

Doubtless neither Colombo nor the TNA will internalize the messages. What this means is that each side should be gifted a large map of the world so that the Southerners can be reminded of the distance between Sri Lanka and China in sharp contrast to the proximity of India to Sri Lanka, while the Northerners can be reminded of the distance between US-UK and Sri Lanka and that the view from New Delhi is not the view from Toronto, London or even Chennai—still less Jaffna.

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    “It reveals the utter hypocrisy of those who moved a resolution against Sri Lanka and voted for it while voting against the resolution on Gaza or abstaining. At least those who voted against Israel and Sri Lanka show the virtue of consistency if not logic.”

    Before trying to expose others for their hypocrisy, just have a wee look at yourself! You opposed the UN Resolutions on SL, but supporting the Resolution on Israel. You are the biggest hypocrite around in Sri Lanka trying to project a sense of moral high ground with blood on your hand!

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      My friend, it is the Tamil diaspora who funded the murder of thousands of Sri Lankans who have blood on their hands.

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        So Nimal, Those sinhalese who carried out 1983 were saints?

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          manisekaran,

          Nature enjoys hypocrisy: Look around you; Lions killing other animals to eat, big fish eating small fish, vegetarians eating plants and pretend they don’t have life, just because they don’t cry when they are cut. What the veto powers can do, the other puny powers can’t do. UN is the sports club of global hypocrites: They keep an eye closed when genocide takes place somewhere, and then they say not ever again!

          Diogenes, the father of all cynics went around with a lit lantern looking for an honest man, knowing very well that he won’t find anybody.

          Hypocrisy is essential for survival, whether it is for animals in nature in general, or in humans. Oh, I forgot, even some plants trap and digest insects – it’s all a matter of survival – nature is the master manipulator of all.

          Dayan the great is no different from the lesser souls like us, we are all hypocrites! Amen.

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        Nimal

        Here is a piece Daniel Barenboim (A Conductor and a UN Messenger of peace wrote today, an equally important message to people world over particularly so to people of this island.

        Read the comment, eat, sleep over it and come back and tell us how you have lost your dignity in the past 66 years being a Sinhala/Buddhists.

        Complete Comment:

        Both Israelis and Palestinians are losers in this conflict
        There can be no military solution. Both sides need to acknowledge the other’s suffering and their rights

        Daniel Barenboim
        The Guardian, Thursday 24 July 2014 18.25 BST

        I am writing these words as someone who holds two passports – Israeli and Palestinian. I am writing them with a heavy heart, as the events in Gaza over the past few weeks have confirmed my long-standing conviction that there is no military solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This is not a political conflict but a human one, between two peoples who share the deep and seemingly irreconcilable conviction that they are entitled to the same small piece of land.

        It is because this fact has been neglected that all the negotiations, all the attempts at brokering a solution to the conflict that have taken place until now, have failed. Instead of acknowledging this true nature of the conflict and trying to resolve it, the parties have been looking for easier and fast solutions. Unfortunately, there are no shortcuts when it comes to solving this conflict. A shortcut only works when we know the territory we cut through – and in this case, nobody possesses that knowledge as the essence of the conflict remains unknown and unexplored.

        I have deep sympathy for the fear with which my fellow Israelis live today: the constant sounds of rockets being fired, of knowing that you or someone close to you might get hurt. But I have profound compassion with the plight of my fellow Palestinians in Gaza, who live in terror and mourn such devastating losses on a daily basis. After decades of devastation and loss on both sides, the conflict has today reached a previously unimaginable level of gruesomeness and despair.

        I therefore dare to propose that this may be the moment to look for a true solution to the problem. A ceasefire is of course indispensable, but it is by far not enough. The only way out of this tragedy, the only way to avoid more tragedy and horror, is to take advantage of the hopelessness of the situation and force everybody to talk to one another. There is no point in Israel refusing to negotiate with Hamas or to acknowledge a unity government. No, Israel must listen to those Palestinians who are in a position to speak with one tongue.

        The first resolution that has to be achieved is a joint agreement on the fact that there is no military solution. Only then can one begin discussing the question of justice for the Palestinians, which is long overdue, and of security for Israel, which it rightfully requires. We Palestinians feel that we need to receive a just solution. Our quest is fundamentally one for justice and for the rights given to every people on Earth: autonomy, self-determination, liberty, and all that comes with it. We Israelis need an acknowledgement of our right to live on the same piece of land. The division of the land can only come after both sides have not only accepted but understood that we can live together side by side, most definitely not back to back.

        At the very heart of the much-needed rapprochement is the need for a mutual feeling of empathy, or compassion. In my opinion, compassion is not merely a sentiment that results from a psychological understanding of a person’s need, but it is a moral obligation. Only through trying to understand the other side’s plight can we take a step towards each other. As Schopenhauer put it: “Nothing will bring us back to the path of justice so readily as the mental picture of the trouble, grief and lamentation of the loser.” In this conflict, we are all losers. We can only overcome this sad state if we finally begin to accept the other side’s suffering and their rights. Only from this understanding can we attempt to build a future together.

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        http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jul/24/israelis-palestinians-losers-conflict-suffering-rights

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          Native,
          Before conflicts like the Israel-Palestinian one can be resolved, there must first be a commitment to rationality–telling the truth about the absence of any God. The truth is that far from being a “holy land” it has been a land of bloody conflicts.

          Israelis must let go of their delusions that they are a chosen people entitled to domination. If they adopt the present course, demographic changes will make the Jewish people of Israel a negligible, tiny population in another fifty years. Palestinians must accept the fact the forces of history–however unfair and unjust that history might have been to Palestinians– have created Israel and they cannot still dream of going back to their ancestral lands in Israel, at least not in the next 50 years. They will have to accept a two-state solution, or be willing to be a part of countries like Jordan and Egypt, losing their distinct identity as Palestinians.

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            If the Israelis let go of their delusions then there could be no claim to the land they now forcibly occupy, with the might of the US and NATO covering it’s back. Even the Muslims, though unwittingly, give credence to the fantasy when they quote the ‘prophets’ of the Bible.

            The solution is not two states on that piece of land BUT to remove whole sale the transplanted, but unwanted Europeans from there, to the ghettos from which they originated.

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              Ramu

              “If the Israelis let go of their delusions then there could be no claim to the land they now forcibly occupy, with the might of the US and NATO covering it’s back.”

              It is the similar situation in this island.

              If the Sinhala/Buddhists let go of their delusions then there could be no claim to the land they now forcibly occupy, with the might of the Hindia, China, Pakistan, US, Japan, and Europeans covering it’s back.

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            Agnos

            “Israelis must let go of their delusions that they are a chosen people entitled to domination.”

            What coincidence the Sinhala/Buddhists too are holding on to their delusions that they are a chosen people and want us to believe that Buddhism would thrive here for another 2,500 years.

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              True.

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          The people in Gaza is living in a big prison under oppression of Zionists.
          How many around the world know the desperate situation people in Gaza. All western news media hide all these and show story form Zionist side.

          Palestinians in desperate position. They will sacrifce themselves in order get show the their sufferings to the world.

          The loosers of this conflict is the whole world.
          Whole world who are witnessing innocent children & women get killed by heavy gun fire.

          It is shame to witness everyday children got killed like this.

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        Nimal:

        Who then funded the murder of more than 70,000 Sinhalese in the 1970s? And wasn’t it President Premadasa who funded the LTTE with guns and money? Who now has blood on heir hands joker?

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      I tried to check the word “Hypocrite” on an on line dictionary and Mr.Dayan’s picture popped up. :)

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    Gaza is the payback for Muslim violence in Aluthgama.

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      You are sick; seek some help!

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      If you have or ever have children, hope it would not happen to you.

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      what are you on about. what has Aluthgama got to do with Gaza. Stop taking those mind altering drugs and you might see clearly and think clearly too

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    Karma.

    Karma.

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    The Gaza conflict also exposes your hypocrisy, here we see you shouting to high heavens about human rights violations and what not and nothing when your king did it, before you correct others try to correct your self.

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      Dev

      Come on, this is the self confessed war monger and war crime denier uttering nonsense, a position out of his 64.

      This man does not even believe in himself.

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        I agree and judging by the comments on CT and GV, it seems more have realized this.

        By the way did you notice his criticism of the FM? Still hoping for a ministry position I see :-)

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    Mr.Diplomat….every time I see you boasting about the sincerity of lat (poor man’s) President Ranasinghe Premadasa and defending a classless rouge like MaRa on war crimes…. Oh..!!? I always see the miniature of the UNHRC in you for your hypocrisy.

    Even the much talked about Israel and the backbones of Judaism’s – the Pharisees should learn lessons from your past on ”Hypocrisy” Mr.Jayatilake!!?

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    “The UN Human Rights Council proved that it wasn’t an instrument of the USA and the West”

    Dr Dayan, did you say the same thing about the UNHCR when commenting on the resolution against Sri Lanka?

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    “The fact that India, which has close relations with Israel especially under the BJP, voted for the Gaza resolution”

    India has to vote this way because Hindu/Hindians have more business/enterprise in the Arab world than any other Muslim
    country or several put together.

    Hindians have conceded the fifth generation stealth 50/50 to solely manufactured by Russia. Putin has generated a trillion locally for defence.

    Like US World Bank its China’s BRICS Bank-(Hindian Think tanks luring the Chinese while China shoo shoos)BRICS may shape the IMF & WB.

    Infosys is sliding away from IT to real estate while TATA cannot perform without China but wont get it any further – Opium wars is still in their memory.

    Hindian still runs on out dated British laws lumped with graft and it takes Indira type of character to change them.
    Then automatically south block becomes irrelevant.

    Remember IITian leaving the CM post of Delhi because both Cong and BJP support inflated (graft)energy prices.

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      Javi,vedda and Amare are men of sensitivity….

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    The fundamental and the unresolved issue is the jealously of the Sinhalese due mainly to their inferiority complex. The capacity of the Sinhalese to perform is limited. They do not allow and wish other communities to function because of insecurity that others if allowed will surpass the Sinhalese who unfortunately have limited capacity to perform hence called – Sinhala Modaya. Dayan J is an exceptional Sinalese who has brains and understands how the world powers function and can foresee the dangers to his country. Unfortunately the real brains running the country is Gotamba and is considered the brightest of all Sinhalese. Imagine what’s in store for the country with that kind of brain power – gamma ya chandiya. Good luck.

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      Trust me I am no fan of MR. However I consider MR biggest trick is to come accross as a ‘saaran baniyana kaaran’. Uneducated Sinhala Modaya who will eventually dig his own grave. You know with that wide stupid looking grin and over the top mustache.

      However there is much evedence to the contrary. The first to learn this mistake was western educated CBK. then Ranil, then Sooriya thevan. then the JVP then the SLMC then slowly slowly the TNA.

      All batsmen eventually get out but what an innings!

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        kandy and barney – stop scolding others and look the mirror to see ur own racism.

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        And yet the numerically and intellectually superior We Thamizh have been getting beat downs by the Sinhala modayas since time immemorial :D

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      This is the fundamental difference between racism created by backward Sinhala nationalism and other ethnic conflicts in the world. That’s why the international community is right behind the Eelam Tamils not Sinhalese . This roils explain the so called hypocrisy of the west. They are not hypocrites. They know which side stands for the democracy, justice, progress, enlightenment ideas . That’s why they are backing Ukrainians,Israelis,Anti- Taleban forces, Anti-Asad, Anti-Russian, anti Chinese forces all over the world. Long live the enlightenment ideas!

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        OMG the terrorist LTTE were democratic. Whhere have you been my man

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        Athilan

        “That’s why the international community is right behind the Eelam Tamils not Sinhalese .”

        I live here on the planet called Earth.

        Where are you from?

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    I’ve argued with Dayan for 5 years that Sri Lanka is not under India’s sphere of influence. Those days have long past. The US/UK have not ceded Sri Lanka to India, or to China or to anyone else. They have asserted themselves very confidently as indicated by the UNHRC resolution and Mr. Camerons visit to Jaffna. Although the distance from Colombo to Washington is great, I can assure Dayan that the distance from Colombo to a US aircraft carrier is not so great!
     
    We live in interesting times. There is little doubt that our island is a battle ground between India, the United States and China. We have to look at the UNHRC resolution within that context. The ability to selectively persecute countries using the UN instruments (that the US designed and created), is an expression of American soft power. It is a unique power that America and America alone wields. Why wouldn’t the US use that power to advance its own national interests and to outmaneuver its competitors?
     
    What I have long argued is that the GOSL needs to come up with a pragmatic foreign policy that’s based on cold blooded realism. The foundation for that foreign policy is the recognition that the US will prevail in any confrontation regarding SL. A final just peace on this island will be an American peace (Pax Americana), underwritten by the US military.

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    I too have similar thoughts. When the entirety of the of the SL armed forces is under the command of a US citizen. I wonder what the US has to gain but changing that situation?

    Also ‘cold blooded realism’ would indicate that a core principle of our foreign policy is that we maintain the best of relationships with countries that are our export markets. So US & EU.

    Yet it would be a folly not to factor in India. That too recognize that India is huge factor.

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      If you’d read Rajiva’s recent article (archived prematurely & wonder why) US attempts to undermine Gotabhaya’s authority would have become clear.

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    Dayan’s other names are: hypocrite and War crimes denier. He is weeping and wailing for the five hundred dead Palestinians but stood proudly at the UNHRC and defended the mass murder of Tamil civilians. Shame on you Dayan Jayatilleke.

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    Subramaniam Swamy was in Sri Lanka explaining Modi’s policies. It was the same Subramaniam Swamy who bragged it was he who introduced the LTTE to Israel and subsequently get them trained by Mossad.

    Sri Lanka is failing in her foreign policy and unfortunately I do not see anyhting that could be reversed.

    Our leaders are naive if they think Israel will help them get into Uncle Sam’s good books via AIPAC (American Israeli Public Affairs Committee). Please remember Israel has not helped any country in the true sense. All it does is supply fighters jets arms, ammunition on a cash first basis. That’s not help, that’s business.

    If government leaders think Israel will help them, juts get them to ask some South American countries.

    Hameed

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      ” All it does is supply fighters jets arms, ammunition on a cash first basis. “

      That is a lot better than what the US does. Cash first and no supply. Pakistan had realised this a long time ago after paying in full for a multitude of F-16s. Iraq discovered the same truth more recently with the arrival of the ISYS on it’s territory.

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    All this long winded lecture to the budding as well as already budded political analysts , TNA and UNP party supporters and the Diaspora backers here, is to impress them that Dr Dayan is all for giving the Vellalas the titles to 1/3 of the Srilankan Land mass ,preferably with a TNA Police to protect it.

    Although Dr Dayan put in a qualification that the TNA Police can be held back for another day as a sugar coating to please the Sinhala Buddhists.

    A whinge about how he got the sack after being so cool in the International Elite Front Line is also thrown in.

    What the inhabitants, the great majority, who are not up to speed, neither cool like the Dayans and his mates in Colombo, only want to know whether they are still okay to travel to Nagadeepa, open a little bakery. grocery shop , or send their kids to Jaffna Medical School.

    And they are bit puzzled why the TNA doesn’t sit at the PSC and assure the parliament and the members how they will make the economy grow more , people in the South Happier , safer and live better if they get these Land and their own Police.

    All PSC members are not Rajapaksas. Are they,?.

    The talk of the top end of the town is that even some SLFE Ministers are waiting for a chance to ditch the Boss and join the ex Boss..

    And the Vellala TNA Boss and his Apprentice Abraham were seated next to the stripped General, the CC at the last Election who was accompanied by the JVP Handunnetti.

    And the UNP Leader and the ex Boss, the hereditary Leader of the SLFP were next to each other,on TNA Leader,s right flank.

    Wouldn’t they back the TNA to the hilt?.

    Wouldn’t it be better for Dayan to advise the TNA to be a bit patient as this formidable alliance gets hold of the Presidency in a few months?.

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    The Israeli – Palestinion conflict and sri Lankan Tamil Militantcy are two quite different matters/problems.
    The one did not influence the other.
    Different views on both is not hypocricy, but rationality.
    Hence, any nation can have different views on both.
    And, the views on both can change over time.

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    To give DJ his due, we must hereafter call DJ,

    DJ (Om EDW&W – Geneva)- One man Effective diplomatic watchtower and wall in Geneva

    as he claims he was until he was dismantled,

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    Thanks again Dayan for sharing your CV with us, It apears that re employment prospects for you in the island is getting dimmer and dimmer despite your private attemps to re render your services.

    Is it not time for you to shoot that email to Netenyahu with the promise of turing those 29 votes to his favor. May i wish you luck on behalf of CT readers who uninimiously hold you in high esteam.

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    Patriot, barney,

    SL under US citizen. You are an idiot alright. Think of Vietnam. My friend, our determination will never be beaten by an occupying force. King Elara tried 2000 years ago, British tried for centuries, eventually succeeded in 1860I’s thanks to a kandyan traitor. Prabha tried ( reincarnation of Elara) for thirty years.

    What make you think that US will invade SL and hold on to SL for long

    You are a joke

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      Rohan

      “My friend, our determination will never be beaten by an occupying force.”

      “Prabha tried ( reincarnation of Elara) for thirty years.”

      You have demonstrated two positions. How do you reconcile both given that VP never wanted to occupy your land?

      US is still occupying native Indian’s land. Australians have been occupying aboriginal land. China has been occupying Tibet for well over 50 years.

      The descendants of Kallathoni Sinhala/Buddhist and Tamil have been occupying my ancestral land for the past 2500 years or so.

      ” Prabha tried ( reincarnation of Elara) for thirty years.”

      Prabha won the war for MR with the support of Hindia, USA, ……….. Even VP fought the war to evict IPKF while the members of Sri Lankan armed forces were hiding behind their women folks.

      Almost all wars in this island were fought with the support of South Indian mercenaries. Dutta Gamini’s army was partially manned by Demelas.

      “You are a joke”

      It appears you have become the big one at that.

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