30 October, 2020

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What’s Sauce For Canada

By Malinda Seneviratne –

Malinda Seneviratne

Canada, it is reported, has joined the United States in calling for the removal of Richard Falk, a UN human rights rapporteur who opined that American policies were the impetus of the Boston Marathon bombings.

Foreign Affairs Minister, John Baird officially called on the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to remove Falk from his position, arguing ‘Falk’s consistently mean-spirited comments cast a dark shadow over the United Nations and what it can accomplish. Comments like these do a great disservice to the fundamental values of the United Nations and to all freedom-loving people.’

A few days later, grudgingly giving three UN rapporteurs permission to probe Canada’s record on human rights, treatment of aboriginals and discrimination against women, Canada complained, ‘Some countries, like Iran, reviewing Canada have abhorrent human rights records. Canada stated that Iran ‘hangs guys and stones women.’

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Government have objected to Falk because he has been mean-spirited. Now is Richard Falk the first UN official to utter mean-spirited opinion?  Have they not heard of the boss-lady of UNHRC, Navineethan Pillay?  When she was mouthing the mean on Sri Lanka (while being ‘tokenist’ on the USA and EU), wasn’t Canada listening?  What then of the much vaunted ‘fundamental values’ of the UN?  What then of service and disservice, did Baird and Harper ask themselves?  Or is it all about ‘You can be mean to anyone but not to my friends and certainly not to me’?

Now Falk may have outdone himself in bypassing perpetrator and picking on Washington, but there’s no denying that incidents (even bomb explosions) and people (including marathon-bombers and drone-bombers) have histories. Weapons have manufacturers and require markets (to be created if necessary). And the world has known ‘our terrorists’ and ‘their terrorists’, the former being ‘ok’ and the other responded to with ‘license to kill’.

But what of the second gripe, that of moral authority?  Canada objects to Iran.  Canada does not object to the USA, though.  Sure, the USA is not exactly investigating Canada, but the principle must be observed across the board or abandoned altogether, wouldn’t Canada agree?

The United States hangs people (and let’s not talk about the scandalously monumental profits that corporates obtain from the US prison-industrial complex).  The USA is not known to stone women, but what they toss on innocent men, women and children are not exactly pebbles.  We are talking about all the wars in the 20th and 21st Centuries. We are talking about Kissinger’s infamous defence of President Richard Nixon (‘He wants a massive bombing campaign in Cambodia. He doesn’t want to hear anything about it. It’s an order, to be done. Anything that flies on anything that moves.) which in all fairness to the man is applicable to many who came before and everyone who came after Nixon, right up to Barak Obama, the drone attacks, rendering, sanctioned torture, Guantanamo Bay, Abu Ghraib and the arming of terrorists.

So when such a country brings a motion against Sri Lanka, what does Canada do?  Canada cheers!  So does Harper and his Government wonder why few are commiserating with Canada in her hour of anguish?

Canada has shown displeasure about the UN team.  If the UNHRC wanted ‘untrammeled access’ (meaning hordes of investigators, rapporteurs and Channel-4 like spin-masters), would Canada say ‘ok’ in subdued tones? Probably not.

Sri Lanka has cooperated with the UNHRC within the norms of the UN Charter and global standard practices as exemplified by ‘developed’, rich, ‘respected’ Governments such as Canada.

So Canada is boycotting the Commonwealth Heads of Governments Meeting (CHOGM).  It’s about Sri Lanka’s position with respect to moves orchestrated by the USA in the United Nations.  Is Canada confused or just self-absorbed?  Has Harper not heard about sauces, about the goose and the gander?  We wonder…

*Malinda Seneviratne is the Chief Editor of ‘The Nation’ and his articles can be found at www.malindawords.blogspot.com

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    Actually, Canada has had issues with the “Boss Lady”. In 2012 she named Canada as a country with one of the worst human rights records. That was due to a law passed by Quebec requiring students to get 8 hours notice before holding protests, among other things. Some basic responsible journalistic research would have uncovered this fact. So Canada has been at the butt end of the UNHCHR’s adverse comments. Compared to the human rights abuses going on in Sri Lanka the issues that roused her ire in Canada appear innocuous. It is but fair for her criticism to be more robust against Sri Lanka.

    The “mean spirited” comment to be properly analogous in Sri Lanka’s context would require Navi Pillay to have said that the bombs that the LTTE set off were due to Colombo’s wrong policies and not criticise the LTTE. On the contrary she has strongly criticised the LTTE as well.

    No one can claim that the US has a great human rights record. But most of their abuses are against foreign nationals. Sri Lanka on the other hand delights in abusing its own. Worse still it has defenders who keep throwing up false comparators. The duplicity of the Western world is nothing new – but let us focus on the fact that criticisms levelled against us have merit. Let us address those. When people say we have around 400,000 people being held as human shields by the LTTE let us dishonestly say that there are only 70,000 and deny food, shelter and water for them.

    S

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      Oops ‘let us NOT dishonestly say”

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        Sulaiman:
        Thank you for that, a sane and accurate depiction of reality that a running dog of you-know-who will, again, not so much as acknowledge while he pursues his single-minded torch-bearing to The Regime.

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      Canadian issues may not see as grave as allegations against sri lanka since they had to deal with mere unarmed civilians while sri lanka had to deal with most ruthless terrorist outfit that ever existed..for a person who is pissed about comparison to miss such a glaring thing seems extraordinary. as for the US record so it seems as long as the allegations are against foreigners it should be ok then, forgetting about how Obama ordered their own americans to be killed just because they were suspected to be linked with alquida and all those us citizens who are languishing in guantanamo without trial for years. same time i recommend our tammil terror fan club to read about how america put entire japanese community to concentration camps in 1942..and we all know the pillays record when it comes to sri lanka….standards my foot..

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    Malinda has displayed his ignorance again. He cannot stay focused on the point. The comments made by Richard Folk of UN has nothing to do with Navi Pillai and Sri Lanka. What Navi Pillai has stated is based on independent reports. Malinda like the Rajapakses think that every thing that happens in this world has something to do with Sri Lanka other than their violation of human rights and rule of law. This guy Malinda is in the same group.

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      what is this independent report?

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    This guy can never get the bull by the horns because of guilt.
    Just like I’m So Excited!

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    You Sinhalese are very violent, racist, hateful, jealous and mean spirited. You attacked the unarmed non-violent Tamil protesters from the days of independence, you Sinhalese looted us, killed our people, broke our limbs, and burnt our houses and properties to the ground, overnight we were reduced to the state of beggars. You drove us from our homeland and we became refugees begging for alms we lived on the handouts given by foreign governments there was no sense of shame left in us. But you could not do one thing. That was to remove our indomitable spirits and our work ethic. Within a matter of thirty years we have become one of the most powerful Diaspora in the world. The Tamils have become experts in everything good as well as bad, jack of all trades. Today there are more than a million Sri Lankan Tamils (Diaspora) around the Western World from North America to Australia/New Zealand doing extremely well. All our children are attending the top class universities in the World. You made us beggars and refugees but it only took us a very short time to bounce back and become millionaires in our host land.

    Today, with our money and vote bank we are able to influence and lobby the western politics/politicians. We have only become second to the Jews, who were driven out by that monster Hitler. We have become rich and strong, just like the rich Jews controlling the American politics the rich Tamil (Diaspora) are now capable of financing election campaigns in the West. In another few years we will be as powerful as the Jews.

    We and our children have become millionaires in our host countries. Our children have achieved what they could have never achieved in Sri Lanka. Most of them are top most professionals in their chosen field, whether it is medicine, science, engineering, IT technology or even space travel. We have become an important partner in the development and the progress of our host countries. How did we achieve this status from being beggars thrown out as refugees from our homeland? To transform ourselves from Tamil refugees into such a powerful block, into top businessmen and professionals? Our determination to achieve our homeland.

    When the Jews were thrown out from their land and humiliated and killed in tens of thousands, they migrated to the West as refugees. Today they are not only one of the richest nations all over the world but they are also manipulating and controlling the Western politics and the World politics. The Tamil Diaspora is following exactly what the Jews did. They are determined to achieve their goal. This is not an internal domestic SL issue anymore. We have globalized/internationalized the issue where Uncle Sam and the Western powers are influenced by the Tamil Diaspora to interfere. Right from independence when we the Tamil countrymen of Sri Lanka asked you peacefully to let us live in peace and dignity, without the interference of Sinhala Buddhist hegemony, in our traditional habitat to protect our Tamil identity and culture your inherent Sinhala racism didn’t allow to accommodate the Tamil’s reasonable request, you attacked the unarmed non-violent Tamil protesters. At the end our youth had no choice but to take up arms and today, unfortunately you have to deal with Uncle Sam and the powerful west in order to solve this once internal issue.

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      An excellent reply.The Tamils will be the Jews of the next century and
      the Singhalese will at the rate they are going will be back to the stone age.

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        Maybe, if Jews decide to take up credit card fraud and internecine gang violence as their main hobbies in the next century.

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          Are those frauds worse than defence Secrtary commits Selling Naional watlth for commissions

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      Ravi,
      Well said.
      Many tamil professonals who fled after July ’83 are happy as their children have done extremely well.
      Even labourers work in two jobs and run cars within two years.
      But all tamils are concerned about their kith & kin back home and support them and know the truth of what is happening,from them.
      Many sinhalese too emigrated as “refugees” and keep a low profile abroad.

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      Big talk, too bad you couldn’t even save your own Thalaivar from the axe despite months of non stop howling, wailing, begging your masters and using public streets as bathrooms :)

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        Sinhala-Buddhist Siva Sankaran Sarma,

        Thalaivar’s period was over. Even after the world branded them (LTTE) as Terrorists he did not stop violence and he helped Rajapakshe to come to power. It was not just Rajapakshe and the SLA, but the world wanted an end to Thalaivar and the LTTE.

        Today things are happening in the opposite. Unlike the banned LTTE, the Tamil Diaspora is very powerful and has the full support from the western world. Today your government has to deal with America to solve the Tamil issue. The western world has already started applying pressure on GOSL. Just removing the GSP+ itself made several garment factories to close down and many have become jobless.

        BTW, the Tamils (Diaspora) have become experts in everything good as well as bad; The Sinhala-Buddhists are only good at begging. Out of Buddhism the only thing that the Sinhala-Buddhist were able to properly adopt was Buddha’s begging bowl to beg the whole world.

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    “Canada, Britain and Norway wanted the LTTE outfit and its Leader Mr Praba to take up residence in two African Nations or one Asian country”. says KP in his latest interview.

    How cool !!

    Shouldn’t Canada and Britain , with the biggest share of the Diaspora population have voluntered to take the LTTE and given them asylum and PR among its people?.

    Wouldn’t this simple humanitarian gesture have avpoided the alleged massacre of 70 to 100 thou according to the media and the Diaspora in these two contries?.

    Would Prab and his outfit refused an offer to live in leafy suburbs of Scarborrough or East London.especially when their most senior leader and mentor lived in London for 25 years and the Missues is still there to counsel them?.

    Thought of adding this to Malinda’s excellent piece on “Harper hypocricy” .

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    Very true and well written. Excellent response. Thank you . Yes , the Tamil world diaspora is powerful and will soon have TAMIL ELAM.

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      I am sure Canadians will change the Constitution to grant that status to Scarborough. All the Eelamites can move there then.

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    If Richard Falks was in Sri Lanka a white van would probably get him. Even the leader of the opposition is branded a LTTE supporter by our govt media. Sauce all round.

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    “..Sri Lanka has cooperated with the UNHRC within the norms of the UN Charter and global standard practices as exemplified by ‘developed’, rich, ‘respected’ Governments such as Canada..”

    This joker writer is crying for supper! Bullshits like these are only indicative of and confirm the myriads of adverse resolutions and opinions passed and arising against Sri Lanka. That Canada or US or any other country may have HR violations issues is entirely different matter which does not give us a carte blanche to do the same. This shit writer must first observe the 2×4 rafter in his eyes and the regime’s before he complain about the coconut fiber in Canada’s eyes!

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    Obviously, Canada is looking for an opportunity to leave the Commonwealth. That is understandable because her links are with the US both in territorial proximity, strategic-wise and thinking.She has no more any Commonwealth values to speak of. She could just as well leave the Commonwealth and join what remains of the old Association of American States(AAS) or become federated with US.That is where her interest are.She need not try to find a pretext for that like bashing Sri Lanka.
    She can also give back Quebec to France as one of her overseas territories.That is where Quebec belongs as the late President Charles de Gaulle, demonstrated when he said “Viva Quebec!” when he visited there.

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      Malle Pol:
      Yours is an interesting theory about Canada wanting to join the US.
      However you are dead wrong on a number of counts:
      1) Any proposal for Canada to join the US will have as much chance of floating as would a lead balloon! In fact, one of the few things that Canadians are united about is that they do NOT desire, EVER, to become the 51st State of the US.
      2)There is no such thing as an “Association of American States.” It is OAS (Organization of American States) and, when I last looked, Canada was already a member.
      3)Nobody in Canada, least of all in the Province of Quebec wants a return to French colonial rule. General de Gaulle’s infamous remark, which resulted in his having to leave Canada very quickly, was “Vive le Quebec Libre” (Not “Viva Quebec” which, to begin with is Hispanic, not French) in support of the INDEPENDENCE of the Province of Quebec. In fact the current provincial government of Quebec is a Parti Quebecois one dedicated to the SEPARATION of Quebec and the establishment of its sovereignty NOT a return to being a part of France.
      The last thing I want to spend my time on is a lesson in elementary North American history. However, these glaring errors need to be corrected.

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    What is sauce for Canada MOST CERTAINLY IS sauce for Sri Lanka and the USA and every other country as well. So now what is the issue with that????

    The author seems to be saying that because Sri Lanka does not want to be served with the same sauce that Canada is served we should do away with sauce once and for all and moreover that Canada and the USA and by implication all other countries as well should join Sri Lanka in doing away with the sauce in question.

    So then the author would have us do away with due process, law and order, democracy in favor of populist authority and impunity for all.

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      We must also do away with mango and date chutney, brinjal pahi, brinjal and garlic pickle, dryfish moju, and tell Canada also to do the same.

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    Malinda is happy as his best friend Duminda Silva is released on bail

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    It is amazing how bad Malinda was informed about Canadian
    political system. It makes him a ignorant writer who has no
    credibility in his writing as he seems to have intention of justifying
    Rajapaksha familial rule at any cost. Stephan Harper, when he
    won the first minority government after defeating Paul Martin’s
    Liberal government, he commenced bringing in legislation to
    ban LTTE front organizations in Canada which used to
    collect millions of dollars every month to fund LTTE. He did
    that against the advice of Toronto conservative panel which
    was appointed to submit a report as to why consevertves
    could not win even single riding in the GTA in that elections.
    Even Liberal biased Globe and Mail questioned the logic behind
    banning LTTE front organizations thereby loosing Tamil
    diaspora vote which has a large influence in 16 ridings
    in Ontario alone. It was reported that Stephn Harper
    has told his caucus it is morally wrong to allow organizations
    operate in Canadian soil which support sucide boming
    when Canadian solders are becoming victims of same in Afganistan.
    He speaks about Srilankan issues with proven credibility.
    As far as native issues concerned, it is a typical Srilankan
    Rajapaksha type politics prcticed in most of the Indian reserves
    where votes being bought by chiefs and having thier family
    members in the beracurcy with undisclosed amouts of money
    as their salary and other benifits while others living in abject
    poverty so that this vicious cycle can continue without any
    problem of not closing this continuous flow of Canadian
    taxpayers money in to this bottomless pits. Canadian Pri Minister
    has no legislative power to control any financial activities or mandate
    human rights in native reserves other than sending billions of dollars
    through ministry of Indian affairs, health Canada and other government
    agencies. It is an absolute tragedy these native Canadians have to
    live this way when all the chiefs and their families collecting millions of tax
    payers money for which they are not accountable for. Stephan Harper
    is trying to empower there natives by giving them the property rights
    matrimonial rights to women and bring in some financial accountability
    in these reserves. That’s why he is facing fierce opposition from
    these Indian chiefs.

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    Well Said,This is what we call bullying.This bahaviour is not a surprise when Obama received the Noble Peace prize.What a joke.
    Canada thinks as it is close to USA they have the same power.What this idiot does not understand is Asia is arising.

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      The English dictionary had undergone huge changes. The meaning of some words have been stood on their heads. We live and learn.

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    I dont think Harper cares about what third world bloggers say…

    and good job referring to the Nixon era, that was a nice attempt of presenting evidence no matter how many decades it was ago, have you ever heard of this word called “recent”

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