David Miliband and Bernard Kouchner, long time hot under the collar- lambaste Sri Lanka in a script titled “The Silence of Sri Lanka”: vent reasons for their vituperations. Their visit in April 2009 during the last days of the LTTE, was to make a three-in-one call for “humanitarian aid and their workers to be allowed in and the fighting to be stopped”- went unheeded, as they grumble. That’s the break point.
Going home on an empty stomach with nothing to show, they bided their time watching ruefully in silence, Sri Lanka overcome terrorists, strikes back with venom after the release of the Channel 4 production, in a New York Times lead article. Timing is neat and tidy and keeps in tandem with those they link to work.
Did the duo express satisfaction that terrorism was defeated? They took the underground and kept mum. To be fair, US Ambassador Roberto Blake expressed his appreciation. Terrorism is not a bother unless it bothers them.
Lets clear the preliminaries: if the pair could touch down in Colombo as a concerned couple two years ago, why have they still not landed in Baghdad, Kabul or Tripoli as a combine to make a similar plea, where their own NATO forces target civilians in much greater numbers. Their triple action paracetamol capsule should in their diagnosis provide instant relief, if administered to their own fighting Forces in foreign lands. They choose not to do so, as Ministers of Governments that had with intent traveled far to create killing fields and ruined societies not of their Caucasian breed but those whom their Governments mock as hooded burka wearing people.
We fought our war to rid of terrorism in our own land to remove a blight that reached epidemic proportions. We succeeded and became secure, no concern to Dave & Bern, who are yet to succeed but keeps on fighting terrorism to safeguard their dented glory, until it is time to withdraw in shame. They entered hurriedly in the name of a humanitarian intervention and now seek to stage a strategic exit once their political and commercial interests are fulfilled. They have decided to quit without a time table- but a spat has developed between the UK politicians and their military men. Even the puppet local leaders want the Anglo-French out pronto!
Why don’t they presently make the same request from their governments to stop fighting in the several countries they are engaged in battle or why didn’t the two Cabinet Ministers demand from their Governments to stop the wars while in office and bring humanitarian aid and more importantly their foot soldiers, the aid people (NGOs’) as preached to us.
They selected a field of war, a distance away from home to fight supposedly other peoples’ wars. Their home is always sweet safe and secure while countries invaded have to live with corpses’, funerals and graves.
Now they are in the Islamic belt from Libya to Pakistan destabilizing the Middle East after a killing bout in the saffron region of Vietnam Laos and Cambodia in the Far East. They tried on us and failed in South Asia If they kept faith in their age old beliefs in the gospel instead of their convoluted faith in the Right to Protect which they sermonize again to us in the latest epistle, world would have had lesser wars.
Davie & Bernie, you changed your god, making Gods of Yourselves with a sanctimonious canon called R2P to expand your lust for exploiting resources of another. Is this not the doctrine of new imperialism that enables an invasion into the lands of others to steal and plunder? Unending Wars continuing presently commenced under the auspices of the doctrine of the Right to Protect-your devotion.
Boys, war crimes never follow you, though Obama and Clinton watched live on TV an unarmed Osama killed without a struggle when he could have been hauled alive by scores of Navy Seal Teams? Here is command responsibility knocking at the door- in a life and limb appearance before your eyes but are we left to pause with the Silence of Miliband and Kouchner without a murmur in print in any publication. What would you have said if our President watched live on TV while an unarmed Mr. Prabhakaran escorted from his bed and in his wife’s and children’s presence- shot and killed? Answer: A War Criminal.
If we listened to these two great men, tragedies of terrorism would have visited in perpetuity, compelling us to blow peace pipes as we did for 21 years, while being dictated by similar western busybodies as Messer DM & BK, with a revived and rejuvenated Prabhakaran in our midst. Life-Then and Now is the difference we genuinely feel; of a past that was wiped from the slate, never again to surface. They fear other small nations will follow suit and disregard Western commands and for that crime Sri Lanka has to be punished as a deterrent to others.
The humanitarian aid (“humanitarian aid and their workers be let in”) is the leak and drip from the NGO tap that often stood as the earthwork of the LTTE’s encroachments; and the aid workers (‘modern colonial moles’) are the private armies that provided courier service to the LTTE; both together with western media binding as the brick and mortar of the LTTE rampart.
Their nitpick is “Restrictions on journalists meant that there was a war without witness in Sri Lanka” .The two former Foreign Ministers whine for failing to let western journalists footloose in the company of western NGO folk to roam in Wanni as witnesses in search of evidence to build a case M & K could present against Sri Lanka. A slip of the tongue reveals the “fronts” employed by the disguised good Samaritans in the role of being engaged as dubious sleuths in humanitarian objectives.
Western Security Forces carry NGO outfits as buddy companions when they enter into military exercises in foreign countries as revealed in US Military/NGO Relationships in Military Interventions (1996) by Chris Seiple. Past practice has shown snooping foreign correspondents plant made up “stories” with make up on instructions to create the ground work for western political hierarchies to enter the war arena as it happened in Iraq, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Haiti by the creation of humanitarian interventions, vividly described by Media Lens journalists David Edwards and David Cromwell in The Myth of the Liberal Media (2006)
From faraway, the Odd Couple makes an odd comment “Tamil Life treated as fourth or fifth class” .Gentlemen, come and take a stroll in the streets of Colombo to see for yourself- the truth of your assertion. Na‹ve is a mild word. If you speak of Tamils living directly under the terrorist yoke, life was not comparable to their brethren elsewhere but it is slowly coming back but will take time as they lived 25 years behind the rest of Sri Lanka.
It’s not your credo to complain against the LTTE except for a passing reference.