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[TamilNet, Wednesday, 24 June 2009 06:49 No Comment]

When serious action is needed against Colombo and the Sri Lankan state in order to uphold human dignity and world civilisation, some world leaders pathetically believe in not penalising Colombo and in a ‘carrot and stick’ approach. The Eezham Tamils have seen enough of carrots always going to Colombo and stick always coming to them, writes TamilNet political commentator in Colombo. "The legal system and procedural governments of the liberal democracies have enough space to indict these leaders and governments in their own countries to remind them of their crime and responsibilities. Unless humanitarian organizations and the Eezham Tamil diaspora take up this matter seriously, these leaders will not only go on conning but will also dare to abet Colombo’s agenda of structural genocide."

Full text of the observations of the commentator follows:

A UN ‘dignitary’ and a Sri Lankan Minister who visited the internment camps in Vanni found much to the chagrin of their egos that the inmates didn’t stand up to ‘welcome’ them. The minister was heard complaining about it later.

While anyone who upholds human dignity has to appreciate the spirit and silent show of feelings by the concentration camp inmates, the incident also reveals the chauvinistic and appalling attitude of the ‘ruling junta’ in Colombo.

Much has been said and written on the incarceration of a nation in the concentration camps and open prisons in the island. Just like the world allowed a genocidal war to take place without witnesses, it now shamelessly allows the incarceration, subjugation and structural genocide of the people.

The very act of keeping civilians in the concentration camps and the subhuman conditions prevailing there are enough justifications for why the people shouldn’t have been asked to part with their liberation fighters and to come into the hands of the genocidal government by the so-called international community and by the lopsided UN.

In this sense, the foremost of the war crimes had been committed by the UN and by all those world leaders who asked the people to come to the concentration camps and then not taking any responsibility.

Unfortunately the world is yet to devise a system to investigate and indict the UN or its dignitaries found responsible for crimes.

The UN chief Ban Ki Moon is personally responsible for underestimating the number of civilians involved, for his call of asking civilians to end up in concentration camps and for his choice of Vijay Nambiar to deal with the situation, despite knowing the ‘links’.

The guilty ones also succeeded in escaping international indictment by ganging up in the UN outfits, leaving the victims helpless.

Most of the countries that ganged up don’t have proper legal system in their governments for people to indict the responsible for the breach of human rights in another country. No one can consider a country like China even worthy enough for discussion in this matter. Only an international denunciation can teach a lesson to such governments.

India may claim itself the largest democracy in the world, but its legal system is largely a colonial legacy designed to protect the rulers. India’s role in the war crimes and its responsibility to the victims may be provable but not indictable in the Indian legal system.

Indian ministers like Pranab Mukherjee, Chidambaram and the Congress president Sonia Gandhi have irrefutably gone on record for taking side with genocidal Colombo, for misleading the public and thus harming the civilians in Vanni, by underestimating the number far below the actuality and by claiming that the war was over by their ‘effort’ without affliction to civilians, when onslaughts and massacres took the life of tens of thousands and maimed and incarcerated hundreds of thousands of civilians.

But the people of India and conspicuously the people of Tamil Nadu thought that it is well fitting a red-clad Sonia Gandhi to receive red roses from Manmohan Singh on May 21 to ‘felicitate’ the forming of government after electoral victory.

However, there remains another set of countries by whose actions and for whose sake the Eezham Tamils were ‘double penalised’.

First of all, these countries led by USA were responsible basically for tilting the military and diplomatic balance in the island in favour of genocidal Colombo by the wrong application of the policy of ‘war on terror’.

This premise of these countries not only facilitated the military debacle of the Eezham Tamil nation, but also paved way for the treatment of civilians as ‘terrorists’ and now for their incarceration in the concentration camps. Their liberation fighters were not accorded with the status of combatants when fighting or the status of prisoners of war when captured or surrendered.

Repeated demonstrations and demands by the Eezham Tamil public to listen to reason only fell into the deaf ears of the leaders of these countries.

To the last minute, the leaders of these countries in a chorus were insisting and demanding the civilians to come to the concentration camps.

But when Colombo ended the war with carnage and incarceration of a nation sidelining these countries, and when they thought of checking it, there was a new axis of some others who wanted to teach a lesson to the US led block. Colombo benefited and the Eezham Tamils were penalised by both of them.

People wonder at the dead silence of the USA.

The world has not forgotten the speeches personally made by Obama and Hillary investing them with guilt and responsibility for what had happened later.

When serious action is needed against Colombo and the Sri Lankan state in order to uphold human dignity and world civilisation, some leaders pathetically believe in not penalising Colombo and in a ‘carrot and stick’ approach. The Eezham Tamils have seen enough of carrots always going to Colombo and stick always coming to them.

The legal system and procedural governments of the liberal democracies have enough space to indict these leaders and governments in their own countries to remind them of their crime and responsibilities.

Unless humanitarian organizations and the Eezham Tamil diaspora take up this matter seriously, these leaders will not only go on conning but will also dare to abet Colombo’s agenda of structural genocide.

However, such efforts need to be carefully planned on a provenance cum context basis choosing the right target to suit the varying legal systems of countries in bringing Sri Lanka and its abettors to justice.

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