Beware of war crimes investigation leading to ‘reconciliation’ deception
In the event of a US-tabled resolution at UNHRC calling for “an independent international accountability mechanism to evaluate reports of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and other human rights violations committed by both sides during and after the war in Sri Lanka,” it will have all the potentialities of becoming yet another form of the ‘reconciliation’ deception. It will help to continue harping on ‘reforms’ within a unitary State, will give space and time in a camouflaged way to Colombo to complete genocide, prod Tamils into accepting models as of South Africa that are absurd to them, negotiate escape to culprits, and at maximum, may bring in ‘regime change’, but no political justice or release from genocide to Eezham Tamils, cautioned Tamil activists for alternative politics in the island.
Further comments from the Tamil activists for alternative politics in the island:
There seems to be a calculated detraction orchestrated against the demand for an international investigation on the genocide committed on Eezham Tamils, demand for an interim international mechanism to stop the on-going genocide and the demand for a referendum.
The detractors argue that the US move in the UNHRC, if going to be in the wording of the resolution tabled at the US Senate [cited in the lead para], that would have space for the investigation of the genocide as well.
In their desperation to jump on the US bandwagon, a set of Tamil political articulators in the island, in Tamil Nadu and in the diaspora, hide from Tamil masses the disastrous deceptions attached to the US approach.
They never want to explain to the people how the possible US resolution is a further manifestation stemming from the ‘reconciliation’ deception that was hatched by the USA immediately after its complicity in the genocide.
The USA has not abandoned its original policy or strategy with which it architected the genocidal war. Only the tactic may be different now but that is to only confirm the achievements of the original aims.
The non-recognition of genocide or delay would continue facilitating the genocide. It will save the genocidal State and will facilitate bargains desired by the USA.
The expected US resolution has to be read in its context of what the former US Asst Secretary of State, Robert Blake, said in 2009 on ‘some accountability’ for ‘reconciliation’; what the present Asst Secretary of State, Nisha Desai Biswal, said in Jaffna earlier this month, advising Tamils to seek ‘reconciliation’ than investigation, and what the two US Senators tabling their resolution ten days later said on the US leadership at UNHRC in “promoting reconciliation and accountability in Sri Lanka.”
Ultimately, supporting the envisaged US resolution amounts to reconciliation with the genocidal State of Sri Lanka and voicing for the edification of the resolution represents rejection of the genocidal State.
Where do the Tamil activists want to pitch themselves?
It is not a question of being pro-USA or anti-USA, or being pro and anti to any other power.
Such a question never arises if any one considers himself or herself as an activist of the Tamil cause.
Whether as Tamils, we place our demands and register our claims in the proper perspective or not, is the question.
It has now become a routine every year, to see orchestrations discovering ‘virtues’ in the US moves and passionately denouncing anyone who seeks edifications.
But what is the total output in the last five years, other than seeing irreversible and accelerated structural genocide?
Who is responsible for this fallout, or victimisation by deception?
How does the momentum in public uprising seen in 2009 in Tamil Nadu and in the diaspora was put to sleep?
Those who have bondages and constrains to open mouth against the designs of the Establishments should at least refrain from detracting righteous voices coming from others.
What if genocide is disproved in an investigation – the detractors have the audacity to ask this threatening question on an obviously provable phenomenon faced and being faced by Eezham Tamils for decades.
When the source of this pitiable self-doubt is no other than the NPC chief minister, Justice Wigneswaran, it is no surprise that there are detractors in Tamil Nadu too.
If the Tamils criticize the US resolution, even whatever that may come through also will not come, is another threat put to Tamils.
Exactly with the same thinking, Eezham Tamils were first taking the risk with British colonialism, then with New Delhi’s ‘Indo-Lanka’ Accord and recently with the US and Co-Chair deception.
At least now we should ‘learn the lesson’ to say goodbye to the polity of knowingly collaborating with deception. We should make our righteous demands in their proper perspective without any hesitation, and also should tell our allies in Tamil Nadu and elsewhere to do so.
Our immediate need of priority is international intervention to stop the on-going genocide.
We have been asking to stop the genocidal war and the IC failed in it. Now, if the IC is not stopping the on-going genocide, the target of our international struggle should focus on it.
The competitors of the USA, rather than always proving themselves worse than that of the USA, would do much better by taking a higher stand in the delivery of meaningful justice to the nation of Eezham Tamils. They may even expose the USA through that.