Saturday May 18, 2013
Sri Lanka: Genocide and Poor Toilet TrainingTim King Salem-News.com
Sri Lanka's Buddhist tormentors force Hindus and Christians to play the ultimate humiliation game.
(SALEM) - A terrible history of murdering journalists who dissent from the government's grace isn't evil enough for Sri Lanka's continual conflict against the Tamil population in Jaffna. Now the man presiding over the country's northern Tamil area, a war crime suspect, is going to transform the high technology section of the Jaffna Library into a toilet for Sinhalese visitors from the south.
Sources report that The Sri Lankan Governor for the Northern Province of Jaffna proposes the construction of a toilet to replace the Computer section on the second floor of the Jaffna Public library .
It's pretty sad when a nation's entire military mission is based around ethnic cleansing. It is even sadder when you learn that the agents of death and state terrorism in Sri Lankan are Buddhists.
But this story isn't about the Genocide this religious government is responsible for, where Tamil Hindu and Christian people were slaughtered in a systematic, utterly cruel way.
It is about the post-war actions of this same Buddhist government, and if there is one underlying theme in this report it might be the question, how much are people really expected to take?
By the summer of 2009, right under the world's nose, vast segments of a culture were annihilated, ground into pieces, children were hacked, shot and stabbed. There are horrible accounts of Tamil women and girls being raped. Resistance fighters with white flags were murdered by the government forces of Sri Lanka as they attempted to surrender to what they believed was an honorable military force.
Instead we learn of their plight; we discover the photos of a resistance leader's son who had been shot in the chest, just a 12-year old boy who had turned himself into government forces for protection. Some protection they offered.
As we have detailed in grisly, past reports, they were directed into so-called 'safe zones' and then bombed to smithereens. And when the bombs stopped, the men of Sri Lanka's Army came, and the killing at that point became much more personal. It is truly a world catastrophe, and now the government turns on the treasured Jaffna Library?
What is really interesting, is the fact that Sri Lanka's highly decorated generals like Chandrasiri, Silva and so many others, earned their medals fighting their own countrymen. I know many Sinhalese have a hard time admitting it, but the Tamils are also Sri Lankans and most if not all of the medals these decorated officers wear, are for killing their fellow Sri Lankans. Rarely has such a defeating and tragic country or concept existed.
Foreign Governor - G. A. Chandrasiri
But again, I digress; this story is about the problems that continue to spill out from this violent conflict. It is about the despicable humiliation of human beings by a retired Sri Lankan Army (SLA) Major General named G. A. Chandrasiri - the former Commander Security Forces Headquarters in Jaffna. He is now the civilian governor of this disputed region.
This is Tamil country, the one region that the Tamils called their own; the former breakaway state of Tamil Eelam, that was protected by the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) until their defeat in May 2009.
He has no real ties to the area, other than military conquest. Chandrasiri's history involves serving as a commander with Security Forces Headquarters in the northern part of this island nation during the final stages of this three-decade long Sri Lankan Civil War. It now appears as though he is existing to take steps of revenge... that is sure how it appears.
Appointed Governor of the region by Rajapaksa, he is free to do anything he wants and he knows Colombo will back his every move. This ultimately becomes an endorsement on a license to commit human rights violations. When a government remains oblivious to the obvious, inherent hazards of this behavior, it truly has crossed the border into madness.
The Web page for the Northern Provinces openly discusses the free will this military commander is granted as a politician:
Yet many say the total opposite. A long list of influential Tamils say that this man suspected of war crimes like several other Sri Lankan commanders, is worse than a poor choice for this job. The idea that he wants to transform the library into a toilet after all of its history spanning back to its creation in 1933, is proof that his goal is to continue the injuries against the people of this region.
Mobs of Buddhist Book Burners
The terrible burning of the library by the Sri Lankan Army and the destruction of its 97,000 book collection, was one of many acts the government specifically committed against this population, and it is only one time that this library has been at the center of bloody military combat.
There is no question in retrospect, that the acts carried out against the Tamils were wrong; the library burning specifically was an act against the intellectual values of mankind; far more something that would be expected from the likes of Hitler or Mussolini. These are a few of the sad facts behind the bloody civil war's casualty toll, which is always blamed on the LTTE.
Yet it was in 2006, that President Mahinda Rajapakse was quoted as saying:
He was also further quoted as saying in reference to a prominent local Tamil poet, reminding the audience that:
Yet the library at Jaffna continues to be the victim of Sri Lanka's racist policies against the Tamils.
In the truthdive article, The Sinhala idea of replacing Tamil library with Toilet, P.T. Ramasamy Vepery writes:
The article concludes by stating:
Why now though?
Because of the recent U.S. led war crimes resolution against Sri Lanka with the UN in Geneva. This is a political act Americans can be proud of, it was the right thing to do in spite of hypocrisy.
It was last February, when Stephen Rapp, the US President’s Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes, had a change of plans when his calendar appointments were amended to include a rushed visit to Sri Lanka.
Rapp served as Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone beginning in January 2007, leading the prosecutions of former Liberian President Charles Taylor and other persons alleged to bear the greatest responsibility for the atrocities committed during the civil war in Sierra Leone. His visit was expected to be a precursor to international community’s push to have the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) report discussed at the March sitting of the United National Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva .
It was US delegate John C. Mariz, who addressed the 19th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva, saying the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) report does not comprise any plan to execute its recommendations, nor does it sufficiently address the critical issue of accountability.
Sri Lanka is angry at the United States and also at India for backing the resolution. Sri Lanka does not deserve a simple slap of the wrist, which is what the resolution amounts to.
They now have to follow the terms of their own Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission, and that group, the LLRC, did not blame the Sri Lankan military for a single death, when in all likelihood they are responsible for more than a hundred thousand, possibly far more. The matter of war crimes has been an issue of bruised ego with the government of Sri Lanka and how long the charade will continue is unknown.
Now we know that as a reaction to being shamed by the world for war crimes that SL will not really have to atone to, Chandrasiri is looking for new, creative ways to punish the Tamils.
In this effort to humiliate an entire culture, Gov. Chandrasiri soils his own reputation.
Tim King's previous Salem-News.com reports on Sri Lanka:
Mar-11-2012: War Crime Court and its Conflicting Interests
Mar-08-2012: Sex Abuse and Murder in Sri Lanka- New Photos Emerge
Feb-28-2012: Tweets from Tamil Eelam
Feb-24-2012: Two of Sri Lanka's Foulest War Crimes
Nov-24-2011: Fear, Genocide and Torture in Sri Lanka
Oct-15-2011: Genocide 101: World and Media Apathy
Oct-05-2011: War and its Aftermath... a Real Killer for Tourism
Oct-01-2011: Sri Lanka in the Crosshairs of Canadian Parliament
Sep-13-2011: Sri Lanka Recalls Diplomat Accused of War Crimes
Jun-20-2011: Sri Lanka's Violence Toward Tamil Minority Continues
Jun-02-2011: UN Experts: Sri Lanka Tamil Genocide Video is Real
May-31-2011: Sri Lanka Tamil Genocide: Killing the Messenger
May-03-2011: Confronting the Tamil Genocide in Sri Lanka
Apr-27-2011: Tamil Genocide in Sri Lanka Emerges Into Public View
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