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Fields Should be for Sports, not Genocide... Sri LankaTim King Salem-News.com
New program explores two year old mass Genocide of Tamil people under Sri Lanka's Rajapaksa regime.
(SALEM, Ore.) - There is much to consider when watching this important program on the killing fields of Sri Lanka, and there are many questions that must be addressed. During and preceding World War Two in Europe, the extermination of human beings, mostly Jews, led in part to the United States entering the planet's greatest military debacle, tragedy and ultimate victory.
The thing that really burned people, that really got humans hot underneath the collar, even before they realized what Adolph Hitler had in store, was the invasion of China by Japan. This is remembered as the 'Rape of Nanking' and saw thousands upon thousands raped, pillaged and murdered by the warring Japanese. Cruelty with a side of bullets.
Acts of Genocide in the 1930's and 40's turned the world on its side and led to the famous quotes, "Never again" and so many more. But as it turns out, they were false. Today those impassioned cries for humanitarian justice are just distant remarks in history that were not stated with real conviction, at least not a lasting one.
We learned this in the early 1970's, scarcely three decades later, when the Cambodians came under the slaughter of Khmer Rouge guerrillas in Cambodia. The United States built the game board for that nightmare that left millions dead, with no real accurate numbers.
Sri Lanka took a number of lessons from previous world Genocides when then began killing the Tamils; a people who account for a large population of Sri Lanka and even larger numbers in India.
The motivation for the Genocide is simple. Sri Lanka is a country mostly populated by Sinhalese Buddhists. The Tamils are a minority, and an even smaller segment of the population is Muslim. Sadly, the Muslims were forced to flee by the Tamils in the 1980's, who are mostly Hindu, with a smaller Christian population. Needless to say the forced exodus of Muslims, who the Tamils had historically gotten along with, is a black mark in history. Research indicates a strong possibility that the government orchestrated problems between Hindus and Muslims in Tamil country (north Sri Lanka with both northern coastlines) though that is beside the point.
At any rate, the expulsion of Muslims pales when compared to the government terrorism that mounted soon after the current President, Majinda Rajapaksa, took office in 2005. A fragile peace process that had been in place for many years fell to the side and government forces began attacking positions held by the Tamil's defenders, the military group known as the LTTE Tamil Tigers (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam).
Their goal had been a separatist state where their language and customs were honored, maintained and respected.
The LTTE over the years developed items like the suicide bomber vest and their desperate struggle gained the attention of many. Most of that attention was negative from a worldwide perspective, as Sri Lanka was making inroads with the west all the while, primarily to ensure their national tourism continued in force.
The thing is, the LTTE made mistakes. However they, like other guerrilla style fighters, evolved over the years. The Tigers, like Hamas in Palestine and other groups regarded by western governments as 'terrorist', moved away from public bombings and were using technology and other means to wage the war. Perhaps that growing sophistication and war of words was what brought the government onto the Tamil's doorstep.
Before it was over, some came to believe that the cries of agony would never end. People who had lived happy lives in a beautiful island nation were suddenly watching their loved ones being maimed and raped and slaughtered by uniformed members of the Sri Lanka army. There was no reprieve, there were no breaks given to the Tamils. They were repeatedly told to go to areas that were out of the fire zone, and then Sri Lanka would attack them in these suggested venues of refuge. It is the exact same thing Israel did to the people of Gaza in 2008 and 2009 during their deadly winter attack that left almost 400 children dead.
Of course those who have read our previous reports on Sri Lanka know that this Genocide has no rivals. Rajapaksa's murder teams from the SLA entered Tamil homes and villages and areas with the worst intentions. They did this after killing or disappearing all of the journalists. The other thing Sri Lanka did was warn the United Nations teams in the Tamil areas that their lives were in danger, when Tamils had never threatened them, and had in fact begged for them to stay.
It went on on. Small children were bludgeoned, hung by the neck in their home, women were raped and violently attacked and then loaded onto trucks like cord wood as some moved slightly, obviously still alive. There are the images of small children screaming while their father a few feet away cradles the crumpled remains of their mother. It is beyond heart wrenching and far beyond acceptance. This program compliments the Channel-4 'Killing Fields of Sri Lanka' as an educational tool for a dark period in recent history, just two years ago, that the west supported even if indirectly, and is still failing to adequately addressed.
Some of our past reports on the Tamil Genocide in Sri Lanka;
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