Saturday, May 2, 2009

Let us salute the great nations that genuinely helped us fight terrorism

Sri Lanka is about to conclude her war against terror. The ordeal that about 19 million people have been living with for more than quarter of a century is about to be over. It would never be too early to express our gratitude to all the great nations who genuinely helped us to come this far in this historic battle. Because, the value of a sincere friend would never be so felt, as when one is beset by a group of hypocrites.

On April 30 it was reported that the UN Security Council has no interest in punishing Sri Lanka, by withholding funds that she needs at this moment. Before that decision was taken, some countries that portray themselves as the global guardians of human rights, had made several shameless attempts to recommend punitive action against this poor third world country, struggling to rid itself of terrorism.

Ironically, these so-called human rights champs tried to justify their claims saying that they were doing it for the safety of civilians, held at hostage by terrorists in island's North. Moreover, they put a number of ridiculous demands on the Sri Lanka government, such as offering amnesty to the terrorists, allowing a third party to rescue the terrorist leaders, go for a ceasefire, etc. Never did history unmask the hypocrisy and the sanctimony of the Western Powers than their behaviour towards Sri Lanka during recent times.

In this context, the people of Sri Lanka are grateful for the wholehearted support given to them by India, Pakistan and the rest of the South Asian countries, China, Russia, Pakistan, Japan, Iran, Libya, Vietnam, Mid-East, African and Southeast Asian countries. But for their understanding on our plight and the trust they placed on us, we would never be able to come this far in our battle against terrorism. It seems the international community has become more independent and therefore safer for poor countries like Sri Lanka to stand up for their rights. At least, the people living in poor war affected countries like ours can now have hopes for achieving peace if their leaders are genuine enough to take appropriate action.

It is worthwhile recalling how the civilians, whose safety the Western powers are so worried about, were driven to their current situation. It was the LTTE terrorists who took hold of these civilians at gunpoint and held them as a protective shield during the last three years. As troops gradually liberated the territory held by the LTTE, the terrorists forcibly took most of these civilians with them in order to protect their leaders. All the human rights champions now blaming the government were brazenly silent on this blatant atrocity against our citizens, despite the government's untiring efforts to convince them about the looming humanitarian situation. All they did was trying to corner Sri Lanka in the international community, with their usual "warnings", "urges" "concerns", etc.

They always asked us to stop fighting and start negotiations for a political settlement. Yet, they could not tell us how to stop the continuing atrocities of the LTTE against Sri Lankan citizens. They neglected to see that a political solution is needed for a political problem but not for a terrorist problem.

Human sufferings are the main weapon the LTTE has been using for its survival. It is no secret that the LTTE has been engineering the most brutal crimes against civilians and cunningly manipulates them to its advantage. From their first village massacre in 1984, the terrorists have been mastering this art for earning sympathy for the crimes they themselves committed. The LTTE leadership has been so obsessed with his strategy of cowering among the civilians and increasing their sufferings to win international sympathy.

Therefore, anyone who refuses to accept this realty and asks us to stop fighting against terror, serves the exact purpose of the terror leadership. In other words, it is their response that inspires the terror leadership to continue these crimes. Therefore, all those diplomats, politicians, human rights organizations that dance to the tune of LTTE propaganda are equally responsible of the plight of the civilians under the clutches of terror.

Let us salute our friends who accepted the truth and are bold enough to stand by us at our moment of need.

Original Article is here

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