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Eezham Tamils Learning lessons from Srebrenica

[TamilNet, Friday, 10 July 2015, 06:28 GMT]
Eezham Tamils, especially their politicians and activists, should learn the lesson from Srebrenica that an international investigation on ‘Sri Lanka’ doesn’t merely mean investigating the island at an international level, but investigating the international elements that led to the plight of the island. New researches clearly reveal that the USA and UK knew about the genocide at Srebrenica well ahead of it, but decided to allow it because of a premeditated policy decision. Unchecked, they did it again to Eezham Tamils 14 years later, and the difference is that they still do nothing about the occupying genocidal military, continued genocide, structural genocide and annihilation of the nation of Eezham Tamils, may be because of another premeditated, original policy, commented Tamil activists for alternative politics in the island.

In the case of Srebrenica, the US Asst. Secretary of State for Intelligence, Toby Gati, was cited by The Guardian last week for saying, “Ethnic cleansing was not a priority of our policy. When you make an original decision you are not going to respond, then I’m sorry, these things are going to happen.”

This repeatedly pre-meditated policy practice, terrorising nations without State to the extent of genocide, is noticeably enacted upon peoples of non-West milieu, prompting one to question what has that directed the ‘original decision’.

In the case of Eezham Tamils, such a policy was joined by New Delhi too, bringing South Asia and neighbourhood also under the dangerous paradigm.

This is why we need an international investigation on the genocide of Eezham Tamils, not only for the liberation of them but also for humanity to put a stop on the repeated practice of international terrorism through ‘coalitions’ and proxies in the name of liberal democracy and global monopoly of a deceptive moral high-ground.

This is also why it is important to Eezham Tamils as well as humanity that planted politicians like Mr Sumanthiran should not be allowed to use their granted electoral victory under a TNA seat in the forthcoming elections to ‘prove’ support of Tamils for ‘domestic investigation’ hoodwink. There is nothing personal against Mr Sumanthiran.

Last week, a joint open letter by 9 international NGOs of UN advisory status, addressed to the ambassadors of the UN Human Rights Council member states, told them that consent from the affected people is needed in modelling any investigation on the island. The international NGOs, considering the cause of humanity, should rise above the trap that may come from local manipulation by the ultimate culprits.

The NPC chief minister, Mr Wigneswaran, who has also been planted, has at least realised the importance of the edification of the ‘original decision’, in his call for international investigation on genocide.

Speaking at the FeTNA convention in the USA, he defended the call for genocide investigation and also hinted at the 6th Amendment of the SL constitution gagging Tamils from democratically expressing their political aspirations. But, writing in Congress Blog, a forum for lawmakers and policy professionals of the USA on Wednesday, he was mildly pleading for the US role in reform, accountability, devolution, demilitarisation and development.

Even a child will know that the formula will not work under a congenitally genocidal State in the island. But Wigneswaran will need the force for the edification of the ‘original decision’ of the USA to come from the mobilisation of the concerned people and from the real international community of humanity.

Eezham Tamils should be prepared to deploy all their resources in an alternative international investigation on the role of the ultimate culprits in their genocide, if the UN investigation is not materialising.

This is essential for the world to know; the Sinhala nation in the south of the island to know; the posterity of Tamils to firmly imprint in the memory of their long civilisation and above all to set the historiography right, without which no meaningful future struggle is possible.

After 20 years, the elements that premeditated a policy to allow the genocide in East Bosnia will rush to Srebrenica to commemorate it this weekend. But the Eezham Tamils of a similar plight with larger dimensions are left to themselves even to internationally prove the genocide and on-going genocide, as the International Crisis Group (ICG) ‘wished’ them to undertake sometimes back.

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The media in the West was vigorous in the last few days over the remembrance of Srebrenica. After the experience at Srebrenica, the so-called international media would have very well known what was actually taking place in the case of Eezham Tamils and what the USA and the UK were up to. But they only contributed to the ‘premeditated decision’ of allowing the genocide without witnesses. The Indian national media was the worst of the lot.

Last week, The Guardian of the UK came out with a feature, “How Britain and the US decided to abandon Srebrenica to its fate,” that was doing the post-mortem with new evidences.

Some of the facts and observations brought out by the feature are must to be read by Eezham Tamils to realize how their plight was largely similar.

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Excerpts from The Guardian feature:

“There will be speeches and tributes at the town’s memorial site, Potocari, but the least likely homily would be one that answered the question: how did Srebrenica happen? Why were Bosnian Serb death squads able, unfettered, to murder more than 8,000 men and boys in a few days, under the noses of United Nations troops legally bound to protect the victims? Who delivered the UN-declared “safe area” of Srebrenica to the death squads, and why?”

“Now a survey of the mass of evidence reveals that the fall of Srebrenica formed part of a policy by the three “great powers” – Britain, France and the US – and by the UN leadership, in pursuit of peace at any price.”

“Until now, it has always been asserted that the so-called “endgame strategy” that forged a peace settlement for – and postwar map of – Bosnia followed the “reality on the ground” after the fall, and ceding, of Srebrenica. What can now be revealed is that the “endgame” preceded that fall, and was – as it turned out – conditional upon it.”

“The UN duly proclaimed Srebrenica as one of six “safe areas” to be defended by the United Nations Protection Force (our emphasis).”

“All the while, Karadžic’s hand was eagerly clasped beneath the chandeliers of London and Geneva; diplomats also courted the Serbian president, Slobodan Miloševic, while Mladic dined and exchanged gifts with the UN’s military commanders, soldier to soldier, as they ineffectively sought his cooperation.”

“A CIA memo, since declassified, described the eastern safe areas as “fish bones in the throat of the Serbs”.

[In the case of the Eezham Tamils what was openly known is the UK representative at the UN Security Council, Sir John Sawers, telling that the LTTE was long blighting the Sri Lankan government]

“On 2 June, Mladic ordered a “destruction of the Muslim forces in these enclaves”. Voorhoeve insists that western leaders knew of this order, but that he and his troops were kept in the dark.”

“The intelligence services of at least two of the five permanent members of the UN security council knew already at the beginning of June 1995 – a month and a half before the attack – that the Serbs intended to capture, in the coming weeks, the three Eastern enclaves – meaning Srebrenica, Žepa and Goražde,” Voorhoeve says. “These two big countries had advance knowledge of the Serbian battle plans and did not share it with the Netherlands.”

“The Observer has independently verified this and the two countries were the US and the UK.”

“The populace chose to remain, wrongly believing the world would comply with legally binding obligations to protect them.”

“The UN petrol was used, he says, to fuel transport of men and boys to the killing fields, and bulldozers to plough the 8,000 corpses into mass graves.”

“According to declassified US cables details of the killings reached western intelligence and decision makers soon after they began on 13 July; The CIA operatives watched almost “live” at a satellite post in Vienna. From that day, spy planes caught what was happening. “Standing men held by armed guard. Later pictures show them lying in the fields, dead,” according to one cable.”

“All US partners were immediately informed.” Yet the slaughter was allowed to run its course, no attempt made to deter the killers, or to locate the men and boys, let alone rescue them.”

“Not a single politician, diplomat or senior soldier saw fit to resign over the betrayal of Srebrenica. It will be interesting to see if anything approaching an apology – let alone a reckoning – by Britain, America or France is spoken next weekend. Most of those involved were promoted or moved on to lucrative positions.”

“The former British foreign secretary, Douglas Hurd, who had chastised attempts at intervention to help Bosnia, along with Neville-Jones, famously beat a path to Belgrade to engage Miloševic – just before he was indicted for genocide – on behalf of the NatWest markets bank.”

[In the case of Eezham Tamils, the Hillary Clinton emails released by the US State Department on June 30, reveal to us that, Burns Strider, a former senior advisor to US Secretary of State Ms Hillary Clinton in 2009, stated the following to her: “My take is that the people on the ground both with World Bank and IMF believe the Tigers need to be completely defeated and any collateral damage inflicted on private people by SL govt in process is ok...” Source: UNCLASSIFIED U.S. Department of State Case No. F-2014-20439 Doc No. C05758456 Date: 06/30/2015]

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[There are revelations on the role played by the Japanese diplomat Yasushi Akashi as the UN’s special envoy to the Balkans, which should be of special interest to Eezham Tamils, especially to those who consider him a ‘wise’ man whom Tamils had failed to listen. Akashi seems to be a professional in the game that after Srebrenica he found re-deployment in the genocidal war against Eezham Tamils]

The Guardian revelations on Akashi in the Balkans:

“Smith, Janvier and the UN’s special envoy to the Balkans, the Japanese diplomat Yasushi Akashi, met on 9 June in Split, where Janvier pushed for ceding the enclaves.”

“Also on 8 July, Akashi and generals Smith and Janvier met at UN headquarters in Geneva. Smith was told to return to his holiday on the Croatian island of Korcula while Akashi, the only man in the Balkans with authority to order air strikes, went to Dubrovnik for a two-day break.”

“The UN’s envoy, Akashi, sent a cable: “The Bosnian Serb army is likely to separate the military-age men from the rest of the population, an eventuality about which Unprofor will be able to do very little.”

“On 15 July, Bildt met Mladic again – and Miloševic – for lunch with Akashi and Smith. Only Smith raised the issue of “information on mass killing and rape” and threatened force “if UN forces are attacked”. But all the group got in return was an assurance that Dutch soldiers would be free to leave on 21 July, with their equipment and the 30 hostages, and with that the delegation left.”

“The reaction of Akashi to the killing, as it began on 13 July, was to assure that the UN “should not fear an international outcry as at no time have Unprofor drivers or vehicles assisted in the evacuation”.


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External Links:
The Guardian: How Britain and the US decided to abandon Srebrenica to its fate
Congress Blog: Justice C.V. Wigneswaran: Sri Lanka: Seize this opportunity for true reform
ICJ.org: Open Letter on Sri Lanka
foia.state.gov: Burns Strider to Hillary Clinton on May 4, 2009: Some intel for you...


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