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US urged to go beyond clichés

[TamilNet, Saturday, 15 August 2009, 01:18 GMT]
The very phrase ‘political reconciliation’ is partial and diabolical as it only upholds the integrity of a genocidal state and artfully nullifies the nationalist perspectives of the Tamil struggle, writes TamilNet political commentator in Colombo, responding to US stand discussed with groups of diaspora Tamils. Any genuine political approach to the age-old nationalist conflict in the island begins from recognising the nations involved in the conflict and engaging them as equal parties having full right to self-determination, the commentator writes, adding: “If willingness for positive political engagement is not forthcoming from the Sri Lankan state, the state can be induced and Eezham Tamils could be encouraged to participate willingly, by US and India in particular acknowledging the nation of Eezham Tamils and its absolute right to self-determination without mincing words.”

Full text of the response from the TamilNet's political commentator to the US stand, discussed with diaspora groups Tuesday, follows:

Coining phrases is a powerful weapon the US Administration deploys from time to time in subverting righteous causes that do not overlap with its world designs.

Unfortunately for the US, the phrase bombs it deployed so far to nullify the Tamil nationalist struggle in the island of Sri Lanka in order to protect a faulty state have misfired.

The wrong application of ‘war on terror’ by the Bush Administration of course hit the Tamils hard but it also equally hit the international credibility of the US and made it look a fool at the hands of hijackers.

Obama Administration’s Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton’s enthusiasm for ‘post-conflict era’ at the height of war ended up in confounded silence at the turn of affairs.

But the US refuses to learn lessons from the Sri Lankan state.

The US Assistant Secretary of State, Robert Blake on Tuesday deployed another phrase weapon, ‘political reconciliation,’ in a meeting with 16 Tamil diaspora groups, when no signs are coming either from Colombo or from the powers that had actively abetted Tamil genocide, even in recognising Eezham Tamils as a nation in the island.

The sweet-coated ‘political reconciliation’ only means a venomous ‘political subjugation’ to confirm military subjugation, if the parties to genocide don’t demonstrate first that to what extent they have changed in their heart.

The very phrase ‘political reconciliation’ is partial and diabolical as it upholds the integrity of a genocidal state and artfully nullifies the nationalist perspectives of the Tamil struggle.

How do they expect the Tamils to listen either to Colombo or to the US, India and other abettors of genocide, after what had been done and what is being done, unless they all consider Eezham Tamils as vanquished slaves.

Any genuine political approach to the age-old nationalist conflict in the island begins from recognising and respecting the nations involved in the conflict and engaging them as equal parties having full right to self-determination.

It only amounts to duplicity when the powers that ganged up for destruction in the island don’t show that enthusiasm in ganging up for construction.

If willingness for positive political engagement is not forthcoming from the Sri Lankan state, the state can be induced and Eezham Tamils could be encouraged to participate willingly, by US and India in particular acknowledging the nation of Eezham Tamils and its absolute right to self-determination without mincing words.

They also must demonstrate their determination in implementing such a political engagement.

In the spirit of the perception of Obama towards the end of the war, and the way the war ended, the US particularly has a responsibility in setting the right track in seeking alternatives to the verbose of ‘reconciliation.’


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