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USA to conduct joint exercise with genocidal Air Force of Sri Lanka

[TamilNet, Saturday, 20 August 2011, 05:44 GMT]
The Pacific Air Command of the US Air Force will be conducting a joint air exercise with the Air Force of Sri Lanka, involving the bases at Ratmalana in Colombo and Ampaa’rai in the Eastern Province, media reports from Colombo said. Royal Australian Air Force, Royal Malaysian Air Force, and the Bangladesh Air Force also will participate in the exercise. The Air Force of Sri Lanka is accused of specific instances of war crimes against Eezham Tamils in the UN panel report. While talk of human rights and crimes against humanity is dubiously manipulated by some powers for their political benefits, their defence establishments and intelligence agencies are all out to promote militarism of genocidal Sri Lanka for their strategic benefits, political analysts in the island said.

The Pacific Airlift Rally, planned by the US Pacific Command in the island is partnered by 20 countries: Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Canada, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tonga, United States of America and Vietnam.

Obviously this is flexing muscle against China’s interests in the region.

Four of the countries in the partnership, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Vietnam are involved in a contention with China over the waters of South China Sea and they have approached the United States for security guarantees.

In the given scenario, the genocidal military of Sri Lanka enjoys the bargaining power with all the imperialists. All of them are prepared to ignore the genocide of Eezham Tamils by Sinhala militarism for getting this obnoxious military on their side.

The military in the island is groomed and strengthened even after declarations by all of them that the war with the LTTE in the island is over. They, particularly the US State Department should explain that in what way promoting an accused military in the island helps its post-war ‘reconciliation’ proclamations, ask Eezham Tamil political circles in the diaspora.

In the given context, Tamil Nadu politically and diplomatically exercising its geostrategic strength to check India joining the bandwagon of forging alliances over the genocide of Eezham Tamils could only thwart Sinhala militarism’s own plans in the island.

No solution to the plight of Eezham Tamils is possible with the genocidal military occupying their country in the island.

The SL military intensely building bases in points close to the Tamil Nadu coast will soon have an impact on Tamil Nadu. 30 new camps are planned in Jaffna peninsula alone, in addition to hundreds of existing bases, camps and China-built cantonments dotting the country of Eezham Tamils.

This week Sri Lanka’s Air Force acquired 14 Mi 171 military helicopters from Russia. Many wonder about their need in the claimed ‘post-war’ scenario.

Two weeks ago sections of Sri Lanka’s media made a controversy over US air force planes flying over the southern air space of Sri Lanka.

The news about Sri Lanka collaborating with the US Pacific Command in air exercises comes this week.

The defence establishment of Sri Lanka is entirely directed by presidential sibling Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. He believes in complete militarisation of state in the island, informed sources say.

The three brothers Mahinda Rajapaksa, Basil Rajapaksa and Gotabhaya Rajapaksa are ‘specialised’ in individually handling China, India and the United States at the same time by ‘sharing’ work, informed sources further said.


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