UN preliminary investigation into indictment of cabinet members for war crimes hides the legacy of the atrocities committed by the Tamil Tigers / LTTE and is part of the Muslim extremist’s game plan.
Colombo (50-9/11). In March this year, the UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet announced a budget of 2 million US dollars for the collection and preservation of evidence of alleged war crimes during the long civil war in Sri Lanka, which ended in 2009. But the relationship with the United Nations and Sri Lanka is shaky at best in recent years.
The irony leaves many stunned. Hasn’t the UN and its collective of former colonial powers screwed up Afghanistan after 20 years of interventionist politics? What is the sudden interest in Sri Lanka, asks a prominent Sri Lankan observer in an off-the-record interview. “Everyone is forgetting the terror regime of the Tamil Tigers”.
Tamil Tigers legacy with Hezbollah, Hamas & jihadists
An view shared by terrorism experts. “The Tamil Tigers have given us female suicide bombers, assassinations and 20 years of violence.” Mia Bloom said in an article in the Washington Post.
“But the legacy of the Tigers remains intact. Their perfection in suicide bombings, their recruiting of women and children, their innovation in IEDs have been copied by other terrorist groups around the world, from al-Qaeda to Hezbollah. Although they saw themselves as superior to the jihadist terrorists, who regularly attack civilians, the Tigers opened the door to terrorism as a strategy of liberation and resistance against an undesirable government or occupying power. And they achieved a standard of lethal efficiency that is the envy of US enemies and terrorists around the world. ”
The war in Sri Lanka ended in 2009. Wars according to the traditions of warfare have winners and losers. But the civil war in Sri Lanka was not a normal war. It was the first time that a large-scale armed uprising used the instruments of terror against a sovereign nation as a national liberation war strategy.
It seems that the United Nations human rights chief in Geneva forgot about the LTTE invented suicide bombers, the use of child soldiers kidnapped from their families by villagers.
It also forgot about the killing of foreign ministers, a man of peace and dialogue, officials who ran the offices, and the only crime they committed was having a job to support their families.
Forgotten is the assassination attempt by the Tigers – and because of the suicide bombings they developed – the murder of former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1991 by a female suicide bomber.
In 2019, Malaysian counterterrorism officials arrested LTTE / Tamil Tiger terrorists who had entered Malaysia. It shows that the group is still active. LTTE / Tamil Tiger scene observers see a shift in strategy from the hard core Tamil Tiger.
“Lawfare”, the new weapon of the defeated.
Observers of the terror group Tamil Tigers see a new trend in the hard core survivors of the terror group. “Lawfare”, the use of legal proceedings to legitimize the terrorist organization and to delegitimize the claim that the Tamil Tigers / LTTE are a terrorist organization.
The UN investigation and “war crimes” allegation against former military commanders aims to discredit the legitimacy of Sri Lankan officials.
This is provided by a number of NGOs such as the International Human Rights Association which is run by someone born in asylum in Germany. Viraj Mendis is at the center of this movement.
Mendis, a supporter of the British Revolutionary Communist Group, illustrates the strategy of using foreign NGOs like Human Rights Watch to gain support for the LTTE / Tamil Tigers.
He also outlines the mobilization of “Muslims” to agitate against the Sri Lankan state and to sow discontent against the Sinhala majority. Early 2021 the exact strategy
He writes in his strategy,
“… But now individuals in NGOs are in a position where they can put their contacts in the rich industrialized countries under pressure … Individuals within NGOs, regardless of the history of those NGOs, are now strategically well positioned for them Positioned the task. Especially their top-heavy structure, their proximity to powerful industrialized countries can be turned around … “
and the use of Human Rights Watch,
“… becomes part of changing the politico-military balance in favor of the Srilankan government. It is in this context that we have to see the co-ordinated campaign conducted by Human Rights Watch…”
The consequence of these individual left-wing agendas of activists is a return to unrest, civil war, terrorist attacks against the population and economic depression. German and European politicians who have long tilted far left rarely cry over the victims of one of the most dangerous terrorist organizations that Hezbollah inspired.
Hamas, Hezbollah, and even the Taliban used the Tamil Tigers to study their methods to use terrorism to wage a communist war of liberation.
UN officials are using very personal agendas like activists who claim former ECCHR and TRIAL International to have human rights abuses to lead a nonviolent opportunist campaign that failed in Hong Kong, Myanmar and Afghanistan.
The blog of the lead EECHR researcher outlined the role of NGOs in influencing politics becomes clear. Andreas Schüller wrote in 2015,
“…. His account is in grim accordance with the testimonies of other witnesses and with other evidentiary and film material, including the documentary “No Fire Zone”. The UN investigators’ report will be used as the basis for the Human Rights Council’s decision on how to ensure that prosecutions are sought … … “
“… In 2011, two years after the end of Sri Lanka’s armed conflict, cases under principles of universal jurisdiction were filed in Germany and Switzerland by my organization, the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR), and TRIAL International against Jagath Dias , then Sri Lanka’s deputy ambassador to Germany and Switzerland… ”
and he adds,
“….. Other cases filed against diplomats, e.g. in the United Kingdom by ECCHR, TRIAL, and the Society for Threatened People against former Sri Lankan Army Major General Prasanna De Silva, or in Brazil and Colombia by the International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP) against Sri Lanka’s ambassador in Latin America, General Jagath Jayasuriya, led to withdrawals of the diplomats and alleged perpetrators,…. ”
It is clear that a small group of pro-LTTE / Tamil Tiger activist, posing as researchers perpetrate a sustained campaign to undermine a legitimate state, feeding the state, and the U.N. significant biased and somewhat tilted narratives as part of the Global Justice network which are supported by considerable financial resources.
Strangely enough, the so-called Peoples Tribunal on Sri Lanka delivers interesting statements. The procedure is not aimed at establishing the facts but building a volume of allegations to build momentum in the various boards. The 2010 Dublin report on page 9 found,
“…There was not enough evidence presented before the Tribunal to determine that the crime of genocide be added to the charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity..”
These tribunals are legally questionable. These tribunals are show trials that are being used more and more by political actors placed on the left to create an image of “global justice”. Little evidence, a lot of drama and hearsay, rumors and innuendos. The report found,
“…Any solution should be within a united and undivided Sri Lanka….”
Indeed, statements from the US and UK and others say the allegations are an internal matter and should be settled by Sri Lanka. Good advice.
However, it is in contrast to the Tamil Tigers’ search for legitimacy, and is comparable to other states in Asia. For example, the PKI in Indonesia overlooks the fact that communism was responsible for billions of deaths. It seems that the abuses of the East German regime, the Soviet Union, are being forgotten by far-left activists, but now pepper the political landscape of the West.
Forgotten is the fact that Sri Lanka was struggling to survive. “War was hell,” recalls one veteran. “We have peace now, we have to look ahead and not relive the painful past for all sides.”
It seems that the former colonial powers such as Great Britain, the Europeans and the UN have a habit of defending terrorists, but not preserving a nation that has enjoyed peaceful coexistence between communities of different faiths since 2009, now for twelve years.
And in the battle of the usual culprits, who is on the scene? Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the host of NGOs and civil society apostles preaching stories that sound more like global justice movements than the preservation of peace and harmony.
The war is over. The Tamil Tigers, a terrorist organization, has been defeated.
Sri Lanka has to find its own way with the United Nations, the EU, the UK and the US. The choice of music only sets the tone for the new links-oriented strategies which are being played out in Hong Kong, Myanmar and now in Sri Lanka and which repeatedly rejected by small states.
The Islamic Card in use by the LTTE / Tamil Tigers.
“We are aware of Muslim extremist tensions that are being exploited through irresponsible comments and actions by a UN official in a distant place who never leaves office and does not live in reality in Sri Lanka,” a senior defense official said in an interview .
“The allegations of these lobby groups show ulterior motives,” added a spokesman for the presidential office.
Security experts warn of a coalition building by the LTTE/Tamil Tigers emerging as strange bedfellows to legitimize the LTTE.
In February of this year a “long march”, a common form of NGO protests aims to delegitimize the government of president of Gotabaya Rajapaksa Muslims marched with members of the LTTE what become known as the P2P march, the ‘Pothuvil to Polikandy’ march attempting to mobilize the workers in the tea plantations calling for ten demands.
It highlighted land grab in Tamil areas, “government-sponsored” Sinhalese settlements, enforced disappearances, persisting militarisation, intimidation of activists and journalists, the continuing use of the Prevention of Terrorism Act and the detention of political prisoners without trial. The activists also demanded that the government reverse its enforced cremations policy affecting Muslims, and ensure a fair wage to plantation labourers.
Similar to the five-demands in Hong Kong the LTTE/Muslim coalition is the beginning of activist actions to return the LTTE to some form of political credibility. This includes removing the LTTE from the UN terrorism list, support for the Tamils by the U.S. Department of States and the Europeans.
Security experts are concerned about the possibility of renewed violence, false flag operations targeting Muslims and claims by LTTE this was a government operation. “As a cascading effect, foreign terrorists such as Islamic State could exploit the situation claiming the government is unfairly treating Muslims in Sri Lanka,” he added speaking in a telephone interview from Berlin.
“To destabilize the current relative peaceful country creating secretarian violence is within the know scenarios we monitor closely. I am extremely concerned the intelligence services which had a shaky record missing the last bombing have not gotten much better.”, he added.
The scenarios could include the LTTE runs a false flag operations against pro-government or neutral Muslim communities blaming on the government, or an attack on a Singhalese government official or bombing to trigger an over reaction by the administration which in return triggers a response from the AQ or Islamic States to inflame the domestic situation.
“Intelligence services have a relative poor record to understand the global threat the administration is facing in this moment having the eyes off the ball due to Covid and the economic depression Sri Lankan face.” he said.
An incident aimed to inflame social tension also serves the various foreign actors who are linked to the LTTE/Tamil Tigers foreign political agenda. An incident around the Christmas season only 40 days away will play into the various agendas that threaten the stability of Sri Lanka.
He concluded, “on a scale from 1 to 10 I rank the threat scenarios at an higher 9. The indicators are present, the various actions are set in motion, and the government pending indictment at the International Criminal Court, if handed down will destabilize the political future of Sri Lanka as an investment country.”
An Sri Lankan official lamented about the U.N. claims, “What about the victims of the Tamil Tiger, the Islamic State or the Taliban? Why are AI and HRW silent? ”
“Where was the outcry with the Kurds in Iraq or the Hazaris in Afghanistan? Who called the U.N. Human Rights chief for our children?”
“The government of the president and his cabinet is committed to the defense of our nation, the preservation of the harmony of our people regardless of religion or background.”
“Sri Lanka is our home, regardless of religion,” she added.
National security officials in Columbo are concerned that United Nations allegations are giving wind to terrorist groups such as Islamic State and Al-Qaeda who claim that Muslims in Sri Lanka are being “ill-treated” by the government.
“Nothing further from the truth,” said Moulavi Laffir Madani, 58, a teacher of Islamic theology in Colombo, president of the Hashimi Foundation and treasurer of the Foundation for Interfaith Peace. “It is a stupid assumption that we are harming our own citizens. We have lived with Muslims alongside Tamils and other races for centuries, ”he said.
Security officials fear the UN comments will be used to fuel tension between communities. “If there is a terrorist attack in Sri Lanka, statements by the UN chief are to blame.”
“They are insensitive, irresponsible and misleading. After Afghanistan, the credibility of such claims is rather thin. ”
“The Sri Lankan Defense Forces have freed us from terror. After all, we won and like it or now, Sri Lanka is not like the coalition in Afghanistan, which occupied Afghanistan for 20 years and has nothing to show, ”added the defense minister’s spokesman.