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