It is time to recognize and acknowledge that the Government’s counter-thrust to the campaign to hold investigations on alleged war crimes has flopped, and flopped badly. The countries arrayed against us have been the US, the EU member states, and their allies, and judging from what has been going on at Geneva and other indications the Government’s counter-thrust has not made one whit of difference to them. In fact, the antagonism shown towards the SL government could be becoming worse. The Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has been reported as having advocated a boycott of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting scheduled to be held in Sri Lanka in 2013. In Australia the New South Wales Senator moved a motion in the Senate to suspend Sri Lanka from the Commonwealth. True, the motion was defeated, but that initiative as well as the Canadian PM’s statement would some time ago have seemed to belong to the realm of the entirely unthinkable. They have become not just thinkable but actual. They seem to testify to a worsening international situation for Sri Lanka.