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Ambassador Blake and the the Politics of the Tamils of Sri Lanka

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Udara Soysa, interviewing Ambassador Blake for the Sri Lanka Guardian (21 November) has given us a succinct thumb-nail picture of Blake's Bottled-medicine solution (BBMS) to Sri Lanka. Even a rapid reading of it shows that Blake is trying to kill two birds in one shot- first, to given a humane face to the aggressor politics of his master Bush, and re-state the views of the "International Community" which reflects the thinking of the Thimpu Tamils who populate the cocktail circuits in Colombo, New York and Geneva.

The Ambassador's bottled medicine

Blake's Bottled-medicine solution (BBMS) will be called BS just for brevity. When people like Blake who represent the USA of George Bush talk about Tamil rights, he is actually damaging Tamil rights. The US has no credibility and no moral pedestal to stand on. Obama's victory does not as yet give any brownie points to Blake, the Bush appointee. That is why it is important to discuss Blake's BS.

In his BS, Blake states that "America's experience in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere has taught us that terrorism cannot be defeated by military measures alone". So the Americans set up Karzai in Afghanistan and keep him propped up with a strong NATO force. In Iraq the Americans have set up a government within the Bunker of the "Green Zone" using its Iraqi collaborators. When Mahinda Rajapaksa (MR) sets up a provincial government in the East with his collaborators Karuna and Pillaiyan, and when MR grooms up Douglas Devananda for the North, aren't these steps of Rajapaksa very similar to the path followed by the Americans? Perhaps more successful and more credible? But why does Ambassador Blake fail to say so? Why does he ignore MR's political actions wich go in parallel with MR's military program?
Why does the Ambassador fail to credit Rajapaksa?

Ambassador Blake fails to give credit to MR because Blake is also the messenger of the cocktail-circuit Tamils, and he is obliged to mouth what they say in Public, to "appear that he is a balanced democrat" in the eyes of such Tamils. Ambassador Blake makes the mistake that these "Thimpu Tamils" represent the cream of the thinking of the Tamils. This misconception is buttressed by the mouthings of many Christian predates in Colombo who habour a grudge against the Sinhala Buddhists who nationalized their private schools. I too went to a Christian school as that was where Caste strictures were least hostile to some of us, in at least allowing us admission. But even then, the church fathers accepted that we had to carry around a small stool from class to class to sit on, lower in hight, to designate the lower caste. This caste domination that existed in my boyhood translated into racism and Tamil separatism, in the face of the specter of Independence much disliked by the Ponnambalam-Chelvanayagam types.
Immorality of US politics

Ambassador Blake does not ask, nor does he tell us WHY the US is in Iraq? Still looking for Sadam's nuclear bomb? Senator McCain told us of his heroism in Vietnam, but did not tell us what moral justification the US had, to be in Vietnam? In each case, a mere perceived threat to US interests, or a concocted threat was the basis of their presence in these places far away from US soil. When there was ample US intelligence to show that the 9-11 aggressors headed by Bin-Laden were Saudis, the US chose to attack Iraq. The US forces were stationed in Saudi Arabia with the agreement that those forces would be removed six months after the end of the 1st Iraq war. This did not happen, and Al Queda's actions were similar to Mr. Premadasa's moves in Sri Lanka to send back the Indian Peace keeping force. Of course, the Americans did not go back, and Al Queda acquired more and more supporters in the Arab world. President Bush made sure that most of the liberal-minded people turned their noses away from the US in moral disgust.

The ambassador of the US, a country ready to apply the military solution to any perceived or concocted threat, now gives us his BS. The US under BUSH, that Mr. Blake represents, has refused to talk with Iran, played brinkmanship with Korea, locked up people without trial and carried out torture in Guantanamo Bay, secretly sent individuals like Mahe Arara, a Canadian, and dozens of others to Syrian prisons for lethal interrogation. Unfortunately, Mr. Blake, you have no right to preach. You have to come down from your feigned moral pedestal.


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