Saturday May 18, 2013
Planting Pandas in the Land of Tigers?Political Perspective by Tim King Salem-News.com
China to build military base in Tamil country; the North-East of Sri Lanka.
(SALEM) - In its ever expanding world chess game, China is spending US$ 100 million (Rs. 13.2 billion) for army welfare projects initiated by the Sri Lankan Ministry of Defence, Colombo media reports.
I guess that the endless cases of journalists disappearing in white vans and tourists being raped and murdered in Sri Lanka have really put a damper on that aspect of the country's economy. It became so bad recently that travel warnings were issued to Europeans planning to visit Sri Lanka. So now Colombo will take Chinese communist blood money to make ends meet, that's just great.
Of course the loss of other economic advantages like GSP Plus (EU's generalised system of preferences) aren't helping with dollar flow, so now these two scandalous governments are going to up the ante and plant a communist military system in the area most people familiar with the Tamil Diaspora know as Tamil Eelam.
Sri Lanka allowing China to build a military base in the former Tamil Tiger stronghold... isn't that a little like Hitler subletting a Warsaw Ghetto apartment to Slobodan Milosevic?
The Chinese communist government has a long history of Human Rights abuse, and it not only backed the Khmer Rouge Genocide of millions of Cambodians, it also gave political refuge to a piece of garbage named Pol Pot who orchestrated the notorious death camps and killing fields. Cambodia has never recovered, thanks to this terrible history of the 1970's.
It was the military forces of Vietnam, after beating the U.S. in a protracted war, who marched into Cambodia and kicked the pants off of the Khmer Rouge and sent those they did not kill packing.
Then China attacked Vietnam in retaliation for stomping the Khmer Rouge and the Vietnamese communists embarrassingly defeated the Chinese Army which invaded Vietnam! Most Americans do not know this important history.
It took about forty years for Sri Lanka to assume that same position Pol Pot in Cambodia had taken, as a mad, Genocidal killer of its own citizens. The war crimes against the Tamils in the north of Sri Lanka between 2005 and 2009 (they didn't stop or end with those years, they are simply the bloodiest) were just as cruel or worse, as those in Cambodia. Sri Lanka President Majinda Rajapakse didn't kill as many as the Khmer Rouge animals, but they did manage to eradicate as many as 160,000 Tamil Hindus and Christians.
This announcement comes at a time when western nations and India are asking the government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) to ratchet down its military interests in the north and east and help establish a less dangerous country, but that doesn't seem to be in the cards at this stage in the game.
According to The Sunday Times:
- China to build military housing in North-EastBy Bandula Sirimanna
Sri Lanka already won its 30-year war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). It used war crimes and deception to carry out the highly illegal act of 'Total War' and did terrible things like allow the rape of female Tamil Tigers; murder of combatants with white flags, and tens of thousands of civilians who were told to enter 'safe zones' and then bombed and maimed to death.
Yet in spite of this terrible recent history lessons remain unlearned, it seems Sri Lanka is more determined than ever to amplify and even diversify its military presence.
China is paying US $1.5 million (Rs. 198 million) to 'modernize' the Defence Services College in Colombo for children of security forces personnel and the police. There are no allotted advantages for the Tamils, just the Sri Lankan Sinhalese Buddhist military which was used to slaughter them.
It was also announced that the GoSL has signed an agreement with China to buy six MA-60 aircraft at US$ 105.4 million (Rs. 13.8 billion), in a deal that is yet to be made public.
Sri Lanka is thumbing its nose at the world and rubbing salt in the wounds of its victims, who again, are also native to this island nation.
Tamils deserve equal rights and instead they get Chinese military bases in their occupied homeland.
A Chinese delegation will arrive on 15 September to visit Hambantota and the Northern and Eastern provinces.
They will also visit Chinese-funded ventures including road construction projects, and I hope they last longer than the shitty roads that the Chinese built in Kabul, Afghanistan, they hadn't made it a year before they began to fall apart.
Of course that would be fitting.
Tim King's previous Salem-News.com reports on Sri Lanka:
Jul-30-2012 Blindness Sweeps Large Parts of Sri Lanka
Jul-20-2012: Why Are Buddhists Committing Genocide Again?
Jul-01-2012: Did a Ghost Crawl Inside My Laptop?
May-07-2012: Sri Lankan Buddhist Mobs Call for Mosque Demolition
Apr-10-2012: Sri Lanka: Genocide and Poor Toilet Training
Mar-18-2012: Is Google Earth Hiding Sri Lanka's Ghosts?
Mar-11-2012: War Crime Court and its Conflicting Interests
Mar-08-2012: Sex Abuse and Murder in Sri Lanka- New Photos Emerge
Feb-28-2012: Tweets from Tamil Eelam
Feb-24-2012: Two of Sri Lanka's Foulest War Crimes
Nov-24-2011: Fear, Genocide and Torture in Sri Lanka
Oct-15-2011: Genocide 101: World and Media Apathy
Oct-05-2011: War and its Aftermath... a Real Killer for Tourism
Oct-01-2011: Sri Lanka in the Crosshairs of Canadian Parliament
Sep-13-2011: Sri Lanka Recalls Diplomat Accused of War Crimes
Jun-20-2011: Sri Lanka's Violence Toward Tamil Minority Continues
Jun-02-2011: UN Experts: Sri Lanka Tamil Genocide Video is Real
May-31-2011: Sri Lanka Tamil Genocide: Killing the Messenger
May-03-2011: Confronting the Tamil Genocide in Sri Lanka
Apr-27-2011: Tamil Genocide in Sri Lanka Emerges Into Public View
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Tim King has more than twenty years of experience on the west coast as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor. Tim is Salem-News.com's Executive News Editor. His background includes covering the war in Afghanistan in 2006 and 2007, and reporting from the Iraq war in 2008. Tim is a former U.S. Marine who follows stories of Marines and Marine Veterans; he's covered British Royal Marines and in Iraq, Tim embedded with the same unit he served with in the 1980's.
Tim holds awards for reporting, photography, writing and editing from traditional mainstream news agencies like The Associated Press and Electronic Media Association; he also holds awards from the National Coalition of Motorcyclists, the Oregon Confederation of Motorcycle Clubs; and was presented with a 'Good Neighbor Award' for his reporting, by the The Red Cross.
Tim's years as a Human Rights reporter have taken on many dimensions; he has rallied for a long list of cultures and populations and continues to every day, with a strong and direct concentration on the 2009 Genocide of Tamil Hindus and Christians in Sri Lanka. As a result of his long list of reports exposing war crimes against Tamil people, Tim was invited to be the keynote speaker at the FeTNA (Federation of Tamil Sangams of North America) Conference in Baltimore, in July 2012. This is the largest annual gathering of North American Tamils; Tim addressed more than 3000 people and was presented with a traditional Sri Lanka ‘blessed garland’ and a shawl as per the tradition and custom of Tamil Nadu
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