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Western Media Clouds Obscure Sri Lanka's GenocidePolitical Perspective by Tim King Salem-News.com
Graphic Images: As the U.S. steps forward, charging Sri Lanka with war crimes in Geneva, western media create confusion, contradicts facts.
(SALEM / COLOMBO) - The Washington Post reports that hundreds of Buddhist monks and other religious clergy Monday participated at a ceremony praying for the defeat of a U.N. resolution calling on Sri Lanka to probe wartime human rights abuses. (see: Sri Lankan clergy pray for defeat of UN resolution urging investigation of possible war abuses - The Washington Post)
Sri Lanka's government is trying to defeat the resolution the United States filed over war crimes in Geneva. Those following western coverage of the matter might well believe that this island nation deserves a break; but in reality, Sri Lanka's government under the leadership of President Majinda Rajapaksa, was part of a highly orchestrated campaign to eliminate Tamil Hindus and Christians.
It is one of the cruelest stories in modern history and, as documented thoroughly by Channel-4 in London, one big, long planned string of war crimes and crimes against humanity. It left more than 160,000 human beings unaccounted for, and most experts believe that while some may remain in detention at undisclosed prison camps, they are almost all dead.
The Tamil population formed a resistance force some 30 years ago to protect its population from being eliminated by the country's Buddhist Sinhalese majority.
With the help of former U.S. President George W. Bush, that defense force: the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) or 'Tamil Tigers', was declared a terrorist organization and they lost their ability to represent themselves politically, exactly what the Rajapaksa regime sought.
'Terrorism' is every other word when those who advocate Sri Lanka's position, plead their national cause and deny the sickeningly, heavily documented war crimes. Sri Lanka also attacked the Tamil north when a cease fire was in place.
One of my recent article about Sri Lanka implicated Google Earth for having replaced the section of the earth where this horrific Genocide took place, with a frame from four years before it happened. The rest of Sri Lanka was photographed for Google Earth during the Genocide's most brutal month, May 2009, when all surviving Tamils were routed into the area Google removed and replaced. A comment on that article yesterday brought clarity to the plight of Tamils prior to the terrible Genocide, which is a separate matter from the country's three-decade long civil war.
Here are few important historical points on what Tamilians were deprived of in the course of time.
So as you read The Washington Post and other sources that are obviously advocating for Sri Lanka in their articles, I suggest taking a closer look at what really happened.
In reality, almost no Sri Lankan soldiers were lost in this campaign, at least by comparison; the casualties were on the side of Tamil population.
The civilian Tamils were routed into so-called 'no fire' zones and bombed to death in one of the worst war crimes in history.
Then Sri Lanka claimed that the deaths occurred because the Tamil Tigers used civilians as human shields. This is a preposterous and ridiculous excuse for killing civilians, the Tamil Tigers didn't lay their lives down for 30 years, just to kill their own people, it is a stupid notion and with very few possible exceptions, I reject the entire idea.
The article published by The Washington Post states:
Evil forces? This U.S. resolution calling Sri Lanka onto the carpet for war crimes is entirely proper and called for, no matter what the punishment will be nothing close to what is deserved. "Evil forces" murder children and civilians and they lie through their teeth to the entire world while they do it, Sri Lanka.
Again, nationalism is a disease of irresponsibility, this is a country that had the journalists who disagreed murdered and disappeared, read about it with groups like Amnesty International.
The article in question did state that:
It also adds that the rebels were accused of recruiting child soldiers and that, from all accounts, is absolutely true. While the LTTE always had a young enlistment rate, the forced recruitment of teens to make a last stand in the Vanni, was based on dwindling numbers of Tamil Tigers available to fight. It is all such a tragedy, and the result of a quest for national freedom for Tamils. Both the 30-year war and the Genocide are a result of Sri Lanka's attempts to establish a Buddhist nation in a place that was far more diverse for that.
The only thing that matters is truth and accountability and both have been in short supply with regard to this story.
Tim King's previous Salem-News.com reports on Sri Lanka:
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
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.
Tim holds awards for reporting, photography, writing and editing from The Associated Press the National Coalition of Motorcyclists, the Oregon Confederation of Motorcycle Clubs, Electronic Media Association and The Red Cross In a personal capacity, Tim has written 2,026 articles as of March 2012 for Salem-News.com since the new format designed by Matt Lintz was launched in December, 2005.
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