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ICE justice means rewarding people connected to genocidal war

[TamilNet, Monday, 05 November 2012, 14:33 GMT]
Rajapaksa regime this week has approved new diplomatic appointments to generals conducted the genocidal war in the island. Conspicuously, they will be representing the regime in a new set of Establishments. People are usually named for such assignments not without prior consent by the concerned countries. Sri Lanka’s Major Generals, Shavendra Silva, Jagath Alwis and Kamal Gunaratne are named to go as Deputy Ambassadors respectively to South Africa, Israel and Brazil, media reports from Colombo said. Earlier the UN, some Western countries, Japan and Australia have received war-crimes-accused SL generals as diplomats.

Meanwhile, people connected to the course of the genocidal war in the island are invariably rewarded in some or the other way by certain countries and by the International Community of Establishments (ICE), political observers commented.

They cited MK Narayanan going as governor, Shiv Shankar Menon becoming the NSA, Nirupama Menon Rao going as US ambassador after retirement and above all the former Indian Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee who misled the world on the number of people in the killing field becoming the President of India.

The UNSG Ban Ki-Moon received his second term, Robert Blake continued as US Asst. Secretary of State from Bush Administration to Obama Administration, UK’s John Sawers became the head of MI6, and the latest is Erik Solheim getting named to lead development facilitation of a body of 24 leading developed countries, the political observers further cited.

The Rajapaksa regime getting shielded overtly or covertly by everyone, getting pampered diplomatically and getting bestowed with competitive monetary aid from all quarters are no secrets.

“One of the worst atrocity crime stories of recent decades has barely registered in the world’s collective conscience,” lamented ICG’s President Emeritus and Australia’s former foreign minister Gareth Evans, a few days ago.

“We remember and acknowledge the shame of Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur. We agonize about the failure to halt the atrocities being committed almost daily in Syria. But, at least until now, the world has paid almost no attention to war crimes and crimes against humanity comparable in their savagery to any of these: the killing fields of Sri Lanka in 2009,” he further said.

But the Establishments are fully conscious of the global significance of what they have ‘achieved’. Otherwise they would not pay this much of attention in rewarding the players, political observers commented.

Meanwhile, the genocide-affected nation of Eezham Tamils plunges further into structural genocide and into an invisible genocide, i.e., psychological genocide resulting from the denial of justice and commendation of the culprits.

There are no signs at all that it is practical to expect justice to come from the existing nature of the Establishments unless there is a globally coordinated mass struggle and civil society movement.

For those who think ‘collaboration’ is practical, the fate of Pillaiyan, Karuna and the East should be an eye-opener, civil activists in the island commented.

But certain Western diplomatic circles in Colombo are engaged in a campaign nowadays that challenging or creating awareness on the ‘illogical justice’ of the International Community of Establishments is an ‘impractical’ approach on the part of Eezham Tamils, the civil activists further commented.

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