Tamil ultras, it is reported, are planning a march in Geneva next week to burn copies of the US sponsored resolution against alleged human rights violations in Lanka. At the same time some Tamil websites report approvingly of Tamil Nadu students burning the resolution, implicitly encourage others to do so, showing hostility to the resolution. Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam and the British Tamil Forum have taken a very critical stand in relation to the American resolution. This shows that some sections of the Tamil people have realised the real role of the Americans.
Right from the beginning the US has been appearing to “take up the cause of the Tamils”. It will be foolish for any Tamil leader to think that the US is indeed concerned about the Tamils’ plight. One Tamil leader said “call it US-bashing or any such. We must have the courage to acknowledge the reality.” If it is so, then giving one more year to investigate itself, should be the least of the surprises as there should be none. Tamils too are opposed to a resolution that: (a) prepares for investigation of human rights violations, (b) calls upon the government to desist from on-going harassment of political opponents, peace activists, journalists and mothers protesting against disappearances abduction and (c) calls for full implementation of devolution provisions in the Constitution and to cease disrupting the Northern Provincial Administration; because it is too little and too late. However radical agitations against the resolution may help the pro-government campaigners. This is the warning made by those who want sensible thinking to prevail.
It is wrong to imply that those who see the reality of the American effort are indirect supporters of the Mahinda regime. They are not - they are only looking for a way out
One writer raised the issue in this manner “What are you saying? Bash the US and its resolution and then what? Do you have an alternative? Do you have a country that will come forward with something stronger? If there is any other mechanism other than the UN Human Rights Council to solve our problem or seek justice, what is it? If some believe there are other avenues, why not work on it instead of trying to only attack and criticize?
Why not do something constructive and prove others wrong - or are there other ways?
Or is anyone proposing another armed struggle anytime in the near future? Even if one makes an argument these for actions or activities are not paid by the Sri Lankan government; these actions are similar to what hard-line Buddhist monks are doing and it is helping the Sri Lankan government in a big way.”
Right from the beginning the US has been appearing to “take up the cause of the Tamils”. It will be foolish for any Tamil leader to think that the US is indeed concerned about the Tamils’ plight
However, it is wrong to imply that those who see the reality of the American effort are indirect supporters of the Mahinda Rajapaksa government. They are not - they are only looking for a way out. The idea that global powers constitute a democratic liberal international political force ever ready to intervene to resolve problems in the world is incorrect. The post-modernist outlook of a liberal democratic end to history proved to be wrong. Crisis in global capitalism showed a different picture for any concerned person to see. What emerged in the long run was the age-old truth that the only democratic international force was the live movement of the working class. Even with lethargy and opportunism still the workers’ movement has stood for a democratic way out in relation to international political problems. Even in America the rise of Obama and the extension into the second term was with the backing of the working masses. It is true that the working class movement has not become a conscious movement of the world proletariat. But still the workers’ movements throughout the world have supported all attempts to arrive at democratic solutions.
Even in Lanka it is very clear that the oppressed nationalities should seek better understanding with local and international working class organisations in their struggle for justice.