Former US diplomats write to SL President

[ TamilNet ] - [ Jan 23, 2009 12:40:08 GMT ]

Six former US ambassadors served in Colombo since 1989 have written a letter in their personal capacity to Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa, expressing their deep concern about internal threats destabilizing ‘democracy’ in Sri Lanka. They were particularly upset over the assassination of the Editor of Sunday Leader, Mr. Lasantha Wickrematunge. "The civilized world has to appreciate these diplomats voicing for a bold, sane and humane journalist," said a political commentator based in Colombo, adding however that their letter is an "open confession of the reactionary premises taken by them and by their government in the last two decades," which in fact externally contributed to the destruction of the substance of democracy in the island, retaining only a brittle shell that is crumbling now. [ full story ]

Comments [ 11 ]:

written by Sinna (United Kingdom)
These Diplomats are very diplomatic &have expressed their concern in indirect way. I do believe at least one of these Ambassadors must have gone through the 1983 riots(under direct order of JR Jeyawardena) almost all the Tamil Businessmen lost their loved ones and belongings and burned alive by Singhalese thugs,burned down Jaffna library.Again during the drafting of this letter these 5 former Ambassadors have not highlighted at least one of the previous riots because diplomatic way of expressing their concern.If Ambassadors really wants to show their objection for the Genocide on Tamils,they should instruct Robert Blake(US Diplomats) to stop aid with immediate effect not by hide and seek.
- Jan 23, 2009 13:43:52 GMT

written by Ranasinghe (Sri Lanka)
Good on you diplomats. But too little, too late for Sri Lanka. But better late than never. I have a photo in my house in which I stand shoulder to shoulder laughing with my tamil, muslim and burger friends during the 1970's. Once I dreamt of a united Sri Lanka where all the communities are equal. But, I now know many in my community don't know the meaning of equality and treating the other ethnic groups with respect. In this back ground, it is better to part ways and be good friendly neighbours than killing the minorities all the time.
- Jan 23, 2009 14:12:47 GMT

written by Thanabal (Sweden)
Jeffry Lunatic is one of them and he was partly responsible for the Current carnage in the Island. These Nutty Ex- diplomats needs something to write about after their office means, they have done something wrong in their Period(s).
- Jan 23, 2009 15:23:58 GMT

written by Balenz (United Kingdom)
Where then is the justice for the long suffering eelam tamils? The comments of such Bush diplomats have only helped to cause the deaths and homelessness of millions of people around the world. To say that MR and his gang have some respectablity is very deplorable. I hope that Obama's remade US gets rid of the likes of these people soon. In the name of democracy these people have helped vile leaders to do atrocities. I hope Obama succeds in saving the world.
- Jan 24, 2009 10:23:46 GMT

written by Sundar (Australia)
These ex diplomats when in power do the utmost evil designs or devilish STATECRAFT by providing overt & covert military and diplomatic support to the Genocidal puppet regimes they support in their own evil empire expansion plans or geo political manoeuvres in the targeted countries. These targeted nations are invariably poor developing nations that became independent from these same European colonial powers or their strategic allies. So, no wonder these ex colonial Masters of the Universe are well versed in their infamous Divide and Rule tactics and know exactly well their ex subjects historical feuds such as religious and cultural differences and use it to the hilt to maximise their geo political goals. A paradigm shift must happen and these god fathers of Genocidal regimes should be held accountable and should be tried for war crimes and crime against humanity along with their leaders. The world hotspots are gasping for an answer.
- Jan 24, 2009 11:55:49 GMT

written by Mithrar (Australia)
To these hypocrites I will quote a documents that they would be very familiar with.When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. 2.1 We hold these truths to be self- evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, contd
- Jan 24, 2009 12:55:15 GMT

written by Mithrar (Australia)
That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. 2.3 Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. 2.4 But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.
- Jan 24, 2009 12:58:34 GMT

written by Thambiraja (Canada)
They were the 'sleeping partners' of this genocide program.Now they got 'enlightenment'suddenly, as they are going closer to their grave! What a miserable US Diplomacy???
- Jan 24, 2009 16:43:21 GMT

written by MS (United Kingdom)
These 'merchants of death' and of genocide of Tamils have suddenly come to because of the death of the Chief Editor, however fantastic. Don't they have a sense of poportionality and reason? What were they doing when racism, reliogionism and racial violence were being practiced by governments. Living in Colombo they knew only about life in the capital and enjoyed the good life that they mourn about. If they had helped intervene on the side of good governance and the 'rule of law' by the State as the recent State Department has done things may have been very different rather than peddling militarism, geopolitical interests instead of sucking up to racist tendencies of governments.
- Jan 24, 2009 19:14:01 GMT

written by Kalainagar (United Kingdom)
well said Thanabal from Sweden I was going to post the exact comment had i not read yours. These X deplomats wanted to be at some high post under president Obama's administration so they wanted to be in his good side of the books specially this jeffery guy so they have to say something nothing to loose have they? look at their timing; like these things are only happening in Sorrylanka recently and naver before.
- Jan 24, 2009 21:10:41 GMT

written by Rajiv (Sri Lanka)
Ranasingha,If your generation was so nice and kind to each other my generation wouldn't be in this mess in the first place.On the contrary things are much better now.Can you remember so much of airtime given to Tamil language programs in mass media?Or "We are all equal brothers and sisters of Sri Lanka" being chanted like a mantra?This is the problem with you and other commentators of your age.You think time has stood still since '70s and fail to appreciate the radical shift in policy and public attitude.A lot of water has passed under the bridge since the '70s.What didn't work for you can still work for us because the circumstances are different.
- Jan 24, 2009 22:14:10 GMT

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