Minister Ranawaka said that despite being fully aware that the Tigers would settle for nothing less than a Tamil Eelam under Prabhakaran's dictatorship the farcical ‘peace’ talks with the terrorists continued. And not surprisingly the latter treated these peace overtures with cynical contempt but masked their true intentions. All the ‘ceasefires’ and talks were just intervals in the 30-year war.
The bogus anti-war crusaders were now exploring the possibility of reversing the gains of the armed forces by trying to make the government succumb to international pressure. But the Minister emphasized that nothing could stop the advance of Government troops. His stance reflected the view of Attorney S.L. Gunasekera, who at a recent conference in Colombo warned of international blackmail against Sri Lanka.
He noted that while Sri Lanka’s true friends - countries such as China and Pakistan - gave economic and military aid to the island to ensure its sovereignty and economic strength, there were other governments which did not wish to see Sri Lanka defeating terrorism and standing up on her own. The visits to Sri Lanka of the likes of David Miliband and Bernard Kouchner were aimed at promoting the Western agenda here. Gunasekera called Miliband, the lap dog of Tony Blair who in turn was "the pet poodle of Bush."
The international blackmail operates in different ways in the South Asian region. In Pakistan the U.S. tells Islamabad never to negotiate with the Taliban terrorists but go all out to decimate them. But in Sri Lanka Washington earlier wanted the government to talk to the LTTE and later requested the government to allow the Tiger leaders to surrender to a Third Party to be given amnesty. This is despite the fact that the FBI has termed the Tigers the world’s most ruthless and dangerous terrorist outfit.
To some Western media the Tigers are mere rebels or militants "fighting for an independent Tamil Homeland," but the Taliban, Al Queda and Hamas are all bloody terrorists.
In the wake of these double standards the JHU (National Heritage Party) has called for an end to Anglo-Saxon meddling in South Asia. In a letter to the Heads of States of India, Nepal, Pakistan, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Maldives the party has called for the immediate commissioning of a SAARC Parliamentary Delegation to ascertain the human cost of the so-called war on terror in Afghanistan. The letter signed by JHU General Secretary Venerable Omalpe Sobhitha demands that the United States and United Kingdom’s military presence in the South Asian region should end forthwith.
Recalling that in 1987 SAARC constituted a charter against terrorism, the letter further states:
“Last year under the stewardship of Sri Lanka, the organization resolved to cooperate more effectively to eliminate terrorism from the region. SAARC members were all at one time under British rule. Many of the current dilemmas of nation building in our countries can be attributed to various policies adopted by the Anglo-Saxons, especially the principle of ‘divide and rule.’ Even today it is clear that the Anglo-Saxons are involved in our region in numerous and unhelpful ways.
For example, today, the involvement of Anglo-Saxons in Afghanistan, purportedly in a mission to eliminate terrorism, has resulted in two serious and worrisome outcomes. Firstly, tens of thousands have died, including women, children and the elderly. Secondly, the so-called ‘War on Terror’ has in fact only engendered more terrorism in the region while effective political instability in many countries, especially Pakistan and India.”
- Asian Tribune