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Selected Writings -  Fr. Chandiravarman Sinnathurai

Eelam Tamils: Highlighting crimes against peace
[together with comment by tamilnation.org]
23  November 2006

YESTERDAY when the Co-chairs [U.S; E.U; Norway and Japan] met in Washington, D.C., there hardly was any policy change as far as the Tamils are concerned. With alarming unanimity the Quartet announced that

 ��the LTTE is a terrorist group responsible for massive bloodshed, we hold the Tamil Tigers responsible�we are not neutral in this respect.�

One must be grateful for the crudeness of meting out such lop-sided spaghetti western justice � at least we must be thankful for the openness of attitude on the part of the diplomats, in which admittance to non-neutrality is claimed. There was sadly, no concern shown for the lives of the Eelam Tamils.

Hundreds upon hundreds are slaughtered either by the state forces or by state sponsored Para-militaries. Over 1000 Tamil civilians have lost their lives since Rajapaksha regime took on the reins of power since November 2005. This includes members of parliament, intellectuals, humanitarian workers, human rights activists, writers, journalists � any one who dares to raise their neck over the parapet!

Multitude of Tamils have become victims of the �crime of proximity�. If you happen to be in the vicinity of a bomb blast or some thing of a similar nature; and if you are a Tamil then, your survival rate is zero.

Tamils have succumbed to aerial bombardment in the North east. The whole of the Jaffna peninsula is facing forced starvation owing to the Alpha 9 closure � notoriously nicknamed as the �road to perdition�.

Yet the burden of blame is on the Tamils. Surprised? Not at all.

There is a logical corollary to these one-sided approach. There are of course, many a historical precedence. But I would for the sake of brevity, underscore just that one central point.

One is compelled or compressed to view the world according to the �gospel� of Washington [D.C]. One ought to reflect on the American goals. One is coerced into identifying with the aims and principles NOT of the UN and the international law, but of the US. Remember the almighty refrain: If you are not with US then you are against US.

Eelam Tamils ought to be working very hard at illuminating the western public that there is a sharp difference between terror and resistance. The Tamils [Tamil Tigers] have every right to freedom, self-determination and independence as derived from the UN charter. When a people are systematically denied of that right and are victimised by systemic state terror, then of course, they have the moral right to defend and resist by taking up arms as the last resort. People through out history have resisted against racist regimes and colonial powers.

It is only right that any intelligent person would think that the world powers are labelling the Tamil Tigers as terrorists for a convenient reason. If the Quartet are willing to support overtly the Sri Lankan terrorist state then, it reveals their moral imbecility. More over, it tells the Tamils that they are more concerned not about the balance of power but with the balance of terror. That is the stark-naked difference here. This nuanced minor detail impinges on geo-political master plan of the US.

MonkDiaspora Tamils ought to advertise targeting the western public that the goals of the Sinhala regime is identical in its odious doctrine and ideology of Hitler. It is ONLY the Tamil Tigers who have had the temerity, political acumen (thanks to annar Palacinkam) and military strength to out wit the majoritarian Sri Lankan Armed Forces. So the quest of the Sinhala forces along side the pressure of the international community to circle around the single question of disarmament of Tigers is unreasonable at worst; bloody minded at its best. It is like asking David to stand before Goliath without the singular sling and five polished stones. If David looses his aim then the whole nation will be polished off the earth! That is how serious the ground reality is for the survival of the Eelam Tamils.

There is however among other truisms a singular recalcitrant fact, the Diaspora ought to keep repeating in advertising the struggle to the western public: The Tamil Tigers is the Tamil army with a (De facto) state. The current stratagem of the Rajapaksha regime is to wipe out that reality. In the name of local and national security; supra-national and regional security the argument that the Tigers are a �security threat� is a hollow drum. It is for the Tamils to show the world how hollow this argument is.

The De facto state is a symbol and reality that challenges the Sinhala hegemony. Therefore, the difference here is Sri Lanka is a state with an army; while the Tigers are an army (socio-politico movement) with a parallel state within the traditional Tamil home land. Now this fact of reality is a sore thumb to the Quartet and the Sinhala regime.

Most of my readers are aware that I have consistently held a dim view of the so-called Oslo inspired peace process. One of the reasons for my humble stand was that I identified many similarities between the Sri Lankan Sinhala � Eelam Tamil peace process and the �Oslo peace process� between Palestinians and Israelis.

In his most recent publication Chomsky writes,

��Shlomo Ben-Ami, considered a dove in the Israeli spectrum, published an academic study in which he out lined the goal of the Oslo �peace process�: to establish a �neo-colonial� dependency for the Palestinians, which will be �permanent�.�

Things have hardly changed in their plight even after so many years. There is however another note worthy lesson here. The Palestinians have been portrayed by the mainstream corporate western media as the treacherous terrorists who preferred violence instead of choosing peace.

The Quartet�s posture with the Tamils is no different.

The Sinhala regime and the Quartet are very worried about Colonel Soosai and his sea Tigers. They fear the capture of Trinco may be caused by underwater demolition and other strategic manoeuvres. The surveillance of international sea lanes is paramount in their mind. Indian installations in Trinco and other geo-political interests of the region might be jeopardized. That is a concern � imagined or real. In order for these fears to not become a real nightmare they have to now give military support and delivery systems to the Sinhala regime in order to neutralise the Tamil Tigers. And in the course of events, the deal might also include the international community pretending to be asleep while the genocidal intent of the Sinhala regime continues without any international condemnation!

Hence the Quartet had to play their tune without any concealment in Washington.

Finally, I have used the word �advertise� in this piece purposefully. The Diaspora lobby must break into the mainline PR/advertising world and of course, raise funds if need be, in order to advertise the real plight of Tamils and expose the egregious propaganda of the Hitlerite regime of Sri Lanka to the western public. Things have moved on from terrorism to horrorism in Sri Lanka.And it is now that the Tamils must make that all too important difference.

comment by tamilnation.org  Father Chandiravarman Sinnathurai is right to emphasise the need to bring out in the open the strategic imperatives which impel the actions of the 'international community'. As for breaking into 'the mainline PR/advertising world'  we may need to recognise that the notion of a 'liberal'  or 'independent' news media is an enduring and influential political myth -

"...The notion of a �liberal� national news media is one of the most enduring and influential political myths...the larger fallacy of the �liberal media� argument is the idea that reporters and mid-level editors set the editorial agenda at their news organizations. In reality, most journalists have about as much say over what is presented by newspapers and TV news programs as factory workers and foremen have over what a factory manufactures. That is not to say factory workers have no input in their company�s product: they can make suggestions and ensure the product is professionally built. But top executives have a much bigger say in what gets produced and how. The news business is essentially the same.

News organizations are hierarchical institutions often run by strong-willed men who insist that their editorial vision be dominant within their news companies. Some concessions are made to the broader professional standards of journalism, such as the principles of objectivity and fairness. But media owners historically have enforced their political views and other preferences by installing senior editors whose careers depend on delivering a news product that fits with the owner�s prejudices. Mid-level editors and reporters who stray too far from the prescribed path can expect to be demoted or fired. Editorial employees intuitively understand the career risks of going beyond the boundaries..." Robert Parry in Price of the 'Liberal Media' Myth, 2003

The political reality is that which John Harrington pointed out many years ago -

".... in most cases the media present news and events in a manner that not only agrees with the views of the powerful, but actually supports their domination.... the maintenance of order is the key idea... in earlier times violence and the threat of physical force was used to maintain order. But today control is pursued  most effectively through �controlling the common sense�....the dominated are encouraged to see the world as the powerful do ... (by articulating) different visions of the world in such a way that their potential antagonism (to the dominant view) is neutralised...."  John Harrington in Media, Framing, and the Internet: Dominant Ideologies Persist, 1998 

The western media follows the flag and the dominated are encouraged to see the world as the powerful do. The western media know that to be openly one sided is to be dismissed as being partial and propagandist. The trick is to appear balanced and articulate different visions of the world in such a way that their potential antagonism to the establishment view is neutralised. It is spin that rules. A recent instance is the media coverage of the targeted bombing of school children in Vallipunam. Reuban Nanthakumar's well researched study of the BBC coverage shows how the 'balanced approach' technique was used to neutralise any potential antagonism to the broad political stance of the international community in relation to the struggle for Tamil Eelam. As he rightly points out  'the truth from one side cannot be �balanced� with a lie from another'. Again Michael Rivero may well be right when he said that  "most propaganda is not designed to fool the critical thinker but only to give moral cowards an excuse not to think at all" -

"..Most people prefer to believe their leaders are just and fair even in the face of evidence to the contrary, because once a citizen acknowledges that the government under which he or she lives is lying and corrupt, the citizen has to choose what he or she will do about it. To take action in the face of a corrupt government entails risks of harm to life and loved ones. To choose to do nothing is to surrender one's self-image of standing for principles. Most people do not have the courage to face that choice. Hence, most propaganda is not designed to fool the critical thinker but only to give moral cowards an excuse not to think at all." Michael Rivero in What Really Happened

Neither Subhas Chandra Bose nor Ho Chi Minh diverted their limited resources to break  into the 'mainline'  (read 'establishment')  PR/advertising world - and for that matter, neither did they lead their people to believe that 'the mainline PR/advertising world' would help advance their struggle for freedom. Aurobindo was right when he said more than a hundred years ago -

"..It is a vain dream to suppose that what other nations have won by struggle and battle, by suffering and tears of blood, we shall be allowed to accomplish easily, without terrible sacrifices, merely by spending the ink of the journalist and petition framer and the breath of the orator. Petitioning will not bring us one yard nearer freedom; self development will not easily be suffered to advance to its goal. For self development spells the doom of the ruling despotism, which must therefore oppose our progress with all the art and force of which it is the master..."

And Velupillai Pirabakaran too was right when he said in 1993 -

 ".. In reality, the success of our struggle depends on us, not on the world. Our success depends on our own efforts, on our own strength, on our own determination."


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