| by Robinhood
( April 3, 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) It is regrettable to note the Sri Lankan regime and its theoreticians have no up to date knowledge about the current world trend of International Relations. Both Mohan Samaranayake who is appearing behalf of the regime as the government’s advisor on international affairs and Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka who white washed the regime during the war and who is always a spin doctor who dissemble the regimes dirty linen is thinking that the International Politics is similar to the decades in 60’s and 70’s cold war where the countries were in a non aligned political nature.
We should realize that although once upon a time the International Politics was manipulated and driven by the United States and Soviet Union but at present the world Geopolitics is driven by certain Cross State Actors and the members of the civil societies who demonstrate an International Public Opinion. These two instruments have been successfully able to manipulate and make a decisive decision in world politics.
Besides Rajapaksa or whoever comes to power we have to realize there is a modern conventional Wigneshwaran racism rising up its head. The only possible option remaining to defuse such racism is only through dialogue and devolution of power. By nurturing the Singhalese racism to its advantage to sustain in power the Rajapaksa regime creates a space favourable for certain Tamil extremist groups to create an environment conducive to start a Tamil racism which would be miserable for the future of our motherland. Therefore if we don’t able to bring the two modern Tamil and Singhalese racism in line and cannot able to combine both to create a unitary Sri Lankan Race the future would be detrimental.
At present the world’s two most important components that is world peace and international trades are adjudicated by inter country actors such as the United Nations (UN), NATO and International Monetary Fund (IMF) which was constituted earlier by single countries such as United States, Russia and China.
Meantime when formulating important decisions of world powers it is important to take the international public opinion of the non state actors, civil society and the Diaspora community into account. When formulating policies, the US and European policy bodies obtain purview of such international civil society components. These civil societies too are able to question these policy bodies and the policy bodies are obliged to answer their questions. They should certify the policies formulated should represent and align with international public opinion.
Important elements such as Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law which has become more important statute of the anatomy of international public opinion of the world. When the Gaddafi of Libya started killing his people the organizations which were first against were organizations who promote the international public opinion such as the Amnesty International and the UNHRC. As a matter of fact current decisions of international policies are decided by a joint mechanism of the above countries; inter country bodies and international civil society actors.
In the recently concluded UNHR session in Geneva a second grade answer was given by the Government of Sri Lanka to its accusations against its Human Rights violation and conduct. Its usual accusation is that these allegations were tabled by the western countries due to the influence and opinion created by the Tamil Diaspora. While the UNHR session was on progress two Human Rights Activists were taken into custody in Sri Lanka. There cannot be any country found in the world that will take such an idiotic step. Authoritarians such as Saddam Hussain, Gadhafi or Robert Mugabe too will never do such a proceeding.
At present the Rajapaksa regime is brazenly violating the Human, fundamental, political and democratic rights of its citizens. This further confirms of the regimes reluctance to legislate the 17th amendment of establishing independent elections, police and public services commission to confirm its good governance. Therefore the need to protect the people of the country from this despotic undemocratic governance is not an opinion of the western countries and of the Diaspora but the collective view of the global civil society actors. To correct this situation there will be no effect in demonstrating in Geneva or in front if the UNHRC but to take productive measures to protect and promote Human Rights. Without presenting a substantive comprehensive report of large Human Rights breach committed by the LTTE in the past (bomb explosions in busses) marching in Geneva will never change the view of the global civil society actors.
Failing to do such and by living in 70’s and pointing the finger to the west and demonstrating roughshod that we are a non aligned independent and sovereign state and we are not concerned about the global view and aligning with Russia and China will never bring fruitful results.
It is learnt that the US has adopted two mechanisms to bring Sri Lankan regime into line. To pressure the Sri Lankan regime to protect Human Rights in the country and to have a domestic inquire with tangible results of alleged war crimes committed during the final phase of the war failing which, to investigate it through an international mechanism. From the recent and past attitudes and conduct of the Rajapaksa regime the opinion of the global civil society’s remains that Mahinda Rajapaksa will never protect Human Rights and never inquire alleged war crimes therefore an international inquiry is imminent. The delay caused by the US in starting an international investigation is that the Rajapaksa constantly use this opportunity to develop his political effigy with his nationalistic partners in the south. The plan of the US is to commit the regime for a domestic inquiry and to create strife between its nationalistic partners and use the opportunity to weak the regime. However without a regime change there is no other way for Sri Lanka to come out of this problem.
Besides Rajapaksa or whoever comes to power we have to realize there is a modern conventional Wigneshwaran racism rising up its head. The only possible option remaining to defuse such racism is only through dialogue and devolution of power. By nurturing the Singhalese racism to its advantage the Rajapaksa regime creates a space favourable for certain Tamil extremist groups to create an environment conducive to start a Tamil racism which would be miserable for the future of our motherland. Therefore if we don’t able to bring the two modern Tamil and Singhalese racism in line and cannot able to combine both to create a unitary Sri Lankan Race the future would be detrimental.
Robinhood – defending the rights of all Sri Lankans.