Saturday, February 28, 2009

U.S. told: Mind your own business

[COLOMBO, SinhalaNet 2009.02.28 04:54PM] In an open letter to Senator Robert Casey, Chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Middle East and South Asia, Sri Lankan expatriate Gemunu Lankathilake has told the committee to mind matters pertaining to America, instead of meddling in the affairs of other countries.

Lankathilake has advised the committee not to fall for LTTE propaganda and pointed that some of the so-called innocent civilians trapped in the Tiger held areas are in fact a LTTE-trained civilian ‘volunteer’ force the members of which belong to the Tiger ‘heroes’ families. Most of these ‘heroes’ are suicide cadres who committed acts of terror. The civilian volunteer force provides the LTTE with logistical support in its battles with the Sri Lankan Security Forces. The figures of civilian deaths published by LTTE and pro-Tiger NGOs are not only highly exaggerated but a good number of the ‘victims’ are Tiger terrorists killed in battle.

Lankathilake has reminded Senator Casey a fact he knows only too very well in the light of U.S. experience in Kosovo, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Palestine that to guarantee 100 percent safety of civilians in a conventional war is impossible. In a guerilla type-war that the LTTE has waged against the Sri Lankan State it is even worse. Yet the number of civilian deaths in the Sri Lankan conflict is far less than the U.S.-engineered conflicts in the Middle-East and Afghanistan, say Lakathilake.

He stresses the need for Washington the need to help Sri Lanka to crush terrorism everywhere rather than pontificate on a exaggerated and distorted ‘civilian crisis.’