Thursday, February 25, 2010

Britain blunders again

H. L. D. Mahindapala
Highlighting the rise of Irish terrorism once again The Wall Street Journal reported that last Monday, in the dead of night, "a 225-pound bomb went off in a car near the front security gates of the courthouse of Newry, a town near the border with the Republic of Ireland ."
How did the Prime Minister of UK , Gordon Brown's office react? A spokesman from No: 10 Downing Street said: "Such acts are entirely unrepresentative of the views of the vast majority of people in Northern Ireland . We will not allow a tiny minority to turn the clock back." (February 23, 2009 - Wall Street Journal).
Now this principle of not allowing a minority to turn the clock back is also applicable to Sri Lanka . So why is UK trying to turn the clock back in Sri Lanka in favour of a tiny minority particularly when the vast majority of Tamils are moving away from Tiger violence? Why are David Milliband, the Foreign Minister and the Shadow Foreign Minister, William Hague, jointly participating in the pro-Tiger Global Tamil Forum (GTF) that is openly advocating separatism? Hague too is due to address the closing session.
According to the International Crisis Group the London-based GTF's "strength is the support it has among well-heeled Tamils in the diaspora." (ICG - Asia Report 186, 23rd February 2009). It claims to represent Tamils in 14 countries. The Tamil diaspora is divided between GTF and the New York-based Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) which is currently conducting referenda in the diaspora to claim legitimacy.
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