There are states and then there are rogue states. A rogue state is one that uses various pretexts to unleash genocide against its own citizens and ignores every international law and every norm of civilised behaviour to commit horrible crimes against humanity. While history has been witness to so many genocides carried out in different parts of the world, shamefully, the international community is maintaining a deafening silence on an ongoing humanitarian catastrophe that is taking place in Sri Lanka.
State terrorism is not new in the Island of Terror . . .
Under the pretext of fighting the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), an organisation that is branded as a terrorist group by many countries but is regarded by the ethnic Tamil minority in Sri Lanka as freedom fighters involved in a war to establish a free state of Tamil Eelam (தமிழ் ஈழம்), the government of Sri Lanka is resorting to massive aerial bombings of civilian areas and indiscriminate shelling of civilian towns and villages. Schools, orphanages and places of worship are not spared. The media, both local and international is not allowed anywhere near the conflict zone. International aid workers are forced to leave the zones that are in desperate need of food and medical aid. Local aid workers are ruthlessly gunned down. Forced abductions, disappearances and massacres are perpetrated by both the government forces and rogue paramilitary organisations that have the backing of the government. Barbaric forms of torture that would put the Nazi concentration camps to shame are perpetrated on innocent Tamil civilians who are suspected to be sympathisers of the LTTE. Villages and towns are ethnically cleansed and civilians are forced to live under trees and face heavy aerial bombardment. Food, water supply and electricity are deliberately cut off to areas under rebel control. Bridges and roads are destroyed by the government to ensure that no food or medical aid reaches the affected people. The government of Sri Lanka behaves much worse than the Tamil Tiger rebels when it comes to the mass murder of innocent civilians. The police in Colombo resort to mass arrest of ordinary Tamil citizens. While the rogue Government of Sri Lanka asks civilians to flee rebel held areas at extremely short notice, those who seek refuge in the capital are arrested en masse. There is a media blackout by the rogue Sinhala fascist government to cover up its shocking crimes against humanity. International aid workers are worried that a bloodbath is taking place with no neutral monitors in the area. The absence of food and medical supplies in the war zone is leading to a humanitarian catastrophe of unimaginable proportions.
By maintaining a deafening silence, the dumb international community is playing a passive role in the genocide. Except for a few noble human rights organisations and aid groups, there is no one to speak out against the genocide and bring the rogue government of a tiny island state to its senses. Shame on the dumb international community for failing to halt the worst genocide to take place in Asia!
Against this backdrop, there seems to be atleast one Sri Lankan citizen of Sinhala origin to speak out against the genocide. And he is no ordinary Sri Lankan. A doctor by profession, he belongs to the family that has ruled Sri Lanka for the most part of its post-independence history. If you want to hear something that is not a bunch of lies spewed out by the fascist Sinhala government, please spare a few minutes to watch the respected human rights activist, Dr. Brian Seneviratne speak out against the holocaust taking place in the South Asian country:
(To be continued)