Double standards of the West
I totally agree with President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s comments about the
Uva Rebellion and how the Christian Colonial British committed genocide
by killing every able bodied man over 18 years of age, razing crops and
even taking away the salt from villages in Uva.
World history is replete with incidents where Western nations
including the US, Britain, France and Belgium (two leading EU nations)
committed crimes against humanity without ever having been called to
account for their sins. We all know about how Germany and Japan behaved
during World War-II but less is said about the victorious powers, their
excesses and the crimes in the Colonies because they won the war; hence
their excesses were never brought to light or mentioned at the Hague. No
one talks about winners in the same light as the vanquished. That is
because the way global media channels are controlled.
A scene from the populous German city of Dresden after
American and British Forces dropped more than 700,000
incendiary bombs on Valentines Day eve in 1945. Courtesy:
For starters, during the D-Day landing at Normandy, Allied bombers
totally wiped out the French Coastal city of Caen even though they knew
there were thousands of civilians inside the city along with German
Forces. Thousands of French civilians died. Was it necessary?
The bombing of Dresden by the British (RAF) and US Air Force (USAAF)
occurred in February 1945 even though it was not a justifiable military
target. Nearly 50,000 German civilians perished in what is viewed as a
revenge attack for the bombing raids against London earlier in the war.
It is reported that 1,300 heavy bombers dropped more than 3,900 tons of
high-explosive bombs and incendiary devices on the city. Was it
militarily necessary or punitive action?
And amongst the least talked and least acknowledged crimes against
humanity was the genocide in Belgian Congo in the early 1900s. Anywhere
between three million to eight million Congolese were raped, mutilated
and massacred as a direct result of orders by Catholic King Leopold-II
of Belgium. Was he ever brought up on war crimes charges? No his actions
were condoned by the Belgian Catholic church and news of these
atrocities were hidden from the world for a long time. Was it necessary?
These are just a few facts of history. We can examine the excesses by
US Forces in Vietnam (MyLai was just one of the few that were exposed
thanks to journalists). For example, former Democratic Senator Bob
Kerrey of Nebraska acknowledged massacring 25 innocent Vietnamese
civilians in a US Navy Seal attack. Senator Bob Kerrey led a
seven-member team of Navy Seals into Thanh Phong village in February
1969, and murdered in cold blood more than a dozen women and children.
What hardly anyone knows, and what no one in the press is talking about,
is that Senator Kerrey was on a CIA mission, and its specific purpose
was to kill those women and children. It was illegal, premeditated mass
murder and it was a war crime. He had to wait nearly 30 years to admit
this crime. Why has no one brought charges against him? Was it a
necessary mission? I have never heard Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
expressing ‘disappointment’ at her friend.
In addition, millions of tons of munitions were unloaded over
Cambodia and Vietnam causing millions of civilian deaths. To this date,
unsuspecting village people are dying and getting maimed when they step
on US ordnance from that ugly war.
Who is to take these crimes to court? Who has even accepted
responsibility for such crimes?
Thank you President of Sri Lanka for exposing some of the amazing
ways of the Colonial Christian masters of yore. History tells us a lot
but the West only selectively uses what is convenient for them. There
are so many incidents like that in S.Asia. For example the Jallianwala
Bagh massacre in India in April 1919.
Does anyone talk about the displacement of people in the Kandyan
provinces that is documented by the Kandyan Peasantry Commission? Which
nation permanently altered the demographics of Sri Lanka by bringing in
indentured labour from S.India? Has anyone done an analysis of the
impact of that massive change on Sri Lanka’s landscape even though it is
Who has ever said Mea Culpa Mea Culpa Mea Maxima Culpa?
Thank you Mister President for challenging those haughty Colonials
and neo Colonials. No elected leader before you ever had the courage to
call a spade a spade.