BEING INDEPENDENT IN
The U.S adventure in Afghanistan after twelve years
has resulted in some very tawdry statistics -- results if you
will -- and counted among these will be the thousands that have
died and the billions that the war has cost the American people.
The U.S is now in negotiations with the Taliban which is
something previous U.S administrations could have done twelve
years ago, but didn't.
So, Afghanistan has turned out to be Obama's Vietnam, but
then that doesn't mean that there is an end to the drone attacks
and the continued folly on the part of the U.S troops that now
are poised they say to stay on in the country till 2014.
Elsewhere in the world the Arab Springs that have been
ushered in with much fanfare in global television channels run
by the U.S and her proxies, have turned out to be Arab
nightmares. In Egypt, it is government by musical chairs.
Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim brotherhood was deposed barely
before he could end his honeymoon. In Turkey, the people have
been wise enough to stave off a Twitter tsunami of a 'Turkish
Spring', and they are the better for that.
Despite all this madness, in Europe they are still in thrall
to U.S hegemony and U.S adventurism, which is why they
disallowed the aircraft of Bolivian President Eva Morales over
the airspace of four European countries including Spain. The
allegation was that he may be spiriting away with him the US
whistleblower Edward Snowden.
The U.S is the world's most rabid warmongering nation, of
course perennially sloganeering for peace. In this context, it
is interesting to note that Bolivian President Morales held a
press conference the other day and said that Bolivia was willing
to grant asylum to Edward Snowden.
It appears that the U.S and her allies are determined to
drive home the message to all world leaders that it doesn't pay
to ally with either Russia or China because the U.S government
enjoys the monopoly on violence around the globe -- or at least
thinks it does.
However, it's been long since the U.S government lost the
moral high ground, and interestingly, there was a slogan that
was painted on a wall in a Southern coastal town of this country
which said it all - 'Obama in the nude.'!
In Bolivia, there is collective national outrage over what
Bolivians say was the insult offered up to the country's
President, Eva Morales when his aircraft was denied European
airspace access. Russia may not war-monger -- certainly not in
the way the U.S does -- and neither does China but Vladimir
Putin is able to offer the kind of platform for bolder leaders
such as Morales to thumb their noses at the latest brand of
American foreign policy, which is of course different only in
the packaging from what was U.S foreign policy during past
Sri Lanka has for long been a non-aligned nation but that
doesn't mean that in everyday terms it translates as a policy of
appeasing the U.S and having courteous relations with Russia and
In fact for the first time in decades, if not a century, our
foreign policy has a spine now. Sri Lanka has been able to ally
with a strong Russian President and a strong leader of China who
in the way that they gave Morales the strength to defy the U.S,
will give Sri Lanka the strength to defy the diktat of nations
that want us to conform to their idea of reconciliation for
Reconciliation is a much bandied about word. For instance,
they are already talking about 'reconciliation' in Egypt amid
the turmoil of the recent events that led to the removal of
Morsi and the installation of an interim President! Seems like
reconciliation is the vogue word -- it is another new
'benchmark' that certain nations have created virtually from
thin air so that they can try to make nations measure upto some
yardstick of their own making. If there is one thing the people
are reconciled to in Sri Lanka, it's that we have to be wary of
all the foreign adventurism coming our way in the guise of good
portends for reconciliation, and regime change!