Wednesday, April 11, 2007

terrorists want a sports boycott, guess what peaceniks want?

yesterday (10th) ltte terrorists announced that they back the amnesty internationals disgusting campaign. they want a sports boycott in addition. local peaceniks always take their cue from pussy spin office. do this experiment : take any day, i mean any day, and compare the overt terrorist propaganda with what the peaceniks say, you will see they are the same. anyway let us see whether peaceniks will come out in support of the sports boycott.

initially local peaceniks, whose propagation of absurd 'white van conspiracy theories' dreamed up by the ltte spin office, form the basis of ai campaign, ran for cover when faced with the public fury against the campaign, disclaiming responsibility. some fell over themselves in an effort to distance themselves from it, most notably the joker from free media movement.

their confusion was no doubt due to the ltte's initial lack of leadership on the issue (pussies responsible for spin were probably busy spinning the results of their latest handiwork; the bus bombs targeting civilians). peaceniks have a history of going silent when ltte decides to stay silent on an issue. moment the tigers decide on the line to take, peaceniks follow suit faithfully. this happened with regard to mavil aru incident for instance, when peaceniks stayed silent during the whole time when the water was held hostage ignoring people's suffering, but started protesting when the military tried to force the pussies out in order to free the water.

so expect the peaceniks to crawl out of their hiding places to write articles or give sound bites, defending and justifying ai's campaign and called for the sports boycott against sri lanka, now that they have got the 'all clear'. expect peacenik bloggers to write posts with the same purpose.

they are of course free to do that, since in spite of their claims to the contrary sri lanka is a democracy with freedom of expression. in fact it is the peaceniks that actually practice censorship.

however they and their actions should be exposed for what they are; people who propagate (and have consistently propagated in the past) ltte's position in the same way ltte's 'official ' propaganda do.


after yesterday's ltte's announcement backing the amnesty international's disgusting campaign, at least three blog posts have appeared supporting it. while i dealt earlier with why sri lankans should condemn the ai's tactics, today i thought it would be useful set out the arguments i used to counter peaceniks trying to defend it. as such i give below one of my comments submitted to the blog maintained by the so called 'galle blogger', a peacenik. galle blogger was one of the people who published after the ltte announcement. he in fact came out with two posts one yesterday evening or one this morning. this is my comment on the second post (still not published there, as comment moderation is on, it is up to him to decide whether to publish or not. i will link to the comment when it is published). i also posted a similar comment in reply to the other post published yesterday as well.

comment :
(some formating was changed)

your posts published on the day ltte backed this campaign, continue to miss what is wrong about this ai campaign.
it is disgusting bc it targets sri lankan team. as i said in a comment to your previous post it is naive to think this campaign is not against the team, when it is conducted in a cricket world cup in the other side of the world, where just about the only sri lankans are the team. they are after all not asking sri lankans (the ppl who can really put pressure on government) to sign cricket balls here, they are asking foreigners.
it applies double standard bc it singles out sri lankan team, ai has campaigns against england etc. all the more reason to include them i would have thought. so why leave them out?
it is futile bc it will only alienate the sri lankan public against ai. that is not the way to influence policy in a democracy
it is hypocritical bc it is in fact a fund raising publicity stunt .( which explains why they adopted such futile as to supposed aims, and double standard laid, tactics. ) .

you are of course free to support ai after all that, this being a free country. :-)

if you or ai or anyone is really concerned about human rights here they would give support (moral or otherwise) to the government's crack down on convicted human right violators like the ltte terrorists and their leader the convicted mass murderer prabahakaran. one of the reasons why this has gone on for so long, is precisely bc such ppl have been allowed be behave with impunity. as i asked you before, do you agree? pl do give a clear answer.

you also seem to believe the unsubstantiated 'white van conspiracy theory’ type allegations against security forces without evidence. as i asked before, please do provide such evidence to public scrutiny if you have them. mere personal allegations and anecdotes do not count. nor does ai link you provide (updated last in 2002) give any such evidence it merely restates similar allegations or give details of cases where right violators were prosecuted and says such things are not 'systemic'. so far there is no evidence for involvement of security forces (not one or two rogue individuals) in human rights violations. do you think it is right to issue blanket accusations without such evidence against the forces? as before do give a clear answer

if nothing has resulted from all these campaigns of peaceniks and others, ask yourself why? if i fail, i take responsibility for my failure. most ppl in real world do. may be its time peaceniks took some responsibility instead of blaming others.
do they really have the evidence needed to convince the sri lankan public? will the data and cues supplied by the ltte spin office as evidence really believable to independent minded ppl as opposed to naive and biased? are the peaceniks canvassing the sri lankan public using evidence, to convince them to put pressure on government as is proper in a democracy? or are they living off foreign donors while spreading ltte propaganda?

in my experience peaceniks have followed the ltte spin office directives to the letter and have helped spread their ideology and their propaganda without questioning their credibility. faced with the consequence of such all too clear pro terrorist bias, (if the bias is not clear there are lots of ppl who will point that out, as happens in country like sri lanka with freedom of expression) they have been unable to canvas (let alone convince) the public support, which is essential for a sustainable policy change in a democracy. as a result some of the peaceniks opinions and actions have a distinctly anti democratic and anti freedom of expression direction.

if you think this ai campaign is not a just another step (though esp nauseating one) in the same wrong direction that has increasingly alienated them from sri lankan public, do support it. you may also start supporting the sport boycott called for by the terrorists. :-)

10 comments:

Sri Lankan said...

Ha ha. Cat is out of the bag now. One almost feel sorry for the buggers, with the choice facing them -
Follow the Tigers and betray their own hypocrisy or
Say nothing and betray their 'friends'.

Anonymous said...

http://webalochana.blogspot.com/2007/04/play-by-rules.html

sittingnut said...

here is the link to the original comment which galle blogger finally published. in reply to his reply comment i wrote the following it may be published or it may not be .
commnet:
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:-) nice demonstration of typical peacenik intolerance of different opinions.

you support disgusting campaigns, we point out why it is disgusting, you lose it. typical.

sorry to disappoint you, but we wont stop when ppl slander sri lanka or its security foces without grounds.

none of you links provide evidence they are media reports restating the same old allegations. detention of terror suspets under anti terror laws passed democratically is ...well lawful. if you want to change that go to court and provide judicially valid evidence, or canvass the public to change the laws. antagonizing the public wont do

you are a right wing chauvinist extremist
can you point to one sentence i have written that comes close to that?
on the other hand what you are can be judged from your comment. :-)
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sittingnut said...

sri lankan:
i think they will go with the first option. though given their usual spinelessness second cannot be ruled out.

anon at 4/11/2007 8:48 am
thanks.that is yet another peacenik acting as expected. anyway a person who writes sinhala 'lo' in his/her blog title as "ලෝ" cannot be understood.

Anonymous said...

LTTE naturally will want to exploit whatever anyone has to say/do against the govt of Sri Lanka. That's just common sense for them. That doesn't mean the LTTE and peaceniks are a team.

I think it is a poor attempt to link peaceniks to LTTE. But I am sure you will never give up :) Better luck next time!

sittingnut said...

anon at 4/12/2007 2:01 am :
if this was the only time, what you say may have some validity . unfortunately it isn't. as i said in the post take any day and see what the ltte propaganda is saying and compare that to what peaceniks are saying, you will find the same thing mavil aru, closure of a9, idps, white vans, cfa, eu ban, sole representative status etc. etc.. take anything it is always the same.

don't shut out the facts and willfully blind yourself, open your eyes and see.

Anonymous said...

In case you are not aware, closure of A9 caused a humanitarian crisis in north. Speak to any civilians coming from North and you will know the immense hardship caused to them by closing A9.

The police and security forces (maybe not all of them) are involved in the abductions for ransom and disappearances of Tamils in Colombo and around the country. Even the police chief victor perera admitted to this in public. You need to speak to non government entities to get an unbiased view of the situation in this country.

http://www.lankabusinessonline.com/fullstory.php?newsID=1423406050&no_view=1&SEARCH_TERM=33

sittingnut said...

i do speak to ppl coming from jaffna bc i travel to trinco often.

in the first place the situation was never dire as ltte and peaceniks made out an shortages lasted only few days.ltte did its best to create shortages there by attacking the ships etc. and forbidding private merchants to transport goods through ships, not to buy from government agent etc. all failed in the end.

closure is necessary given that ltte launched two operations to capture jaffan in last august, in which they suffered badly :-)

ltte of course extorted money ( called 'taxes' by peaceniks following pussies ) on goods transported through a9.

fact that peaceniks who made a big cry over a9 closure failed to make any cry about the ltte extortion during all the time it was open is just another illustration of their subservience to terrorsts . don't you think so ?

The police and security forces (maybe not all of them) are involved in the abductions for ransom and disappearances of Tamils in Colombo and around the country...even the police chief victor perera admitted to this in public.
that a very few individual criminals engaged in criminal activity is not disputed .given that security forces have thousands of ppl it is almost inevitable that few criminals will get in . that they were arrested indicats that forces are doing something about such undesirable elements in them. if you have any information, do provide them to security forces, so that they can act as they have done to arrest such ppl .

but there is no evidence that there is a systematic conspiracy (or any attempt for that matter) to abuse human rights of tamils by security forces as alleged by ltte and peacenik propagators of 'white van conspiracy theories '. on the other hand killings and human rights abuses of ltte are planned and ordered from the very top of its leadership not from just few individual criminals. do you agree?

You need to speak to non government entities to get an unbiased view of the situation in this country.
i read and follow ltte propaganda and peaceniks too, in addition to government and independent media sources. that is why i can say confidently that peaceniks always follow terrorist lead in propaganda. do you ?

Anonymous said...

I think the issue for Tamils specially in the south is that they don't trust this govt. They don't believe that Rajapakse regime cares about minority. There are large scale human rights abuses, disappearances for ransom, extra judicial killings etc all over the country. For e.g. if you take only the disappearances it has been going on for well over 6 months and the govt and security forces (even though now it's common knowledge that the forces are involved) have done little or nothing to put an end to this. This is given Colombo has a checkpoint every few hundred meters. It's the impunity and lawlessness situation that makes an average Tamil feel unsafe in this country. Most of them don't even go to the police station to report as they don't believe it's going to do you any good complaining to the the very people whom you suspect are involved. All govt papers and private ones like Island don't give abductions any coverage whereas it's all over the Tamil press every day with the latest incident being splashed on the front page.

Indi has written on this subject as well http://www.indi.ca/2007/03/abductions-and-reconstructions/

sittingnut said...

I think the issue for Tamils specially in the south is that they don't trust this govt
that is a pity., but that is the legitimate government and all the major democaratic parties of minorities ( including the upcountry tamils who are numerically larger than north east tamils ) are represented in it . nor does such distrust mean that ne tamils support ltte terrorists. only sure way to determine the support of ne tamils and make them part of sri lankan government is to defeat the terrorists. only then will democratic tamil leaders ( who are been systematically killed by terrorists) emerge unimpeded.

There are large scale human rights abuses, disappearances for ransom, extra judicial killings etc all over the country.
best way to end all that is to defeat the terrorists who are responsible to almost all of them. as long as they are there this will not end. do you agree ?

even though now it's common knowledge that the forces are involved
in fact it is not . if you have any evidence for such security forces involvement please advance them. that few individuals were engaged in criminal activity ( and were arrested ) does not mean you have a right to slander the security forces as a whole.

It's the impunity and lawlessness situation that makes an average Tamil feel unsafe in this country.
it is the impunity of convicted terrorists that has resulted in insecurity of everyone not just tamils. only way to achieve security to everyone is to end that impunity. that is why the government's crack down on terrorists is welcome.

All govt papers and private ones like Island don't give abductions any coverage whereas it's all over the Tamil press every day with the latest incident being splashed on the front page.
actually no. there isn't any significant difference as to such stories between the newspapers of all three languages. main differences are due to ownership of newspapers not language.