Thursday 29 June 2023


29 June 2023

Gajalakshmi Paramasivam





‘Comment is free, but facts are sacredis the mantra by media elder C P Scott, written in 1921. One is entitled to conclude that Elder Scott believed that there is Divinity in ‘fact’. As Soul is to humans, Truth is to Facts.



Some facts were shared with me by a calm Tamil Diaspora leader, through the article headed ‘Israeli complicity in Sri Lanka war crimes must be investigated’ by  Eitay Mack who is presented as ‘an Israeli human rights lawyer working to stop Israeli military aid to regimes that commit war crimes and crimes against humanity


Given that the author is Israeli writing about Israel makes it to be insider ‘intelligence’ . This is valuable to Tamils of Sri Lanka, who rarely criticize Tamil militants who actively produced war-outcomes in Sri Lanka. This is confirmed by Eitay Mack as follows:


Over the years, the United Nations and human rights organisations have diligently documented war crimes committed during the war. Their focus has been mainly on atrocities carried out by government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).  


Mack continues as follows:


But there has been almost no attention paid to international backers of the Sri Lankan government who may have been complicit in the war crimes it committed against civilians. Israel is one of them’


Why would I keep breaches of law confidential or secret ?  Confidential, if I believe that the person concerned is my junior; secret, if I think without  belief that the person is less than I. The latter is the reason for anti-discrimination laws. The purpose of secrecy is often selfishness. In times of regional or global wars, they lead to quid pro quos or worse, takeovers.


Mack confirms the business intent as follows: ‘ In the 2000s, Sri Lanka became one of Israel’s most important clients in Asia, undertaking significant procurement of Israeli military technology. Israelis also trained Sri Lankan troops involved in the war……

In the mid-1970s, Israel bought primitive surveillance unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that the United States had used a decade earlier in the Vietnam War and started developing them. In the 1980s, the Israeli army made groundbreaking use of this uncrewed aircraft during the war in Lebanon and later developed offensive prototypes, which were deployed in its assaults on the Gaza Strip.

These UAVs – repeatedly tested on civilians and military targets in the Middle East – have become one of Israel’s most sought-after products around the world. They were also among key military purchases the Sri Lankan government made from Israel in the 1990s and 2000s as the war against LTTE was raging.

In the Sri Lankan army’s own words the Israeli-made UAVs “played a critical role in the war“. Senior Sri Lankan government and security forces officials have repeatedly said in interviews and statements that before attacks, they would watch videos shot by UAVs to verify that no civilians were found in the area, in accordance with their policy of “zero harm to civilians”.

But the UN has uncovered evidence that there was, in fact, severe harm done to civilians. According to its estimates, in the last months of the war alone, between 40,000 and 75,000 civilians were killed, most of them due to deliberate fire by government security forces.’

The problem with the Sri Lankan Tamil community is lack of ownership of LTTE’s contribution to these ‘facts’. Mack is an Israeli investigating his own government. Due to this lack of ownership, the war karma became an independent sin which becomes an orphan within the Tamil community itself.


For its part, Israeli power within the government of Sri Lanka was attacked by Muslims in the form of Easter Sunday bombings followed by the elevation of Mr Gotabaya Rajapaksa whose role in the war is presented as follows by the government website:


Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) retd. Air Chief Marshal Donald Perera General Sarath Fonseka, Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda and Air Chief Marshal Roshan Goonetilike joined President Mahinda Rajapaksa on a special dais to take the salute following a 21-gun salute. A smiling Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa whose contribution made Sri Lanka’s victory possible sat in the front row with his wife enjoying the finest hour for Sri Lankan forces.

The same war-victory, using foreign resources against civilians returned with a vengeance last year, through economic collapse caused by global forces, including the USA.


All victims of the Sri Lankan war will know one way or the other, that Divinity has influenced this outcome after a hearing in the Court of Natural Justice, where truth realised by us is the law. Facts need not be proven in that court, because facts are relative. All we have to do is discover the Truth of our side. Truth does the rest.

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