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The Sri Lanka genocide … killing fields all over again …

The Sri Lanka genocide … killing fields all over again …
Thought of the Day: …
Human Atrocities – Rwanda, Bosnia, Sudan, Nigeria, and in all the other conflict spots around the world at the moment – demonstrates our humanity still languishes in medieval times – it never ceases to amaze just when we think we have evolved and reached a point in our evolutionary cycle  – some event happens to prove that human instinct turns to hatred based on religion, ethnicity, or some other mindless mental snap – the human survival instinct is to kill and/or torture first – and learn to live with the atrocity after the fact …

Sri Lanka Civil War atrocities
Anybody who saw the 4 Corners program Monday last can relate to the atrocities of WAR. The latest from the Sri Lanka Government refuting the context in which the footage was aired demonstrates just how ruthless and mercenary Leaders can become to protect their status and position. WIn the War of propaganda and you win the minds of the people you lead. That s the task at hand for the Sri Lanka Leadership.

The ABC ran a story – linked here – and reproduced below that highlights much of what is being said about the 4 Corners program. [read story below] …


Sri Lanka war crimes video proven false: military

Sri Lanka’s military says it has original footage that exposed the “malicious intentions” behind a British documentary on alleged war crimes committed by government troops.

The documentary was aired on ABC1’s Four Corners on Monday night, and showed evidence of rape, torture and murder of civilians during Sri Lanka’s civil war.

It featured Tamil Tigers using civilians as human shields and also showed government forces shelling civilians who had been offered sanctuary in no-fire zones.

But Major General Ubaya Medawela says the “unaltered” video suggests that what the documentary had presented as soldiers executing Tamil rebel prisoners actually showed rebels dressed in army fatigues.

The footage in the documentary, first aired last month by Britain’s Channel 4, had an audio track with the soldiers speaking in the language of Sri Lanka’s Sinhala majority.

Major General Medawela says the video the military has analysed had a Tamil soundtrack, suggesting the killers were rebels.

“The unaltered video received by the defence ministry provides ample evidence to prove the malicious intentions behind the doctored documentary of Channel 4,” he said.

The “original” version Major General Medawela referred to was broadcast on Monday by a pro-government Sri Lanka television channel.

Last year, a United Nations panel of experts found there was credible evidence that up to 40,000 civilians were killed in the conflict.

But Sri Lanka has persistently denied that there were any war crimes committed by its troops while battling the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels, who were crushed in an offensive that ended in May 2009.

It has also accused Channel 4 and Western nations of leading a campaign to discredit its human rights record by producing reports of alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity.

In an email to the BBC, Channel 4 spokesperson Marion Bentley insisted that all the footage used in its documentary, entitled Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields, had been found to be authentic.

She said it had been independently verified by experts in forensic pathology and video analysis and had twice been subjected to months of tests by audio-visual experts commissioned by the United Nations.

“We stand by this excellent journalism and do not accept that the footage we broadcast has been doctored in any way,” Ms Bentley said.

A Tamil politician said the soundtrack in the military-promoted version of the video was “suspect” and “unconvincing”.

“The words don’t really fit the images,” said the politician, who asked not to be identified.

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Watching the video depicting the atrocities – [4 Corners program linked here] – you begin to understand that it does not really matter which side was responsible – in any War zone survival is the only thing – kill or be killed – rules of engagement are lost in the heat of battle and when innocents become casualties there is fault on both sides.

When the UN were warned that the Sri Lanka Government could not guarantee safety anymore and asked them to leave – the UN should have known what was afoot – and the footage of UN staff saying that they knew what was about to happen gives real reason to ask questions about why they left.

The UN has vast experience in these police keeping type matters – yet they seem to be all at sea when making assessments about developing atrocities and how to ask for help to prevent them. This opens another side of the debate – who arms the armies of both sides of the conflict – the movie ‘Lord of War’ comes to mind and accusation eye looks toward the USA, China, France and Russia to name a few. Armament is big business and if the UN imposed embargo restrictions as they are quick to do when the USA want ‘oil’ embargo’s imposed on Arab Nations to cause economic sanctions – how about a reciprocity standard that prohibits the sale of arms anywhere other then where the are made.

This is not rocket science – stop the arms and you stop the conflict escalating to open warfare where thousands die in daily exchanges.

Really – as humans we have come nowhere – and as soon as World Leaders really accept their challenge to create an equality of life – as opposed to mandates that protect status and create wealth – the World will never really be a better place …


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