This US Resolution bulldust has stirred up a lot of a lot of anger and hatred. Here’s a list of people that are getting vilified that don’t deserve to be. Seriously guys, it’s unbecoming, on all sides. We can disagree about stuff, but at the end of the day we all live here, or at least I do. The point, the point of all this – be it war or negotiations or Eelam or whatever – is for everyone to live with dignity on this island. So let’s be dignified.
People That Should Not Be Blackguarded
- CPA, Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu, NGO types – because I sometimes support the government, or government candidates, these guys blackguard me, but what the government is doing to them now is dangerous. Yes many people did campaign for this resolution against the GoSL. I don’t agree with them, but I can live with that. So let them be in peace.
- America: I grew up in America. It’s hypocritical, violent and bossy – like any other country would be if they had the money and guns. I still think America’s heart is in the right place, even if its brains and bombs often aren’t. The American people are friends and they’re still our biggest trading partner. And I’m not boycotting Google anytime soon.
- India: As Mahinda says, India is family. Bit of an abusive uncle, but that’s family. I think our relationship is more chilled now and they send the most tourists here. Plus I like going there. So, yeah, however they vote, still family.
- Diaspora: A slice of the diaspora supported this and is crowing about it. Fine. A lot of these people were hurt or had their dignity disrespected. I’m not saying their reaction is productive or good, but we’re family and we need to stop fighting about little stuff.
- The Rajapaksas: Mahinda is the President and Gotabhaya serves the country, as best they know how. I won’t necessarily vote for them, but I am loyal to my elected President. Vilifying them just isn’t productive. Criticizing can be.
- Anybody: Seriously, no one should be black guarded. Except maybe Louis Farrakhan. Like, if you want to have black guards I guess that’s fine.
Seriously though, this UNHRC resolution is not a big deal, and certainly not worth being asses to each other over. And for most people on the street, I really don’t think it is.
You know what I saw on the street? People gathered around the TV stores watching the Asia Cup final (cricket). I caught a bit in a Wellawatte pharmacy and we were all rooting for Bangladesh. Seriously, the worst thing that happened on the subcontinent yesterday was Bangladesh losing to Pakistan in the Asia Cup. Unless you’re Pakistani I guess. Let’s all just chill out and get some perspective.