Wimal’s search engine, a meme via Shameezh
Oh mantz. In response to the US’s admittedly douchey human rights poking of Sri Lanka, Comic Relief Minister Wimal Weerawansa has called on people to boycott American products. Like Google, and GMail. Which is dumb.
I do think that America posturing on war crimes is rich, but Sri Lanka does have its own shit to sort out. The pressure may actually have some positive effects. I still think it’s douchey, but sometimes douchebags tell you the truth, badly.
Wimal’s call for a boycott of US products, however, is pretty dumb. A) no effect and B) GMail, really? You might as well protest the entire Internet, including Android, iPhone and whatever Wimal uses. Even this website runs on US servers, because they suck quantitatively less than say, LankaBell.
Wimal gets rolled out for token protest, which is good at in a local spectacle sense but internationally it looks retarded. The last thing was a hunger strike in front of the UN building. I went. It was pretty fun, but ultimately pointless.
What Sri Lanka needs to do is get ahead of this stuff before it happens and do the right thing before the wrong people have to pressure our government to do it. Whatever their motivations (which I think are corrupted), some of the points are correct. And some of this pressure has influenced results, like what seems to be a draft reconciliation policy, and what was a surprisingly candid LLRC Report.
The best thing for Sri Lanka to do is not token strikes against America, but actual progress on actual reconciliation and equal rights for all Sri Lankans. The buzz and bullshit from the west will remain, backed by bile from LTTErs and angry diasporals, but then we would at least address the core issues that affect peoples daily lives, people of all races. Then we would at least have something to show for this drama. Besides a crappy SLTnet email address.