The last posturing protest against the UN, fearing Wimal.
Oh God. The government is organizing protests against ‘western forces’ for some US moves against Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council. Nevermind the gall of the Afghanistan/Iraq/Libya era US sanctioning Sri Lanka for fighting terrorists on their own soil, nor a country with a fair amount of recent documented war crimes (torture, indefinite detention, etc) leading a moral charge. The fact is that the Sri Lankan government’s response makes us look like douchebags as well.
The last time this happened Wimal Weerawansa staged a farcical death fast in front of the UN building. This ended with a biblical scene of Mahinda giving him water. I thought it was pretty amazing, but also stupid.
Thing is, it is true that western forces do pick on Sri Lanka. They are lobbied by people that lobbied for the LTTE before. And I think they are wrong. The Sri Lankan government did kill way too many people and do a lot wrong, but we’ve got to be able to deal with that locally in an atmosphere conducive to reconciliation rather than recrimination, ie, not sanctions and sanctimonious bullshit from abroad.
The problem is that the Sri Lankan governments foreign policy is that of a small threatened country (which we kinda are), which only damages us more. If we just chilled the people trying to persecute Sri Lanka would look like assholes, but instead the GoSL is trying to compete on bluster. This is a battle we’d probably lose, and anyways, what do we win? Biggest asshole in the room? Great.