The first casualty of media war is language. Photo from the Daily Mirror.
Sri Lanka is full of fake protest (fauxtests if you will) and everybody is live streaming the UN Human Rights sessions and, uh, I’m just trying to ignore it all and hope that it goes away. I’ve heard that international pressure forces the government to .. aaah. It’s all irrelevant. Everyone just comes off as posturing assholes.
The ‘international community’ honestly needs to treat Sri Lanka with more respect and stop being lobbied so hard by angry diasporals. The government also needs to stop being so sensitive and reactionary. Of course, one reaction engenders the other, so by now it’s just a bad feedback loop.
I think the government should implement its own LLRC report, and I commend them for acknowledging that around 8-9,000 civilians actually died in the war, though we don’t really know for sure. Before they were saying zero and everything is fine, so this is an improvement.
I’ve heard embassy types say that these steps wouldn’t happen without international pressure, but it quite possibly could have happened faster and better if the government felt more secure. The US does all kinds of horrible shit and documents it because they know that no one is going to hammer their economy or them personally. The GoSL doesn’t know that, and international bodies make every noise in the opposite direction. It’s an atmosphere of low trust, and that’s not good for anything.
I read the text of the resolution. It seems OK when it asks to implement the LLRC, but strays when it returns to ‘serious allegations of violations of international law’ and setting deadlines and stuff. It galls because this is raised by the USA, which really has violated international law (in the process of not winning wars and killing hundreds of thousands), but no one can call them on it. The whole tone is bullying and lecturing and, honestly, pisses even me off, who agrees with many of the sentiments. It’s just not diplomatic.
At the same time, the government has organized protests about how awesome the government is and how much the west sucks. I find these really creepy, especially when thugs like Mervyn Silva and somewhat reactionary JHU types are headlining. The international crap – which almost everyone is opposed to, including myself – is almost a godsend at a point where they’re facing actual protests for actual fuck-ups (ie, the economy). Now they can point over there and say, look, foreign douchebags! and everyone, for a few days at least, ignores the mundane, local douchebaggery in our midst.
Honestly, the war ended years ago amidst the same sides taking the same postures, and it’s like we keep having acid flashbacks every year. I’m not saying the issues aren’t important, but these are just a bunch of bullies hitting each other over the head with the issues, they’re not really addressing them. It’s just a bunch of posturing and bullshit on both sides. I’m going to stay in Dehiwela for a while and hope this whole thing just blows over.
These blogger reactions via Kottu are interesting:
What’s the point of this resolution?
I think they’re just trying to satisfy lobbyists and hyper-active human rights groups by ‘acknowledging’ casualties. It’s definitely helping the government divert attention from the actual economic problems our people are facing. (Jehanlive)
Now it is accepted in the recently released statistic that excess of 8,000 lost their lives in the last month of the conflict, it merely requires the explanation as why it occurred in the greater good of the war, rather than continue to pretend it never happened.