The US Resolution vaguely against Sri Lanka is the news around certain circles, but I’ve found that it actually doesn’t affect my life that much. Whatever the text of the resolution, it’s just become a political football. The government has framed it as a vote against Sri Lanka, and those that hate on SL have framed it as a vote against. If it passes, it won’t be the text that matters, it’ll be these stupid frames. I honestly think it hurts more than it helps.
Whatever is in the resolution, it won’t be implemented unless the government of Sri Lanka implements it. So I don’t think the goal is really the text. I think the goal is to just to take a poke at the Sri Lankan government, perhaps to prod them into action, but the action is really to prod them into reaction. So now there’s monks in the street, they’re taking the same unnecessary and unfair potshots at NGO types (like Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu), it’s like a damn acid flashback and it’s completely unnecessary.
I was out at a Heal Lanka forum telling actual stories about reconciliation – about actual lives lost and the love that came out of pain – and yet the back talk was about what position India took on this resolution. For reference, they’ve said they may support the US here, rare for a country that wouldn’t support resolutions against Libya and has its own issues with Kashmir. Anyways, neither here nor there. It’s just a damn nuisance, to be honest.
None of this punitive, posturing stuff helps reconciliation. It just divides people along the same old lines. While the government is failing at reconciliation, I think the way out is from inside, actual Sri Lankans demanding it, out of love, not hatred, ignorance or revenge. And that is slowly happening, as I will highlight in some forthcoming blog posts. I think this US resolution is just a distraction, at best. It doesn’t help.