by Latheef Farook :
lf daily mirrorAfter losing more than two dozen elections the United National Party, UNP, was voted to power last year. The entire Muslim community voted for UNP to free themselves from the post-war persecution of Muslims by the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime.
However dismissing Muslim sentiments the UNP led coalition aligned itself, virtually unconditionally with the United States led British, French and Israeli neo con war mongers who have unleashed, world-wide a barbaric war against Islam and Muslims, destroyed several Muslim countries, killed millions of Muslims, forcing out millions of them into refugee camps and to cross the mighty oceans facing death for hundreds of them in deep waters and the rest finally ending up in European streets as beggars.
As part of this samaraweera foreign policy, war criminal Tony Blair and his family were invited by Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera on a two week holiday during November 2005 .
This not only shocked but also insulted Sri Lanka –once a proud voice of the Non Aligned Movement and a fearless defender of justice for oppressed people worldwide in all third world fora and beyond.
Allowing war criminal Tony Blair to step into the soil of Sri Lanka, dismissing the island’s intelligentsia and the sentiments of the Muslim community, is the last think one could expect from a government claiming to establish good governance.
However it was not something unexpected as Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe’s UNP government was perhaps the only third world country that refused to condemn the US led invasion of Iraq. When some Muslim parliamentarians tried to condemn the US invasion they were told, according to several sources, by Prime Minister Wickremasinghe to leave the government and do so.
This week, a report by Sir John Chilcot, a reputed civil servant, appointed by Ex-Prime Minister Gordon Brown in 2009 to report on the British role in invading Iraq, confirmed that deliberately misleading intelligence was used by Blair to join hands with US President George Bush to falsely justify and invade Iraq, an illegal war that had led to the rise of jihadi resistence in Europe.
The two war criminals executed a Zionist- Israeli plan to destroy Muslim countries in the Middle-East who were fast developing with their oil wealth. The Zionist controlled US had to make Israel safe at all costs. The US and Britain benefitted with roaring sales of arms all round. Over 500 arms manufacturing industries in the US and Europe benefitted immensely, a small part of the proceeds of which they dole out to third world countries imposing on these poor nations conditions, that will keep them chained to these neo-colonialists for generations to come! Ah, they will tell you these are conspiracy theories!
British Zionist Blair together with American Zionist war criminal George Bush masterminded the war to destabilise and reshape the Middle East to create Greater Israel, a racist nation of foreigners in the Arab world, and to ensure its supremacy in the Middle-East Arab region which hitherto comprised of peace loving Jews, Christians and Muslims, who co-existed as Arabs.
Many in the world opposed this senseless aggression as the Iraqis who had already suffered enough since 1991 when the country was divided into three under the guise of no fly zones, most of its weapons destroyed, its armed forces weakened, its economy devastated and pushed back to pre-industrial era while the people were subjected to untold suffering due to economic sanctions.
Green MP Caroline Lucas said she believes Blair is a “war criminal”, adding: “It [the Chilcot report] confirms what we know, that Tony Blair lied when he took this country to war on a false prospectus.
Blair and Bush rained death on innocent Iraqi civilians. They destroyed the infrastructure depriving essential services such as without water, electricity, food, drainage, transport network, health, education and even medicine. According to official figures almost one and half million civilians were killed. The exact figure is much more. Hundreds of thousands of men and women were subjected to worst type of barbaric torture and worst form of rape. Should not the criminals be made accountable?
There were also pictures of female prisoners being forced to pose for indecent pictures besides reports of rape about which most victims were reluctant to talk about due to the devastating consequences on their lives in this conservative society. Yet the details were shocking. Should not the world call these war criminals to account for the atrocities that they knowingly committed in order to advance a clear neo-con agenda?
This sadistic torture isdeeply rooted in Western racism against the blacks and the Muslims, particularly Arabs. The Western “shared values” have never stood so despicable in the eyes of the Arabs and Muslims in particular. But then where is the so called caring conscience of the West? The Western arms industry is dictating to Western leaders and the Western media on their agenda and Chilcot will soon be history. But transforming ordinary peace loving Blacks and Muslims into beasts and jihadists will continue as each round of cowardly drones continue to kill the innocents while the western media will scream headlines that “precision targeted attacks killed terrorists”. They will continue until the barbarians arrive at their gates!
They created sectarian war pitting minority Shiite against Majority Sunnis in certain countries and majority Shiites against minority Sunnis in other countries.
In yet another well-planned cultural crime against humanity, their cruise missiles, bunker busters and other weapons of mass destruction also destroyed Iraq’s legal system overnight when valuable documents such as birth certificates, land titles, criminal records, marriage certificates, business agreements, school records, vehicle registrations and even drivers’ licenses were used by US troops as campfire fodder. Should not these state terrorists be also held accountable?
Around 170,000 items, including the Warqa Vase of 3500 BC, the bull’s head of Ur and the squatting Akkadian King of 2300BC, were robbed. Lamenting over this pillage, British MP Boris Johnson, also the editor of The Spectator, cried his heart out when he said, “it fills me with rage to think that at least some of the spoils of Iraq’s National Museum will, in all likelihood, end up as the bibelots in the brownstone of some bankers in New York”.
The destruction of Iraq had been so meticulously planned, embracing every aspect of this ancient nation that one of their main aims was to physically eliminate academics, professionals and other intellectuals to wipe out the society for generations to come.
Hundreds of top Iraqi professionals, academics and other intellectuals were systematically killed by Israel’s secret service Mossad which arrived with a list of names and addresses of more than 400 top intellectuals and killed them in their houses, offices, cars along the streets and other places.
According to the UN’s International Leadership Institute, “84% of Iraq’s higher learning institutions have been burnt, looted or destroyed.” The thefts from the Iraqi Museum of April 2003, the untrammelled looting of hundreds of archaeological sites and the burning of libraries have placed Iraqi’s access to culture, history, and science in graves. The assassinations and the flight of Iraqi professionals are the most criminal part of this process.
Speaking in terms of the inhuman atrocities committed by Anglo-American troops in Iraq, one begins to wonder whether Bush and his British partner in crime, Blair and their troops were normal people brought up in decent families with reasonable human values and feelings.
Renowned international legal expert C. G. Weeramantry, former Vice President of the International Court of Justice, said “the Anglo-American alliance dragged their troops to the borders of Iraq without the moral, legal and factual evidence and took the illegal road to Baghdad carrying the Biblical curse of the sins of the father on his back”.
It was this very same war criminal Blair invited by the UNP government ,given audience with President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe. Adding insult to injury Blair was honoured when he was requested to deliver the Lakshman Kadirgamar Memorial lecture! Do we really need a war criminal to deliver the memorial lecture of an eminent sri Lankan and that too on the ethnic crisis of the island? To what criminal level can the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry descend to?
This clearly showed that despite all claims of good governance the UNP remains the same and the Government’s foreign policy has been hijacked by the United States led Israeli, UK and European neo con war mongers. They have begun their sordid rule of Sri Lanka through puppets and packies!
Minister Samaraweera’s and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinha’s special love for US, UK and European and Israeli war mongers is not unknown. However what one cannot understand is the wisdom of inviting a war criminal, despised by even the British public, on a government invitation?
Despite the UNP government aligning with US led war mongers the country was not flooded with investment as expected. Instead the island’s economy is continued to be sustained by the almost million Sri Lankan employed and remitting around seven billion dollars from the Gulf state.
Not only the Gulf the whole Muslim world, not the dictators there, are watching carefully those who collaborate with Israeli sponsored US led on-going campaign demonising Islam and Muslims and the killing of Muslims.
The question is whether a small country like Sri Lankan, with almost three fourth of the population of Pakistani city of Karachi can afford to antagonise the Muslim world which remain the most sincere friend of Sri Lanka.