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13th Amendment and the IMF loan

An American cat in the bag

If, as reported in news media, it is true that the American government is ‘demanding’ GOSL to implement the 13-A ‘fully’ as a requirement for the IMF loan, then it is another case of the cat jumping out of the bag. We know that there are other Tamil Nadu cats like Jayalalitha who came out finally supporting a separate Tamil state in Sri Lanka. Karunanidhi came forward yesterday to tell that ‘Prabakaran was not a terrorist’ (he changed this opinion again today)! That movie actor-like big long white smile of Ambassador Blake hides the West’s grand plan of remote-controlled, R2P-coated, commercial colonialism of 2009. 13-A, based on language is a sure recipe for the continuation of the World Tamil Federation’s agitation for a Tamil country with a UN seat. Two countries in this tiny island could be good news for America because it can then have two ambassadors instead of one. But for the non-Colombo Tamils and Sinhalas it will be a new Palestine in South Asia creating border wars in India and within a divided Sri Lanka! The division of the Theravada Buddhist island called Sri Lanka fits well with the clash of civilization thesis of Harvard professor Samuel Huntington and the last Pope’s wish of Christianization of Asia in the 21st Century.

American freedom projects

The American version of European colonialism started in the 1890s as the Spanish-American war. America wanted a door open in other countries as markets for its excess products. This idea came to be known as "informal empire." But if "peaceful imperialism" is not possible, the "taste of Empire" would trigger in and the use of force would become inevitable. The first project of this kind took place in Cuba. Mostly black Cubans were fighting for freedom from Spain, and America intervened in April 1898 as saviors of freedom and independence. The Teller Amendment passed previously pledged that America would not annex Cuba and respect Cuban independence. But the Cuban freedom project finally ended up making Cuba America’s first ‘colony’ by forcing on Cubans to accept what was called the Platt Amendment of February 1901. Then the force came from the barrel of the gun, today with the 13th Amendment intimidation comes from the check book of dollars!

Platt Amendment of the U.S. Congress

The new Cuban Constitution had to incorporate the Platt Amendment which gave the United States "the right to intervene for the preservation of Cuban independence, the maintenance of a government adequate for the protection of life, property, and individual liberty." It also provided for the U.S. to get coaling or naval stations at certain specified points. In 1901, the American General Leonard Wood of the occupying army wrote to President Theodore Roosevelt: "There is, of course, little or no independence left [for] Cuba under the Platt Amendment" (A people’s history of the United States 1492-present, Howard Zinn, 1980, 1999, page 311).

Of course America will not come to occupy Sri Lanka today, but it did all it can in the world to frustrate GOSL attempts to defeat Tamil terrorism in Sri Lanka, especially after November 2005 elections. Even the UN agents, up to the eleventh hour, tried to save Prabakaran so that a part of the cancer will be protected for future growth of destruction of ethnic peace in Sri Lanka. A Prabakaran government in exile in Oslo badmouthing against the Sinhala people was a real possibility. The Cuban experiment ended with lot of American companies extracting and exploiting Cuban resources and successive dictatorships supporting the West. Fidel Castro fought to oust the last dictator Batista. Several other freedom interventions by America ended as cruel dictatorships. Iran with Shah, Philippine Islands with Marcos and Haiti with baby Doc were three examples.

IMF-World Bank citadels and JRJ’s confession

Mrs. B became the first woman PM before Indira Gandhi, but it is a little known fact that JRJ (1977) was ahead of Ronald Regan (1980) and Margaret Thatcher (1979) in blindly jumping into the cruel ocean of free market capitalism. USA, UK and the free-market world is in big mess today because of the brutal and greedy capitalism that Regan and Thatcher had spearheaded preaching deregulation and privatization. The ‘end of history’ that they were credited with nurturing by defeating communism with the collapse of the Berlin Wall faced a second end of history with the collapse of the Wall Street free market economics. Alan Greenspan, who ran the show as Chairman of Federal Reserve Bank (U.S. Central Bank) accepted that he made a terrible life-long mistake by placing his unreserved faith on free market economics!

Sri Lanka is in a miserable situation today due to the blunders made by JRJ. He was a failure in everything he touched as a politician. On his panacea of free market economics and the World Bank etc. he once confessed, "One must abandon his or her (whatever remaining) self respect at the door of the World Bank building before entering it pleading help." CBK was also once subjected to a humiliating lecture by an IMF lady. The west created UNO, WB and IMF for the purpose of perpetuating their control over the former colonies just like the WTO (world trade org) was created later to regularize the exploitation of poor countries. Whatever good that comes out of UNESCO, WHO etc. are miniscule compared to the benefits former colonial masters gain via UNO etc. The new trick is to use more and more non-white people as office holders of these agencies to give the appearance of a non-white organization and management. They select these officers from the "black-white" (coconuts- brown outside, white inside) ruling elites of the former colonies who do the dirty job for the former colonial masters for six-figure salaries and other perks. A recent essay by Garvin Karunaratne in the Island newspaper has given a detailed description of how IMF ruined Sri Lanka.

American oil companies and Mrs. B

In the 1960s when Mrs. B was forced to nationalize American oil companies (the late Osmond Jayaratne once said that she did not plan to take this step but decided to implement it as an on the spot reaction to a hostile American action) a grade 10 student that I knew posted a parcel of buns to the American Ambassador Frances E. Willis (free buns were given to school children with American aid and it threatened to stop this aid if oil companies were subjected to government control) and he lost his fifth-grade scholarship. He ended up as a bank clerk and a JVP supporter in 1971. He would have become a science professor if not for this incident. But the lesson from this student and Mrs. B’s reaction is that Sri Lanka should come out of begging from these white agencies and think of self-reliance. Of course, there is a new war to be waged against corruption and inefficiency at all levels. If Sri Lanka can reduce or eliminate waste and corruption of the foreign exchange that it is already getting there is no need for extra money. It was foreign money which inflated everything including land prices. Sri Lanka is just burning money with all kinds of people robbing it. After the war on Tamil terrorism is over, this is the war that the Mahinda Chinthanaya must embark on. Expats will not come to help unless this problem is taken care of.

American politics and religion

The last American president George W. Bush did not want to consult his father who was a previous American president with international and war-winning experie nce for advice because he said he received the needed guidance from a higher father, the God. So he embarked on an Iraq project to plant democracy in the Middle East. How American presidents, starting with Ronald Regan mixed politics and religion in a dishonest manner in both domestic and foreign affairs is discussed in detail by Obery Hendricks in his book titled "The politics of Jesus: rediscovering the true revolutionary nature of Jesus’ teaching and how they have been corrupted," (2006).

This religious factor is crucial in understanding how and why it appears as if the whole White Western World is ganging up against Sri Lanka. When NGOs, UNO agents, R2P group and other Christian leaders of UK, EU etc. including former president Jimmy Carter and the Archbishop Desmond Tutu, entertain even a faint suspicion that there could be Tamil genocide in Sri Lanka, what comes to my mind is the failure of Sri Lankan embassies to explain to relevant government officials in their host countries the fundamental difference between Buddhism and other religions (except Hinduism and Jainism). In Buddhism, life is cyclical (birth-death-birth) and everything in the world is temporary. One is expected to follow the Middle Path. Even a plant or a tree should not be destroyed to harm the environment. A society based on such principles has no room for killing or discriminating against another human being because that person belongs to a different race or religion. A Buddhist cannot erase his or her weekday sins by making a confession on Sunday.

Miss Willis should have intervened and protected the student who sent her a parcel of buns. That is how a concern for real democracy and freedom can be differentiated from fake interests in freedom. Miss Willis did not. Mr. Blake, if he knows Sri Lanka better, should be able to tell President Obama that the IMF loan should not be made an issue for a President to select between his country’s self-respect and a sum of dollars. With this kind of American behavior, who knows the Sri Lankan president might decide to go and ask help from China or from Hugo Chavez in Venezuela. It is sad that America does not learn from history and go on repeating the same mistake. Sri Lanka is the oldest democracy in Asia, a fact that I think most Americans even in the Colombo embassy are not aware of.

I cannot help but reproduce in verbatim below a few paragraphs from Howard Zinn’s book (pages 312-313) to show how freedom and peace of others become a real dilemma for officers of the American establishment.

"In December of 1898, the peace treaty was signed with Spain, officially turning over to the United States Guan, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines, for a payment of $20 million.

There was heated argument in the United States about whether or not to take the Philippines. As one story has it, President McKinley told a group of ministers visiting the White House how he came to his decision:

Before you go I would like to say just a word about the Philippine business….The truth is I didn’t want the Philippines, and when they came to us as a gift from the gods, I did not know what to do with them…..I sought counsel from all sides—Democrats as well as Republicans—but got little help.

I thought first we would only take Manila; then Luzon, then other islands, perhaps, also.

I walked the floor of the White House night after night until midnight; and I am not ashamed to tell you, gentlemen, that I went down on my knees and prayed Almighty God for light and guidance more than one night. And one night late it came to me this waydon’t know how it was, but it came:

1. That we could not give them back to Spain—that would be cowardly and dishonorable.

2. That we could not turn them over to France or Germany, our commercial rivals in the Orient—that would be bad business and discreditable.

3. That we could not leave them to themselves—they were unfit for self-government—and they would soon have anarchy and misrule over there worse than Spain’s was; and

4. That there was nothing left for us to do but to take them all and to educate the Filipinos, and uplift and civilize and Christianize them, as our fellow men for whom Christ also died. And then I went to bed and went to sleep and slept soundly."

Howard Zinn continued to cite evidence of how Filipinos faced brutal treatment in the hands of U.S. military. Black soldiers who killed brown Filipinos had no real freedom when they went home. The peace project finally ended in 1986 with Ferdinand Marcos escaping death in exile in Hawaii and Imelda Marcos collecting more than 2500 pairs of shoes for her. Castro ruined Cuba but as Michael Moore’s movie SICKO shows us the same medication that cost $100 in USA costs only 5 cents in Cuba! Something is wrong somewhere in this world of human rights protection drama. Mr. Blake and the IMF loan officers must be spending many sleepless nights worrying about the welfare of Sri Lanka.

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