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Originally posted by Freeborn
Firstly the Tamil Tigers were fighting a 'terrorist' war against the legally recognised 'democratically' elected government of Sri Lanka.
The UK does not take military action against 'democratic' governmments unless directly threatened.
Then there is the fear of accusations of neo-colonialism.
Any involvement in the domesic events of the region would result in intense criticism from the region, specifically the Indian givernment who were staunch supporters of the Sri Lankan governments policies and who are a country the UK would be most reluctant to upset.
There is significant 'Western' investment in India but perhaps more importantly Indian businessmen have started investing heavily in the UK with some of the UK's highest earners being of Indian origin.
Conversely there is relatively little UK investment in Sri Lanka and limited natural resources.
UK interest's were not being threatened so........?
As you say, it's politics and it's bollocks!
Look at the complete and utter indifference shown towards Mugabe and his cronies in Zimbabwe.
The UK could, and should have, made Mugabe's reign untenable and provided the means to remove a most despotic and corrupt dictator yet failed to take any action of significant effect and was happy to only issue empty rhetoric and false promises.
We are not the world's police, indeed we have no moral or legal right at all to even think that and we most definately can not afford to be so.
But a bit more consistency and transparency would go a long way and probably more importantly at what point does human suffering transcend pounds and pence and political dogma and scheming?
Originally posted by Johnze
reply to post by blupblup
Lol my point is man, your fairly deluded if you think anything is actualy going to happen?.
What do you think is going to happen?, we make some arbitrary legislation about embargos, maybe target a few people, ship someone off to the Hague for some publicity?, fine there government?.
Why is this not being investigated, why are war crimes trials and proceedings not being initiated, why is Ban Ki Moon so keen to not get too involved in this? We jumped into Libya almost instantly.... but we sat by while up to 100,000 thousand people were slaughtered? Something very wrong about that.
Ban Ki-Moon has come under attack for failing to push for a war crimes probe in Sri Lanka. But a former UN Deputy Secretary-General tells Channel 4 News Ban is powerless to defy Russia and China.
Critics say Ban is reluctant to take on China and Russia - veto-wielding permament council members who are against a probe into the Sri Lankan conflict - as he intends to stand for re-election for the UN's top job and needs their backing.
But Mark Malloch Brown, who was Kofi Annan's deputy in 2006, told Channel 4 News Ban is in an almost impossible position as a "new cold war of ideas" puts Western liberals on a collision course with China and Russia on human rights.
The advocacy group Human Rights Watch say he could set up an international investigation without the backing of the UN security council.
Ban said an international investigation would need the co-operation of the Sri Lankan government - something it has already rejected - or a Security Council referral likely to be vetoed by China and Russia.
John J Metzler, a veteran UN correspondent and lecturer in Asian Studies at St John's University in New York, told Channel 4 News: "I believe he clearly seeks re-election, and he's certainly within his rights to do such.
"He must balance the interests of the five permanent members of the Security Council. He must tread very, very carefully when it comes to humanitarian issues.
WE THE PEOPLES OF THE UNITED NATIONS DETERMINED
to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind, and
to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small, and
to establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained, and to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,
AND FOR THESE ENDS
to practice tolerance and live together in peace with one another as good neighbours, and
to unite our strength to maintain international peace and security, and
to ensure, by the acceptance of principles and the institution of methods, that armed force shall not be used, save in the common interest, and
to employ international machinery for the promotion of the economic and social advancement of all peoples,
HAVE RESOLVED TO COMBINE OUR EFFORTS TO ACCOMPLISH THESE AIMS...
LLRC spokesman Lakshman Wickremasinghe told the media that the Commission has already been examining the documentary evidence related to the war and the Channel 4 video will also be examined as a part of that process. "We have been similarly examining documentary evidence such as photographs as part of our routine procedure from time to time including the Channel 4's previous video," Wickremasinghe said. "This is not a special treatment of the Channel 4 video," Wickremasinghe added.
Originally posted by blupblup
And anyway, there's no point in discussing this, people don't like REAL news on ATS.... they don't want to hear about REAL atrocities and crimes against humanity.
They just want to discuss FEMA camps and NWO and reptilian overlords and so on.... Imaginary crap.... made up threats on their lives and so on....
ATS should be as ashamed as the world....