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Australians call for the removal of Sri Lankan High Commissioner : Comments

By Bruce Haigh, published 25/10/2011

As Chief of Staff of the Sri Lankan Navy the High Commissioner oversaw the shelling of Tamil soldiers and civilians in what must be a war crime.

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Had Bruce Haigh or any of his sanctimonious mates called to account the perpetrators of numerous well-documented atrocities committed by Tamil insurgents prior to 2009, they might be taken seriously when they accuse Admiral Samarasinghe of 'war crimes'. Since that's manifestly not the case, I'm inclined to lump them with the same hypocrites who allowed Pol Pot to massacre 1.8 million Cambodians between 1975 and 1979 without bothering to notice, let alone demand sanctions against the perpetrators before they died of old age. War crimes have been ongoing in Somalia for decades; the identities of those responsible are well known but, for reasons known only to Bruce, their atrocities don't count. Four generations of Kims have starved and murdered North Koreans for sixty years; why shouldn't those horrrendous 'crimes against humanity' be dealt with first? What about Burma? Sudan? Syria? When Gaddafi visited London, when Mugabe called on the Pope in Rome, not a word was said -- the case against that pair was and remains far stronger than anything Samarasinghe might face. Had Haigh, Dowd and friends spoken up then, lives could have been saved. I'm sick to death of do-gooders who go missing during the slaughter, then line up to earn praise by demanding 'justice' after the fact. And I'm downright angry that they're allowed to be so arbitrary about which crimes 'must not be allowed to go unpunished,' and which crimes are to be politely ignored. This sort of pharisaical sanctimony needs to be stopped. Sorry, but if you canít be timely, if you canít be consistent, your claim to virtue wonít stand up. Get out of the road and make room for someone whoís serious about justice.
Posted by donkeygod, Wednesday, 26 October 2011 5:23:05 PM
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