Thursday, May 28, 2009

UN: No, We Won't Investigate War Crimes

In Sri Lanka.

The idea that there's anything impartial about the UN, in any direction, takes yet another blow. It's a club of interested parties which make proclamations according to their interests. Just as you'd expect... and totally in contradiction to the sanctimonious ideologues of some international community as a source of justice and moral legitimacy.


Anonymous said...

here is Christopher Hitchens on his personal history of contacts with the Tamils and the Tamil Tigers
either I am missing something or there really is nothing about war crimes and that from Hitchens who practices his "defence" of Israel in what I call "tough love"-style (for another example of that style: google Hillary Clinton's latest)
really strange how everybody believes to be entitled to treat Israel like an adolescent that urgently needs guiding - I am almost sure that those are not aware how patronizing and therefore simple good old fashioned bad manners their behaviour is.

Anonymous said...

I thought the UN was set up by Roosevelt to be a right wing House of Lords as far as power and money go- and left as far as rhetoric and ideals go.
When both wings work, the UN flies.
The rest of the time, it was probably hopeless anyway.

Anonymous said...

according to the start-up page it is an "Exclusive":
presumably the British still have good contacts to the Tamils ...
May 29, 2009
The hidden massacre: Sri Lanka’s final offensive against Tamil Tigers

Anonymous said...

Silke, thanks for the Times link -- Petra

Anonymous said...

and it goes on and on ...
- terrible news in itself but just imagine for a moment how they would have been with just a minor misbehaviour of the IDF - rgds, Silke
UN chief knew Tamil toll had reached 20,000

Vijar Nambiar, Ban Ki Moon’s chief of staff, had been told more than a week ago that thousands of civilians had been killed

Anonymous said...

The New York Times yesterday:

"The United Nations estimates that at least 7,000 civilians were killed in the bloody final push of the battle to defeat the rebels, known as the Tamil Tigers, who had waged guerrilla warfare for 25 years. Human rights groups have accused the government of shelling civilians who had fled to safe zones. Verifying the total civilian death toll has been impossible because access to the displaced by rights investigators and independent journalists has been severely restricted.

Despite this, Sri Lanka successfully fought off efforts to begin an investigation by the United Nations Human Rights Council this week into possible war crimes in Sri Lanka.

Several European nations supported a resolution calling for an investigation of both the actions of the Tamil Tigers, who are accused of using civilians as human shields, and the government, but Sri Lanka introduced its own resolution, in effect congratulating itself on its victory. Several crucial allies, like India, China and Pakistan, helped pass that resolution, which contained much weaker language urging the government to allow access to displaced people by aid groups."