Ilankai Tamil Sangam

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Association of Tamils of Sri Lanka in the USA

Unity in a Difficult Time

by Wakeley Paul, Esq.

The difference between the position of the Jews and our people are that powerful international sources support them with military and moral help, while in our case they give us moral support but give the enemy military aid.

The success of the Jews has  been founded on their ability to recognize the need to organize themselves individually as well as collectively. That organization involves the recognition that charity begins with the acquisition of wealth,  not its soft hearted distribution prior to its acquisition. In this endeavor, they also calculate who their best allies should be to protect and  enhance their wealth and their security.  Golde Meir's tour of  the U.S to amass  a fortune from  American Jews to secure Israel against Arab opposition is a perfect example of their practicality in order to fulfill their goals In this way they ensured American support of their cause, which support was not initially forthcoming from President Truman who feared a middle eastern storm by recognizing Israel. Russia recognized Israel before Truman reluctantly did so. The end result is that the Arabs, who have now succeed in antagonizing the US and its allies, have cautioned the Soviets against their spreading influence, and have yet to match the Jews both on the military and financial fronts. The Arabs who control the largest sources of the world's oil yet need western markets to maintain their wealth
 
How similar are the attitudes of the Tamils in attaining their freedom from perpetual Sinhalese discrimination? The need for unity since the passing away of Mr. Chelvanayagam was again realized  with the major Tamil parties in Parliament [the Tamil National Alliance] supporting the LTTE.

The recognition of the need for acquisition of wealth to support their cause is unquestioned. The distribution of non-existent sources of wealth are used to keep a deprived population from devastation at the hands of ruthless Sinhalese rulers. We have struggled to gain world support, denied to us until very recently, due to the condemnation of the LTTE as terrorists, though the initial Israeli freedom fighters were so regarded with the same disdain at the outset.

The inhumanity of the present government, which is exceeding even that of J. R Jayawardena, has reversed the attitude of the world towards Sinhalese governments, which have previously succeeded in convincing the world of their commitment to democracy and equal treatment of all their subjects. When any government and its stooge press has to resort to calling genuine peace advocates  "terrorists", the credibility of the present government diminishes by the hour. Supporters of the present government have descended to the level where they defer to the judgments and uncritical accolades of their accommodating aides rather than realize the gravity of their situation. They adopt the attitude that all is fine and remain  sadly uncritical of themselves and ignore the possibilities of the storm that is ready to engulf them.

They ignore the harsh reality that famine is a horror that no one knows of till it bites them. They suffer from the monstrous delusion that they are about to unite a disunited nation when in fact they are presiding over its agonizing dissolution instead. They will never be persuaded to restore to the Tamils the rights they deserve despite empty assertions to the contrary. Every action of theirs defies their claims of being seeped with noble intentions.

The difference between the position of the Jews and our people are that powerful international sources support them with military and moral help, while in our case they give us moral support but give the enemy military aid.

Instead of world leaders and NGO's branding Piribakaran as a"Terrorist" without soul, they should like Angels flutter their wings of applause for a man who has inspired his people to defy discrimination and to seek either equality or freedom from interference by those who seek to keep them suppressed forever. He is their hero, who, like all freedom fighters who have always been initially so condemned, but wound up as international god-like heroes. The first black Presidents of Kenya and South Africa are prime examples of this phenomenon.