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Thank you, Ambassador Robert Blake...
Thank you Ambassador Blake for reminding us of the important victories that the Sri Lanka military has achieved in the past year.
Thank you also for reminding us of the defeat of the LTTE in the East.
Thank you for your warning that 'such victories and US support for Sri Lanka should demonstrate to the LTTE that they cannot hope to win this conflict' - and thank you for reminding us of the might of the United States.
Thank you for telling us of the support that the US has given and continues to give the murderous Sri Lanka regime of President Rajapakse - and in this way, reminding us of the support that US governments have given, from time to time to other murderous regimes including those of Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines, Augusto Pinochet of Chile, the Shah Pahlevi of Iran and Anastasio Somoza of Nicaragua.
Thank you for reminding us of US President Franklin D. Roosevelt's disarming remark "Somoza may be a son of a bitch, but he's our son of a bitch."
Thank you also for not insulting the intelligence of your audience by repeating the claim of your predecessor, Ambassador Lunstead in 'United States’ Role in Sri Lanka’s Peace Process, 2002 – 2006' that the US has no interest in military bases in Sri Lanka.
Thank you for reminding us of the international dimensions of the conflict in the island of Sri Lanka, the strategic importance of the Indian Ocean region and China's “String of Pearls” strategy as foreign oil becomes a center of gravity critical to China’s energy needs.
Thank you for informing the American Chamber of Commerce, at the luncheon meeting in Colombo that to help relieve the suffering of the displaced, 'the US has donated food worth USD 14 million so far this year with another shipment valued at USD 9 million set to arrive in the island later this year.'
Thank you for turning a blind eye to the intentions of the Sri Lankan State which has returned to the logic of Sinhala colonisation of the Tamil homeland.
Thank you, therefore, for not listening to us and not taking the moral legitimacy of the Tamil Eelam Struggle for freedom seriously but know that we are listening to you and that we will not forget your words.
And we will also not forget the words of the US Massachusetts House of Representatives in June 1981 calling for the 'Restoration of the Separate Sovereign State of Tamil Eelam' and calling for the public recognition of 'the right of self determination by the Tamil people of Tamil Eelam' - though you may have forgotten them.
Thank you for telling us that 'both sides (government and LTTE) must realise there can be no military solution to Sri Lanka's conflict' and thus reinforcing our own belief in the words of Sri Aurobindo in 1907 -
Thank you for reminding us that victory will not come by recourse to armed might (as Iraq illustrates) and that you may ban the LTTE but you cannot deny the nuclear energy of a people struggling for freedom from alien rule.
And as to when victory will come, thank you for your scarcely concealed concern that the words of wisdom in Mahatma Gandhi's Pledge of Resistance in Transvaal, Africa, 1906 may indeed stand the test of time -
Thank you, Ambassador Blake, because without you we may not realise to the maximum our own potential to mobilise.
We would like to say to you with Marcus Aurelius (who said it some 1800 years ago) "Look back over the past, with its changing empires that rose and fell, and you can foresee the future, too." And, perhaps you may want to learn something about patriotism and the nobility of the struggle of the people of Tamil Eelam to be free from alien Sinhala rule from that which Swami Vivekananda said many years ago -
So, please do enjoy your luncheon meeting and whatever glory it may yet bring you. Thank you, again, Ambassador Robert Blake....