Saturday, 3 January 2009

Expect Tamil Tiger Leaders To Seek Asylum In Canada (And Continue The Fight) As Tiger Capitol Falls.

Sri Lankan government forces have taken Kilinochchi, the capitol city of the rebel Tamil Tigers or the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE). According to news reports this is a devastating blow to the Tamil Tiger's ambitions of establishing an independent homeland in Sri Lanka. You can read it here at the Toronto Star.

Tamil rebels' capital falls

Tigers respond quickly with suicide attack in Sri Lankan capital, killing 3, injuring 37
Jan 03, 2009 04:30 AM
Ravi Nessman
ASSOCIATED PRESS


COLOMBO–Sri Lankan forces captured the Tamil Tigers' de facto capital yesterday, winning a major victory in a decades-long battle to destroy the ethnic separatists and crush their dream of establishing an independent state.

The rebels, who still control 1,600 square kilometres of northeastern jungle, swiftly sent a message they would fight on. They carried out a suicide attack near air force headquarters in the capital, Colombo, killing three airmen and wounding 37 other people, authorities said.

Sri Lanka's minority Tamils have long complained they are treated as second-class citizens, with Sinhalese used as the nation's de facto official language and members of the dominant group traditionally favoured for government jobs.

They also accused the government of sending Sinhalese settlers into traditionally Tamil regions to overwhelm them demographically.

The fall of Kilinochchi was a devastating blow to the rebels' dream of establishing a state for Tamils in the northeast after decades of marginalization by governments controlled by the Sinhalese majority.

The rebel-affiliated TamilNet website said the Tigers had moved their headquarters farther to the northeast before the town fell.

The fall of Kilinochchi was a milestone in a war that has killed at least 70,000 people and plagued this Indian Ocean island country of 20 million people over 25 years.

The conflict in Sri Lanka is not Canada's war but some Sri Lankan Tamil immigrants, a mostly refugee community, are trying to make it one. Not all Sri Lankan Tamils are doing this of course. Many, most I'd say, are just economic migrants and shameless opportunists who used the conflict (which is concentrated largely in the north east of the country unless a Tamil Tiger suicide bomber brings it to the streets of Colomobo) as an excuse to abuse Canada's refugee system for immigration purposes even though their lives are in no real danger. There is evidence to suggest that this is true but I don't care into that now but I have gone into it on other posts.

What I am concerned about is the use of Canada's refugee system as an escape plan by Tamil Tiger leaders and their relatives if they haven't done it already. I don't see why they wouldn't. Canada has an embarrassingly high acceptance rate for Sri Lankan refugees even though there is no real reason why Canada should be accepting Sri Lankan refugees at all whether they are Tamil or Sinhalese. Because of Canada's laughably high rate of acceptance for Sri Lankan refugees, a rate that went as high as 80% at one time but has fallen to around 75%, and the overall gullible nature of the refugee system Canada is home to the largest collection of Sri Lankan Tamils outside of Sri Lanka. This is an "honour" that curiously India, Sri Lanka's closet political and cultural neighbour, cannot boast.

It has been brought to my attention via this site that the wife of top Tamil Tiger leader Velupillai Prabhakaran has applied for asylum in Canada from the already safe haven of India. The fact that she is in India is grounds enough to deny her claim because India is a safe third country for her but such details hasn't stopped Canada from granting asylum to people who obviously don't deserve it. After all, we did grant asylum to Somali warlord Mohammed Farah Aideed second wife and four children who were living in London, Ontario and on social assistance. And, Canada still cannot deport convicted murderer and terrorist Mahmoud Mohammad Issa Mohammad.

With their backs to the Indian ocean the leaders of the LTTE, which I remind you is a banned terrorist group in Canada, may very well find their ways to Canada's shores and most likely Toronto's streets and why not? With a Sri Lankan Tamil community in excess of 200,000 it's a great place to hide, find community support, and with public health care to boot. And they may continue the fight from Canada as a "government in exile". This is a problem we don't need on top of Tamil street gangs and Tiger fund raising through bogus charity front groups but it is a problem we deserve if we continue to allow our smug sense of "compassion" blind us to the very real situation that most refugees to Canada are not real refugees.

I hope no LTTE leader is granted asylum in Canada but I'm not holding my breath. If Canada has proven anything to the despots, terrorists, and criminal organizations around the world is that Canada's compassion, tolerance, and protection extends to them to.

11 comments:

Sinhelaya said...

Quoting the AP article

<<”Sri Lanka's minority Tamils have long complained they are treated as second-class citizens, with Sinhalese used as the nation's de facto official language and members of the dominant group traditionally favoured for government jobs.”>>>

This the biggest joke ever.

Firstly the Tamils are not a “minority”. There are 80 million Tamils in the world and 3 million in Sri Lanka (that is going by the 1982 statistic), where as there are 16 million Sinhalese in the world and 15 million are in Sri Lanka.

There are millions of Tamils elsewhere e.g. Malaysia is home to 3 million, South Africa has plenty, so does Fiji and Mauritius, as well as the West –notably Canada with 250,000- 300,000. India is home to 70 million Tamils, 65 million being in the Indian State called Tamil Nadu –which is religiously, culturally and linguistically identical place between the Tamils in Sri Lanka and India as well as elsewhere. Tamil Nadu is the source of all Tamils.

The reality is Tamils are a numerical minority. A numerical minority who’s numbers ballooned during the 500 years of Colonial rule in Sri Lanka, where they were imported en masse by the Dutch and British as indentured labour to work on Tobacco and Tea plantations, as well as a military force to crush Sinhalese, especially because Sinhalese refused to tow the line of the Europeans (as a reward many Tamils were settled in Batticola in the Eastern province, chasing away the Sinhalese who were there before, which is how that became a Tamil “traditional land” in the 1840s). More Tamils were imported to Sri Lanka as a way of “diluting up” the Sinhala population (words of British Viceroy in Sri Lanka) to alter the ethnic ratio and prevent Sinhalese from opposing British rule (divide and conquer).

Long story they are a non-indigenous numerical minority who are fighting the indigenous Sinhala majority in the Island.

What Tamils call "discrimination" is the loss of the unfair racist privileges they had during Colonialism (aka “rewards” for their loyalty).After Independence they were no longer favoured & buttressed into high positions just for being Tamil. As you would expect from any self-respecting sovereign Government this racist and unfair system was replaced with a more equal system.

They already have equal rights, they have had such since Independence, what they want is superior rights again i.e. to be MORE EQUAL

They want superior rights because they believe they are superior beings-to be put on a equal level with the "inferior" Sinhalese is a horror they could not and still cannot stomach and so call it "discrimination"

Sinhalese make up 80% of the population and are the indigenous inhabitants of the Island. So what if we make our Language official and put into place guarantees to protect our unique culture which only exists in Sri Lanka and was brutalised during Colonial rule. There is no Sinhala Nadu in India for us to “retreat” back to, nor are there any Sinhala Indians. Our identity, language and culture began in Sri Lanka, our heritage and ancient achievements dot every corner and flow through every river of this Island. Where as Tamils have the option of going back Tamil Nadu which is so identical that they can simply waltz in there and no one will know the difference.

<<”They also accused the government of sending Sinhalese settlers into traditionally Tamil regions to overwhelm them demographically.”>>>

This is also hilarious. 60% of the Tamil population live out of the so called “traditional Tamil regions” i.e. they live in Sinhala “areas”. Tamils ethnically cleansed the North and East “traditional Tamil regions” of non-Tamils, yet happily move into Sinhala “areas” where as Sinhalese cannot buy land or live in the Tamil only North and East – if they do they are threatened or killed (this happened for 40 years). If we go into “traditional Tamil regions” its “discrimination/genocide” thus the subsequent murder and ethnic cleansing of Sinhalese from “traditional Tamil regions” is also justified.

Sinhalese are confined to the South, Centre and South West of the Island (moves are a foot to ban us from the Centre as well), where as Tamils have sole ownership/exclusive rights to the North and East (from the 1959 Tamils were provided special rights such as Thesawalamai law –Tamil law- in the Jaffna Peninsular) as well as equal citizenship rights in the rest of the country. Sinhalese never got such “preferential” treatment.

And there are so many Tamils in Sinhala “areas” that they are so easily able to blow us up in the bus loads and train loads as done after Killinochchi was captured.

<<<”The fall of Kilinochchi was a devastating blow to the rebels' dream of establishing a state for Tamils in the northeast after decades of marginalization by governments controlled by the Sinhalese majority.”>>>>

To say that there is a 'Sinhalese Government' in Sri Lanka is the same as saying that there is an 'English Government' in the UK or that there is a 'Chinese Government' in Singapore. No country in South or East Asia has had free and democratic elections comparable to what we have had in Sri Lanka since the '30s of the last century. A Democratic election necessarily reflects the demographic balance of the mass of voters participating in the free exercise of their legitimate franchise. To call this – at least indirectly – majoritarianism or communalism amounts to a willful distortion of the ground rules of the democratic process of governance.


Sinhalese make up 80% of the population,who else is going to "dominate" the Goverment?No one,Tamils in particular, ever makes the same big fuss about the White "dominated" Government of Britian, or Germany's Christian democratic party holding power-No cries of "discrimination"

Only an Anglican Christian can become the head of state of England. Britain does not officially celebrate any non-Christian holy day and provide national holidays for those days sacred to its non-Christian citizens.

It's the same story in the USA. The USA currency carries "In God we Trust" on it and the Pledge of Allegiance has the words "One Nation Under God" - how is that being secular? The USA also only officially celebrates holy days of Christians. It's just too bad for the Buddhists, Muslims and Hindus. The official religion of Norway is Evangelical Lutheran and it is mandated that the majority in the parliament has to be from of this religion. Evangelicial Lutheran is the official religion of Denmark and Sweden as well.

More discrimination against Tamils I guess, strangely the Tamils in Norway, Denmark, Britain and Sweden (there are MANY) do not say anything. They humbly accept such “discrimination”, heck they have no problem learning English and integrating in to Western societies (like they do in Canada). Yet have a massive problem learning Sinhala, Hindi and Malay, integrating into those countries societies and being productive members. Instead, as in the case of Sri Lanka, they leach off the system and kill Sinhalese without a problem (more on that later).

(This also relates to the first passage of the AP article I quoted and the Tamil myths its regurgitated).

Its amazing the way in which whatever Sinhalese say is scrutinised, humiliated and passed of as a lie, where as what Tamils say are taken at face value and simply parroted out unopposed.

Sinhelaya said...

In the Indian State of Tamil Nadu, 10% of the population are Telegu speakers, yet the official language is that of the Tamil majority there aka the language is Tamil.

Also in relation to the 1982 population statistic, there has not been a proper statistic done since. So whenever they cry for aid and “need for x number of supplies” or “x number of internally displaced” it is based on old data. Since large numbers (roughly 1 million ) have emigrated to Western countries or no longer live in the North and East. Basically they are stealing aid and food by demanding a larger amount than they need. The reason is to get a surplus and use this food to feed their fighters (they get the food in the first place under the guise of “poor Tamil civilians”). Its amusing that the Tamils in Western countries (such as Canada) who collect millions of dollars through bogus charities, social benefit abuse and credit card scams do not spend a dime on food, clothing or education materials for the “poor suffering Tamils in the war zone” they shed buckets of tears for when “collecting” money. They use it to buy guns, bombs, artillery and explosives to fund the LTTE and their war (while still crying “bloody murder” over the causalities and consequences of a war they so liberally support –well they need to get their passport applications processed).


Amazing eh? The Sinhalese are the ones who feed, cloth, educate and heal their enemy who only comes back to kill them even more ferociously.

Tamils have proven over the last 30 years they lack the ability to feed themselves let alone run a State-they simply are not qualified for that. As a people they are heavily dependent on freebies from the Sinhalese (free food,education,health care–Tamils do not pay Tax) paid for by the Sinhala dominated Government and Sinhala dominating Tax payer, the very same Sinhalese they are killing

P.K.U. said...

@PaxCanadiana

Completely agree that it would be a travesty if asylum was granted to such a person.

I'm glad to see that you also are moderate when discussing the community itself and acknowledge that it would be inappropriate to paint an entire community with the same brush.

A problem that minorities who support immigration reform face is that most anti-immigrant material is often joined together with white supremacist and xenophobic material which excludes them from any participation. It is good that a site like this exists - I think this is the kind of voice that can gain traction in the mainstream without being dismissed. Of course, it will be difficult...

PaxCanadiana said...

Sinhelaya:

Sri Lanka's minority Tamils have long complained they are treated as second-class citizens, with Sinhalese used as the nation's de facto official language and members of the dominant group traditionally favoured for government jobs.

If that is the extent to Tamil "persecution" in Sri Lanka then they should consider themselves lucky. It's not like they are being hunted down by paramilitaries for execution like union organizers are in Colombia. If that is the extent of their complaint then Sri Lankan Tamils are not refugees by any stretch of the imagination and are bogus refugees as I suspect.

P.K.U.

A problem that minorities who support immigration reform face is that most anti-immigrant material is often joined together with white supremacist and xenophobic material which excludes them from any participation.

Sadly immigration reformers are often grouped with white supremacist and neo-nazi groups out of convenience because it makes it all the easier to ignore and marginalize dissent. I don't like white supremacists, I think they're nuts, however I do not see any rational in making whites minorities in countries where they are the majority. In fact I think Canada's immigration system and state endorsed multiculturalism will make Canada more racist and intolerant then it ever was and I don't mean whites exclusively. The best course of action for the introduction of minorities into a host majority society is a gradual one where the host majority is assured it stays the majority bereft of fear of being engulfed by a literal invasion of foreigners. The immigration system can introduced minorities into Canadian society but it should also prop up the host majority society by allowing a proportional amount of immigrants who, to put it bluntly, look like them.

Anonymous said...

Pax,

I think you will find this interesting:

http://www.dailynews.lk/2009/01/15/news26.asp

Anonymous said...

Pax,

see this video and listen to the Sri Lankan foreign minister's comments on Tamil in Toronto.

http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=5_c-Ieq6Mcs

Anonymous said...

Did you hear about the Tamil protest in Toronto?

Read this for a true insight into the issue:

http://www.islandcricket.lk/forum/genocide-sri-lanka-explained

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