Saturday, May 9, 2015

Sunday Globe Special: Kerry's Crown

Wait until you see who is placing it upon his head:

"US set to deepen ties with postwar Sri Lanka, Kerry says during visit" by Carol Morello Washington Post  May 03, 2015

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Secretary of State John F. Kerry on Saturday said the United States would send a wide range of advisers to help the island nation emerge from a devastating civil war and years of autocratic rule.


Kerry, the first secretary of state to visit Sri Lanka in a decade, said US advisers would provide technical assistance to the newly elected government as it makes constitutional and democratic reforms. 

Looking back now it had to have been a rigged vote. Sri Lanka use Diebold machines did they?

Washington will also help Sri Lanka fight corruption and recover stolen assets if any are stashed in the United States, he said.


And he announced a new US embassy will be built in the capital, Colombo.

In addition, he said, the Commerce and Treasury departments will send advisers to help develop a plan for more investment and economic growth.

Oh, no, now the bankers have control of the country! That's why the U.N. was pestering the former regime!

Colombo is undergoing a construction boom, and many parts of the island that were considered security risks during the civil war are now opening up to tourism.

They have their own Holocaust™ museums already?

According to the State Department, Sri Lankan exports to the United States amount to $2.5 billion a year.

“I am here today because I want to say to the people of Sri Lanka that in this journey to restore your democracy, the American people will stand with you,” Kerry said after a meeting with Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera. “We intend to broaden and to deepen our partnership with you.”

Did he say that on video from the airport?

After years of tension with Sri Lanka about human rights abuses under former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, who lost to Mathripala Sirisena in a January election, the United States and Sri Lanka would renew their ties by establishing an annual dialogue, Kerry said. He repeated the message in meetings later in the day with Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

The diplomatic overtures from Washington are a striking turnaround in the United States’s attitude toward Sri Lanka. During its 26-year-old military campaign against insurgents known as the Tamil Tigers, who sought to carve out an independent state on part of the island, accusations of human rights abuses were rampant on both sides.

U.S can't really criticize over human rights anymore given the admitted torture and the police problem in the cities.

The Tamil separatists were crushed in 2009, but Rajapaksa’s autocratic tendencies raised concern in many capitals, including Washington.

Those concerns, however, were lifted virtually overnight with Sirisena’s surprise victory.

Another electoral surprise!

Building on Sirisena’s campaign promises, the government is moving to become more democratic. On Tuesday, Sri Lanka’s parliament voted to curb presidential powers and make the president answerable to lawmakers.

All has to do with shipping lanes.

The last time a top American diplomat visited Sri Lanka was in 2005, when Colin Powell stopped in briefly after a tsunami. Kerry’s two days of meetings with senior government officials appear to represent hopes that Sri Lanka’s international isolation might finally be coming to an end.

When Kerry arrived at the Foreign Ministry for a meeting, he was greeted by a large sign bearing the word “Welcome,” his photograph exhibited alongside a photo of Sirisena. A girl placed an ornate flower necklace over his dark blue suit, and he walked toward the building down a red carpet passing dozens of traditional drummers and dancers performing in his honor.

“I believe that this important visit signifies the return of our little island nation to the center stage of international affairs,” said Samaraweera, the foreign minister.

“Today Sri Lanka is well on its way to becoming a fully fledged parliament democracy, laying the foundation for a new Sri Lanka, built on the pillars of democracy and ethnic harmony,” he added.

In a speech he gave Saturday evening, Kerry struck a highly personal note as he urged Sri Lankans to seek out the truth about war atrocities. He also offered help in organizing reconciliation with the Tamils.

“Peace has come, but true reconciliation will take time,” he said.

To illustrate his point about reconciliation, Kerry recalled his Navy service in Vietnam, commanding a patrol boat in the Mekong Delta, and the return trips he made as a senator decades later, investigating rumors that American aviators shot down during the war were still alive and held in captivity.

All this time and he still has not learned.


I think that in the next days, the government of Afghanistan’s response to anticorruption efforts are a key test of its ability to regain the confidence of the.... American people [who] are prepared to support with hard-earned tax dollars and with most importantly, with the treasure of our country — the lives of young American men and women.... and say, ‘Hey, that’s something worth dying for.’ ’ 

Just part of the Kerry Chronicles

Although the Senate committee concluded there were no living MIAs held in Southeast Asia, their work helped pave the way for the normalization of diplomatic relations between the former enemies in 1995.

“We knew it was impossible for us move forward if we didn’t try to find answers,” he said.


I know India is also involved somehow, and before I split....

The Chinese also abuse children, are rude, and are intolerant of Islam.

Also seeIn China, Taiwan party leader calls for more global access

Yeah, except "Taiwan's rapidly improving ties with longtime foe China are diminishing US influence." 

So who would be wanting to stir things up? 

At least the Senate quietly passed the Iran deal....