THE DOUBLE STANDARDS
By Shenali D Waduge
David Cameron: you forgot to shine light on 3 Britishers killed by LTTE in Sri Lanka
Those preparing the speeches of David Cameron and advising him what to say in Sri Lanka have made a big blunder – they have forgotten to mention that 3 Britishers were killed on 3 May 1986 when the plane they were onboard was bombed by the LTTE killing the McPherson family and 21 others injuring over 40. Of the 13 foreigners who died there were Germans, French, Japanese, 1 Maldivian and 1 Pakistani. In darting off to Jaffna, Cameron missed out on what he should have done as a Britisher to place a wreath at least at the very airport he landed where his own people died not during the last phase but almost 3 decades ago.
UL Air Lanka Flight 512 arrived at the Bandaranaike International Airport from London, Gatwick Airport via Zurich and Dubai about to depart to Maldives before the plane was ripped apart in the centre into two pieces. It was no technical error. The bomb had been placed in crates of meat and vegetables being freighted to Maldives and the bomb had been placed by the LTTE and blew minutes before all 123 passengers had been seated for take off. archives.dailynews.lk/2009/06/06/fea30.pdf
Please find below the list of Foreign Passengers killed
|1. Mr R.BALAS|
|2. Mr B.ROVEL|
|3. Mrs M.C.ROVEL|
|4. Mr FRANC|
|5. Mr C. ITO|
|6. Mr H.MITHSUWA|
|7. Mr SIYAD HUSEN|
|8. Master J.A RAHUMAN|
|9. Mr. McPherson|
|10. Mrs. McPherson|
|11. Miss McPherson|
|12. Mr M.C CATAR|
|13. Mr DIMAR SALLE|
|14. Mr D.TYNECS|
Sri Lankans killed
|Mr PD GUNASENA|
|Mr HH JINADASA|
|Mr JOHAN CHUNKI|
However, since the British authorities skipped mention of Mr. Macpherson we would like that David Cameron includes these details the next time he issues ultimatums upon a sovereign nation.
Mr. Tim Macpherson was the Managing Director of Associated British Maltsters Ltd. of Newark. He died along with his wife Dierdre and their youngest daughter Iona who was 20. In 1986 when the company announced his death they said that he died from a ‘terrorist bomb’ that wrecked a ‘holiday airline’.
Incidentally, Mr. Macpherson was a Scot but born in India. The MacPherson’s are survived by their 2 daughters Louise and Kate.
Letters of condolence and tributes poured in from around the world:
The Macphersons Memorial Trust has received over £60,000 donations and provides scholarship for young people within the Malt industry. The two daughters relaunched the Trust in 2011.
If David Cameron missed out even placing a wreath in memory of the 3 Britishers killed by the LTTE way back in 1986, it should not surprise us that he has conveniently omitted the deaths of scores of other Sri Lankans who died over 30 years of terror by the LTTE.
Every terror act that took place throughout the 30 years was accompanied by a very bland diplomatic statements asking both parties to get back to the negotiating table and never was any of the terror incidents reported by foreign media ready to attribute these acts of terror to the LTTE – every news item claimed that the Government of Sri Lanka ‘alleges’ that the LTTE had committed the crime. Never did a single foreign media comment that LTTE were brutal terrorists and should be stopped in the same manner they wrote against the Al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden fully aware that Al Qaeda was a creation of the US.
Be that as it may it is becoming rather silly when a country like Britain aware of its own crimes thinks that delivering speeches in its Parliament speaking on human rights and accountability is not going to be laughed at by all listening.
Now, even the British are beginning to realize the lies the British Parliamentarians are feeding them.