Updated: Jul 29
Sri Lanka Coup? Yesterday, today, but what about tomorrow?
British colony until 1948. Civil War 1983-2009 with U.S. intervention. The Civil War involved various ethnic groups fighting each other similar to what continues in Myanmar. The ethnic or political tensions in these and other nations that arose when various colonies gained independence from the British or French (Vietnam) in the Indian Ocean and South China Sea remain exploited regions by the West today for geopolitical purposes centered on China. NATO's newly defined "systemic challenge" against China on June 22, 2022 in Madrid was a supposed counteraction declaration by the West toward the "security of [Western] Allies". This type of exploitation by the Western Allies is part of the self-defined Liberal World Order exerting itself in domestic and foreign affairs. The West, currently overseen by globalists set on maintaining a unipolar global rule, fuel national tensions, which under President Clinton administration (1993-2001) gained dominant political rhetoric while campaigning for votes, which is known as identity politics. Being a dominant ideology in the West, it was implemented in Ukraine exploiting and bolstering fascist nationalists against ethnic and Pro-Russians, or in Syria supporting Al-Qaeda and extremist groups exploit tensions leading toward a regime change against Assad. Keep in mind, real, genuine concerns and sufferings between races, ethnicities, genders, religious fringe groups, and between the people and their governments, etc. exist. Yet, what takes place when disorder erupts, especially where the West has little to no control, the West has a knack for exploiting these domestic and foreign tensions fanning a flame. There are problems and such problems should not be minimized, but the West magnifies and fuels the problems from campfire to volcanic levels driving a wedge into nations to gain access, a manipulative foothold, and control.
(Sinhalese Devil Dancers, 1913)
During the Sri Lanka Civil War, the ethnic minority Tamal Tigers were labeled terrorists by the West but also armed by the West. The U.S. collaborated with the UN Human Rights office to leverage against the majority, ethnic, and government leaders Sinhalese.
(Tamal Tigers firing on gov't troops, 2008)
I do not know how the Civil War started (a catalyst internal or external to the nation?), which may lead into a much longer post than I desire, but what is known is the West fueled tensions on both sides contributing to the Civil War lasting for so long.
First, the protests may overwhelmingly have been triggered by the fact the island of ca. 21.5 million people are unable to import enough food and energy. The country came to a halt with the government even granting a day-off to it's workers telling them to use the day to grow their own food. Sri Lanka is going through what the rest of the world is experiencing one degree to another due to Western sanctions on Russia. A second major factor to the economic now political crisis may be debt. Nearly 80% of Sri Lanka's debt, or 27% of it's GDP, is owed to the West, including the 10% debt to NATO participant Japan (10% of Sri Lanka's debt is to China). Third, in an India web newspaper, there are reports of the two major government political parties clashing, "[s]upporters of the ruling Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) party attacked the anti-government protest site GotaGoGama set up at the Galle Face Green in Colombo." In the report, the protesters are identified mainly as the major opposition party with periodic violent clashes in the streets with the major ruling party. These protests and clashes coincide with the poor economic conditions. According to The New Atlas (41:00), whom I owe a tremendous amount of gratitude as one of my major references due to his instrumental leg-work, there is another much smaller political party funded by the National Endowment for Democracy called the Tamul National Alliance. This is the political party of the Western-backed armed militant group Tamul Tigers who violently operated during the Civil War. One of their political leader's who is a member of Parliament, Mathiaparanan Abraham Sumanthiran, is strongly anti-China (thus Pro-Western), and after doing an online search, I found an April 16th article, reporting Sumanthiran's public message on his siding with the major opposition party and it's protests that on July 9th culminated with the storming of the President's house.
(M.A. Sumanthiran, 2014)
I have found no evidence, as of yet, demonstrating the West directly agitated and provoked the protests, except it had widely been known in the West the current world-wide economic conditions will cause global unrest. In my opinion, there is no need for a Western strategy to have people on the ground to agitate and provoke unrest in any one country, unless the nation had a strong resistance to the West, Uzbekistan for example where a regime change is still a concern (short article on Uzbekistan and other nations, like Ukraine, being Western targets on Russia's borders). What the West did have in place in Sri Lanka (and in other nations) was a structure ready to intervene when the unrest happened. Soft tactics exist in Sri Lanka ready to increase intervention to steer Sri Lanka's alignment toward the West, or even further harden it's government into a more Anti-China position (Sumanthiran for example). For now, neither of the two major political party's have demonstrated in the past a strong Anti-China stance. Linked here are some U.S. operating soft tactics in Sri Lanka.
(In the link above, there are many other U.S. soft
tactics, e.g. opposition parties, federal level judges, etc.,
but here is one below. Tweet is from July 6, 2022)
In Sri Lanka, there was a popular uprising that started maybe on March 15th recently culminating in the storming of the President's house on July 9th. It is unclear to me who the leaders of the government will be when the dust settles and the major oppositional party protest ends. There are Western forces with a strong presence in the nation, but how much sway the West over the people remains unclear. We will have to wait and see. The opposition parties had started meeting yesterday (Sunday, July 10) to agree on a new government. Sumanthiran appears to possess a leading voice when it was reported earlier today, "M.A. Sumanthiran, said earlier that all opposition parties combined could easily muster the 113 members needed for a majority in Parliament, at which point they would call on Rajapaksa to install the new government and resign." That was yesterday, today, but what about tomorrow? Part 2