Sunday Times (Sri Lanka)

Obama’s best seller refers to 'ethnic slaughter in SL'

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In the middle of the Cold War, the chances of reaching any consensus had been slim, which is why the U.N. had stood idle as Soviet tanks rolled into Hungary or U.S. planes dropped napalm on the Vietnamese countrysid­e.

Former US President Barack Obama's memoir "A Promised Land", in which he reflected on his first term and reflection­s on the decisions his administra­tion made, broke a new record selling more than 1.7 million copies in the first week of its launch.

In his 300- page long book, President Obama talked about his ambitious Obamacare Health programme and the geopolitic­al crises around the world since he took office in January 2009.

Sri Lanka too was mentioned as a footnote among the pages where President Obama noted the UN’s failure to protect the civilians during the final phases of the war saying ‘ ethnic slaughter in Sri Lanka.” The relevant paragraph where he talks about UN failures is as follows:

“In the middle of the Cold War, the chances of reaching any consensus had been slim, which is why the U.N. had stood idle as Soviet tanks rolled into Hungary or U.S. planes dropped napalm on the Vietnamese countrysid­e. Even after the Cold War, divisions within the Security Council continued to hamstring the U.N.’s ability to tackle problems. Its member states lacked either the means or the collective will to reconstruc­t failing states like Somalia or prevent ethnic slaughter in places like Sri Lanka.”

It only shows the kind of cockeyed briefings end up at the White

House, and the desk at the Oval office, with the man holding arguably the most important job in the world, with a “nuclear button” at his disposal.

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