‘Tigers never change their spots’ or the
Brits, their ‘divide and rule policy’
British Government has been prowling and waiting for an opportune moment to
enter the ‘Sri Lankan terrorism issue’ and true to their colonial traits, they
opt to side with the terrorists, rather than with the democratically elected
Government of Sri Lanka. Reason – the upcoming elections in the UK where certain
regional MPs will be better off, if they woo the expatriate Tamil terrorist
votes for them to win their elections! This is what British decency is all
It is easy for western governments to step in, when in our own country we have
traitorous politicians of the likes of Ranil Wickremesinghe and his close
confidantes in the UNP, who are keener to please their white masters, than to
exhibit any sentiments of national pride (if they ever had any). Just like the
British, the UNP, under the failed leadership of Ranil Wickremesinghe is,
clamouring for electoral wins – at least these two have something in common.
They, together with blood thirsty LTTE terrorists as their ‘common friend,’ deem
to stand on the same side and pressurise a democratically elected government of
Sri Lanka. It was only a couple of days ago, that our Opposition Leader Ranil
Wickremesinghe is reported to have told EU members, “Sri Lanka was gloomy even
during the day” - extremely honourable on the part of this Sri Lankan
politician, who leads into ignominy, a once highly respected political party in
this country - the UNP. On transit in India on his return journey to Sri Lanka
he made it a point to issue a press release in which he said “Sri Lanka, is in
big trouble…………!” We may also ask at this point, why did he go to Europe and
with whose authority did he make such blasphemous statements at a foreign
gathering? Freedom is necessary but when that freedom is abused, the people of
this country will make our decisions when the time comes to do so - Ranil
Wickremesinghe can be quite sure of that!
As long as the LTTE terrorists had their own way with the UNP government, Ranil
Wickremesinghe, when he had gladly permitted the terrorists to encroach and
expand their territory much against the will of the majority of the Tamil
community living in the north and east, neither did the Protestant or Catholic
Church in Sri Lanka, the INGOs, who are earning their living out of the Sri
Lankan internal war, the NGOs nor the USA, the UK, Australia and EU countries as
well as donor countries, the SLMM and Norway make any objections to terrorism
being nurtured and promoted on a sovereign soil. They were all happy to be
pampering terrorists because it was on Sri Lankan soil and not theirs!
No sooner than our armed forces began to push LTTE terrorists against the wall
by attacking and destroying their sea power, weaponry, and their manpower - all
those foreign powers with vested interests together with the connivance of the
traitors in the UNP, have suddenly begun to talk about ‘human rights abuses’ and
‘press freedom,’ while Catholic Bishops Rev. Swamipillai Saundaranayagam and
Rayappu Joseph have made press releases through the Tamilnet - the official
website of the terrorists, supporting and sympathising with the terrorists and
criticising the GOSL for attempting to wipe-out terrorism from this country, so
that the majority Tamil, Sinhala and Muslim communities of Sri Lanka can live in
peace and harmony! Ironic, isn’t it?
With this new development, British parliamentarians in their extremely
democratic and decent manner, have even deemed it important enough to form what
is called ‘An All Party Group of Tamils’ in the UK - they have even deemed it so
important to their ‘national interests’ that the Tamil issue in Sri Lanka must
be debated in the House of Commons! It now proves beyond any doubt whatsoever,
that developing countries can never ever hope to live in peace and harmony as
long as there is western interference in the internal affairs of our nations.
Peace and harmony in our countries means that arms manufacturers in the west,
will have to close down their operations. “NO” – they will never want that, as
it is the most lucrative business in the world. May we ask why manufacturers in
the west have been supplying weapons, dvoras, landmines and light aircraft to
LTTE terrorists? Is it for the sake of peace? They create as much dissention
within developing countries with terminology used so often to cheat our nations
into believing that western aggressors ‘truly wish for our welfare.’ God forbid
if there was any mercy in its true sense!
Today, we have the honour to welcome the Archbishop of Canterbury Dr. Rowen
Williams and true to Sri Lankan hospitality, there is no doubt that he will be
accorded a warm and right royal welcome, especially because he is an Anglican
dignitary visiting our country. We welcome him with all our hearts. But, what
will he do in return - reciprocate that hospitality? No, he will also tell our
government leaders, that we must show mercy towards blood thirsty terrorists!
That we must sit down to bring about “a negotiated settlement” with brutal
murderers who do not understand what “humanitarian”, “freedom for majority
Tamils” or “democracy” mean - they only understand the “governance of the barrel
of a gun” and brutality! No weapons means, they become powerless- this is the
blatant truth but of course, the Archbishop of Canterbury will opt not to
understand this basic principle of terrorism.
The Australians in the meantime, are waiting until there is an opportunity for
‘UN peace-keeping forces’ to enter into Sri Lanka for them to join in as
expressed by Caritas International and their Australian counterparts. The USA of
course, has been using many a cat’s paw, including the UN, to do its dirty work.
We can see how the web is being woven to complicate our lives and to let off
‘the Tigers’ for them to roam freely and find their prey!
Thank you western pundits - Never do unto others, what you would not have others
do unto you!”
A letter to the recalcitrant JVP
The JVP wants the workers to establish an
administration of the working class. What about the peasantry and the general
public, which outnumbers the cussed workers? State employees have been referred
to as kaalakanni heththe by responsible ministers of the state. Why not the
workers seek to erase that concept of their class, before seeking to govern?
The JVP is rather out of date, for its suggestion was tried out in Soviet Russia
where workers seized power. The administration deteriorated to a dictatorship
under Stalin until some intellectuals retrieved and re-established a capitalist
economy, which remains to this day.
A workers’ government was set up in Sri Lanka by Sirima Bandaranaike, which was
prodded on by the leftist Sama Samaja and Communist parties. It was a woeful,
miserable failure, which the broad citizenry wholeheartedly rejected and J. R.
Jayewardene of the conservative capitalist oriented UNP was elected with a 5/6th
K.D. Lalkantha of the JVP says that the workers could not expect anything from
President Rajapaksa as his government held capitalist views. The President, a
hardened trade unionist has wisely chosen the capitalist path. Why does not the
JVP learn by experience and save the country from a befuddled period of
The President is the leader of the country and the Finance Minister and
Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces. Lalkantha wants workers to agitate
‘beyond mere demands for salary increases.’ Did Lalkantha want to create mayhem
on May Day? Tilvin Silva charges the President with ‘shameless’ politics of
nourishing his own family when his duty was to build the country. The poster
calling for citizens to protect the Rajapaksa family is a simple request, though
deliberately misunderstood by the JVP, which is only craving for power. It is a
request to the people that the Rajapaksa brothers, who are at the helm of
protecting the country from the LTTE miscreants, should be protected by the
Defence Ministry Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa escaped a suicide attack to lead
the battle against the terrorists, but the UNP leader wants him replaced by a
retired Army General. This is most probably to slow down and soon call a halt to
the forward march. Hence, the JVP should join the President in protecting the
Friends and relatives are the best support a leader could have. That is why the
terrorist leader has had his son trained in aeronautical warfare who now heads
the Tiger Air-Wing. His daughters who are studying abroad will someday return to
The female Tiger cadres and the leader’s family will lead the uncouth Tigers. He
will want his family around him though in his early days he killed off his close
friends. He is now Tiger Supremo. Will there be a time when the family will
clash, as did Saddam Hussein’s family?
The JVP should know that the rights of workers were fought for many years, and
are now enshrined in government legislation. Now what is left is to ban strikes,
if this country is to be economically developed. Then the standards of living of
the workers and citizens will escalate. The JVP leaders should be conscious of
the fact that the citizens of the south, both employer and employee, should live
and work peacefully instead of being at loggerheads to win ‘rights.’ In
civilized society let us talk it out and do away with fighting. If the JVP
insists on fighting, they should join the security forces. They could sensibly
drop fighting and join the workers on Maga neguma, Wev neguma, Palan neguma and
numerous other ventures that the Mahinda Chintanaya envisages, and help Sri
Lanka shine again as the pearl of the Indian Ocean.
Air power of the LTTE
The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has
attempted to bomb strategic areas, such as Katunayake and Palali for he third
time. Although the damage caused is not extensive, it has to be admitted that
some damage has been caused to life and property.
Unfortunately, it has not been possible to bring down these light aircraft with
a short range, as yet. This may be due to the fact that we are not in possession
of fighter aircraft to engage the enemy aircraft in the air, and also due to the
lack of Ack Ack and votores guns, together with radars, search lights, height
finders, and other modern equipment to attack enemy aircraft from the ground.
I think we have been caught rapping because we have not been mindful of the fact
that the LTTE was getting ready to acquire air power, when they were
constructing an airstrip at Iranamadu, a couple of years ago.
I remember as a soldier who served the Second Ack Ack Regiment of the Ceylon
Garrison Artillery in World War II, the then army was able to repulse attacks of
the Japanese aircraft, I believe their famous zero planes in 1942 as the army at
that time (Ceylonese) was fully equipped to meet such challenges.
In the absence of vital equipment required to destroy the enemy planes, it is
imperative that such equipment will have to be made available to the army so
that the air power of the LTTE could be completely wiped out.
In the circumstances, I am sure the authorities concerned will appreciate the
seriousness of the present pathetic situation, and take immediate steps to
supply these vital equipment to the army, so that the air power of the enemy
could be wiped out completely.
R. M. L. Ratnayake
Slaughterhouse in Wellawatte
In one of the Sri Lankan newspapers, I happened
to read an article written by a patriotic citizen regarding a stealthy operation
of slaughtering poultry birds near Wellawatta Railway Bridge, on the Duplication
Road, at the end of Charliament Road, Colombo 6.
This place is considered as a tourist destination, but slaughterhouses spring on
the beaches. Who is concerned of this trend of illegal slaughter? This operation
commences at 4 a.m. and ends by 9:30 a.m. This is a slaughterhouse, as well as
the distribution point to most of the sales outlets in and around Colombo.
This place is highly unhygienic, emanating a bad odour that makes the passers-by
to hold their breath and walk away. On the weekends, waste products lay there
till they are removed on the following Monday, provided Monday is not a public
Corruption is rampant in Sri Lanka and especially in the Colombo Municipal
Council (CMC), which is in complete disarray. The question we pose – whether it
is permitted to operate slaughter houses in this tourist location too? Who is
responsible to issue licence for such slaughter houses in tourist locations?
Most of the officials who are responsible to detect such illegal slaughter are
asleep till late in the morning by which time the operation comes to a close.
What a pity about our government officials!
It is surprising to realise that this subject is coming under ministers such as
Tourism, Environment, Health, Local Government, Buddasasana and the CMC. There
is a saying ‘too many cooks spoil the soup,’ and this is what is happening today
with too many subject ministers without a hierarchical authority to pull them
Will President Mahinda Rajapaksa keep an eye on them, and remove the sleepy
ministers from his team of ministers, and assign this job to capable persons who
can handle this issue?
Your magic lives on…
My aatha precious,
Our life together
Was not in days or years
An eternity, a samsaric journey
Of blood ties ceaseless.
A giant buffer you were
In turbulent weathers of life
Cradling me in that warmth,
You sheathed the whole humanity.
With an aura astounding,
Your smile enthralling
Giving in abundance,
no rewards you sought.
With a touch miraculous.
You are not so far
I feel your magic,
Blessing me in dreams
In life’s testing times.
Gifted I am with words may be
Yet what words will speak
Of your love unconditional?
My aatha- my pride
My guiding light
The most delightful ‘chapter’
Of my ‘book of life…’