PRESIDENT SHOULD AVOID CHEAP POPULARITY
Posted on August 17th, 2009

by Hela Puwath

Dilrook Kannangara is right-on when he says the president should avoid cheap popularity.  At this stage of the game, the president doesn’t need to seek popularity, embracing people and kissing babies, and all kinds of public appearances in front of large crowds – even inside Temple Trees.

 “Today we were unlucky, but remember we only have to be lucky once. You will have to be lucky always.”

“”…” The IRA terrorists on the failure of their Brighton hotel bombing to kill British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

 The LTTE terrorists repeated the above and proved their word, not once, but many times over.  So why are the people around the president – his security and his family, not able to convince the president about the danger?

 The danger is not just from a human bombs, it can be a sniper, remember foreign minister Kadirgamar?.

 Have we forgotten John Kennedy? 

 The LTTE international have the means and the contacts to get the world’s best, not just one, but even a dozen of the world’s best.  At this stage of the game we shouldn’t expect the international community to be concerned about the safety of our President, just the opposite might be true.

 For instance, there was a serious breech of the president’s security when he appeared on top of a rock in the middle of a vast jungle during his new-year visit to a temple in the South.  Don’t forget John Kennedy in Dallas Texas!

 We appeal to the President:

 “YOUR SAFETY IS NOT JUST YOUR CONCERN, IT IS THE CONCERN OF THE WHOLE NATION”

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