Exterminators of War Heroes
Posted on October 24th, 2009

By Gomin Dayasri

Are we heading to the loony bin? Are two war heroes getting ready to battle it out, while those who made every effort to destabilize them during the war and damage the nation become the cheer leaders, edging them to brink of the cliff to see one fall to the gorge below? They would again cheer to see a shattered icon bruised and battered, shot down by friendly fire. Prabhakaran will achieve in death what he failed to achieve in life. Get Both or possibly One, was the message of the dreaded deceased.   

 It is the People that rallied round the Forces who will be compelled to carry out this cruel act at an election with their own hands smeared with indelible ink. Sure, get them both killed in spirit by the voting process by their own People, is what the Diaspora will want, orchestrated by our own backyard conspirators. Let them make the people who made the military victory a reality, be the exterminators.

  To such, who falls does not matter? Either is a prize scalp which they wanted and could not bag.  That would bring a smile on the face of those traitors who did not want to see terrorism terminated.  It is only those who did not want to see the LTTE trounced, keen to place the contenders in the ring with gloves on, to watch a blood bath and make the people the terminator of either of the two and eventually of both.

 Those conspirators are aspiring such ruse will place them in power. They hope People will not desire to participate as executioners and instead stay at home not casting their votes due to divided loyalties or break into two divided distinct camps, hopeful at least this ploy will make them win on a split vote. It is a replay of an old colonial game of divide and rule.

 People act with wisdom with years of experience in the systems of strategic voting and will become more spirited with grave suspicion as the foreign engineered plot emerges into the open. All it needs are the finger prints of those human rights activists with the NGO connections and of the lost politicians of the war, pandering to the West. Generate heat at election time and the people will flock to the polling booths to strike the cross, to see that terrorism is not back in the streets.

 The cloakroom work with pointed daggers by those politicians already point to an international conspiracy by the West; the JVP with its overt Chinese connections will be made to recycle the chain to cover tracks. A desperate JVP with possibly two seats at a general election (one from the National list) on the projections of the Provincial Council elections will go any distance to keep them above the cut off point. To change their currency from yuan to dollars will not be difficult for the JVP which may slip to 2 seats having acquired 42 seats last time and gracefully relinquished one to help the government. They have no where to go and in desperation are prepared to join the devil. 

 Sarath Fonseka is a living legend; brave men in uniform could never have won the war unless the Commander guided them on the path to victory. A thousand soldiers would have been cannon fodder if not for a brilliant war strategist; in a war that was won primarily because of the army. Sarath Fonseka has a place in history just as much as the yodhayas of Gemunu the Great. If that was legend, this is reality.   

 Winston Churchill, Dwight Eisenhower Charles De Gaulle, David Ben-Gurion were troop leaders who became successful political leaders of the nation. They were victorious in the battlefield and on the confidence gained, people elected them to power to lead the country with the dawn of peace.

  It is a crying need if the state is on the brink of a fall, where corruption is rampant and ghastly governance is endemic with economic and social structures in tatters or else to bring forth the fruits of the peace dividend with a government traveling in the wrong direction or still more if the state is collapsing with enemy still at the gate which a civil administration, unable to contain. Military men donning the political jacket, in such circumstances, is not an unknown phenomenon and the preferred option to armored cars and military tanks encircling parliament. The difference lies elsewhere.

 History does not reveal any military leader who saved a nation playing to the hands of the enemy. No military genius became a political idiot. Such men steeped in the knowledge of skillful maneuvers had the vision to foresee webs of intrigue woven to bring them down by born again camouflaged “ƒ”¹…”friends’ more the designers to bring themselves into fashion again on the back of a military fatigue.

  In the talk of “Two Saraths” (unlike the comedians in Two Ronnies), Sarath Fonseka will not fade into insignificance on retirement since his service to the nation is monumental and he followed the straight and sterile road to glory within his military jurisdiction and never played to the gallery in his court or temple or war zone. Unlike in the case of any other Sarath contemplated-Sarath Fonseka can be destroyed in the public vision only by Sarath Fonseka himself. Our Forces have no training course for suicide cadres. No Sarath can be compared to Sarath Fonseka-an exercise which is an insult to intelligence. Let not a War Hero become a Fallen Idol.

 Mahinda Rajapakse is a prime time master politician to whom the glory of winning the war is an accolade the people have already presented. To dislodge him from his high pedestal notwithstanding obvious lapses is an unthinkable option to a nation known for its gratitude. A second term is a consequence on the result of a first term in making a reality in giving successful leadership to overcome the hindrance of a generation which the people did not contemplate will end in their lifetime. Mahinda Rajapakse achieved what no other President ever undertook.

 Any opponent of Mahinda Rajapakse at an election has to depend for numbers heavily on those who opposed the war and it would be suicidal for a man of war against terrorism to align with such forces as it will smear his name and repute. Such a man defeated at an election will sadly lose his honor for unwittingly cohabiting with the unwanted enemy and will have to lead a life living on sympathy. The tragedy is to see a great man fall from grace and rescuing him from the evil forces of expediency is more the need.

 The General, must surface after the politicians devalue themselves still more against a candidate who was not his Commander in Chief for a battle to save a nation. In military annals no Commander of a victorious army in a liberation war took on his Commander in Chief after the War at an election. It is military intelligence that matters most after a War. Timing is of the essence.

2 Responses to “Exterminators of War Heroes”

  1. Kit Athul Says:

    Excellent analysis. As you suggested, HE MR must have a second term. Why, You may ask? The answer is in your speech at National Intellectual Council on October 1st. Reported by Janaka Rerera on the asian tribune webpage. Evolution is a painstakingly slow process, which the Sinhala got used to since the British conquest. Ha, now the Sinhala had to see a event happning in real time. Sinhala army was advancing to annnihilated India’s territorial army, was lighting fast. Sinhala so far have not zoomed out and observed this event over a long period of time in order to notice how it has happend. I call this pre May 19th syndrome. Sinhala are now bewildered, so it might take at least two years to understand what happend. Now, do Sinhala want a constitution that hve 60% written by Rajive Gandhi? how are we going to change it? I get the answer from the lecture you gave on Octobe the 1st. It is not a democracy if it had Tamil only villages or Muslim only villages.
    Kithsiri, Florida, USA

  2. Priyantha Abeywickrama Says:

    This is a very valuable article for those associated with the social elite in Sinhale’ (Lanka). I am making this comment to seek attention to some facts that may shed more light to the current events. As an outsider to the local English community (Singlish community) at the helm of power in Sinhale’ and as a loyal supporter of native Sinhala population, I am glad that the true face of those who benefited from English colonial occupation now steering the country from one disaster to another have come to the public view. For them, nothing works these days. Heroes today are villains tomorrow. Development has become more synonymous with destruction. War victory has turned things virtually upside down. “Me first” concept prevails in every heart. Is this the signs of their end? I see it as it is and the end of an era of subjugation and servility, and also the demise of those who took our country down the path to what it is today. Unfortunately none of those who are in a position to influence the predicament have anything to offer except blocking any others trying their own inventions to change the fate.

    Are we all should be afraid? I do not think so. Especially, native Sinhala population is to benefit most at the end according to my calculations. Can we fix it by changing laws, instrument of governance or other English tricks that we advocate to solve our problems? Being grown up inside English thinking mindset, I am sure nothing is going to work as the very English system is now faltering. Though there are many individuals trying to align themselves with Sinhala people simply to stay in power, deeds speak louder than their words. As you may have noticed, Sinhala response is a very diluted one to all these neck-breaking episodes played by the Singlish actors. Is it because they will find a way out of this mess by themselves by dumping all these actors into a hellhole? I think so because they have done it many times in the past and it is in their conscience.

    Obviously I have no concern for any of these heroes, in war or otherwise, because I came across their own words of victory that tells a very different story. Unfortunately their actions after the war speak louder. Without taking a proper stock of methods and sacrifices made, we may be making our own misjudgements. There is no question that victory was gained by those who faced rains of indirect fire (was it worth?), stood in the line of enemy fire and killed Tamil Tiger Terrorists. Whether leaders were supportive or adversarial to this effort has to be analysed according to their own conduct during the war. We are missing some important events that may give an insight to the role played by the leaders. The imported weapons played a key role in this war leading to victory among other aspects. One important factor was the acclaimed rank and file leadership. Is this not telling that the top to bottom structure modelled along English thinking was not implemented, thus eliminating the involvement of both the political and military higher ups in critical decision making processes?

    Our forces structure just like every other part of the government is a two-tier system where the higher ups are exclusively retained by a privileged class. As people with working experience under English masters, we all know that the privileged class uses the less privileged to do their bidding and get rid of them later under various guises. VP started this war. So no body else can claim any initiative. But the hopeless conduct of the government that pursued negotiations during the early stages of the aggression can be in fact construed as opposite. The person who led the war victory in the east was removed from the scene alleging disappearance of Rs. 2.5 million food vouchers, a minute value compared to what other lower ranks may have pilfered (or was it fixed?). Could this be a kind of typical conduct to discard an achiever whom I personally could not believe as a person of such conduct at that time? Subsequent conduct on the part of those in power does not necessarily reflect their own heroic character. Who successfully commanded the Task Force 1 (later 58 Brigade) at the start of war applying winning tactics? Did others follow his lead?

    Heroes do not behave like Neros. MR has already shown the price offered to cement victory during the past few months. Did we kill the mad dog to kneel before its masters? Time will tell what achievements were made after defeating Tamil terrorists? I have serious concerns about what MR was doing during the last few months to add up to claim a victory. As non-participants to English democracy, we have already made up our mind. Lately, we have leaders making decision with the approval of only 1/3rd of the population. As I see the vast majority who abstained is from native Sinhala background including people like me. I am not surprised even if the leading group of influential individuals within the Singlish community face the same predicament faced by the Tiger leadership in the near future opening up a new world for native Sinhala population. Obviously JVP has proven beyond anyone else that it is a pain in the back that needs to be removed from the scene. They have proven to be worse than Tamil Terrorists in matters that affect native Sinhala community. I still cannot stop wondering about how English could unleash this hell on us, the root cause of our problems.

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