KARUNA, MAHINDA, GOTABHAYA, ARMY COMMANDER SARATH FONSEKA, AIR CHIEF MARSHALL HARRY GOONETILLEKE, ADMIRAL WASANTHA KARRANNAGODA vs CHANDRIKA, RANIL, (AVA)MANGALA, SOMAWANSA
Posted on October 30th, 2009

BY DR M D P DISSANAYAKE

It was less than 6 months ago Sri Lanka has achieved freedom from terrorists. Terrorists were determined to destroy the democracy. After achieving the victory, now there appears to be some Tsunami within the team.

 The writer has listened in full to CDS Sarath Fonseka’s speech in US. I have so far not heard any such speeches, vibrations or turbulent speeches from Air Chief Marshall Harry Goonatilleke, or Adminiral Wasantha Karrannagoda.

 Lets not forget the person who provided the most vital intelligent information to the President. Norway knew exactly where Prabhakaran lived. But did they tell the President? Then who gave all that information to the President? That was none other than Karuna Muralitharan. Some one who was so close to Prabhakaran and knew his hide outs and detailed information on whereabouts disclosed the information to the President. Norway Ministers met Prabhakaran and knew exact locations, maps, internal intelligence of where Prabha lived. Without Karuna’s valuable contribution, we would not have won the War. He should be rewarded, respected and protected.

 We had that many Presidents, who did waste large amount of resources but did not win the war. But President Mahinda Rajapakse within a very short period of time achieved a glorious victory.

 Logistically Army, Navy and Air Forces did a tremendous job. After Karuna divulged the details of hide outs, Gotabhaya and President MR delegated the full authority to Sarath Fonseka, Harry Goonatilleke and Wasantha Karrannagoda and they did an excellent job.

 The opposition has said “This Army Commander not suitable at least for Salvation Army, says Mangala. November 28, 2008. Sarath Fonseka should be punished for breach of discipline. Defense Watch spokesman, Sri Lanka Freedom Party “”…” People’s Wing leader Mangala Samaraweera says that Army Commander Sarath Fonseka is not suitable at least to command Salvation Army. not eligible for analyzing war, Samaraweera said that he did not know to sew clothes and he was the first Sri Lankan to be graduated with honors by the topmost art university of England.

“Any Army Commander in the world never talks politics. They do not sling mud at politicians. The present Army Commander attacks even the Opposition Leader through newspapers. The main policy and the discipline of the Army is that the Army Commander and other officials not engaging in political dialogue,” said Mr. Samaraweera. “

“Samaraweera said that the present Army Commander was coming after him during the period of 2004 and 2005 appealing him to be appointed to the Army Commander post. But he was not given it since he had no vision to hold the post.”

“Samaraweera said that Sarath Fonseka who joined the Army on February 02, 1970 and commissioned in June 1971 had worked for 30 years under many Army Commanders who never awarded him with the “ƒ”¹…”Vishishta Seva Vibhushana.’ “

“These persons handle death squads on behalf of Rajapakses. Samaraweera said that as soon as Fonseka assumed duty as the Army Commander he recommended himself for the “ƒ”¹…”Vishishta Seva Vibhushana.”

“MP Mangala Samaraweera said that this kind of people is the ones that handle death squads for Rajapakses.”

“He pointed out that Sarath Fonseka was penalized on disciplinary grounds in 1975 when General Cyril Ranathunga was the Army Commander, challenging Fonseka to prove if this fact was wrong. Advising him to safeguard Army discipline, Samaraweera asked the Army Commander to appear on behalf of the Army personnel. He pointed out that the Army Commander had allocated for him at the cost of Rs. 45 million for a Benz car instead of providing facilities for the Army soldiers.”It is essential to bring back both sides of the coin, simply because ” I love Sarath Fonseka just as much as I love President Rajapakse”.

The objective of this article is not to persuade SF to refrain from entering politics. But to guide him to select those who love Sri Lanka, if he wish to do so. Without President Rajapakse, Army Commander Sarath Fonseka would have been ” no body”. The President gave you the opportunity, elevated from ranks, delegated total authority with Gotabhaya, with your technical acumen, intelligence you did the job with Harry and Wasantha. Do you think you could have achieved the success single handedly?

Dear Commander, Sarath Fonseka, Sri Lanka had many army commanders since Independence in 1948. We had Brigadier James Sinclair, Anton Muthukumaru, Major General Udugama, Major Anthony Justin Gunasekera, General Artigalle. We love them all. Even from the days of General Udugama, he had to control Jaffna Tamils at the beginning of tamil terrorism. He had the moral support of a great fighter Late Major A J Gunasekera to carry out the tasks. Do not forget the contribution of Karuna Muralitharan in this episode.

 I am sorry Sir Sarath Fonseka, if you join hands with Chandrika, Ranil, Mangala, Somawansa, a hero will become a traitor. The War Victory belongs to KARUNA MURALITHARAN, MAHINDA, GOTABHAYA, ARMY COMMANDAR SARATH FONSEKA, AIR CHIEF MARSHALL HARRY GOONATILLEKE, ADMIRAL WASANTHA KARRANNAGODA and not to CHANDRIKA, RANIL, (AVA)MANGALA, SOMAWANSAANIL, (AVA)MANGALA, SOMAWANSA

 No matter what, I love you Sir. Budu Saranai!

2 Responses to “KARUNA, MAHINDA, GOTABHAYA, ARMY COMMANDER SARATH FONSEKA, AIR CHIEF MARSHALL HARRY GOONETILLEKE, ADMIRAL WASANTHA KARRANNAGODA vs CHANDRIKA, RANIL, (AVA)MANGALA, SOMAWANSA”

  1. Sydney Zoyza Says:

    Your characterization of General Fonseka’s speech as turbulent is dishonest. The main theme was that enormous sacrifices have been made by the army and he cited figures for the dead, injured and disabled. Ven Dharmasiri Thera made a similar non-political speech where he credited the tri-murthy (President, Gotabhaya nd General Fonseka) for saving the country.

    Major General Richard Udugama a hero ? He was sacked by the 65 UNP Government in the so called “bathroom” coup. In that same episode I believe there was a Dodangas Mudalali, who was accused of bankrolling the coup, who was pushed out of a window by the CID. They said he committed suicide. I believe it was Anil Moonesinghe who defended General Udugama. Do you understand what I am getting at ? Just because General Udugama was perceived to be a SLFP supporter the 65 UNP Government fixed him with fake evidence and accused him of plotting against the government ?

    Let’s put General Artygalle’s historical role in context too. It was under General Artygalle’s watch as Defence Secretary that President Premadasa gave arms to the LTTE. Arms that were later used to kill 900 policemen in cold blood. What General Artygalle did was unconscionable. If he had more warriors who fell on their swords instead of following every whim of unpatriotic politicians this war would not have gone on for thirty years.

    If the Government perceives General Fonseka as a threat to their existence, then they should do the decent thing and do what previous govrenments did to former service chiefs instead of assassinating his character. Here are some examles:

    General Dennis Perera: High Commissioner to Australia
    General Janaka Perera: High Commissioner to Australia
    General Cyril Ranatunga: High Commissioner to UK
    General Sepala Artygalle: High Commissioner to UK
    General Rohan Daluwatte: Ambassador to UK

    I am not suggesting that General Fonseka get into politics nor will I vote for him if he gets into politics. All I am saying is that he should be treated with respect for his role in eradicating terrorism and uniting Sri lanka as a country.

  2. NeelaMahaYoda Says:

    Courtesy : The Island

    Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa says a group of bankrupt politicians are now working overtime to destabilise the country.
    “This is nothing but a despicable plot being hatched at the expense of the entire country,” Rajapaksa says.
    Unlike the previous moves by the Opposition to weaken an elected government, this is an attempt to sow dissension among the country’s battle-hardened armed forces, the Defence Secretary alleges. Those who play politics with national security in a post-LTTE era will incur the wrath of Gods and voters at the forthcoming elections, he says.
    In an exclusive interview with The Island, Defence Secretary Rajapaksa, who played a pivotal role in destroying the LTTE, said that they (the Rajapaksas) had been accused of clipping General’s Fonseka’s wings by appointing him as the CDS. Dismissing that allegation as a canard, he said, whoever held that post had enormous powers and influence over the entire security establishment.
    In fact, the CDS chaired a powerful committee comprising the three service chiefs and other officials, who handled the country’s defence, he said.
    With the consent of the President, the Chief of Defence Staff may hold the post for two years and be given extensions in service biannually.
    The CDS is tasked with issuing orders regarding strategies of the armed forces, assisting the Defence Minister, developing a strategy for overall work of the armed forces, coordinating intelligence activities among the armed forces, assessing the strength of potential enemies, preparation and evaluation of plans related to the armed forces, preparation of policies for the training of joint armed forces and preparation of policy for the UN peacekeeping operations etc.
    An irate Defence Secretary rejected the Opposition allegation that the former Army Commander had been ill-treated by the government: “Let me tell you that General Fonseka was appointed as CDS with his consent. Although, I haven’t discussed this issue publicly before, I have no option but to reveal what really transpired.”
    Rajapaksa said: “Once the army had wiped out Velupillai Prabhakaran on the banks of the Nanthikadal lagoon on May 18, we focussed on the proposed changes at the top command and the control structure of the armed forces. The President had to promote Navy Chief of Staff Rear Admiral Thisara Samarasinghe as the Commander before June 16, when he was due to retire.
    There were not many options. One of them was to appoint the then Navy Commander Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda as the CDS, thereby making the senior most serving navy officer Chairman of the apex defence committee.”
    Defence Secretary Rajapaksa said that after taking General Fonseka’s opinion into consideration, the President had appointed the former army Chief as the CDS. General Fonseka succeeded Air Chief Marshal Donald Perera, who received top diplomatic posting to Tel Aviv.
    The President had had no alternative but to move Admiral Karannagoda to a civilian post though the government very much wanted to retain him in the defence field, Rajapaksa said. There had been absolutely no effort, he said, to sideline any army officer.
    But unfortunately, the Opposition and a section of the media had gone to the extent of blaming the government for offering plum diplomatic posts to serving officers.
    Responding to our queries, the Defence Secretary said that an influential section of the international community, too, had thrown its weight behind the Opposition campaign.
    Although the media had a right to criticise the government and support any political party, attempts to propagate lies could not be allowed.
    The Defence Secretary said that then President J. R. Jayewardene had brought back Cyril Ranatunga from retirement to lead counter-terrorism operations. Gen. Ranatunga had executed the famous Operation Liberation in the Jaffna peninsula. Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, who commanded Gajaba troops in that operation, recalled the then Army Commander Lt. General Nalin Seneviratne telling troops that he only provided officers and men needed for the offensive. Successive governments had similar positions but none had gone so far as to institutionalise the post of the CDS through a parliamentary Act, Rajapaksa said.
    “Don’t forget that I made critical changes. The Army Act and the Pension Code, too, were changed,” Rajapaksa said. But, perhaps the most important change was to enable a serving officer to take over the CDS post, whereas all previous appointees had been retired officers, he said.
    Dismissing allegations the CDS appointment had been an ad-hoc, the Defence Secretary said that a committee headed by veteran civil servant M. D. D. Peiris had taken over two years to finalise the proposal. “The committee interviewed all service commanders and many other senior military officials and also researched similar structures in other parts of the world before making submissions to the Attorney General’s Department as well as the Legal Draftsman,” he said. According to him, the final report had been reviewed by the defence top brass again before approval was granted.
    The Defence Secretary said that process had been parallel to the war against terror.
    He said anyone who had doubts was free to make inquiries from the committee. Nothing could be as bad as an attempt to claim that his appointment as CDS was a comedown for the General, Rajapaksa said adding that if one cared to go through the list of serving officers assigned to CDS, one would see that the argument being peddled by the detractors of the government did not hold water.
    The Defence Secretary revealed that a section of the officialdom, too, had been uneasy about the creation of such a post. “In fact, some questioned the need for such a powerful institution,” he said. “But I was confident that there would be no trouble and that the government had utmost faith in the armed forces.”
    While declining to comment on security provided to senior military leaders in keeping with the government policy, the Defence Secretary said that no one should take the Opposition’s claim of lack of security for military leaders, seriously. “We have adopted unprecedented measures to protect the military leadership. They are given the best of security,” he said.
    Rajapaksa said there was nothing wrong in military personnel entering politics but definitely not in uniform. He said that their triumph over the LTTE had been the result of a joint effort spearheaded by the army. He said one of the most important decisions taken by the government had been to double the strength of the army while bolstering the the ranks of navy, air force, police, STF and Civil Defence Force.
    Defence Secretary Rajapaksa, who survived an LTTE suicide attack within months of General Fonseka escaping death in a suicide strike, said the Opposition seemed to be making a desperate bid to challenge the President whose popularity was at its zenith. He said that the government was fully confident of meeting the threat and taking whatever action necessary to ensure peace and stability in the country.
    Rajapaksa emphasised that the country’s triumph over the LTTE was evidence that it was capable of facing any other threat successfully.

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