Posted on November 5th, 2009

By Walter Jayawardhana

Recalling the recent history, when the last war to eliminate the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and its leader Velupillai Prabhakaran was going on, General Sarath Fonseka called the then JVP parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa over the phone, Weerwansa said yesterday.

That was the time there was a conspiracy to defeat the government in the parliament. General Sarath Fonseka reportedly told Weerawansa do not let the government fall; if that happened the war to destroy the LTTE will collapse, he alarmed. Weerawansa replied he would try to do something.

Weerawansa said, at that time he was the only parliamentarian General Fonseka called.

Wimal Weerawansa, now the leader of the National Freedom Front, was speaking in the Thulawa talk show by Sudharman Radaliyagoda of the state owned Independent Television Network (ITN) on Thursday.

Talking about the political gossip spread by certain websites Weerawansa said General Fonseka is one of the few modern heroes Sri Lanka produced and he did not think the General would never betray the country and would get into the trap of the reactionaries. Much of the stories spread cannot be believed. The Lankadeepa published a news item , Weerawansa said, that Ranil Wickramasinghe , the UNP leader spoke to Fonseka over the satellite phone on Fonseka’s alleged break with the government. If Wickramasinghe ever talked to Fonseka would he ever publicise that, Weerawansa queried. He said , the Lankadeepa published the story on the request of Ranil Wickramasinghe. Weerawansa said, the imperialistic reactionary forces wanted to create a Pilimathalawwa out of Fonseka. Pilimathalawwa did not get into history as a national hero but as a man who ate crumbs of the white man. Due to the split between Pilimathalawwa and King Rajasingha the Sinhale Kingdom collapsed and the white man won, a military feat impossible before this rift. He said Fonseka, a real hero of a historical war of liberation never would want to become that.

He said the very people who started praising Fonseka who said earlier that he was not even fit to be the Commander of the Salvation Army. One said any fool could go to war. Another one said instead of Kilinochchiya he was taking the army to medawachchiya. Ranil Wickramasinghe said Thoppigala which he helped capture was mere jungle.

Weerawansa said the recent pity shown for Fonseka by these reactionary forces reminds him of the pity shown by the foxes telling that the goat was getting wet in the rain.

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