Understanding Mr Sirisena Using Tales from Greek Mythology
Posted on December 31st, 2014

by Dr D.Chandraratna

In 44 BC The Roman General and Director Julius Caesar was murdered in broad daylight in the theatre of Pompey by assassins led by Junius Brutus, Caesar’s best friend. Hence the famous words, Et tu Brute, Even you Brute said Caesar before he died. Only part of this tale is applicable because Mahinda Rajapaksa’a shoulders were capable of bearing the great weight of responsibility protecting Sri Lanka with the stone hands of giant Atlas.

The current President like the Colossus of Rhodes, which is a potent symbol of superhuman grandeur, is able to execute the supreme task of saving Sri Lanka from the barbarians who live lives of moral squalor from the lucre given by the West. When we hear that Malik Samarawickrema rang the President, we are tempted to tell him please beware, reminding him of the Latin phrase, Beware Greeks bearing gifts, Timeo Dananos et dona ferentes. And also beware the ides of March, until the 8 th of June for people like Mangala Samaraweera known for his bacchanalian parties can spring you with surprises as he did with nubile nymphs in the Kataragama River, to Premadasa just before Chandrika’a victory. We have to tell the voters of Sri Lanka to exercise their voting rights with pride and intelligence and not fall for the ‘bread and circuses’ of Sirisena, a phrase coined by the Roman satirist Juvenal who issued a damning indictment on the Roman citizens of his era to express the possibility of unsuspecting ordinary voters falling for ‘bread and circuses.’

 Brings me to the defection of Rauff Hakeem & co. They have crossed the Rubicon and burnt their boats like Champika and Rathana Thero. In Homer’s Iliad the fiercest battles were fought at sea where Trojans who have the upper hand set the boats a blaze. The prize of the loss meant certain death. One and all will say on the 9 th of January, Aiyo to Hakeem Rathana, Champika and Sirisena. They have all said after crossing the Rubicon, just like Caesar, alea iacta est– the die is cast. Some of these defectors were threatening to burn the boats as a motivational tool like Agathocles of Syracuse who burnt his boat to the Goddess of Sicily as an offering but with no means of getting back the soldiers put him to death.

Champika behaves like a modern day Cassandra, a pessimist who boasts of correctly predicting the doomsday which none believes for he has got his convoluted Marxian economics handed to him by the JVP. Mr Ranawaka, who has a Ciceronian eloquence, (Cicero 106-43BC) and Rathana Thero are advocating a Catonian frugality for Sri Lankans like the Porcius Cato (234-149.BC) who advocated old fashioned propriety while living a life of ostentatious plenty. How Sri Lanka can be saved from the predators who are in the opposition sounds like a Chimera, which in Greek mythology is an invention of the imagination, which contradicts the judgements of truth and reality.  Has Champika not come to his senses yet?  

  The current situation, of the Cuckoo land of Ranil and Sirisena (Greek Nephelokokkugia) happened because Chandrika behaved like Queen Livia, (who was the power behind the throne of emperor Augustus) and if only she had a bit of love for the country (a bit of intelligence also would certainly help though she claims to be a polymath), even as small as Cleopatra’s nose, for the history of our nation could have been different. Well come the 8 th of January, like in Greek mythology the Augean Stables belonging to the King of Elis, the ‘cattle sheds of jumping creatures’ will be cleaned by the current President, who is like a Triton among minnows, just like Heracles cleaned the monstrous heap of slurry in the space of one afternoon and save the country as Horatius at the Bridge.

11 Responses to “Understanding Mr Sirisena Using Tales from Greek Mythology”

  1. Susantha Wijesinghe Says:

    DR. CHANDRARATNE !! COULDNT HAVE SAID IT BETTER. I WONDER WHETHER THE BANDITQUEEN WILL UNDERSTAND ROMAN ERA HAPPENINGS. IT MAY BE GREEK TO HER.

    CERTAINLY, PRESIDENT MAHINDA RAJAPAKSE WILL HAVE TO CLEAN THE AUGEAN STABLES, WHICH HAS TO BE HIS FIRST PRIORITY.

    TILL THEN, LET MY3..PALA, RANIL, BANDIT QUEEN, SAMPANDUNG, AND RAUF HACKHIM LIVE IN CUCKOO LAND.

    IN ANY EVENT, PRESIDENT MAHINDA CAN HOLD THE PRESIDENCY FOR ANOTHER TWO YEARS, WHICH IS LEGALLY CONFIRMED.

    HENCE ALL THIS DRAMA AND WISHFUL THINKING, OF THE POLITICAL GANGSTERS, MAARU SIRA, BATALANDA MAN, BANDIT QUEEN, SAM PAN DUNG, AND RAUF HACK HIM WILL END A CROPPER, ON THE 9TH January 2015.

    ON THAT DAY, THEY WILL BE AKIN TO A DISTURBED ANTS NEST, RUNNING HELTER SKELTER, UNABLE TO FIND EACH OTHER.

  2. Christie Says:

    What part would India and the West have in your analogy?

  3. SenaD Says:

    They try to play the role of Zeus and Hera perhaps.

  4. Hiranthe Says:

    Some of the highly qualified professionals of SL origin, whom I know, are supporting MY3 Gang and they hate MR for the so called alleged corruptions. They were so supportive during the war and now turned totally against MR and GR. They even use abusive words when I tried to defend MR.

    Recently one Australian lawyer while talking about holidaying, I told that after mid-January 2015 will be quiet after election… then he told me that they are hoping the dictator will be captured and peace will come after election. On trying to explain the real truth, he got angry and also started using abusive words similar to our SL friends and walked away saying he will never talk to me again.

    The point I am making here is, it is the same propaganda machine which worked so successfully on foreigners against GOSL all over the globe for the last 20 or so years, is now working on our own people to go against MR and GR.
    This is a very bad situation. This is the front that GOSL lost its battle.

    People like Champika, My3 etc did not deliver… only talked. Still talking… now mudslinging…
    In a recent TV interview ‘Rathu Ira’ , Namal Rajapaksa was telling that they were busy working and not talking. I think that is true. Otherwise they cannot achieve so much in just 5 years.
    That is where the anti-SL front took the advantage and became strong.

    Web sites such as Sri Lanka Guardian, lanka-e-news are leading in the MY3 propaganda machine with other LTTE rumps very successfully. They did not take any rest after the war…. Still continuing fully aggressive… The driving factor must be LTTE funds!!

    When MR wins this time, they should strongly look at this area. We have so many experienced patriots they can get the service of.. for example, most of the writers here in LankaWeb…

  5. Christie Says:

    Most of the lawyers in Australia of Sinhala origin depends on Indians and Tamils for guidance and work so they are on the Indian bandwagon. The same applies to most of the expatriate Sinhala professionals
    .

  6. ranjit Says:

    Hiranthe let our enemies abuse the President and blame for corruption in the Govt. Corruption is all over the world not only in Sri Lanka Politics.Thirty years of war is not a small thing to talk.Thirty years means a young life. Those wicked pigs allowed thirty years to ruin our beloved country and now come and beg for their vote with the aid of foreign enemies. These bastards must be put in jail for having connection to the most ruthless terrorist organization in the world. They openly criticize the Govt and the President sitting with three ugly ducklings Maru Sira/Bandi Queen/Ranil. They signed treaties the same way Ranil signed and gave to Prabakaran’s hand in the past.

    The Bandit queen is responsible for many deaths of our war heroes while she was in power.Ranil is another murderer for killing thousands of young boys and girls in eighties when they were in power. They have blood in their hands. Tell your friends in Australia to go to hell with Maru Sira because our President will win with a clear majority this time than last time. Tell them to follow the Prime Minister of Australia.He knows the truth not those highly qualified friends of yours and lawyer friend. Corruption is a different subject and accepting to divide the country another subject. So your friends like the division of their homeland and giving section by section for different groups. North to LTTE east to Muslims then what? Who else want from another place? All your friends are enemies of my country better them to stay put in Australia for ever without coming to the country we love because MR will be here for ever.

  7. Christie Says:

    Sirisena is just a coolie of Chandrika, Chandrika is the puppet of Emperor of India like her father SWRD. All money coming from India pumped through Western countries. India wants to dominate the Indian ocean and the African continent. It wants a subservient Sri Lanka. It already got Mauritius. Who is coming as the Chief Election monitor from the Commonwealth, former president of Guyana Bharat Jagdio an Indian colonial parasite from Guyana. Who came as an election monitor in 2005? one Mr Cooke an Indian vermin from Australia most probably an agent of the Third Eye. Guyana got millions of dollars Indian money given by Norway during Bharat’s government. The money only helped Indians in Guyana like our CeyNor fishing aid given by Norway helped Tamils and Indian terrorist arm.

  8. PRIYAN WIJEYERATNE Says:

    Donald, fantastic article, although I do not understand because of my lack of English knowledge, I guess what you are trying to say is that My3 et al are living in a dream based on lies. Quite true.. Most of the Sinhala Budists professionals in Australia do believe R brothers are robing the Nation, which is not true. What MR must do to counter this is to run a credible campaign to inform the Nation where the capital expenditure has gone, not just one or two programs like RATUIRA OR 360 but a well organised campaign with solid evidence of cost and expenditure spent on major projects.

  9. Hiranthe Says:

    Ranjith,

    You are right.

    These ungrateful people, who became so called professionals with the help of the free education from the Motherland. If they turn their back on Mother Lanka, let them go to hell with the unholy alliance and MARU SIRA!!

    It was disturbing and frustrating… but as you said we should not think about such thankless few.

    Nothing can change MR’s win… Majority of our people are still intelligent and grateful and of course graceful!!

  10. Ancient Sinhalaya Says:

    Sinhalese have very short memories. So these robbery queen CBK, GB Ranil and maru sira are exploiting
    this weakness. So bandit queen is the one going to clean up the mess? Sinhalese can’t remember now
    how they were scared to go out of the house during GB Ranil and bandit queen era in case they succumbed
    to a terrorist bomb. Only thing those traitors are good at is talking!

    During alugose LK premadasa and alugosu thambi mudianselage JR Sinhalelse youth were brutally murdered
    and burned in tyres. There was no hesitation in killing Sinhalese youth. But couldn’t find the gun to stop terrorist
    LTTE. Now those polpots are saints! Only Sinhalese can do that. Now MR is the villain to them.

    Biggest losers in this election going to be the multiplying fast mossie rats. For the first time Tamils are
    going to join the Government and make the mossies insignificant! They have now realised by fighting
    the Government so far didn’t achieve anything and mossies used their votes to the maximum advantage to beat
    them to the third place. Once Tamils join the Government, mossies are going to be redundant! No more king makers.
    Just multiplying rats. It will put a stop to multiplying as well.

    MR has been badly backstabbed by the mossies and he doesn’t trust them any more. Mossies in the Government
    used their positions to rob Government land given to multiplying mossies. Before they overwhelm Tamils completely
    from north and east they should join the Government and stop the rot. Only way they can do this by join hands with MR.
    They can see how much development he has done in the north and east. Above all their children can study freely like before and become doctors, engineers etc without becoming cannon fodder for hitler prabakaran futile war. Only MR vicotry can achieve more and more for our country. Every patriot should back MR.

    World second fastest growing economy!
    One of the most favourite holiday destinations in the world!
    World’s most powerful man, the Chinese President, first ever overseas visit was Sri Lanka.
    First country on the planet to eradicate terrorism completely, most brutal terrorist organisation at that.
    First ever Asian leader to show the western leaders we aren’t ready to dance to their tunes. He showed
    obama, cameron, zarkosi, etc. they can’t rattle small countris like Sri Lanka. He put Sri Lanka on the world map
    Aren’t you proud of that?
    First one to introduce motorways, modernising cities and bring Sri Lanka’s living standards much better level.
    Cleaner streets in cities, some of them rivalling town centres in developed countries.

    There are more! Only complain they have is corruption. But alugosu UnPatriotic Party (UNP) has nothing to show.
    They have only talk. They are simply talkshops! Only thing they were good at was ready to divide the country at a
    drop of a hat and killing Sinhalese youth without any hesitation.

    JVP are the biggest jokers after maru sira in this pack.
    Maru sira enjoyed all the perks in the government. If he is a so principled man why waited so long to quit? It is only a last minute decision. May be GB Ranil fancied him?

    JVP took so many Sinhalese Buddhist youth to alugosu premadasa and alugosu jr with their stupid revolution. It never worked on this planet. Fools don’t understand it. Just look at Communist
    China and modern China. From sleeping giant world no 1. Now the jokers sharing platform with alugosu party UnPatriotic Party (UNP)! Aren’t you shaming those innocent youth who gave their lives for your stupid party?
    Finally you all think corruption buster is the bandit queen. If you aren’t backing MR, you can’t be called a patriot!

  11. Naram Says:

    Let me take you to more recent times, death of Ceasar at the hands of Brutus. Listen to this heart rending speech.

    http://www.loc.gov/jukebox/recordings/detail/id/2333

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