Former Gen. Fonseka Was Termed Unreliable And Irresponsible By His Critics And Now He Proves It Beyond A Doubt!May 26th, 2012
In Retrospect By Sarath Kumara
May 26th 2012
Days after his release from prison which was a magnanimous act by the President of Sri Lanka, former commander of the Armed Forces, General Sarath Fonseka has taken the liberty to dabble in foreign policy matters which only the President is privy to where he seems to have opened a whole new can of worms against his name and intentions towards the well being of Sri Lanka somewhat injudiciously. This at a time when he preaches patriotism and his good intentions towards Sri Lanka which now have a hollow ring to them where many ask the question “can the man be trusted and is it any wonder the Administration has viewed him with skepticism all along?
Rather than lie low prudently, view and gague his surroundings towards a sense of self preservation in thankfulness that he is now a free man, he goes about shooting his mouth in an officious as well as contentious manner as though it is his bounden duty to get mixed up in a political scenario to which he has neither the entitlement nor liberty and a poor showing in the face of all the circumstances which led to his incarceration in the first place which now seems to have been a necessary evil !
His statement, which was lapped up by the media where most of the news in Sri Lanka during the past few day has been about the Former General, seems to have irked the wrath of many who are perplexed that the man has chosen to be high handed verbally without any justification for it nor any firm ground to stand upon in view of his rather shaky circumstances despite his release where his actions merely lend sufficient cause for his critics who deemed him unreliable and irresponsible, so much so that it now prompts them to state their case towards justification and demand that he be either taken to task or rehabilitated!
Fonseka is purported to have made a statement to a Tamil Daily that “ the Sri Lanka Army is interfering in the civil administration in the North and Army camps and should be dismantled from the Northern province.”
Officially Gen Fonseka’s latest rhetoric has also been responded to strongly by cabinet Minister Keheliya Rambukwela who has just returned from Australia from medical treatment where he has said unequivocally at a press conference that “If anyone tries to take undue advantage of a pardon granted to him it will a be a very lowly and unbecoming act on his part. The time has now come for all to unite and work together as Sri Lankans and making such a statement to the international media can never be condoned.” He was responding to journalists at a recent press conference and his first press briefing since his return from Australia following treatment for a leg injury” as quoted from a press release.
The Ministerial response to Fonseka’s statement to a local Tamil daily, accuses him of trying to create unnecessary problems in the North when all communities are living in peace after the end of the conflict. It also entailed the all important reality that terrorism was wiped out from the country due to President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s dynamic leadership and very negative on his part if he Sarath Fonseka has made such a statement to the international media.
It brings to bear an all important issue that although Sri Lanka achieved freedom in overwhelming terrorism and countering the insurgent conflict succesfully it has not really acheived freedom from her international critics who are egged on by the Tamil Diaspora taking up the cause of the LTTE rump as described by some analysts and the bold statements Fonseka has been irresponsible enough to make at the present time in the present political climate will only induce foreign countries to intervene in Sri Lanka’s domestic matters as they attempted to do at the UNHRC summit at Geneva and will continue to do so.
Minister Rambukwella has also pointed out that he believed Australia supported the US sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka at the UNHRC sessions in Geneva because it had no proper awareness about conditions in Sri Lanka. where Australia has changed its stand after getting to know the truth.
Very appropriately he has also pointed out that Sarath Fonseka is neither the Defence Minister nor Defence Secretary to recommend the removal of Security Forces camps in the North where The Government has no need to implement a proposal made by such a person who in reality disentitled himself to any official status he might have had in the early aftermath of the end of the Insurgent conflict by throwing in his lot with the adversaries of the Government in a failed bid to grab power.
It also need to be emphasized that Gen.Sarath Fonseka’s statement could easily affect the present tranquility in the North and East of Sri Lanka which will hopefully be long standing and enduring, where he thinks that foreign intervention is required to settle internal matters in the country. In the opinion of Minister Rambukwella however, it is irresponsible and uncalled for and becomes plainly visible that the overall intent of the Former General has always been to secure a means to regain power in Sri Lanka for his opposition allies despite having failed in his previous attempt unless he has a means to counter this accusation!
However the question even hypothetically being , “is he equipped for and equitable to the task to initiate any better changes in Sri Lanka that the present administration already has not, beyond rhetoric and metaphors?
A matter for conjecture perhaps and none other!