Some Compelling Thoughts at Our Hour of Desperation
By Mike Opatha
The blood was in fact dripping out of the bus entrance steps! In keeping with the masterpiece of duplicity that Ranil exhibited during the election time (i.e. whereby he denied of any secret pact with the TTT just so he did not turn off the Sinhala populace), he first promised the leading Buddhist clergy that the ban would continue and then employed a series of cheap stunts, including crafty word-plays (such as the temporary ban term) to renege on that promise.
All common sense dictated that the (endless) concessions afforded to the TTT since the so called MOU, and the ban on it as a terrorist organization, should have been dealt with only when the TTT had agreed to disarm and renounce the claim for their mythical eeelam separate state. Admittedly, if Ranil felt the need to compromise (especially at the behest of our new found colonial masters Norwegians - who were initially invited to partake in this sordid process and hero worshipped by the former PA regime as white knights on white horses despite their well known sympathies for the TTT) he should have waited until substantive progress had been made at the so called peace talks with the TTT. No, he had to do it his way the way that has virtually underwritten Sri Lankas doom!
As I have said before, the TTT are sitting down in Thailand to finalize details around their separate state eelam. Ranil is sitting down to talk issues. What issues? TTT have said that they are not willing to talk seriously about his issues but that they are coming to discuss the interim administration next steps such as de-militarization and normalcy which are essentially the demands for removal of all security forces camps. The so called core-issues that Ranil intends to discuss are entirely in his imagination. Although not rocket science, Ranil has not yet grasped the fact that the TTT have vowed to never settle for anything less than a total separate state.
TTT have repeatedly said this at every opportunity that they were given. Therefore, Ranil is akin to the poor wimpy-hen that is wandering into the foxhole to convince the fox not to devour it. The fox cajoled the hen to come in so that it can negotiate on how/when to devour the hen, but not to questions the validity of the devouring act per se. Already the TTT are running their own forms of policing (in realty, terrorizing the citizenry to wipe out dissent), tax collecting (euphemism for extorting and kidnapping for ransom), banking (really to organize finances for future terror campaigns) and a courts system (so that all dissidents can be summarily executed) in the Northern and Eastern provinces. Ranils regime has kept this fact a secret from the average Sri Lankan through rigid media control. Shame! Shame!
This is not a time to entertain petty partisan differences, especially on account of personal sentiments. Sri Lanka, after 2500 years of proud history, is once again at cross roads whereby the wrong turn will surely lead to her demise. Tylvin and the JVP, I urge you to form all possible alliances with like minded persons from the PA, SU, MEP and others to come together as a strong joint force a force to be reckoned with, a force against our cultural and national slaughter. At this hour of despair, you are the only hope. Bless you! Bravo!
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