Defeating Fonseka: The Final Blow for the LTTE
Posted on February 6th, 2010

By Dr. Stephen Long, Los Angeles, California

My last article about Sri Lanka was entitled, ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Is Sri Lanka Crazy Enough to Elect a Retired General as President?ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ YesterdayƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s election answered that question with a resounding ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-No!ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ It actually answered a number of questions with a resounding ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-No!ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ Here are a few of those questions:

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Is Sri Lanka willing to elect someone as President who was a convicted rapist, serial womanizer, and alleged wife beater?ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ ThatƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s what I like: a role model for the nationƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s youth.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Is Sri Lanka willing to elect someone as President who was a national hero last May, and became a traitor in November?ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ Another inspirational role model for the kids.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Is Sri Lanka willing to elect someone as President who was duped into being a puppet for the traitor Ranil, the next ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”Executive Prime Minister,ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ according to his statement during a recent interview on GTV, a Tamil network in EuropeƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢?ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ He thought no one was watching.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Is Sri Lanka willing to elect someone as President who, in his ignorance of geography, offered free land that doesnƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t exist for every newborn ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢¢”š¬…” forever?ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ Come on, General, do the math!

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Is Sri Lanka willing to elect someone as President who is so arrogant and fiscally-irresponsible (not to mention patronizing) that he would promise high raises for everyone in the country ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢¢”š¬…” in both private and public sectors?ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ Once again, General, do the math!

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Is Sri Lanka willing to elect someone as President who had a son-in-law who, under his aegis, illegally sold weapons to both the LTTE and the Army ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢¢”š¬…” and pocketed millions for the family coffers?ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ Do I hear the word ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-hypocrisyƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ anyone? Kinda makes me laugh ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢¢”š¬…” or hiccup ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢¢”š¬…” or is that ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-HicorpƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚?

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Is Sri Lanka willing to elect someone as President who tried to bribe MPƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s in order to gain their support?ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ This is so hypocritical it makes me want to roll around on the floor.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Is Sri Lanka willing to elect someone as President who threatened to put his own officers in jail because they came forward with embarrassing information against him?ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ Earth to General: read Dale Carnegie.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Is Sri Lanka willing to elect someone as President who lied when he said the Defence Secretary gave orders to kill LTTE cadres who waved the white flag?ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ Someone quickly get the fire extinguisher; the GeneralƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s pants are blazing!

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ This last question is the most critical: ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Is Sri Lanka willing to elect someone as President who, because of backroom promises, would leave the barn door wide open for the LTTE to re-group and start the terrorist war all over again?ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ There are many more questions like this ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢¢”š¬…” the list is a long one ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢¢”š¬…” to which the electorate wisely said ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-No!ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚

In a conversation I had this morning with my wise, analytical, and insightful friend, Ven. Maitepe Wimilasara, he said, ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-FonsekaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s defeat is the final end of the war with the LTTE. TheyƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢re finished for good.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ I have to agree with him. If Fonseka had won the election the horror would have begun again, and we wouldnƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t have President Rajapakse to defeat them. A resurgence of the LTTE would have been pure delight for the Diaspora supporters overseas, the Tamil Nadu political leadership, and the LTTE remnant still licking its wounds and hiding somewhere in Sri Lanka ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢¢”š¬…” just waiting for the right opportunity to pounce. Sorry Charlie; no more pouncing.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ Yes, I believe itƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s finally over, and weƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢re all grateful beyond measure.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ I offer my heart-felt congratulations to President Rajapakse for winning his re-election ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢¢”š¬…” just as I congratulated him for winning the war against the terrorists when I was in Sri Lanka last May. I know the President to be a good man who is just, fair, highly-intelligent, and sincere about his love for the people he is privileged to govern.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ By the way, I have a list of important questions for him, too. I hope he will answer ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Yes!ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ to all of them very soon, and not be offended by my asking.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Mr. President, are you willing to really put a stop to corruption in your administration ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢¢”š¬…” I mean really stop it?ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Mr. President, are you willing to give key Government positions to men and women who are truly qualified ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢¢”š¬…” and fire people you hired for purely political reasons, like the accountant in charge of the Central Bank, and the Mercedes-betting gangster at the Labor Ministry who is a constant source of embarrassment for you?ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Mr. President, are you going to arrest FonsekaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s son-in-law and see that he is tried for illicit weapons trading ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢¢”š¬…” and prove that Fonseka was behind the whole charade?ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Mr. President, are you willing to mend fences with the Western Powers by allowing appropriate investigations for alleged war crimes, and claims of abuses of power and interference with the media?ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ I admired you for sticking to your guns last May and insisting that the Western Powers mind their own business. ItƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s time now, though, to shake hands and work it out.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ Finally, ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Mr. President, are you willing to respond calmly and wisely the next time you are confronted by Fonseka and his misguided and mismatched political cronies?ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ I ask this question because they are not going to go away just because they lost an election. Ranil, for one, has had a taste for power and has proven that he will stop at nothing to get it back.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ In conclusion, I am confident that President Rajapakse will have ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Yes!ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ answers to all of these important questions, and that the next six years of his administration will bring peace, prosperity, and many tourists to your beautiful land. After all, nearly 60% of the electorate gave him this mandate with these expectations.

2 Responses to “Defeating Fonseka: The Final Blow for the LTTE”

  1. PRIYAN WIJEYERATNE Says:

    With utmost respect to you, Dr. Long, while I agree with everything you said, why do you want to fire Ajit Nivard Cabrall of the CB? Please answer.

  2. PRIYAN WIJEYERATNE Says:

    If you can not answer my question in next couple of days I would say something about you…… Please answer my question. My email: priyan@westbuilders.com.au

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