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One of the most silly arguments from nationalists is that peace advocates are in it for the money. The real money is in war. Obviously. To quote this guy from the UN, “The total UN and NGO budget is about $8 billion,” McNamara said. “The global defense budget is at least $800 billion. It’s a non-equation. It’s no contest. The guys who provide the guns and make the wars are onto a winning streak. We need to redress that balance,” In Sri Lanka, the projected war budget is $1.48 billion dollars for 2008. I dunno what the NGO budget is, but it’s miniscule in comparison. The real people making money are the warmongers. And, with impeccable timing, Basil has declared a Rajapakse monopoly on arms dealing, just as the spending has boomed. So where will we get our arms? From Lanka Logistics of course, the company incorporated one day before the shady MiG deal. Who’s the head of that company? Gothabaya Rajapakse. The Rajapakses have started this war, set up a monopoly on arms deals and are now preparing to get (more) rich. That’s who’s making money here. It ain’t the NGOs and it ain’t the peaceniks. It’s this Pack of Rajas.
The news links are in the prior para, I don’t know how it can get more clear. Mahinda Rajapakse has abandoned the peace process and restarted our intractable war. Yes I know the LTTE is bad, no shit, but we had a peace process that could have been worked out with some diplomacy, courage and vision. And all the people of Sri Lanka would have been more prosperous and less dead in the process. Anyways, Mahinda restarted the war. Basil has told all the private arms dealers (no saints themselves) that this is now a family concern. Basil runs the arms dealership. Everybody gets their 10%, more even. Meanwhile, 5,500 Sri Lankans have been killed since December 2005, hundreds of thousands displaced, abductions in our capital, a terrorist proxy in the East and rampant inflation and corruption. Everything else I can take the war excuse for, but the rampant corruption, no. If we’re at war our public servants shouldn’t be making such ridiculous profits from it. Sometimes the servants take a little sugar or milk powder. That’s OK. But lighting the house on fire and selling us petrol? Please.
The Rajapakse family has a direct financial interest in the war. They profit from all of the arms deals. And our leaders have profited in the past, our expensive electoral system makes it almost a necessity. I expect our politicians to be corrupt, but I expect them to not ‘milk the goose’ and to at least try to hide the corruption. The Rajapakse family, however, has no shame at all. They’ll try to sell SLT, they’ll try to borrow from high interest capital markets, they’ll print money, anything for dollars, dollars, dollars. However, the most shameless canard is this latest set of moves. The same family that started the war and raised the defense budgets also has a monopoly on arms deals. Gentlemen, have you no shame?