A Hindu kovil in Pettah
Yesterday the Sri Lankan police rounded up Tamils in Colombo and deported them to the North and East. Prima facie, this is wrong. It is wrong for a government to abuse its citizens so. Strategically, this is foolhardy. It runs directly contrary to the goal of a united Sri Lanka and reconciliation. Consecutive governments ahave asked us to sacrifice human rights, press freedom, freedom of speech, freedom of movement, and freedom in general for this struggle. This government has asked us to sacrifice while the corrupt Rajapakse family takes control of 75% of state funds and lines up even more cabinet ministers at the people’s trough. What they have never asked us to sacrifice is what we need to sacrifice. We need to sacrifice our pride, we need to sacrifice our mental laziness, and we need to take mindful steps towards peace and security. This government is corrupt, inept, and mindless. When the LTTE flies some WWII planes they fire every gun in the city and give away our airspace. When we fear bomb attacks on Colombo they just deport all the Tamils they can round up. It is foolish, it is morally wrong, and it does not help us win.
From the LBO report:
Armed police forced hundreds of ethnic minority Tamils out of the Sri Lankan capital Colombo Thursday as part of an effort to clear the city of feared Tamil Tiger cells, officials and witnesses said.
Police stormed Tamil-majority areas of the capital under the cover of darkness and forced guests at low-budget hostels to get into buses escorted by armed men, residents said.
One of the most damning abuses of the LTTE was their ethnic cleansing. Rounding up Muslims and giving them 24 hours to leave, etc. Now Sri Lanka is in the same boat. These people are Sri Lankan citizens. They were not charged with any crime. They were identified based on their race and forcibly deported. As if the North and East was, wait a minute, a different country. The reason Prabhakaran voted (via the force of boycott) for Mahinda is because he knew he would polarize the country in just this way. The reason Mahinda does it is because he’s incompetent at everything except accumulating feudal power – to the detriment of the entire nation. This is a man who covered up the investigation into his theft of Tsunami funds, for the love of mercy. This is a man who’s installed his brothers as Secretary of Defence and Minister of Ports and Aviation. The Sec Def has also completely lost control of Sri Lanka airspace to two fucking test planes, but he now stands to get the usual 10% from the Mig29s we’re buying to shoot down these dragonflies.
Mahinda controls the Ministry of Finance and any ministry with any money, and he’s using the largess to buy off politicians with Cabinet Position – a cabinet he has bloated to over 100. A cabinet that won’t fit in any conference room. He is gorging himself, printing money while the cost of living rises and the war rages on. There are numerous confirmed abductions in Colombo, and his solution has been to simply deport Tamils ‘to protect them’.
This man does not have the integrity, the intelligence or the competence to conduct this war. He cannot defend our airspace, he cannot defend our cities, and he asks us to sacrifice our freedom for nought. The real sacrifice is compassion. The real sacrifice is negotiation. The real sacrifice is taking the LTTE to the negotiating table and slowly, painstakingly wrestling them to the ground – all while defending your flanks from Sinhalese extremists. Mahinda has taken the easy path of war, but this is not the mindful path. It is the path of reaction – LTTE takes to the air, shoot all guns in the air; LTTE threatens Colombo, deport Tamils. It allows the LTTE to dictate policy, and that policy leads to division. Mahinda is a puppet of the LTTE, he is systematically silencing those who liased with the LTTE to help get him elected, and if there is a true ‘kotiya’ in this nation it is this corrupt incompetent, deporting our own people in the dead of the night, for ‘dollars more dollars’.
For all the hatred in the Daily News and more against journalists, NGOs, etc, it is Mahinda’s policies more than anything which are driving this country towards division. War is easy and war strengthens the LTTE. War and Mahinda is what the LTTE want. Peace is hard, and peace takes courage. That is the strength that this country requires, the strength to resist our first impulse and take mindful, strategic action. I only pray that this country finds that strength in time.