Patriotism is much more than doing what the Moronachy tells us to
So, I was talking to Prabhakaran on Facebook and he was like ‘Dude, say something about Thoppigala, I’ll wire you cash through that NGO’. So here I am, sitting in a hotel room in Pondicherry, typing out this post. Mahinda has asked us to express ‘Patriotic Joy‘ today. I think the true patriotism isn’t blocking traffic and spending millions on pomp and pageantry. Mahinda can have his ‘Mission Accomplished’ parade. What I want is peace in my lifetime so I can write about more interesting stuff than politics. Unless you’ve been reading the Daily News you might have noticed that the war isn’t over. Recently the Eastern Province Chief Secretary (Abeyweera) was shot dead in Trinco and four STF were reportedly killed in Vavuniya. Prabhakaran is still alive, Karuna is still operating, and we haven’t shot down a single LTTE plane. This war is not over, and now is not the time to party. The mission is not accomplished, and real patriotism is to point out that our pompous emperor has no clothes.
Meaning Of Thoppigala
Many brave Sri Lankan men have shit in the woods, slept in the jungle, sweated in the heat, left their families and given their bodies and lives to take this hill. Their sacrifice and duty is worthwhile and should be honored. Their political leadership, however, is corrupt and incompetent. Mahinda is spending millions to promote himself, not the soldiers. Why not give that money to the children of the dead? To their wives and families? Why not use that money to provide a national ‘dhane’ for all those living in refugee camps – over 600,000, 300,000 since April of last year ‘left over’ from the prior war and tsunami.
No, instead Mahinda is having a big ‘Mission Accomplished’ party, snarling traffic in Colombo and shutting down government offices and schools for the day. Clap. Clap. The day we capture Prabhakaran I say we have a party. Until then, there’s a lot more work to do.