Campaign poster, the noose around our nation.
Mahinda Rajapakse started this phase of the war. I’m not really out on a limb here. Yes the LTTE are terrorists and have continually provoked us. However, Mahinda has never voiced any support for a negotiated settlement and he has actively pursued a military solution. Ranil and CBK to a lesser degree made compromises and pursued peace talks. Mahinda, from his Chinthana to his statements today, only gives it enough lip to look OK internationally. This war is his baby. During the election, Mahinda campaigned against the Cease Fire and for a southern solution. I’ve quoted the relevant portions of the Chinthana here and it’s pretty obvious where he stands. Mahinda said he wanted the unitary state to construct a solution and present it to the LTTE, no negotiations. Of course the LTTE wouldn’t go to peace talks under those terms, and if you read his Al Jazeera interview, Mahinda believes we have to defeat the LTTE militarily to even begin negotiations. Mahinda is against the peace process. This is his war.
Mahinda Was Against the Cease Fire and Negotiations Before
Read the Chinthana, this is his campaign position on the ethnic conflict:
The ceasefire agreement entered into by the UNF Government in much haste and in a short-sighted manner without consultations further complicated this problem… there are certain persons who are still advocating that we follow the same old path.
It is my intention to critically examine the merits and demerits of the steps taken so far to deal with this complex problem and consider a fresh approach.
No sooner I am elected to office, I shall commence extensive discussions with all political parties represented in Parliament, based upon the above stated fundamental concepts. At the same time, I shall start discussions with political parties that are not represented in Parliament. The discussions would also be extended to the Maha Sangha, leaders and priests of other religions, civil society organizations, and more particularly to the Tamil, Muslim and Sinhala organizations operating in the North and East.
[yadda yadda, meetings, I can’t copy direct from the PDF]
In developing such a consensus, the sovereignty of Sri Lanka, the territorial integrity, the unitary structure of the State, [yadda yadda] would be preserved.
In the course of the consultative process, I shall initiate direct talks with the LTTE. I also intend to meet their leader and other representatives for such discussions. At such talks, I shall present the consensus reached to the LTTE.
It’s not hard to read. Mahinda is abandoning the Peace Process (with the LTTE, yes I know it sucks) and is just going to ‘present’ them with a solution. That is not called negotiation, and he wasn’t forced into this position. Mahinda willfully abandoned the Cease-Fire, with the predictable result of Fire.
Mahinda Is For A Military Solution Now
So now we are embroiled in a war of his doing, by his total disregard for the CFA and negotiations. He still tries to give lip service to cover our ass internationally, but he is pursuing a military solution. Read his internally contradictory Al Jazeera interview. Incidentally, he sounds like a retard.
So you are saying that you think the Sri Lankan people would prefer a defeat of the LTTE first?
First. Opinion polls seem to suggest that peace is much more important to the Sri Lankan people. For the people, LTTE, peace – the people want peace that is the truth, without defeating the LTTE, without defeating the terrorism of the LTTE. There is no politics in this. There is a political side and terrorism here. This is a terrorist group. The people are aware that as long as a terrorist organization exists, that negotiations will not be successful. They are making use of the negotiations to strengthen themselves, to bring in arms. This is a historical fact, historically because the people have been battered. Today we have to be very careful.
So let me be clear on this: what youâ€™re saying is that there must first be military victory and then peace talks?
No. That is not what I hope for. Until the terrorists are weakened, they will not come for talks. As long as they think they are strong, they will try to break up the country. Today, what we hope is to fulfill the aspirations of the Tamil people.
What do you mean by weakened? At what point will you accept that the Tamil Tigers are weakened because itâ€™s now been almost a year of â€¦
Even under todayâ€™s circumstances. Clearly said, what the people expect. But what I expect is not that. I said that even today I am ready to negotiate, very clearly. My argument is that terrorism has to be got rid off. We cannot kneel down to that. I am not prepared to kneel down to their arms capability. But I am committed to ensuring the rights of the Tamil people. That I will achieve, somehow.
I apologise, I am not really following you.
He was elected with a promise of a fresh approach to the ethnic conflict, and that approach is war. This is Mahinda’s War. I’m sure you can find me numerous example of the LTTE being terrorists, that’s not hard to find. But Mahinda Rajapakse is the President of Sri Lanka. I refuse to accept that Sri Lanka should decide when to fight based on Prabhakaran’s timetable. Makes it so easy for him. He can chose the battles and Sri Lankans will blindly lemming off the cliff. Our President should make hard choices for peace on a Sri Lankan timetable, not the LTTEs. But Mahinda has never displayed any commitment to a negotiated settlement, and any fool knows where that leads. War.
So, for those who blame the LTTE and act like this current mess is somehow righteous, I challenge you to give me one example of Mahinda displaying a commitment to a negotiated peace. Mahinda is for the weakening and destruction of the LTTE and a southern solution to the problem, presented to the North. You can say that’s a good policy or not, but it is clear that Mahinda owns this phase of the war.