An unrelated sign, JVP I think, in Colombo. Something about the past
Being a government minister’s like being a rap star. Cars, guns, parties and the ever looming threat of death. Jeyaraj Fernadopulle was killed by a public attack at a marathon. He was a bit of a douchebag, but he deserved to be voted out, not to die. Nobody deserves to die. The LTTE, paradoxically, cannot ‘liberate’ anyone anymore, they just aggravate the situation. In response to the burdens on the Tamil people they can only make violent, childish attacks – violence which just begets more violence. Their response to suffering is to just spin the wheel faster, begetting more suffering on all people of this island. They’ve been running a marathon of nihilistic self-destruction since the 1980s, and this bomb is just another one. This is the second government MP they’ve killed this year, I think the opposition has also lost a few.
Just off the top of my head, I remember an MP got killed on New Years day, then another bombed somewhere round the airport road, then Mangala’s buddy hit a tree, etc, etc. According to Al Jazeera 3 of 22 TNA MPs (the elected party associated with LTTE) have been killed since 2005. This probably by the government or associated paramilitaries. So, MPs are insecure.
This corrupts our government in that security in that MPs lives are literally on the line, and security is used as a bargaining tool by the government. The Attorney General recently moved to cut back Rauf Hakeem’s security when he decided to contest the Provincial Councils. I’m pretty sure Maheswaran’s security had been cut just before he was gunned down in Kovil. Mano Ganesan, an outspoken Tamil human rights MP, had to leave the country because of security threats. So, the government now can offer more than just perks, it can offer to protect your life.
And the LTTE, of course, doesn’t help. Being purely nihilistic, they seem determined to keep going till every Tamil gets that Eelam in the sky. Rock and a hard place, innit?