And the war is right. I guess I’d honestly be happy if Mahinda ended the war. I’m not sure about the ‘by whatever means necessary’ part as it is entirely unethical, but maybe that’s what’s, errr, necessary. This is just a thought exercise, and it’s an argument I hear from a lot of reasonable people. Mahinda Rajapakse was elected on a mandate to thrash the LTTE, and he’s doing it. He’s also controlling the perception of reality, so it’s hard to tell, but most sources say the LTTE is losing and getting on boats and fleeing the fuck away (Jeyaraj). Which is to say, perhaps we’re close to ending this war. And perhaps Mahinda was the man to do it. Which is a bit of a skull-fuck, cause I don’t like him.
I mean, Premadasa was killing people something special in the streets. Everyone I know from that period remembers seeing dead bodies. Burning on the street, floating in the rivers and canals. Everyone I know that was around literally remember dead bodies in the street. My friend was picked up for just looking JVP (that Sinhala insurrection) and beaten within an inch of his life by the cops. He still can’t wear proper shoes cause his feet are fucked up. However, and I hesitate using such a casual transition from something something horrible, but, however, the JVP was a Khmer Rouge style insurrection and it would have totally, tragically sucked if they took over the country. And they were crushed, underfoot. Along with a lot of innocent people. And most Sri Lankans, I think, were happy with that. They took that deal.
So do we take this one? I guess it comes down to a deal. Is the LTTE and terrorism such a dire threat that you’re willing to throw innocent lives, major democratic institutions, a shitload of money and basic ethics and morality out of the window? At this point I honestly don’t know.