Ye shall hear of candidates and rumurs of candidates: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. (Bible, indi.ca edit)
I don’t know what’s going on. General Sarath Fonseka may be running for President, or at least he’s playing footsie with the opposition under the table. There are rumours of strikes that aren’t strikes, and reports that the military will take over power, water and ports if necessary. In between the troops are kept busy with fireworks and parades.
We’ve got this big military and no war. We’ve got these war heroes and only so much political oxygen. We’ve got a media so restricted against external threats that we have no idea what’s going on inside our own country. At this point I just find it amusing. If I looked closer I suppose it might be terrifying. But I can’t.
What I can guess is that Sarath is considering a run. Otherwise I don’t think he’d let these stories go so far as the UNF (pooled opposition, equivalent to a damp squib) endorsing him as their candidate. I don’t know why he would want such a terrible fate.
Beyond that the man is a cipher. People project various things onto him including, strangely, that he’s a closet liberal. I’m pretty sure he’s not. Dude is hardcore and I suspect he remains so. However, he makes very little public pronouncements.
The UNP traditionally includes minorities (though the riots were under a UNP government). They would now give northern Tamils the choice between the guy who bombed them and they guy who ordered the bombing. But stranger things have happened.
Of course, none of this may happen. Perhaps Sarath is just angling for a better position at the Sports Ministry. It is an awful lot of fireworks over Colombo, though, now that the artillery has nowhere to fall.