Sarath Fonseka* by Perambara.org
Read bits of Sarath’s first press conference. It’s OK. If he runs on cleaning up the government he may have a chance. I was ready to believe in him last week, but he went on about his house and security. On the latter issue, however, he has a point. The last military man to enter politics literally blew up. There is one scenario no one talks about (or can/should, really). I think Mahinda I would give Sarath all the security he asks for, and more.
Sri Lankan politics is very much reduced to survival of the fittest. People believe in Sarath not for his eloquence or ideas but because they think he’s tough enough to win, and survive. Whatever shit we talk about politicians, they really do put their lives on the line. Presidents, Prime Ministers, opposition candidates, all have been blown up, or had attempts against them. Mostly this was the LTTE, trying to reap Eelam out of chaos, but also the JVP and elements of the government. It’s a high risk job and you have to respect those that have the balls (or ball) for it.
Sarath is very much putting his life on the line by entering politics. He is also a national hero. God forbid, if anything happens to him there will be riots in the street. Hell, I would be in the streets. He has to be given the utmost security not because he is the opposition candidate, but because any tragedy would certainly topple this government. That is, it is in Mahinda’s self-interest to both give and appear to give full security to Sarath Fonseka. So give him everything he asks, and more. I suspect it’s a dick measuring contest (how many cars you have, how many riders, how many guns) but the stakes are way too high for this shit.
*SRI LANKA, Colombo, November 29 – Former Army Commander and the subsequent Chief of Defence Staff Lt Gen Saratth Fonseka today announced that he would be challenging President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the January 26, 2010 Presidential election. “Can I win? Yes, I can,” Fonseka told a media conference attended by over 100 media personnel. (Amantha Perera/Perambara)