Fonseka posters from the campaign wars in Ampara by Perambara*
Beyond the ‘who said it’ drama is a ‘whodunnit’. What Sarath said was that Gotabaya ordered surrendering LTTErs killed. The government is spinning this politically as if Fonseka is a traitor. They are all discussing what was said, but not what happened. There were a bunch of dead people in the lagoon. The real murder mystery is who ordered the hit, and who’s trying to pin what on whom.
For a while I thought Fonseka was plain vindictive and dumb. Amidst all the controversy that’s kinda what it looked like. He hates Gota and he got exploited by the Leader. Indeed, it looked like Fonseka was getting hammered like a noob. But things are not always what they seem.
Beneath all the who said what is an actual event. LTTE leaders were killed, reportedly while they were trying to surrender. Jeyaraj was looking into it and he says they were killed by Army Special Forces while they were trying to surrender to the 58th Division.
This brings up the possibility that Fonseka had them killed and is trying to pin this on Gota. Which would be insanely winding and cunning, but who knows what happened those last days in the lagoon.
Either way, horrible press aside, Fonseka seems to have made some gains here. A lot of people think he’s a dumb-ass, but he’s also been well-received among Tamil voters in the north and gotten the support of the Tamil National Alliance (formerly a LTTE proxy). He may, in this cloud of smoke, have somehow inoculated himself against war crimes and pinned some more poop on Gotabaya.
Of course, it’s all very confusing, probably purposefully so, much like the prior drama with Fonseka and the US State Department. For all I know it was Colonel Mustard in the drawing room with the candlestick.
*SRI LANKA, Ampara, January 5, 2010 – Tension erupted in Ampara over the removal of posters and banners supporting President Mahinda Rajapaksa overnight by supporters of Gen Sarath Fonseka. Fonseka was expected to address a rally in the town later this afternoon. Riot police was called in as a precaution, but clashes were reported in the morning. (Chandana Liynaarachchi/Perambara)