Dividing line of North Lanka and Iraq is the oil
“Thaaththa”, Bindu Udagedera said, “we must be
a very lucky country…”
you say that?” Bindu’s father, Percy asked.
thaaththa, while the rest of the world is pre-occupied with war,
we are having peace talks…”
don’t forget, Bindu,” Percy recalled, “we too
nearly went back to war…”
that is why it is all the more creditable…” Bindu said.
do you say that?”
thaaththa, it shows that we are genuinely interested in peace and
a settlement through negotiations …”
that is not the New World Order…” Percy said.
do you mean by that?” Bindu wanted to know.
latest way of dealing with conflicts is to bomb the other party
“Why is that, thaaththa?”
official reason is that they have wasted too much time talking and
need what they call a ‘speedy resolution’…”
what Mr. Bush is saying?”
Percy said, “and he also accuses Saddam of inflicting so many
hardships on the Iraqi people and being an unjust dictator…”
does he mean by that?”
so upset that he wants to end these hardships as soon as possible
by bombing Iraq…”
thaaththa,” Bindu argued, "wouldn’t he be killing
the very people he wants to save?”
Percy said, “he thinks they are better off dead…
thaaththa, I just had an idea…” Bindu said.
the situation in the North quite like what Mr. Bush claims happened
do you mean by that?” Percy wanted to know.
it is being controlled by a dictator…”
agree with that…”
are many hardships being imposed on the people there…”
else is it similar?” Percy queried.
thaaththa, haven’t we wasted too much time talking?”
what are you suggesting?”
shouldn’t Mr. Bush want to liberate the North too by waging
war to liberate the people there?” Bindu argued.
an important difference, Bindu…” Percy cautioned.
Bindu, there are no oil wells in the North to gain control of…”
what will happen to us now?” Bindu wanted to know.
go from country to country and participate in rounds and rounds
of peace talks…” Percy said.
thaaththa, isn’t that better than waging war?”
it is,” Percy conceded, “especially for the negotiators
on both sides who are having an all expenses paid round-the-world
is a small price to pay for peace…”
Bindu,” Percy said, “these peace talks are quite like
the performances of our cricket team in this World Cup…”
do you mean by that?”
on the brink of disaster but then somehow we make it to the next
is not a very good comparison is it, thaaththa?” Bindu asked.
do you say that”
Bindu said, “finally when it matters most, we have an excellent
chance of making it but then let it go in a rather silly way…”
Bindu pointed out.
what’s more,” Percy said, “as a result, India
may be the ultimate winner..”
argue with that.