in Hakone, they were having a humdinger
Between the Japanese, Akashi
and what's his name, there were rows of Sri Lankans, some labelled
as LTTE and some labelled as GOSL. But the more the camera focused
on the picture, the more it began to look like Dr Livingstone and
his accomplice in the company of smiling brown men. Now, no racial
stereotyping here, lest we are reported to the Press Complaints
Commission on racial profiling.
that next to the serious looking Japanese, the lounge suited Sri
Lankans looked like they were anything but enemies. Balasingham
was smiling, few chinks in his teeth showing. G. L. Peris was smiling
no chinks showing in his teeth. Karuna wore a broad smile, Moragoda
wore a broader smile. All the while the Japanese were looking serious
in the chill wind.
We don't know,
but the Japanese were saying they had reason to be sombre. "Recovering
from one war, the Sri Lankan economy is running the danger of being
smothered by another war,'' they said. Then everybody was imploring
Mr George. W. Bush not to forget the Sri Lankans please, even as
he is looking towards blasting Iraq to Kingdom come in the new war.
science fiction scenario invented yet, is that the day extra terrestrials
attack the earth, earthlings will forget all their differences.
Maybe, G. L. Peiris and Balasingham are smiling, because they know
they are in one hell of a soup, and they are in it together. The
Japanese tell them that the only way that they can rebuild their
economy and their lives is if they make peace. Just when they are
on the way to doing that, and making peace almost carrying that
peace flame underwater, they are being told - 'oh faecal matter,
oh faecal matter, there is another war -- so you can't get lucky
Will G. L.
Peiris remember all this when he retires (he will be there long
after the Martians invade Earth….) and write a book titled
"We don't make peace, it is something that happens to us.''
Or will he still be saying 'the peace process will continue despite
all internal and external obstacles even though the portends are
clear etc etc'' in the now well known GLspeak?
If say Tarzie
Vittachi was alive today and would put his mind to it, or even say
that Indian political thriller writer Kuldip Nayar was to put his
mind to it, what would they title their books? "Peace in Lanka:
who did what to whom?'' Even though it has slightly Website connotations
(I am talking of websites a la Blonde Broads and More Blonde Broads
etc.,) 'Peace: who did what to whom" is a purely non pornographic
metaphor for the dynamics of the Sri Lankan peace process in its
latest stage in Hakone.
those who do not have much initiation to these things will claim
quite unkindly that the peace is something that the Japanese are
doing to us. The Japanese will say that is very unkind - see - because
according to them "peace is something that the Americans are
doing to you people.''
They did not
say that? Well not in so many words, maybe, but didn't Akashi say
' Americans must not forget Sri Lanka now that there is a war on
Iraq,'' and that the 'Sri Lankan economy will now be affected by
another war, even as it is coming out of one war.'' Sihala Urumaya
will at this point say that peace is something that the Norwegians
the Americans and the Japanese together are doing to us --but you
have to ask them that……