is calling the bluff and bluster post Kadirgamar?
Next to the famous Margaret Thatcher quote that "the terrorists
have to be lucky only once and we have to be lucky everyday'', another
lesser known quote resulted from commentaries on the long running
IRA insurgency aimed at the British government. This was that "when
a government fights terrorists, it does so with one hand tied behind
Sri Lankan government fights the LTTE with one hand tied behind
its back. Governments for instance never go out on a limb planting
bombs all over the place. Terrorists do that.
that the government has one hand tied behind its back, there are
forces in Sri Lanka that want to grab hold of the other free hand
and firmly tie that behind also. For example, as per the speculation
in column last week, the apologists immediately got on their saddle,
and made their representations on behalf of the LTTE. As predicted
Jayadeva Uyangoda wrote on Friday "They (LTTE) also saw it
as 'yet another instance' of the Sinhalese polity having demonstrated
its 'unwillingness to treat the Tamils as equals' and 'incapacity
to reform the state.' The above perceptions have also emerged in
a context of deep mistrust the LTTE has developed towards the present
UNPs' Rajitha Senaratne butted in, saying: "Kadirgamar himself,
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, Mangala Samaraweera, Sripathi
Sooriarachchi and the JVP should share the blame for the killing
as they were against the peace process which is the only way to
stop these killings''.
Kadirgamar victim of a divided south'' angled another headline.
Less said about that kind of pap the better. This headline put it
simply. The apologists say the LTTE did not kill Kadirgamar -- Kadirgamar
killed himself, he committed suicide.
the current British context for instance, there would have been
an excellent case for prosecuting Rajitha Senaratne for glorifying
and justifying terror. The British House of Commons hurriedly passed
such anti-terrorism laws soon after the 7/7 train bombings. But
in a democracy such as ours we do not do that kind of thing.
prefer to help the terrorists along, with at least some of our folks
providing the prop and the rationale for the perpetrators of the
grossest acts of human rights violations, such as the killing of
a senior Minister and the continuing recruitment of child soldiers.
government's first line of response to the Kadirgamar killing for
instance, was to blame a third party for the involvement. A change
of heart came only after an assessment of the public mood and media
analysis. Next to garrulous apologists came the aiding and abetting
committed suicide, to go by the IGP's version. He went into a house
that he had been asked to avoid. This adds the insult to already
grievous injury of the killing.
Fernando wants us to believe that he definitely told Kadirgamar
not to go to the Bullers lane residence, knowing fully well that
dead men do not tell tales. We cannot ascertain the truth of what
Fernando says from Kadirgamar. Fernando's excuse is grosser than
his omission in not being able to protect the nation's number one
even so, no heads rolled in the police department or the army.
Given that the government is in post PTOMS Nobel prize wannabe mode,
we are left wondering why the President had still not recommended
a promotion for the police chappies who failed to protect the Minister.
Saying that may sound rather ghoulish. The President after all braved
the security threat, and presented herself for the funeral, and
she wept copiously for the dead Kadirgarmar.
granted that the President grieved the demise.
But its her current mindset, her almost sub -conscious posture that
one, no cackling minister of government said for instance that the
absence of security is not the primary cause of the minister's death.
The current ceasefire agreement expressly forbids assassination
and suicide bombings. The relevant section states in para (1.2)
"Neither Party shall engage in any offensive military operation.
This requires the total cessation of all military action and includes,
but is not limited to, such acts as:
The firing of direct and indirect weapons, armed raids, ambushes,
assassinations, abductions, destruction of civilian or military
property, sabotage, suicide missions and activities by deep penetration
Kadirgarmar should have hence been able to get about his business
without a single bodyguard. The LTTE was sworn not to kill him -
- or to kill anybody for that matter.
nobody says this.
Our representatives being insularly protected by the waters of the
Diyawanna, are ever prepared to react after the event. D. E. W.
Gunasekera lamented in parliament this week saying "how can
the Tigers kill someone like Kadirgamar?"
is some light shed on that. This is a quote from my column on June
26th 2005, the Sunday after the PTOMS was signed. :
"When this writer asked an almost ten deep Ministerial press-conference
soon after the document was tabled in Parliament on Thursday why
the government did not seek any kind of safeguards that the Tigers
will NOT continue to bump off political opponents, Amunugama did
a G. L. Peiris. …… One of them (ministers) said that
the ceasefire agreement would ensure that the Tigers would be kept
on check, even as D.E.W. Gunasekera said that the Tigers have been
killing opponents under the ceasefire agreement. The words he didn't
say out loud were "so what (if they kill?)''
the event, I suppose D.E. W. Gunasekera is entitled to his feigned
surprise about Kadirgarmar, as much as I'm entitled to say "I
told you so.''
question then legitimately arises, on what other issues will the
government pretend to be surprised, after falling headlong into
traps painted by the non-governmental organizations and the international
community as 'opportunities'?
sounding out the Norwegians to get the LTTE to the table, the President
on the face of it offers the LTTE more than a survival kit's worth
of oxygen. The international community may be contradictory and
hypocritical in condemning the assassination and then calling on
the Sri Lankan government to sue for peace with the perpetrators
- - as all the statements from Condolezza Rice's to the Japanese
government's missive have done.
yet, these statements and others have noticed the whole world that
it's the LTTE that did it. The President's immediate call for talks
gives the LTTE the lifeline to get away with murder.
the message in asking for immediate talks? We are afraid of your
assassinations, please speak to us? But, will the government at
least lay down the line to the LTTE at the talks and say, any more
violations, and we are out of this process? We will not declare
war, but the ceasefire will be abrogated if this kind of behavior
continues?? Remember also that the LTTE is responsible for 97 percent
of the violations, as opposed to the army's 3 per cent, according
to SLMM statistics.
the Sri Lankan government have the steel in the backbone to say
this, at the table, or has Chandrika become Ranil's twin, and completely
succumbed to the machinations of the apologists NGOs and the international
more thing. The NGO apologists sound sanctimonious and religious
almost, when they say the Sri Lankan government is somehow either
obliquely or directly to share in the blame for the Kadirgamar assassination.The
NGO line is that the ceasefire has to be renegotiated. What's there
to renegotiate in a ceasefire that already bans assassinations??
The Sri Lankan government bona-fide trusted the Tigers, and the
Tigers bombed. That's both literally and as a figure of speech.
the circumstances, the government can only ask for a discussion
of the core issues with a simultaneous laying down of arms by the
Tigers, with perhaps the concession that a laying down of arms will
be accompanied by the Sri Lankan government delivering -- under
UN guarantee -- on whatever deal that's struck.
the Tigers are not biting. Already, Balasingham says we are only
talking about the ceasefire, not about peace. For want of space,
its difficult to analyze what the Sri Lankan state is getting into
this time, unless there is some miraculous turnaround and the state
is willing to call the Tiger bluff at the table and issue an ultimatum
saying "the ceasefire will be abrogated unless you Tigers behave