Army Commander Lt. General Sarath Fonseka has said that politicians who are building negative attitudes belittling the contributions of the war heroes, are an insult to the entire nation.
Opposition Leader Ranil Wickramasinghe had queried as to what was significant about the capture of Thoppigala. He had said that it had been captured on many occasions and was only a jungle. Parliamentarian Mangala Saramaweera claimed that despite what was said by the ITN and Rupavahini TV Channels and the Dinamina, Silumina and Observer newspapers, the war was being dragged after 30 years and a colossal amount was being expended on the illusion that is called war.
The Army Commander opined if hundreds of thousands of security personnel were employed elsewhere, the Government still would have had to pay their salaries and provide them with food. The Army needs to buy weapons to eliminate the terrorists. It is foolish to make such calculations. It is a picture created by a fool who cannot understand the reality. There are certain armies in the world that have not fought for even 10 years and not killed a single terrorist. Armies do not earn any income. It is improper for a politician or an intellectual to make misleading statements due to their fluency in English. Results of the achievements should be taken into consideration. The Army Commander added that the statements had been made considering the public as fools.