Secessionist forces opened several fronts in a bid to destroy this country they were military, economic, diplomatic, propaganda and political. With the emergence of Prabhakaran s ruthlessly efficient outfit as a dominant factor in their campaign, they chose to put all their eggs in his basket for want of a better alternative. Now that the LTTE has been decisively defeated on the military front and Prabhakaran is not around, separatists are concentrating on the other fronts to achieve their goal. However, they are convinced that ad hoc and harebrained methods like forming a cock and bull Eelam government in exile are not going to reach fruition so long as Sri Lanka remains capable of standing up to pressure from their moles in some western governments. Therefore, they and their foreign allies are all out to effect a regime change here and install a puppet government willing to compromise the country`s victory over terrorism and national security. But, their problem is that the Sri Lankan politicians they are banking on to achieve that end are not in a position to win even a Local Government election let alone grab the executive presidency or power in Parliament.
Anti-Sri Lankan forces have realised that trying to make empty sacks stand upright is an exercise in futility and the only way they can make their lame horses win in an electoral race is to cripple their capable rivals. This they are trying to achieve by causing a rift in the nationalist camp and a split in its vote or in other words, as it is said popularly in this country, they are using a pig`s back to chop its own flesh. They are looking for a person equal to the task, preferably a former military chief with a proven track record, to enter the presidential fray. Their strategy is clear they don`t want him to succeed in the race. All they need is for him to act like a political mercenary, convert the presidential election into a three-horse race, divide the nationalist vote and fail in the process so that their man would emerge victorious and place himself at their service.
Sinking pseudo nationalists with an anarcho-Marxist agenda looking for straws to clutch at, will readily back such a move for their own sake regardless of the consequences of their ill-conceived action. After all, they went so far as to try to scuttle two national budgets, fully aware that had they succeeded, the country would have been plunged into political chaos and the armed forces demoralised in the middle of a war.
The government does not seem to care to ward off the threat. It has removed the scourge of terrorism in an epic war but apparently does not know how to manage its spectacular military victory.
Regretfully, the government has left room for its critics who are shedding crocodile tears for the military which they once ridiculed, to accuse it of trifling with former service chiefs who were instrumental in steering the country to victory.
Service commanders in retirement who proved their mettle in battle and made selfless sacrifices to defeat terrorism are too precious to be reduced to secretaries to ordinary ministries, who, dwarfed by the political authority, are mere glorified chief clerks in reality. Such posts are best left to laymen who have been trained to handle public admin.
Appointing an ex-Navy Commander a ministry secretary has raised many an eyebrow as it is like converting a gunship into a passenger vessel. And appointing a former army chief to a ministry as its head would be like making an omnibus out of a battle tank!
Our concern is not about the failed military commanders of yore who enjoyed the perks of office, marked their time and retired leaving the war unfinished, but the capable men who delivered the country from the clutches of terrorism.
Similarly, it behoves ex-military bigwigs to be wary of the wiles of bankrupt political hyenas that, unable to hunt themselves, are trailing lions. If they make the mistake of becoming a cat`s paw at the hands of bankrupt crafty elements ready to compromise national security interests, to pull political chestnuts out of fire, the country will be the loser.