|Is this some kind of a bad joke? This book release is could mark the beginning of the end of the Family Rule. I thought Gothabaya Rajapakse is much smarter than this. Still, no word on how that Canadian Sri Lankan died under brutal circumstances in Kilinochchi after he attempted to claim his properties (which the Army took over and provided to Cargills on a lease). It is my understanding that not a stone can lifted in an area as tightly controlled as the Kilinochchi is, without the security personnel not knowing about it. Yet, no one behind this crime has been identified so far.
This week is going to prove pivotal for President Rajapakse. He cannot keep Sarath Fonseka in detention anymore. Regardless of what the President said in an interview to Hindu, the war-decorated General will have to be released. Mr. Fonseka reminds of Emperor Ashoka, who fought many battles, killed so many and conquered a vast territory. But, at the end of the day, he realized what all that violence and conquest had achieved. He turned to peace and promoted Buddhism as a Man of Peace. But the President's Brother, the Defense Secretary, turned to the Chinese for example, and became the most feared man in all of Sri Lanka.
If the excerpts from the book are correct, then, my premise for why at least some elements in India's power center wanted LTTE to exist (may not be in the form it assumed in 2002, but, in some form retaining at least limited strike capability) is also correct: it was the last remaining obstacle in the way of Chinese expansion into Sri Lanka. The President will soon have many headaches. After finishing off the LTTE, the President accepted huge loans and grants from China to undertake massive infrastructure projects, in particular the Hambantota Harbor project, which will benefit China more than any other entity in the world. He neglected the critical areas of reconciliation and mending fences with a section of the population in Sri Lanka who suffered the most from two decades of war. Instead, his brother went on to build one war memorial after another and ordered the army to bulldoze and destroy all the cemeteries, which the families of thousands of Tamil youths used to visit to mourn for their losses. What a great move toward reconciliation!
Edited By - yarlan - 15 May 2012 21:54:21 GMT