Political fantasies and strange
Democratic Party leader, Sarath
Fonseka has put his foot in his mouth again by giving a character
certificate to the late LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran.
Fonseka has done so in his lust for power to woo the support of Tiger
sympathisers at the forthcoming Western and Southern Provincial Council
elections. Fonseka is acutely aware that there is a significant Tamil
vote base in Colombo and feels he could exploit it by glorifying a
megalomaniac terrorist leader such as Prabhakaran compared to an
illustrious leader who had saved the lives of 21 million Sri Lankans.
This colossal blunder would teach him another unforgettable lesson at
the forthcoming Provincial Council elections for trying to glorify a
terrorist leader who had inflicted untold misery on the nation for
nearly three decades.
On the other hand, this is an affront to the valiant soldiers whom he
commanded during the country's relentless battle against terrorism. In
making such an abominable statement to fit in with his political agenda,
Fonseka has no doubt played into the gallery and into the hands of the
LTTE rump at the expense of the true sons of our soil who had sacrificed
their life and limb to liberate the country from the scourge of LTTE
One is baffled as to how a man who had commanded the Army in the
battle against LTTE terror could descend to such a low ebb to eulogise a
terrorist leader who had not only mercilessly killed thousands of
civilians, but also his own cadres. However, this is not something
unusual as the masses know Fonseka's true colours.
Even during the height of the battle against terrorism, Fonseka made
every effort to take full credit for crushing the LTTE, thereby
undermining the contribution of the Air Force and the Navy. It is true
that the Army played a pivotal role, but Fonseka always projected that
it was chiefly his troops which were solely responsible in eradicating
Fonseka always projected himself as a super commander, ignoring the
significant role played by the Air Force and the Navy. Had it not been
for the Navy's operations to block the LTTE's supply routes and the air
cover by the Air Force, the Army led by Fonseka would never have
achieved those remarkable feats. Fonseka often denigrated the other
service commanders and showed that this was a singular honour for him.
To cap it all, he even went to the extent of challenging the
unmatched political leadership of President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the
right military strategies of Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa. After
the LTTE's defeat in May 2009, Fonseka fantacised that he was the end
all and be all and could challenge anybody and everybody. This was his
waterloo and he marched from hero to zero.
The masses still recall Fonseka's sweeping statements during his
unsuccessful bid at the Presidential election in January 2010. Backed by
certain Western elements and Tiger sympathisers, Fonseka made an ass of
himself during the election campaign.
He was perhaps under a delusion that the respect the masses had for
him as a war hero could be transformed into political power. While
respecting him for his role in commanding the Army, the masses taught
him in no uncertain terms that commanding an army and giving political
leadership to the nation were poles apart.
Politicians should first and foremost love their country and its
people. If hatred is embedded in the hearts of politicos and acted upon,
the people would no doubt respond likewise.
Fonseka should have at least, learnt a lesson by now, from his 2010
election debacle. He descended to the level of traitor by displaying
defamatory politics to the nation.
It is abundantly clear that Fonseka is immature and politically
blind. The very man who had claimed that he would get Prabhakaran to
wash his toilets, if captured alive, is now only too willing to wash
even Prabhakaran's toilets, if any. Else, he would never have compared
Prabhakaran with a leader in whom the masses have reposed implicit
The Democratic Party leader seems to have gone berserk to capture
power at any cost, even at Provincial Council level. Else, Fonseka would
never have made such a ridiculous statement that the country was now
being ruled by a person who is viler than Prabhakaran himself.
Prabhakaran was notorious as a brutal terrorist leader who did not
care two hoots for children and parents and massacred Sinhala, Tamil and
Muslim civilians. In perusing the LTTE leader's notorious track record,
no person in his or her right senses could shamelessly declare that
Prabhakaran cared for children.
It is an open secret that Fonseka's son-in-law, a wanted suspect, is
flouting the law. He is not the innocuous person that Fonseka makes him
out to be to woo public sympathy. Perhaps, Fonseka is expecting a
presidential pardon for his son-in-law.
With the prime objective of securing a few seats in the Western and
Southern Provincial Councils, Fonseka has embarked on a mud-slinging
political campaign where he is even attempting to give a human face to
Prabhakaran who had butchered tens of thousands of innocent children.
At a time when some Western nations are plotting to take Sri Lanka to
task at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) sessions,
Fonseka's outburst is well-timed to boost the morale of the LTTE rump.
At a crucial time when every Sri Lankan should unite to protect the
country from the extraneous forces, Fonseka has played into the hands of
Sri Lanka's enemies.
Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga has joined the
fray by saying that there are religious conflicts in the country, sans
peace. What is her motive in making such a wily statement this time
The controversial statements by Fonseka and Kumaratunga could by no
means be dismissed as mere political rhetoric. They are tendentious and
are crystal clear.
Several religious leaders have vehemently rejected these statements
in toto and added that these statements are being made targeting the
forthcoming UNHRC sessions in Geneva.
The Chairman of the Dharmarakshi Foundation, Ven Galagama
Dharmarakshi Thera quite rightly said that several anti-national forces
are at work in a conspiracy to betray the country and its Security
Forces who had defeated terrorism by paying the supreme sacrifice. It is
deplorable that the former Army Commander has now become a pawn in the
hands of international conspirators.
The Co-Chairman of the Inter religious organisation for national
unity Rev Fr. Sarath Hettiarachchi has also pointed out that certain
elements are targeting the UNHRC sessions by projecting a dismal picture
- that there is no religious freedom in the country.
People in all parts of the country now live in perfect peace and
harmony. The end of terrorism has given a new lease of life to one and
all to live without fear, suspicion or intimidation.
The masses will not be swayed by the wild allegations of people such
as Fonseka and Kumaratunga who are now languishing in the political
wilderness. It is indelibly etched in everyone's memory how Kumaratunga
ran the country for 11 long years sans any development, but with
thousands of soldiers perishing as if it was nobody's business.
As far as Fonseka is concerned, this would be yet another political
fantasy, inasmuch as his 40-day dream of becoming the Head of State was
painfully shattered. Only time will tell.