UK appoints military officer as Governor of Australia
The Queen of England, Queen Elizabeth 11 has made her choice. She has
picked General Peter Cosgrove as the Governor General of Australia.
Peter Cosgrove is incidentally a former defence forces chief. Though the
appointment was officially endorsed by the Queen the appointment in fact
was made by David Cameron's Conservative Party. Was it not David Cameron
who found it unpalatable that Sri Lanka had chosen a retired military
officer to be the Governor of Sri Lanka's Northern Province and
continues to send diatribe from the UK that military personnel should
not be Sri Lanka's Governor? Our question is if it is ok for UK to
appoint a military Governor why can't Sri Lanka.
The only interpretation we can take from this is nothing other than
racism where UK feels it is ok for them to appoint a military official
but Sri Lanka cannot.
Unlike Sri Lanka which is a sovereign nation, Australia is a
constitutional monarchy with the Queen as Sovereign.
The appointment of a Governor General for Australia by the UK is a
customary one. In this instance the UK has appointed a retired general
who was Australia's defence chief in 2005 and commanded the
International Peace Keeping force in East Timor and had also been a
platoon commander in Vietnam.
Maj. Gen. (Rtd) Chandrasiri was appointed as Governor Northern
Province in 2010 by the Government of Sri Lanka. There is no person who
knows the terrain of North Sri Lanka than General Chandrasiri and if the
Queen can describe Cosgrove as one who had 'dedicated his life to
serving and supporting the Australian community' why can't Sri Lanka say
the same thing about General Chandrasiri. If Tony Abbot can declare that
Cosgrove 'throughout his life he has demonstrated a commitment to our
country and a commitment to service. He has given service of the very
highest order to our country' why is it unpalatable when Sri Lanka
praises General Chandrasiri with similar sentiments?
The racism shown against General Chandrasiri by UK and the West is
totally uncalled for. Such type of racist sentiments need to stop. It is
totally unfair and uncalled for and the public of Sri Lanka denounces
the manner in which there is a surge in racism by Western governments of
late and shows that the West needs to realize that we no longer live in
colonial times when nations can be treated as slaves and they as slave
There is a growing necessity to link the behaviour of Western nations
with an inclination to view the rest of the world on racist terms no
different to how they treated nations not so long ago and we are
wondering whether the current spate of incursions followed by illegal
occupation of sovereign lands is aligned to a larger plan to recreate
the colonial agenda. If so, nations of the Third World need to now close
As for General Chandrasiri, the Governor of the Northern Province, it
is upto the GOSL to ensure that no foreign government or NGOs & Human
Rights Activists on payroll and sponsored by foreign nations can
question or ridicule him. The public of Sri Lanka place a lot of faith
in General Chandrasiri and regard him with respect.
What needs to be said is that if UK can appoint a General as Governor
so could Sri Lanka.