Traitors will learn a bitter lesson
The forthcoming Presidential
election is not merely a prestige battle to elect the Head of State for
the next six years but a poll that would decide on the country's
It is patently clear that the Presidential election 2015 has turned
out to be a battle between patriots and traitors, similar to the last
Presidential election in 2010. There were traitors in the patriots' camp
some time ago as well.
Even the Opposition's so-called common candidate Maithripala Sirisena
was with the Government till the President signed the proclamation for
an early election. To cap it all, Maithripala even partook of milk rice
with President Mahinda Rajapaksa on his leader's 69th birthday and,
moreover, carried the relics for the pirith ceremony to mark the ninth
anniversary of the President first assuming office.
Regrettably, he has now turned traitor in his lust for power.
Die-hard SLFP supporters said that Maithripala's betrayal was similar to
that of Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ.
Judas kissed and betrayed Jesus for thirty pieces of silver. Ever since,
a traitor is called Judas.
Although there are conflicting views of Judas' death, it is believed
that he eventually hanged himself out of remorse following his betrayal
of Jesus Christ. Maithripala too will suffer the same fate as Judas
after his imminent defeat at the January 8 elections.
It is evident that disgruntled Opposition politicians have become
puppets of Western forces with vested interests, LTTE poltergeists and
the Tiger Diaspora. They have teamed up with some Western forces to get
rid of an administration which does not dance the fandango round them.
Certain Western countries, which attempted to resuscitate the
moribund LTTE till the end of the Security Forces' battle against
terrorism, are now making every effort to install a puppet leader, who
would do anything to appease the West.
The 2015 Presidential election has turned out to be a two-cornered
tussle between those who sincerely love their motherland and those who
don't. Perhaps, both camps may have a similar look at first glance as
they had been together for many years. Maithripala who was in the
patriots' camp turned traitor and swallowed the bait of former President
Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, parliamentarian Mangala Samaraweera
and Opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe. The trio ganged up with some
Western missions in Colombo which had even provided satellite phones to
keep their dealings a closely guarded secret.
This trio is well-known for their unflinching loyalty to the West and
betraying the Security Forces. Ex-President Kumaratunga halted military
operations at decisive stages after tens of thousands of soldiers were
killed. She turned a Nelsonian eye when the Tigers overran military
camps in the North in rapid succession.
When Wickremesinghe was the Prime Minister, he permitted the LTTE to
strengthen its military capabilities as the Security Forces were
confined to their barracks under the controversial Ceasefire Agreement
(CFA) brokered by Norway. Under the CFA, the Wickremesinghe Government
officially recognised the territory controlled by the Tigers and the
Security Forces were helpless against the free movements of the LTTE
cadres transporting heavy weapons.
Samaraweera is also another peace agent who influenced Kumaratunga to
show clemency to the terrorists. It is this unholy alliance that put
forward Maithripala as the common candidate. The Opposition, especially
wily Wickremesinghe, knew for certain that none of its leaders could
match President Rajapaksa's soaring popularity and made Maithripala a
The Opposition's crafty plan with the LTTE rump came to light when
the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) jumped the gun, saying that it would take
President Rajapaksa to an international war crimes tribunal if
Maithirpala wins the next Presidential election.
No sooner Maithripala was named the joint Opposition candidate, the
GTF, a LTTE front organisation which played a leading role for
Velupillai Prabhakaran, threatened to take President Rajapaksa before
the international court in the Hague if Maithripala wins the
Suren Surendran of the GTF told Al Jazeera television last week that
they would take President Rajapaksa before an international war crimes
tribunal for alleged war crimes if the joint Opposition candidate
emerges victorious. He said that it would be easy to take the President
before the war crimes tribunal if he loses the immunity as the Head of
Surprisingly, two parliamentarians - the UNP's Dr. Harsha de Silva
and national list MP Dr. Rajiva Wijesinghe, who support Maithripala's
candidature were silent at the same discussion. Despite Dr. De Silva
making various clarifications thereafter to vindicate his position,
nobody said anything when Surendran insisted that President Rajapaksa
should be taken before a war crimes tribunal. Doesn't this show the
nexus between the common Opposition and the LTTE cohorts to discredit
the country and take the leader who saved the nation from brutal LTTE
terrorism before the international war crimes tribunal.
On an earlier occasion, the President who gave an unmatched political
leadership to the Security Forces during the relentless battle against
terrorism, had said that he was ready to go before any international war
crimes tribunal on behalf of the true sons of our soil who had
eradicated terrorism and ushered in peace for all communities to live in
Hence, it is the bounden duty of those who love this country to unite
and thwart the Western conspiracy. It is a well-planned attempt to get
rid of a leadership which has been a threat to them. The President cares
less for the big names and puts the country before self.
People are acutely aware of the international, local NGOs and
Opposition pressure President Rajapaksa had to bear as the
Commander-in-Chief during the unrelenting battle against terrorism.
There was tremendous pressure from various quarters to stop the military
operations against the LTTE.
Citing human rights as an effective tool to disrupt Sri Lanka's
operations against terror, certain Western countries and several INGOs
embarked on a vicious campaign to thwart the Security Forces' successful
President Rajapaksa courageously faced all these overwhelming odds
and backed the valiant Security Forces by providing logistical and moral
support. He did not bow down to any pressure and always gave top
priority to the country's sovereignty and territorial integrity.
When certain countries and INGOs threatened to level war crime
charges and take Sri Lanka's brave soldiers before any international
court, President Rajapaksa said that he himself would go before any
international court and suffer the consequences and protect the Security
Forces. In doing so, he demonstrated his sterling qualities of a true
As a nation, we were jubilant when Sri Lanka eliminated the Tigers
and became the first country to eradicate terrorism. Nevertheless, all
those supreme achievements of the Security Forces would be brought to
naught if power goes to the wrong hands and a Western puppet, who would
allow extraneous forces to rob the country of its hard-earned peace, is
installed in office.
Unlike Maithripala, who is supported by the LTTE-proxy - the Tamil
National Alliance (TNA), President Rajapaksa has not conceded anything
that would affect the country's sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Maithripala and his cohorts - Kumaratunga and Wickremesinghe, had not
only embraced the TNA and betrayed the nation and the Security Forces,
but would also make unrealistic promises to hoodwink the voters.
Fortunately, the masses are supporting the patriotic camp which is on
a victorious path. This is the greatest consolation. Hence, traitors do
not stand a ghost of a chance to achieve their ulterior motives and
permit the West to make Sri Lanka its 'obedient servant'.
The masses are far too intelligent to fall prey to the traitor and
the Tiger proxies who surround him. The time is now opportune for one
and all to defeat the traitors and end the greatest betrayals. The
voters would, no doubt, exercise their franchise and teach these
traitors the lesson of their lives.