Federalism An Irrelevant Option For The LTTE.

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A ridiculous cacophony which far outweighs its sublime indifference and taking on the air of a paradox of mythical proportions is what would best describe the hoo haaing between the Peace Negotiators in Oslo when they have in the most obtuse manner suggested a Federal Government System in Sri Lanka comparable to Canada.

To lend credence to the mythical imaginings of the situation, a rather eccentric former Premier of Ontario has been drawn in for opinions by an equally eccentric Minister of the Present Sri Lankan Cabinet Prof. G.L Peiris who seems to be more of a dreamer than a realist and it must be emphasized that former Premier Ray is remembered for similar qualities as well as being someone who compounded many problems for his Province during his tenure and was resoundingly voted out of office when he last ran for Election. Ontarians have not forgotten the confusion caused in the Public and Private Sectors through some of his decision making and many inconveniences members of the general public faced as an aftermath of his policies and is by no means a Pierre Elliot Trudeau who vehemently fought off the separatist factions which attempted to divide Canada, whose legacy is continued to this day with the resilient opposition to separatism by all ruling Federal Parties.

It must also be made known to those unaware that Canada has been dealing with a separatist movement in the Province of Quebec which is being contested at Federal Government level going back a few decades and for Canada to get involved with a group of terrorists seeking separation whether though the surreptitious approach concealed behind a banner of Federalism and to applaud the ambits of the LTTE which they seem to be doing at present whether inadvertently or not is a conflict of interests which also presents a double standard.

Canada has rather shamefacedly had to admit the presence of LTTE activity and fundraising and eventually ban the LTTE's operations and freeze their assets in recent times after September 11th so what is all this subjugating in favour of the LTTE and a Federal System comparable with Canada?

The system of Canadian Confederation was formed by the conjoining of respectable peace loving people from the various Provinces which had nothing to do with internal armed insurrection, crimes against humanity and undescribable attrocities commited by the LTTE and to compare the two entities would seem sacrilege and an insult to Constitutionalized Democracy which Canada represents, so Mr. Bob Rae's sentiments about the merits of comparison with the Canadian model had better take a hike!

Of Rae's own admission even discerning Canadians have indicated skepticism on the subject regardless of the differing backgrounds of people he has refered to as an example of those weilding power in Canada very conveniently by- passing the issue of the nature and mentality of those seeking this Federalism as an avenue to eventual secession which sticks out in the manner of a sore thumb! The measure of success refered to by him of what has transpired thus far is also of a dubious nature bearing in mind that a referendum has not been taken within Sri Lanka to assert whether or nor all the people are in aggreement with the Peace Talks and should be politely reminded that the great Statesman Abe Lincoln once said "You Can Never Fool All The People All The Time" which seems to be a reality the peace negotiators in Oslo may have to face upto sooner or later.

The coining of a definition for autonomy seems to have created the misguided belief in the minds of LTTE Leader Prabhakaran and his idealogue Balasingham that it means a path to secession which both individuals have pledged to their own community to never give up while they wind their perilous way with false pretences and innuendos about their dedications to peace which only the ignorant would believe.The driving force for their intensity and confidence towards acheiving their goals to their advantage however, has risen from the ashes of their own despair having been perilously close to annihilation by the previous regime.A phoenix seems to have risen indeed in the form of Ranil Wickremasinghe the UNF and UNP Leader who appears to have fashioned his own modus operandi towards assuring his political future in a scenario which far supercedes any example of the betrayal of a Nation in known history and has earned himself the unenviable title of Don Juan Dharmapala notorious also for once betraying the Sinhala Race.

Perhaps after the LTTE Leader and his cohorts are brought to justice for their crimes against Humanity a Federal State incorporating all races within Sri Lanka may be conceptually feasible as the activities of the LTTE listed below do not entitle them to any considerations let alone a Federal Administration.The final sentence is of particular relevance to Canada and the proof of ambiguity.


The Sri Lankan conflict

1972: Velupillai Prabhakaran forms guerrilla group that evolves into Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), seeking a separate Tamil state in northern and eastern Sri Lanka.
1983: Sinhalese mobs take revenge on Tamils, killing hundreds, after LTTE attacks army convoy in Jaffna. India secretly arms and trains Tamil militants.
1987: After bomb blast in Colombo kills more than 100, India and Sri Lanka sign pact bringing Indian troops to the island to disarm separatists. Feeling betrayed, LTTE attacks Indian troops.
1991: LTTE is held responsible for the assassination of former Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi.
1993: President Ranasinghe Premadasa killed in bomb explosion in Colombo. LTTE officially blamed but denies involvement.
1994: Opposition leader Gamini Dissanayake assassinated by suspected LTTE suicide bomber.
1995: Sri Lankan army retakes Jaffna after five months of fighting.
1996: LTTE escalates terrorism with suicide truck-bomb attack on Central Bank in Colombo, killing 100 people and wounding more than 1,400; attack on military base in Mullaittivu claims 1,200 government troops; bomb aboard commuter train kills 70 passengers.
1998: At least 65 people are killed in three separate suicide bombings, including one at the Buddhists' holiest shrine, the Temple of the Tooth.
1999: Shortly before a presidential election, a suspected LTTE suicide bomber kills more than 20 people and wounds President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga in the eye.
2000: Several suicide bombings occur, including an attack outside the office of the prime minister.
2001: Thirteen LTTE suicide bombers attack Sri Lanka's only international airport, destroying 13 planes and killing at least 12 people. Ranil Wickremesinghe wins election as Prime Minister, reviving peace efforts. Canada joins the list of countries banning the LTTE.


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