Ranil Wickremasinghe's Remarks
During Address To The UN Damaging, Irrepairable And May Cost Him Dearly
Despite Inferences To The Contrary.
Village For LankaWeb
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Rani Wickremasinghe throwing all caution
to the winds in making very damaging and callous remarks about the
justification of the USA invasion of Iraq has probably stepped into
political quagmire from which he might never be able to extricate
No amount of campaigning to soft peddle the issue on the basis that
his statements were taken out of context are likely to convince the
Sri Lankan Nation of Non Aligned repute, the International Community
Of Non Aligned Citizens, as well as the angered Sri Lankan Muslim
Community and its elected representation in Parliament more importantly
that Wickremasinghe's remarks could not be taken lightly as the implications
have been severe enough to raise eyebrows even within the United Nations.
The severity of his remarks must surely be reflected by the manner
it contradicts a growing movement of opposition to the George Bush-Tony
Blair led invasion of Iraq both in the USA and the United Kingdom
where the political futures of the mentioned leaders also seem to
be in limbo based on the many indiscretions surfacing as an aftermath
of investigations into the validity of the decision greatly opposed
by the United Nations, France,Germany, Russia, China and many other
Nations yet forged ahead regardless of all opposition while circumventing
the United Nations Charter and accords unilaterally!
It must be remembered significantly and historically that Sri Lanka
has maintained integrity towards Non Alignment regardless of which
political party was incumbent over the years and the classic example
of Sir John Kotelawala's defiant stance of Non Alignment at the now
famous Bandung Conference during the '50s stands out and was a precursor
to the formation of the Non-Aligned Movement where the Senanayakes
and the Bandaranaikes have also been prominent influences highly respected
in this regard globally.
For Ranil Wickremasinghe to have broken this tradition goes beyond
the definition of a Faux Pas and its implications significantly imposing
by way of the nature of its likely consequences as he has literally
forced his way into addressing the UN which was originally a responsibility
of the President whose non aligned policies are a legacy maintained
for generations in her politically famous family in a most reputable
manner and whose presence rather than that of the befuddled Prime
Minister could possibly have been a better option in retrospect!
Playing Judge and Jury synonymously while trying to soften the implication
of his statement Wickremasinghe who has undoubtedlty spoken out of
turn, purportedly has spent much of this week explaining to his caucases
and the media that the scathingly controversial remark that "There
are those of ' us' who felt that the US had no choice but to intervene
in Iraq" was based on the failure of the United Nations to deliver
a solution to the Iraqi crisis," and that it was not a pro-US
stance, but one of pinpointing the failures of the UN which seems
somewhat of an unacceptably lame excuse and a discretion to which
he has had no entitlement whatsoever considering the cordiality of
previous relations between Sri Lanka and Iraq and the turbulence it
would activate within the Muslim Community both nationally and globally.
The United Nations, it must be noted gave it their all towards attempting
to thwart off Military Action in Iraq which would affect countless
innocent lives and inflict damage to valuable and historic property,
through a more tranquil and viable solution with the ultimate intention
of deposing dictator Saddam Hussein with tact and guile and was still
in the process of their quest for Weapons Of Mass Destruction ( WMD)
which have not been found to this day.
Wickremasinghe has contended through his remarks that the UN failed
in their duty and that the USA invasion was a necessity which is being
currently debated as very questionable together with the ongoing loss
of US and other soldiers' lives on an almost daily basis! and has
placed himself on the chopping block of Muslim Inquisition as well
as world opinion against the invasion of Iraq.
The only positive after effects of Wickremasinghe's comments may yet
revolve around certain remarks to the effect as quoted that"
it is justifiable for the USA to be the Policemen of the World"
which if put into perspective may be a reference to an eventual role
the USA might have within Sri Lanka dependant on what vested interests
and incentives magician Wickremasinghe could provide to the US which
could then transform beneficially towards quelling the ongoing attrocities
of the LTTE who have been given many warnings by the US to desist
from their activities and contribute towards a lasting peace! Fait
Accompli reserved for obvious reasons and hardly worth disputing if
the Prime Minister had any inspirations based on this theme! and a
point in time for the LTTE as a caution,whose latest escapades have
been exposed through the discovery of a huge arms shipment on a naval
vessel off Indonesia.
Ironically the only significant exceptions of Sri Lankan Administrations
being forced to align with a regional power, transpired during the
tenure of the late JR Jayawardena whose incumbencies together with
his immediate successors were subjugated and intimidated by the Gandhi
Administrations of India into desisting from being overly receptive
to a US presence within Sri Lanka and justified their assertions by
supplying arms and training to the LTTE ( an insignificant entity
at the time according to the analysts!) for which poetic justice however
resulted through the manner of their respective demises sadly but
prophetically and absolutely carried out by subversives, one group
being the LTTE!
If it can be unterpreted as an aftermath to the Wickremasinghe speech
at the UN, a significant visit to Sri Lanka by the UN Secretary General
Kofi Annan has been cancelled with speculation that is is linked to
dissatisfacion and dissapointment by the UN of Sri Lankan Policy under
the present Adminstration and somewhat of an embarrassment to all
concerned but perhaps compensatable by assurances from the USA towards
a greater role in Sri Lanka's Security if the Prime Minister has been
able to accomplish this through all his posturings at the UN Assembly.
It is however a key factor to note that the Wickremasinghe coalition
in parliament is greatly dependant on the Muslim Representatives and
to compromise this dependancy would be suicidal for the Wickremasinghe
led UNF and its existence.
A motion of Non-Confidence based upon the Prime Minister's UN address
is presently being drafted by the opposition parties as testing times
for the incumbent Administration are bound to follow.
"Will there be a price to pay for one's verbosity and loose rhetoric?"
is a question presently being asked by many as the proverb "There's
Many A Slip Twixt Cup And Lip" suddenly seems rather appropriate!!