A Patriotic Member Of The Buddhist Clergy Expresses Sentiments About Returning To 'Battle' !
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Indulging in no euphimistic reservations or subtleties, according to the Assosiated Press in a news Item appearing the Seattle Times Nov.18th 2003 under the caption"Peaceful Monks Back Battle In Sri Lanka", prominent Buddhist Monk The Ven. Athuraliye Ratna has perhaps uttered a truism more relevant to Sri Lanka than all the meanderings and bifurcations of the Present Peace Process, in quoting by interpretation that " despite the desperate need for peace in Sri Lanka, the distance to which pacifism can be extended has its limitations" in an interesting dialogue which if put into perspective exposes some of the futilities surrounding the Peace Process and gnaws at the dignified consciences of many who tend to ponder upon the respected monk's philosophy and its implication on the wasteful bickering and olive branch waving that has accompanied the signature tune of the Administration towards pacifying the LTTE while they fortify their resources and continue to make impossible demands.
He has emphasized the importance of self defence and its relative application to Sri Lanka's Sovereignity where it has been alluded to that "a Peaceful Society might not necessarily be built on rhetoric and high flown eloquence alone " while urging a renewal of Military Operations against the Liberation Tigers Of Tamil Eelam the LTTE , in an emotional and sincere yet ominous sounding expression of thought built on the concept of self preservation which makes the more discerning mind reflect upon a time when to all intents and purposes there were indeed situations during Sri Lankan Military Operations when the enemy were close to annihilation yet suppressed by the Administration as shades of the Major Gen. Janaka Perera led Operations and the intense campaigns of the late great Maj.Gen.Kobbekaduwa come to mind which were mysteriously called to a halt and the inroads created towards eliminating the LTTE threat to the Sovereignity of Sri Lanka snuffed out together with the lives of vast numbers of conscripted sons and daughters of Sri Lanka who made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of their Motherland's freedom seemingly wasted! If missed opportunities were to be emphasized relative to the circumstances within Sri Lanka today, these should best be remembered as purely being missed opportunities which can never be re-enacted with no further aspirations ever to return to meaningless conflict that could ever replace the tranquility which prevails in Sri Lankan today.
If realistically one of Sri Lanka's prominent Buddhist Monks the
Rev. Athuraliye Rathana has called for a halt to the Peace Process
as reported by the Associated Press urging the renewal of Military
Action as an alternative to dialogue at a time when the ongoing Peace
Process despite its impasse involving the Administration and the LTTE
has returned tranquility and calm to the Island Nation and lifted
the hopes of many of its citizens towards the future, the message
it conveys needs implicit examination especially if used as an analytical
observation of a patriotic intellectual also a member of the Buddhist
Clergy who has probably recommended an application in a worst case
scenario and the Peace breaks down where nevertheless the imposing
question must be asked with all due respect "Is Sri Lanka Prepared
For Such An Eventuality and Are The Risks Worth Taking Towards A Renewal
Of Military Action" where surely the answer has to be a voluminous
NO!! Never Again!! while acknowledging the concerns which have prompted
the proclamation and the vision of its creator which would then point
towards a fortification of Sri Lankas Defences if necessary.
In the words of the Buddhist Clergy Rev.Athuraliye Rathana who represents
a powerful Buddhist Lobby within Sri Lanka, a great deal of emphasis
has been given toward the expression of fighting, quote "We Should
Fight Against Unjust Activities,Yes We Should Fight!" end quote
and indeed the absolute need to 'Fight' against wrongs and injustices
in a broad sense prevalent within Sri Lanka for which there is a Constitution
and a Justice System in place whose accords must be implemented without
confrontation and conflict unless inevitable which hypothetically
the call to arms by the respected Monk circumvents and needs considerations
towards whether or not any further fragmentation of the Sri Lankan
infrastructure, its economy and the lives of its people necessary,
which would seem disastrous. The prudent choice and pointers towards
more peaceful alternatives through dialogue and mediation within the
norms of Democracy while retaining Sri Lanka's Sovereignity and Integrity
being the better option although their lies within the core of the
LTTE, elements who definitely need to be brought to justice as demanded
by the International Community.
But as to whether this would be the real alternative to Sri Lanka remains a matter for interpretation in the minds of many analysts who would rather promote the cause of peace through peaceful means rather than return to armed conflict.
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