"Norway Fury" - Keep it Up Patriots!
By M. R. Opatha
After I read through the submission titled "Norway Fury" by Shyamon Jayasinghe, I felt an urgent, furious need to say the following:
Obviously, this writer has shown very myopic thinking and he has shamelessly denigrated the admirable efforts of some patriotic Sri Lankan expatriates who hosted the recent Oslo conference.
Let me explain my own FURY as follows:
" The conference in Oslo did much to expose to the world of
Norway's duplicity in the Sri Lanka's so called peace process. If
one thinks of this exercise as "humbug," then I can only
speculate that either the person must be a LTTE stooge, or regretfully
but undoubtedly, he must be lacking in metal capacity to grasp the
value of an exposé or simply, the value of counter-propaganda
in an international setting. One only needs to ask what made the LTTE
an accepted entity in the West to know the value of this.
" Let's not try to save the trees and let the forest burn. Your concern for the plight of our maids in the Middle East is truly valid and there must be measures brought forth to improve their lot (incidentally, I expect such to come from not the inefficient and corrupt SLFP/UNP policy makers, but the JVP that you debase at every turn). However, while the country is being torn apart by a well connived, expertly designed, and stealthily executed process, I would think it is hardly the time to be diverting attention to other, worrisome nevertheless, shortcomings. The preservation of Sri Lanka's unitary sovereign state must take precedence over all other issues as otherwise, you would have saved the trees and let the forest burn. Talk about (sadly) missing the perspective!
" This writer claims to have held a notable position in the Sri Lanka's Ministry of Labour and knowing how the Sri Lanka's Labour Ministry has been run all along, why am I not surprised with his myopic, callous attitude? I would like to ask him what he did to improve the lot of the ME going maids - even after he saw their sheer misery as he claimed? Probably a lot of talk and Zippo as nothing has changed with their sorrowful plight since they started going to the ME about 25 years ago!
" On the contrary, the patriotic Sri Lankans who hosted the Oslo conference can take solace in the fact that they have accomplished something of value as already some questions are being asked at the EU level about the SLMM and Norway's role/performance in this so called peace process!
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