Norway Fury- a reply
to Mr. Mahindapala
By Dr. Peter Gunasekera, National University of Singapore
I thank Mr. Mahindapala for his reply. He has helped to keep this
interesting and useful debate at an elevated level rather than descending
personal attack. I like to pursue this a little bit in the light of
important general issue raised by Mr. Shyaman Jayasinghe-namely, the
usefulness of the efforts of patriotic Sri Lankans living overseas
unfortunately, Shyamon tars with the same brush).
It is well known that expatriate LTTE sympathisers have high impact
they being well targeted and well executed. In technical lamnguage
output /input ratio is very high. My own humble view is that Sinhalese
people living abroad have not demonstrated such an ability and intenseness
of purpose. Looking at emails received from abroad and at websites
our campaigns are not well conceived in the first place. This is what,
me, is important in what Shyamon has said. It is important for us
on this question. This is because we have little resources and that
spent optimally in the service of our country- not wasted.
The conception of an event (like WAPS) would depend on objectives:
up from HLDs statement, the objectives of WAPS meeting at Oslo
not protest (b) creating awareness about the LTTEs terrorist
role and of
the partisan nature of Norwegian facilitators.
HLD contradicts himself when he, on the one hand, belittles the need
street support and on the other asserts that the objective of the
campaign is to get people to the level of street protest(so that government
will be forced to act). The ultimate objective is to rid SL of the
Norwegians. WAPS conference was, presumably, a step in the direction
mobilising support in Norway and SL against the Norwegians. The ultimate
impact test of OSLO is ascertained in the question: how far has it
such a mobilisation?
In assessing Oslo on this fundamental criterion, it does seem to
failed. Awareness of LTTE terror already prevails and there is little
to ring bells about that. Awareness about the alleged partisan character
Solheim and crowd is certainly worthy of effort because such awareness
not exist. However, has WAPS indeed created such awareness at Oslo?
read their papers as presented online and I dont see any conclusive
evidence of this alleged bias. For every allegation that the delegation
before Solheim, the latter had an explanation that begs consideration.
Solheim may be guilty, but WAPS delegates have been unable to point
in any conclusive manner. This is the crucial point.
WAPS people should therefore really do their homework and ferret
evidence damaging to Norwegians, if their intention is to rid SL of
facilitators. I gather from HLDs reply that the bulk of those
Oslo have been PLOTE, EPDP, EPRLF, delegates from SPUR etc- all those
have a premeditated stance against Norway. Was not this a case of
the already convinced? Then what is the point of it all? Furthermore,
gathering had been small, especially if one leaves out the security
officials who had come to pre-empt trouble, and the Foreign office
officials. HLD should tell us if their conference had at least Norwegian
press coverage. He has not. I have not seen any important Western
coverage to date.
We are left with the need for proof. Evidence must replace suspicion
are to ultimately mobilise the people, the political parties, and
government. As it is, the coalition in power is generally satisfied
Norwegians. So, is SLs opposition? The party of Buddhist monks
are the only
exception. WAPS people have to deal with such unanimity of opinion.
information do they have which the others do not possess?
HLD misquotes me when he says that I stated thus: the duty
Norway out should be left to GOSL. What I stated was that the
body that has
to decide to get rid of Norway is the GOSL alone- not anyone else.
are different propositions. Hence, given that Norway is an offender,
must be persuaded to get rid of these facilitators. I am sure Mahindapala
understands that in making such decisions Governments deal only with
other and not with outside parties. Therefore, the government of SL
have to ask Norway to depart. In addition, we- WAPS and us- will have
pressurise the GOSL and no body else to take that decision. The masses
be convinced. Political parties must be convinced, and other global
must see the truth of what we say because we are living in an interdependent
system. I think readers will agree that Oslo cannot claim to have
anything in this direction.
By the way, as I write this the news is that Norway is to give SL
million US dollars grant!