ROLE OF NORWAY
& NORWAY FURY- A SUM UP
Shyamon Jayasinghe Melbourne
I read with interest the long and studied piece written by Victor
Gunasekera published in your columns today under the rubric Role
of Norway. This is an analysis of Dr. Susantha Gunatillekas
(SG) presentation at the Oslo conference.
While I appreciate Dr. Peter Gunasekeras (PG) earlier comments
on my Norway Fury as a better presentation of my point
of view than I was able to make, the comments of Victor Gunasekera
(VG) are, perhaps, a more telling vindication of my stance regarding
the misguided target that Oslo battlers chose and still choose to
attack namely the Norwegians. This is the central point of my
original piece, which has spurred debate in your columns. Why VG is
more telling in impact is because he shares the selfsame anti-Norway
standpoint like Mahindapala, Soysa, and ilk. PG, on the other hand,
is not exactly anti-Norway although he is, understandably, disenchanted
with the latter. In my case, I require a rigorous standard of evidence
before I can make my own judgement. Sinhalese Buddhists have inherited
a legacy of free enquiry (Kalama Sutta), which is the only basis for
informed judgement and consequent action.
VG points out that SGs false assumption that Norway is a colonial
intruder has led him to a series of curiosities
(as he puts it) in judgement. In fact, SG is the Scholar
I have referred to in my piece, who wrote to me making the shocking
likeness of the arrival of Norwegians to the coming of the Portuguese!
Being a reputed scholar, I cannot imagine that SG believed in what
he stated. Is he guilty of propagating a myth in order to fulfil a
preconceived agenda? It appears there is another complexity that enters
VG concludes, as I had done, that Norway is the false target and
that attack, if deemed necessary, must be directed at the government,
which has either accepted the Norwegian role or condoned it. He suggests
that Solheim and his mates will ask: "Why are these people demonstrating
against us. Should they not be demonstrating against their Government?
We are there simply because their Government wants us there and if
we are asked to go, we will go. Small wonder that Norway does
not react to any of these protests!