WHO COULD REPLACE NORWAY?
With the Eastern Tamils who now have a voice officially demanding Norway
to leave and the Northern Tamils also wanting the same but dare not
speak adding to the continued demand of the Singhalese precisely for
that, it would be in the interest of the government to pay attention
to the demand of the nation. No government can override the wishes of
the entire nation if it wants to survive. The government is free to
test it out if they wish to, but at their own final expense.
Learning from the disaster caused by the arrogant decision of those
who chose Norway as facilitators without the consent of the people and
kept on retaining them in spite of gross violations it would be for
the benefit of the country that the people and not the government choose
an alternative to the Norwegians. Since a new facilitator that will
be acceptable to the Singhalese will not be acceptable to the LTTE the
concept of facilitator will have to be dropped and a new
role found for any country that replaces Norway. This is what happens
when an illegal evil document is used for a noble purpose. The country
chosen should be able to give confidence not only to the minorities
but also to the majority Singhalese who have been the target of every
government for the last eleven years.
If we have not learned any lesson from all what we have gone through
then we do not deserve to survive. The lesson that we should have learned
is that the only interest the so-called international community has
in Asian countries is to destabilize them so that they could reap the
harvest. They call this the spin off. Hence the observer will have to
be an Asian country and it should not be a brown lackey of the West
and that is a must.
Looking around for an observer we could see that our nearest neighbour
India has interests in Sri Lanka for their own survival let alone the
large investments in Trincomalee. While many Singhalese may like them
to be the observer the Tamils may not like the idea and besides India
may not want to play that role. China is a powerful military nation.
Japan is an economic giant with keen interests in Sri Lanka. Pakistan
is a Muslim country with no experience in common ethnic living. Myanmar
has no political democratic experience at all. Thailand is a Buddhist
country with political experience but the minorities may express fears
simply because it is a Buddhist country.
Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos are in tatters and in chaos as a result
of the French taking advantage of the pathological paranoia of the US
against communism to take revenge against the Vietnamese who chased
them out at Dien Bien Phu in the late nineteen fifties. Indonesia is
not a country with any democratic experience either. Malaysia is a very
rapidly advancing Muslim country where other ethnic communities live
in harmony with the majority Muslims. They are therefore the only advanced
neighbouring country with successful multi-ethnic living experience
but the Buddhists may have fears about Malaysia the same way as the
minorities may have fears about Thailand.
In view of the above, Malaysia and Thailand acting as joint observers
should satisfy all concerned except the extremists. It would be helpful
to start a consensus of opinion on this subject now so that an agreed-upon
impartial observer becomes available when the inevitable day arrives
but there is one question that will have to be sorted out and that is
the very likelihood of the LTTE ignoring the new observers and continuing
to do all the violations of the illegal MoU.
In the end it will have to be a military victory over the LTTE that
will provide the solution and those who say that there can be no solution
with a military victory are people who can be charitably described as
morons of the lowest common mental denominator who are totally incapable
of seeing that the Tamils living both in the Eastern province and in
the Northern province do not want the LTTE and that this is not an ethnic
problem but a terrorist problem only, supported by interested parties.
The more likely explanation to this phenomenon is that they are paid
agents of institutions that want the country partitioned to facilitate
conversions and with that end in mind talk of peace ad nauseam.