The Hon. Lakshman Kadirgamar
Cut Down By Assassin's Bullets!
Periscope-Global Sinhala Village
"Oh death where is thy victory, Oh Grave
where is thy sting?" Shakespeare- Julius Caesar.
One of Sri Lanka's best loved sons and foremost patriots the Hon.Lakshman
Kadirgamar Foreign Minister has been assassinated by the terrorists
group LTTE accorging to early reports.Mr.Kadirgamar was 73 years old.
The LTTE whom he hounded and had proscribed by the High Powers of the
International Community are said to have had him high on their target
list and consequently it would be a fair assumption to make that the
LTTE are behind the killing as they had issued continous threats that
they would get Mr Kadirtgamar eventually and they seemed to have accomplished
this today albeit to what worthless ends and meaningless accomplishments?
There have been no confirmations yet about who is responsible for this
cowardly deed but it has all the hallmarks of a cowardly LTTE hit! There
are reports that the Police in Colombo have arrested two suspects whose
identities have not been released.
Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar, 73, who is from the ethnic Tamil
minority and a close aide of President Chandrika Kumaratunga, was taken
to the National Hospital for emergency surgery after being shot in the
head as he was returning to his heavily guarded residence in the diplomatic
district of Colombo. He had been in his car at the time and a sniper
had opened fire with a high powered rifle and struck him in the head
injuring him critically.He was rushed to hospital and succumbed to his
wounds despite valiant attempts by the medical staff to save his life.It
is indeed a sad and dark day in Sri Lankan history as the shameful spectre
of political assassinations has once again raised its ugly head.
The Hon, Lakshman Kadirgamar, proud and accomplished statesman,compassionate
son of Sri Lanka and a great strategist on Foreign Affairs as well as
an outspoken critic of the apathetic and wretched perspectives of international
terrorism was a highly acclaimed international personality who was respected
by all his contemporaries as well as world leaders who knew him as an
astute politician who made his decisions wisely and for his life to
have been snuffed out in this manner is an affront to human dignity
and the precious gift of life which oversees the well being of all those
who are fortunate enough to even in a marginal dispensation be associated
with such a giant of a human being whose death in this manner will never
be compensated for as the tumultuous loss it has initiated for his native
Sri Lanka and the vacuum it has left begind as an aftermath is bound
to be felt for a very long time.
There is no moral justification for dastardly deeds such as this and
there should be no relenting until the perpetrators are sought out and
brought to justice and the Nation of Sri Lanka now has to rebuild a
greater portion of the confidences Mr Kadirgamar set in place with his
impeccable wisdom and charismatic personality both Nationally and Internationally
and a time of coming together in unshakable unity to celebrate his wonderful
life so abruptly ended while the sadness of his most conspicuous absence
will surely be felt the strongest by those who knew him, respected him
and loved him.
May God Grant His Soul Eternal Rest And May
He Attain Nibbana!