DO NOT GIVE INTO NORWAY'S
STAND UP FOR SRI LANKA'S SOVEREIGNTY AND DIGNITY!
Well, we all knew it was a matter of time before we would see a high-powered
delegation from Norway coming to our beautiful island to put pressure
on the Government of Sri Lanka (SLG) to reverse its decision on not
allowing aid to go directly to the LTTE (from foreign donors). This
is not what is surprising given what we know about Norwegian's blatantly
partial attitude towards the LTTE. Ever since the so called ceasefire
agreement that the LTTE struck with the former government led by Ranil
W. (i.e. the grand idiot of modern SL), the LTTE has had a free hand
in killing hundreds of its opponents and actively recruiting thousands
of children into its terrorist army. Despite protests from all sections,
including grieving Tamil parents and Tamil democratic parties, these
actions have been ignored by the Norwegians and their handpicked stooges
in SL, the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM).
What is surprising is how very smoothly the Norwegians appear to
have pulled in this victory for the LTTE.
It now appears that the overbearing and aggressive, smooth talking,
Jan Petersen, (Norwegian foreign minister) was able to bowl a couple
of deft googlies to totally stump our SLG honchos. This western smart-aleck,
with undoubtedly a motherload of training in the art of assertiveness
(which is a dearly admired trait in the West) was able to cut our
so called leaders down to a size that's to his liking. Our leaders
appear to have meekly replied "yes-sir" to his demands -
the principle being that aid must flow directly to the LTTE. This
is the same Petersen who not long ago lambasted our President when
she rightfully asked for the removal of the former head of SLMM due
to his tipping off of a SL Navy operation (designed to intercept a
LTTE arms ship) to the LTTE and thereby endangered our national security
and more specifically, the lives of Naval personnel involved in that
operation. At that time he had the gall to say that she was endangering
the ceasefire agreement that SLG has with the LTTE!
It is a pity that our leaders do not have training on how to stand
up to aggressors. Our Sinhala culture, closely interwoven to Buddhist
teachings, is intrinsically based on courtesy, accommodation, and
not openly disagreeing for the fear offending another. This is especially
so where a person of white skin is concerned as there is also that
inferiority complex, remnant from the colonial era, still lingering
with our "old" leaders. What an appalling shame this is
and what damage this is afflicting on our nation!
At the meeting that Jan Petersen had with our premier Mahinda Rajapakse,
it appear that Petersen basically told Rajapakse what to do. Poor
Rajapakse appears to have stepped into out of his depth as there was
ney a protest of the consequences of aid going directly to the LTTE.
One wonders whether Rajapakse even thought of (never mind telling
Petersen) the concerns, such as the following, to name a few:
LTTE is really after cash donations and donations in any other form
that it can conveniently launder back into cash. This cash is desperately
needed to replenish the weapons lost due the Tsunami as well as to
acquire a greater arsenal for the "final push" as Karuna
It is suicidal to give items such as bulldozers, tractors, etc. to
the LTTE as LTTE has a history of converting such machinery into lethal
war-machinery. A bulldozer welded with heavy gauge metal sheets and
mounted with heavy caliber machine guns (Cannons) can essentially
function as a battle tank and as SLA would confirm, such machinery
have been used in attacks on SLA installations in the past.
Of course, an unaccounted for and unlimited supply of cement would
be a god-send to the LTTE. Such would not only help to repair LTTE's
damaged bunkers and other infrastructure in the multitude of camps
they hold, but it would also allow the LTTE to build new ones. Neutralizing
a single bunker costs our armed forces dearly in terms of lives and
material and there are ample lessons to be had from past "clearing"
operations into LTTE held areas.
On a positive note, I notice that only the JVP appears to have taken
a solid stand against aid going directly to the LTTE and my hats off
to them for the wisdom shown. As a key constituent party of the governing
coalition, I would urge them to keep the old SLFP guard in check as
this clan, in my view, is no better than the former UNP clan that
was willing to give 40% of the land and 60% of the coastal line to
an armed to the teeth, brutal terrorist group!