We have a terrorist war that has initial roots to ethnic matters. The majority, minority, leaders and general public, all have been wrong up to different extents. But now most of us have had enough of it. Even though now the matter cannot be solved easily because everybody wants to play a part of it. There are both local and international people who earn their living because of war. They never want the war to be ended. These people include weaponry manufacturers, armed forces, all sort of facility providers to the conflicts, organizations who work with displaced people, even critics who earn by organizing demonstrations, writing articles and holding press conferences. These people are involved directly. There are so many who are indirectly taking advantage of this. They are the real players and they are more vigorous. All the foreign companies and governments fall into this category.
WAR, ECONOMY AND US
We all know because of this conflict Sri Lanka is wasting really valuable resources in all categories. They may be labor or material or whatever. The wastage should be really high which means Sri Lanka should have been contributing to the world in much greater capacity than what it is doing at present. For instance if we did not have this conflict our annual exports should have gone much higher and our gross domestic production (GDP) should have gone higher which would result in less imports ultimately building up a stronger economy. We import goods ranging from needles to planes. If we had a better economy all the countries that are exporting goods to us would lose a considerable amount of export revenue. If we take India as an example, they export even the smallest spices to us. They sell us all the clothing, food stuff, vehicles, metal makes, weaponry, stationary etc. So if we solve our internal problems and cut off a great amount of imports it is obvious that these types of countries would feel economic problems. Their whole economy may not shake but they will have some impact. Since we have a huge war expense burden on our economy we are running short of money which results in asking for foreign aid. Everything comes with a price! So does the foreign aids. Even though modern countries vow not to interfere other independent nations they always find some way of interfering. I feel we have to listen to them if we take funds. Let’s say we give loans to a friend several times. First time, second time we won’t mind what he does. But eventually we may feel like we should suggest him what to do because we start to feel it is our money and we have rights to suggest something. We have to expect this interference because it is the nature of it. The best way is to avoid funding and try standing up on our own foot which is no simple process. We have gone astray for a very long period now. Majority of the people like to see subordinates of them. So does the nations. Nations who are capable of that try to hold on to that keeping other weaker nations drowned in trouble so that weakers will ask for help and the stronger will find the play grounds. So there are so many nations who like to see us in conflicts for the betterment of their nations. Other than this I don’t see a huge issue why other countries try to keep us in trouble. There may be religious interests and many other but they come in smaller form. Not in a capacity of a government. I don’t believe that other countries feel Sinhalese should be terminated because they have some specialty. I have heard such a quote but I don’t see any exceptional specialty in Sinhalese. We may have different identity but they are identities not specialties. Deviating from this long hold influence is a tedious process that takes a long time. At least we have to be aware of this so that one day there would appear a leader who would clear this up. Until that day we have to carry the words so that he or she will get to know it. Our country first had King Dutugemunu. He took centuries to appear. After another few centuries the mighty Parakkramabahu the 1st appeared. After another few centuries came the great Parakkranabahu the 6th came. So we have to understand that leaders don’t come easy. Nations should have patience on them.
WAR AGAINST TERRORISM
Let’s merge LTTE and the world. Prior to September 11 attack to USA most of the terrorists had a good time on earth because the world power USA was dumb against terrorism. Most of the terrorists were given the label REBELS instead of calling them TERRORISTS. USA didn’t feel the pain of terrorism because they were so blind with boasting on their nation. Surprise, surprise. They were hit and so did the famous war against terrorism started. It is a different story how the world powers have given birth to terrorists and feed them. Thank god at last LTTE was labeled as terrorists by most of the nations. Better late than never. But still for CNN, BBC and some other renowned media LTTE is rebellions. Although the governments put icing the internal intentions are still the same. Long before the World Trade Center Sri Lanka’s Central Bank tower collapsed due to an LTTE suicide attack in 1996. The world didn’t feel the pain. They took years to recognize the incident. So we have to understand correctly where we live and what we call the world. Long before Newton said every action has an equal and opposite reaction, Buddha said you will get what you deserve due to the action you have done. It may be in this life time or in another. So the others will realize this truth at some point of our civilization. Let’s hope they will not get so late. We have to handle the international community intelligently because they can always make trouble as there are more than enough traitors in any nation who fondly help to prevent betterment of majority looking at personal gains they get. So we need a good interface between us and the international community with a good personality to hold on what we believe and what is truth about things that are of our interests.
WHERE WE GET HELP
All the nations in the world are not like this. Let’s consider the countries that are involved with Sri Lanka in a deeper manner. USA and countries from Europe union will never sell us weapons because their law says “Cannot sell weapons to armies which involve in internal conflicts”. They will never help our war. If we get a little help from them that may be just to mark their presence among other helping nations and may be to get what they can get from our armies. We get armed trucks and amphibious vehicles from Czech Republic, China and Russia. We buy majority of guns from China and Russia. China, Israel and Russia sell us war planes. Some talks so passionately about purchasing junk planes from Russia. Who else sell us planes when USA has banned us from their weapon purchasing list? People just try to shout and direct people towards their personal gains because most of the citizens don’t know the subject and they are easily misguided. Sometimes people are not much worried about these issues other than their daily battle to earn some living. Pakistan helps us very much with weapons like mortars, RGPs (Rocket Propelled Grenades) and all that. India provides us radars and other types of weapons. Dora high speed boats are from Israel. All these countries provide us very valuable training to us as well. If we lose India due to any reason Pakistan would always fill the gap. So we don’t need to worry about western powers because they have never done anything more than just shouting on what to do next. We would never lose any foreign fund because it is the major tactic how they keep us influenced. They would continue to fund us. Even the history holds witness for that. This tactic is very nicely exposed in the book “Confessions of an Economic Hitman” by John Perkins (ISBN 0-452-28708-1). Another reason why we would get enough funding is western world is feared of us getting fallen into the hands of China, Russia and Iran. So they try to grab most of us as much as possible as soon as they can.
One more thing should be come up here. The cost of the army maintenance. There are more than 100, 000 new recruits. The navy makes new small boats in vast scale. Fighter jets are newly added equipment from Israel and China. Soldiers and their families are given better facilities including medical, food, housing, schooling etc. Sri Lankan soldiers are now fighting for passion on motherland. They no more fight for the salary. That is why we have sacrificing small commando teams who sneak through LTTE territory in help of providing open ups for the fellow soldiers. Even though, the stories of these true heroes hardly reach our society. It is pure sacrificing of life for mother land. They are not doing it for money. That is the professionalism of our army. In a site I read on our army supplies. One Czech made amphibious vehicle article said Sri Lanka has purchased something around 250 where the original maker had 350s. So to keep an army up to this standard there should be a lot of money. I don’t want to clear up the dirty people who try to grab commission from every deal. There are people like that. But everybody is not so. So it is obvious that our cost of living goes up. Government cannot defend criticism with showing the military details because it may result in disasters like that have happened in the past. But I don’t agree with the visible wastage of public money by the government of Sri Lanka. That is another story. We should not change tracks when addressing matters!
USA, UK, JAPAN OR INDIA?
Other countries can hardly solve our problem because each and every conflict has its own nature. It is very hard to understand the background of a problem if the analyzer is from a totally alien culture. But monitoring the matters for a long time in a neutral mind would open up better ways to address the problems. There is a simple truth about solving matters. The solver has to practice the advice and set it by example. That’s why it says “Owa denu para hata – Thamaa sammathehi pihitaa sita” (Before advising others – Set it by example). If we take USA they are totally failed in Iraq. No matter how big they boast on their military and intelligence power they are unable to stop the daily blasts and killings. With less high tech gadgets and weaponry our army is much more practical and competent than the army of USA. USA is still struggling to find a proper solution to Afgan matter. No matter how high they think of themselves they are not as that capable. If we take United Kingdom, who is another stake holder in this matter, they had a critical problem with Ireland up to the recent history. IRA guerillas continuously asked for a separate country. Anyhow they managed to solve the matters with the aging leaders of IRA but still they pose incompetent in Iraqi and Afgan matters. Another key role player is Japan which suggests us something that is prohibited in Japan. Japanese envoy Yashushi Akashi suggested us solutions which are highly unsupported by Japanese constitution just to keep the integrity of the country. These people act in such a way thinking that we poor fellows don’t know anything about their country. These people see us like a bunch of dumb idiots who haven’t seen the world. The other major remaining player is India who has more than enough problems of its own. For more than 6 decades they are trying to solve the Kashmir matter with Pakistan. Chain bombs go off inside their parliament and capital. Indian leaders are still unable to find a proper solution to Hindu Muslim conflicts in the country. With all the nuclear power and technology they took more than 30-40 years to capture a jungle thief Veerappan. More significantly India is the country who made this problem worse by training terrorists like Karuna Amman, Pottu Amman, and Prabakaran. They provided training, weapons and even air supplied food. Anyhow India got its gift with the assassination of their Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi by an LTTE suicide bomber. LTTE still smuggle weapons from south India. The RAW (Research and Analysis Wing) had to close up its Sri Lankan wing due to their unsuccessful attempt to influence Sri Lanka. Indian army lost some 3000-4000 lives occupying Sri Lanka. India has so many racial, cultural, religious and political issues to address. But still they try to show off the world a big picture of themselves. It is not the country we see in Bollywood films. India once ended up in nowhere and it is better to concentrate on their own matters before thinking of trying to solve matters of others.
The best part of all is none of the above countries is the main investor in Sri Lanka. It is China who gives us the largest funding and it is China who invests the biggest amount in Sri Lanka.
SOLUTION - HAVE WE ONE?
People change with time. So does the nations. In Sri Lanka around some 20-30 years back there were people who called themselves UNPers. Some called themselves SLFPers. Even the artists were like that. So when one party wins renowned people of the other party are made uncomfortable throughout the life time of the new government. When there was a racial issue or such a small quarrel others could take advantage of it and aggravate the problems because the mindset of the general public had been somewhat relatively primitive just to consider the sayings of a pretend to be a leader like person. Sri Lankans have learnt from the past. Look at the southern cities. Look at the offices in southern cities. Sinhalese, Muslims and Tamils live and work in harmony. There are very few concerns left like learning Tamil and Sinhala by everybody which I think is possible. Now a days even politicians change their parties regularly. So people don’t consider it a must to stick to a single party. They change the views and parties as and when they feel to do so. So do the artists and that make it difficult to dirty leaders to take advantage of the isolated incident occurring. At present even for a trade union action people don’t enthusiastically participate because it has become just a show off of a few political characters most of the times. So Sri Lankans are ultimately heading towards a state where they would consider it before taking any action which is good in preventing the wrongdoings that has happened in this country in the name of race and religion. A very good example is the way Sri Lankans react when a terrorist act takes place in a southern town. Unlike in India we don’t have civil riots now. Even in sentimental occasions people keep cool and calm. So now the matter is LTTE terrorism. The matters they claim do not exist now but they can’t give up terrorism because it seems like their leaders are feeling like humiliated to do so. They are used to war and they feel like they can’t give up. As a matter of fact they live a one big lie.
Sri Lankan government has taken proper action to annihilate terrorism and it seems the plans are working alright up to now. By looking at the social status of current Sri Lanka it seems we don’t need a big change to absorb minority groups because we are already living in harmony. It is the northern cities that have done ethnic cleansing chasing away all the Muslims and Sinhalese. Every day is not Christmas. We did not have Christmas for a long time. So it is time to celebrate Christmas. This is the best time to wipe out LTTE terrorism as most of the other facts are fulfilled. Majority of us need to be a bit more aware about the true facts so that it would help us face the things to happen with more strength and less fear.