Western conspiracy to thwart reconciliation process:
‘Rally round President to protect Motherland’
*Civil society leaders urge
* Anunayakas call for unity
All Sri Lankans irrespective of religious, political or racial
differences should express their displeasure over the resolution to be
moved tomorrow by the USA against Sri Lanka at the UNHCR sessions in
Geneva, said the Most Ven. Niyangoda Sri Vijithasiri, Anunayaka Thera,
Malwatta Chapter and the Most Ven. Galagama Atthadassi Anunayaka Thera,
The Anunayaka Theras in a statement said that this would be an ideal
opportunity to display the unity of Sri Lankans against foreign elements
who still support LTTE terrorists.
“We should not underestimate the role of the LTTE-backed foreign and
NGO elements directed against Sri Lanka,” the Anunayaka Thera said.
Meanwhile, civil society leaders have called for a united effort by
all Sri Lankans to thwart attempts being made by certain Western
countries to impede Sri Lanka’s reconciliation process.
They said the people should stand by their country and the leader at
this crucial hour to defend the Motherland from imperialist forces.
Prof. Nalin de Silva, Political Analyst and Dean of the faculty of
Science at the University of Kelaniya says this is a continuation of our
He said “I don’t believe that any of these accusations are real.
Though we say we gained independence in 1948 in reality we as a country
was not independent. We didn’t become fully independent at all. So what
is happening now is another step of this unending struggle for
independence. Tamil ethnic nationalism didn’t start recently. It was
created by the British almost 200 years ago.
Tamil people were used against the Sinhala people by British during
the colonial time and clashes came to a level where the country was
about to get divided.
A Prabhakaran emerged as a result of these incidents and following
his activities, in the recent past, Western countries wanted to get the
country divided through President Mahinda Rajapaksa. But this was not
achieved since President Mahinda Rajapaksa did not listen to Western
forces. Instead he managed to defeat the LTTE.
Since that happened against their will the Western forces are again
trying to divide this country. If a Western friendly regime existed in
the country it will be easy for them to manipulate.
If there is Government which opposes Western forces they try to
topple that government. The Western countries are doing this to many
other countries and Sri Lanka is not the only place.
Prof. Nalin de Silva
Sri Lanka also faces the same threat and these Western forces are
trying to take President Mahinda Rajapaksa to the guillotine. I can very
clearly say that Western forces want to bring Sarath Fonseka to power
and oust Mahinda Rajapaksa.
I have no doubt about it and I am very straight forward about my
statement. We can see Ranil Wickremesinghe trying to gain the attention
of the Western countries through special speeches made to Parliament and
different methods. Sarath Fonseka not only is against the Government but
is also against the country.
At this juncture as citizens what we should do is to be more
concerned about the country rather looking in to our personal comforts.
We should be more concerned to establish true independence in the
country. Sending Mahinda Rajapaksa as an accused would make an
environment for more Prabhakaran like figures to emerge.
This country will be divided and given to certain Tamil politicians.
We are in this independence struggle. Not with any one else but with
Mahinda Rajapaksa. Like Trotsky’s conception of ‘permanent revolution’
this struggle in Sri Lanka is a permanent independent struggle.
I don’t know how long the struggle will continue but it will be a
struggle for permanent independence. Whatever the steps the Western
forces can take , be it an attack or an economic sanction, at present
what we need to do is defeat the Western powers. Government officials
and Ministers in Geneva will look after the theoretical side of the
issue but they cannot fight it alone. We as citizens need to stand by
our country and its leader.”
Senior Counsel S.L. Gunasekara said that it is of utmost importance
for countries facing the danger of being swallowed by western
imperialism to get together and form a front. “If you see the chain of
events of the recent past all those who did not obey America were
murdered,” he said. Following are the excerpts of his comments.
“I have been suggesting from the beginning that the right minded
countries should get together to stand up against these Western forces.
Countries in the danger of being oppressed by the Western Imperialism
should stand up together and this is essential.” We must band together
with them and have a movement where we jointly oppose the West. It is
impossible for us as poor countries to stand up (alone) against the
West. He further explained that by building far more strength from the
like minded countries and those countries that are in danger of being
swallowed up and oppressed by the West, will be more effective. “If you
see the chain of events of the recent past all who did not obey America
were murdered. Such as Saddam Hussein, Muammar Gaddafi who stood up
against the Western forces were murdered,” he said. There are dictators
in other countries also, but they are no harmed. “I suspect the next
target would be our President Mahinda Rajapaksa. I have always said
“We got independence in 1948. Since then nobody has tried to
interfere with us. And tell us what to do.”
“It is like the rich man and the poor man. Though a man is poor the
rich man can’t tell him on how to lead his life. In the same way we are
a poor country. But that doesn’t mean that rich countries like America
and Britain can tell us what to do.
Will America listen to what we say and do accordingly. If tell them
to close down the Gunatanamo bay facility will they do that? Obviously
When American officials come to Sri Lanka even the Sri Lankan
President will give an audience and listen to them.
But suppose our External Affairs Minister or a high official of such
a rank like the Secretary to the External Affairs Ministry goes to
America , will he get a chance to enter the White House? He added saying
that laying red carpet to such foreign people we as citizens also become
“A foreigner must know he is a foreigner. What right has foreigners
from the rich countries to come here and tell us what to do when they
torture and murder people in Pakistan sending the Navy seals without any
kind of permission or even having the courtesy of informing Pakistan on
sending them and killing a person,” he said.
Questioning this incident he pointed out, “Now suppose Prabhakaran
went to America will we be able to send our Commandos and take action
against him? America wouldn’t let us do that. How can they stop
Shavendra Silva coming to a UN panel.
Shavendra Silva is a legally appointed official nominated by a group
of officials of the United Nations.
To the West we are still servants, colonial slaves. They can’t get
over that. We contribute to that by bowing down to the white man.
Because there is nothing our people like than getting a free trip to the
So our greed also goes against us. That is the part of our problem.”