The UNCHR has adopted the resolution on Sri Lanka, without a vote. We have two more years to give further proof of peace building and reconciliation.
Don’t we feel great about using the Lord Naseby facts to strengthen our case?
Shouldn’t we feel even greater that the number of Tamil civilians allegedly killed at the final stages of the war has been reduced to about 6,000 (as Lord Naseby says) and not that hugely bloody 40,000 as claimed by the Tamil Diaspora?
Should we also not be proud it was a white Lord of the United Kingdom, our former colonial master, who helped put this record straight, and not any Brown Sahib, with whatever punditry, from our part of the world?
Isn’t it also great that we were able to use the Lord Naseby facts in response to a resolution proposed by his home country – the United Kingdom, together with other western powers? We have shown how Whites can be used to fight the Whites! Are we learning from New Zealand?
A cause for greater joy is that for two more years, and even after, we can well ignore those nearly 6,000 or more Tamil civilians who may have allegedly been the victims of War Crimes. Just remember one thing…our War Heroes never killed innocent Tamil civilians; their victims were all terrorists.
Another cause for glory this weekend is the battle we are launching against Singapore. Isn’t it time to let those who matter in Singapore know we have a leader who knows how to use both the ‘Madu Valigey’ and the Anti-Corruption Sword to fight his enemies?
Surely, Singapore cannot continue to shelter Arjuna Mahendran, the strategist of the Central Bank Bond Scam, by talking about some alleged documents we have not provided. They must know we have not brought any charges against our politicians and their catchers who were involved in this scam. Yes, we have brought charges against Arjuna Mahendran’s son-in-law Arjun Aloysius and Kasun Palisena, his chief financial officer, and that is all. The local politico-crooks who got penthouse rent and cash cheques from the same Aloysius are roaming free in the politics of a crooked democracy.
Are we about to launch a competition with Singapore on the depths of corruption in government and business? Better keep guessing.
The joy and glory of this week come from many sources. Speaker Karu Jayasuriya was honoured with the Sasana Keerthi Sri Deshabhimani Award, by the Mahanayake of the Malwatta Chapter of the Sangha with the Supreme Council of Bhikkhus. He keeps gathering awards from other countries too, for his service to democracy and the Rule of Law.
I think Speaker Karu Jayasuriya quite unknowingly earned another great recognition this week, when the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, ruled that Prime Minister Theresa May could not move a defeated resolution in the same session of parliament. He quoted a ruling from 1604, which has thrown Theresa May into more crisis than she was in. This had the same courage and strength as Speaker Jayasuriya’s firm decisions to overcome the threats from the Sirisena-Rajapaksa ‘constitutional coup’ last year. Seventy years after independence. Speaker Jayasuriya showed we still honour and follow some of the historical achievements of the House of Commons.
There is rising glory and joy for the ‘pohottuva’ backers with the Rajapaksa family leak that Gotabaya will be the candidate for the next presidential poll. The US Embassy here must know more about this than we do. But there is a loss of joy for the Sirisena team because this is a clear message of his not being the Rajapaksa nominee for the next presidency. The song and dance of the Gota Team will certainly be a ritual of sorrow for the Sirisena Naadagama set.
This is a weekend of Green Joy too. Tomorrow is the 70th birthday of Ranil Wickremesinghe. As he reaches three score and ten, Ranil has the largest number of Prime Minister and Opposition Leader posts in his baggage, and one presidential defeat, too. This birthday may bring him some exciting opportunities with the emerging clash with Singapore – yes, over his good friend Arjuna Mahendran, and an accelerated fight with the Sirisena Naadagama.
As he marks seventy, with a record of active service in parliament, Ranil Wickremesinghe will have to carry out a redoubled fight to retain his party leadership in the coming months, and for him, or his party, to decide whether he is its next presidential or prime ministerial candidate. This writer will wish him a Happy Birthday and Many Happy Returns, too. But, in the political arena, the greens do need to think of other names to face the challenges ahead.
This Weekend of Glory has promise of weekly worry ahead.