Former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka who was released this week said that he would not take revenge against those who had put him through an atrocious ordeal over the past two and a half years.
Speaking to the Daily Mirror Mr. Fonseka claimed that President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa were directly responsible for the suffering he endured.
“I will not take revenge against them and the vicious acts they committed against me. I feel very sorry for them because I expected them to act like good statesmen, yet instead they took advantage of the situation and the powers that they had been given,” he said.
He claimed that the members in the government alliance were unable to voice their differing opinions under the rule of the President. “They are in a worse prison than I was in, they can’t speak and they can’t hear—you can classify them any way you like,” he said. Mr. Fonseka further insinuated that there were cracks appearing in the government and members of the government alliance were likely to soon turn on the President and the axis of power he has created around his family.
In response to the comments by the government about various opposition parties riding on his coattails, the former Army Chief said the government too had at one time been at an advantage due to the good work he had carried out.
“They say that others are receiving light under my lamp, but the truth is that while I was Army Commander they too were illuminated by my lamp. Even today, I don’t shine my light for myself it is for the people of this country—anyone can take cover under that light, even the government,” he said. (Dianne Silva)
This is the true qualities of a True Gentleman. Forgiveness is the best revenge a man can give.. I salute you with Honor.
Priyantha Saturday, 26 May 2012 07:45 AM
Karuna Saturday, 26 May 2012 07:50 AM
LTTE top commanders had very good respect for SF for his abilities. But unfortunately, it is sad that those who benfited on SF's field achivements put him behind bars. Reason... this is SRI LANKA.
Ravi Saturday, 26 May 2012 08:09 AM
Agreed. A realy leader
sriminnal Saturday, 26 May 2012 08:17 AM
Sir, you don't need to take revenge against those who put you into problem. God will punish them hardly and you will sit and watch that day.
Ruhunu Kolla Saturday, 26 May 2012 08:27 AM
Also, do not reimpose your name in war monuments, where it had been removed, as the future generations will come to know how the so called patriotic buddhist leaders treated this great war hero, who led the war to FINAL VICTORY!
Faqi Saturday, 26 May 2012 08:54 AM
Why is he once again 'shooting his mouth'? That was what got him in prison the last time. Why not lie low and wait for the opportune time to take whatever action he intends without antagonizing the establishment? If he does play his cards intelligently he has a good chance of the people rallying behind him and he could be the next President. But he must be patient.
Dinithi Saturday, 26 May 2012 08:57 AM
When MR has forgiven and pardoned you, as a gentleman, you should forgive too. Good!! Now you know at least what to say.
jagath Saturday, 26 May 2012 09:01 AM
THEY WILL GET WHAT THEY INVESTED
shanthamadawela Saturday, 26 May 2012 03:21 PM
Playing with fire,....
Benett Saturday, 26 May 2012 07:35 AM
Spoken like a true Buddhist! Thank you and bless you!
Yehiya Saturday, 26 May 2012 03:46 PM
MR started carrier as friends of working class, but today...................
zion Saturday, 26 May 2012 03:57 PM
Well Said SF. Hope you will be keep it up SF.
Rafeek Mohamed Saturday, 26 May 2012 04:57 PM
The lords verdict may be slow but very powerful, we will wait & see.
Sathees Saturday, 26 May 2012 04:56 PM
Didn't you say that the Army should be removed from North & East and let the Army do what they are good at and not public service? I think you are an Army guy too. Isn't it?
sujeewa p Saturday, 26 May 2012 05:08 PM
Well said. But over estimated.
jaya Saturday, 26 May 2012 05:10 PM
An Officer and a Gentleman!
Sena Saturday, 26 May 2012 05:07 PM
Don't you have any other news to be published in the country?
jaya Saturday, 26 May 2012 05:22 PM
SF IS CORRECT WHAT HE SAYS AND WHAT GOVERNMENT MEDIA MAKES OUT OF IT IS DIFFERANT. OUR COUNTRY NEEDS TO CLEAR ITS NAME AND BE A GADAFFI FREE COUNTRY
Madhura De Silva Saturday, 26 May 2012 07:21 PM
An Officer and a Gentleman!!! All the best sir!!
kira Sunday, 27 May 2012 12:52 AM
Good leaders do not make mistakes
bernard Saturday, 26 May 2012 05:50 AM
You are a gentleman.
Dhushy Saturday, 26 May 2012 02:37 AM
100% True Sir
Imran Hussein Saturday, 26 May 2012 05:24 AM
You are miles ahead General. You are a Gentleman.
Podi Wije Saturday, 26 May 2012 05:24 AM
No that he won't. Cant take revange!!
ashram el Saturday, 26 May 2012 05:22 AM
better option , sorry the only option for you is to join UNP and to make strengthen RW . if not your attempts would be invain sir....
Fusion Saturday, 26 May 2012 05:26 AM
Sad, but true. Even a government politician that voices honest opposition becomes a target to to the ruling elite. This has been the case for decades now but looks like things are getting much more vicious.
Labby Saturday, 26 May 2012 05:27 AM
Word of a statesman.
Lankan Saturday, 26 May 2012 05:30 AM
you are the real gentle man.
Minister Saturday, 26 May 2012 05:27 AM
Forgiveness if the best way of revenge!
tom Saturday, 26 May 2012 05:34 AM
cracks appearing in the government and members -already one leg of rambuks and two on desilvas head
Dilip Perera Saturday, 26 May 2012 05:42 AM
SF must focus on "Prisoners under custody of UPFA Prison"
Ling Saturday, 26 May 2012 05:45 AM
SF is really a very dangerous man to be released n very dangerous to the country.
Just count on what he had said so far, sound so familar, yes you got it from the enemy's voice.
Btw, regarding the lamp, what is President off the lamp before the war n put somebody to look after the lamp, what can you do, can u by force On it again.
Godaya Saturday, 26 May 2012 02:11 AM
Well said sir. I salute you.
Sudesh Saturday, 26 May 2012 05:48 AM
I too salute you Sir.Well said.Their media is everywhere to twist and misinterpret what you say.Be careful.We love you.
mike Saturday, 26 May 2012 05:48 AM
sir very hard to belive u have changed. you are well known for revenge. you alone did not win the war. you were part of that team that won it. if not for Gota u wl never be the army commander as u were way down the line. your power hunger landed you in jail. you are a good commander but not a politician
sahdi Saturday, 26 May 2012 06:02 AM
DEAR SIR.....! YOU ARE GREAT MAN.........
pension kaaraya Saturday, 26 May 2012 06:07 AM
your statement shows you are a genuine gentlemen, Sir.
No Need-Minorities Saturday, 26 May 2012 06:10 AM
hip hop Saturday, 26 May 2012 06:44 AM
ys ys ... even UN as well
Mohammed Saturday, 26 May 2012 06:45 AM
your vision is okay but the steps taken was wrong.
priyanandan pari Saturday, 26 May 2012 06:48 AM
you cant ...cuz mr is very smarter than you are...
richardson Saturday, 26 May 2012 07:02 AM
A gentleman is always a gentleman
Kusum E Saturday, 26 May 2012 07:07 AM
WELL SAID, SIR! HOPE MORE WILL COME OUT AS AND WHEN THEY COMMENT ON YOU.
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