By Lalith Dhammika Mendis
War is not a term with the meaning restricted to denote an armed conflict. The word war could be used in a variety of contexts to denote a situation of conflict, hostility, contention or contest involving nations, communities, business enterprises or any other entities or groupings vying for superiority over their opponents. Although Sri Lanka succeeded in achieving victory against one of the most ruthless armed movements, the bitter truth is that, being complacent about an imaginary victory is a farfetched notion.
Whilst the majority of Sri Lankans may relish this thinking that the enemy has been vanquished lock stock and barrel, it is pertinent for every peace loving member of society to wake up to the reality that there is a potent threat to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of this country. The grand conclusion of the war is increasingly becoming a symbolic feat, as the de facto war waged by the international community is gaining momentum.
It is a well known fact that the armed conflict was actively funded by local and international sources which include the so-called Diasporas consisting of Tamil speaking people who left the country during the protracted conflict and those who made use of it as an opportunity to seek greener pastures. The end of the war jubilantly proclaimed by the Sri Lankan regime with the massacre of the terrorist leaders did not obviously augur well for the Diasporas. They left no stone unturned by working day and night in their relentless quest to unleash the might of their influential host countries to arm twist the tiny Sri Lankan nation into submission.
Malicious international campaigns designed to bring Sri Lanka to disrepute and portray it as a "Pariah" state has been moving in acceleration and gathering momentum. Hostile forces from various organs of the UN system in cahoots with some of the powerful hypocritical regimes that are engaged in blatant violation of international humanitarian laws committing heinous crimes against humanity in the glare of the public eye have shamelessly joined the bandwagon as crusaders of human rights.
Whilst their own track record is a far cry from perfect, these powerful countries demonstrate tremendous audacity in their sinister attempt to breathe down the neck of the present government calling for the speedy execution of the accountability process to investigate human rights violations. All these adverse developments currently taking place in the global scene prove one simple fact; the war that has been waged against the sovereignty of the Republic of Sri Lanka is far from over. It is a hostile campaign executed by international accomplices of the rump LTTE and the Diasporas to bring about a diplomatic strangulation of the GOSL, to an extent where it would be compelled to submit to the undue pressures from many quarters.
The repetitive diplomatic faux pas being made and the debacles experienced by the government in the recent past bear ample testimony to the efficacy of the virulent campaign launched by the Diasporas and LTTE rump to cause maximum damage to the country’s image on the international stage.
It is no doubt that misguided diplomatic strategies of the state machinery too has contributed to the success of the enemy’s endeavours in no small measure. Elected representatives from all hues and ideologies must realise that, when Sri Lanka as a country loses on the international stage, it does not signify the defeat of the regime in power, but denotes that the whole country has lost out. This imposes a mammoth responsibility on the collective polity to stick together and act coherently based on a sound strategy to tackle without further delay, domestic issues and international threats arising out of post-war developments, with a view to safeguarding the country’s interests.
When the head of state promises to UN Chief & others with immediate devolution and equal treatment and does not keep his word as usual (like election promises) & do not allow any independent monitors/agencies to visit certain areas for number of years. It will definitely create suspicions. If we think we are smart and others are fool (not always) and try to sell whatever we think is right, it will become evident one day, that we are wrong. Appoint many committees and all their findings end up at dustbins, this is what happens. Any peace loving person will know this. When you are not in power, you are an humanitarian. When you are in power you are an abuser?? Very Sad. patriotism fails when you use the same trump card over and over again. Dont try the same trick everytime.
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