Critics of the Government & enemies of the State

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Janaka Perera

There is no better defence for Sri Lanka at the next sessions of the Geneva UNHRC sessions in March than Corrupted Journalism – Channel 4 and Sri Lanka, a collective work by Engage Sri Lanka. Our think tanks (if there are any) should thoroughly absorb the facts in this publication and arm SL delegates to the March UNHRC sessions with sufficient ammunition to face the ‘diplomatic’ enemy

This book, first published in 2013 fully exposes the unproved, unsubstantiated war crimes allegations C-4 has made against this country. Corrupted Journalism unmasks the so-called witnesses this dubious media channel has produced and demolishes their credibility

The Geneva sessions will again expose the Sri Lankan traitors who will serve the agenda of C-4, the pro-LTTE Tamil Diaspora and other forces which are hell-bent on destabilizing the country in the name of human rights and democracy.

Prior to the outbreak of LTTE terrorism, criticism of whatever Government in Sri Lanka by the Opposition, the media and others was from purely a domestic perspective. There were no direct or indirect calls for foreign intervention or demands by foreign powers to solve our national issues to fit their agendas. In other words there were in general no political Trojan horses.

Although there may have been some attempts to meddle in Sri Lankan affairs during the insurgency of April 1971 they did not go very far and received much less media attention compared to what began to happen over three decades later, especially after the India imposed the 13th Amendment, which had no mandate from the people.

Today when it comes to anti-government criticism the line dividing those who do so in the national interest and those who do it for other dubious objectives has become increasingly blurred. As a result many people find it difficult to distinguish one from the other.

One group comprises the parliamentary Opposition and others who criticize the government on issues pertaining to the national and public interest. They are only opponents of the Government at the most. The others are undoubtedly enemies of the State but pretending otherwise.

During the war none in the first group supported the LTTE agenda overtly or covertly or called for ‘negotiated settlements’ and did not give priority to other issues over the main problem (Tiger terrorism). Since the end of the fighting some of them have critically drawn attention – as it should be -to other issues such as abuse of the law, thuggery and corruption, nepotism, foreign policy blunders and related matters.

But in the face of threats by the so-called international community their patriotic stance remains the same. They include JVP and UNP members too despite their strong criticism of the Rajapaksa regime.

It is the second group we have to be extremely wary of. To them criticism of the Rajapaksas is merely a spring board to reach a bigger objective – destablise the country and bring the armed forces into disrepute in the interests of foreign powers. During the war these critics seldom or never really condemned LTTE terrorism but were more focused on the conduct of our police and security forces.

The latter’s bravery and self-sacrifice was hardly or never recognized. Some of the pundits claimed the Tigers can never be defeated. They were relentlessly calling for ‘negotiated settlements’. Some pundits even went to the extent of proposing partition of the country as an option. Hardly any of them raised their voices against the LTTE in international forums.

But today many of these hypocrites scream from the roof tops against real and alleged human rights abuses in the country. These dubious critics include members of well-funded NGOs which organise foreign trips for them to raise human rights issues against Sri Lanka in global forums. Their aim is not just a regime change but to make sure (1) that Sri Lanka becomes a country with a weak central government (whoever is in power) which will never dare to antagonize the West and will ‘tame the Sinhalese’ to serve foreign interests. Ironically some of them are supposedly Marxist revolutionaries, who wanted the Government to stop the military offensive against the Tigers during the last stages of the war. It was the same demand the British and Americans made.

And just like the West their local agents too are not interested in probing what happened during 30 years of war (including the IPKF operations) but only the events that occurred during the final days of the conflict. These people have had almost nothing positive to say about the Sri Lankan State either during the war or afterwards. To them everything about the country was and is negative.

To name a few of these self-proclaimed Sri Lankan defenders of freedom and human rghts: Nimalka Fernando, Pakiasothy Saravanamuttu, Sunanda Deshapriya, Wikramabahu Karunaratne, Kishali Pinto Jayawardene and the late Sunila Abeysekera.

In an interview with the December 8 Sunday Lankadeepa Wikramabahu openly says he would welcome payments from the Tamil Diaspora (obviously the pro-Tiger Tamils) for what he is “doing in building an opinion among the Sinhala people on behalf of the Tamil people’s freedom!”

He was responding to a question about allegations that he is being paid by Tamil Diaspora. He denied being paid even five cents so far. He said if they paid him it would be very good since he would then be in a position to build a stronger campaign to reach his objectives.

It is amazing that these buffoons are allowed to make such statements to the local media and still say there is no media freedom freedom in SL.

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