24 September, 2020

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A Soldier & A Learned Man

By Sarath De Alwis

Sarath de Alwis

Sarath de Alwis

“To hell with the truth! As the history of the world proves, the truth has no bearing on anything. It’s irrelevant and immaterial, as the lawyers say.” – EUGENE O’NEILL, The Iceman Cometh

The Minister of Justice Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe describes himself as a ‘Maha Pragnnaya’ – a great intellectual. Undoubtedly he is a learned man.

He made a frightening and shocking pronouncement on Saturday 9th January 2016 –the first Anniversary of the Maithri Ranil consensual coalition. Intervening in a live program on Sirasa TV he said that Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka was a mentally retarded – ‘Mandha Budhdhikayek’ b. was corrupt and had amassed a sum of Rupees 887 lakhs in questionable tender deals while being the army commander.

If the former Army Commander was guilty of corruption his elevation to the rank of field marshal has to be revoked. If indeed, Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka is mentally retarded reason dictates that those who decided to confer on him that singular honor – President Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe should ensure that their cerebral capacity is not as impaired as the Minister of Justice seems to suggest.

The ease, the resolve and the speed with which the Minister of Justice convicts Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka of financial wrong doing by arbitrary fiat and his equally vehement exoneration of former defense secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksea and ‘Avant-garde’ Chairman Nissanka Senadhipathi undermines the entire raison d’etre of the Maithripala Presidency and the platform of the so-called consensual coalition.

If the Minister of Justice is to be believed, the Presidential pardon and the elevation of the former Commander of the army to the rank of Field Marshal was a farce. It was nothing less than an expedient political circus. His earlier convictions and incarceration under the former dispensation was no aberration of justice. The remonstration that the war winning general was the victim of a political vendetta of the Rajapsaksa sibling’s stands exposed as blatantly empty rhetoric of the anti Rajapakse coalition. Mr. Wijeyadasa Rajsapakshe cannot have it both ways.

The vast majority of the public are determinedly skeptical about lawyers and politicians. In the case of lawyer politicians, the skepticism is quadrupled. Jonathan Swift said it best. Lawyers make up a society of men bred up from youth in the art of proving by words multiplied for the purpose, that white is black and black is white, according as they are paid”

We have already witnessed how overzealous representation and loyalty to his client compelled the former Minister of Law and Order to tender his resignation. What is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander. The mandate of 8th January 2015 is not to ‘bandage the wounds of victims beneath the wheel of injustice but to drive a spoke in to the wheel itself. ‘

Mr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe the eminent president’s counsel is fond of describing himself as ‘the great intellect ‘ [Maha Praagnnya] . He may not see the odious irony of his peculiar logic. He is the archetypal lawyer who qualifies in legalese pulp fiction as the ‘shyster mouthpiece’. In his public indictment of the decorated soldier he has presented a new stumper to the Prime Minister and the President. They will have to decide whether Field Marshal is entitled to hold that rank or the Minister of Justice can continue to hold office as a member of the cabinet.

Field Marshal Fonseka has come a long way from those early days of the quick-tempered irascible soldier thrust in to the whirl pool of politics. With great dignity he told the President and the Prime Minister that they cannot hunt with the hounds and run with the hares.

The current political landscape is hopelessly devoid of firm convictions and moral content. The meandering with no purpose has allowed opportunists of the caliber of the Minister of Justice to hold sway.

Truth is an essential part of morality. That places truth far removed from the game that is called politics. So much so that a politician is identified more with deceit and deception in this current circus that promises us good governance and transparency.

Plato writes in his “Letters VII and VIII” of his hopes and disillusionment with the ‘Thirty Wise Men’ who promised reforms. “I expected that this government would bring about a change from corrupt to an upright administration. I found that it took these men no time at all to make the previous government look like an age of gold.”

On the first anniversary the President and the Prime Minister must undertake a serious and honest introspection. That will enable them to realize how far behind they are in terms of the objectives they set out to achieve.

They have allowed democratic freedoms. They must now lead the nation in regaining the lost morality in public life.

 

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    Nice try Mr Sarath..

    Fonny has to do a Lazarus after UNP Wije’s Howitzer attack.

    However I am a bit crossed with Wije for calling the Rtd Field Marshall a retard..

    Which is an insult to the intellectually disabled people.

    Intellectually disabled people are like our Dalits in Economic terms.

    Retard is a deregatory term which is used in the West .

    And it is unacceptable.

    Rtd Field Marshal is a halfwit according to Wije’s description..

    May be it is a difficulty in translating English to Sinhale or Vice Versa..

    Anyway Wije is one of the cleanest If any any clean politicians are around in Yahapalanaya.

    And he doesn’t need commissions or donations to live like an Elite.

    So he can speak his mind without sucking up to any one ..

    Fonny’s defence is that he took the money, 85 Million in total legitimately from his Office to the Bank.

    How cool.

    One has to be a halfwit for sure, to use that sort of excuse.

    Prince Anura sold the grand old JVP to Batalanada for 25 Lakhs.

    Haven’t heard the Price carrying on about corruption and Yahapalanaya after Wije’s Howitzer attack.

    There are another two gutter mouths in Yahapalanaya who forced five thousand war winning soldiers to the crap heap of unemployed in Yahapalana first year.

    My new year wish is that Wije will get more strength to roll out the Howitzer and fire a few volleys at those two halfwits.

    BTW way the Porky minister of Yahapalanaya threatened Sumathipala to meet him in courts, after getting a mud bath on prime time TV about selling Govt land and pocketing the dosh..

    But this Rtd Field Marshall was begging the President to sack Wije..

    That sounds even more cool..

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      KASmaalam K.A Sumanasekera

      “Prince Anura sold the grand old JVP to Batalanada for 25 Lakhs.”

      Can I take this opportunity to remind you that Somawansa the only surviving politburo member who sold his soul and his dead comrades to Hindia in order to save his life from Kessel Watte kids father, Gota, Sarath, Deputy Inspector General of Police Premadasa Udugampola, and other war criminals?

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    Sorry guys,

    I meant to put “Halwit & an Intellectual” as the heading..

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      Sumaney:
      Do you REALLY have to keep filling the pages of CT with your lunacies?
      I suppose you are the “Halwit” (whatever that is), though you, probably consider yourself an “intellectual” like that other indescribable you-know-what parading as a Minister of Justice!

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        Thnx Mr Poorten for proof reading.

        Between earning a Quid and playing Golf it is hard to keep up with all the Yahapalana developments, to check how these fuq up our Dalits,on a daily basis.

        The latest seems to be the Yahapalana Penal Code on our Dalit Buddhist Monks from non Malwaatu & non Asgiri Nikayas.

        That Professor ( can’t even remember the name) berating your Yahapalanaya in front of the Colombo Elite with the Whisky Madam and the Condo Madam alongside , was really pleasing to watch.

        I nearly missed my time slot listening to it. Even then it was worth it.

        The pro gave me the impression that it was a relief to Ven Sobitha that he is no more to see his beloved Yahapalanay in the hands of halfwits and nitwits who weren’t even elected .

        And the newspaper had given it a cool heading too, which is what attracted my attention.

        Bourgeoisie Vs the Proletariat.

        But it really should have been Bourgeoisie Vs Bourgeoisie who are pissed off..

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    The letter of demand from Avant Guard to the Sri Lanka Navy demanding 2.5 billion was probably authored by this joker – Avant Guard WIjedasa Jarapassa!

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      Dead on Kapila! Avant Guard Wijedasa Jarapassa is the so called Minister of Justice, no less, in the Miracle of Modayas!

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    Excellent. Intelligent words and wise quotes. The government should take heed. It is time to rid the government of shysters, duplicitous cheats and thiefs of all sorts. SF may not be made for politics, but he was a soldier’s soldier who won the respect of all ranks of his men. He won the war from the front. His caustic and I judicious words hurt me as a Tamil, but that does not in any way diminish his abilities as a soldier or the army commander. However, Wijedasa Rajapakse was a man who ran away from the fight for Shiranee Bandaranake, when gunshot was fired at his home, which prompted MR to visit him. He is neither a man of principles nor courage.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      Dear Dr.Rajasingham Narendran,

      Time and again your comments prove you to be a man with principles.

      Apart from that, I found these words particularly moving: “His caustic and (in)judicious words hurt me as a Tamil, but that does not in any way diminish his abilities as a soldier or the army commander”

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        You are right. He is one honest man though he doesn’t agree with me that Sri Lanka is a small country to be further devided into political units based on ethnicity and religion and even if you want to the way they are geographically distributed makes it totally impractical. He doesn’t see that his own vision of Mahaweli waters to North cannot be realised if land powers are given to provincial councils.

        Soma

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        Sinkala Man:

        No Dr.R.N has wobbly legs broken by Freedom Figters. With his wobbly legs he is struugling to stand for what is Right and what is wrong.

        I will tell you what is Right and what is Wrong.

        Tamils asking for their God given right is RIGHT

        The Sinkalams denying that right for the last 67 years and butchering us for being Tamils is WRONG.

        The World has finally recognised this and Sinhala lanka is being dictated to. Face facts

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      WR, An insult to SL

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      Dr.R.N

      If SF was a Soldiers Soldier can you answer the following.

      The following killings happend under his watch

      1) Prabakarans Son
      2) Lasantha
      3) The other editor

      Finally the mass killing of 140,000 under him ( although he was taking orders from Gotha ) which after denial for a very long time he is begining to admit.
      US has charged him with Genocide by refusing Visa and Green Card,

      Stop standing up for CRIMINALS and for once stand up for what is right and what is wrong.

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      Dr,Rajasingham Narendran

      Watch out, JVP is gearing up to its old tricks. AKD believes changes to constitution may not benefit the minorities.

      I suspect JVP is getting ready for its own turf war in the South, using the tried and failed Sinhala/Buddhist smart ass patriotism.

      Things may turn out nasty when a draft constitution comes up for debate.

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        Dear Native,

        JVP Prince is out of bounds in the South .May be he has to settle in Batalanda.

        Or get a ticket from Batalanda Ranil to contest in Cinnamon or Wellala gardens.

        Otherwise Prince and his mates will be chased by the irate Sinhala Buddhists the same way as they chased Sobitha and his Minister Abiththaya from Embilapitiya.

        BTW, Does the new constitution allow Batalanda to hand out Ministries to the also rans..

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    Being mentally retarded appears to be a criterion to be made the Head of the Sri Lankan army in recent times.Benson

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    Little wonder that Wijedasa Rajapakse is still the Min. of Justice after the exposure that he was (is?) in the pay of Avant Garde. But this only confirms the position of the purveyors of the Yahapalanaya promises!

    Just about everyone who is interested knows that Wijedasa is not a moral or ethical man, so him resigning (like Marapone) was always out of the question.

    He should have been fired!

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      Captain Marvel

      “Just about everyone who is interested knows that Wijedasa is not a moral or ethical man, so him resigning (like Marapone) was always out of the question.

      Could you suggest a few names that would satisfy your stringent standards.

      “He should have been fired!”

      No.

      The entire cabinet and junior ministers should be sacked and the corrupt bureaucracy abolished.

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        “The entire cabinet and junior ministers should be sacked and the corrupt bureaucracy abolished.” – and give the country back to the English to rule.

        We Sinhala Buddhist majoritarian Sri Lankans have time and again proved abysmally deficient in running our own affairs.

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        That’s a tough one, NV – your guess would be as good as mine!!

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        That’s a tough one, NV – your guess is as good as mine!

        And I would agree with you that ” The entire cabinet and junior ministers should be sacked and the corrupt bureaucracy abolished”.

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        Native
        I will vote with you for the sacking and abolishment of the ‘entire cabinet and junior ministers and the corrupt bureaucracy”
        But will that dream becomes a reality?

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    The ruling society, wanted to leave out political Party differences for the sake of Rajapakshe family and that is why Ranil and Maithri have appointed Wijeyadasa Rajapaksha as Justice Minister; he in turn responding the way he is expected by the two leaders. Even Rajitha is out of this under deal.
    There is no point we squabbling about this.
    As has been said in this article restoration justice and conferring Field Marshal on Sarath Fonseka is just a political marketing no doubt!

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    Dear Sarath: You said: “Undoubtedly his is a learned man”. I too watched that TV programme live and when Mr. Rajapakse was provided with the opportunity to express his opinion, he made use of it to say what he had told earlier; but to direct a very LOW and a DIRTY remark at FM Sarath Fonseka. In my assessment, judging from that “Outburst”, he is not at all a “LEARNED” man. In my opinion, when a person is “Learned”, he/she becomes very “civilized” and “disciplined” in ACTION and WORDS. In comparison to the way (body language and in words) FM Sarath Fonseka responded to that “Dirty” and “outrageous” outburst of this Cabinet Minister (in-charge of Justice of the country) I now know the low caliber of our “LEARNED” persons who have been selected to serve in the Cabinet of Yahapalanaya. Mr. President and Prime Minister: you should be ASHAMED to have selected these types of “LEARNED” persons to assign Cabinet positions and responsibilities and even to associate these types. Both of you have so far proved to the people of your “incapacity” and “incapability” of selecting people to hold positions of responsibility and what HOPES do we have in “Good Governance”?

    Mr. Sarath: Thank you for bringing this subject to public attention.

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    Whereas I have not noted any problem with the mental capacities of FM Sarath Fonseka, the outpourings from the learned PC appear to be more and more irrational and desperate. Apparently there is something troubling the poor man despite being appointed as Minister of Justice.

    I request President Maithri and PM Ranil to look into this matter and alleviate this troubling condition. Maybe he feels impotent and decapitated as the Judiciary are not under his absolute control?

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    It is very pathetic that Sinhalese leaders are competing each other to claim victory in the war. Usually term “War” is used to describe the armed conflict between two countries. Sinhalese military commanders or Head of Armed forces (Prime Minister or Presidents) never involved in war with another country. The one and only leader who fought & won a war against another country (India) was one and only military commander V. Pirabhaharan.

    The victory over LTTE was a combined victory of 35 international countries including the super powers USA, Russia, China, and India.

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      Ajith,

      There was no battle between the MR govt and the LTTE led by VP. There was an understanding of the two leaderships to resolve but in the end VP and his supporters numbering around a forty thousand became the victims in the end. Sarath Fonseka is no Angel as he well knows the ‘Hoax of a War game’ they played assisted by the US and India. Hence VP buried all the War arsenal and decamped his strong hold Killinochchi in return for his part of the bargain that was never to be. On the other hand Rodrigo the Law College Principal who was removed can shed a lot of light how Wijedasa’s daughter passed her Law exams at Law College. All these buggers have skeletons in their cupboards.

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        gamini

        “Sarath Fonseka is no Angel as he well knows the ‘Hoax of a War game’ they played assisted by the US and India.”

        Could you shed some light on the role played by Janaka Perera, Gotabhaya, Sarath and 3 other Colonels in eliminating JVP in the late 1980s. I was told this 6 member elite(?) team was conducting it is own war against JVP and people.

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    Here is the conundrum.

    Fonseka made money when he was in the Army – Comma, full stop. He also got his then son-in-law involved as a conduit.

    Fonseka also knows all the rackets the Rajapakse’s ran involving the purchase of arms and supplies for the Army. Not a hum about any of this in factual format to the FCID or PRECIFAC by Fonseka, despite all his public pronouncements. In Sri Lanka, talk is cheap and free, and no white vans it seems. ( An achievement of the Yahapalanaya govt that is not often mentioned )

    Ranil and Maithri made a deal with the devil when they agreed to Fonseka’s Field Marshall demand in exchange for his support at the Presidential elections. It was a strategic move that will be judged differently, depending on one’s perspective. It served its purpose, which was to totally isolate the Rajapakses.

    The fact that Fonseka made such demands is a reflection on his character. Speaking to many Army contemporaries of his about his behaviour should give anyone the chills.

    As for Wijedasa Rajapakse: He is a mouthpiece for anyone who pays him. As simple as that. The entire cabinet is just that. Does anyone believe a word that Rajitha Senaratne utters. Has anyone bothered to investigate a single racket of his at the Fisheries Ministry? Paisa Mustafa is advising the President and Badiuddin’s mafia is running the Trade Ministry. The list is long and of very little consequence because we are in the side-building stage at the Maithri-SLFP.

    Ranil Wickremesinghe appears to have the view that structural reform of institutions is needed to weed out corruption and inefficiencies. He appears to have forgotten that the change has to come from the people running these places and not only from the rule books. Therein lies the next conundrum. Where does one find a group of Sri Lankans who will not take a bribe, ask for a bribe or do themselves and their friends a favor? We forgot how not to do these things, about a generation ago.

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      Very well said, Upul. That is indeed the conundrum.

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      Upul,

      You are right. It is like looking for a needle in a hay stack, looking for individuals who will not take a bribe or offer a bribe to get anything done in today’s society. Forty to fifty years ago, it was the other way about, where seldom one found someone who took a bribe or even offered a bribe. The decadence we see in society, I attribute to ‘Free Education’ that is responsible for all the ills. Today we are reaping what we sowed then. Socialism has indeed been a curse to this Nation where Postal Peons and the uneducated were allowed in Parliament to wipe out class barriers. This aspect is clearly seen in the Bureaucracy, the Professionals, the Academics, the High Priests of all Religions who succumb to Bribes and not only the Politicians. It is strange we still have Politicians in the calibre of Ranil Wickremasinghe from the old school who standout tall among the rest who are corrupt. I only hope and pray that he will succeed in mustering sufficient number of others like Eran Wickremaratne, Harsha De Silva to name a few who will assist RW to salvage this country.

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        Gamini

        A knife can be used in more ways than for cutting bread or stabbing a man.
        Likewise knowledge through education be used to better the quality of life or invent weapons for mass killing and destruction.
        Why lump Postal peons with the uneducated?
        The former at least are educated, thanks to free education, at least to read addresses on envelopes containing letters etc. and to deliver them at correct addresses.
        Some postal peons I know are over educated to do such a job, but have to opt for a posttal peon job because they were not able to compete with others who have good contacts or influence or can give a bribe to secure a suitable job to keep the wolf away from the door.
        Even Individuals such as Earn &Harsha would have had the benefit of free education, one of the many benefits of a socialist system. So why denigrate it as a curse?

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    A good piece from my former co-worker.

    As Citizens of our Nation, can we disagree without being disagreeable ?

    Until then, we will call each other names.

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    Absolute conundrum.

    SF is on the government side, right? Justice Minister Wije is also on the government side, right? But Wijedasa and SF are at loggerheads and publicly washing dirty linen. And the big brothers My3 and Ranil are impotent and are unable to do anything about it.

    It is whispered in the corridors of the Kotte Parliament that Wije stole all the files from the secret cabinet of MARA when he crossed over. Wije is supposed to have files on My3 and Ranil as well. No wonder Wije the convicted criminal was made the Minister of Justice, mind you, in this thrice blessed country.

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    Native Vedda: You said: “The entire cabinet and junior ministers should be sacked and the corrupt bureaucracy abolished”. This will not and cannot be done, But there is an easy way:- The PEOPLE must with one voice SACK both the President and the Prime Minister who betrayed the TRUST and CONFIDENCE placed on them. But that should not be to BRING BACK the “TYRANNICAL REGIME” and its ‘COHORTS’ that we got rid of in January 2015.

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    Indeed this Wijedasa is showing his “feet of clay” in a big way.

    As Upul says aren’t they all ?

    Maybe we need a lunatic and the JVP to run this Country….that’s about all that hasn’t been tried yet noh ?

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    Almost all Sri Lankan politicians have skeletons in the cupboard. There is always a corrupt deal, a criminal act, an illicit and exploitative affair, an involvement in some thievery, which they hide from the public. But those in politics keep private ledgers of these, of both friends and foes. And these are the things they barter with in public when they get into a feud. And, this trade is fair – carefully calibrated in each quarrel to match the other’s accusation; nothing more, nothing less.

    In this tussle, Field Marshall Fonseka is bound to come out better because his cupboard may be like that of Mother Hubbard’s, bare for all to see, and that of Justice Minister Rajapaksha’s, bursting at the seams!

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    Thank you, Sarath, for another excellent piece of journalism.
    Wijedasa Rajapaksha is truly indescribable and I am glad that people other than I remember how he ran away from the Shiranee Bandaranayake impeachment after a couple of shots were fired at his house, MR visited him and he suddenly decided to desert public view only to emerge with the flotsam and jetsam of MR2.
    Minister of Justice? This man should be given a special award for absolute duplicity and dishonesty not kept in a Cabinet tht is fast becoming a standing joke.
    Fonseka may not be my favourite person by a long shot, but, compared to Rajapaksha, he is a paragon of virtue!

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    So we have to cancel both WR and Fonnie because this fifth columnist does not like them?

    Why don’t you keep your opinions to yourself without bothering the CT readership?

    Don’t think sun rises from your backside, Sri Lankan politics will continue without your poisonous opinions.

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    Sarath De Alwis –

    A Soldier & A Learned Man

    Something seems to have upset you in a way which has made you attack the Minister of Justice in defence of SF calling into question the Credibility and judgment of MS RW.

    Let me see if I can diagnose and prescribe some medicine.

    1) The Minister of Justice Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe describes himself as a ‘Maha Pragnnaya’ – a great intellectual. Undoubtedly he is a learned man.

    *** It is not up to WR to indulge in self glorification but others to judge but not by the likes of SF who has blood and dirt on his hands.

    2) He made a frightening and shocking pronouncement on Saturday 9th January 2016 –the first Anniversary of the Maithri Ranil consensual coalition. Intervening in a live program on Sirasa TV
    a) he said that Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka was a mentally retarded – ‘Mandha Budhdhikayek’

    *** He might be right and that might explain why SF never had the mental capacity to question or challenge the conduct of his Soldiers who killed innocent civilians in cold blood by shelling Hospitals.

    b. was corrupt and had amassed a sum of Rupees 887 lakhs in questionable tender deals while being the army commander.

    *** This is the Pot calling Kettle black.

    3) If the former Army Commander was guilty of corruption his elevation to the rank of field marshal has to be revoked. If indeed, Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka is mentally retarded reason dictates that those who decided to confer on him that singular honor – President Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe should ensure that their cerebral capacity is not as impaired as the Minister of Justice seems to suggest.

    *** Yes it should be revoked and This is the million dollar question.
    These are sadly for the Tamils War winning Criminals and the list is endless and are adored by the Nation. .
    MR, Gotha SW etc.

    President Srisena was part of the evil empire and they were his Comrades. You dont have to question his Judgment it was his loyalty which prompted him to elevate SW to the rank of Field Marshal.
    When the UN charged Sri Lanka with mass killings the first word uttered by MS & RW were that we will protect the War Heroes using Government resources expertise. Not a single word said about justice for the Victims and that tells you in plain Sinhalese where their loyalties lie although MS was elected by Tamil Vote.

    4) The ease, the resolve and the speed with which the Minister of Justice convicts Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka of financial wrong doing by arbitrary fiat and his equally vehement exoneration of former defense secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksea and ‘Avant-garde’ Chairman Nissanka Senadhipathi undermines the entire raison d’etre of the Maithripala Presidency and the platform of the so-called consensual coalition.

    *** What is wrong with that. That is the hallmark of GOSL past and present.

    5) If the Minister of Justice is to be believed, the Presidential pardon and the elevation of the former Commander of the army to the rank of Field Marshal was a farce It was nothing less than an expedient political circus

    *** Yes I agree but that is to be expected and second nature.

    6) His earlier convictions and incarceration under the former dispensation was no aberration of justice. The remonstration that the war winning general was the victim of a political vendetta of the Rajapsaksa sibling’s stands exposed as blatantly empty rhetoric of the anti Rajapakse coalition. Mr. Wijeyadasa Rajsapakshe cannot have it both ways.

    *** Of course he can have it both ways. Politics is the art of Possible and SF was considered a Traitor by MR & Gotha.
    7) Mr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe the eminent president’s counsel is fond of describing himself as ‘the great intellect ‘ [Maha Praagnnya] . He may not see the odious irony of his peculiar logic. He is the archetypal lawyer who qualifies in legalese pulp fiction as the ‘shyster mouthpiece’. In his public indictment of the decorated soldier he has presented a new stumper to the Prime Minister and the President. They will have to decide whether Field Marshal is entitled to hold that rank or the Minister of Justice can continue to hold office as a member of the cabinet.

    *** He has not presented any stumper to the Prime Minister..He is somebody who shoots from his hips. He does not even understand the meaning of being convicted. He famously said that it was up to MS & RW to decide when to release the convicted LTTE carders. I would like to know when these locked up and incarcerated LTTE fighters were charged and at which court they were tried and convicted and he calls himself a Lawyer let alone once head of the BAR.

    8) Field Marshal Fonseka has come a long way from those early days of the quick-tempered irascible soldier thrust in to the whirl pool of politics. With great dignity he told the President and the Prime Minister that they cannot hunt with the hounds and run with the hares

    *** He has not come a long away. He is still stuck in the past hatred. Leopards never change their spots.

    9) Truth is an essential part of morality. That places truth far removed from the game that is called politics. So much so that a politician is identified more with deceit and deception in this current circus that promises us good governance and transparency.
    *** This is why the entire Sri Lankan establishment is Immoral from Cradle to Grave.

    10) I found that it took these men no time at all to make the previous government look like an age of gold.”
    On the first anniversary the President and the Prime Minister must undertake a serious and honest introspection. That will enable them to realize how far behind they are in terms of the objectives they set out to achieve.
    They have allowed democratic freedoms. They must now lead the nation in regaining the lost morality in public life.

    *** You can take a Donkey to the Pond but you cant force it to Drink.

    Sorry I can only prescribe some Palliative treatment as the illness is Terminal

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    Perhaps the title should be ‘A war-criminal and an idiot’

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