The Bodu Bala Sena Executive Committee that met yesterday hailed remarks made by Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Gotabaya Rajapaksaat a Defence Seminar about the threat to Sri Lanka from rising Muslim Extremism as a courageous statement from a national leader and said it was an ‘important victory’ for the BBS in its year long ideological battle.
It is the Bodu Bala Sena movement’s view that the MOD Secretary’s revelation would effectively answer detractors and pseudo politicians who called the organisation a terrorist movement for expressing the very same sentiments, the BBS said in a media release.
“If the LTTE extremism had been identified 40 years ago Sri Lanka could have been a developed country, that would not have had to endure the dangerous results of a 30 year war,” the Bodu Bala Sena said.
It is the nation’s good fortune that Muslim extremism has been identified and exposed now before it could result in similar devastating consequences in 20 years time, the BBS asserted.
“At a time when expressing the truth is not part of the conduct of the politician and official, at a time when people work for temporary gain, the Bodu Bala Sena believes that the gratitude and respect of all non-extremist sections of the Sinhala, Muslim and Tamil communities is due to Mr. Gotabhaya Rajapaksa who has eschewed petty political gain and had the backbone to make such a statement,” the BBS said in a statement released to the media.
“The Bodu Bala Sena asserts that this statement will be the stepping stone to a leadership that will defeat Muslim and all other types of extremism and make Sri Lanka a peaceful country,” the organisation said.