The emperor covers his vile nakedness with the crimson robe of patriotism. The bloodied despot calls upon the people to defend him from his enemies in the name of the Race, Religion, Language, identified as the ‘Motherland’. All his butchery and savagery, his rot and robbery, is to be brushed aside at the moment of his downfall. Patriotism is equated with duty towards protecting him from his enemies to ensure that he, and his dynasty, shall prevail and rule in perpetuity. All opposition and resistance are denounced as treachery and betrayal to be smitten by the sword. Backward, superstitious and ignorant masses are easily seduced and deluded by this hallucinogenic patriotic opium. They are then herded like buffaloes to vent all their anger, bitterness and frustration against the projected ‘enemy’. Demons and dragons are conjured to play upon their deepest insecurities and ingrown fears. Tamils, Moslems are to be sacrificed at the alter of the Emperor. The enemy of the hated emperor is declared to be their own. The stupefied masses are mobilized for a war of national liberation under the banner of patriotism. This is the game of deadly machination played by all bloodied emperors and despots throughout history.
Now, it is one thing for backward masses imprisoned within a thousand chains of feudal-colonial oppression to be played. But, when learned, erudite scholars and ecclesiastical pundits such as Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka trumpets the call of defending the emperor in the name of anti-imperialist patriotism, then the time has come to strip him and his ilk naked, along with the emperor, for all the conniving machination being played. He trumpets the clarion call for national defense against the “Atlantic Alliance” led by US imperialism and argues that the defense of Mahinda Rajapaksa and his Regime from this imperialist stranglehold is the foremost duty of all patriots and the crying need of the hour.
Let’s get some facts on the table. There is no question about the fact that the US and its allies have hijacked the UNHRC – as it does routinely – to strangle the Mahinda Rajapaksa Regime (MRR) using the issue of war crimes. This is to pry the Lankan State away from the Chinese strategic orbit. This is a matter of the most vital strategic importance for the US in maintaining its global hegemonic supremacy in the Asia-Pacific Region. There is no doubt in my mind that the Maitripala–Ranil–Chandrika–Champika alliance is its leveraging axis for regime change. The CIA and MOSAD are pulling the strings. That is why I have argued that this is an equally fatal option. Yet, to portray MR as an anti-imperialist patriot and to perpetuate his dynastic crony narco- mafia Regime is far more fatal.
The MRR is far from the anti-imperialist patriotic force that Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka portrays. He sings for his supper without even a tune or rhyme. In fact, the MRR represents and concentrates the politics of national betrayal and capitulation to world imperialism. When Ranil was about to sign the “Acquisition and Cross Servicing Agreement with the US” we, along with Bahu and Vasu stormed the US embassy and Ranil’s office and demanded that this agreement be rescinded at once. This was a military agreement whereby the US would have gained access to all facilities in land, sea and air for its military purposes. Our intervention prevented this from being signed. Now, the patriotic Mahinda Rajapaksa, without even Cabinet nor Parliamentary approval, got his brother Gota to sign this agreement. Hey, Dayan, are you reading! Then, to save his neck from Geneva, he has sold out the entire country to China, the rising imperialist power. This is not only to wade off the US threat. He and his dynastic mafia has pocketed trillions of Rupees as commissions for the deal. Can you deny! Shall I prove it with statistics! Besides, Dayan, is the MRR begging for loans from the World Bank and the IMF on its knees and subjecting our country to its conditions. This is the anti-imperialist, national liberation hero that you would have us to keep in power.
Dayan, you provided guidance and passion to Premadasa in the war of annihilation against the JVP uprising in 1989. You provided the ideological justification for the war of annihilation against the LTTE and the Tamil nation. You are a proven war-mongering broker of the Neo-Fascist Lankan State. Whence arises this blood lust against our own people? Our own human family?
So, you can sell out Tamara to sell your package of servility to Mahinda. I am not so sure she is part of that sausage. If she has any Tamil blood flowing through her veins! She may well prove to be a diplomatic careerist, much in your vein. Time will tell. Mahinda Rajapaksa is the most sniveling, servile Comprador servant of imperialism. But, the Maitripala coalition of equally bloodied partners of the State is not the solution nor the alternative. Truth shall have its day. We shall abide. We shall endure. The true scientific path of liberation shall dawn on the Land of Lanka. Get rid of the MRR. That is the call of the day. All Power to the People!
*The writer is Secretary: Ceylon Communist Party( Maoist)