Listen to the voice of humanity
The majority of the people of this
country are bound to be aghast at the inability of some political
parties to see eye-to-eye with the Government on a patently just
arrangement to rebuild the tsunami-devastated areas of the North-East,
thereby delaying the rebuilding process in the North-East.
What, most persons would be finding difficult to come to terms with
is the irrationality of these critics of the proposed arrangement. Given
the fact that some areas of the North-East are already considered LTTE-controlled
areas, any Government aiming at conducting essential services in those
regions would have to do so with the cooperation of the LTTE.
This would'nt amount to according to the LTTE the status of a
separate State entity. It is just that the LTTE presence cannot be
wished away. However, as reportedly pointed out by the President, the
LTTE's acceptance of the proposed administrative mechanism points to its
recognition of the sovereignty of the country and the role of State
A further complication has been added to the situation by the UNP
refusing to accept the President's invitation to discuss the joint
mechanism. We wish to remind these slow-footed, habitually fault-finding
and hair-splitting political forces that there is a vast multitude of
people in the tsunami-affected regions of the country, who are awaiting
speedy State assistance to bring their lives to a degree of normalcy.
While politicians needlessly and mindlessly face-off against each
other with, basically, an eye on their vote banks, hundreds and
thousands of our citizens are suffering with mounting bitterness in
temporary shelters and tents. How could these squabbling politicians aim
at scoring debating points, while this vast multitude continues to
Despite 30 years of conflict, war and misfortune, the politicians of
this country are yet to hearken to the any of humanity. This is an
astoundingly saddening reality for a country which is awash almost with
buildings pertaining to this or that faith or religion proclaiming peace
and goodness. Power, apparently, is being made to rule all.
We wish to remind the politicians of this country that the best way
to swell their vote banks is to do the right thing. The right thing in
the current context is to rebuild this devastated land as quickly as
possible. We urge them to the pragmatic and socially-responsible, by
joining hands with the Government in its rebuilding effort.
The Government's position right along has been that the cooperation
built with the LTTE, could be a basis for re-starting the peace effort.
Why reject such a patently correct position? The polity needs to be
aware that the Government has no choice bat to govern and that
too,fairly and righteously. Its patience cannot be limitless in this
The State will be obliged to do what is right, disregarding
irrational, selfish opposition, once a fair chance has bee given by it
for prior discussion on the rebuilding mechanism.