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Tuesday, 26 March 2013






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Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa’s detailed analysis on how the war was won, won hearts and minds in Galle yesterday at the Serendib Coast international festivities. Mr. Rajapaksa was detailed as he was articulate, and speaking to an audience of citizens, foreign residents and expatriates in equal measure, he made Geneva feel so distant, that it would have made Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu want to cry.

Mr. Rajapaksa told everybody how the war was won and how the peace is being won, and this was all done with oratorical skill which combined brisk purposefulness with precision brevity. This has become the signature style of the man who is the main thrust behind the implementation of the President’s policy.

The sense of self-assuredness is admirable – but what’s more notable is the fact that there is a sense he leaves behind of nothing being left to chance. Absolutely nothing, it appears, was left to chance, in the last phase of the war - and at the end of it.

Yesterday at the Eddiston in Galle, he was able to state to the last decimal, the death rate per ten thousand individuals when the people of the Wanni came under the sway of the LTTE, and by contrast, after they had been liberated from the clutches of that deceased fascist maniac, Velupillai Prabhakaran.

Finishing the war was an internally formulated effort, and this is perhaps why it got the goat of the people who were used to eating out of the hand of the international community. To the last refugee that was given a cooked meal and then to the last man that was rehabilitated, everything was done to a meticulous plan.

The speech itself was a tour de force, because it was done to a plan too. It is this ability to plan, execute, and then face the resulting outcome that’s the beauty of the Defence Secretary’s work to end the war, and now for urban renewal and national regeneration. It has become his life’s work in essence, and with a speech of the kind that was delivered in Galle, he was able to shame the naysayers, the Paikiasothys and the Amnesty vermin and all of those other assorted ghouls with one fell swoop.

All these people seem to have are words and plans hatched in the cover of darkness, whereas the government has results on the ground to show. There is no NEED in fact to argue with such a reality.

Except the perverse, nobody is impervious to the power of the potent result. When people are able to feed themselves, stand on their own two feet, and send their children to school after years of being cowed at the point of a gun, there is a separate dynamic at play that cannot be destroyed with words, concoctions or horror stories of dubious origin.

Mr. Rajapaksa was able to say that though the war may be over, stiff challenges abound. He was not coy about saying that Amnesty is in the pay of the Tiger front groups -- there was in the usual thorough-going manner, the photograph shown, of the plum-faced Amnesty personnel receiving the cheque from the well-known Canadian Tiger front organization that styled itself as an innocuous NGO.

Certainly, the second war is the war to defeat the forces of unreason championed by the Shamnesties, the European MPs with the Tamil constituencies, and the myriad other forces led internally by the paid NGO and INGO hands that want to ensnare the wartime leadership, the Defence Secretary included, in war crimes litigation.

It is a challenge but the forward moving dynamic that goes by the power of results has a momentum of its own, and the most insidious of perversely motivated challenges, it seems, would wither against the power of tangible gains on the ground.

There is no better hearts and minds operation, than this one of trouncing the naysayers through hard work. Gotabhaya Rajapaksa is the epitome of such an ethos of collective national regeneration. Happily, he has the words to showcase his work with, too.

Rights gone wrong - do human rights really exist? :


Oscar Wilde, perhaps the wittiest man to come from British Isles once said that England was the native land of the hypocrite. Oxford educated playwright journalist and a poet Oscar Wilde may have had his own reasons to say so - but it often seems to me that 113 years on of his death, hypocrisy may have been the British and the Western leaders’ most successful export, in terms of their foreign policy orientation based on ‘Human Rights Regime’ which I prefer to call as Human Rights Enterprise.

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The Human Rights Commission in Geneva is a tool to unreasonably punish countries that do not tow the US line and act with a sense of self respect. A British Professor of International Law said of the Human Rights Commission (UNHRC), “the Commission lost its integrity and direction over time with much of its membership decisions, power and focus coming to be fuelled by disreputable goals, rather than motivated by the aim of promoting, protecting and advancing human rights”.

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CSD GUNS turned into ploughshares

Members of the Civil Security Department (CSD) who rendered an exemplary service to the humanitarian operation to save the country from the clutches of terrorism are now playing a greater role in post-war development. They are playing a pivotal role to strengthen the national economy. CSD personnel have able to live up to the expectations of President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Defence and Urban Development Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa who established the CSD as a fully fledged department.

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