Bandung to Cancun
Never mind what he in fact said in the United Nations about Iraq,
Ranil Wickremesinghe has had to face the shock and awe of the fallout.
That is a pity. Ranil Wickremesinghe was only being a ventriloquist's
His next line
was in fact going to be "if George Bush makes a beckoning noise
with his thumb and index fingers and says come here, we will go
and sit before him without asking questions.'' But at this point
the subject thought the better of the ventriloquist. He said his
own thing about "some of us thought the US had no choice other
than invade Iraq'.
Which of course,
leaves us guessing now. Who is better, the subject or the ventriloquist?
Fascinating, even though I may have invented that whole thing about
almost gave new meaning to the term "we are more British than
the British.'' Or we are more American than American. An irrepressible
post-independence type quipped that those were the days of Bandung
booruva, when John Kotelawala went to an obscure town called Bandung
in Indonesia and cheered for the American camp when the whole rage
of the day was non-alignment.
it difficult since then to live down the unkind epithet "Bandung
booruwa.'' But says my friend, he thought he'd never live to see
the day we Lankans graduate from Bandung booruwa to Cancun coodella.
Clinging like a leech we are, he says, to whiter than white (and
cringing and flailing) American limbs.
was Wickremesinghe who mouthed the words, "some of us are of
the view that the US has to play policeman when the UN had not taken
the initiative.'' George. W. Bush has said that the gathered leaders
at the World Assembly had the "enthusiasm of a wax museum.''
Was he talking of Moragoda, who was pure wax, judging from the television
footage, while his Prime Minister waxed eloquent?
Now, Moragoda is a man we are not uninitiated about. He called for
the United States to be the hegemon.
He echoed Huntington,
with a roar that was even louder than Huntington's. Even if our
country has not been granted most favoured nation status yet by
the Americans, it seemed that from that point onward, Moragoda was
granted most favoured gentleman status by the US.
But we see
now more of cricket than orchestra here. This is like the exit of
the top players in a team. The top order is out -- Blair is out,
Bush is out, they have all tried to defend the Gulf War, which they
tried to justify in terms of looking for Weapons of Mass Destruction
(..which of course as your two year old would be able to tell you
now, were never there.) Blair the other day on television seemed
less articulate than a Sri Lankan cricket commentator, which is
to say much about his sudden inability to use his Queen's English
to argue his predicament. He hemmed and he hawed, and he not only
looked like a harried bus conductor on a London double decker that
day, he even sounded like one.
He said you
might or might not agree with me, but asked for "some measure
of understanding.'' Bush sounded like he is coming out of a coma,
as they showed him on CNN. To think that's the top order. But then,
when the top order fails, there can always be a team's rear guard.
Moragoda, Wickremesinghe and Co.
They wear suits
that are darker and nattier, they wear hair that is more blow dried
(those of them that have hair that is) and at least now, they seem
to wield that language of Blair's queen, less like Sri Lankan cricket
commentators. They think they can save the team, as Ranil says "with
a six in the last ball.'' My question is, assuming that they do
then, will they be allowed to sit with the Captain and the Vice
Captain at the same table later in the day when the team dines in