goes globe-trotting while the cauldron boils
My Dear Thamilselvan,
I thought I must write to you when I heard that you
have taken wing to Europe with the kind courtesy of our government,
even using the airport at Katunayake though it was not clear whether
you used the VIP lounge to make your exit.
must consider yourself a very fortunate chap, Thamilselvan. You
must surely be the only terrorist leader fighting a government who
gets free trips and guaranteed security from the very government
you fight against!
then, this is of course probably the only government where people
who get elected under the opposition ticket like Thonda act with
the government and people who get elected under the government ticket
like Wee Wee to act against the government, so the courtesies extended
to you are not extra-ordinary…
pardon me, Thamilselvan, I'm still confused about what your terrorist
outfit is up to. For instance, we hear you pleading almost daily
for the resumption of peace talks and making it appear as if the
government in Colombo is the terrorist group.
then, we hear of Douglas's boys being gunned down in broad daylight
in Colombo and elsewhere again almost daily and you want us to believe
that it is not your handiwork…
it is perfectly all right for your organisation which is so committed
to democratic freedoms and human rights to kidnap two homeguards
and then demand the release of ten of your terrorists in return!
then there is this issue of this Interim Authority that everyone
is talking about. Ranil wants to talk about it, Wee Wee doesn't
want to talk about it and you want it handed over to you almost
immediately but Satellite doesn't know what to do about it so she
keeps asking the Norwegians about it. So, tell me Thamilselvan,
why is it that your organisation which is so committed to peace
keeps on insisting on the one demand that Colombo cannot concede?
I do think you are missing a trick or two here, Thamilselvan and
I do agree that Colombo is discriminating against you. For instance,
did they offer you the best hotel accommodation-the equivalent of
the Waldorf Astoria in Europe, for instance-during your stay abroad?
do they offer you the luxury of releasing two speeches-one that
you really said and the other for local consumption? Of course not
and therefore you are right when you say you are discriminated against!
imagine, Thamilselvan, where you would be in ten years. Prime Minister
of a Norway-sponsored terrorist state, perhaps? Or back at war and
on the most wanted list of terrorists? It is up to you to choose
really, although that means Velupillai will make the decision for
you. As far as we are concerned, both options are equally distasteful
but being the happy-go-lucky Sri Lankans that we are, I am sure
we will be able to live with it…
PS-And just in case you forget, Thamilselvan, there is still the
option of going against the Master. I'm sure Karuna will help you
and so will those in the Colombo government. But we can't say the
same about Douglas's boys, can we? But if things go wrong you can
always get help from the Norwegians who are giving Jayaratne's a
good run for their money as the most popular funeral parlour in