is dead, sacrificed for peace and history
It seems to be this writer's peculiar destiny to write about the
death of D. P. Sivaram last week, and about that of Lakshman Kadirgamar
this week. Politically, these men were polar opposites -- but both
killings posit only one very clear question: "when will this
Tiger war end, and when will this torrential Tiger violence stop
taking the lives of our society's many men of great intellect and
promise?'' (…and oh yes, the Tigers may not have killed Sivaram,
but it was the Tiger war that led to his death.)
I write this, the apologist machine is on full tilt. The club of
coy NGO pinups and we have to add, procurers -- citizen J.Pereras
and the U-turner Colombo campus political pundit -- must be gargling
their throats no doubt to manufacture the most saleable apology
for the LTTE killing of Lakshman Kadirgamar, PC, MP.
fact, Kadirgamar has already been sacrificed on state television
prior to that, even before rigour mortis had set on his battered
body. Janadasa Peris and another fat and nondescript talking-head
were saying on state TV Saturday morning that "this problem
can only be solved by talking, and carrying on negotiations with
the LTTE. Let not the extremists take advantage of this situation.''
Kadirgamar's killing proves almost indubitably that the ''extremists''
were always right. The Nalin de Silvas, S. L Gunasekeras H. L de
Silvas Susantha Gunatillekes Dayan Jayatillekes and Gunadasa Amarasekeras
were spot-on accurate. The Tigers have no respect for process -
least of all a multi nationally marketed "peace process.''
have made the ceasefire the most hilarious comic act this side of
the Suez, and the honorable Madam President of this country is now
hoist by her own petard. Have fun watching her trying to wriggle
out of this one! Her most erudite and urbane and of course most
forthright lieutenant is taken out -- even before the ink is properly
dry on the P-TOMS agreement she signed with the Liberation Tigers
saying "this is the path to peace.''
has got her quid pro quo from the Tigers, in the form of a R.I.P.
She asked for peace, and now Kadirgamar will Rest In Peace. And
Janadasa Peiris says with his obese whomever friend that the extremists
might try to take advantage of the situation!
an insult to the memory of a dead man, who gave his life fighting
extremists of a different sort. What a sacrifice for more chicanery
to come -- in the cause of Chandrika's Nobel Prize??
nation doesn't even treat its animals this way. A man who should
be considered the greatest hero of the south for being a Tamil taking-on
the Tigers, is being ditched without subtlety by a government which
follows these days the cigar-wagging gigolo of global politics,
Tigers took the P-TOMS and even before the court ruling on it was
over, reciprocated the president's Clinton-acclaimed peace moves
by killing her right hand man, in Colombo, in its most chic district,
while Kadirgamar was taking a soak after a guest appearance at the
president's favorite sanctum-sanctorum for intellectual activity
built in memory of her father -- the Bandaranaike Centre for International
Studies. I saw the robust Minister there briefly -- before I moved
onto another engagement. Talk about men being here today, gone tomorrow
The Norwegians say Kadirgamar's killers must be brought to justice.
Vidar Helgesen said so on BBC. The Americans say that Kadirgamar's
killers must be brought to justice. Condolezza Rice said so in a
state department release. The president and the IGP and the army
top brass say Kadirgamar's killers must be apprehended.
means only one thing - - that the Wanni high command must be brought
to justice, because, simply put, that's where the orders for the
killings come from. But, once the NGO apologists gargle their mouths
and spit out their apology in whatever shape or form they spin it,
Vidar Helgesen will make it to the Wanni and embrace the commander-in-chief
the government will provide security for the Wanni high command
to move to Batticoloa. The Americans are already wagging their fingers
and saying that the government must continue to work for peace and
protect the ceasefire (!!, is anything left of it?) which means
shaking hands with the Wanni high command.. And thus will the killers
of Kadirgamar be brought to justice, with warm embraces and wacky
it is again -- but o tempora o mores! What times what manners --
and if this killing was not so sad and so serious, it would have
been such an outrageous and hilarious joke (...this Tiger blitheness
and the hypocritical reaction to it) that the ceasefire will be
violated by the mere fact that the whole nation -- all 21 million
of us -- would just die laughing.
all is saleable at the altar of political expediency, NGO chicanery,
and international double-standard. And so, when the P-TOMS was signed
-- the day it was signed in fact -- this writer asked that man with
the engagingly crooked smile -- and the even more crooked logic
-- Sarath Amunugama whether the LTTE will continue to kill now that
the P-TOMS was signed. Amunugma made out as if I was the one completely
out of order.
was supposed to be the spoiler upsetting his peace applecart. Amunugama
bit all his glittering 32 into a high wattage smile that would have
won him Mr Political Photogenic, and answered "that's a separate
matter, we will not allow the LTTE to violate human rights.''
Right. And his fellow Trinitian, Ryde gold medal winning urbane
and better-read-than-Amunugama Cabinet colleague is now dead --
shot by a Tiger sniper.
the late Foreign Minister met this writer and three others at his
Wijerama Road residence just three and a half weeks back, and entertained
us to dinner and drinks, this writer brought out the issue of Amunugama's
self-abusive post tsunami apology for the Tigers.
Kadirgamar said only one thing. "The president you know is
playing for history, son, and these ministers have to oblige.''
played for history, and her foreign minister is history now. And
Amunugma will oblige ever more - - what will he say next, that Bill
Clinton was right, it was courageous for the president to make peace
overtures by signing an agreement with some brigands whose only
understanding of the word peace is that it gives them the license
It has to be that we have all seen hypocrisy and charades and humbugs
and burlesque and fiasco all our lives, but yet, the current situation
beats everything else that went before it. We have to constantly
run our fingers over our eyes to see whether we are in fact alive,
to see such farce taking place with such unchallnged ease.
February 7th of this year, the late Kadirgamar wrote the following
(excerpted) letter to me, which was published in print the 'Asian
Kadirgamar, P.C, MP
Minister of Foreign Affairs,
7th February 2005.
Mr Rajpal Abeynayake.
Your piece in the Asian Tribune about me and the JVP (Foreign Minister
Kadirgamar's love affair with JVP deepens copy attached) has just
been brought to my notice. As always it is very interesting, but
I think you overrate my influence with the JVP. There are two factual
matters that I would like to mention....
"In fact (the LTTE is) ....... I don't think they want to see
me at a negotiating table. But I think they want to keep in touch
Lakshman Kadirgamar PC MP
from his elevated pedestal, he acknowledged this columnist wrote
interestingly, always. For this comment in the public space, I have
always been gratified considering this was one of the finest intellects
h saying so! But that's beside the point. Notice Kadirgamar says
"the LTTE wanted to stay in touch with me.''
feel in retrospect, he must have been talking in jest. The LTTE
had stayed in touch with him, with a well aimed round of sniper
fire from a bathroom window.
I might add: “...after which he is promptly ditched by his
own government, no doubt after a state funeral and blandishments
by the international community.’’