Defeat Tigers' destabilization designs
ONE should not be surprised if the LTTE
is aiming at bringing economic ruin to the country, besides seeking to
advance its agenda of bringing division to Sri Lanka.
One way of mounting the costs of war is by defeating the State's
development plans. That is, by seeking to divert funds from development
projects to the defence budget.
These aims the LTTE hopes to achieve by provoking the State into a
prolonged armed confrontation with it. We are certain, the Government
must be wise to these Tiger machinations by now. This is one of the
reasons why the Army's current confrontations with the Tigers will be
only of a restricted nature.
The State would always seek to uphold the ceasefire, whatever
provocations the LTTE may engineer.
However, there is no denying that Lanka's economic ruin is a desired
aim of the LTTE. This not so covert agenda must be resoundingly defeated
by the whole of Sri Lanka rallying round President Mahinda Rajapaksa. In
fact the President has done well to alert the country to this Tiger
strategy and thereby enlist the support of the country to defeat LTTE
Despite some steep economic challenges, particularly stoked by
external factors, Sri Lanka has been making steady material progress
over the past few months. In fact, it is predicted in some authoritative
quarters that GDP growth would be above seven percent even in the second
half of this year.
Obviously, the LTTE is disturbed by these favourable economic trends.
It would be doubly perturbed if steady efforts are made by the State to
take development to the farthest corners of the country, including the
remotest areas of the North-East. As should be known, State teams are
visiting such areas under the Government's 'Gama Neguma' and other
development projects, with the express intention of bringing economic
betterment to these regions. The launching of infrastructure development
projects in these areas would certainly be a boon to the poor masses.
It is such prospects which are alarming the Tigers and probably
prompting them to persist on the war path. Development in the
North-East, after all, would spell defeat for the Tigers by drawing the
people of these provinces closer to the State.
Therefore, we call on the citizenry to support very strongly the
State's efforts to accelerate development in all parts of the country.
It should also rally round the State's efforts to defeat the Tigers'
plans of economic sabotage.
However, coupled with the threat posed by the LTTE, is the resistance
offered by some sections to the Government's plans to take development
to the provinces. In other words, we are not short of groups which
actively oppose the development of our rural areas. The President has
taken note of this too.
Such resistance could be as destructive as Tiger designs. For, the
denial of development to the provinces could also bring about
socio-political upheaval and unrest. Such plans too should be defeated
if social peace is desired.
Seventh Neelan Tiruchelvam Memorial Lecture, held at the BMICH
on July 29, 2006
Terror and the Constitution: Notes from America
since September 11
Soldiers treat prisoners of war humanely so they
will in turn be treated humanely when they become prisoners of war.
Intelligence officers do not assassinate rival station chiefs
because they wish in turn not to be assassinated.
Please Mr. Minister!
President Mahinda Rajapaksa has advised his
Ministers to settle trade union issues amicably. They should not
prolong issues affecting the working class in the country. Workers
also should try to understand issues and resolve them to bring about
industrial peace, healthy and conducive atmosphere in the workplace.
We gave our guns away