LET SLIP THE DOGS OF WAR (JULIUS CAESAR): The dogs of war, wearing
their licences granted by Imtiaz to those Vasu enough to wear them so
that the dog catchers would not get them, were yelping, baying and
snarling for peace at the Vihara Maha Devi Park the other day.
Neither the day nor the occasion needs to be recalled. It ended in a
brawl. On to the stage stepped some people who dared to betray the rules
of the Vinaya and bring disgrace to the gentle religion that has an
extra special place in this land given to it not by the State but by the
followers of the religion outside the land.
What followed was a shameless display of thuggery in response to the
spoiler work of those who wore the robes of monks of the Buddhist clergy
who thought it correct to stage a protest against what was supposed to
be an anti-war rally, something that no Buddhist, leave alone monks of
any religion could object to.
The question was asked why the rally was not held either in Muhumalai
or Mullativu. It was countered by the spoilers being asked why when they
objected to the war in Lebanon they did not hold their rally in Beirut
and not in front of the US embassy.
There was no doubt that neither side had a monopoly on common sense
while exhibiting overflowing stupidity. They all behaved like asses.
Who were these men who battered it out for Peace at the Vihara Maha
Devi Park? Looking at them they were as diverse as the butcher, the
baker and the candlestick maker.
One saw a dental mechanic whose eyes normally flicker like an
electrical storm when he is talking what is referred to as the muck one
finds in byres. There was another who started a gunfight in Kuruwita
which ended in the tragic murder of Nalanda Ellawella.
Then there was the leader of the rally doing the thing that former
JVP members do when they surrender to the Police after throwing a few
bombs and cutting a few necks.
They become aficionados of foreign funded 'peace' columns fifth or
not. He in case we forget earlier edited the Ginipupura (Explosion?)
news sheet in support of the JVP which advocated dire consequences to
all Tamils, wanted to repatriate all Up country Indian Tamils and re
adjust the demographic balance of the Eastern Province to the
disadvantage of the Tamils there.
He must surely have arranged the next rally in Batticaloa where
Karuna will extend his mercies. Then there was the man who has nothing
to offer this country even in so far as a support base is concerned, yet
he opposes almost everything as though anyone else cares.
He delights in cheap publicity and had the temerity to stand for
election for the Mayor's post in Colombo akin to a bankrupt offering
loans. He is against all flags and once marched with the fascist war
mongering LTTE in London.
He astonishingly for his anti-war stance always seems to be in the
thick of brawls whether it is inside the Municipality or even its park.
At least he is steadfast in his maverick beliefs and always worth a
Then there were the men in the robes of Buddhist monks who even after
being ejected unceremoniously from the stage they invaded and the venue
had no idea of and cared less for the enormity of the disgrace,
humiliation, grief and pain they brought on to the followers and the
clergy of that gentlest of religions. Then came the grand finale.
There appeared lo and behold a concealed support group of the peace
makers, a readiness battalion of SS (Schutz Stafflen) types who took on
intruders in ruthless and some say deserving Gestapo style.
The presence of the Police may have prevented an evening of long
knives or another 'Ginipupura'. Did some one say what a shame! This was
a 'No to war' rally made only in Sri Lanka. Can one imagine what a "Yes
to war" rally would be like?
Now the flame thrower, Mr. Gini Pupura says he will continue to have
his rallies. The Police will have to decide whether this would promote
or breach the public peace whatever effect it has on war.
The men in robes so unsuitable to them will be hatching more diabolic
schemes to bring ridicule, shame and disgrace to Buddhism in their
avowed intent to create mayhem and bloody violence like what they
practised in the universities.
Who will stop them? Are they 'priestitutes'? Meanwhile, let us see
how the two MPs at the rally will vote on the next extension of the
Emergency in Parliament. So far, for reasons best known to themselves,
they have not said 'no to war' in that miserable place only they deserve
to belong to even while they march spitting fire and brimstone to parks
to say 'no'.
After all, was it one of their leaders who said he wanted to send our
troops to Iraq? Was it to say 'No to war' or "Georgie here I come? Are
we perpetually confused?".
Major Gen. Lalin Fernando (Retd)
The CEB is spending millions of tax payers money on awarding
contracts to cut branches of residents' trees branching on to the
roadside and covering electric lines.
This is done after interrupting the electricity supply for that day.
This money could be saved by the CEB if the selfish residents and
business enterprises are requested to cut them at their own expense or
the CEB recovers the costs from them after cutting.
Why should these costs be included in the CEB traffic and recovered
from other innocent residents and commercial enterprises?
The Municipality also has a duty to fine those selfish residents and
business enterprises growing trees along roadsides or by allowing
branches to protrude on to the roadside covering the street lights.
Let us not be self-conceited but help others using the streets which
are well lit by the Municipal authorities.
N. P., Dehiwela.
It is a nice feeling to acknowledge those who had given their lives
to protect the country.
In the meantime, it is also important that we all should establish a
fund for the spouses of those soldiers who died in the war as their
lives are being affected. We, the citizens of Sri Lanka should
contribute towards this cause as we are the beneficiaries of their
Singha Lal, via email.
What this country needs most is an initiative to implement on an
urgent basis simple measures that will bring communities together to
wipe out extremism.
We should be looking to end segregation right where it begins, at
birth; has the implication of not having the 'race' specified on the
birth certificate and other official documentation been examined. We are
Sri Lankans? Are we not?
Parents must teach their children from a tender age that all
religions teach goodness, equality, to be fair in your dealings,
education (and not employ underage kids in households/businesses
regardless of whose children they are), respect women, children, the
elderly so on.
No being is superior except by his/her deed/s. Let us all look inward
and try to make a small change in our lives.
AMEEN RAHEEM, Hokandara.
Tamil independent voices will drown Prabhakaran's outfit. I am in
total agreement with the writer. I started to see the light at the end
of the tunnel.
V. Sangarapillai, Canada, via email.