Agitations and national security
The country could take heart from the fact that
the Security Forces and the Police are going more than the extra mile to
ensure national security.
The majority of such personnel have developed the ability to match
efficiency and vigilance with politeness and consideration, and this is
something over which they need to be warmly commended.
There is no doubt that such qualities in our Security Forces and
Police personnel would enhance public confidence in the law enforcement
agencies of the State and in turn lead to a boosting of their morale.
An instance of the alertness and conscientiousness of the law
enforcement agencies was frontpaged by us yesterday in our news story
about the Consulate General to the Republic of Liberia who was warmly
appreciative of the vigilance exercised by our Security Forces, despite
some inconveniences undergone by him.
Such vigilance, conscientiousness and courtesy would be strongly
promotive of national security and help in the crucial task of defeating
However, our law enforcers would perform even better at their tasks
if they constantly receive the unstinted cooperation and encouragement
of the general public in discharging their duties.
Unfortunately, not all sections of the public realise that national
security is of the utmost importance at present. It is as if they are
yet to awaken to the full horrors of LTTE terror.
It is as if they do not realise that the Tigers are on the prowl,
awaiting an opportunity to spill innocent blood. We wonder whether they
are yet to see the LTTE's monstrous violence and what these demented
minds are capable of.
Yet, it is very plain that the Tigers are growing increasingly
desperate and brutal. The recent bus bombs in the South bear this out
amply. Innocent lives are at stake and no chances could be taken with
these demented minds.
This should be exceedingly clear to most sensible sections. But,
apparently, there are many in our polity who are yet to learn these
lessons, and are continuing to play into the paws of the Tiger through
their irresponsible conduct.
We are referring in particular to those sections which are continuing
to launch wild cat strikes, organise illegal assemblies in public places
and generally speaking, disrupt public life through their insensitive
Despite the high risks involved in engaging in such conduct in the
present security climate, they are continuing to indulge in this species
of destructive behaviour.
The rights of the people should be protected and promoted by the
State and the latter would even go the extra mile to do this, but it is
up to these agitationists to realise that such actions should be
carefully thought out and should not be carried out at the risk of
harming national security.
They need to realise that highway agitational campaigns, for
instance, which attract large crowds and bring traffic to a grinding
halt, would provide the Tigers with ample opportunities to unleash
bloodshed and murderous violence.
Besides, demonstrations and agitations could subject our Security
Forces and Police to extra work pressures and prevent them from carrying
out priority chores.
Such disruptive activity could have the effect of dissipating their
energies and spreading them out thinly on the ground, thereby enabling
the LTTE to perpetrate terror easily.
These possibilities and realities need to be dwelt on by those who
are oblivious to the destruction the Tigers are capable of. May wise
counsel prevail, is our request.