National policy and thinking to the fore - Part
Accountability not alien to local cultural values
President Mahinda Rajapaksa inaugurated that and
he asked me to address that conference which was attended by leading
Buddhist scholars from all over the world. I used that occasion to
present to that learned audience the philosophy of accountability to
be extracted from the Buddhist scriptures. The Sigalowada Suthraya,
the Dammapadha the Parividdana Suthraya - all of this. And I spoke
in the presence of some of the learned monks not only in this
country but in Nepal, in Thailand, in Myanmar in Cambodia and other
parts of Asia. So there is a certain ideology, certain conceptual
underpinnings of accountability in this country and accountability
is by no means an omission in the contents of the LLRC report.
Better be late than sorry...
The Human Dimension
The unfortunate death of a young man severed in
two by the train he fell under, highlights the maddening rush
everybody is in to get to where they are going. In his case, the
steps of the carriage gave way and he fell. In the case of many
others, rushing to board a train or a bus, it seems a minute would
make a difference. Between life and death.
Channel 4 - a review
The major error they make is saying that
government forces drove the LTTE Tigers and hundreds of thousands of
civilians into an ever-smaller area. That isn't true. The LTTE
herded those people at gunpoint, and they used these people as a
human shield to avert general threat in front of them. The strategy
was to provoke international response based on sympathy and terror
to preserve a terrorist group. This is the strategy that Channel 4
has unwittingly become a part of. Even dead, Prabhakaran is playing.
The priorities of the present
The United States Assistant Secretary of State
for Asia Robert O Blake and a high ranking United States official
Maria Ottero came to Sri Lanka, that means they came to our
doorstep. After discussions with high ranking officials they once
again told the same thing what Hillary Clinton had said.