The Tiger misinformation mill and
'inside story' in a cricketer's brutal murder in Trincomalee
recently, should remind local as well as international opinion
of the grave harm that could be done to Sri Lanka by the LTTE
rump and its supporters abroad. True, the whole truth about the
brutal killing of the cricketer in Trincomalee could be revealed
only by a court of law but what has been disclosed by the Police
thus far should help in putting all credulous sections on their
guard in the face of LTTE propaganda that the law enforcers of
this country are prone to perpetrate abuses in these
post-conflict times. No opinions and viewpoints on this question
of abuses and alleged criminality could be taken at face value.
That these allegations must be approached with an open mind, is
one of the lessons which must be learnt.
There is, apparently, more than meets the eye in the
Trincomalee killing, although the LTTE rump and its allies would
have the world believe that elements linked to the Lankan state
are behind it.
The possibilities thrown up by the initial investigations
should put the sections of opinion concerned on their guard.
It is habitual for the critics of the Lankan state to
immediately point an accusing finger at the government over
disappearances and killings of an intriguing nature among the
Tamil community of this country in particular but the truth
could be completely at variance with popular opinion of this
kind which is usually formed by prejudice and irrational
proclivities. Needless to say, emotional predilections cannot
lead to the truth, which is usually established on the basis of
These intrigues by the Tiger rump and their supporters are in
no way new. On some previous occasions stories on alleged
state-triggered lawless acts, such as disappearances, have been
revealed to be baseless. But the damage such rumours could do to
the image of Sri Lanka, is immense.
Accordingly, countering the Tiger disinformation mill emerges
as a pressing priority. This has remained an urgent need over
the years but it is not clear whether the problem is being
addressed by the agencies of the state effectively.
As far as we are aware, the law enforcement authorities are
carrying out their duties to the best of their ability but the
Tiger rumour mill could be counted on to portray our law
enforcers in the bleakest possible terms. This, all concerned
should be aware of and the counter-measures need to be taken to
convey to the world the factual picture as regards our law
As could be seen, Sri Lanka is a country on the mend and
thanks mainly to President Mahinda Rajapaksa, his
administration, the law enforcers and other agencies of the
state, the conditions are being created 'on the ground' for
relative prosperity and well being. This gargantuan state
reconstruction and rejuvenation project needs to be supported by
all right-thinking citizens. It is these glowing present and
future prospects that the enemies of Sri Lanka are attempting to
ruin through their damning rumours about this country. We need
to fight off these efforts at undermining Sri Lanka with
The public needs to take a leaf from President Rajapaksa on
the issue of protecting the pride and integrity of this country.
As he told a supportive audience in London on Wednesday, he will
be standing firm by Sri Lanka, come what may.
This dedication to the country needs to be reflected in all
that we do. But as we do this, we should adhere to the principle
of forging friendly ties with all states who wish us well. We
should guard against developing any isolationist proclivities as
a country, while giving priority to the national interest.
The policy of building bridges of friendship with the world
must be assiduously followed, but a policy of isolationism must
be guarded against. We need all the goodwill which we could
muster to steer ourselves towards a brave new future. In such
circumstances, isolating the LTTE rump and other elements which
are out to undermine our interests would prove easy.