Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Are the covert attempts by the West to “demilitarize” North & East aimed at facilitating “normalization” of civilian lives as claimed?

The sheer intensity of efforts being made by the West to reduce the presence of Sri Lankan armed forces in the North and East or the complete withdrawal of them start emerging in every passing day with the date for the upcoming presidential  election draws closer. The latest such evidence was revealed by UNP's former General Secretary Tissa Attanayake who defected to the SLFP recently. One of the clauses in the alleged secret agreement signed between UNP leader Ranil Wickramasinhe and the presidential candidate Mithripala Siresena was to reduce the current military presence in the North by 50%.

Just a couple of weeks back Minister Gunaratna Weerakoon revealed that the then US ambassador to Sri Lanka Michele Sison had offered him a five-year scholarship for his children (and) a house in the US and a green card to facilitate the removal of military camps from the North.      

Are these covert attempts to get rid of military presence from North and East genuinely aimed at facilitating normalcy in the civilian lives as claimed by the West?  Anyone who is familiar with the current post-war environment prevailing in the North and East would prove that military's involvement in the civilian affaires is now negligible. Any civilian who has not been indoctrinated by the TNA would prove that.

As the government has repeatedly declared a significant reduction of military from the former war-zones would pose a serious security threat. Though decimated militarily in Sri Lanka's soil Eelam project is very much active inside and outside the country. Eelam supporters in the West and the Southern India are eagerly waiting till an opportunity comes to strike back as was witnessed some time back with the killing of 03 LTTE carders who attempted to revive an armed uprising, aided by LTTE supports in the West.

An unprecedented development and rehabilitation activities taking place in the North and East has made the region with facilities which even most of the regions in other parts of the country would never enjoy in several decades to come. Construction of almost all the major roads and other connecting roads has been completed. The conditions of the roads, wide and well-carpeted, would even rival a road in a Western capital. Electrification is almost over in the entire North and East, another feat that happened in a few years' time which never happened almost half a century in other parts of the country. Construction of other infrastructure facilities such as hospitals, schools, government officers and agricultural tanks, etc, has also been almost completed.  

This is complete contrast to the conditions prevailed during war time which were akin to remote regions in the African continent. The conditions now prevailing in the region would even facilitate a modestly strong and lightly armed police force with a supportive local populace to withstand a fully-fledged military onslaught in the event of the region is rid of a substantial military presence. As per the full implementation of 13th amendment police powers should be given to the provinces.  Having come to the understanding that the President Rajapaksha's regime harbors a less tendency to implement the 13th amendment fully due to the associated dangers which would pave the way for diving the country, the West's all-out attempt for a regime change has almost succeeded by choosing a candidate with rural roots, a major strength incumbent president is armed with against his political opponents belonging to the Westernized elite in the country.  As noted earlier with very good infrastructure facilities, a police force on the ground with full backing of a local population who wouldn't be challenged by a military, the ground is laid to a fully-fledged separate state in the North and East.

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