Opening Kottu this morning, I come across no less than 8 posts about the eviction of Tamils from Colombo, besides the emails i receive. Clearly it has upset a lot of people and quite understandably at that. The question on all of our minds now, is “bloody hell, what’s next?” Burghers next maybe? You got to speak the language to live in Colombo? You have to have the right skin tone? Maybe scratch your groin and laugh a certain way? I wouldn’t go so far as Ranil and liken this situation to the one that effected the Jews in WW2, but it is an exceedingly stupid move. (Did I say exceedingly?)
As Indi.ca puts it,
This government is corrupt, inept, and mindless.
The government’s ineptitude maybe debated by nationalists and certain individuals may state that it is logistically impossible to properly secure Colombo, yet I wonder what sense such persons could make out of such an inhumane move. It is such an obvious move of desperation that I wonder if we might have to conduct tuition classes in diplomacy for our politicians. It is like stubbing your toe on a rock and then kicking the rock because you are mad at it. No terrorist is going to base himself in such obvious locations for instance, and you can’t abuse bus loads of people solely because you might assume one of them is dangerous.
A lot of you bloggers are upset about this incident. And it is a scary situation. Respected Tamil families are selling their property and leaving the country in fear of the government. I used to think we could do something about the situation in this country. I no longer think so. The PM himself states that military operations will continue till the LTTE is wiped out. And in addition to that, comes the statement:
Prime Minister Wickramanyake also said the government will continue the peace process together with the military operations.
Now I wonder just how you carry on a peace process while actively attacking the other party. It’s like peeing with your zipper closed (pardon the expression), all you do is cause damage.
Living here saddens me now. Selfishness ruins our country and there is nothing that we could do about it. All that remains of our serendipity is simply… pity.