Wednesday, January 14, 2009

War and Peace


One of the most die-hard critics of current Sri Lankan government, Lasantha Wickramatunga was shot dead last week. He was the chief editor of Sunday Leader, a weekly newspaper in English. I must say that I have not read the Leader for a very long time and not a fan of Lasantha by any mean, but still I was deeply shocked at his demise. Although I have many a reservations about his never ending conspiracy stories , without a doubt he was the only main stream journalist in South who criticized the highly glorified war currently run by the SL government. Although the country is going steeply downward in terms of democracy almost the entire majority Sinhalese is glued to the war heroics like we are glued to a game of cricket won by the Sri Lankan cricket team.


The author of the attached EDITORIAL is ‘Dead Lasantha’ not the living one which makes its points send a more chilling wave through my spine than ever. The writing lists 4 very important assets of good governance.

1. Transparent

2. Secular

3. Liberal

4. Democratic

Please get away from the Wins in war fields for a second and give it a thought. Does your educated mind allow you to do that you?


First they came for the Jews
and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for the Communists
and I did not speak out because I was not a Communist.

Then they came for the trade unionists
and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist.

Then they came for me
and there was no one left to speak out for me


German Theologian,
Martin Niemöller
@ the time of the Great Holocaust
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