Was there a plot against Mahinda Rajapakse by the International Community lead by
A plot, if there was one, would not have worked without local players taking part in it. Further more they should have their “puppet” to take the place of the one they want to toss overboard .
Therefore, UNP would have been involved in it. The local intellectuals, the journalists and the media may have also been enlisted. If not there is no reason why people like Kumar David, Pakiasothy, Kumar Rupasinghe, Jehan Perera, Viyangoda, Wickramabahu, and the rest of them peddled a pro terrorist line against the President and the government, knowing very well that the terrorists were opposed to any sort of dialogue, and was determined to wrench away a part of the territory of Sri Lanka to set up their own Eelam State.
The plot may have been changed as circumstances changed. For instance the initial plot would have been to stop Mahinda Rajapakse from being elected at the Presidential election.
What went wrong in the move was Prabhakaran. Prabhakaran may have thought that electing Ranil Wickramasinghe would have been to agree on political negotiations which would have delayed the process of implementing the setting up of a Tamil Homeland. Therefore, he may have thought that a direct military offensive against a Sinhala government lead by a weak President like Mahinda Rajapakse would be a better move to set up the Tamil Homeland. That move of Prabhakaran had not been anticipated by the West and the UNP.
However, with the failure of the first stage of the plot, the “plotters” launched the second stage of the plot. It is here that the locally enlisted journalists, scholars, politicians like Mano Ganeshan, or Rauf Hakeem, and the UNP played their role. It was to discredit the elected President, by calumny. So that a situation could be created where the public manifested against the President and the Government forcing the President to dissolve the parliament and, probably for himself to resign. It would have been the end of the war against the terrorists, which was the reason for the plot.
UNP accused that the President had transferred money received for tsunami construction into his personal account. Hardly before the effect of the accusation settled in the minds of the people , they accused the President of having bribed the terrorists with large sums of money for stopping the Tamils in the North and East from voting . The effort was to show that the Mr.Rajapakse was not elected by a popular vote, and that the election was” stage managed”. UNP accused that the government had deliberately left out many names of voters from the electoral lists.
By this time the Government of Mahinda Rajapakse had settled in and the military offensive against the terrorists had commenced. The allegations of misappropriation of tsunami Funds and bribing of the terrorists did not make the desired effect. But the UNP continued its berating against the President and its government. Every now and then Ranil Wickramasinghe would predict the fall of the government, and perhaps resignation of the President. He was getting ready for a Presidential Election !
The “plotters” were expecting a backlash by the Sinhala people each time the terrorists massacred innocent Sinhala villagers or assassinated a Minister. There were no such back lash. The Sinhala people were calm, knowing that the Tamil people were not responsible for what the terrorists were doing.
Mahinda Rajapakse as the President was remarkable. He pacified the people giving them the strength to bear the suffering caused by the terrorists. People placed their trust in him knowing that he will defeat the terrorists and bring peace and prosperity to the country. However meticulously the “plotters” planned the ouster of the President and the Government, they could not steal away the trust and confidence the people had placed on the President.
The west was setting up all types of barriers accusing the government for violation of human rights and there was a continuous coming and going of prophets of doom predicting disaster in the continuation of the military operations against the terrorists and advising both sides to come to a negotiated settlement. The UN was threatening to send a permanent mission to the conflict zone.
The local anti-war lobby was writing long and accusatory epistles running down the Armed Forces. The Ambassadors of
The UNP was divided and a number of Parliamentarians from the UNP crossed over to the government, and accepted Cabinet posts. Was it a mere coincidences or part of the plot ?
The UNP breakaway politicians stabilised the Government, but if they were to have walked out en block at a crucial moment like a budget vote, it would have meant the end of the government ! However, the UNP, had the support of a two breakaway Parliamentarians of the SLFP the political party of the President and the Muslims Parliamentarians of the SLMC.
The SLMonitoring Mission was openly taking sides with the terrorists. The President angered the West by closing down the Monitoring Mission, and withdrawing from the CFA that had been sponsored by the West and signed by its puppet the UNF Prime Minister Ranil Wickramsinghe. That “master move” of the President was least expected by the “plotters”
The Sri Lanka Armed Forces were gaining ground against the terrorists. The President Mr. Mahinda Rajapakse and the Government Armed Forces were like the tsunami rolling on against the terrorists capturing territory after territory under their control. The west was nonplussed. More and more false information of suffering and atrocities committed by the Armed Forces were being fed to the western media by the Human Rights Watch and the Amnesty International, which were given wide publicity in the West.
As the Military operations of the Government Armed Forces were continuing successfully, the Western Plot against the government was seemingly taking different dimensions.
There were white van kidnappings and assassination of journalists which were all made out to be the responsibility of the Government, and in some cases the President and his brother the Defence Secretary were directly accused for the assassination of journalists. In the Meantime Rani Wickramasinghe, Ravi Karunanayake, Tissa Attanayake, Lakshman Kiriella and other UNP MPs continued to ridicule the military successes, making them out to be false boastings of the government .
The attacks against the government were centred around the President and his brothers accusing them of earning commissions on the purchases of MIGs, and War material.
And at a crucial time, Karu Jayasuriya, the leader of the UNP group of parliamentarians who defected to the Government side left the government to return to UNP as its deputy leader. Was this just another coincidence or a part of the plot against the President and his government ? The crossover of Karu Jayasuriy back to UNP would have had drastic results if the rest of the UNP Parliamentarians who had defected along with him were to have followed him.
If the government were to have fallen, the military operations against the terrorists would have failed. Therefore, there is reason to believe that all these incidents taking place were part of the plot.
The UNESCO awarded medals, and titles to any one who would discredit the Government of Sri Lanka, pretending to fight against violation of human rights. The
Lasantha Wickramaratne’s Editorial he was supposed to have written before his death made him a media hero, cited even by the President of USA. Wickramratna’s wife who they say is in hiding to save her life from assassination plots by the Government, sent an acceptance speech mentioning the atrocities being Committed by the Sri Lanka Government to be read at the award ceremony.
Yet the Government Armed Forces continued its successful military operations undeterred by the flaks thrown at them by the Western Governments, the media and the human rights activists, and the local anti war lobbyists . The “ plotters” had enlisted the services of retired American Ambassadors who served in
Despite all these negative activities of the west with the UNO, UNHCHR tagged along with it, the West failed to stop the Government Forces of Sri Lanka from decimating the terrorists, and ending three decades of terrorism in
That was the failure of the first and the second stages of a plot that may have been hatched by
The third and the still continuing stage of the plot against the President of Sri Lanka, his Government and Armed Forces will be continued in another article.