On the day of the Victory Pageant one cannot help thinking of the then Commander of the Armed Forces Mr.Sarath Fonseka. But if he is not there to proudly participate in the event it is because of his own fault.
Now there is nothing to be proud of this man, who has turned out to be a traitor to his comrades in arms, a Secretary of Defence who had been his friend, and a President who held him in high esteem.
To-day, Sarath Fonseka is an angry man. He is a self centred man who is overcome with emotions of anger. A man who feels that he is more important than others who shows his anger towards those who he thinks have wronged him.
An angry man cannot accept defeat. After his defeat from the Presidential elections, he was mentally ill with unbearable anger. He once even saluted the people at a press conference thanking them for electing him as their President. He said, from the numbers that attended his election meetings he could not have lost the election. It was he said through computer manipulations that he was made the looser.
Anger can lead to lot of mental disorders which psychologists treat in different ways. The root cause of anger is jealousy through intense attachment, hatred or aversion which is the intense dislike, delusion of the existence of an extra ordinary personality, a self, and attachment to that self. Such a person refuses to understand any thing that is contrary to his way of thinking. An angry man cannot serve any body other than himself. Therefore Sarath Fonseka is intensely self centred and he cannot be a politician capable of serving the people.
Anger could be treated to keep it under manageable control. In order to change the emotions of anger he should keep the company of people who are reasonable, patient and pacific. But unfortunately Sarath Fonseka is “planted” amidst men who are frothing mad with anger. They are frothing mad perhaps because they have caught the “virus” of anger from Sarath Fonseka, or they are angry people by nature and find Sarath Fonseka ideal company, a case of birds of feather flocking together.
The angry men into whose lap Sarath Fonseka has fallen are, Anura Kumara Dissanayake the former JVP stalwart who is now the spokesman for the DNA. He cannot speak without being angry, when angry his face swells, his eyes pops out of their sockets. His mouth froths and he screams. So are Tilvin Silva and Vijitha Herath. They are all like hot chilies boiling in a curry…….
I watched Lal Kantha another angry man from JVP being interviewed in a TV programme, and I did not see a smile in his face right throughout the interview which lasted 26 minutes. These are JVP politicians who have completely lost their calm, seeking ways and means to come back into the political limelight backing a man who Commanded the Government Forces in its war against terrorism. That is all the qualification Sarath Fonseka has, wich is insufficient without any political experience to govern a country.
An angry politician cannot solve the problems of Sri Lanka, as such a man is already mentally sick unable to sort out what is good and what is bad. Sarath Fonseka’s only reason to be in politics is to take revenge from the President and his brother Gotabhaya Rajapakse.
Nobody seems to know the real reason for his enmity towards the President. If it was because some of the powers given to him under the post to which he was designated, had been removed, then it is for selfish reasons. One wonders whether all that is only to hide the fact that he had made use of the war to make his family rich.
Sarath Fonseka knows by now that he was elected by the interested parties in Colombo and his popularity in the country is nothing to write home about. The Colombo UNP voters must have rallied round him. The UNP vote bank in Colombo appears to be composed mostly of people who will vote even to a “broom stick” if it has some connection to UNP.
The UNP Candidate Paba wo had been elected by the Colombo voters was recently interviewed by the Derana television and she made a fool of her self through out that interview. She giggled all the time without being able to express herself. The UNP constituency that elects such candidates as Parliamentarians seem to lack any idea of who they should vote into Parliament. In that situation there is no surprise a Colombo constituency also elected Sarath Fonseka as a Parliamentarian. It was a mistake as much as electing Paba as a Parliamentarian was a mistake.
In none of the press conferences given by Sarath Fonseka, had he said any thing sensible, other than to criticise the Government and insult the President and his family. He is an utter misfit as a politician, and one cannot understand the one time JVP stalwarts promoting a man who has neither socialist nor capitalist political ideas. Only value he has is in having been the Commander of the Army of the Government Forces that eliminated terrorism.
The elimination of terrorism was a collective responsibility, where the President as well as the Secretary of Defence also played very important roles. He would have been a respected and loved war hero if he kept himself away from politics.
Even now it is not too late for him to say sorry for what he had done and settle into a retired life and live respectfully well. He should then contact the President, who will surely pardon him for all his “mischief ”.
Sarath Fonseka’s son in law should be allowed to take the responsibility for the part he played in making an illegal living profiting from the terrorist war.