Sunday, January 11, 2009

What motives behind Sirasa/MTV attack and Sunday Leader editor killing?

There is something very fishy about the killing of Sunday Leader Editor Lasantha Wickrematunga and the arson attack on the MTV Broadcasting Station. Both incidents occurred within few days after the fall of Kilinochchi to Sri Lankan Forces.

The government should forthwith launch a thorough inquiry into both cases and leave no stones unturned since the offences are bound to reflect negatively on the Rajapaksa regime although the Leader Publications and MTV/ Sirasa were both operating as UNP media organs and showing veiled sympathy for the LTTE cause.

There's pithy Sinhala saying that the fools who are angry with their faces try to cut off their noses ("moonath ekka tharahata nahaya kapagannawa"). Such was the media policy of the Leader Publications and MTV / Sirasa. Merely because they hated the Rajapaksa regime they did not mind indirectly serving the Tiger agenda. It is a small wonder that most readers and viewers who have been addicted to the news reporting of these two media organizations think that Sri Lanka's real enemy is not the LTTE (which has been trying to bisect this island for the past 30 years) but the Rajapaksa government which has been in power for only three years.

Clearly both criminal acts were aimed at diverting the world's attention from the devastating blow dealt to the LTTE by Sri Lankan troops. Obviously no sane government would resort to any action that would tarnish its image at the height of a resounding military victory.

If however the opposite had happened – a humiliating defeat for the Sri Lankan Army in the Wanni – we may assume that certain frustrated elements justifiably angered by the anti-national stance of the victims would have perhaps committed the offences. But why should it happen now?

Who would benefit by casting a shadow over the success that our soldiers have achieved in the Wanni? Needless to say, the only ones who stand to gain are not only the LTTE, sections of the UNP and the NGO 'peaceniks' but also the so-called international community which has been conspiring to impose its own 'political solutions' on this country.

(by Janaka Perera)