10/19/2009

'Condom theory' of Sri Lanka's ruling regime extended beyond borders



(October 19, Colombo - Lanka Polity) Opposition critics of Sri Lanka have coined a new phrase called 'condom theory' to the political jargon to describe a political principle of the current President Mahinda Rajapakse. The President ranked by his four brothers is accused by opposition of using people for political gains and disposing them afterward like birth control condoms.
Rajapakse's campaign manager of the 2005 Presidential, Mangala Samaraweera identifies himself as a victim of this ‘condom theory’.
Former Army Commander General Sarath Fonseka was recently appointed as the secretary of the Ministry of Sports and Recreation. He neither assumed nor rejected the post. Opposition critics pointed out that the posting meant to demean the General who was a kingpin in Sri Lanka government's defeat of Tamil rebels that fought for self-determination for three decades. A former rebel leader Vnayagamurthi Muralitharan alias Karuna Amman holds a ministerial portfolio in the President’s panel of Ministers.
Sri Lankan rulers appear to have extended this ‘condom theory’ into international politics as well taking an anti-Western stance forgetting the long history of assistance from Europe and US to the former British colony that was traditionally close with the Western block. Recently, the Prime Minister Rathnasiri Wickramanayaka thoroughly rebuked the US State Secretary Hilary Clinton for a statement regarding Sri Lanka's use of rape as a weapon of war.  He said rape took place right inside the White House as Clinton’s husband was the President of US. US angered by the Prime Minister’s statement summoned the Sri Lankan ambassador in New York to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and asked if it was the state’s official stance. 

Former US President Bill Clinton visited Sri Lanka after 2004 Boxing Day tsunami and extended US and world support for the distressed island nation to recover from the massive loss of lives and damage to the economy.



Before that, Udaya Prabath Gammanpila, a federal Minister of Sri Lanka government, accused that the US Army raped a large number of women during Vietnam War. He too recalled that rape took place right inside the White House as Bill Clinton; the husband of US State Secretary Hilary Clinton was the President.
In the recent most incident, the General Secretary of the ruling United People's Freedom Alliance, Susil Prema Jayantha who is also the Minister of Education angered Pakistan by stating “Look at Pakistan. The country is in a total mess since military strongman Zia ul Haq took over rule in a coup from Zulfikar Ali Bhutto in the mid seventies and the trend of destabilization is still in that country totally disrupting the civilian life and the economy. Even at this very moment nobody knows when and where a bomb will go off. The people of this country do not want that kind of situation.”
The Pakistan’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nawabzada Malik Amad Khan, who was in Colombo to represent Pakistan at the two-day Asian Co-operation Dialogue conference at the BMICH, told a dinner hosted by Sri Lankan Deputy Foreign Minister, Hussein Bhaila in his honor at the Colombo Hilton on Friday night said “It is very unfair to say that as your Government benefited most from that military regime.” 
Pakistan was a long time ally of Sri Lanka and provided arms and ammunition including heavy armory that other countries denied to supply during the war against the Tamil rebels. Rebel Liberation tigers ofTamil Ealam (LTTE) even attempted to assassinate Pakistan High Commisioner in Colombo.


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