Fail­ure to avoid an ac­ci­dent...

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - EDITORIAL - SARATH WICKREMASI­NGHE

We all know that fail­ure to avoid an ac­ci­dent is a pun­ish­able of­fence un­der law and even a school go­ing child is aware of this as a com­mon sense or as a ev­ery day mat­ter but un­for­tu­nately that this lit­tle is not known by our for­mer De­fence Sec­re­tary and the IGP, who is now on com­pul­sory leave, to avoid a ma­jor dis­as­ter when they knew it in ad­vance after re­ceiv­ing in­for­ma­tion from a for­eign top in­tel­li­gence ser­vice.

The peo­ple of this coun­try would know that it is not nec­es­sary to have a Par­lia­men­tary Se­lect Com­mit­tee (PSC), spend­ing pub­lic money and time, to find who was at fault for the lapse of se­cu­rity of this coun­try with that Easter Sun­day at­tack, caus­ing over three hun­dred deaths with se­ri­ous ca­su­al­ties and de­struc­tion of pub­lic life and prop­erty in­clud­ing three ma­jor Catholic/ Chris­tian churches and premier ho­tels in the cap­i­tal city, which ev­ery­one of us called the sad­dest episode in this coun­try after LTTE ter­ror.

When we hear the an­swers given by the duo who came be­fore the PSC to ex­plain why they were not re­spon­si­ble in this se­ri­ous breach of se­cu­rity are like Ae­sop’s fa­bles and it is truly laugh­able. Surely peo­ple of this coun­try ex­pected a lit­tle more sense with the peo­ple who are hold­ing such high po­si­tions in the gov­ern­ment although the for­mer de­fence sec­re­tary, was not a ca­reer of­fi­cer with any knowl­edge of de­fence or se­cu­rity, and only a re­tired vol­un­teer naval of­fi­cer. But the IGP who headed the Na­tional Po­lice to main­tain law and or­der, en­hanc­ing pub­lic safety and keep­ing the peace through­out the coun­try to be­have in this er­ratic way.

No won­der why this coun­try is go­ing from bad to worse, no doubt it is in deep trou­ble now. Ev­ery­where we see de­te­ri­o­ra­tion and de­struc­tion. Law and or­der is used for their own gain only. So­cial har­mony is ter­ror­ized, na­tional se­cu­rity is treated as in­signif­i­cant. In­suf­fi­ciency, cor­rup­tion and mis­use of pub­lic funds and prop­erty have de­te­ri­o­rated to the max­i­mum and Sri Lanka is go­ing through a state of near law­less­ness and rapidly go­ing to­wards eco­nomic dis­as­ter.

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