Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Will a letter from the Chief Prelates help or harm Sri Lanka in Geneva?
The senior Buddhist Clergy have met with GL Peiris the foreign minister, and have effectively told him that due to the incompetence of his staff (foreign service) Sri Lanka is facing huge threats and interference from External Sources. They intend making a statement in Geneva on the lack of suitability of Navi Pillay to opine on Sri Lanka, and the biased nature of the allegations against the state!
This runs completely contrary to the clarification given by the Catholic Tamil Clergy, confirming that these allegations have merit, and in fact the resolution is not sufficiently strong! These diametrically opposing opinions from citizens of Sri Lanka is likely balance each other out, and the UNHRC rule against Sri Lanka, no matter what the merits and de merits of the case. The double game played by the Muslim community WILL NOT help Sri Lanka’s case, and this monks’ interference will be more of a hindrance than a help.
I don’t believe Sri Lankan Buddhist Clergy, really understand what is at stake, and how the game is played diplomatically speaking. Jumping at the 11th hr to appear to make a difference is the worst of all options, and in appealing to the local electorate, their real purpose will be a failure. There is NO ONE in the Govt. with the backbone to request that they kindly mind their own business without making it more difficult for Sri Lanka. However they are looking more at their home audience and how to show a brave face, or be seen to be doing something on their behalf, lest they be accused of doing nothing!!
The catch 22 that the Buddhist Clergy is in, is not what other Clergy from other religions should get embroiled in, despite the desire of the Buddhist Clergy for all religious leaders to act with one voice. Any sensible religious person would realize it is better NOT to get embroiled in an issue out of their depths. The buddhist clergy should be more concerned about safeguarding their flock, who is getting increasingly disench anted with their hardline, heavy handed approach that appears to border on the ridiculous. It is time that people advise them of this and set the record straight, rather then let them loose on Geneva and further belittle the efforts of Sri Lanka.
It must be reiterated that it is NOT the Country that is under the microscope, but just the GOSL, acting with arrogance, and still not been able to admit failure in their foreign policy. If there was another Govt. other than the present, then I believe they could have easily withered the threat, and prevented ANY sanctions!!!
It is this failure on the part of the Govt. is what the Clergy should concentrate their energies on, and not on the failure of the UN which is merely reacting to the actions and inactions against international norms, that should be held accountable!
If the diplomats are incompetent, what makes the Buddhist priests any better at diplomacy? What a mess we have fallen into due to the incompetence of our regime.
When will the people of Sri Lanka realize? they are worse than an embarrassment, that no amount of clergy is going to solve!