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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

A FOLLY BEYOND HUMAN IMAGINATION

EDITORIAL
BY BASIL FERNANDO

(August 31, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian)
There is hardly any point in making any comment on these “amendments”, except to record a complete disassociation and express moral disgust.

What is proposed is not “ amendments”, but complete ABOLITION of what ever that is left of Constitutionalism, in a liberal democracy. Lord Donamore must the turning in his grave, unable even to graph what happened to what he described as an experiment when he proposal the universal franchise for Sri Lanka.

Those who have spent many decades hoping to end the colossal catastrophe called by 1978 constitution are now forced to recognize some thing much worse in magnitude of the evil. Those who campaigned for the reinstatement of the 17 amendment has to now to see, how that amendment has been reduced to a joke.

1978 constitution caused havoc on the nation. Both in the Sinhala dominated South and Tamil dominated North and East saw the terrible violence, irrationality, carnage and terror. These amendments will necessary bring a much worse experiences.
Now Sri Lanka has abandoned all the basic principles of modern civilization- checks and balances to prevent abuse of power, supremacy of law, rule of law, separation of powers, the independence of judiciary and the parliament, all the principles of accountability and transparency.

What then are the principles on which the political and the legal ‘system’ rest on now. None. None at all.

In fact, there is no ‘system’ any more. The President is every thing. There can be nothing more stupid than that.

Can a political “system” function in this manner? NO.

Then what will happen? That is simply beyond human imagination. Things which far more stupid than what one can imagine, more evil than can be imagined, more catastrophic than what any one can predict, will happen. That is inevitable now.

ONLY THING THAT IS PREDICTABLE IS THAT FOR MANY GENERATIONS TO COME PEOPLE WILL CURSE THESE EVENTS AND THEY WILL CURSE THEMSELVES FOR HAVING ALLOWED THESE THINGS TO HAPPEN.

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