Hear me for my cause, and be open to what you may hear. Please censure my thoughts in your wisdom and awaken your senses so that you may be the better judge. – Sounds eerily like Brutus’ speech to the Romans. We are currently in a similar predicament in Sri Lanka. A leader like Caesar, who brought fame and fortune to his people and enriched and empowered many, is being labeled a traitor and shunned by his own. As it was in Rome 44BC, Mr. Rajapaksa is betrayed by his ministers, beneficiaries, and citizens.
No leader or human being is without fault, and I am sure the President has many faults, but the brutal civil war would not have ended if not for him. There is always the victor in victory, and there is the vanquished. The Sinhalese people believed they were the victors and many Tamils believed they were the defeated. But if one takes a moment to analyze the outcome with an open mind, the citizens of Sri Lanka were the victors. Why, may one ask?