I am not sure what magic portion PCoI used to loosen the serpentine forked tongues of the miserable lot who made certain the bombers were provided ample opportunity to serve the cause of their master hiding somewhere in a cellar in Syria or thereabouts, but whatever it is, the portion is working.
To those who are completely and helplessly frazzled by the 33rd and by far the largest Covid-19 cluster in the island and all the hoopla surrounding the cluster I say, there’s help, it’s comedic, it’s constant and it’s free.
I am referring to the ongoing hearings conducted by the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCol) on 2019 Easter Bombings that was appointed to reunite truth and presidential commissions.
I am not sure what magic potion PCoI used to loosen the serpentine forked tongues of the miserable lot who made certain the bombers were provided ample opportunity to serve the cause of their master hiding somewhere in a cellar in Syria or thereabouts, but whatever it is, the portion is working. It did take over a year for the actors involved in the sorry affair to come clean (well, except for the Andare who was at the center of the tragedy).
Tongues have been wagging and fingers pointing ever since the commission took their seats. The fun started with the former Defense Secretary (DF)confirming what many had suspected; he was not on good terms with his boss the President. DF says an external source has caused a fissure between the President and him. So, no intelligence details were discussed or shared by or between the two. DF also said that for one of the National Security Council (NSC) meetings Dayasiri Jayasekera, Thilanga Sumathipala, Lasantha Alagiyawann and Mahinda Amaraweera acted as the President’s security detail.
Obviously Maitripala Sirisena has a knack for picking the right personnel for the right job.
Then there’s the precious testimony of then IGP-and maybe still the IGP – maybe soon to be an ambassador at large Pujitha Jayasundera. The may-be IGP says that Maitripala Sirisena lies like a rug. You think?
Then there’s the musings of five-time Prime Minister Wickramasinghe. The five timer who was not invited to the NSC meeting that may or may not have discussed the intelligence on Easter attack prior to that attack, says no proper analysis was done about the threats to national security. Proper Sherlock our clueless five-timer is. The pentagonal one goes on to say that his brotherhood of Muslim ministers warned him about religious extremists in the East. What the five sided one forgot to mention is that he as the PM didn’t do diddly crap about it.
Wickramasinghe stated that his brotherhood of Muslim ministers really started to worry about extremists after Kabir Hashim was shot at in 2019. I don’t know about you’ll, but the connection between Kabir getting popped at, Islamic extremism and Easter Bombings is crystal clear to me.
Let’s not forget the utterings of the comedic genius Harin Fernando who single handedly saved himself, the rugby squad of his high school and nobody else when his father instructed him not to attend Easter services on that fateful day based on a 356 second telephone call the father had with a cop. Harin also thought for a brief moment that the Catholic Archdiocese knew about the impending attacks.
Albeit, a very brief moment before Harin Fernando was forced to admit that a tiny voice in his head forced him to say it but he had never mulled how incredibly petulant he would sound. I think it’s safe to say that Mr.Fernando should seriously consider a career in stand up comedy.
Former State Minister of Defense Ruwan Wijewardena and peon to the NSC at the time of the Easter attack has not even testified, yet.