Defenders of populist democracies constantly remind one that the will of the people prevails over all else. Therefore if a plebiscite is taken and the overwhelming majority, say two thirds of those who vote, say another minority should be disposed of like in Hitler’s Germany then it is done! Today there is a huge cry for the Parliament to be supreme as it represents the will of the majority of the people!
This is the sort of crap being espoused by a significant number of racist intellectuals in Sri Lanka. They do not have any respect for international law, as they say that they have been formulated to protect Judeo Christian beliefs and therefore does not apply. Look at the Tibet question in China! The Country was annexed by a greedy power, for space to put their people. Now the Tibetans have effectively been subjugated by the majority Chinese into second class citizens in their own homeland, willfully annihilated and no voice other than Judeo Christians.
Many Sinhala Sri Lankans have a huge minority complex that is possibly worse than the minorities themselves. This is possibly because of the potential threat that India poses with both being a huge superpower in the region and their constant interference in the affairs of Sri Lanka, when they see it politically astute for their home consumption. Sri Lanka therefore is at the receiving end of this combustion.
The Sinhala people act like they know how a minority feels in their minority complex, but fail to realize how little they know of their own neighbors. Minorities wherever they are, be they Sinhala people in Britain or the Tamils in Sri Lanka do whatever they can to preserve their culture and protect their territory from threats around them. It is just human nature. We in Sri Lanka seem to have taken that threat to an extreme where we have overreacted and then given these people the chance they have been looking for in the international eyes to ask for the Sun…….
In Sri Lanka the minority today has extended to the “are you with us or you are a terrorist sympathizer motto!” This means that if you do not subscribe to one person’s ideology that has been stamped indelibly, you are automatically an enemy of the state, even if the enemy of the state can be proved to be the mistaken majority view, due to undue influence and being misled or a clever exercise in duplicity.
We therefore come back full circle to the will of the people that is paramount. What do you say? If the will of the people is wrong because they are delusional, then do you say tough luck chum, they are just out to kill or maim you and you can do nothing about it. You have NO ONE to protect you. You cannot resort to the law, the ultimate arbiter, the Supreme Court of the will of the people have spoken.
You may gloat over the expression "let the majority prevail" until you are in the minority without you realizing it, and then know "there is no one who can save you."