Fast forward to the present, and we have a government which has figured it all out. The politicians make the political decisions and the present outfit has enough common sense to leave military decisions to its Defence Forces. The results are obvious and until now things have worked out quite well.
To throw a wrench into this nice scenario, the SLA's chief General Fonseka has started making political speeches to the media. His most recent comments to the media about Sri Lanka belonging to the majority Sinhalese is nothing short of incendiary and would be viewd by the minorities with distate. It is actually distasteful for the majority of us, who have always wanted a pluralistic nation within which everyone feels the same sense of belonging. Comments such as Gen. Fonseka's are not only unnecessary, they also are poorly timed and cause damage to a nation that has already suffered enough.
There is no doubt that the military is capable of the task entrusted to them. Politics is not a part of their job; theirs is not to question why, but is only to do and die. Gen Fonseka is an excellent soldier and must keep his interviews to military matters where his expertise lies.