We believe that the fetus of Islamic extremism develops within Muslim society. As such this fetus must be decisively destroyed. The ideology these people represent is more powerful than individuals of weapons. It is why a loud noise should be raised by Muslim society against the ideology such people represent. For, the distorted insane fetus has been created in that society. Hence, we have to decide whether to protect this womb and develop it or completely destroy it. As such, Muslim organizations, its religious organizations and its political leadership have a massive responsibility not to allow extremist ideologies to develop but to defeat them. Failure to do it would be an invitation for more such incidents. For this is an organization and there is a different composition to it different from an armed operation,” says the Leader of the JVP Comrade Anura Dissanayaka.
Comrade Anura Dissanayaka made these observations at a discussion held between the JVP and several Muslim organizations at the JVP head office today (8th).
Though they had known there were extremist elements within the Muslim society, they never expected them to be so powerful and ruthless and they never expected them to commit such a heinous act said Muslim leaders who participated in the discussion.
Muslim society leaders also agreed to present a document to the JVP regarding the measures that could be taken to ease the tension between communities.
Many Muslim leaders representing All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama, Sri Lanka Muslim Council, Young Muslim Men’s Association, Sri Lanka Jamaat-e-Islami (SLJI), Muslim Lawyers Association, Association of Muslim Scholars, National Shura Council and several other organizations participated.
Comrade Anura Dissanayaka, the Information Secretary Comrade Vijitha Herath and Dr Nalinda Jayatissa participated on behalf of the JVP.
Speaking further the JVP Leader said, “These murders have two assailants. The first is those who committed and those who assisted the murders. The other are those who failed to prevent the murders despite there was very reliable information available regarding the crime. That is the government. As such this is a crime of two assailants.
In the move to defeat this lunacy, the security services and the police can arrest those involved in the incident, raid relevant sites and seize goods. However, where does this fetus develop? We believe it develops and is sustained within Muslim society. As such, this fetus should be decisively destroyed. The ideology represented by people is more powerful than individuals or weapons in their hands. Muslim society should raise a loud voice against the ideology represented by those who have gone astray. For, the distorted insane fetus has been created in that society. Hence, we have to decide whether to protect this womb and develop it or completely destroy it.
As such, Muslim organizations, its religious organizations and its political leadership have a massive responsibility not to allow extremist ideologies to develop but to defeat them. Failure to do it would be an invitation for more such incidents. For this is an organization and there is a different composition to it different from an armed operation.
Also, we believe that one extremism cannot be defeated by another extremism. The nature of extremism is that it sustains opposing extremism. One communalism sustains another communalism. One religious extremism sustains another religious extremism. Extremism and communalism sustain each other. As such we should not give in to any extremism or communalism. That’s how we would be able to defeat such psychosis.
Any extremism can be defeated only by national unity and recognizing the rights of all. As such, I think this should be our approach. For, we all believe that such a communal or religious conflict should not be allowed to become a football for our politicians.
We have plenty of political slogans available. There are enough slogans connected with the economy, good governance, strong foreign policy etc. As such, as a political movement, we do not want to use this to gain any political advantage. For, there must be a society for us to do politics. A society with clashes, conflicts cannot be governed properly.
The National security cannot be affirmed without by defeating one communalism to bring victory to another communalism. These incidents prove to us that national unity is the basis for national security. If we divide and clash with each other there would be conflicts whether we have large armies and modern technology. As such our approach should be the national unity. For, it is the basis of national security.”