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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 74

An Elephantine Crisis

[b]An Elephantine Crisis[/b]

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

[i][b]"The last pages of a book are already contained in the first pages."[/b][/i]
[b]Albert Camus[/b] ([i]The Myth of Sisyphus[/i])

Defeat can become a habit, a not uncomfortable habit; a familiar landscape; a normal state of political and psychological existence. This is especially true in the case of self-inflicted defeats. Ever since 1993 the UNP had been heading in this direction and the journey is nearly complete. The Grand Old Party of Lankan politics, under the inimitable leadership of Ranil Wickremesinghe (‘The Leader’), has become inured to the idea of Defeat, through repeated self-inflicted defeats. No debacle however humiliating, no disaster however avoidable is alien to this UNP.

What would be scandalous, absolutely unacceptable in any other party is now the norm in the UNP. If people do some things because they have done those things for years and years, people can also endure things because they have always, endured such things for years and years.

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