All we need is a Good Dictator?
February 9, 2009
I’ve heard this argument more than the bottles I’ve consumed over the past decade. It was invoked again yesterday by Amila who said
“LTTE problem is the biggest of all. When it is over, government will have to perform to stay in power. Anyway… this country needs a (good) dictator. Diplomatic ways won’t improve the poor work ethics in the country. Now ppl are out of track. They should be put into the track by force if necessary… A factor of fear should be there, like in Premadasa Era; where ppl will finish the unfinished roads & buildings for fear, stop striking for fear, etc… So there wont be any half-baked work.”
Amila is a good guy. I’ve known him for the past four years or so. He’s a hard worker. Believes in team effort and a great leader. Not a person who would actually yell at someone to get things done. Yet he goes on to say that Sri Lanka needs a good dictator. And we should instill fear on our people.
In Amila’s defence, most Sri lankans think the same way. After 40 years of half-baked capitalism that was never socially sustainable due to various reasons, we’ve come to think that democracy is a waste of time, and human rights are just puff.
What are we to do? I have no idea.