EDIT FOR SAKE OF CLARITY:
I wanted to make the point that we still have to think of the future here. And also that politicians bring about change but citizens make it stick. I have nothing against any race/ethnicity/religion and if you feel you had to defend yourself because of my words, that was not my intention. I stated in the original post that this was my opinion – it was posted, unedited – and I stated that my facts could very well be wrong. In hindsight, I should not have done this. I just felt rather strongly at the time that we should be concerned about our future, no matter whether we thought we had a positive one or not. I then attempted to explain my reasoning for that statement though perhaps I should have not. It was certainly not intended to offend or to take away from the events occurring right now.
I did not intend to be pessimistic or a killjoy, hence why I stated two outcomes: what I fear would happen and why, and what I hoped would happen and why. Prior to writing the post, I came across a lot of people who clearly thought all the problems had been solved with cessation of hostilities and this alarmed me. I felt we have to remind ourselves that, yes, this is a wonderful thing but that there are still issues to be sorted out. And it could be scary because we do not have complete control over the situation but that quite equally maybe it could herald a new era of change. And that while we could hope for the latter, we should keep the possibility of the former occurring somewhere in our minds so that we do not grow complacent.
I have taken down the post because it was quite clearly upsetting to a lot of people and that was not my intention. I only wanted to say “Go out, celebrate and remember, we have to sort out the rest of it tomorrow. And don’t worry it can be done.” If it came out any differently, then that is my crappy writing for you and I apologise.
I would also like to make the point, that civil rights and freedom of speech are important to me but that no, I am not a journalist. I contribute a column to the Leader but I do not get paid. I do not consider myself a member of the press, nor do I consider myself a citizen journalist because I am not in a position where I can write as one. My columns and anything on this site unless otherwise noted are opinion pieces and my facts can be wrong and you are allowed to agree/disagree with me and point my errors out to me. In fact, I appreciate that, so thank you for all your comments.
So finally, my opinion? I am going to wait and see. This is a good thing but I think this nation is capable of great things. So, yes, I still think there is a lot of work to be done but I am unsure about when it will be done and who will do it. I am afraid that the mistakes we made before will be repeated. I am hopeful that they won’t be.
– Marisa Wikramanayake
PS: I have left the comments up as they were made. I have nothing against what was said in them and I thank you all for posting. I apologise if you felt you had to comment because you were angered or offended, again, that was not my intention.