Thibba”, shot from behind a paddy stack. Only in a country full of idiots a lawyer canwin a case on the ground that the leaf of a rice plant is too thin for a man to hidebehind it. Only a moron of a prosecuting lawyer fails to prove that, that the witnessmeant a paddy stack not a leaf of a rice plant both of which are called ‘Goyam Kolaya’in the vernacular.Making things even worse, we have created a monstrous political system in which thewitnesses can be easily intimidated. The Director and the other high-ranking officials of the education department who seek favours from the politicians either for survival or for little perks can threaten other teachers with unwarranted transfers or possiblehindrances to promotion to shut them up. The local hooligans can be bought tointimidate the students. Who will then come forward to give evidence? None butSarath Kumara with a few garlands around his neck, surrounded by thousands of people. He will reiterate that he was never there, he had never seen this teacher before but the teacher knelt down before a hologram of this politician on her free will.The funny reality is that a Sri Lanka court will accept that explanation in the absence of eye witnesses. The matter would be brought to the parliament by the ruling party asthe final decision of the court of law, absolves the monster and thus the case be sweptunder the carpet.The irony is that, the very same people who came to receive Sarath Kumara when hewas given bail, the very same people who shouted slogans for his good health andpolitical resurrection, if given a presidential decree to finish him off, will eat him alive,only metaphorically. Look at him! He personifies thuggery, ignorance and evil. Thegrandfather lie that he spewed out to the effect that he had not even seen this teacher before would be sufficient for the law abiding, ethical, dignified and just people to eathim alive.The nationThe nation has descended into such an indecent depth that people come forward todefend even such rogues perfectly knowing what the truth is. Hundreds of peoplemarched along to welcome Duminda Silva. Some women at TV interviews said that itis only a miracle performed by God that they could get their semi-god back alive. Ithad been the same in the cases of suspected murderer politicians such as SampathChandrapushpa Vidanapathirana, Mervin Silva and a few others. How come peoplecondone murder under whatever circumstances? How come the politicians such as Arundika Fernando, Indrani Dassanayaka went to the court to support such a criminallike Sarath Kumara in public, only because they know the nation has become anothing nation without a spine, only because condoning evil is welcome by the regime.The ability of the nation to call spade a spade is long gone. Of course, Fernando ismaking a habit of manifesting his tomfoolery. He is the one who recently said thatEkneligoda is living in France while it is perfectly clear that he is in a solitary grave, sixfeet under, like the rest who were buried in the Matale mass grave and other gravesaround the island without receiving natural or man-made justice. Tissa Ballale wasquoted as supporting Sarath Kumra. Tissa is far too old to make a sensible judgmentand he deserves to be retired.