22 April, 2021

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10 Points To Ponder On The Easter Sunday Terrorist Massacre & The Commission Report

By Dayan Jayatilleka     

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

1. All previous Commissions appointed after violent upheavals e.g., the Youth Commission and the LLRC, sought to understand why Sinhala and Tamil youth respectively had been alienated to the point of being driven to embark on the path of organized lethal violence. Does the Easter Commission report do so and what are the answers it provides?

2. Does the Easter Commission deal with the timeline of the birth of Islamist terrorism in Sri Lanka? Does it deal with the transparently clear fact that Islamophobic campaigns and attacks, including Aluthgama, took place well before the Easter Sunday bombings? In a situation of tranquility between Sinhala and Muslim communities, the wartime support from the Muslim community for the anti-terrorist cause, and the consistent diplomatic support for Sri Lanka from the Islamic countries including at the UNHRC in Geneva, how and why did Islamophobic campaigns commence– on Halal foods/cattle slaughter, ‘infertility pills’ etc.?

3. What is the role these movements and campaigns played in constituting the causative context for the rise of Islamist terrorism? Who provided a permissive environment for these Islamophobic movements? Who gave them immunity and impunity, giving the Muslin youth the impression that the State would not punish those who attacked Muslims verbally or physically?

4. Who benefited from this sudden rise of Islamophobia which was the provocative precursor and a causative factor of Islamist terrorism? 

5. Given national and international experience with the issue of terrorism, where have there been cases of parliamentarians leading or masterminding terrorist movements and attacks? In the absence of such cases, and until evidence is produced, is it wise or fair to openly accuse Muslim parliamentary and mainstream democratic political personalities of being the leaders or behind-the-scenes masterminds of the perpetrators of terrorism on Easter?

6. With two Lebanese TV stations having run news stories with accompanying photographs of an alleged letter of warning from the Saudi Foreign Ministry to the Saudi embassy in Colombo about an imminent incident near Easter, what action has been taken to investigate this evidence? (Special instructions from Saudi Arabia to Embassy on Easter Attack (newsfirst.lk)

7. With the clear establishment of warnings of the Easter attacks from Indian intelligence to its Sri Lankan counterparts and the acknowledgement of the receipt of such intelligence warnings by key Sri Lankan security officials of these warnings, what could conceivably be a credible reason for the failure of each and all of these officials to sound the alert, or insist on its sounding, when innocent human lives were involved? Why would all these security officials behave in this unconscionable manner?

8. What are the reasons for targeting and massacring Christians in a country where there have been absolutely no incidents in contemporary history, of friction, let alone violence, between Muslims and Christians?

9. What are the reform measures suggested to reverse the radicalization of Muslim youth? What international experiences have been studied in this regard? Have the Muslim community leaders been drawn into the design and implementation of such measures? Have moderate Muslim countries been approached for help in this regard?

10. What is to prevent the measures announced, such as the expansion of the PTA to include non-terrorist actions, the banning of the import of Islamic books, the proscription of the wearing of the face veil etc., from fostering feelings of discrimination and marginalization among the Muslims, thereby resulting in a new wave of radicalization and eventually terrorism? Who would benefit from such an outcome resulting from such unilateral, discriminatory and provocative policies?       

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    PART 1:
    DJ can answer himself, some of his 10 questions but certainly not others. Q1: The insurgent cum terrorist attacks of the Young men from North and the South were fueled by social conditions and the respective commissions can highlight their elimination as a part of the remedial measures. What can a commission suggest as remedial measures when the suicidal youth, most of them, well to do were “brain-washed” by religious zeal, other than banning symbols of “extremism”, be it the clothing or such other possessions? Q2: Does DJ imply that the rumors of “Islamophobic campaigns” contributed to the 04/21 attacks which was essentially against the Christians (significantly against Roman Catholic) when such “campaigns” involved individuals belonging to religions of Islam and Buddhism? Further what has 5-star hotels got to do with this when a well chosen few were targeted, (skipping others), and a particular hotel with two bombs? Q3: DJ understands that leave alone the 04/21 carnage, the same questions can be raised with respect to other serious crimes such as well-planned murders, drug trafficking, etc. None will dare say that the poor administration of justice involving huge delays is the cause for many issues.

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    PART 2:
    Q4: In my humble if not naïve belief Sri Lanka suffered from all this. The “Islamophobia”, as DJ calls it, was visible even before 2015 Jan. and thereafter until about the 04/21 attack. Many readers here would like to believe that these events were beneficial to some in the November 2019 elections. But how come when such “campaigns” which prevailed before Jan 2015 costing the then ruling party in terms of votes be described as beneficial in Nov. 2019. Would a party deliberately loose one election with a view to win the subsequent elections resulting its members facing many an “inconvenience”? Q5: It is unfair to accuse anyone of wrongdoing without evidence. Unfortunately, before the end of the LTTE war, some had the habit of accusing ordinary well respected Tamil individuals as “Oka Kotiya”, meaning that he is belongs to LTTE. Such accusations are a part of the disgraceful social fabric here and not wise and not good for the country. Q6: This is news to me but was this lead in evidence before the Commission? Even if it is lead as evidence, how can a COI judicially notice this? The security can take notice of this.

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    PART 3:
    Q7: I am reliably informed that long before specific information came in, an “Academic” in the Ministry of Defence raised the alarm even in an internal workshop where the “Intelligence” played down such fears and was privately warned that such alarms would be detrimental to his interests. This was lead before the COI. How TRUE? The defiance of the warning or threat was carried out. The plot to remove him by the “machinery” was hatched during the last stages of the “Yahapalana” regime and implemented during the early stages of this government. I believe that this kind of machinery is firmly convinced that “Politicians may come, and politicians may go, but we go on for-ever”. In that sense the threat, in whatever form, persists. Q8: This was highlighted in my comment on Q2. Isn’t this evidence that the whole thing is “directed” with some form of command-and-control operation only to create mayhem in the country? Q9: Very Important. The current manner of discussion in Singapore on the use of “Tudung” by nurses can be an example. Q10: This has relevance to Q9 and be dealt with tact to curb extremism.

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      Dayan, there is nothing to ponder as everything is clear.
      1. It was organised by Rajapakse brothers (Mahinda, Gota and Basil) supported by China.
      2. It was facilitated by Sirisena on the promise of second term.
      3. It was ignored by Ranil and Ruwan who wanted an escape from UNHRC pressure.
      4. It was given financial support by Mahinda and Yahaplana government.
      5. It was given logistical support by Muslim politicians, businessmen and professionals.
      6. It was coordinated by Muslim intelligence officers and Pakistani agents.
      While these culprits are roaming freely, only front line terrorists and scapegoats are inside.
      Catholics are not going to get justice as big sharks are involved in this murder.
      Cardinal Ranjit is proving to be a hypocrite demanding for international inquiry, while criticizing Tamils for calling for one. In order to protect Rajapakse brothers, he may even tell his flock that he is satisfied with the goings on and call off the protest.
      Rajapakses may instigate Catholics to attack Muslims and play innocent.

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    Fermenting Islamic extremism was begun by our own intelligence service by funding extreme Buddhist organizations and encouraging them to go on the rampage. The plethora of extremists Buddhist organizations should be proscribed and their leaders arrested and locked up for life. These include Ravana Balaya and Bodu Bala Sena. There is more but I don’t recall them. Saharan, former informer on LTTE terorrist activity and known Wahabist was recruited and used to create Muslim extremism by the same intelligence unit. M L A M Hizbulla was the original architect under Rajapakshe patronage who established and encouraged Wahabism in Kathankudy to buy Muslim votes. This eventually lead to a sharia University being built with Saudi aid. The foundation for this University was laid by Mahinda Rajapkshe while the land was donated from the Mahawali Authority. Gothabaya Rajapakshe’s right hand man Kapila Handawitharna over saw the intelligence units funding to both Muslim and Buddhist extremist groups.

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    So to answer Dayan’s question of who created Muslim fundamentalism in Sri Lanka it is the RAJAPAKSHES. Unfortunately no one will investigate them. Not even their henchman Handawitharana was questioned. Now on to the next issue. Why did the intelligence units after receiving so many warnings which they obviously gossiped about with their colleagues but never took any action to warn the poor civilians behave in such a manner? Because they were instruments under the Rajapakshes who fermented extremism with the aim of triggering such a calamity to enable the Rajapkshes to come back into power. The second simple reason why they behaved in such a manner was because their commander in chief told them to ignore the warnings. Sirisena MUST be arrested, prosecuted and executed for high treason for his actions. But this too will never happen. This scoundrel put the chief investigating officer DIG Nalaka Silva in jail when he was hot on the trail of Saharan.

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    It is not the aim of the Rajapakshes to put an end to extremism or the causes of it. In fact it is their aim to drag the Christians into it. I firmly also believe that there is a foreign hand guiding these demons in their quest to rule Sri Lankan perpetuity. This is the type of thinking that a dictatorial power would advise their quislings to engage in to ensure perpetual rule. The Muslims have been divided and conquerd. You can see how the rich Muslim business community are given corrupt deals. The Catholics have been manipulated into voting for their executioners by using the personification of the Devil incarnate him self Cardinal Malcolm to hurl accusations at the wrong side and obfuscate on the truth, staging fake watered down protests etc.

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    GS a lengthy and circumstantial statement. Let us keep it simple rather getting into hypothesis. 1 ) It is clear intelligence was provided by many including some Muslim countries 2) many of parliamentarians were warned prior to the incident but not public 3 ) yet MS claims he had no clue but preferred to be abroad. 4) many who were involved , suspected financiers and sympathizers were acquainted toour criminal politicians 5) the first to appear over dead bodies and declare candidacy was Rajapaksas brothers 6) GR until then attending corruption inquiries , appeared from no where even to their supporters declaring self as candidate 7 ) who else could have gained from such dastardly attacks MS ? RW ? Anyone else ? 8) people who plan such coordinated attacks are not so naive to target specific sites and let know the world who they are 9 ) within 24 to 48 hours govt claimed to have traced and killed every one involved, though there was opportunity to get one alive to make sure no evidence left. Even the hideouts were destroyed in explosions For all purpose case was closed in a hurry by then Lankan authorities, 10 ) Church vs hotels are stupid hypothesis and way to divert public 11) as expected though there was no large casualties enough propaganda, hatred against Muslims and , sporadic attacks were initiated from Kurunagela

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      12 ) with that came Dr. Shaffi and rest of Lankan drama 13 ) In a midnight hush hush meeting Apeman Ganasara was released by MS to coordinate such attacks. 14 ) above questions answer why MS is not just free but elected with thumping majority. Let us analyze above known facts before getting into windy confabulatory hypothesis. Shall we ??
      GS. FYI there are plenty such mysteries from past unanswered, so let us not pretend to get into more of hypothesis.. Remember Lanka is full of myth.

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      ….. 3 ) yet MS claims he had no clue but preferred to be abroad. ….
      Cannot agree.
      Everyone has forgotten the part played by Namal Kumara and the bogus “assassination plot” which came to nothing. The MS Pres Secretariat had Namal Kumara in their payroll. It was this rascal’s antics that DIG Nalaka Silva was arrested when he was about to arrest the Eastern Province extremists and the massacre would not have come about. So MS directly in plot to prevent arrests and so for massacre. In fact it was so obvious as the “plot” was to assassinate both MS and Gota so that the finger was to point at RW.

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    Hi DJ. If we know who allowed this dastardly attack may also provide the answer how Islamic extremism started. It is like math some times the answer reveals the question.

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    GS/DJ, I guess as in before ,this too have to be handed over to UNHRC to solve for us. I believe they are already are in the process of collecting, analying and preserving the evidence they have but will not comment because of Lankan SHAM called commissions/inquiry are yet to be over. Trust me Lankan govt will like to drag it as before with no ends, we already had commissions appointed by MS, RW and GR (each for their own purpose) Haven’t we have heard it all , seen it all. (war crimes, political murders, journalist murders – – – ).

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    This is not just Lankan tragedy but CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY . Many innocent foreigners too perished in our political games. It is a disgrace where a human tragedy is now a political football, kicked in many directions.

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    A straight forward answer, prejudice even blinds the minds off the most intelligent.
How on earth can anyone with sanity hold an opposition guilty? when a terrorist attack was staged under the then government, who had been well informed of the attacks in advance with ample time ?
Does it even make any logic ?
How can the past government refuse to accept responsibility?
Come on , people need to think and analyse , the previous government leaders either let it happen or it was pure negligence and taking the new Islamic branches that have evolved from.Indo- Pakistan Neo Hanbalism for granted has been the biggest blunder and cover it with a fake term , the bogeyman Wahabism.
    How on earth can you hold Rajapakshes responsible?
What kind of logic?
    Analyse the series of events.
1. The then government let one of.the worst racial riots after 83 July to continue for days and spread even to Akurana , where Sinhalese villages around it have always had a good relationship.
2) soon as the attack was over it was declared the entire outfit has been completely dismantle , can’t our people think rationally?
    Have you ever heard of a Islamic Kawarij * extremist ideology ever been wiped out in few days of a terrorist attack ?

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      Dear LN.
      ….How on earth can anyone with sanity hold an opposition guilty? when a terrorist attack was staged under the then government……….
      You assume :
      A) the Govt was competent and had a desire to unearth a conspiracy.
      B) some in the Govt who ran the Security was NOT complicit in the plan.
      Yes the govt as such should take the blame for the disaster but the assumption of “not guilty” of opposition is very debatable.

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    The country that has to find a base in Asia by 2036 are laying the foundation for their ambitions to bear fruit by that time. The environmental destruction that is taking place is to make this country barren agriculture wise by that time.

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    There are always “Master Minds” or UNDERLINING issues behind major events that Mother Lanka had experienced since independence. The Master Minds aren’t usually caught and it is only some poor souls who had to carry that crime.
    In 1950s had the Ceylon government made all 3 languages as the OFFICIAL languages & the country a SECULAR one, most of the problems/issues would NOT have come about.
    It was a really really REGRESSIVE action to teach in swabhasha from 1963 onwards. This laid the foundation for mistrusts among the Tamil and Sinhala Youth. Education in schools of importance of racial and religious harmony too could have avoided misunderstandings. Dr DJ fully knows answers to all the questions.

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    Malcolm Ranjith, Mahinda, and Maithripala Sirisena, Gotabaya are aware of April 21 attack. So there is no point of appointing commissions or creating debates. Malcolm Ranjith himself plays a game to promote Gotabaya’s regime as he supported Mahinda and his regime which massacred innocent Tamils.

    So, Dayan, you will have to read those kinds of stuff fully and come to your arguments. I don’t see the relevance of your points.

    Rehan.

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    Nonsense , it is very clear by the sequence of events, beginning from early global intteligence warnings of the attack , it is very evident for some reason; whoever was behind it made a miscalculation at the cost of innocent lives , instead of it benefiting the perpetrating , the situation became favourable to the present government.
    That is it. This is what is the extreme ugly side of Prejudise, you refuse to accept facts.
    There was no need for Rajapakshes to go to staging a terror attack to win the election, they were already guaranteed to win and they new the people have already decided to kick the Yahapalana out.
    The Yahapalana leaders who must accept the responsibility.
    People must be patient and not play into anti Gota by certain elliments .
    Wait and do not get tired of waiting, The President will not betray you , all in good time justice will be served .
    The Sinhala mass must re think of the sequence of the Easter event, from the ample time given , why was Zaharan not arrested at least called for an inquiry?
    And when a certain foreign based Religous leader came on TV soon after the Easter attack and openly and bluntly admit he has over 200 beaches established all.over the Island and also admitted training cadres , why was he not arrested and interrogated by Yahapalana ?


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      Dear LN.
      …they were already guaranteed to win….
      Yes very true, but there is the possibility they wanted FULL power of 2/3 control to become what they set out to do like the 20A. So best is bring in security issues and together whip up ethnocentric bias which worked for them. If not for the Easter Attack, they may have won sure but not so much as 2/3.

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    Easter Sunday attack is technically not a terrorist attack because they made no demands unlike Tamil terrorists.

    The perpetrators were simply following a religious act in their own good faith (although criminal and heinous).

    ISIS has a habit of taking credit for anything. There was no ISIS involvement in the attack.

    SL must not overdo on Islamic “terror”. It can be used to balance Tamil terrorism particularly after USA leaves Afghanistan this year. Those groups will again target India the only non-Muslim country near Afghanistan. It will spillover to SL (easier to hurt Hindu interests via SL).

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    All information was available and the network during the mawanalla defacement statue was first attacked and trail hunt had all targets of the future plan was not controlled wanting for many issues.

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    Why did not the Yahapalana Government succeed? Is it because the Politicians concerned were not new to politics? The UNP needed money to campaign for the Parliamentary Elections leading to Bond scam. They also were not keen to bring legal actions against Rajapakshas. Were they scared of NGR & his security forces friends? Even Karuna or KP were not afraid? MS wanted to teach RW resulting in ‘staged’ terrorism.

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    Dr. Dayan, I wish to focus on No.8. Reason for targeting Christians without any friction or violence. Bible predicts things which many don’t accept. The picture painted in the bible is this. Israel will accept Christ when he comes, but the surrounding Arab nations have a different picture in the quran and hence conflict. The Euphrates is dried up Rev.16,12 preparing the way for the kings from the east. When one sees the army drill in China and the large numbers on the preparing silk route westward, they will reach Iran and further on to Meggido for the major battle of Armageddon bigger than Covid plagues. Warfare tremendous, nuclear, biological or other and will supernaturally have an end. Sure sign like Babylon is no more will be when Damascus is no more. The last book in the bible called Revelation gives the full confused picture of future.

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    Another attempt to compound the confusion.
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    This hope of reforming the society where Buddha and Christ failed by a government appointed Commission is balderdash of funniest kind.
    Waisting time on this kind of bullshit is good for grass eating cattle.
    Punish the murderers if they are caught alive and if they died with all their families to please someone above the skies say amen. In the meantime look for other accomplices in hiding .
    Forget this ‘sociological’ shit of common responsibility over dissatisfied youth humbug. Deploy intelligence gathering apparatus to search anyone engaged in similar cospiraries.
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    Islamic terrorism and resulting Islamophobia are not phenomena originated and grew up within this island. Our governments or 1aw enforcement authorities are not responsible or capable of finding solutions for ‘youth radicalisation’
    If at all it is the responsibility of their Mullahs. Allah or not they cannot break our laws or we cannot live in fear under their terror.
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    As a respect for the dead and suffered please don’t use the incident for political scoring. Leave aside your most hated politician in this instance for sake of terribly affected.
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    Face the fact: Zahran was inspired by word to word interpretation of their book which they have been brainwashed from childhood to believe as delivered by their Creator and therefore infallible.
    TRUE OR NOT WE CANNOT RISK OUR NECK.
    Amen.

    Soma

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      @SOMA
      Few straight forward questions .
      Do you know fusha Arabic ?

      Have you read multiple translations based on interpretations of each translator of The Quran?

      If the answer to above questions are yes ,
      Then which Thranslations have you read ?

      Have you read the entire translation page to page ?

      Have you counter checked with the Arabic Quran the interpretations ?

      And based on which chapter and verse are you claiming that Kawarijs like Zaharans are brain washed?

      If your Answer to the above questions are no , Then first learn fusha Arabic, read multiple translations and we will take it from there .

      SOMA To be Continued

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        @Soma,
        Continued ,
        Can we hold the bible , the priests and Jesus Christ ( pbuh) responsible for The crimes of Hilter and Mussolini sitting right within the Holyseas?
        Can we hold the The Noble Buddha, his light The Dhamma, or his disciples for the Crimes Japan commited during WW2?

        When you are half baked due to prejudice and hate , which is symbolically known by Jews , Christians and Muslims as Sickness of the heart; which Lot of people misunderstood this saying referring to the heart , it does not mean Jews , Christians and Muslims think through their hearts.

        It symbolically means love ; compassion, empathy to accept and respect the beliefs of others and to be judicious not to harm the innocent for the Crimes of others.

        You are so much filled with hate with in you, which is very integral part of you, it blinds your mind to such an extend,.that until you are consumed by the flames of your own hate of bigotry you will never know.

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        LANKA NETIZEN

        The answers to your questions are only one click away on your computer.
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        Some examples of Quran directing its followers to violence:
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        Surah 3:151: “We shall cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve (all non-Muslims) …”
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        Surah 2:191: “And kill them (non-Muslims) wherever you find them … kill them. Such is the recompense of the disbelievers (non-Muslims).”
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        Surah 9:5: “Then kill the disbelievers (non-Muslims) wherever you find them, capture them and besiege them, and lie in wait for them in each and every ambush …”
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        Now Mr Netizen, you tell me what other phrases Zaharan would have inspired Zaharan if not for the above taken literally notwithstanding various Islamic scholars trying to give various circular interpretations . These scholars realise that Muslims today have to sail through a world of non Muslims who are technologically and militarily vastly superior.
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        ISIS ideology is not an isolated mad man type occurrence as would wish to portray.
        When did you visit Kattankudi last ? You may wish to say that they are interpreting Islam wrong. May be Zahran interpreted Quran wrong.
        But he did form an organisation to preach what he believed.


        Soma

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          LANKA NETIZEN
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          You are asking if I have read Quran in Arabic.
          NO
          People in Iran and people in Saudi Arabia certainly must have.
          So are the ISIS followers. Which shows
          QURAN HAS BEEN INTERPRETED DIFFERENTLY BY DIFFERENT GROUPS OF MUSLIMS.
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          We fell victim to Zaharan’s interpretation.

          Soma

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            soman

            “QURAN HAS BEEN INTERPRETED DIFFERENTLY BY DIFFERENT GROUPS OF MUSLIMS. We fell victim to Zaharan’s interpretation.”

            Buddhas (the Awakened one’s) teaching has been interpreted by different group of people differently, for example Buddhists, Theravadistas, Mahayana Buddhists, Tantric Buddhism, ………………..,

            Irrespective of their race, region, gender, denominations, …. people generally fell victims to Sinhala/Buddhism. Sad situation.

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          @soma ,
          I thought you still can think a little bit less prejudice, well I was certainly wrong .
          1st .
          FYI,
          You are reading put of context and any person with intellect will see it , or cause, The internet is awsome , I love it and btw is not Google excellent for a click away for almost everything.,?
          Look, for your own sake do not make a fool of yourself.
          You can not go and pick and choose words at random from a scripture.
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          Quran contains information of pre Islam , then from the time of The birth of the Prophet to his death, there are many examples and metaphors , then the times we live in today.
          The the sentence you have taken out of context must be read in context, you need to read from 149 to 154 .
          This is in connection to the war that took place during the Prophet’s time called battle of Uhud , where The Muslims lost the battle , because the party who were suppose to keep gaurd left posts , and the verses starting from 149 to 154 is about the battle of Uhud and the those who were non Monothiest enemies and in no way it is meant for today.

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            Cont response.
            @ Soma .
            Zaharan’ s actions were based on similar understanding like yours the difference is , his leaders of his Cult , which is modern Khawarijs , did the picking and choosing of what is required for them to be indoctrinated and enslaved. Religous ideologies created by extremists has nothing to do with educated and none educated , the current situations Muslims are facing around the world is excuse enough for the Kawarij leaders to justify terror.
            Whatever verses you have thrown at Me is the same verses the Kawarijs master minds use to convince youngsters .
            Like I said Christians and Christianity and Jesus ( Pbuh) can not be held responsible for Hitler’s and Musselini’s atrocities nor The Dhama , the Buddhists and the Noble Buddha for the Japanese emperor’s atrocities .

            The word terror , terrorism and terrorist needs to be redefined.

            Not just Kwaraijs , Islamic Rebels aka terrorists , but those who attack and kill innocents in riots for the action of a few , must also be defined as terrorists and should be tried under terrorist act, also hate speech .

            That is one country one law.

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            LANKA NETIZEN
            Your interpretation is as good as Zaharan’ interpretation – another interpretation. I have to ask some scholars from Iran as well as some scholars from Saudi Arabia.
            The point you are avoiding to face is some interpretations are not good for the health of non Muslims.
            Do you know Mr NETIZEN, Even in the Constitution of a moderate country like UAE the clause of death sentenc to apostates is included.
            What is your interpretation regarding that?

            Soma

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    Sherlock Holmes, the fictional sleuth in Arthur Conan Doyle’s crime novels, or Hercule Poirot in Agatha Christy’s novels had one basic premise on solving crime: “Who stands to gain or benefit from the crime?”. The Third World is replete with manufactured public opinion based on organised crime, often with massive casualties. that are “worth it” from the perpetrator’s perspective. The police investigation should have revealed the motives for these crimes. Jihad and glory in heaven is only the pawn’s objective, not the grand mastermind’s. An international investigation with preserved evidence should reveal the truth, when local institutions are always subject to political oversight and manipulation.

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      International investigations, Commissions siting like courts cannot uncover crimes.
      Only collaboration of police, inteligence agencies and forensic experts can do that.

      Soma

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    Dr. DJ,
    Your 10 point questions are necessary only if you really want to find a solution to the problem. There is no intention at all on the part of the political group (government or opposition) or military or intelligence or even religious leadership. They never had such intentions in the past seven decades of Sri lankan Sinhalese rule. Do we know why SWRD was assasinated in 1959? A Buddhist monk named Ven Talduwe Somarama was arrested, convicted and hanged for the murder of Bandaranaike. Do we know why Lasantha Wickrematunge, a journalist was murdered in 2009? Do we know what happened to those LTTE fighters or political activists who surrendered at the end of war?
    After two years of Easter Bombing, we have not finding anything new other than there was a bomb blast in three Christian Churches and three luxury hotels which killed around 250 people and 500 injured. Do we know why?, by Who?
    The fact is that Truth is our enemy!

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    Answer is pretty simple. The victims and their families want answers and thereby closure. Citizens too want to see, those affected get justice , which is their fundamental right. If some one is found responsible then proper action should follow in holding them responsible. It may be RW, MS,Rajapaksas, all of them or none of tham but some one else. I do not see any of that happening in our myth land, only because there is none to show from past. Isn’t it one reason ,we are in Geneva instad of Aluthkade??

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    Islamophobic is a answer given but this issue in not only in SL, look at Kosovo, America, France, Africa (Nigeria) Germany, Denmark – even Swiss has voted to ban Burka. Islam has not evolved as Religon and is a global issue. not only in SL. All across from Taliban to Saudi to Turkey to Iran and Qatar – state actors have not allowed the moderation of this youngest religion.

    In SL moderate non-Muslims are gravitating to far right as a reaction, as more and more Muslims are moving towards fundamentalism

    1. More and more women wear niqub, burka, based on teaching of Preachers/ Mulla’s.
    2. Mulla’s are sent Saudi and come with Saudi Wahhabisam thinking.
    3. ACJU is more and more constituted by eastern Muslims..
    4. Moderate Muslims from Galle /Beruwala are sidelined in leadership.
    5. Muslims are sending more and more kids to Muslim international schools – of few 100’s in each by-lane where they only associate mono-cultural environment – (only other Muslims) and there are no sports of mixing with others.
    6. Saudi/Egypt Qatar sending USD direct to eastern side and politicians to build schools and mosques in their name and spread their brand of religion.

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    7. CBSL not checking and requiring approval for USD coming in – allowing funding from ISIS.
    8. Muslims girls more and more asked to cover fully.. removed from schools /sports/ drama and married off underage.
    9. All ACJU members opposing MMDA changes and no one willing to openly stand up.
    10. Muslim voices of intellectuals young people are not able to openly talk. Hardly any one queries decisions of ACJU / Islam in media ?
    11. Islam academia not existent in SL Muslim community other than people who have religious Wahhabism in Saudi.. not many PHD theologians in Islam from Colombo, and even fewer females PHD.
    12. Halal certification – extended to non-food products.. focused on alienating non-Muslim products..
    13. Muslims avoiding any food place that has pork.. 10-15 years ago Galle Muslims know how to co-exist and they will not eat pork but will sit with all communities and eat at same location. Now this has also changed due to fear / pressure to conform.
    14. Muslims only patronizing their own shops / businesses.
    15. Unabated building of mosques for disproportionate % of population.
    16. Unabated increase in children in families (more than 3 ) without practice of family planning and religious leaders fueling this thinking.

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    MS and RW had APOLIGIZED to David Linsey, brother of two tourist who were killed in Easter attacks. This occured few months after the attack, when he met them in Colombo. Shows RW/MS were sane enough to not follow Rajapaksas strategy of total denial. Asked if he would ever forgive , he answered not yet , it would be betrayal to forgive for now. He also insisted the priority for now has to be that ACTIONS are taken so that this kind of incidents does not happen in future. Where as Rajapaksas have decided to go with commissions and make this a political victimization to get murderes, rapist and court sentenced freed. They are arrogant to see the gestures made by MS/RW as “admitting to guil”t where as RW/MS decided mot to act as stupid as Rajapaksas and take the matter to Geneva.

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