18 November, 2019

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24 Hours Of Terror; What Was The Prime Minister Doing?

By R.T. Samarasinghe –

Two months have passed since the deadly Easter Sunday attacks, and as life slowly returns to normal in Sri Lanka attention now turns to what exactly happened on that fateful day.

With President Maithripala Sirisena holidaying in Singapore, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was the acting head of state. On Easter Sunday, when the devastating terror attacks struck 3 Churches and 3 hotels, the Prime Minister who was out of Colombo, rushed back to take control of a situation that was threatening to boil over.

Upon his return to the capital, the Prime Minister immediately summoned the Cabinet Ministers while instructing his Secretary to summon the National Security Council (NSC).

It soon became apparent that the President, in his haste to begin his holiday the previous week, had overlooked appointing an acting Minister of Defence. The NSC reports solely to the Minister of Defence as an advisory body. As the council had no legal basis, the heads of the armed forces and the police refused to meet the Prime Minister, choosing instead to remain at the Ministry of Defence on the phone with the President.

Neither the Prime Minister nor the State Minister of Defence had been kept abreast of any prior terror threats as the security apparatus had been reporting directly to the President. Subsequent investigations have since shown that the President had refused to invite the Prime Minister and the State Minister of Defence to the NSC, or keep them informed of security matters. 

Despite the President having ended last year reluctantly re-appointing Wickremesinghe as Prime Minister, following 52 days of a Constitutional Coup, he had continued to battle his deputy leaving the system of governance in a precarious position. The President’s personal vendetta against the Prime Minister had left the security of the country in a weakened state.

Since the heads of the armed forces were keeping the PM in the dark over the situation, he decided to travel to the Ministry of Defence to be briefed first hand.

Arriving at the Ministry of Defence, the PM with several Ministers in tow, was informed that the NSC could not meet him immediately and that he would have to wait. Using his past experience of tense situations the Prime Minister decided that the best course of action was not to exacerbate the situation by risking a confrontation by demanding an audience. 

After waiting 20 minutes in the office of the State Minister of Defence, Wickremesinghe was escorted into the meeting room where he chaired the meeting. Following a briefing of the current situation, the Prime Minister immediately suggested that curfew be imposed around the country until the security forces could assure them that there was no threat of further bombs going off. 

The Secretary to the President, Hemasiri Fernando, informed the meeting that the President was insistent that neither curfew be imposed nor social media be temporarily blocked. The Prime Minister immediately telephoned the President to clarify his stance. After a prolonged discussion, the President relented, agreeing that if the security forces recommended it then curfew would be imposed. 

Returning to Temple Trees the Prime Minister chaired a meeting with the Cabinet Ministers. After briefing them on the situation, he immediately instructed the Ministers to ensure their Ministries assisted the security forces and emergency services in any way possible. He also instructed the Cabinet to prepare a compensation plan for the victims which would be presented at the next official Cabinet meeting. 

With the continued absence of the President the dual positions of head of the Cabinet and Minister of Defence was absent. Wickremesinghe, who had been left out of the loop by the President, was now forced to assume the mantle at this time of crisis.

With fear running high among the public, the Prime Minister took the decision to visit the Kochchikade Church where rescue operations were continuing. Arriving at the site, the Prime Minister met the security forces and the Cardinal who were on site. He assured them that the government would provide all required resources. 

At 3pm news began to emerge of the security forces having tracked down one of the safe houses used by the suicide bombers. During the raid one of the suicide bombers detonated herself killing several members of the security forces. It was at this point that the Prime Minister’s insistence that curfew be imposed and social media be temporarily blocked was adhered to. As rumors continued to fuel fear amongst the public, Wickremesinghe believed that a temporary block on social media was necessary until a coordinated distribution of information was established. 

Returning to Temple Trees, the Prime Minister convened an all-party meeting to discuss the ongoing situation in the country. Recognising that politics would play a role, Wickremesinghe wished to unite the Parliament behind the government’s security operations. 

At 7pm that evening Leader of the Opposition, Mahinda Rajapaksa, along with representatives of the other political parties represented in Parliament arrived at Temple Trees. The PM once again briefed them on the latest developments in regards the security operations. Wickremesinghe informed them that the security forces had already successfully raided several safe houses around the country belonging to the bombers and arrested suspects linked to the attacks. He also informed the meeting that the identity of some of the bombers had been made known to the security forces, which was assisting them in their search operations. 

The Prime Minister went on to urge those present to have their parties refrain from launching any political attacks, highlighting that a united Parliament was essential for the security of the country. 

It was during this meeting that the President’s continued absence from the country was noted. The party leaders agreed to hold an emergency Parliament session where the House would be appraised of the situation. 

By 9 pm that night the Prime Minister was informed by the intelligence services that they were confident that the remnants of the attackers had fled the city and would be trying to go underground. The Prime Minister informed them that the security forces would be conducting island-wide search operations beginning the next day.

In the space of 12 hours, the Prime Minister, who had been left hamstrung by his President, was able to gain control of a situation that had been left leaderless. The President himself, who was only a 4 hour flight away from the country, returned to the island in the early hours of Monday morning. 

It was during his absence that leadership was provided and further loss of life was prevented. Security operations had already led to the raid of safe houses and arrests of several suspects. The Prime Minister was able to unite a Parliament that only 6 months ago was the scene of fist fights. 

At a time when the political leadership had been left with their hands tied by the President’s insecurities, the need for a leader arose. Faced with numerous obstacles including the heads of the security forces refusing to meet him, the Prime Minister grabbed control of the situation. The leadership in those 24 hours was one of a statesman. 

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  • 26
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    Mr Samarasinghe makes a brave attempt to absolve the Prime Minister from his share of the blame. None of the RW heroics would have been necessary if he (and the ‘Leader of the Opposition) had held the President to account for failing to include the Prime Minister in security briefings/deliberations. Both the Prime Minister and President have failed the nation due to their child-like bickering. Both should face the consequences of their failures.

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      When someone has certain ingrained ethical behaviors in your value system you stand by them. In my opinion, it is very unlikely that the Prime Minister would have forcefully gone into the SC meetings. When the President blamed and insulted the Prime Minister dragging into it the Prime Minister’s personal lifestyle, values and upbringing do you think he will barge into a meeting or a situation that he has been barred from?. Even if the Prime Minister were to bring it to the notice of the Parliament or cabinet do you think the President would have changed his mind? Can we forget the October fiasco and how the leader of the Opposition and his cohort acted hand in glove with the President? Do you think the country or the Prime Minister would have wanted a similar unparalleled “trump card” situation that this President might have resorted to? How can we down play the President’s – so “un-presidentlike” behaviour to leave the country without appointing an acting Minister of Defense to be responsible for the security of the country? It is his petty, childish and revengeful thinking that brought havoc to the country. He has to be held responsible for the lives lost and the devastation that followed thereafter to the lives of the survivors and to the country as a whole.

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        I agree. Majority of Ranil’s critics who see his biggest weakness is actually one of the strongest management quality. That is empowering the team members so that they can have freedom to maximize result by contributing unique creativity. The concept of empowerment doesn’t mean mean giving “wild ass freedom”; it still requires the need to reach a common goal. But it allows unique creativity of each team members to prosper while at the same time enabling the team leader to mange individual differences more efficiently. In this style of management, the respect of team members can be earned only by showing knowledge & experience; not by personal charisma alone. Ranil doesn’t have a charismatic personality; but, he earns respect for his intelligence, knowledge & experience. Unfortunately, SL voters prefer politicians with charismatic personalities; the closer to a dictator, the better!
        In any case, it will be interesting to see what MY 3 would do tomorrow (25/4) in order to hurt any positive outcome from this essay coming to Ranil’s way. No matter what MY 3 offers as excuses as to the conflict between him & Ranil, I strongly believe that MY 3’s personal jealousy arising from the inferiority complex is the main reason. If that is the case, it will be very difficult for My 3 to stop his urge to say or do something to hurt Ranil’s image whenever he sees a positive development favoring either UNP side of the Gvt or Ranil himself! I came to this conclusion after observing the pattern of MY 3’s behavior for last two years!

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      Spring Koha
      Why should both should go for when the President is the primary responsible person for the failure of the security? It is a disgrace for this nation that the country allow the President who involved in a political coup along with another President (former) who twice involved with a political coup against this Nation.

    • 1
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      As a highly rated Banana Republic, we ought to provide both Sirisena, RW & Ruwan W baby diapers at taxpayers’ expense. I recommend the brand Pampers.
      SHAMELESS CRY BABIES! RESIGN!

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      Spring Koha

      “Both the Prime Minister and President have failed the nation due to their child-like bickering.”

      It has been the case since 1958 if not 1948.
      We have many politicians, do we have leaders?

      “Both should face the consequences of their failures.”

      Not in my life time. Never in their lifetime.
      When did our politicians face consequences?
      Instead they have always been awarded either with impunity, promotions, or plum jobs, ………………

  • 10
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    Funny article, surely written for humor!!!

    Statesman indeed! Lol!!!

  • 4
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    A repetition of the sequence of events serves no purpose other than to raise the pressure.

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    A first hand description by R, T. Samarasinghe appears to have disjointed all those who wanted to heap blame on Ranil, the main actors being MS and MR who had information regarding the attacks very much before the event and obviously thought that they could make political capital to topple the govt which they failed in their Coup attempt in October last year. For all those who are pointing the finger at Ranil, none seem to see the culpability of MS and MR, who are the main perpetrators of this crime, allowing it to happen in the first place.

    • 4
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      You have forgotten to include GR in the equation. All three should be hung by their balls.

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      Some people think that MR ( m.p ) is responsible and is head of govt still even though there is a PM and President with a cabinet are running this country for the last 4 1/2 years.

  • 4
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    The writer is trying to show leadership of PM in the immediate aftermath of the massacre. The security forces had in detail the intelligence reports they received over a period of almost 2yrs up to the 21st April. These were not taken seriously and acted upon by the govt due to the infighting between PM and President. The security forces themselves raded the pre-known positions and diffused the situation quickly. There was nothing for the PM to do

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    “What Was The Prime Minister Doing”? He (PM) allowed it to happen WHY? He knew the President left the country without even appointing a person to “ACT” for the Law & Order Ministry. If a major disaster like that on “21st April” happen, this President with whom the PM is at logger head could be made the “Political Victim”. PM did not care too hoots for the safety of the innocent who congregated at the churches and hotels; but was more keen to “PLUG” the President at what ever costs- lives, property, economy. S o, aren’t both the President and Prime Minister responsible and accountable? YES – No debate over it.

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    This article misses the point. Terrorist attacks of this kind are plotted months in advance. According to an Indian newspaper, “Intelligence services in both Sri Lanka and India had focussed on the Tawhid Jama’at after the seizure of over 100 kilograms of military-grade explosives, as well as detonators and ammunition, at a remote farm compound in Wanathawilluwa early this year. The complex is believed to have been a training ground for jihadists who were plotting to blow up Buddhist monuments in the ancient city of Anuradhapura. Even though Sri Lankan authorities mounted some surveillance operations in the wake of the intelligence shared by RAW, a highly-placed Indian government source said, no arrests were made.” The terrorists were not in a rush. They took time with recruitment. They changed their targets. They did training and surveillance. What we have is an intelligence failure of the first order. As I have said repeatedly, it would not have happened if Mahinda was the PM.

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      Lester, when you say that it would not have happened if Mahinda was the PM, you are indirectly admitting that this happened because Mahinda was deposed from the post of PM. It is an open secret that it was Rajapakse brothers with Sisirsena conniving who instigated the perpetrators thorough their agents to unleash this carnage. They specifically saw to that no Sinhala Buddhist was killed nor Buddhist temples bombed. Mahinda did not mind sacrificing the lives of Sinhala Catholics and Tamils and over their dead bodies take back the post of PM. Today in parliament Kumara Welgama said that all 225 members knew about the Easter bombings. RW and UNPers wanted to use it to dodge pressure of UNHRC on accountability issues and political solution to Tamils. Why they did not arrest terrorists in Wannathivillu is because firstly they wanted to use them, and secondly to protect Muslim politician connected to the terror network who had been active in that area..

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        Gnana,

        Mahinda saved the country from Tiger terrorism. He is not an opportunist to let people die for an election result. Mahinda would not have let the security situation deteriorate for months while doing bond scams or going on worldwide shopping jaunts. Remember, Mahinda finished a 25 year civil war in 5 years. He did that by appointing the most capable people to the security forces. ModaSiri did not have the brains to even appoint a defense minister before leaving the country. If the security forces were not so capable, it is clear from the evidence that at least 1000 people would have died, as the terrorists were planning further attacks.

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          Lester, please state facts correctly. It was Gota supported by Fonseka who wanted to go out for an all out war, while Mahinda wanted to play the game with LTTE like his predecessors. Mahinda reluctantly agreed to go along with others. Mahinda promised to India and the west that, if they help to defeat LTTE, he will settle Tamil problem, as LTTE is intransigent. It is with assurance that USA arrested the person who tried to buy SAM missiles, UK arrested the chief LTTE fund raiser, India helped to bomb LTTE vessels in mid sea. In the last stage of war India had its troops on the ground as a back up with a field hospital at Pulmoddai and a hospital ship anchored near the coast to airlift wounded soldiers. After the war was won, Mahinda behaved in a different manner going back on his pledge. His often stated excuse was that if he tries to settle the Tamil problem, it will be curtains down for him. Fortunately for him there was an inept congress government in power who did nothing. Instead of working with India he brought China in to spite India giving it a hold in Hambantota and Colombo ports. He took money from China and allowed China to build white elephant projects putting a huge financial burden n the country. This is the so called debt trap which China has resorted to in other countries with corrupt leadership. (Contd)

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            Due to the presence of China in the country, Mahinda has placed Sri Lanka in the midst of geo-political rivalry with India and USA/West. All these problems are a result of this struggle to gain supremacy in the region. Therefore Mahinda is solely responsible for putting Sri Lanka in an economic and political mess. If Malaysia and Maldives have the courage to tell China that they cannot afford those white elephant projects and have taken action to recover the bribes paid by China to their previous heads of state, there is no reason why Sri Lanka cannot do the same. So none of the money swindled by those who were in power been recovered nor china told politely to stop their tricks. Instead of that Sirisena and Ranil have leased Hambantota port to China ensuring their presence in Sri Lanka for 99 years, in the process gaining the wrath of India. Did you hear that Modi told when in Sri Lanka to go beyond 13th amendment and settle the Tamil problem, for which there had been no whimper of protest from any Sinhala politician, because they know that Modi means business and that you cannot fool BJP like how Mahinda and this government did to Congress. India has come to realize that only way to dominate Sri Lanka is by empowering Tamils. Be sure that whoever comes as president next will have to comply with what India orders, failing which they will have to face another parippu drop.

            • 2
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              Gnana,

              You keep ignoring that LTTE assassinated Rajiv Gandhi. Indians will never help Sri Lankan Tamils to get a federal state, as Gandhi is a big name in India. The reason IPKF invaded Jaffna was because India did not want unrest in Tamil Nadu. There is no other reason. Mahinda giving China a port in Hambantota is not a big deal. China is expanding all over the world, including Africa. BJP are Hindu nationalists; they don’t care about Dravidians. The bomb attack is to Sri Lanka’s advantage. Now Sri Lanka has the same Muslim problem that India has. Sri Lanka has an excuse to militarize the North and East indefinitely. UNHRC resolutions against Sri Lanka will never get passed, as Sri Lanka now has sympathy from all over the world. Meanwhile, the Muslim population in Sri Lanka is increasing three times as fast as the Tamil population. Your dream of Eelam is fading by the minute. Remember, Thailavar massacred Muslims in their mosques and expelled the rest. Muslims will never forget.

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                Lester, it is LTTE that assassinated Rajiv Gandhi and not Tamils. Tamils never gave a mandate to Prabaharan to kill Rajiv Gandhi. Moreover LTTE was only a contract killer, but it was carried out on behalf of CIA through their agents in India such as Chandraswami and others. Indian investigators have conveniently put the blame on LTTE and swept the whole thing under the carpet. That episode is slowly being forgotten, and the last election saw Rahul Gandhi humiliated by losing his seat. Now situation has changed with China physically present in Sri Lanka which is a security threat to India. In politics there are no permanent enemies or permanent friends, but only permanent interests. Due to the anti-Tamil policies, India has lost control of Sri Lanka and is in this sorry plight, when Sri Lanka government ignored warnings given by India about the impending bombings. They have realized that Sri Lanka cannot be trusted and continuing to keep Tamils suppressed is not in the long run helpful to them to establish supremacy. (Contd)

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                (Contd) India has found out that successive Sri Lanka governments have used Muslims to terrorize Tamils in east as well as in Mannar, and will continue to do so as long as Tamils remain weak. They also know that top Sinhala politicians on both sides have received money from Muslim politicians and businessmen connected with Islamic terrorism and are trying to protect them. If this had happened in India, by now Hisbulla and Bathurdeen would have been put behind bars. Yes BJP are North indian nationalists and do not care for Dravidians, the same way that USA are Christian nationalists and do not care for the Jews. Despite their hatred to Judaism, are the Europeans not using Jews to control middle east. India cannot control Sri Lanka without the support of Tamils, and if they continue with their foolish foreign policy, then it is their own funeral. remember China is not in Sri Lanka to do any good to Sri Lanka, but to destabilize India. Yes Sri Lanka will use the bombing as an excuse to dodge UNHCR, but can they ever expect Tamils to trust any future Sri Lanka governments.

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          Lester

          “Mahinda saved the country from Tiger terrorism. “

          It’s a pity he couldn’t save the country from himself and his clan.

          It was VP who saved the country from LTTE as you would have known him working exactly against LTTE. He saved the country from invading IPKF while your armed forces were hiding behind their women folks and VP’s bum.

          • 4
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            Native Vedda is an admirer of a terrorist who has killed more Tamils than all the state terror (according to DBSJeyaraj columns).
            He also killed mulsims at preyar in Kattankudy. Not surprisingly, Zaharan and his converts attacked churches during their Tamil language service.

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              Bodin

              Thanks for poking your nose in this forum once in a while.
              Please go back to sleep as you are still in a dizzy state.

              For a start better learn to support your statements with evidence.
              Then read all my comments since 2006 in DBS Jeyaraj and Transcurrent, and CT since its inception, … come back we will have a chat.

              You are not even a half witted, dumb-ass.

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              Bodin, Native Vedda poses as non-racist and pacifist when it suits him. His last sentence is such an obvious lie, it leaves one speechless.
              The IPKF were not invading the country, they were there under the Indo-Lanka Accord to disarm militants and keep the peace. The SLA were confined to their barracks by GOSL, they were not hiding behind VP. Skirmishes started between the LTTE and the IPKF which led to full-scale fighting. After the IPKF had left (at Premadasa’s request), the LTTE were still there, alive and well.
              Of course Native Vedda knows all this, he is not a fool, but he is a consummate liar who alters the truth to bolster his arguments.

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                Taraki

                We know you are card carrying racist.
                Its all right being a racist.
                Try bit harder to remember events, history dates, actors, …. in sequence.

                “The IPKF were not invading the country, they were there under the Indo-Lanka”

                Jog your memory, Operation Poomalai or Eagle Mission 4 which was conducted by the Hindian air force on 4 June 1987.

                The Indo-Sri Lanka Peace Accord was not signed until 29 July 1987.

                You ought unlearn your sense of history and relearn it again. Are you in the process of writing the next part of Mahawamsa?

                When five An-32s of the Indian Air Force and two escorting Mirage 2000s entered the airspace of the so called “SOVEREIGN” state what was the reaction of your gallant vanguards including the Mahanayakes?

                I envy of your ability to make hero out of straw men.

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    It’s not what he did after the bombings that’s the issue. It’s his economic system he procured BEFORE the bombings that caused the bombings in the first place.

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      Granny Ramona
      Do you think you are making any sense?
      I think old age is really creeping upon you. Do yourself a favour, take it easy, sit back, relax and enjoy your remaining days in peace, your time is ticking.
      Besides it seems you are talking through your rear. It stinks.

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        Not at all…..not everyone is like you GC……….and so sorry that that’s the only counter-argument you can come up with.

  • 2
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    Ranil modified 19A to allow him play all his games. He purposely handed over Defense Minister to New King until his this term. But earlier he had a fight with CBK to capture that position. This time he left it with New King because there is agreement between them to use it to suppress Tamils and use Mahaweli to colonize East and North. That is one of the reason they don’t wanted to abolish EP last time.

    Ranil swore on Jan, 9th 2015 Morning to Old King that even if he get killed, he will protect the Old Royal Family. Old Beauty Queen wanted Old King to take over the PM position and declare any cases on them in the court null and void. That is why Ranil supported the coup.

    Ranil is a partner in the coup. He didn’t allow any minister to hold to their position and made everybody to immediately hand over to Old Dirty Royals. That is because he wanted to silence TNA from talking about its Secret Solution. Seeing their dream is dying, Sumanthiran gave his blood and flesh to save Ranil. But he went to Presidential palace and told that to other Trios that foreign embassies liked to back his government, so New King should dissolve the parliament. Sumanthiran took a case at Supreme Court. But Ranil had it cancelled and filed Quo Warranto. When Supreme Court supported CoA to take the case forward, Ranil forced all 122 MP to withdraw the case. What a game Ranil played! We can spend a week here, to show how Ranil, the Nariya’s statesmanship works. If there is real court in Lankawe, it will put Ranil life time inside for his share of the April 21st game. Is there nobody in the parliament to bring a NCM against New King if he is wrong?

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      Ranil is NOT a Royalist although he may have BEEN one. The Royal College Motto says
      LEARN OR DEPART“.
      He has NOT done EITHER.
      He did not learn any thing, although he has failed to lead his party
      to victory in so many elections. And then, he has not departed.

  • 0
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    the question is not what he did after but what was he doing before?
    sirisena is akin to bandawho could not handle the situ and it was sir oliver who was forced to take over when the riots got out of hand riots for which banda was responsible

  • 3
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    There are a few hundreds of Samarasinghe types in a backward, low IQ, feudal society. He sees a beautiful action oriented man in Ranil ! ( in addition to wearing a tie from the moment he wakes up, going automatically for the absurd Royal Cricket match, travelling all over the world in luxury at our expense, talking as if he knows everything- a life spent to fool likes of Samarasinghe)

    This article should qualify Samarasinghe for a seat on the UNP working committee.

    Hope he will write another article after the next election-whatever that may be

    • 0
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      what option we have now?

  • 1
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    ALL of them should resign if they have any self respect or shame, No one shoul give any one of the old brigade a single vote. This is what we have to campaign for the next election

  • 0
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    Ranil is a useless leader who only wants to dance to the needs of USA by granting over a million acres of Sri Lanka for a pittance to satisfy their needs. He is not interested in the well-being of the people of Sri Lanka but wants to create an image favourable to western powers.

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    Aney how sweet, as per the writer GamaHaminey was a superhero who singlehandedly saved the country on the 21st.
    Who chose Gamarala to be the proxy candidate? Who couldn’t control said proxy candidate? Who lost around 5 seats by indulging in a white collar crime before the parliamentary election and then getting caught? Who refuses to learn from his mistakes which keeps repeating over and over.
    Enough whitewashing and hoping that Mr Bean magically turns into Lee Kuan Yew. Thanks for the limited checks and balances but now it’s time for you to take up your usual job as opposition leader.
    Time for the majority in this country to choose a strong leader who can clean up the threat we are facing. Lest we forget the crazy, racist stone age Mohommedan cult is a clear and present danger to the future of our country.
    Time for half measures is over no body wants to see date palms growing along independence square.

  • 0
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    Utter clumsiness of the PM to give excuses. He could have demanded that the security council meet in the absence of the ineffective and inefficient Executive President. If a major incident- ( I pray not) to happen now, does Sri Lankan government have a strategy to act or to have plan to mitigate such incident?? I hope the government learnt from the inadequacies of the system.

  • 0
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    WOW….Yahapalana PM puts Churchill to shame..
    Who is this Dude…Is he a resident Correspondent at Srikotha.

    What amazes me is the Resourcefulness, Leadership, Economics Wizardry and the sheer Vision and Energy to carry out that Rapid Development Plan for our inhabitants while doing all that too, to take Control of Muslim Terrorists .
    Plus put 6 Million of our non UNP inhabitants , I mean poor souls on the Dole , Sorry UNP Samurdhi Dole..

    And even to boast how King Dutta Gamini can learn from Him about development in Lankawe.

    God give him more strength and more Longevity ..

    Wonder what Dr Ranil’s buddy Ponny had for the Somko breaks during the PSC hearings to say . one has to be an A Grade F****Wit to say that the Muslim Terrorism is under Control. let alone believe it is under Control.

    And our Cardinal to send a Please Retire to Dr Ranil…

  • 1
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    leadership is to anticipate a situation before it happens. When aluthgama/diggana happened next was a attack. when R didn’t do anything then to stop the ethnic cleansing, what can we expect.
    There was no leadership when again ethnic violence started in kurunagala, bolu bala sena, and rathna the mad fasting monk.
    Then we have asgiriya monk stating to kill muslims , don’t think this is a passing statement. this is a call for act of genocide. same happened in Myanmar.

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    My strong guess is that the govt knew western community is having connections with Wahhabis and particularly with Zaharan. So, they may have thought everything is powerful countries” drama. This can not be the only time those powerful countries played games against each other and Sri lanka had to face it. That is why politicians allowed them to play the games, they saved themselves. Sincerely, they did not think that they would explode and even if exploded, they would not cause this much mayhem. that is how they would have concluded it.

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    Some people think that MR ( m.p ) is responsible and is head of govt still even though there is a PM and President with a cabinet are running this country for the last 4 1/2 years.

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