22 June, 2021

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Hone A Crisis To Finish Off A Crisis

By Kumar David

Prof Kumar David

Obama and Lanka’s opposition must show no mercy! 

There are times when one must drive a political crisis to a ruthless finish to terminate a pernicious adversary whose continued survival will be iniquitous. Obama and the joint opposition in Lanka, each in their spheres, surely smell blood these days. Obama must finish off the Republicans for a decade. Events have played into his hands; the point is whether he has that killer instinct the moment demands. The Rajapakse regime has abruptly been caught flat footed and can be bloodied. No I am not saying it can be brought down in months, but its face can be ground in the dust so that it will limp on a cripple for the remainder of its term. Lanka’s opposition, does it have the hard-nosed intelligence to drive home the advantage of the moment – oh sigh! Still, neither my dismissal of Obama as short on testosterone, nor disdain for the stunted aptitude of Lanka’s opposition, will stop me from having a damned sassy say at speaking my mind more openly than usual today.

Let’s talk about Obama first; if only his spherical appurtenances were feral enough, he would refuse to blink, right up to, and over the “fiscal cliff”. This is also the time to press a reset button on US-Israeli relations, to tell Netanyahu where to get off, and to reconstruct US-Arab and US-Muslim relations in alignment with the Twenty-first Century. All that mush about eternal love for Israel was election talk; now elections are over, its time to get real and hard nosed, time to grow up. Obama set off on the road of rebuilding relations with the Arab and Muslim world but backed off when he got no support at home and was blocked by the powerful US Israel lobby. The US-Israel special relationship dates back to the Cold War and the Arab nationalism of the post-war period. But that’s a long gone world. Long run US interests now lie in ditching Israel and dealing with newly semi-democratic Arab nations. Obama must press reset buttons, one by one, step by step.

Is Obama tough enough?

Next let’s tackle the economy. Obama must not blink right up to, and over, the fiscal cliff. The ‘fiscal cliff’ is a term to describe the end of Bush Tax Cuts due to expire in a few weeks, after which, across the board tax increases come into effect and everyone, including low income earners, pay more. Simultaneously, fiscal expenditure on defence and other discretionary items, as well as social security and medical aid will come under pressure. The panic story sold by Wall Street and American capitalism is that this will lead to a double edged (private and public) decline in demand which will trigger a second recession. Their chorus is “Let the rich continue to enjoy Bush era tax cuts to prop up demand, invest and rebuild the economy”. Recession talk is bollocks! There will be more recessions in the US in the next decade, but that’s to do with the fundamentals of capitalism. The so-called fiscal cliff is a scare story to panic Obama into approving tax cuts across the board; for poor as a smoke screen, for the filthy rich, the essence of the plot. Compromiser Obama may fall for it.

If the US goes over the so-called fiscal cliff it will be a good for the Obama Administration. First, tax cuts will reduce consumption, but by nowhere as much as Europe-on-austerity diets. Some belt tightening is essential for US capitalism if it is to ever climb out of the hole it has fallen into. Second, further cycles of recession will be benefit capitalism by clearing out moribund enterprises. There is nothing for the Obama Administration to fear if America falls off the so-called cliff; if Obama plays his cards properly he can come out a winner.

The important motive for taking the fiscal plunge is political. Obama can blame Republicans in Congress, who will, in any case, continue to be as obstructionist as before. Obama wants to let the Bush tax cuts on the rich and companies expire, but keep them for 90% of lower income earners – a populist measure, not economic rationality. That’s my point; let tax cuts expire for everybody and blame the Republican dominated House of Representatives and the Republican minority in Senate. “Bloody obstructionist sons of bachelors!” must be the battle cry. The target, the 2014 Congressional elections, when the entire House and one-third the Senate come up for grabs. From right now Obama’s objective must be to smash the Republicans in 2014 with an appeal to voters to give him a Congress he can work with instead of saboteurs. If he is strategic and cold blooded, he can win control of Congress in 2014 and drive the Republicans into the wilderness for years.

Tables turn on the lynch-mob

In Lanka a deaf and dumb 113 signed a piece of paper without knowing what would eventually be written on it. This is further proof, if needed, that the UPFA is stuffed with toadies grovelling at the feet of the Pakses to safeguard sinecures and dip their fingers into slime baskets. It is beyond belief that the mob would sign up to a motion of such monumental importance without extended, itemised discussion, and without conducting their own thorough investigations, prior to formalisation. Only poodles sit or stand when commanded by the master. Now the tables have turned and the lynch-mob is public laughing stock! The statement released by the CJ’s lawyers, I guess is 100% true, no way can they risk anything else at this conjuncture. In which case, the egg on the face of the Pakses and the lynch-mob is inches thick.

It is also very significant that Rauff Hakeem, DEW and Thondaman are not among the signatories. Tissa Vitarana who initially signed seems to have been instructed by his party to withdraw. I am not sure of Vasudeva’s situation though his signature is not there. Are some pro-government parties going to step back and let the SLFP drown in its own excrement? The CP has issued a statement of dissociation from the impeachment resolution; this is important. Some commentators have suggested that what the Dead Left does, does not matter since it is dead anyway. Well there’s more to politics than that; when a decaying structure is crumbling, every brick pulled away, expedites its fall. When rats leave a ship, it proclaims a stinking sinking story.

This then is my point about driving home the crisis. I forecast the last quarter of 2012 as the turning point in the fortunes of the Rajapakse regime, the beginning of its end. I am prophet enough to see that, but not prophet enough to foretell the funeral date. Six months, thirty-six months, I don’t know; but it’s downhill, all the way from now. The opposition however needs to get its act together; it needs the firmest unity, and merciless, relentless determination, to drive home the stake.

Can Obama or Lanka’s opposition rise to their tasks? I don’t know, we have to wait and see

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    Terming them as Deaf and Dumb is an insult to such handicapped persons. They are Jesters and Cronies in this Kingdom of the Great King (Maha Rajano).

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      Ideally, “Bent Backs” (B to B)or (B.B.) rather than add insult to the differently abled folk.

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      Read the article.

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    What opposition? Ranil has to take the blame for the demise of the main opposition party. Why they cannot get rid of him is beyond me. As the writer of the article said it is really the beginning of the end for this mob. Enough is enough we cannot stand by and allow such impunity to go unchallenged.

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      Without complaining about Ranil do your fucking job man! This is the problem with the country today! Losers like you destroy any initiative against the regime. Are you pad by the MARA for this?

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    Rajapakses caught with their sarongs up.

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      Safa says:

      “Rajapakses caught with their sarongs up.”

      It is not clear whether in the front or back. Could you clarify.

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        There is “Thuppottiya”, “bambu Kalisam”, and “Yata anduma” underneath – many depths of defense, and the sarong flying up after a cooling breeze is going to do nothing. You may keep lookin’ but you aint’ gonna see nothin’

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        Front or back—What does it matter? Both sides must be

        UGLY!!!

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    Deaf dumb and seriously impotent! fate of a nation

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    MR has at last bitten off more than what he can chew. He can neither swaollow it or throw out. The obvious is he has to choke on it. The writer says he is not sure when the Funeral is, whether in six months or in thirty six months? I personally think it is in six months time because the public can not wait another thirty six months and also considering the development in the International scene. As I have always said ‘Power’ is like a pendulum, it swings from side to side. It never stays on one side for ever and ever. The beauty is, during one’s term of office, if one has not cheated or resorted to vile, he/she could walk with the masses without guard and fear even if rejected. If not they can never continue to live among the masses for the villainy they have committed while in Office. This is a damn good lesson for all those who aspire to be heads of States. Simplicity and Patience are virtues of the Intelligent and not of the Humbugs. The writing is on the Wall now, becoming clearer day by day and for those who believed the change will never come, heaping abuse and insulting will know the bitter truth when it dawns as to who is right, They or Him.

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    It is unfortunate those 113 members who signed the impeachment paper did not notice that the Rajapakse family members in the Parliment managed to escape from signing it. All SLFP part members will have no choice but to agree to the family requiments of Rajapakse in the future. They should get together any put some resistance to family rule otherwise they will turn in to cronies of this selfish, uneducated family

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    Can you use prof. title as no on appoint you as Emritus prof.? This is gross violation of university act and criminal act both. Therefore book this man first not the CJ. Soon these so called academic come and say withdraw charges against Jullampitte Amere and etc. Allow legal system to take its own course rather coming with church and foreign $ based contract to topple Mahinda Sinhala Bhuddist regime. Ask fair mechanism to give justice to CJ not withdraw it. Bad example and show what fools are Sri Lankan fake professors.

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    The EPICANTHIC FOLD rules. As they say in the U.S.: “Deal with it.”

    Just 2 Englishwomen with suffixes “ton” can push that boulder over the the cliff onto Sri Lankan tummy and let be a repeat of 70/77 era.

    Why not for goodness sake when the undervalued dollar is enslaving predominantly, the Lankan woman??

    However, the northerner has proved to be another type of dangerous animal no different from the southerner by any means.

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    The “Beginning of the End” was conceived in last September and now it is the gestation period. Labour pains will commence by beginning of next May and through a caesarean operation in middle of May next “the End” will be born. Funeral rites of the present regime will be at around end of May next and the seven day alms-giving will be held in June next. There will be 67 buddhist priests at the alms-giving.

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      Darlin, why have Buddhis Priests for a Pansakula for the bugger, as he is going direct to Hell through speed post. By the time Alms Givings are organised the Bugger is facing Judgement Day in Hell.

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        Yes! Really! The fucker be given not alms but a loin cloth to wear in the hell so that his asshole is well exposed to the creatures in the hell!

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    In my opion is Imperchment is essential to be an investgated CJ and Husband corrupation and misappopriate of public fund probe by Member of Parliment.It is crisis of Independnce Judicary, as well as will give Green light will extent for corrupation of other sphere of Democtaic State in Sri lanka.
    Why certian interest parties are asking withdraw Imperchmant?
    That is differant game and vested interest of achive unknown target of inciviable power of outside of Sri Lanka.
    We want things should come before public.The really public has no knowledge and pratice how are they operating inside name of “Indepedance of Judiciary”
    This not time for change of Ruling Party on the quesation of CJ corrupation and Imperachment.Imperachment address corrupation by Parliment as whole member to keep and upheald superme power of sovergrnity of the People.The power of BALLOT of people should not undermine at any cost.
    Change of power has democratic way and means in Sri Lankan,not allowed Anarchsit and Terrorist to take upper hand for shake CHANGE POWER OF REAGIME.PEOPLE OF SRI LANKAN HAD BITTER EXPRINCES SINCE 1965 JVP CAME INTO BEING.Terror politics dominated factors of South by JVP north by LTTE over 45 odd years.Ruthless Terrorism had undermine all soical values and democratic foundation of our Nation.
    GUN politics controal & dominiated BY JVP & LTTE of every regime since 45 years,and state power RUN by who in healm without RIGHT TO ORGINIZATION AND EXPRESS OF OWN POLITICAL VIEWS AND NEWS IN OUR ISLAND.
    RESULT OF TERRORISM, STATE POWER AND AHUTORITY CAPTURE BY CERTAIN LUMPENS PENERATED INTO EXECATIVE POWER OF ISLAND.As Sri Lankan we don’t want repated such hisrocial reorinted repercussion in future democratic goverance.

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    The CJ who was ridiculed and labeled as a puppet of the Govt, has suddenly become a paragon of virtue for some people, probably because the man who allowed the annihilation of the LTTE terrorist ground forces is still the President. This is similar to how Major Fonseka hated by Tiger supporters, became the darling of Rajapakse haters.
    Can we take such commentators seriously? Should not we follow the available legal avenues in the country on a serious matter like this where the CJs husband is accused of corruption and the CJ running many bank accounts etc? Rather than bad mouthing the CJ whilst she is still in office, like some people do to the President, it is good for the CJ to get these issues cleared through the legal process.
    We hope the CJ is innocent for the sake of the image of the SriLankan judiciary, but supposing the charges levelled against her is correct, then should we ignore them and let her remain as the CJ?
    I for one believe, the impeachment process is the best available for a democracy and so far the Govt has not violated the SriLankan constitution.

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    We once had a President in JRJ who enjoyed an unprecedented mandate and a huge window of opportunity to make Sri lanka a vibrant, stable United Nation…..the envy of the EAST ! Dictated by his Ego and personal greed for total power,he went down the wrong road,and we all know what he left behind…..so much so both SWRD and JRJ were not only cursed in Life but also remain DAMNED in death…….lets hope the duty free fast cars will help the current President to rapidly change course !!!

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    “Deaf and Dumb” has been used in great context and quite suitably. Those who griped, pl. read the article. “If he is strategic and cold blooded, he can win control of Congress in 2014 and drive the Republicans into the wilderness for years”? – I Dont know about that, and this is going to be a far cry, in particular as the GOP is not going to sit on their hands and lament (or spend their time plotting murder). It is very highly likely that individuals like Bobby Jindal will quickly rise through the ranks to lift the party from its sickbed of fundamental (extremist?)Christianity,denial of global warming, and the general hesitancy to credit science. It will take all but very little to woo the Kumbayah-disillusioned and the young enterprise to a greater cause and make up the few percent that gave President Obama the second term, or retain the balance of power in the houses if the GOP takes a shower and change cloths. Having said that, the GOP will stand on the old stilts for a long time to come. This my 2cts. worth as I’m no prophet next to the predictive prowess of the analyst. BTW, anything on the Chrystal ball about Minister Mervin Silva? We need to keep ourselves entertained no matter how costly the tickets are to the show. Dont you agree Prof. Kumar David? :)

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