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A Democracy On Trial    

By Sarath de Alwis –

Sarath de Alwis

Some have said I am cruel. I am the gentlest in our family” ~ Gotabaya Rajapaksa 

The past four and half years have been maddeningly messy. 

Provocatively puerile politics of Maithripala Sirisena has exasperated the nation.

The systemically shabby cronyism practiced by Ranil Wickremesinghe has undermined public trust.    

A skeptical electorate does not regard facts as valid currency. Half-truths have a resilience that truth can no longer match.

The purpose of this essay is to remind ourselves that we must not throw the baby with the bathwater. 

On 8th January 2015 we dismantled a garrison state. The present mess should not detract us from that simple solid lesson of history. History may or may not repeat, but events past indicate that history can rhyme.   

These are interestingly uncertain, alarmingly tentative times. In addition to candidates of the two mainstream political streams, civil society formations have sprung into action, exploring their path to the ‘Presidency of the Republic.’ 

The conditions, compulsions and constraints we grapple with are vastly different to those that existed when Maithripala Sirisena summoned his surprise press conference on November 22nd, 2014 to reveal his intent to run against his boss.  

The moving principle of the ‘strongman’s state- mutual fear between citizen and ruler, is nonexistent today. 

Ordinary people smothered by aimless hot air of four and half years of humbuggery under the pretext of ‘good governance’ have let out a sickening shriek – ‘a pox on both houses’!  

In this newfound freedom, a disaster is quietly taking shape. The nation has either abandoned hope or demands easy, instant answers. That is open season for demagogues and dictators.  

The would-be savior promises to restore the country to greatness. He demands nothing except patriotic passion. 

The people are separated in to two categories- those for him and against him. The patriots are for him. The traitors are against him. 

Deliberative democracy is utterly, totally rejected. Pure propaganda is used to sedate the support base. Venomous invective and pitiless persecution are deployed to anathematize the opposition.   

Post war triumphalism and herd hysteria unleashed by the Rajapaksa family transformed the executive presidency into a modern-day sultanate.

It is time to revisit the subject of the garrison state – the ruthless secretive power base that Gotabaya built. 

What is a garrison state? It is a militaristic state with decidedly fascist tendencies. The American political scientist Harold Laswell who coined the term ‘Garrison State’ has defined it. It is a state where ‘specialists on violence’ are the most powerful in society. 

I leave it to the reader to recall what and who we were before 8th January 2015. That exercise of recall and remembering will help us decide; who constituted the ‘most powerful’ of that society.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa – the presidential candidate has presented his vision and promise in a document, he calls ‘Actioning the Blueprint.’  

It is a Blueprint to return our land to a fortress of fear, what we were before January 8th, 2015- the garrison state,  

He says that ‘national security was not a mere defensive mechanism.’ It provides a broader social, political and economic security to the people. He reminds us that the terrorism that existed for 30 years in this country was a grave problem for our people.  

“We continued to strengthen National Security, which is why it took ten years for terrorism to raise its head again.”

Emphasis mine. Candidate Gotabaya is convinced that terrorism has again raised its ugly, terrible head. He offers his solution. “we must re-establish this secured environment that is at present compromised.

To do so, we must reinstate the intelligence mechanism that was proactive until 2015. We must bring the intelligence operations of the tri-Forces and the Police under the responsibility of one head and thereby connect all these units together.

This responsibility must be again handed over to capable officers. At the same time, we must introduce a legal framework that will provide these officers the protection from the kind of political interference that we saw in the recent past that severely affected the confidence of our intelligence officers.” 

Indeed, we cannot underestimate the impact of the terrible carnage on Easter Sunday. We must take every possible measure to avoid a recurrence of such mindless horror. 

The hypothesis that we are constantly under an imminent, immediate threat alters the structure of society and the state. 

Should we, in the next presidential election, vote to reinstall the fortress of fear with its shadowy squads of regime enforcers operating under the protection of a shadowy deep state?  

Should we forget the fact that Keith Noyahr lived to tell the tale after Karu Jayasuriya reached out to the fountain head of the deep state? 

Should we forget that member of parliament Felix Perera assured the mother of a vanished youth that her offspring was still in the land of the living, but he was unable to locate his whereabouts!  

These instances are unrelated to separatist terrorism or jihadist terrorism. That is the kind of state, Candidate Gotabaya hopes resurrect in order to win the presidency.   

What Gotabaya plans is a political police state.  It is the same kind of state that Gotabaya built singlehandedly without even his brother the President noticing it until after his shock defeat in 2015. 

Military interests constantly and convincingly crossed the border into civilian areas.  Mainstream Civilian issues were quietly moved into military authority. No one noticed because it started innocuously with the navy building mausoleums, army remodeling colonial era buildings and the air force manicuring lawns and designing public parks.  

What really happened? The slick hypothesis of a constant threat to social order and societal wellbeing was harnessed to undermine civilian supremacy in the polity. . 

A secretive group of violence specialists formed the nucleus of the deep state. It marked the rise of a military elite to positions of political power. Post war military elites claimed a superior grasp of international relations, diplomacy, provincial administration and even jurisprudence. There was also a little noticed foray into quantum physics. 

The Military’s incursion into civilian supremacy has weakened our democratic institutional structure. 

Freedom within society has become proportionate to our preparation to combat the threat of terrorism, perceived or real. 

Under a Gotabaya Presidency, our war against terrorism will be the dominant thrust of society. We will never be free of fear. 

The garrison state model relies on a military elite with managerial abilities. They will overshadow the professionals and technocrats.  

The push towards a constant readiness to combat terrorism can have but one result. It will erase the distinction between civilian administration and paramilitary agencies. 

The military will play a larger role in arbitrating on issues that belong in the sphere of political ideology. Already, Candidate Gotabaya has ex-military types working on issues of social justice, economic opportunity, political participation of minorities and the role of ethnicity in allocating state resources for materiel progress. 

The sense of continual crisis and perpetual preparedness will end up passing the central control of the state to the hands of a militarized power elite.  

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  • 45
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    “Some have said I am cruel. I am the gentlest in our family”
    Ha ! Ha! Are the Others Worse than you?

    See your Photo above, Handling a Fancy Gun with Pirith Nool on the Wrist!!

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      Richard,
      You envisage an idyllic situation which will never be. If CT is able to publish in the vernacular, an impetus may be foreseen. The uninformed, misguided voter, who comprises the majority will vote with their hearts. Readers of CT whose comments are reflective of current political thought should be shared. Sadly not to be. The Print, Electronic Media is partial and biased.

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        Democracy by nature is chaotic ……….. witness what is going on in the USA and the UK ……… now.

        By that measure ……. the last 4.5 years ……. Lanka has been truly democratic.

        Now ……. who wants Gota’s military-regimented “discipline” and “order”? …….. A garrison state?

        Speak up! ………. I’ll accompany you to the nearest prison ………. where ye freedoms will be curtailed to ye satisfaction.


        And …… BTW ……….. in there, you might have a good chance of getting massacred by Gota’s goon squads.

        Then ye problems are over ……….. finito

        Well, until ye Sinhala-Buddhist rebirth …….. and some Rajapakse down the line will be waiting for ye

        Don’t worry ….. be happy …… ye can have Rajapakses to ye heart’s content


        For some …….. freedom ………. can turn out to be a heavy burden.

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        This article should be translated and published in the national papers.

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        It is the typical nature of majority in the country.
        :
        Gota stays without showing them the renunciation of his US citzenship or rather explains loudly, ” yes I did it and I am no longer an US citizen today” etc, but not showing genuine certificates yet today.
        :
        But lanken press does seem to quesiton this, instead, wait this to be burried under the carpet. In the same time, they rather raised the issue of senior Lawyer Kodithuwakku.
        Now with Mr Kodithuwakku revealing his renunciation of his UK citizenship, the very same press stay further silent. How come ?.
        Either press is on the blackmail of Rajakshe or, press is abused by someone else.
        That is why I repeatedly say, lanken press even today is ABUSIVE so as the drug menace in the country. Perhaps, even worst than the DRUG trafficking in the country.

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      Sarath de Alwis,

      If you ask the same voters who will mark X next to a dictator, if the Sun goes around the Earth or the Earth goes around the Sun, most will out X next to the Sun goes around the Earth

      What do you expect when the mean Para IQ is 79, most follow Para-Sinhala Para-“Buddhism “, that is a distortion of Buddhism and an insult to the Buddha, and they prostrate to saffron clad imbecile monks, as well as trees and statues?

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      Hamlet

      VP too had posed with the gun aiming at unspecified target.

      See how psychopaths pose during photo opportunity.

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      His gentleness is defined by Rajaapakshe family themselves
      .
      1): Even today, there are lot more known to their acts against those protesters marched asking for the cheapest food item of the people – which is pure water, were brutally shot dead, killing 3 innocient lads, not even in their early 20ties, and injuring over 40.
      :
      Did any one within the last 5 years, give the order to kill anyone ? No.
      .
      2) And we all know the manner, BP Rajakshes became violent in that BBC interview, in which he was questioned about war crimes. There he went on saying, he will hang FONSEKA if he did so etc, but irony is, rajaakshes themselves do all harms even today, and no law and order should work on them right ?.
      .
      3). And the numerous killings whose whereaoubt are not yet clear, where former Defence Secretary Gotabays should be responsible for… stay stalemate… why ? If GOTABAYA is genuine, he can help courts to clear all the allegations levelled at them? If he has balls as a genine person, why does he hide away from court hearings or abuse impunity tactics leaving them.
      I dont believe this buggger got sick lately in orderto get stented being hospitalized in Mount elisabeth hospital in Singapore, as Press covered it….. that should come to light even if patient protection law would have some limitations to set them out.
      .
      4) He GOTBAYA; pormoted racism and drug trafficking
      Racism- by empowering, abusive monks of Ghansara nature, he destroyed monkhood in SL, in the highdays of Rajakshe regime remember ?
      Alone that would be sufficient to hang this man by balls.
      But a world where law and order is restrict to books, nothing worked on them, but it worked for the poor who just stole a coconutfrom a neigbhroing backyard.
      .
      This list can go this way, to me, I hate SRILANKEN systems, that protect these buggers, even today, letting them to roam free in that soil.

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      Hamlet,

      Noted the same on the photo. Fake family members full of hypocrites.

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      Sarath de Alwis

      In other words Gota effectively wants to build a nation modelled on our all weather friend Pakistan, an ill informed politically motivated theocracy backed by huge armed forces controlling billions of rupees worth of businesses and industries.

      Dayan, Rohan Gunaratne, ………….. come handy to whip up fear, good for the security industries, service providers, ………………

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    That is a most succinct description of what faces Sri Lankans at the coming Presidential election. The enormous question is whether the majority of Sri Lankans, faced with the challenge, literally, of putting bread on the table for themselves and their dependents, will see the enormity of what could befall every man, woman and child in this country if the wrong decision is made.
    The fact that the vast majority of those who will place their “X” on a piece of paper on E-Day have information available to them only in a language spoken by an infinitesimally small percentage of the world’s population makes it all even more problematic!

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      Dear Emil,
      .
      Please don’t you realise that it is not an “X” that has to be placed? We’ve got to urge 1, 2, and 3.
      .
      “Language” is a problem in the sense of communication. Not really the minority status of Sinhalese and Tamil.

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        My error (and apologies): it is a “manape” (preferential) system, not simply a vote.for a single candidate.
        However, I still believe that those who are read and understand Sinhala only are at a distinct disadvantage because they do not have the enormous amount of information available in an international language such as English.
        Knowledge is power and the situation in Sri Lanka can only give cause for concern.
        How does that old saw go, “In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king?”

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      Informative and factual material like this should be used to enlighten the public, specially the easily manipulated rural citizenry to “educate” them to use their vote wisely.

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    What the author says is quite true about Gota’s criminal past, but the more important question is why the incumbent Govt did nothing to arrest and charge this criminal.
    The President, PM, the incumbent govt, AG’s dept and the judiciary have acted time and again to protect Gota for the crimes he committed. Gota, is either prevented from being arrested by the higher courts, where others connected to the same case are arrested or he is acquitted like in the Avant Garde case filed by the Bribery Dept in the magistrate court. There are umpteen occasions where the judges have recused themselves from hearing Gota’s cases. We now see how he has obtained a Sri lanka Passport and a ‘New’ National Identity, without any record of it’s issue available in the Dept of Immigration and Emigration or the Registrar of Persons. Who is behind Gota, that makes the impossible possible? Investigation must be carried out to identify the power behind Gota, that has cheated the millions of voters who voted the ‘Yahapalanaya govt’ to end the impunity of the Rajapakses’ and thereby the so called untouchables in this country.
    Of the presidential hopefuls, I can only see Anura Kumara Dissanayake, speaking against those corrupt and criminals with blood on their hands. He probably will have the courage of his convictions to clean out this scourge from politics but cannot see him mustering the votes to get elected. Sajith – President and Anura Kumara – PM (under a coalition) may bring this change.

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      It is also funny to see the CID rushing to court to obtain orders for documents in respect of gota’s pp, nic and dc to be released from respective govt depts. giving him ample time to tie up his dangling loose ends. Are they so damn dysfunctional? Cannot they request the minister in charge to hold an inquiry with the heads of these depts and obtain the real story for them? All these ministers just pass the ball – never will they ever have the courage to make a move in the right direction. If a complaint has been made against me i am requested to call over to the station and respond. This is standard procedure. All of these stage managed antics are only making him feel more and more invincible.

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      Brilliant. These are the questions that must be asked. Why did the government let him get away with so many charges brought against him? Why has the judiciary failed? Even at this eleventh hour, where his citizenship is in doubt, will the courts step up?

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    These are troubling times. If (when?) Gotabaya, the Great Enforcer, passes his democratic test, he will take us all back to the beginning – May 2009 – the starting point for re-calibrating his plan to protect the nation from the latest curse of terrorism. But thanks to the Easter horror, the people may well be willing to accept his offer of ‘never again’. Above all WE the People value peace of mind over all the evils that bedevil us. No one knows how it will all turn out. With luck, Gotabaya will shed his government of the hangers-on who contributed to the downfall of his brother. On the other hand, the palms of the generals, and the Gandasara mob must be sweating profusely at the thought of getting around the cojones of their patron saint as they hum ‘happy days are here again’.

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      Spring Koha:
      Expecting Gota to make a sea-change in his family’s style of governing and administering the affairs of this country is, at best, optimism of the nth degree!
      More likely that the fate of the Sri Lankan nation will be driven by, “The more you do what you’ve always done, the more you’ll get what you always got!”

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    Richard:
    Yours is indeed an interesting proposition but I’m afraid too much like common sense to be adopted by our voters!

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    And, a military man Mahesh S wants to become president.
    He will entrench the unnamed military regime already in power – overtly in the N & E, and covertly elsewhere.
    The militant monks will back him.

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      And Sri Lanka would transition from a democracy into an M&M (Monk & Military) led country. Please visit nearby Myanmar to get prepared.

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    Sarath,

    Let’s bring on Mahesh Senanayaka………..These are the same buggers who supported Sarath Fonseka once. Now we have a clear definition of militarisation. Any uniformed man or woman supporting Rajapaksas are bad. All military types who oppose Rajapaksas would be gentle…………..

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      Hela

      Let Asgiriya Mahanayaka in Army uniform be persuaded to contest the elections being the common candidate.

      Don’t you like a combination of military/religious dictatorship, kakistocracy/theocracy or kakitheocracy?

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    Democracy on trial !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    What kind of democracy are you talking about ???????????????
    Democracy to rob, cheat, loot, undermine, etc etc !!!!!!!!!!!!
    Is that the kind of so called democracy you are scared to loose.
    Democracy has been on trial since 1948 and with that so called democracy the lives of good, honest, intelligent,humble God fearing people has also been on trial.
    Democracy in Sri lanka is a bloody farce, a political way of life to do all shit things not of a God fearing, honest, humble intended way.
    You might as well take democracy and shove it up the unwashed arseholes of all the politicians who promote this way of coming into power.
    Democracy !!!!!!!! my bloody arse……………..

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      Yes, we have had demoCRAZY with Wahapalanaya.

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    Oh no! DemoCRAZY must be on trial. What crazy democracy was there during over 4 years of WAHAPALANAYA?

    A determined tried and tested leader is the need of the hour.

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    Sarath, please take off your GREEN coloured glasses. How about a word or two about RW’s wadakagaraya?

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      Why do you use so many pseudonyms?

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    On a previous occasion I had this to say.
    “If an angel appeared before me at the 2005 elections and offered me to choose between Mahinda and Ranil – Mahinda with all the corrupt/criminal attributes this writer has enumerated here but would give the political leadership to eliminate LTTE terror and Ranil who would sign up deals with Prabhakaran leaving LTTE to operate freely I would raise my both hands for Rajapaksa with no hesitation.
    I owe my freedom of reading Colombo Telegraph today to Mahinda Rajapaksa.”
    Now I say the same thing with regard to Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. With all the attributes of Gotabhaya Sarath Alwis has enumerated here I would still raise both hands for him as I believe he is the only one who will save the country being broken into Federal blocks.
    I hope I will have occasion to say this country is in one piece this day thanks to Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.

    Soma
    (When will Sarath Alwis will have some spare time to tell us about the previous ‘Premada Yugaya and the tyre pyres.’)

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      Yes indeed Soma. Our people have very short memories. Sarath has forgotten the 30-year war. Sad but trues.

      A bunch of Royalists have made a real mess in SL. The time has come for a determined tried and tested leader.

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        I hope you say this after five years of GR, when you had enough of him how are you going to get rid of him because he is going to be there for life let’s sit and watch. Yahapalana digs are responsible for not prosecuting these criminals and giving them the balls to talk

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      Soma,
      You might think that country is in one piece this day because of Gotabaya but truth is that it is because of Ranil who divided LTTE into two (Kauna Amman (Deputy) and Pirabhaharan (Leader). The peace process of 2001 is the major factor that weakened LTTE and LTTE was banned in many developed nations. Further it is India gave its full support to Mahinda regime to defeat LTTE. It is the US that gave full information about arm supply to LTTE. Therefore, your argument that Gotabaya is utterly baseless argument. The international community branded Srilanka as a war crime nation and still Sri Lanka faces international threat because of Gotabaya. It is Gotabaya who was responsible for creation of BBS, arming of Muslim youth which lead to the April bombing. Most of the crimes committed by paramilitary groups are under the leadership of Gotabaya. The country is still divided into pieces and there is no guarantee that another bloodbath to divide the country into many pieces if Gotabaya become to power.

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    He sounds a bit hysterical when contradicted, voice reaching treble notes, like a frustrated maiden aunt.

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    Sri Lanka, an ethno-religious state, rushing headlong to join the long list of “shithole” countries will be beyond repair after the next presidential elections. If proof be needed, consider Basil, the most able albeit corrupt brother of MR, chooses to remain a nobody in America rather than being the greatest somebody in Sri Lanka. Just shows the value he places on being the head of state in this disfigured country.

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    Looks like Lanka has a great chance to elect a strong leader who is well known as a disciplinarian and has a track record of crushing terrorism. Lankan people deserve this leader and my thoughts are with them. Hopefully his election will also result in the utter destruction of the radical Jihadi terrorism that is engulfing Lanka now. Very timely chain of events.

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      Strong in which part Gas CHAMBERS

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      Oh dear, you’re back, JC. I thought you were flying kites all this time.
      Now why would GR destroy ‘radical Jihadi terrorism’ when it was on his watch (a position that now seems to have been illegal) that Zaharan and others were funded while they were building their deadly organisations here?

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    If he is the gentlest as he says he is , i dread to think what the others are like..!! Much criticism has been leveled against this Government and rightly so. But we do fail to realize , that in itself , says much on what this Government is about..ensuring basic freedoms. Such was not the case under Gota and Co;. This Government is guilty of not actively persuing some of its promises such as bringing to book crooks and murderers of the last regime.and that seems to be or at least appears to be the Nations gripe against this Government. However the irony of it all is that it seems that this nation,or near half of it , is quite happy for human rights abuses to take place just so long as their party is in power and just so long as “they” are looked after.They look more than willing to ignore and or look away and forget the sum total of varied atrocities committed by the last regime, just so long as they can send home a human rights oriented Government!!! i suppose, a recent comment by a Bhuddist monk sums up the insides, when he said that it s quite okay that two billion rs went missing as the nelum kuluna was done right..!! Any means justified, murder rape and pillage, just so long as the job gets done….gets done in a way to favour just the rajapaksas..not the nation. We have become so blind that we refuse to see that we have become fools for the benefit of the rajapaksas. Not me.

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    The founders of the Grand Old Party, the UNP, introduced the language-divide.
    The slurred democracy we inherited is there for good.

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      There was nothing to prevent subsequent Governments from reversing these policies but they used them as a political football. If our politicians were employed in bars they would be stewards, bar stewards.

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    Gota has become stateless – . Nor in SL or nor in US – kalathoni. Now Pothotuwa – the lotus bud – has become an orphan. Ranil, Sajith, Mangala, Malik, Kabir & Co have grand plan, and all well oiled, and it’s working well and smoothly in operation, Now where and how they going to find a candidate at this eleventh hour – all gone pus, and terribly sad situation.

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    Every political animal has two faces. Now two ex-military personnel have come forward as Presidential candidates. While a lot is described as in this article about one nothing is known about the second. True! Eisenhower was a General in the Army who became the President. Furthermore he acted decisively to uphold the Supreme Court decisions on a Constitutional matter by sending troops to Arkansas. US is a country that took action against General George Patton for slapping incidents, which happen almost every day in our forces. So! the author has taken the trouble to articulate about one of them. Still there is another. Though not military, we know that he is intolerant as his late father who believed in tyre pyre solutions. Now we know that Rohana Wijeweera was cremated while alive. Still another guy from the party that now claims to be model democrats but they still have the smell of blood of the past. So dear author what is our choice?

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    Foreign political analysts say, the plan is, that Sri lanka should become an unsinkable aircraft carrier in South Asia which looks after the Indian ocean from threats. Sri lanka may be considered as even a mighty 8th fleet. They want to do that through the SOFA established in 1995. They also analyses that Ranil is a Viper in waiting. Ranil is for the New SOFS-VFA AGREEMENT and is a pro western agent but he preaches something else. IT is like all his other sermons.
    Presidential condenters can talk but the effect on Sri lanka will be humongous.

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    Another point is they want President Maithripala Sirisena to lose the election as he openly declared that he is against those agreements. Most probably, they woluld do their best to prove it. Sri lanka must charge Income Tax from Social media such as Google, Face book, Twitter etc.,

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    [edited out]
    Why military intelligence, TID, CID are important —–A case has been filed in the US District Court in central California by an American law firm claiming damages on behalf of alleged victims of human rights abuse during the war against separatist LTTE ten years ago. The plaintiffs have targeted Gotabaya Rajapaksa, then wartime defense chief and the younger brother of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, as well as several government agencies, including military intelligence, the Criminal Investigation Department, the Terrorism Investigation Division, and the Special Intelligence Service, including some serving officials.

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    The most important thing is that foreign political analysts say, Ranil is a kind of cobra who talks from both ends but he is a ultra liberal,pro-western agent.

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    ““we must re-establish this secured environment that is at present compromised.”

    Gotabaya is correct. What we know now is the Islamic militants were planning simultaneous attacks against the backdrop of “Easter Sunday.” Thousands of people would have died, had the security forces not responded quickly. Secondly, some of the bombs were built in factories in Colombo. The militants were able to transport the explosives all around Colombo, whether by van or foot. This is a major security lapse on the part of the CID, as there were dozens of advance warnings. It means the military should be given priority in handling security in strategic areas. White vans or whatever it takes, the units should be free of political interference. The CCTV network must be used in conjunction with drones and other forms of discreet monitoring to gather real-time data. All of the mosques must be profiled (discreetly); this is common practice in the West. The author envisions some kind of democratic utopia based on mutual respect and ethnic harmony. Those days are long gone. The reality is that mentally disturbed individuals are now becoming radicalized through the Internet. How do you stop them? The greater population must be willing to give up some of their personal freedom to ensure the security apparatus has a free hand.

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    It was reported that 90% of all legislators in parliament do not have even O Level education.
    If so, how do they understand about democracy and good governance.
    It is said that most of them sold their Duty Free Car Permits for millions.
    And, many got One Million each from Perpetual Treasuries during the Bond Scam.
    The government is unable to bring Mahendran for trial.
    All MPs get the best of meals in parliament, for a small payment. All get many allowances & pensions after only five years – public servants get full pensions only after 40 years.
    Most of them are concerned about the cushy lives they lead and wish to continue same.
    They & their supporters will vote for this only.

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    GOTA thinks it’s funny. It’s anything but funny. His ludicrous laugh doesn’t fool anybody. Actually it reveals a lot about GOTA the man: He’s creepy as hell, it’s the laugh of a psychopathic liar. No shame, no conscience, no guilt … … but full of deception, arrogance and vengeance. Sri Lankans … stop digging your own graves before it’s too late.

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    What Sri Lanka is in dire need at this very moment is a leader with a backbone and who does not give a damn shit about Singhes, Senas, Suriyas, Nayakes, Ellas and other shit.
    That person is non other Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Rajapaksa it has to be.
    Any person can say anything as much as they want but in the end GR has to take over if we are to be saved from the Cancer of Corruption, Public service strikes, Mad Dogs behind the wheels of buses on the roads,
    Conmen hiding in corners waiting to rip off all and sundry, Gays and their cohorts waiting to rob the Central Bank, Baboons dressed in full suit carrying millions in paper bags, London School of Economics dropouts wanting to build chaitiyas so on and so forth.
    Mr Rajapaksa you have our support all the way and if you do come into power please don’t hesitate to crack the whip on all the shit filled arseholes.

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    If Gota is a person, as he says he went to court, why is he now avoiding the courts and staying in hospitals and getting his case postponed day after day?

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    Last 5 years been a complete failure. That is why supporters of UNP are worried now. Whatever the comments make about GR, at the end it is the majority of population decide the President. I think everybody knows who will be the people’s choice will be. That is democracy.

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