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A Despot Disrobed

By Sarath de Alwis

Sarath De Alwis

He who protests is an enemy; he who opposes is a corpse.” ~ Pol Pot

In a rebuttal of a newspaper report on the investigation in to the murder of Lasantha Wickrematunge the former Defense Secretary and 2020 Presidential hopeful, Gotabaya Rajapaksa is at pains to explain that then commander of the army- Field Marshall Sarath Fonseka was in charge of army intelligence and he was above the brawl and broil. That he was and is Lillywhite in his dealings in the shadowy world of intelligence.

“The Directorate of Military Intelligence of the Army is a branch within the Army command structure and is set out clearly in the Army’s approved organisational structure. It operates under the Director General, General Staff at Army Headquarters, and reports directly to the Army Commander. Its roles and tasks are also clearly defined. During the period of the murder of Wickrematunge, the post of DMI was held by General Amal Karunasekera, and not Retd Gen Kapila Hendavitharana, while the Army Commander was today’s Cabinet Minister of Regional Development in the present Government, Field Marshall Sarath Fonseka. [Police, military personnel under pressure to implicate me falsely – Former Defense Secretary’s response The Island 26th February 2018]

This statement of Gotabaya Rajapaksa is false. Gotabaya Rajapaksa was the undisputed head of all state agencies handling military and civil intelligence. Every agency reported to him. His control was arbitrary and unrestrained.

We have Gotabaya Rajapaksa himself declaring that he was the boss of all bosses dealing with state intelligence agencies. As the mafia bosses used to say he was the ‘capo de tutti capi’ – the leader of all leaders.   He was the country’s ‘God Father’.

Mario Puzo the author of the novel God Father wrote ‘Power is not everything. It is the only thing.’

He was describing that rare breed of men such as Gotabaya Rajapaksa incapable of imagining a life deprived of power over fellow creatures – the primordial instincts of the ‘wolf’.

Gotabaya Rajapakse wielded his immense power with a savagery that defies description.

On Christmas Day of 2011 a British national Khuram Shaikh Zaman was murdered and his Russian girlfriend gang raped in a resort in Tangalle.

The main accused was a political apparatchik of the family Mafiosi that held sway over Tangalle.

The Leader of the house and Chief Government whip Dinesh Gunawardene responding to query raised by UNP Kurunegala District MP Dayasiri Jayasekara said that the 23-year-old Russian partner of Shaikh, Victoria Alexandravona, had only received serious injuries. She had not been raped.

When it was pointed out that it contradicted the statement given by the victim to the Police, soon after the incident, Minister Dinesh Gunawardena gave a mind-boggling reply indicative of the Orwellian world that we lived in.

“I am presenting the answer given to me by the Ministry of Defense based on the police records submitted to them. If you have more details or evidence on the matter present it to the Court as there is a case pending.”

In May 2013, Gotabaya Rajapakse, the then defense secretary and supreme arbiter on our civil liberties   delivered a lecture at the Kotelawala Defense University. Its title- Sri Lanka’s national security concerns.   As all despots do, Gotabaya Rajapaksa conflated national security with the security of the regime.

Delivered at the zenith of his extraordinary authority that made him the supreme arbiter in Defense and Intelligence matters, he is unabashedly plainspoken. In this lecture, he explains his tight grip on the country’s varied intelligence agencies with the cold detachment of a hangman examining the noose before use!

His nonchalance in claiming to be the supreme whizzbang of the country’s internal security network, while unnerving, offers an insight in to his bizarre belief in a democracy minus dissent!

Conflating national security with regime security is an inevitable phenomenon in countries emerging from protracted conflict.

A viable National Security strategy, he explains “must constantly align ends with means, goals with resources, and objectives with the tools required to accomplish them.”

He identifies what he perceives to be national security concerns of contemporary times- “Foreign interference in domestic affairs” and “Non-traditional threats through technology driven new media, including social media.”

In the manner of a mediaeval warlord, he explains why he finds it necessary to locate himself at the apex of the national security apparatus.

“Sri Lanka has two primary intelligence arms: The State Intelligence Service and the Defence Intelligence, which comprises the Directorate of Military Intelligence, Directorate of Naval Intelligence, and Air Intelligence. In addition, the Police maintains the Special Branch, while the Special Task Force also has its own Intelligence Division. Furthermore, the Terrorist Investigation Department and Criminal Investigation Department of the Police also work closely with the other Intelligence agencies on matters relating to National Security.

In the past, the lack of strength and coordination amongst these various intelligence services used to be a serious issue. It is essential that they work together under a unified command structure to improve coordination and enhance capabilities. Towards this effect, one of the efforts undertaken by the present Government has been to bring these intelligence services under the Chief of National Intelligence, who reports directly to the Secretary to the Ministry of Defense. “

In a series of interviews, the former Defense Secretary has claimed that current investigations in to murders, abductions, disappearances and arrant atrocities such as the Welikada prison massacre to be political witch hunts.

This is the same national security obsessed strongman who in 2013 clearly claimed that the sole command responsibility for running the many intelligence services to be his exclusive preserve.

In a recent interview, he has accused the government of weakening and undermining the national intelligence agencies. That investigators are yet combing the labyrinthian nooks for the final pieces of evidence demonstrates the resilience of the dark apparatus that he masterminded during his tenure.

As he promised his audience at the KDU in 2013, he has indeed aligned means with resources! He has linked objectives with tools to accomplish them!

The deep state he established during the Mahinda Rajapaksa presidency is entrenched. It is more likely that the brother on the throne was himself a hostage of this Pretorian guard.

The slow progress of the investigations in to the murder of Lasantha Wickremetunge and the abduction and assault of Keith Noyahr tell us what the investigators are up against.

The deep state that Gotabaya built is well fortified. It has built in surveillance, respectable return fire power and the ability to coopt resistance across existing structures.

A sycophantic brigade of self-declared war heroes and a resourceful retinue of mercenary monks form the avant-garde of his current war of attrition and his planned 2020 counter offensive.

A soldier returning home after a tour of duty in the north carries a hand grenade that accidentally explodes in Diyatalawa. Sarath Weerasekera the admiral and Kamal Gunaratne the General are both convinced that the LTTE terrorists have reappeared! This is a familiar pattern. These National Security buffs are truly great exponents of the art of mass hysteria. An inept government ignores this mischief at its peril.

Mahinda Rajapaksa did not need fear and repression to govern. It was his misfortune to be seduced by the less cumbersome authoritarian path his American émigré brother discovered on arriving in this benighted land after an absence of fifteen years.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa has traversed much territory since then. He has secured the loyalty of a parasitic class of entrepreneurial talent in his fronts ‘Eliya’ and ‘Viyath Maga.’

A new middle class, literate but not learned, in a hurried search for social mobility makes up his core support base. He offers an authoritarian social compact between a ruling elite of his own creation and the people. He promises to replicate South Korea, Taiwan and Singapore. His message is clear. I give you wealth and stability. You come to terms with my style of rule.

The appeal and allure of the ‘yahapalanaya’ has evaporated. The threat of Gotabaya Rajapaksa is clear, present and imminent.

I am past the biblical span of three scores and ten. With the shadows lengthening I listen to Peter Paul and Mary – “Where have all the flowers gone. Where have all the young men gone? Gone for soldiers everyone, when will they ever learn? When will they ever learn?”

Pity! In all those years in America, Gotabaya has not listened to Peter Paul and Mary.

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    “This statement of Gotabaya Rajapaksa is false. Gotabaya Rajapaksa was the undisputed head of all state agencies handling military and civil intelligence. Every agency reported to him. His control was arbitrary and unrestrained.”

    What you say is further confirmed by the latest report on STF atrocities, with interviews obtained from Sinhalese STF personnel themselves, produced by the ITJP project led by the South African Human Rights activist, Yasmin Sooka.

    If we don’t uphold accountability and justice, future generations will face repressive regimes, and will see even minor protests suppressed by abductions, torture and murders. This menace has to be stopped for the sake of the country..

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      What may I ask happened to the recommendations of the Batalanda commission, Ware did the flowers go in 1989, Ware indeed the soldiers go from ’83 to ’09? The latter has at least a monument, the former only a heartache. Suddenly all evil is in the disappearance of a journo and death of another, the overseers of killing fields of ’89 and ’90 roam free, the person who stopped the carnage of 26 years is allegedly the one to be most feared. what hypocrisy, what rot!

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        My dear Wanni,
        “What may I ask happened to the recommendations of the Batalanda commission,?”
        What, may I ask, was your hero doing all those years, going after
        journos and ignoring the overseers of killing fields? Maybe he himself was not an overseer but a primr contractor?

        My dear fellow, I think you would be singing a different tune if:
        1. One of YOUR female relatives got the same treatment that Krishanthi Kumarasamy got ( a grenade in her private parts).
        2. If your brother/ son was in the Matale area in 1989 and was given the treatment by one Lt. Colonel Rajapaksa, the C.O. of the area.

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        wannihami

        By any chance Shenali, sach, Nuisance, Jim softy, Dayan, HLD M ….. Wimal Sangili Karuppan Weerawansa are your siblings?

        By the way Sangili and Karuppan are two demigods/minor deities of Kerala.

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      Sarath,

      I feel Gota is a modest man ………… unlike Mahinda, Gota, out of modesty does not want to take all the credit for his remarkable accomplishments ………. wants to spread the kudos around; even to Fonseka …….. :))

      “America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without knowing civilization.” – O. Wilde

      I don’t think the R-brothers ever learned even the rudiments of “civilization” in Trump-land …….. there are none to learn ……….. America can do that to a man ………..Basil is as if he has never left the Lankan “rural-village”

      Gota’s “journey back home” ………… is his very own personal journey into the Heart of Darkness …….. behaviour of man-animal freed from the fear of “illusionary morality”

      Let alone the white-vans……….but the murders and serial-killings…….was that all really necessary or just gratuitous? ………like Kurtz in “Heart of Darkness” – when freed from “moral accountability” by his brother Mahinda (and many “adult” Lankans – as you can read here) – falling down to the depths of human depravity……….

      We deserve what we get ……….. that’s what they call fate ………..

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        The likes of Gota get elected only in countries with a sheep-like conformist population. Like Hitler in Germany.
        “The deep state that Gotabaya built is well fortified. It has built in surveillance, respectable return fire power and the ability to coopt resistance across existing structures.”
        With regard to the above, I believe Gota’s greatest “national security” stratagem was the alleged “Dengue control program”.
        It enables the security forces to enter and check everything on your property, and punishes you even for having untidy gardens. I believe the real aim was to make SL in the image of Singapore (as he partially did in Colombo) . This was the perfect tool to carry out surveillance on the population .
        The plain fact is that the dengue program has NOT reduced dengue. Statistics on the internet show that Kerala in India , which has an identical climate and similar area and population, has 30 % less dengue cases than SL, in spite of having more garbage and no organised campaigns.
        So why is the present regime carrying on with this?

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          oldcodger

          I concur with you .
          “So why is the present regime carrying on with this?”

          To keep the people paranoid, panicked and scared. These were the tools of McCarthyism, basis of Stasi (official state security service of the German Democratic Republic. You can be certain that a Democratic Republic means a communist dictatorship), BOSS, SAVAK, Gestapo, …………………………

          Dayan the public racist want the people in a constant state of paranoia. A police state would help the rulers spend most of the state’s meager income on unproductive security apparatus and human resources (more b***s carriers for the rulers), and a neat commission to those in power.

          ” Statistics on the internet show that Kerala in India , which has an identical climate and similar area and population, has 30 % less dengue cases than SL, in spite of having more garbage and no organised campaigns.”

          Are you saying Kerala is catching all its Dengue virus carrying mosquitos and exporting most of it to Sri Lanka?

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      The Sinhala-Buddhist Ultra-nationalist Racists are foolishly backing Gota Rajapakshe for next president not knowing that they themselves will be his next victims. They wrongly believe that only the Anti-minority Sinhala-Buddhist hero Gota can threaten, suppress and control the minorities. There is no war/terrorism in Sri Lanka. Nobody in Sri Lanka can touch the minorities anymore, the international eyes (UN and Others) are watching and waiting to interfere. Only the Sinhala-Buddhist majority is without any protectors and vulnerable to the Pseudo-Patriot Megalomaniac Gota’s White Van killing games. We have already seen how he massacred the prisoners at Welikada, murdered the journalists, and butchered the Sinhala-Buddhists at Rathupaswala for asking drinking water.

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        Jim Pappa you should probably let yourself only to carve menhirs and allow people like us to discuss grown up matters.

        No one wants to threaten or suppress the minorities. We only want them to reconcile. Or else they could always go back to Tamilnadu where they have come from. Where their language is spoken and culture is practiced. Don’t tell me now that Sinhalese should go back to India. If you think along that line better find where Sinhalese is spoken and Sinhalese culture is practiced in India.

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      Photo tells us Gota gets special training to become next president of Sri Lanka !!!

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        There is much truth in this. The writer missed the going on
        in China, with a visit by Gota and aided by Moragoda. Gota
        will be financed by China at the correct time. Even MS is
        liable to be bought over for fear of his life! The Sinhala
        intelligentsia must be blamed for the downward trend of
        Sri Lanka.

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      Agnos

      Here is the link to the report:

      REPORT ON THE SPECIAL TASK FORCE APRIL 2018
      http://www.itjpsl.com/assets/STF-report-online.pdf

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      Sarath De Alwis,

      RE: A Despot Disrobed

      Just disrobing despots is insufficient. The they must be terminated.

      Nobody is worrying about Saddam Hussein anymore.

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      Where have all the young men gone?
      Gone for soldiers every one…..

      Where have all the soldiers gone?
      Gone to graveyards every one …..

      When will they ever learn ?

      When will they EVER learn?

      Brilliant as usual Sarath de Alwis; great piece.

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    I believe that too. LTTE is here here but in a different name. Now they tell us how Sinhala buddhist should behave. they say democracy is that 31% is superior and havemore rights because they are the minorities favoured by the TEXT BOOK strategies of CIA. 69% of tha majority of the majority should submit to the 31%. I heard Thailand also is avoiding bullets. what I Say, War Criminals of the LTTE war should take over the govt. IT doe snot matter with the democracy or not, we do not care.

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      Jim, not all Sinhalese are Buddhists. Not all Buddhists are Sinhala Buddhists. I think the majority of them follow the Buddhism of Siddartha Gautama, the World Renouncer, not the Buddhism of the Mahavamsa. So, try when you are in a sound mathematical mood to refine the 69 per cent figure

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    PLEASE STOP covering up for SF.
    SF and GR were well in cahoots and good friends
    That journalist who was abducted, sodomized and brutalized was done a few days after he exposed SF and his self serving award of medals for himself; medals he was NOT entitled to because he had de-merit marks in his file for improper conduct not becoming of a gentleman and officer. He gave himself medals because he was narcissistic and Ranil even said SF killed Lasantha. But I am talking about the case where that journalist had to flee and is still in mental health care overseas. STOP attacking GR only because you do not have the balls to stand up to SF. People are afraid of SF; MR and GR are afraid of SF now because from being bosom buddies they became enemies with a blood feud now. STOP STOP STOP.

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    Ask SF about the attack on that journalist who exposed him in the NATION.
    Was it worth it to rape him?

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      Hey Thassim,

      We don’t know for sure who tortured Keith Noyahr. It could be GR or SF or both.
      But if it were solely SF, when the Rajapaksas were putting SF in jail, they would have used that to badger him further. They couldn’t do it because the Rajapaksas were the source of all evil and so neck-deep in blood and murder that they couldn’t legitimately point a finger at SF. One has to make strategic judgments on greater evil that has to be stopped first. So if people don’t criticize SF at this stage, there are valid strategic reasons for that, and that is entirely understandable.

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    A very interesting article. It was well known that Gota was the Minister of Defense, and should be held accountable for the assassinations, white vans, and brutal crimes by members of the armed forces. It was he who was interviewed and made a fool of himself by saying “who is Lasantha”? If they had immediately condemned these crimes, and made a genuine effort to find these killers, and punish them, we would be convinced. Instead the Rajapaksa’s were noticeably missing in action. The country has seen time and time again, criminals being protected by Gota baba. Sri Lankans better be wise and reject this criminal, should he dare decide to get back into power. The streets may be cleaner, but we will have white vans, and unsolved murders yet again.

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    This article centers mostly on “picturing” who was responsible for the “Killing” of Lasantha Wickramatunga and that question has been passed from person to person serving at the helms of affairs at the Defense and the Law Enforcement. This entire “Murder” has taken place due to some revelations made, relating to the purchase of “Two MIG” aircraft, in the Sunday Leader paper by its editor Lasantha Wickramatunga. When these revelations were made Gotabaya Rajapakse, the then Secretary to the Ministry of Defense, filed a defamation case in Mt.Lavinia courts claiming Rs. 500 million, from the paper and its editor. Mr. Gatbaya, produced a “Certified Copy” of the Agreement for the purchase and claimed that it was a “Government to Government” (Ukrain & S//L) in support his claim. On this, Lasantha was to give evidence and prove that claim (Government to Government) was false and a “Big Fraud” has taken place. Two days prior to that date of giving evidence, Lasantha was “Murdered”. Now, the Investigations have proved, that “Certified Copy” of the Agreement was a FABRICATED and a FALSE document and the Ukranian Government has REFUTED any “Agreement” with Sri Lanka Government. In fact, it has been revealed, that the “Agreement” was between a “Arms Supply Co. in Ukrain and another company named “Bellimissar” based in British Virgin Island. The financial transactions has gone through another company in Singapore, where the SLAF has paid US$ 15.66 million, while “Bellimissar” has received only US$ 7.33. That is the story in “Brief”. So decide and answer the BIG QUESTION: Why the then Secretary Defense, who knew the DEAL and who FABRICATED evidence by submitting that FALSE Agreement is not taken into custody BOTH on the “MUEDER” and the DEFRAUDING the S/L Government of US$ 7.83 million.

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    Good piece. The Rajapakse regime brought out a whole host of fake men and women. Gota was fake all right but, imbued with the enormous power he got from his bro, he turned out to be evil personified. He represented the basic amorality of the whole Rajapakse regime. This amorality has diffused all over our political waters so much today that our politics have become chaotically fluid. Parties mean little as power grabbing has taken over.

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      Good Lord man Jayasinghe where were you in ’89 to ’90? On the moon? What was the morality of the killing fields then?

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        wannihami

        “Good Lord man Jayasinghe where were you in ’89 to ’90?”

        Where were you from 1956 to 2015 or between 2 March and 10 March 2018?
        Can you imagine Dr Mahinda was a human rights activist during the period and went all the way to Geneva to sell this island’s sovereignty (whatever it is)? And the coward and his brother were hiding behind VP’s bum and behind women folks. Dr Mahinda did defend the JVP terrorists and had close contacts while it terrorized the south.

        Where were you?

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      Shyamon Jayasinghe

      “Parties mean little as power grabbing has taken over.”

      More than that, parties do not have fresh ideas, principled positions, ………… blinded by narrow loyalty the voters have become too lazy to question the parties, as long as they get benefits from local or national party apparatchiks, unwilling to acknowledge mistakes, unwilling to apologize, ….. This country has become a nation of b***s carriers.

      Competitive racism works well in this island.

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    Harak De Alwis,
    I see your picture and I see a dead scared pathetic mouse. Go and F.ck yourself without writing bulshit like this.

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      WHY is CT permitting this kind of filth to be placed in its “Comments” columns. Surely, you should have someone with enough intelligence to know that omitting ONE LETTER from the old Anglo-Saxon term for fornication doesn’t reduce what it is by a even a tiny bit? Come on CT!

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        queen victoria died long time ago.

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        Mr. Pooten is really hurt. These english articles, do you think the majority of the majority understand the crap written here ?

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          Jim softy the dimwit

          “do you think the majority of the majority understand the crap written here ?”

          Thanks to Pancha Maha Balavegaya and to Sinhala only language act 1956.
          BTW do you yourself understand what is being written here of course in English?

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          Jim, please stop insulting your own intelligence by insulting the few who stand up for even a modicum of decency on this website.

          This website would definitely be the poorer if Mr de Alwis and Mr van de Poorten stopped writing.

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            J&F,
            “Jim, please stop insulting your own intelligence “
            What intelligence? Just ignore these canines. They may bark while the caravan goes on. In the meantime, please do irritate and insult them when you can. Smart-asses don’t like being reamed .
            I am not in favour of editing them out. That would make them sound civilized.

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        Emil, I share your angst. Remember, CT is trapped (or, is it wallowing?) in its own precedent!

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        Emil van der Poorten wonders ~ “WHY is CT permitting this kind of filth to be placed in its “Comments” columns”?
        no harm. Such commenters expose their bad upbringing.
        Harak De Alwis was most likely a WhiteVan driver hoping to get back the job he enjoyed!

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        This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our Comment policy.For more detail see our Comment policy https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/comments-policy-2/

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      Stop borrowing other people’s surnames. You cannot become a Pereira even in 10 births. Go back to your pathetic surname.

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      Bobby Pereira

      Whats seems to be your problem?
      I am sorry I believe Sarath de Alwis is too busy to find you a partner.
      Women/men know an ugly man/woman from miles away because you generate bad vibes. You are going to die a lonely woman/man/it.

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      This piece from Bobby Pereira has no right to be seen in print. It is a pathetic exposition of Mr. Pereira’s lack of class and breeding.

      CT must understand they have a duty by the authors of the articles to prevent them from being insulted in such a lowly manner. If it continues the better writers will stop contributing.

      In this instance Bobby Pereira has not touched Sarath de Alwis even with his little finger. Instead he has merely unfrocked himself so that we all now know.

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      Bobby Mee Haraka,
      Have you ever gone to a school. Sounds like MaRa and Gota were your teachers !! Ha Ha Ha

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    Kothapaya is a mass murderer and the worst depot the world will see if for the misfortune of Srilanka becomes the president.

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    Kothapaya is far worse than Polpot. After killing Lasantha he howled like a werewolf – “who is Lasantha”. Killed people who begged for clean drinking water in Kelaniya. Killed fishermen who protested against navy harassing their women in Chilaw. Tried his very best to save his friend – the rapist of a Muslim Palestinian British man’s Russian girl friend. So many Tamil MPs were killed by the military under him and his brother. He screamed to a BBC reporter “I will hang them all”. Lankan Polpot’s true satanic face was seen at the Welikade massacre. Some prisoners had information against his predatory killings. These prisoners were hunted down and killed like game. 32 journalists were killed when he was in charge of defence.

    Singhala people out of racism wants him back not knowing they will be his next victims. No one can touch Tamils and Muslims in Sri Lanka now with powerful foreign governments and UNHRC doubling down in poor women-exporting Sorry Lanka. Only the Singhala Buddhists are without protectors. Think before it is too late.

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    Sorry I forgot. On 18/05/2009 Kothapaya screamed over satellite phone to the military in Vanni demanding them to “men, kill them all. women, rape them all “. Killing of LTTE leaders, cadres and raping of Tamil women in large scale followed. Isaipriya was one of them.

    After that when a BBC reporter asked him about these allegations made by a British Tamil woman in Vanni at that time, he screamed “how come that good looking Tamil woman escape rape”!

    A few years later Wimal Urawansha was protesting at the UN in Colombo. Hunger strike while taking a puff – a lemon puff. Police came to bring law and order. Wimal gave his mobile to the police officer. Kothapaya was on the other side. He threatened the police officer not to do his job before he does bad things to his mother!

    Know the animal.

    Now I will be a target. I’m Muslim which makes him even angrier. Sorry mass murderer, you cannot kill me because Most Merciful Allah (PBUH) protects His children with loving care. Satan cannot reach me! My worry is Satan’s return to power in Srilanka.

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    The despot appears to have been disrobed by what is said above, but, who will take note of all that is said, and, if all is believed as facts, who is going to “bell the cat” by reviving the cases which were led earlier (even with journalists not allowed in courts) ?

    The despot appears secure in the knowledge that he is quite ‘safe’ enough to even contest the presidency !! His friends appear to agree.
    Where are the state attorneys to frame charges?

    Will this end up like the very first murders by the STF with bodies floating in waterways, when no state attorneys turned up in court, and the case taken off the roster?

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    Sarath:
    As truly chilling as that account is, this nation needs to keep acknowledging and encouraging the telling of the truth.
    The real tragedy here is that the so-called “educated’ segment of the population thinks that Gota is going to check his ultra-violent past at the door when he enters the portals of ultimate power. They need to be constantly reminded of what Pastor Niemoller said so long ago: “First they came for the …………….. and then they came for me.”
    Those who need the tumbrils before the Gotas of this nation are, however, those (Yahapalanayas) who are paving the path for him and will probably be his acolytes once he achieves the position of power and authority he seeks.

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      Emil, Fear not. Gota has no political footing. MR will pull the rug under his feet, if that were to happen.

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        How do you think that MR can overcome Chinese backed
        support for Gota with Morogoda doing the spadework now
        in China?. US will enter the fray via Ranil with MS hanging
        by his b***s! Short and sweet.

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          punchinilame, There is pun in your name; there is pun in your language. Notwithstanding that punditry of yours, China is too savvy an ally for the consumption of Morogoda. China will lead him and Gota up the garden path knowing that MR is made of sterner stuff!

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    gota is safe now that the president has agreed to protect him.The two have some sort of understanding now.One protects the other and the other one helps him politically.

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      shankar:
      You are wrong. It is not just the President. It is the entire Yahapalanaya gang who are in cahoots with their murderous predecessors.
      What’s coming when ALL of them operate openly together is going to be without precedent in the matter of mayhem and theft from the public purse (if there is anything left to steal!)

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      shankar

      “gota is safe now that the president has agreed to protect him.”

      That was the deal agreed on the wee hours of 9 Jan 2015. In fact Sirisena would not lift a finger if members of Ranavirus (parasites) raped his daughter, son, wife, mother, father, grandmas, ….sisters.

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    So many murders, So many robberies and frauds,
    With now may the gods do to you as you deserve,
    But your Almighty Creator stands in the shadows,
    Waiting, hoping, you will turn and return to call your case,
    Set free with his love, mercy and grace which can completely erase
    All your filth and disgrace as exposed in forgiving embrace
    To make new thinking not stoning by voters, perhaps in justice rule and govern
    To transfer all SAITM to new KDU, as in your former reign.

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    If you have the case in such open and shut mode why may pray you Mr. Douglas go to civil court and file a case, I am sure your fellow travelers on this idiotic forums (to which I must admit I do contribute albeit being a fellow traveler of de Alwis) will cover the legal expenses. All these alleged allegations are a waste of time and cyberspace (these servers need to be cooled at someone’s expense)

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      wannihami

      Please start talking some sense.
      The functionaries are too scared to take any action against the clan and particularly the former National Hangman.

      ” All these alleged allegations are a waste of time and cyberspace (these servers need to be cooled at someone’s expense)”

      Leave the worrying to CT.

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      wannihami
      “If you have the case in shut open and shut mode why may pray you Mr.Douglas should go to civil court and file a case”.
      I am sure he would already have had the advise about the futility of that effort from a good lawyer like Ms.Sugandika Fernando.

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    Gotabaya even openly announced “we will hang Sarath Fonseka” which means he is not only the top commander of the armed forces, he also is above the Supreme Court of the country. Why is he still not arrested? Why is President Maithripala protecting Gotabaya? President should appoint Sarath Fonseka as Minister of Law and Order and he will do the job which cannot be done by the President.

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    I see how much the 31% is scared. EELAM WAR 2020 is coming and we see the prelude to that.

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      It is we the majority who must be shivering because the previous Eelam war haunted the whole country and destroyed our country and our people for 30 long years. It is not the matter of winning the war, how much destruction it caused, how much it cost in terms of lives and property is what we should ask and how it dragged the country down to the state of a poor begging pariah state with continuous International interference (UN and US) even after the war ended is what we should think about. The previous war made us export our women as slaves, another war will make us sell not only our women but also our children.

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    Sarath de alwis is a known agitator that work for certain foreign interest. He distort the reality for his own benefit. Typical weak man with no sense of pride and for sale to the right party.
    GR may have certain communication issues but he is a honest man with deep understanding of the countries ills. When he came to SL, he realised, SL did not have a central command for the defence which I was asking for a long time. AF , Navy, Army , civil defence ran individual assignment and after great difficulty GR created the central command and SF brought in special forces to go deep cover since he believed war is winnable if forces take their war to the ltte rather than waiting for defence. It was a great success and a great army commander with shrapnel on his body does not deserve to be in a jail and this indicate MR’s psyche that he is a cheap, nasty and uneducated thug.. nothing more.
    GR is the exception to that family and had great sense of duty to look after the country and people and good people owe a great gratitude to GR except coolies, church educated foreign lackies that will not agree to what he achieved.
    SL defence hierarchy is quite complicated and if rogue defence operators are doing politicians biddings then you know those rogue polies are and even GR can not help unfortunate victims. I have seen this so many times and Namal and his mother, younger brother and basil are all on the take and law into themselves. Take note… re what happened to the army commander.
    Just because you are defence sec, you will not know the daily ops thats happening in the country and some times GR only get to know once crap hit the fan.
    Whole GR issue came to the surface due to UNP being scared that he will be the next president and so many wealthy SL’s will support GR since we need a patriot to be a president rather than present and past crooks who held this chair…

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      Dear Watcher,.

      I will ignore your crude remarks about me working for foreign interests and me being a weak man with no sense of pride.

      Your observation that ‘ GR may have certain communication issues but he is a honest man with deep understanding of the countries ills and your subsequent assertion “When he came to SL, he realized, SL did not have a central command for the defense which I was asking for a long time leads me to believe that you are one in GRs inner circle.

      Yes. I concede that he his honest with his opinions. some of them are wrong and many of them are not opinions but prejudices. Yes. He thinks he can cure the country’s ills. So did Adolf Hitler. Mussolini, Robert Mugabe and Hosni Mubarak. Presume you too are a soldier . Why don’t you use your correct identity and engage in a debate on GR’s credentials to lead our nation ?

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        Sarath,
        “So did Adolf Hitler. Mussolini, Robert Mugabe and Hosni Mubarak. “
        You are asking too much of “Watcher” . He is one of those “literate but not learned” (high-ranking thugs) you speak of. I don’t believe he would know who the last three were.

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          May be your ignorance can be excused, if you study who created and funded those 3 dictators and why original investors never got their money.
          Use your brain, that is if you have any… Typical local moron.

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            So sorry, your excellency.
            So you are a foreign moron?

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        the point is Adolf Hitler,rober Mugabe loved their countries. that is what we need, A PUTIN, A FIDEL CASTRO, OR A DANIEL DUTERTE.

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        Sarath De alwis Is not aware or he is avoiding it. Most probably it is CASH driven. What you are doing is suporting 31% of the minorities who interests are exactly those of the foreign interests. Foreign interests never sy this is waht we aredoing. Instead they run their program via locals.

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          Jimbo,
          ” Foreign interests never sy this is waht we aredoing.”

          Are you not working for foreign interests in Canada as a public sanitation specialist? Yes or No?

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        Mr Alwis, I am disappointed about your comment about me being a GR’s inner circle.. If you are a writer, I expect much more analytical and intellectual play since your guess is not even close.
        I am not a SL citizen and and never work in SL and educated in UK, work globally and also successful industrialist that advise US defence and few other western agencies and done lots of industrial work in china and japan.
        I am also very close to SL defence and my entry to that was well before GR came to SL, since I was advising them and giving them access to communication and satellite technology which they did not have. Even though SL was black listed for high tech gear, I was able to get them via a different route and US knew that but they looked other way.
        Also your comments re. all these despots also give away your lack of intelligence since do you think past colonial western leaders are different to pol pot or hitler? Why not go and read about Churchill and you know what I am referring to..
        Have you no shame to see that those western cabal has done to the world in last 600 yrs?
        Believing a entity called god ( or dog if you read is backwards) and having a central authority called church has done more crimes than any other and its people like you that follow these criminals that make complex politics and world corruption.
        Whats wrong with the humanity with out this dog on your head and follow our own progress ? ( May it is too much for you since you follow those dogs and take payments from them). This is the one reason Buddhism is under attack from the dog or its followers since dog is nothing but a western political tool.
        I have contributed to SL so much ( around US$ 12.32 million) from my own pocket and will be more in due course.

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          Mr. Watcher,
          “I am not a SL citizen and and never work in SL and educated in UK, work globally and also successful industrialist that advise US defence and few other western agencies and done lots of industrial work in china and japan.”
          Oh dear, it is Sooo clear that you are UK-educated. What an astounding grasp of English grammar! You could teach the Queen, if you are not already doing it on weekends.

          My dear, why not pretend to be a local moron if you can’t imitate a UK moron? At least people might believe you are a high-ranking thug.

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            Gee, Are you under a rock ? British grammar or yanks grammar does not used in word limit based web forums… Go and read “Short forms or contracted forms” . At least you learn something today.
            I used to to know one Buddhadasa family that had a great SL son but then you will not qualify for that since you still want queen to feed your miserable soul..
            Also ask moderator here who is editing my sensitive data and only published 70%.
            BTW, stay restarted..

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              Dear Watcher,
              “British grammar or yanks grammar does not used in word limit based web forums”
              Clearly you don’t know the difference between grammar and short forms. I am not here to teach you either( I am not “UK-educated) , so go back to whatever hole you crawled out of, please.

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    If only the two ‘ Time Servers ‘ President and Prime Minister are honest and loyal to our country and its people and respect their own conscience and abide by truth and justice they could correct and avoid this impending catastrophe. but unfortunately they are hell bent on retaining their undeserving positions. What use is of their self proclaimed political experience and intelligence, all evidence points to the fact that two leaders are the main problem and the stumbling block to the progress and future of the Nation. For heaven’s sake give up your selfish and egoistic attitudes , do your duty by the people who placed you in your present positions. As a last resort we suggest that as you appear to be practising Buddhists seek the advice from your Most Ven. Mahanayaka Theros they could enlighten you both. May the Triple Gem bless you.

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    Who will contest in the 2020 P/E assuming they are all alive? Gota, Maithri and Ranil? What a lot to choose from! Poor Sri Lanka.

    The best bet is the 20th Amendment proposed by the JVP. Lets hope, in the best interests of Mother Lanka, that the 20th Amendment is passed and we, Sri Lankans, are spared the agony of having to choose from the worst lot as our next President.

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    I fully sympathise with the author’s concerns and his sense of urgency in preventing persons like Gotabhaya from assuming supreme power. However, the perspective from Jaffna could be somewhat different. Those who seem all-powerful from Colombo, may not seem so from here. They could do a lot of damage and heap lucre, but they are also actors stamping and screaming on a stage where their invisible limits have been set by powers behind the screen. The story of the Tigers is also a story of illusions such as those harboured by Gotabhaya. The plug was pulled and they are gone.
    Where honesty and goodness are lacking, little good will accrue to the people. The sovereignty of the State created during Pax Brittanica has been permanently destroyed by our post-independence leaders. We in the North are living in limbo in a kind of shadowy Indian Protectorate, where our institutions and education are degraded and there is little hope.

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    In spite of the writer’s obvious burning hatred of the Sinhalese people and venom against Gotabya some of what he has written comes as a relief to anyone who loves the land of Lanka and its innocent people. The writer is running scared that a disciplined, strong and prosperous nation may emerge under Gotabya ushering in the type of leadership Lee Kwan Yu provided Singapore in its early post-war days. Also, the writer is beating the dead horse of Tamil Tiger deaths and confounded killing of mediocrite “journalists” such as Lasantha, which the world has forgotten. The Western world saw in Gotabya the first strong, confident, natural leader of post-independence Lanka, who is imbued with his experience in the United States, and developed a new respect for its potential. It would be the beginning of a golden era in Lanka if Gotabya becomes its leader and it will be the only chance for the Sinhalese to escape the apocalypse of the Moslem majority Lanka that is around the corner.

    The old legends of the Sinhalese, about Buddha himself protecting the land and the Sinhalese with divine help may have some surreal meaning here with Gotabya destined to be their leader.

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      Jassy Chambers

      “In spite of the writer’s obvious burning hatred of the Sinhalese people “

      People do not hate Sinhalese or Buddhists. It is the noisy vile Sinhala/Buddhist minority that has to be challenged or deported from this island back to you know where. Many are critical of the former national hangman not because he is Sinhalese or Buddhist but because he is a card carrying Sinhala/Buddhist fascist, like you.

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        Absolutely! It is good to differentiate NV, sometimes it is difficult to tell who you are aiming for.

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          Paul

          Thanks
          I have always made the distinction in my comments if you care to look at them.
          As far as I understand the narrowly defined Sinhala/Buddhist identity is a recent concoction, unnecessarily created during the public racist Aryan Anagarica Homeless Dharmapala era for the sole purpose of building/branding an exclusive imagined Aryan race and it was unsuccessfully sold to the Buddhists and Sinhalese people until SWRD Banda and his fellow racist re-branded and expanded the niche market into a larger electorally profitable market with promotional freebies promised in every successive elections.

          If people want to reclaim their democratic rights they need to work very hard to first liberate Buddhism from perverted Sinhala/Buddhism and Sinhalese from Sinhala/Buddhists.

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      Jay Chambers
      “The Western world saw in Gotabhaya,the first strong,confident,natural leader leader of post-independent Lanka,who is imbued with experience from the United States,and developed a new respect for it’s potential”

      Like Trump’s deluded world view in relying on U.S. overwhelming military superiority in which ‘might is right’ and ‘you are with us,or against us’ forgetting what that could cost Gotabhaya in puny SL.

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    Parts of GR’s speech given here can be used in courts where GR says he is innocent.

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    Gatabaya Rajapaksa is a US citizen employed by the then GoSL. In 2014, Gota went on a joy ride to Australia to take over the gift of two patrol boats or something. He was accorded a Guard of Honour. Knowing the man, he probably demanded it. The government of Australia obliged. Whoever heard of a state EMPLOYEE (expatriate at that!) welcomed with a Guard of Honour? This is possible only in Australia. Gota masqueraded as a potential President and Aus fell for it.

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    Spelndid, fantastic, thrilling!

    What good English!!

    Go Sarath Go!!!

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    Obviously targeting the messenger has to be the culprit himself. Sarath, your writing is very good and timely. Gota is a weakling who did not know his limits, quality of social life. He is guilty of mass murder. Weerawanse’s mobile call to reprimand the police officer who controlled the protest near UN office in Colombo offers ample evidence as to how he interfered with officials. In this case the Police Officer was scolded by Gota to stop carrying out legitimate duties but to give in to Weerawanse’s demands. His voice also was overheard by the crowd. He is guilty of all the murders committed from the evidence presented.

    Another reason why SLPP is agitating to make a comeback is safeguard Gota from further implications, which will eventually disclose that MR is also guilty of all the mass murders as he was the Minister of Defence.

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      I was not targeting the messenger.

      I really meant it, this is a very good article that attacks Gota the mass murderer and money swindler.

      Sarath is brave to expose this big time croock who makes a desperate attempt to come back.

      I am a burghur now living in Aussie land. In heart I am Sri Lankan.

      I campaign against publishing Sinhala and Tamil articles in this website as I can’t understand. Let’s start an online petition about it. I left Sri Lanka, then Ceylon, when I was 7!

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        Not you Steve, one Bobby Pereira’s comment in reference.

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    Seriously why is much attention about some Lasantha? Because he was a pet of the western diplomatic circle? Because he did everything to undermine the war effort to eliminate LTTE? Because he supported LTTE? Because he was an ardent supporter of RW?

    I and most of SLns do not care who this Lasantha is …..

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    Brilliant article Sarath and we admire your honesty and incisive thinking in alerting the nation to the dangers the country is exposed if this thug Gota is elected. A nothing riff raff who returned to SL and got this job because his brother was Prez is acknowledged. The stupid so called elite in Colombo who support Gota are a bunch of mindless brainless twits who think that beautifying Colombo is the ultimate measure of success. The murders perpetrated, abductions torture, and corruption of this despot should never be forgotten or forgiven. This despot will run the country by invoking fear in the people and use the army and police as tools to carry out his criminal instructions. We might need almighty assistance for change in peoples minds to this prevent despot from ever coming back to power. Remember this imbeciles so called patriotism is the refuge of all scoundrels.

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      “Who is Lasantha?” I would say the same thing.
      What is so special about Lasantha? Is that the only murder that took place in the last 40 years, in a country where not a single innocent Tamil killed in 1983 received any justice. He certainly is entitled to justice , but not an iota more than any other. Talking about political murders I would rather see this time and energy spent on his murder investigation devoted to the case of MP Raviraj.
      x
      Since he spurned his birth religion and embraced Christianity he became a rabid anti Sri Lankan masquerading as a anti corruption crusader. He became distinctly pro LTTE. Spent his time trying to convert others at personal relationship level. A newly converted man to an Abrahamic religion in general habours a peculiar kind of animocity against the followers of his previous religion. What many saw as some kind of heroism in Lasantha W is this intense devotion to his new God and the desire to belittle the followers of his previous religion. A man who changes his birth religion is a phycologicaly weakling far from being a courageous hero.
      x
      Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe is of the opinion that it was Sarath Fonseka who killed Lasantha not Gotabaya Rajapaksa. He certainly should be having access to more reliable sources than any other. Sarath Alwis should be humble enough to acknowledge that.
      x
      I only hope to see Sarath Alwis, Vishvamitra and Thisaranee Gunasekara once wielding their powerful pen on 1989 Bheeshanaya period and the culpability of the existing government during Jaffna library and 1983 black July.

      Soma

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    Gota could not have listened to Peter Paul and Mary as he was too busy pumping Petrol and or clicking a Mouse. I remember typing before, in response to another piece in CT, that if by some chance Gota becomes President Srilanka would no longer be on the World Map.
    Sarath De Alwis is now over 80! Reasoning and clarity of thought is remarkable!

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