19 September, 2020

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A Global Crisis Comes To Sri Lanka

By Mano Ratwatte

Mano Ratwatte

Mano Ratwatte

This writer found a photo of a young Sri Lankan Muslim boy protesting in front of the UN on the front page of a leading Sri Lankan newspaper. He asks the questions “where is the humanity?” with a placard.

Are there such protests outside the Embassies of very rich oil producing Potentates and Feudal Kingoms of the Middle East? Not one of those nations have opened their doors to Arab Muslim refugees fleeing Islamic extremism. Why?

Europe is dealing with an unprecedented influx of refugees not seen since World War II. These refugees all want to flee to Western nations because those nations are accepting of immigrants and other cultures more than most nations in the world.

They are predominantly Christian albeit secular nations that Islamic Radicals are sworn to destroy. ISIS is killing more Muslims and raping, burning, destroying whatever is in their sickening Fascist path. Why are people not protesting asking ISIS to stop their madness? Why is Saudi Arabia not opening their doors? or UAE or, Kuwait(which by the way was invaded by Saddam Hussein and was liberated by a US led coalition in 1991).

Germany has agreed to take in at least 800,000 refugees. How many have the Arab nations oozing with oil wealth agreed to absorb? Do you know why these people flee to Europe and US and Canada? Because they know they will be safer there and take advantage of and receive welfare, and food and eventually be able to find work and educate their children in secular schools. This is no different from any other human tragedy. A lot of Sri Lankan Tamils fled west after the barbarism of 1983 and the prolonged war.

Syrian Crisis

*Photo – Palestinians paid tribute to the 3-year old Syrian boy who drowned while fleeing the Syrian war, by building a sand sculpture of him on a beach in the Gaza Strip. Dozens paid tribute to Aylan Kurdi by re-enacting the heart-wrenching scene of how his body was found washed ashore.

The question this young child should have asked his parents or whoever asked him to carry this placard, is why are all these people fleeing to Western Christian European nations? Not a single Major oil rich Arab nation is taking in these Arab Muslim refugees. Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, UAE have not opened their borders. It is shameful.

The radical extremists in ISIS the Islamic militant group is wreaking havoc in Syria along with Assad’s minority Alawite Shia regime. Between the two of them, they have killed more Arab Muslims than any other group(as Sunni dictator Saddam did during his disastrous 9 year war with Iran and his suppression of Kurds and Shias). The Wahabi Salafist radicals hate Shia Arabs. The want to force everyone to abide by their twisted version of Islam: which is by far a peaceful religion. Turkey too is suffering; while Turkey is a predominantly Muslim nation it is not a religious theocracy.

It is indeed a tragedy, and an irony that there are extremists who blame the West for everything and in particular the US but when it comes to humanitarian responses to crisis; it is the Westernm nations that are at the front of the effort to provide relief! The influx of refugees of a different culture, values, and ethnicity will cause long term social and political problems for all the European nations who are now accepting refugees. Germany has said it may absorb nearly a million refugees.

Imagine the cultural and societal challenges and pressures. The Pope, the head of the Catholic Church has said each parish should adopt at least one refugee Family. That is amazing. Not one wordm has been heard from Rich Arab nations when the victims are all Arabs.

This is a shameful indictment on them. It is wrong for the few west hating Sri Lankan Muslims to be so one-sided and ignorant of facts on the ground. The town this writer lives in has a Masjid proudly emblazoned with Arabic lettering, many Halal stores and even an Islamic student center; the previous town he lived in had a beautiful large mosque, hundreds of peace loving Muslims from many nations and a large University center built at US tax payer expense to facilitate prayer for its international student population: both in the heart of the Bible Belt in the USA. How many Churches or Temples are there in Rich Westernized Arab nations for people of other faiths to openly and freely worship? What if this little boy who carried that sign knew these facts?

Everyone blames the US and Europe, but when it comes to humanitarian actions, they are always expected to take the lead. China and Russia are also nowhere to be seen! The destabilizing impacts of this massive influx of refugees is frightening. This number of refugees have not flooded Europe since World War II. They are desperate for help and for economic opportunities. Whatever causes that lead to the emergence of ISIS from the disastrous US and British invasion of Iraq in 2003 to other factors, it is a human tragedy that cannot be ignored. There are far too many conflicts in the world that are leading to massive displacement of people. Given this tragedy, everyone’s wish is that Sri Lanka will never again see war.

Fact is that secular modern western nations are still far more tolerant and accepting of people of totally different ethno-religious backgrounds than other nations in the world. Secular democracies triumph religious theocracies and dictatorships any given day. Sri Lanka is a developing nation and it cannot say much about this sort of global crisis.

Whatever the causes of Radicalism and violence based on religious ideology, it should never be tolerated by anyone in Sri Lanka; be it BBS type extremism by some misguided Buddhists or ISIS like violence by twisted perverted sexually repressed misguided Muslims.

India and Sri Lanka will soon be facing combatants who have gone to the middle east for training and fighting these radical extremist wars; it is in India’s and Sri Lanka’s interests to coordinate intelligence efforts to make sure such foreign hate filled destructive ideologies do not spread in multi-ethnic, multi-religious democracies such as India and Sri Lanka.

There should be zero tolerance for religious extremism and violence or anyone propagating segregation and violent expansion of any political or religious extremist ideology. Islam like Buddhism are ways of life of peace and co-existence are they not? It is frightening to see the proxy wars between Persian Iran and Shia vs. Radical Sunni extremism wreaking such havoc and creating a humanitarian tragedy equivalent to what happened in Rwanda which started in 1994. Let there never be war between communities in Sri Lanka leading to tragedies such as 1983. May all communities live and let live and respect different systems of faith. Is that young boy being brainwashed in an extremist ideology at a foreign funded Madrassa inside Sri Lanka or was he genuinely saddened by the plight of millions of innocent Arab children? Was Samuel Huntington right when he spoke of a clash of civilizations way back?

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    Mano, please go back into your mano world. Thanks.

    The so called crisis in the Middle Eastern countries is the creation of the western countries Mano.

    Iraq did not invade the US or the UK or Australia. It is the other way about. Iraq had universal education, was achieving self sufficiency in food, had good free hospitals for all citizens until the invasion. Now there is endemic war, no food to eat, no schools and no hospitals, no roads and no bridges. All destroyed by your great Uncle Sam and his coalition of the willing. Who is supplying arms to the warring parties in the Middle East Mano? Did you know besides the US the second biggest exporters of weaponry is Germany. True the middle man in the supply of arms to all warring factions are Israelis. However the manufacturers have a moral responsibility to ensure the weapons they produce do not fall into the wrong hands.

    At the end of the day, Germany as well as all countries who supply arms willy nilly have a moral responsibility to house those that their weapons and underhand deals displaced. Nothing to do with religion.

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      There is a new Cold War in the Middle east and Ukraine. US and Russia are fighting it out via their proxies.

      Of course Islamic states like Saudi Arabia and ISIL also seem to be more backward and barbaric than most other states in the modern world and treat women very badly…

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        What’s crap this bugger writing.
        He thinks that like him the entire world is watching only Zionist media (CNN/BBC/CNBC/FOX/ABC etc…) to get to about the truth.

        He is talking exactly from a script written down by some CIA/Mossad/MI6 crappies.

        Let us give him some good stuff to learn…..

        1. Gen Wesley Clark Reveals US Plan To Invade Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Lybia, Somalia, Sudan, And Iran
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8YtF76s-yM

        2. CrossTalk: Western-made Refugee Crisis
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJd8H5XYEhg

        3. 911 False Flag – American Traitors & Mossad – Where are the Oath Keepers? – Ken O’Keefe
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S10Aotp_tvo

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      BBS Rep,

      There is only one solution to settle this Arabic Tribal Barbarism and turn them into civilized nations which is to prohibit Arabic men to have sex with Arabic women and instead have those women have sex with Westerners. This will ensure Arabic nations will shed their tribal ignorant and extremist murder genes and adopt a more humanity bank of genes.

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      BBS, Hang on! What is all this selective history being bandied about.

      Less than 100 years ago we still had the Ottoman Empire run by the Turkish. A caliphate by any standards. They kept the peoples of the Middle East and the Levant under strict control, and they were the guardians of the Holy Cities of Mecca and Medina for over 7 centuries. The bimbashis who kept discipline in all areas never thought twice or hesitated; any trouble makers were kept under control by a red-hot poker thrust where the sun don’t shine, or worse. It was western forces that re-drew the map of the Middle East after the defeat of the Ottoman Empire in 1922.

      Then, Iraq fought a war with Iran, 1980 to 1988. Iraq launched a chemical attack on Halabja 1988. Kuwait invaded Kuwait on the 2nd August 1990 – The Saudis asked the US to come and liberate the threat to them, whilst the richer Kuwaitis and Saudis took an ‘enforced’ summer holiday in Europe.

      Currently, Saudi forces have flattened most of the Yemen in their efforts to kick the Houthis, supported by Iran, out.

      Those who have the stomach for it should revise more of the many ‘Arab on Arab’,’ Muslim on Muslim’ shaftings of the last fifty years.

      The recent incursions of the West have only been followed by the many hypocritical, disenchanted Muslims who have moved to West and now want to create a ‘Caliphate’ in their adopted lands to make them more like the countries they fled from.

      The richest countries of the Middle East like Saudi Arabia, the Gulf States and the Emirates are protective of their wealth and their own demographic mix which they keep under strict control with a whip hand. They have use for huge numbers of use for guest workers who may spend a lifetime serving them but will never ever be given the privileges of citizenship in the lands, and wealth, they toil to build.

      Go, work out their mentality.

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      BBSRep, well said. I never believed all this human madness is related to religion that they belong. All in the game is economy in the end

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      News item
      In a blistering new message, the leader of al Qaeda denounces the leader of ISIS as the illegitimate leader of a phony caliphate.

      Exposing a glaring hostility between the two jihadi groups, Ayman al-Zawahiri, the leader of al Qaeda, openly attacks ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi for usurping the jihadi movement.

      “We do not acknowledge this Caliphate,” he says, according to a translation from SITE Intelligence posted Wednesday. “We do not see Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as one worthy of the Caliphate.”

      He dismisses al-Baghdadi as a pretender who declared himself caliph with the support of only “a few unknown people,” and established ISIS, which calls itself the Islamic State, “by force and with explosions and car bombs,” instead of by “the choice of the people” through “approval and consultation.”

      He also faults al-Baghdadi for failing to support Muslims who are not in the Islamic State’s territory.

      “When Gaza was burning beneath Israeli bombs, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi did not support it with one word, but his main concern was that all the mujahideen pledge allegiance to him, after he assigned himself to be the Caliph without consulting them.”

      And he accuses al-Baghdadi of sedition, for encouraging al Qaeda followers to abandon their pledges, and instead promise their loyalty to ISIS.

      “It’s a major broadside against the Islamic State,” says former State Department counterterrorism adviser William McCants, who is now with the Brookings Institution. “Zawahiri is clearly very angry and frustrated that the Islamic State has been attacking him, attacking his soldiers on the ground, attacking him personally.”

      Georgetown University’s Nicholas Palarino says al-Baghdadi is stealing his thunder, and al-Zawahiri feels threatened. “You can compare it to two drug gangs, or two mafia mobs. One is encroaching on the other’s territory.”

      The two groups have competing strategies, he says, and right now ISIS is more popular with extremists. “There is a generational split. Zawahiri and al Qaeda are more plotting, planning and patient, whereas Baghdadi is demonstrating results.”

      But one U.S. official cautions that it is not necessarily good news for the United States that two of America’s enemies are pitted against each other. Instead, their rivalry may spur them on to outdo one other.

      “You have a competition going on that I think is dangerous for the United States,” says Rep. Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee. “I worry that they’re going to up the ante.”

      It is unclear when the recording was made. But despite his tirade, al-Zawahiri does leave open the possibility of working with ISIS to fight their common enemies.

      “Were I in Iraq or in Sham [Syria], I would cooperate with them in fighting the Crusaders,” he says.

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      Yes, this is just surface info of the problems that western world is facing right at the momement. Me being in the Germany, I get to hear how difficult it has been for southern germans to get it since they really dont want refugees flowing into the country. Meaning not that foreigners should not be helped out but leaving various walks of foreigners could destroy the culture, standards and everything in the country. Most are in the view that the german govt could offer hundreds of millions keeping them in UAE or anywhere, their culture is fully welcome. Instead of offering their wholehearted help, UAE to mediate offering funds of building mosques for refugees as read in the press – is a total joke.
      That alone reflect so called brotherhood of powerful muslim nations towards their people that have become the victims of the on going war in Syria. Middle east countries on the other hand have enough place for refugee camps. If the western nations could contribute for it – it would have been the best way of helping to the flow of refugees keep coming from Syria..

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    Buddhism is needed to civilize Islam. The violence in Islam is horrific.

    Ramona Theresa Fernando please chip in.

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      Mano Ratwatte, Ramona Theresa and you are rabid and sick with your Buddhist fascism. Islam can teach you a thing or two. Faith in an Almighty God is one. Regular prayer is another. The discipline of fasting and zakat is a third. Sri Lanka is a cesspit of a country only because of Buddhism chauvinism. The quicker it adopts Islam the better for it. Look at Malaysia and Qatar, both advanced countries to which our workers go for better prospects.

      Europe and America created the conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Tunisia, Egypt and Palestine. The church supported the LTTE. Now let them deal with the consequences. We Muslims should retain our Islamic traditions in Europe be it Shariah banking, the head scarf, the construction of mosques and regular prayer even during office hours.

      The commentator Lal below uses the term Christian west. Europe is a post Christian society and church attendance is at an all time low. Its less and less Christian as the days go by.

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        You are the one blind to Muslim radicalism or are you living in another planet.

        You are you living peacefully in Sri Lanka because of Buddhist tolerance. Don’t you dare criticize Buddhism which is internationally recognized as peaceful.
        All the Muslim countries have no tolerance of other faiths.
        How many wars and act of aggression/terrorism has been committed by Muslims/Muslim countries compared to Buddhists/Buddhist countries.
        These days Budhists will react to Moslem aggression and expansionism hence extremist organizations like BBS which luckily for you still has only few members and is criticized by the majority.

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        Junayd,

        Please see my comment above.

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          Junayd,

          Please see my comment below, I mean.

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        What islam can teach is being amply demonstrated by the ISIL right now.

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      ”Buddhism is needed to civilize Islam”

      A true Sri Lankan wouldn’t dare say it.

      Is John Hulugalle ignorant of what the Buddhists have been doing to the others in post-Independence Sri Lanka?

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      Yes, John, Gnanasara is a shining example of the civilizing influence of Buddhism. Ramona will be well advised to keep away from his temple. For more shining examples of the civilizing influence of Buddhism, visit Parliament any day when it is in session.

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        What has Gnanasara or any other idiot got to do with Buddhism.
        Very simple fact is far more intolerant radical Muslims around the world who are committing multiple atrocities. Have to look really hard for Buddhists to be put into that category. This does not mean all Muslims are bad as the majority are peaceful but this majority has to accept there is a problem. Is it the wrong interpretation or selective following of scriptures by some of the radicals?

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      We Sri Lankans should be ashamed at the way we have been treating the war-ravaged Tamils – detained in camps and released – with UN agents and ICRC restricted from helping. Are we the Dark Forces of 21C?

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        Don’t regurgitate LTTE propaganda here. Not relevant to topic.

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          Is Mano is part of the cover up team camping at Geneva? Why is he only writing about the muslim boy with the playcard?

          In’t Lankave’s history is the Old King went to previous UNHRC with Humanitarian appeal and captured the EP post in Lankave?

          Why some saw only the picture of the boy’s corpse came to shore, not the one was given cookie and murdered in cold blood?

          Is that Tamils are International Pariah?

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      John Hulugalle,

      Oh….Hi!

      …..ok…..let’s see……:

      Allah (SAW), is Nirvana personified. Concepts are similar in both religions, like the cessation of impulses (for women at least), and removal of attachment to artificial objects (eg. art that depicts real form).

      Muslims are unfortunate Buddhists, born in a wrong world of desert habitats, and/or gross wealth. If Muslims do good in this life, they will be reborn as Buddhists in a place like Sri Lanka. Muslims born in Sri Lanka are closer to Allah (Nirvana personified), than Muslims born in the Middle East. Other religions, especially Christianity, have a close historical connection to Islam, but the fundamental concepts diverged most rapidly.

      As for West bombing Middle-East Areas and creating masses of refugees that go to the West : these refugees are probably more Western orientated and Western appreciative than the other people in their lands who are not threated, and so going to neighboring countries will probably also place them at grave risk.

      West will readily take them in. Even before they agreed to take them in, the allusion was given that these Western-appreciative-Muslims would be most welcome there.

      It is not about the religion or culture, that these refugees are created, or that Western countries care about (West will deal with that later). It is about allegiance to the Western structure, over China and Russia’s attempts to control a world away from Western dominance, or the Oil-rich countries desiring to have their own structure away from Western monetary systems.

      And the West, knowing its atrocities, is yet desperate to sustain. So the choices are :

      1) Does one stay true to the call and go Isis-way, and create a society totally away from the Western contrivance domination (although Isis does use some of the Western gadgets as they feel they paid for it with their oil-money, and so they feel they have a right to them without compromising their ideology).

      2) Does one use the Western contrivance (that were created and invented by the West, e.g. cars and computers), and yet try to create a monetary structure away and over the West.

      3) Does one compromise like the refugees, and then get badly beaten for it.

      We know the Western contrivance is the result of gross colonization and destruction of natural environments by the Europeans, and hence the need to sustain by inventing and creating all kinds of unnecessary contrivance for job-creation for their masses, and to entice and natural and environmentally friendly countries to buy their products.

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        Sorry, You are totally wrong.
        Christianity has no connection whatsoever with Islam.

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          The have the same father Abraham…..and Adam and Eve.

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    The charge this writer is making in only partially true.

    Making a sweeping statement like “Not a single Major oil rich Arab nation is taking in these Arab Muslim refugees.” is shameful, irresponsible and callous.

    There are many Syrian refugees in the Arab countries. Refer Newsweek by JANE KINNINMONT “The vast majority of refugees from Syria’s civil war remain in the countries that neighbor Syria: 1.9 million in Turkey and 2.1 million in Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Egypt combined. (This is on top of nearly 8 million internally displaced within Syria.)In Lebanon, one in six people is a Syrian refugee—proportionally equivalent to the U.K. taking in 12 million.The vast majority of refugees from Syria’s civil war remain in the countries that neighbor Syria: 1.9 million in Turkey and 2.1 million in Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Egypt combined. (This is on top of nearly 8 million internally displaced within Syria.)

    For many in the region, European public opinion is waking up to this crisis too late. A reason more Syrians are coming to Europe is that these host countries—especially Jordan and Lebanon, which have small populations and scant natural resources—are running out of capacity to accommodate them. In Lebanon, one in six people is a Syrian refugee—proportionally equivalent to the U.K. taking in 12 million.”

    Not to mention many millions of dollars of aid given to UN cause. “…Kuwait has stood out as the largest donor, delivering nearly one-third of all aid pledged to the Syrian crisis through the U.N, or $800 million since 2012, while the UAE has given $364 million. These sums are lower than the $1 billion from the U.K. or $3 billion from the U.S., but considerably higher as a proportion of GDP.”

    So this dick head writer sound a flyby writer!

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      ‘NewsPeak’ is very patriotic and very selective in it’s reporting of events. Your attempt to give credit to Jordan, and Turkey is utterly unworthy. These were the two countries involved from the very first day in exporting terror to Syria, which today has spilled over into Iraq further destabilising that country attempting to recover from an illegal invasion. Most of the initial training was in Jordan, and later the US was quite openly training, funding and arming Hillary Clinton’s ‘good terrorists’ in Jordanian camps. Weapons released from the Libyan armouries (after Libya itself was destroyed in a previous ‘Humanitarian effort’ by NATO) were sent via Turkey and you might recall that a US Ambassador died there during the campaign. The US later opened training camps in Turkey too, while demonising the Assad government continuously. Qatar (one of the ‘democracies’ in the region, not to be outdone by others was the main supplier of ISIS which too drove via Turkey in their shining 4*4s. Money poured in from Saudi Arabian, UAE and Kuwaiti Wahhabis too. Now, these countries are directly involved in the destruction of Yemen. The ‘good terrorists’ of Clinton have mostly joined the ISIS forces and are no longer under US control. Israel, the main beneficiary, meanwhile provides the much needed medical support to the terrorists from the occupied Golan Heights, while laughing their hearts out at the stupidity of Arabs destroying themselves hastening the day ‘Eretz Israel’ will come into being. The suffering of the millions caused by the external intervention too is blamed on the Assad government
      Germany, a country that was not involved in the NATO effort is now being inundated by the ‘swarms of immigrants’ (Cameron’s description), while Cameron one of the main villains of the piece had to be dragged kicking and screaming to provide some respite to the victims of his misadventure. The destruction is in the billions, and can in no way compensated by the few few hallalas/cents thrown to the victims.

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        Ram

        You are “Koheda Yanney Malley Pol!”. You accusing the Arab countries of many things – but not rejecting the fact that these countries have taken millions of refugees and given aid to UN. Address that not speak rubbish.

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          The latest Saudi Arabian ‘help’ is the promise to build 200 mosques in Germany for the Syrian and other refugees who arrive there.

          The West (and the local proxies) should stop interfering and CREATING refugees from these countries. Lebanon has taken in proportionately more refugees than any other, because the Syrian population was concentrated in the west of the country, (the east being mainly desert) and the fact that movement between these two countries has been far easier during the last forty years. Jordan has been forced to take in refugees rather reluctantly, from the South, which is where terrorism was initiated (in an around Deira) by terrorists trained in Jordan. This was an ‘unintended’ consequence, and the UN agencies were ready for them. Turkey (non-Arabic) the other nation sharing a border has not been friendly to Syrians and as a nation facilitating entry of heavily armed terrorists has seen refugees arriving in the Hatay province, which IN FACT was a part of Syria till the French in their magnanimity decided to gift it to Turkey in the not too distant past. It must not be forgotten that the Turks in fact placed their Security forces along the border to PREVENT the arrival of refugees. Some Syrians have gone to live with relatives already working in the UAE and Qatar, the very same countries that brought cataclysm upon their own country.

          The Arab countries may have spent a few millions with great fanfare to salve their collective conscience, but their EVIL INTENT and the calamity facilitated by them on their bretheran is incomparably greater.

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    Mano Ratwatte has correctly pointed out that the Christian west comes to the aid of displaced persons with offers of refuge and settlement as we see now and seen in the past. We must all acknowledge the kindness of their governments, citizens and their agencies. It is also a fact that western governments are responsible in many ways for creating many crises and refugees through their covert and militaristic actions as in Afghanistan, Vietnam, Iraq, Tunisia, Pakistan … … in pursuit of their global ambitions, with utter disregard for safety and well being of inhabitants. It is not entirely true what Mano R states that Arab Muslims nations are doing nothing to assist refugees. Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey have absorbed hundreds of thousands where as Gulf nations have contributed generously with both material and financial assistance. True, the Gulf nations can do more! Sri Tamils too suffered and left their land of birth in droves for fear of safety, to Cristian western countries following govt inspired brutality in July 1983. Sri Lankans must be vigilant never to repeat or rather allow their governments to meter out brutality to its citizens ever again. It would be assuring if the present government made such a commitment, considering some members of that government in power in July 83 could be in the present government.

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      Lal, unfortunately this is a calamity planned and organised by the West, but of which a degree of control has been lost. The local proxies, Saudi Arabia, Qatar etc had to be mobilised to further the plan, and the Arab on Arab killing is what was conceived.

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    Mano

    These middle-eastern countries do not even recognize the citizenship of people BORN there – if they are not “Arab”. Thus people whose grandparents were the original immigrants, are still not given citizenship! (similar to what happened to tea estate workers in Sri Lanka in the last century)

    So they definitely do not want to accept refugees. Indentured servants from south asia, Palestine, Egypt, yes; but not refugees. Why?? Greed, ethno-centrism and fear.

    We all have a responsibility as HUMAN BEINGS to help the truly vulnerable refugees – including the US. I saw on TV a German couple take in refugees from the streets in to their cramped apartment to house and feed them – these are the REAL Buddhists not those racist vitriolic BBS monks!

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    There are 4 over million Syrian refugees being hosted in Turkey, Jorden, Lebanon which have the brunt of the refugee crisis from Syria and Iraq. In Lebanon 1 in 4 persons in a refugee. Of course, you are right the Saudi Arabia the most violent fiefdom that exports Wahabi terrorism is doing very little, as are the Emirates.

    But it is as always the neighboring countries in the global south that host the largest number of refugees even though Europe hogs the media limelight.

    In fact in the long run Europe will benefit from these refugees who come with assets and lots of education and social capital from Syria which was a developed country. This is why Germany is opening its doors to the Syrians because it knows unlike the less smart Hungary that the Syrian Refugeee will infact boost the German economy in the long and short run. Australia’s refugee and immigration policy is similarly skewed to get rich migrants rather than poor refugees which facilitating the brain drain out of the global south to boost its own economy.. C’est la vie!

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    What is happening in Syria, Libya, Yemen and Ukraine is a NEW COLD WAR.
    Russia backs Assad and US backs the Saudis also because of the Israel factor..nThis is not a Muslim Christian fight in the Middle East. Religion is an excuse, but it does seem that Islam is the most backward of all the backward religions in the world – with Shias and Sunnis fighting to annihilate each other.

    Yes, hope that in Lanka, the Sinhala Buddhist racists who were distorting WHAT THE BUDDHA TAUGHT – Ahimsa, karuna, Metta Muditha – and spewing Hate Speech running amok with Mahinda Jarapassa and Pathala Champika can be brought under control.
    But this is going to be a challenge, as the reelection of the Diyawadana Nilame who is a corrupt Mahinda Jarapassa stooge – Dela – shows. The Buddhist sanga are mostly an uneducated lot – like the Islamic mullahs – and this will make for a god awful conflict if not arrested. Yes, the Christian preists and leaders are more educated and enlightened.

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    Fact is that the West is responsible for this massive problem in the Middle East.

    1. By dispossessing the Palestinians and implanting a Zionist state in Palestine. Millions of Palestinians being made homeless and the start of a reaction against the West, now called Terrorism.
    2. Invasion of Iraq by Bush / Blair on the pretext of WMD. Killing Millions and destabilizing the entire region.
    3. Attacking Afghanistan to capture Osama Bin Laden and Al Qaeda who are they fostered to defeat the Soviet Invasion.
    4. Arming and fostering the ‘Arab Spring’ in North Africa to oust regimes without any plan to install democratic governments.
    5. Backing unpopular and dictatorial regimes in the Middle East solely with the intent of exploiting their oil resources.

    The writer sees one picture and launches on a long diatribe against Sri Lankan muslims without considering the harm inflicted by his western leaders.

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    What Western has done is

    “Pinch the Baby and Rock the Cradle”

    What’s clear is that Isis and its monstrosities won’t be defeated by the same powers that brought it to Iraq and Syria in the first place.

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    Mano

    Your writing will not change the world.

    The plan by almighty is establishing slowly but surely this is one way the western world to be overrun by Islam as predicted.

    Sir George Bernard Shaw in ‘The Genuine Islam,’ Vol. 1, No. 8, 1936.

    “If any religion had the chance of ruling over England, nay Europe within the next hundred years, it could be Islam.”

    “I have always held the religion of Muhammad in high estimation because of its wonderful vitality. It is the only religion which appears to me to possess that assimilating capacity to the changing phase of existence which can make itself appeal to every age. I have studied him – the wonderful man and in my opinion far from being an anti-Christ, he must be called the Savior of Humanity.”

    “I believe that if a man like him were to assume the dictatorship of the modern world he would succeed in solving its problems in a way that would bring it the much needed peace and happiness: I have prophesied about the faith of Muhammad that it would be acceptable to the Europe of tomorrow as it is beginning to be acceptable to the Europe of today.

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    More than 100,000 Syrians have come to the UAE and been given residency visas since the uprising against Bashar Al Assad began in 2011.

    There are now more than 242,000 Syrians in the country, the Government said on Wednesday.

    Since 2012 the UAE has also spent about Dh2 billion on humanitarian aid and development assistance in response to the Syrian crisis.

    “The UAE has made it one of its foreign policy priorities to address this issue in a sustainable and humane fashion together with its regional and international partners,” the Government said.

    Part of the aid funds Mrajeeb Al Fhood refugee camp in Jordan, which is sheltering more than 4,000 Syrian refugees.

    The new figures were released as the plight of Syrian refugees continued to dominate the international agenda, with particular pressure on European governments in what has been called the worst migration crisis since the Second World War.

    Source – The National – September 9, 2015

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    Mano, there is nothing to do with religion , the west what they have earned (weapon business) now they are paying… non of madarassa are promoting terrorism and non of their student care about the fund provider over Islam.

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    Australia today asserted that it would be fighting ISIS ‘for years to come’ in far away ME. How would one interpret that statement?.

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    The tragedy of it all is that the western nations are doing the work for Azad. Bensen

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    Everyone blames the US and Europe, but when it comes to humanitarian actions, they are always expected to take the lead.

    Long term effects always expected to take the lead,due to
    Bombs on Hiroshima & Nagasaki

    Cancer, especially leukemia and lymphoma
    –Small brain size
    –Mental retardation
    –Lower IQ
    –Delayed development
    –Blindness
    –Spinal Bifida
    –Cleft palate

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      @MOHAMED RAFEEKULLA
      I hate to even respond to you but what the hell are you talking about ?????

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    The real cause of the present refugee crisis faced by the European coutries is the de-stabilization caused by the Americans in countries like Iraq, Syria and Libya. EU nations were openly supportive of the Americans and now they are faced with an exodus of refugees from these Arab nations. What you sow so you reap.

    EU, the American’s sidekicks, deserve this punishment. But, Americans have no problem because these refugees cannot reach the American shores. They are lucky to escape the refugee problem.

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    In so far as the rich Saudi Arabia not lifting a finger to help other displaced Muslims, let alone other humans, Mano is absolutely right. The Rohingya Muslims of Myanmar are living in absolute hell ostracised by the Myanmar Bhuddists, but do they get any relief from any Muslim country? It is creditable that the poorer Middle-east nations have opened their doors to refugees. On the contrary, the Saudis think nothing of torturing the poor Muslim migrants who come there to work. The US, UK and the West do interfere in the Middle-east but it is with good intentions for humanitarian reasons that sometimes go wrong. E.g. Creation of Israel, installing the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, installing the Shah of Persia, propping up Saddam Hussein.

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      There are numerous examples of the unintended consequences as a result of the West’s interventions, that have traumatised the innocent inhabitants of those faraway lands. To help the Afghan rebels fighting the Soviets, USA furnished them with sophisticated weapons. These rebels evolved to become The Taliban and we are aware of what they did and still doing. To help the rebels fighting Assad of Syria, the West supplied sophisticated weapons to the rebels who soon became ISIS and began murdering the non-Muslims. In the early 70’s, purely in the belief of a theory, President Nixon and Dr. Kissinger (Nobel Peace Award winner) of USA blitzed the neutral Cambodia and helped to bring in Khmer Rhouge and Pol Pot who systematically decimated an innocent nation. I urge all to watch John Pilger’s documentary https://vimeo.com/17634265

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    It is sad that Colombo Telegraph should give a forum to this raving lunatic, Mano (Unbalanced) Ratwatte. The “facts”, as perceived by him, are hallucinations, and his conclusions are malicious, intended solely to cause distress to the Muslim Community of Sri Lanka.

    However, like the silver lining in the dark cloud, CT readers have responded immediately, brilliantly, and repulsed this ugly beast in no uncertain manner. That’s what make me a proud participant of the CT Forum. The freak should now go back to Oklahoma, and resume his ass service to the incestous Zio-Nazis and the Christian Far Right.

    BTW where are the Muslim Laptop Warriors, Fazl Muhammed and Loony Izeth Hussain when they are needed most?

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    Another Ratwatte has woken up to torture us.

    There are 4 million Syrian refugees in the Middle East and the Europeans and Americans are pissing in their pants about a 100,000 of them reaching their shores?

    Who do you think is feeding and housing them? I did not mention any Iraqi refugees…

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      Well, over the last few days, it’s mostly been Germany that has been doing the heavy lifting of refugees
      Today, Hungary is building fences between Hungary and Serbia to keep the refugees out. Greece/Macedonia is attempting to slow the flow
      Meanwhile the talking goes on and the major culprits (US, France, Canada) are extremely quiet about what they will do about refugees they helped create.
      Well, as long as it’s not in MY backyard..

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    the problem with the opinion section of CT every ignorant fool gets to write his thoughts and we have to put up with it….
    simpletons cannot understand the complexity of the issues in the middle east …. forget about this man.

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    Mano Ratwatte has conveniently left out 1958 riots against the Tamils.
    The rephenomenon hevictims of that riots particularly from the Western province were sent by ships to Trincomalee Port in the eastern province and Point Pedro and Kankesanthurai ports in the Northern province.
    Luckily for those refugees north and east were not under army and navy occupation.
    Civil administration was functioning fairly well. North East homeland gave refuge to the victims.

    Since independence successive governments came to power using Sinhala Budhist Supremacy.
    Even MR openly used it after 8th Jan defeat and carried out the come back campaign using Buddhist Vihares and Temples as bases for propaganda. MR is still alive and kicking. MR and his cronies and loyalists are locals.

    BBS atrocities in Aluthgama , which was covertly supported by higher ups in the government is not a Global phenomenan but a local one.

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    The auther conveniently forgets the millions killed by US/Europe in Iraq/afghanistan in 2001-2010 period. a genocide done with UN approval.
    do not white wash the responcibility these countries have killing innocent civilian on the pre-text of wmd- the big lie. now take all the refugees who were working as translators/soilders/ and in other jobs for the american/europe criminal enterprise. the refugees made a choice of supporting a invading army, now as the us/europe invading army is going back, take the traitors also. this is the reason refugees are turning to europe. this happened in India/Sri lanka also when uk left. read history before writing crap.

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      Islamic State is a bunch of terrorists whose ideals of total religious intolerance has manifested as atrocities of many facets and great magnitude, the latest being the decimation of the great historical city of Palmyra in Syria. Before they destroyed the city they beheaded Khaled Asaad, the 82-year-old scholar who worked for over 50 years as head of antiquities in Palmyra and hung his body in one of the columns. Having joined such a group and planning to kill on British soil deserved what he got.

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    Jehan, and others including those who appear to know me and insulted me. I am ok with all that. Oh I do not subscribe to those channels deemed zionist. I love Al Jazeera by the way!

    I do believe with over 1.2 billion people of Islamic faith across so many races that it is a religion of peace. The couple of million sadistic Arab people in ISIS do not represent Asians including Indonesians (world’s largest muslim nation and a vibrant democracy now).

    My point was on the acceptance of refugees and the flood now streaming west again. Colombo Telegraph is based in Britain is it not? Not in Sri Lanka? Why?

    The point of US complicity in the radicalization of Arabs is well known. if US did not destablize Iraq, the chances are that Al Qaeda and ISIS types would not have found a recruiting base using the large young uneducated unemployed populations the same way Hitler used angry Germans to spread Nazi doctrine.

    Below is a letter I wrote to Island in 2011 so when you accuse me of writing crap I RESPECT your view while disagreeing. I did not talk about the causes of the radicalization of Arab youth being held captive by the allure of Jihad, and spread of fascism. The causes of those are too long to talk about in a simple opinion column. I do believe in what Voltaire said “I do not agree with what you said, but I defend to my death your right to say it”. So here is the entire length of something I wrote below. Fact is Saddam started a war with Iran thinking Iran was weak and he was abetted by US too after 1979. But at least 2 million died there. 35,000 died in the initial invasion by Bush and his lap poodle Blair in their false war. I wrote, I spoke out against that then as I do now. This particular opinion was about Buddhist thugs and ISIS thugs but the danger of ISIS thugs who rape, murder, burn and destroy everything is global. I do not care about any an all organized religions including Buddhism. I hope you and others will please also read the following. Right now, ISIS, Taleban and AL Qaeda has gone on murderous rampage in the Middle East and Afghanistan and Pakistan and killed far more Muslims have they not? Why did Saddam go to war with Shia Persia? Why does ISIS kill everyone who does not accept their brand of Islam?

    And after Jan 8th Sri Lanka has the same freedoms to speak out as in UK or USA even spew opinions against their own governments. THat is the beauty of a NON-Theistic pluralistic democracy.

    US and UK invaded Iraq and destabilized a nation and that was wrong. Saddam invaded Kuwait also over a fight over oil. Saddam fought a debilitating war with Iran with tacit and even overt US support and it ended in a stalemate. Millions of Persians and Arabs died in that terrible conflict. Wish there was passion at that time asking them to stop killing each other over energy. US-UK war in Iraq was based on the gullible ignorant views of George W Bush and his born again evangelical binge. He was asked if he consulted his father about invading Iraq by Bob Woodward; Bush arrogantly replied “I consulted my higher father”. That shows his ideological zeal in invading Iraq. His own very smart father knew better. He stopped at the border of Kuwait because he knew what a complex mixture of ethnic groups and tribal loyalties were inside Iraq. He also only had a mandate to evict Saddam’s army from Kuwait and he was backed by all Arab nations who provided military support for that conflict.
    At that time, tens of thousands across European democracies and US also marched against an invasion but the vast majority of Americans were mesmerized and brainwashed into thinking Iraq was behind 9.11 attacks. This writer spoke out back then alas to no use being one of a minority not only by ethnicity but by point of view. People who spoke out against that invasion referred to Tony Blair as “Bush’s lap poodle” and they were fairly accurate in that description. The Chilcott report is still suppressed. Those are facts everyone knows
    The frightening nature of the expansion of ISIS is that it is not different in ideology than Nazis who were guided by their evil notion they were racially superior; not only to people of other skin color but they also considered Russian/Slavic people to be lesser than them. What did that cause? The greatest most destructive human calamity of all times. That started in so called Civilized Christian nation of Germany. In the East the Japanese Empire behaved the same way causing massive destruction in the Far East. This writer is not gullible to think all things bad come from one part of the world.
    Western media indeed ignored the refugee and internally displaced crisis caused by the invasion of Iraq and the subsequent instability. Jordan and Syria were two poorer nations that had to bear the brunt of refugees from that conflict. Jordan is now standing up against ISIS because it has suffered a second round of refugees and more polarizing and radicalizing of youth. Syria was a dictatorship that fell victim the allure of the Arab Spring and became unstable aided and abetted by the US. Was stability without democracy better than instability and chaos? In hindsight it seems so.

    This writer will like to end this by quoting an opinion column he wrote back in 2011 to an newspaper so that people who took umbrage and looked at the view about refugees fleeing to Europe as an attack on a certain people. It was not.
    Here is the excerpt
    Well hidden top secret documents about the Iraqi war were discovered very recently by chance. Those clearly show how the government of the United States covered up war crimes committed by its soldiers and marines. MSNBC said: “The documents — many marked secret — form part of the military’s internal investigation, and confirm much of what happened at Haditha, a Euphrates River town where Marines killed 24 Iraqis, including a 76-year-old man in a wheelchair, women and children, some just toddlers. But the accounts are just as striking for what they reveal about the extraordinary strains on the soldiers who were assigned here, their frustrations and their frequently painful encounters with a population they did not understand. In their own words, the report documents the dehumanizing nature of this war, where Marines came to view 20 dead civilians as not “remarkable,” but as routine.”

    Any young man sent into harm’s way returns (if he is lucky ) totally changed, and mentally shattered because of the things they had to do and had to witness in war. This is the cruelty of war since man invented wars to dominate other men through violent means. It destroys the human psyche. It makes people immune to mass violence.

    Average Americans(who refuse to even discuss excesses of war in Iraq, or to this date even refuse to accept the horrendous crimes in Vietnam; Mylai massacre was just one incident that was exposed in a series of excesses and covered up for nearly 2 years until Seymour Hersh had the temerity to expose it. They don’t want to discuss or hold accountable its brave soldiers because they feel it is their patriotic duty to stand by their soldiers sent into battle by political leaders with no clue about what they want to accomplish.

    I will like to appeal to the US State Department employees such as my fellow Americans, Mr. Robert O Blake and Ms. Patricia Butenis to stop wagging their righteous fingers about horrendous crimes of this nature in all wars. When the enemy is not in uniform and when the enemy lurks within the civilian population excesses can happen anywhere.

    These two officials of the US government had to defend even the illegal invasion of Iraq on behalf of the Bush regime and defend every excess, “collateral damage” and every deliberate crime(such as the rape and murder of 15 year old girl and her family in Haditha as well.)

    Civilian casualties in Iraq have hardly been mentioned in the US media. They were definitely never mentioned during the invasion and the massive “precision” bombing campaigns either. Both liberal and conservative media in the US just toed the party line of the Bush regime and stuck to the talking points. They never asked the questions “are civilians dying at the hands of our bombs and our soldiers?”.

    We Americans end up being the laughing stock when we don’t practice what we preach. Every Army has bad apples. We don’t want to judge everyone by the sins of the few now do we? Sometimes I feel these well meaning diplomats are in total denial about the effects of war. My few chats with young men who had to serve in Iraq including a marine who served in Falluja seem to support that theory about duplicitous behaviour by the US governments officials in the State Department in comparison to those who serve the DOD and Pentagon. A vast majority of Americans, including those of us who opposed the invasion of Iraq and were labeled un-American and unpatriotic by the media and the Bush regime, will never support international war crimes trials for its soldiers who committed war crimes. It is just not American to hang out soldiers to international scorn. The responsibility for sending young Americans to Iraq lies with the politicians who made the decision based on lies, half-truths and fabricated evidence and fear mongering. Don’t blame the soldiers.

    The US Ambassador’s and Mr. Blake’s boss the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is one of the best recent Secretaries of states the US has had, was a strong supporter of the invasion of Iraq while she was in the Senate(oddly at one time in her career she was also a staunch opponent of the Vietnam war). Does she support war crimes tribunals in Geneva for American politicians and soldiers? She too supported the lies that got us Americans into a 3.7 Trillion dollar war. She also claimed Saddam supported Al-Qaeda, when there was no evidence.

    “Every nation has to either be with us, or against us. Those who harbour terrorists, or who finance them, are going to pay a price.” –Senator Hillary Clinton Sept 13-2001
    -End Excerpt

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      Mano,
      Your last quote from the sad old biddy Hillary Clinton has been superseded by a more recent one where she distinguished between “good terrorists” and ” bad” ones. The “good ones” are obviously all selected, funded, trained in their evil ways, armed to the very teeth and then let loose on the world to carry out the wishes and the bidding of the US. Today, they are the vast majority operating all over the world. The “bad ones”, fighting for their own survival and freedom from serfdom are in the minority.

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    Response to “A Global Crisis Comes To Sri Lanka” By Mano Ratwatte in the Colombo Telegraph.

    Whether any of us like it or not we are all presently part and parcel of the lead American and/or western 15th BY ONE COUNT OR 22ND by another set of criteria count civilization. This is preferable and the lesser evil from a human rights, freedoms and liberties perspective compared to the Russian, Chinese and North Korean east.

    Unless there is going to be some natural and/or man-made calamity that that will alter and/or change this currently classified anthropocene age to give way to another more humane or even less humane age things are relatively better this way for all living kind until earth’s sun or the other visible stars cease to shine or some other heavenly body engulfs us all or blows apart into dust for ever ongoing recycling processes of a centre and focusless and borderless omni-multi-universes.

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    Mano

    Sorry, does not wash.

    The half truths, distortions, and outright lies maliciously put into your Article are intended to malign the Muslims. That’s your crime.

    It is a pity that stinking puke should be offered a place in Colombo Telegraph.

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    Freedom of speech sucks dude, especially when one does not like the speech! That’s the whole idea, I am told.

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    Let’s hope at least now the western countries realize , that sooner or later that you will reap what you sow, every action will have an equal and opposite reaction!!

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    John Hulugalle
    Don’t post a single sentence comment and expose your naked ignorance. Idiot, please quote anywhere in Holy Quran or Prophet’s teachings that Islam. Don’t blame the religion for violence unleashed by West misguided so called Muslims be them Sunnis, Wahabbis or Shites. Islam means peace and showed the world a civilization based on humanity when the bloody west was in a stone age. Why not Buddhism teach a bit of civilization to the bunch of rowdy BBS activists?

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