24 September, 2018

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A – Izeth Of Hussein’s Haram Politics

By H. L. D. Mahindapala

Mahindapala

H. L. D. Mahindapala

One should be rather wary of taking on Mr. Izeth Hussein because he claims to be one the five great diplomats of the world. With such self-proclaimed credentials – he has yet to name the other four greats which will indicate the true measure of his greatness! – one expects his justification for Siri-Wicky regime’s co-sponsorship of the latest UNHRC Resolution, (see Colombo Telegraph – 10/10), to be a solid counterweight to silence the rising opposition to it. But all what he has done is to add the concept of “sovereignty” to his list of harams. Earlier he said haram to President Mahinda Rajapaksa kissing the tarmac when he alighted from his plane at Katunayake airport, celebrating the victory over the Tamil Tiger terrorists. He said kissing the tarmac (an imported product) was haram. Instead he wanted Rajapaksa do what the Caliph who conquered Constantinople did : bathe in sand.

His phobia/hatred of the majority makes every aspect of the Sinhala-Buddhist culture haram to him. Demonizing the Sinhala-Buddhists/majority constitute the A – Izeth of his politics. But his hollow haramic Imamifications (a la pontifications) do not elevate him to even the level of successful Muslim vendor – and there are great many of them who served the Sinhala villages with care and friendliness – let alone the quarter-baked diplo-mutts who write jejune background papers to guide the leaders of the nation in international fora. His latest piece justifying Siri-Wicky regime’s co-sponsorship of the American-instigated UNHRC resolution is no better than one of those sophomoronic papers that comes out of the External Affairs Ministry these days – papers that make the Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, moan about the quality of the background papers prepared by the External Affairs ministry.

Take, for instance, Mr. Hussein’s argument which states that sovereignty is a moribund concept and the steady erosion of state sovereignty in recent decades makes interference in the internal affairs of states as the reigning norm. He says: “The golden principle theoretically guiding international relations was that there should not be any interference in the internal affairs of states. But the notion of sovereignty underwent a sea-change in the course of the centuries, and there has been a steady erosion of state sovereignty in recent decades.” Therefore, he says Sri Lankans should accept the UNHRC Resolution initiated by America and its allies on their bended knees because (1) sovereignty is no longer valid and (2) surrendering sovereignty, or what is left of it, is good for the people.

In other words, he says : “Goodbye sovereignty and independence. Hello and welcome interfering, neo-colonial Big Brothers who would not hesitate to kick Mr. Hussein’s bunkum theoretical harams to thy kingdom come, if UNHRC dares to apply similar resolutions to them.” Mr. Hussein obviously cannot distinguished between the neo-colonialism of Big Brothers muscling in to impose their will on small powers and the transnational commercial crossings of trade in the global market without borders. He is confusing the globalization of market forces breaking down the old word with the political neo-colonialism invading the Westphalian nation-states which are here to stay in the foreseeable future, even when the regional unions (example : EU) incorporate nation-states into one mega-market. France and Germany, for instance, still remain as sovereign states without surrendering their sovereignty to their Big Brother, USA. In another successful response, UK is resisting with all its might to retain its sovereignty despite the gravitational pull of the EU market.

The meshing of market forces is qualitatively and quantitatively different from the crossing of political forces. Marginal accommodation of the market forces crossing across foreign borders does not constitute a loss of sovereignty as long as it is mutually beneficial which is normally the case in the market place. Market forces have crossed borders from time immemorial to share resources, exchange know-how and talent and equalises the competing factors to a level play ground. This is not the same as political forces moving in to occupy territory and impose its will. Loss of sovereignty occurs when one nation loses its territory, independence and power to another. When there is equality to compete in the global market there is a balancing of forces. When the market forces open up opportunities for all to grow – and that is what has been happening in the expansion of the global market since the caravans traversed the Silk Route, or sailed into Hambantota – the exchange of goods, services and cultures have contributed to the concept of the one world which is vastly different from the domination of an alien group who impose its political will on indigenous communities. Competition in an open market levels the playing field. When every one gives and takes willingly for the benefit of all there is no loss of sovereignty. Loss of sovereignty is when powers / resources are taken against the will of all for the benefit of the aliens abroad.

Besides, nothing has changed in international law to change the fundamental rights of sovereign states. There are still 193 sovereign flags flying at the UN declaring that they are alive and kicking, despite haramic Imamifications of Bunkum Singhos like Mr. Hussein. To justify his case, can this one-in-five-great diplomat give an example of where US, UK, India, to take only three examples, have followed his hysterical harams and surrendered their sovereignty to external forces? Can he cite one example of a Big Power which has surrendered its sovereignty to another in areas that cut into curb/override the powers of their judiciaries, legislatures and executives? Which foreign judges were invited by US to try his fellow-Muslims held in Guantanamo Bay without a trial or charges levelled against them? When the ICJ gave judgment against Ronald Reagan’s covert war in Nicaragua US refused to comply. Is that proof of sovereignty eroding as claimed in the fanciful theories of Mr. Hussein? If, as he says, overwhelming external forces have eroded the sovereignty of nation states why has UN failed to force its will on India to accept UN resolutions on Kashmir – a haunting left over of Gandhi-Nehruvian politics that has been plaguing regional peace since 1948, making it one of the longest running issues of the UN, as old as post-independent India itself?

Besides, Mr. Hussein’s own fellow-Muslims are being massacred on a mass scale in Kashmir. If, as he says, human rights resolutions are good for the people and bad only for governments why doesn’t he tell the Kashmiris that the best thing that has happened to them, since Islam came to India, has been the calculated act of India kicking the UN resolutions on Kashmir into graves of innocent Kashmiri civilians? Will he tell the Kashmiris that they must surrender to the will of Big Power politics because UN resolutions are good for the Kashmiris who are thrown into mass graves by India’s eroded sovereignty?

A.C. S. Hameed, the then Foreign Minister, assessed Hussein correctly and put him in his place. One has only to read Mr. Hussein’s justification for co-sponsoring the UNHRC Resolution accusing Sri Lanka to understand why Hameed locked him up in a backroom and threw the keys away. Which sensible minister for instance, would want a paper which states : “A Resolution on human rights is critical of the Government, not of the people, for violating the rights of the people. It is absurd therefore to think of a Resolution that is critical of the Government over human rights as anti-Sri Lankan. It should appropriately be regarded as pro-Sri Lankan. The confusion has arisen because of simplistic notions about sovereignty.”

According to Mr. Hussein it doesn’t matter whether there are “a hundred and one infirmities” in the UNHRC report. His thinking is that those infirmities too are good for the people of Sri Lanka because he says so. In the same breath he admits that the UNHRC is “notorious for its double standards” and also “for giving priority to interests over human rights.” If so how can this UNHRC be “in earnest, or at least partly in earnest, about the promotion of human rights, and that is something of real benefit to the oppressed of the earth”? He has chosen not to mention the corrupt history of this body. It is the only branch of the UN which was dismantled because of its failure to uphold the founding principles. The Secretary General of the UN Kofi Annan, wrote a damning report condemning the UN Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR),the predecessor of UNHRC. He condemned it selectivity and politicization. To correct the flaws the Commission was dissolved in 2006 and the present Council was set up. Its mandate is derived from General Assembly Resolution 60/251. One of its main failures of UNCHR was the lack of even handedness and disproportionate scrutiny of certain states. Scholars and critics attributed the demise of the UNCHR for its failure to fulfil its mandate.

The task of UNHRC was not to commit the mistakes of its predecessor, UNCHR. But it is going down the identical path of its predecessor determined by partisan Big Power politics. The undue proportion of scrutiny of Sri Lanka, driven by US, has bedevilled Sri Lanka’s international relations too. It was on display from the the word go. The war ended on May 19, 2009. On May 26, Ms. Navi Pillay came on UNHRC screen, because she was not able to be present in person, and accused Sri Lanka of war crimes and crimes against humanity without a substantial UN report to back her case. Within seven days of the war ending no one could have had a credible assessment of the ground situation. At the UN itself officials from Ban ki Moon’s office admitted that they had no means of counting the victims / the dead. The only report they had was from Gordon Weiss, the UN representative in Colombo. He assessed that the number of dead to be around 7,000. Subsequently, the only count conducted by the Government of Sri Lanka, based on the UN stipulated census rules, arrived at a figure close to 7,000. In round figures it came near to 10,000. But after Weiss went to Australia to write his book he jacked the figure to 40,000. When he was questioned at a meeting in Melbourne he too admitted that there was no counting the dead and brought down the figure to 10,000.

In the first report of Navi Pillay she had no solid basis to accuse Sri Lanka. The latest report of Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, according to Hussein, is no better. It is riddled with “a hundred and one infirmities” which can mean factual and statistical inaccuracies, falsifications, untested statements and biases that do not correspond to the ground realities. If the base Report is faulty then how can the Resolution, which is based on the faulty Report, be valid for the signatories, including Sri Lanka, to take action? What are the chances of this Report based “on a hundred and one infirmities” launching justice? Is this the Report on which the Sri Lankans are to be judged and punished? Can the 100+1 infirmities in the al-Hussein’s Report and Resolution lead to the truth?

Besides, why is there this “disproportionate scrutiny” of Sri Lanka? Why did the Resolution 2015 mention the Resolutions of 2012, 2013 and 2014 but not the Resolution of 2009 which commended Sri Lanka? In the last days of the war the Western powers, driven by the electoral clout of the Tamil diaspora, were moving heaven and earth at the UN trying to stop the war – something that their generals would never dare to do if they too were on a winning streak. Besides, ending the needless violence was yearning of the war-weary people. Irrespective of the consequences to the people, NGO wallahs like “Paki Saravanamuttu too were jumping from Western capital to capital urging international intervention to save Prabhakaran.

But they failed in their desperate moves to sway the Security Council or the UN to intervene. The anti-Sri Lankan forces couldn’t push it beyond the basement level of the UN. It was then that the failed West shifted their battleground to UNHRC in Geneva abandoning New York. Here too they failed in 2009, defeated by the counter-attack led by Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka. It was the subsequent intervention of the American that reversed the first UNHRC Resolution. Whose interests did it serve? One of the arguments for moving a country-specific resolution against Sri Lanka was to warn/prevent states from violating human rights in the last stages of a war. If that is real reason then why has Zeid al-Hussein not produced a report to the UNHRC when there is solid evidence of America bombing the Kunduz hospital in Afghanistan? Al-Hussein in Geneva undermines the human rights of his fellow-Muslims in Yemen. Our local Hussein in Colombo defends his namesake in Geneva saying that UNHRC is acting “in earnest, or at least partly in earnest, about the promotion of human rights, and that is something of real benefit to the oppressed of the earth”? He can tell that to Yemenis, Kashmiris and the marines also.

The double standards of both Husseins stink to high heaven. If the local Hussein thinks that UNHRC resolutions are ‘’good for the people” what makes him reject the UNHRC Resolution of 2009 and accept with both hands the American sponsored Resolution of 2015? Does the goodness depend on who sponsors it? Or should the goodness be judged by the goodness of its contents and consequences? Also when the contents of two Resolutions passed by the same Council differ how does Hussein judge which resolution is good for the people? Is it the rehashed anti-Sri Lankan Resolution which the external forces have been pushing to impose their will through their willing partners in Sri Lanka? Or will he choose the Resolution which won the applause of friends and allies abroad and the people at home?

Even with his level of knowledge of foreign affairs he should know that the global mess in post-World War II is proportionately related to American interventions, all done with good intentions, of course. The ISIS is the latest product of American interventions in the Middle-East. Joby Warrick shows in his book Black Flags : the rise of Isis how the fanaticism of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a terrorist who masterminded the Islamist movement, emerged from the strategic mistakes of Presidents Bush and Obama. He led the ISIS movement which grabbed huge swaths of Syria and Iraq and now America is stuck in the sands of Middle-East at a time when the American strategists are aiming to scale down their involvement.

Right now Sri Lanka too is poised on “the good intentions” of America – and, of course, that of the two Husseins too. This is ominous because close involvements with America lead to either ISISian black flags or Taliban terror wherever they operate. At the same time, it must not be forgotten that America’s contribution to global peace has been as great as that of contribution of Henry Kissinger, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for ending the Vietnam War.

Question : If Kissinger is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize ending the Vietnam War by dropping more bombs than in World War II why are the Sri Lankans awarded, with the good will of both Husseins, a commission of inquiry for ending of the longest war in Asia which not only saved 300,000 Tamils held in Prabhakaran’s gulag but also restored democracy by ending the fascist dictatorship of the most obscene and cruellest Tamil dictator? According to him saving the Tamils from the fascist dictator who had killed more Tamils than all the other combatants put together is treating them “like dirt”.

PS : Isn’t it time for him to come down from the trees and get a sound grip of the ground realities, eh Mr. Hussein? By the way, please don’t forget to mention the other four great diplomats in your reply. Thanks.
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In a thrilling dramatic narrative, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Joby Warrick traces how the strain of militant Islam behind ISIS first arose in a remote Jordanian prison and spread with the unwitting aid of two American presidents.

When the government of Jordan granted amnesty to a group of political prisoners in 1999, it little realized that among them was Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a terrorist mastermind and soon the architect of an Islamist movement bent on dominating the Middle East. In Black Flags, an unprecedented character-driven account of the rise of ISIS, Joby Warrick shows how the zeal of this one man and the strategic mistakes of Presidents Bush and Obama led to the banner of ISIS being raised over huge swaths of Syria and Iraq.

Zarqawi began by directing terror attacks from a base in northern Iraq, but it was the American invasion in 2003 that catapulted him to the head of a vast insurgency. By falsely identifying him as the link between Saddam and bin Laden, U.S. officials inadvertently spurred like-minded radicals to rally to his cause. Their wave of brutal beheadings and suicide bombings persisted until American and Jordanian intelligence discovered clues that led to a lethal airstrike on Zarqawi’s hideout in 2006.

His movement, however, endured. First calling themselves al-Qaeda in Iraq, then Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, his followers sought refuge in unstable, ungoverned pockets on the Iraq-Syria border. When the Syrian civil war broke out in 2011, and as the U.S. largely stood by, ISIS seized its chance to pursue Zarqawi’s dream of an ultra-conservative Islamic caliphate.

Drawing on unique high-level access to CIA and Jordanian sources, Warrick weaves gripping, moment-by-moment operational details with the perspectives of diplomats and spies, generals and heads of state, many of whom foresaw a menace worse than al Qaeda and tried desperately to stop it. Black Flags is a brilliant and definitive history that reveals the long arc of today’s most dangerous extremist threat

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    [Edited out]

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      Dear Izeth Hussain,
      Here is a golden opportunity to write about Sinhala lunatic fringe anti-Muslim racism. Will you have the guts to do it. Also please write about Muslim lunatic fringe anti-Tamil racism which is preventing Hindus to conduct pooja in Hindu Temple in Barber Street Kotahena, especially when you were vociferous in attack on mosques by BBS.

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        Mahindapala,

        You know, Australia got good winds these days !!

        What about flying a kite ? rather than writing crap

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          He flew and fell down . That is the problem.

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    Who will win? I mean any bets? In a democracy the people win, at least the majority .

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      Vanguard

      “In a democracy the people win, at least the majority .”

      You mean the Sinhala/Buddhists?

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        Deport Para Non-Native Pretentious-Vadda also known as Para Al-AmarasiriDeen back to Arab!!!!!!!!!!!!

        Troll, you don’t belong in SL!!!!!!!!!!!

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          David

          “Troll, you don’t belong in SL!!!!!!!!!!!”

          Of course you are right I don’t belong in SL, I belong in this island, which I am proud to claim as my ancestral land.

          Where did your Kallathonie ancestors come from, erivira pattinam in Thamil Nadu, Coromandel Coast, Bankura in Bengal, Palakkadu in Kerala?

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    Mr. Mahindapala

    [Edited out]
    Being a Sinhalese i am now certain something really nasty had happened and the proper reconciliation would happen only when the whole of Sri Lanka figures out the truth.

    We fought a war without any witnesses as your good buddies who fed you chased away the UN , ICRC ,journalist and many more. ( Atleast we are seeing whats happening in Syria,Ukrain and other places thanks journalist who are in there).
    In Sri lanka they were all kicked out . You claim to be a journalist writing crap to get your bread and please let us know whether your warped mind did not suspect anything. Even you would not have been allowed in ( Gota would have reasoned it by saying because of your age and good looks ).

    [edited out]

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      H. L. D. Mahindapala

      RE: A – Izeth Of Hussein’s Haram Politics

      “One should be rather wary of taking on Mr. Izeth Hussein because he claims to be one the five great diplomats of the world. ”

      Very good to know that.

      : “A Resolution on human rights is critical of the Government, not of the people, for violating the rights of the people. It is absurd therefore to think of a Resolution that is critical of the Government over human rights as anti-Sri Lankan. It should appropriately be regarded as pro-Sri Lankan. The confusion has arisen because of simplistic notions about sovereignty.”

      How dod the Paras on the Land of Native Veddah Aethho come to this stage deom 1948? Brcause Para-Sinhala Para-Buddhists claimed that the Land pf Native Veddah Aethho belonged only to them.

      Time to send all, Paras back to where they came from. South India, East India, and West India.Or else, UN an Fix the Para Problems.

      The DNA in their Para bodies is proof.

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        Deport Para Non-Native Pretentious-Vadda also known as Para Al-AmarasiriDeen back to Arab!!!!!!!!!!!!

        Troll, you don’t belong in SL!!!!!!!!!!!

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          David

          Everybody, except Native Veddah Aethho are Paradehis, Paras, based on mt-DNA data.

          Given below is support for the hypothesis and hypocrisy of the Paras from India, Arabia, Africa, Europe ans elsewhere.

          Mitochondrial DNA history of Sri Lankan ethnic people: their relations within the island and with the Indian subcontinental populations.

          Journal of Human Genetics (2014) 59, 28–36; doi:10.1038/jhg.2013.112; published online 7 November 2013

          Lanka Ranaweera1,3, Supannee Kaewsutthi1,3, Aung Win Tun1, Hathaichanoke Boonyarit1, Samerchai Poolsuwan2 and Patcharee Lertrit

          http://www.nature.com/jhg/journal/v59/n1/full/jhg2013112a.html

          Through a comparison with the mtDNA HVS-1 and part of HVS-2 of Indian database, both Tamils and Sinhalese clusters were affiliated with Indian subcontinent populations than Vedda people who are believed to be the native population of the island of Sri Lanka.

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          David

          “Troll, you don’t belong in SL!!!!!!!!!!!”

          Of course you are right I don’t belong in SL, I belong in this island, which I am proud to claim as my ancestral land.

          Where did your Kallathonie ancestors come from, erivira pattinam in Thamil Nadu, Coromandel Coast, Bankura in Bengal, Palakkadu in Kerala?

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          David

          “Troll, you don’t belong in SL!!!!!!!!!!!”

          Trolla**, if you are Para, you don’t belong in the Land of Native Veddah Aethho. Absolutely. Get back to Trolla land.

          None of the Para belong in the Land of Native Veddah Aethho, notwithstanding the lies and imaginations in the Chronicles.

          All Paras should get back to where they came from, and leave the Land of Native Veddah Aethho alone. The Paras are all trouble.

          The Vedda Tribe

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f89NuukY32U

          Tamil-speaking Veddas of Vaharai await war recovery support

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HeFCuZwexRw

          **Trolla is a village in the municipality of Trondheim in Sør-Trøndelag county, Norway. It is located along the Trondheimsfjord on the north coast of the Bymarka area, about 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) northeast of Langørjan and about 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) northwest of Ila. The 0.22-square-kilometre (54-acre) village has a population (2013) of 521. The population density of the village is 2,368 inhabitants per square kilometre (6,130/sq mi).[1]

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      About time M Pala applies for a job as Santa in one of the shops in Australia, at Christmas.

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    This writer as always smacks of racism and in this particular case makes personal attacks on Izeth relating to the religion he belongs. There is in fact no exact count on the deaths of Tamils immediately after the war against the Tamils. It would however be recalled that Bank ki Moon along with Vijay Nambiar did a quick “aerial survey” of the carnage while the Rajapaksas were waiting in Kandy to take them both for dinner. Moon soon after at a CNN interview referred to the scene as “appalling”. Bensen

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    Still Barking for nothing

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      Nope. Just for some food. Cant somebody give him some.?

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    A cheap idiotic personal harasser as usual, unethical Australankan!

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      [A cheap idiotic personal harasser as usual, unethical Australankan!]

      [Edited out]

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    A meaningless mumbo-jumbo from a hateful and small brain.

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    Our friend Izeth H who was conning his way around only Tamil critics – in his comical literary discovery fringistas – berate him now finds one more – HLDM, from the higher ranks of the journalistic crowd – from the majority community lined up to prove him, once more, to be hollow and economic with the truth. IH, who thinks no end of himself as a Writer and philosopher/thinker gets beans from this former Editor.

    The certificates are hardly flattering but, nonetheless, on the dot – viz:- “quarter-baked diplo-mutt” “bunkum singho” no less. What HLDM, who clearly follows events at the Foreign Ministry carefully in his capacity as a well-informed senior journalist tells us “his (IH’s)Minister put him (IH) in his place…. locked up in a backroom (in the Foreign Ministry)” But what can be shattering to IH is HLDM’s conclusion “even with his level of foreign-affairs” And this is a Writer whom a declining English daily finds worthy to be entrusted with a Weekly Column. We are told he was made Ambassador to the country as well??? So much for a man who boasts he has one fan in
    Brazil and two among Lankan Tamils. For most of us in these columns
    the man is no more than an angry, intolerant rambling Writer of little consequence – long in vitriol and short in substance and courtesy.
    He will be long remembered for making a short narrative oh! so boringly long spiced with much racial and personal venom.

    Backlash

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    On the matter of Dr. Kissinger winning the Nobel Peace Award, I would urge everyone to watch John Pilger’s excellent documentary on the annihilation of innocent and neutral Cambodia purely on the say so of him and Mr. Nixon, as a strategy to control Vietnam. Incidentally, Mahatma Gandhi, the true lover of peace, was never even shortlisted for the Nobel Peace Award.

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      Sylvia Haik

      I don’t understand even a bit of what all of you discuss in this forum.

      Could you clarify what exactly does HLD M wants for MR and Gota? Does he want the Norwegians to honour MR/Gota with Nobel Peace prize for their services to peace and himself with a Nobel prize for his service to English literature.

      Why should not the little islanders consider nominating all three for next year’s Nobel prizes?

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      Dr. Kissinger ; that Sexual pervert ?

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        Jim softy

        “Dr. Kissinger ; that Sexual pervert ?”

        Does HLD M reminds you of one?

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    At least Izeth is old and wants to be self important. But unlike the other racist people with Muslim sounding names who write often here have been deaf dumb and mute about ISIS jihadi savagery. They tend to blame CIA and everyone else but refuse to even acknowledge that whatever caused ISIS to develop, the peolple engaging in those practices are Sunni Wahabi Arabs and that NOT ONE of those including Brother Latheef or brother Hilmy has condemned them. Izeth Uncle at least has condemned radical islamist extremists.

    We still await Brother Hilmy and Brother Latheef and that young fellow who had a problem with the way colombo’s sinhala and tamil girls wear clothes, to come out and unequivocally condemn the following sort of Arab savage behavior.

    SEE REPORT

    ISIS militants forced pregnant women they had sold into slavery to have abortions, according to three young Yazidis who escaped from the Islamic militants’ brutal clutches.

    After abducting hundreds of young women and girls from their homes in Iraq’s Sinjar province last August, ISIS fighters rounded the captives up in “slave markets” where they were picked out to be used for sex.

    The terror group was so intent on using rape as a weapon of war that they brought in their own doctors — gynaecologists — to determine which of the women they had captured were virgins.

    Bushra, 21, says she witnessed two doctors invasively examine girls to find out if they were already pregnant. Those found to be expecting were forced to abort their babies.

    “One of my friends was pregnant,” Bushra recalls. “Her child was about three months in the womb. They took her into another room. There were two doctors and they did the abortion.

    “Afterwards, they brought her back. I asked her what happened and how they did it. She said the doctors told her not to speak.”

    Bushra says the abortion left her friend bleeding heavily, and in so much pain that “she could not talk or walk.”

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      Thassim

      “that whatever caused ISIS to develop, the peolple engaging in those practices are Sunni Wahabi Arabs and that NOT ONE of those including Brother Latheef or brother Hilmy has condemned them. Izeth Uncle at least has condemned radical islamist extremists.”

      Well Said.

      Only a Few Muslims are willing to condemn, the Iblis, Satan, Devil Following Wahhabis?

      It is like the Germans not condemning the Nazis. What Happened?

      The Same will happen to Muslims if they do not condemn the Satan Following Wahhabis.

      al-azhar cleric about wahabis/salafis

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAvWmZfGjTU

      Egypt Salafist University: It’s OK to kill unbelievers and eat them!

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmsrBtRx1Pk

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    Izeth Hussain’s [Edited out]

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    This idiotic writer, better known as [Edited out] to Ranasinghe Premadasa to Mahinda Rajapaksa is the biggest racist and he certainly is Haram. How can he castigate Izathe Hussain, who is such a mature and composed writer in this fashion when this Mahindapala knows only flowery bullshit for despots and dictators.

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    Everytime I see this writers mugshot on colombo Telegraph, I am reminded of the cruel Mahinda plastered everywhere in the city. My hatred for Mahinda Pala is the same as Mahinda R

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    If ‘A – Izeth Of Hussein’s(is) Haram Politics’, H. L. D. Mahindapala’s must be garam masala.

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    No point wasting time.With my experience with Muslims all I can say is they are trained to think only inside a particular box..They are afraid of thinking anything beyond that sacred box.That is being Muslim and little can be done to change that.It is difficult to expect free thinking from them because they are taught and trained to remember the greatness of a particular faith six times a day.If you and me do the same six times a day that will be our only life guidance and nothing else.They are mostly decent people who are peace loving and we should not mix them with minority extremists.However, their shear strict restriction to this God given box imakes it difficult for them to rise as free thinking human beings.Whatever they say ultimately everything boils down to one thing and buk stops at one particular point.
    Unless they change with the changing world , I don’t see them surviving the next two three hundred years in a free thinking world.Future will be for free minded exploratory individuals in an open high tech world and not for passive blind believers.

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      Unfortunately you will dead long before your 200 year mark. You will be unable to gape at the figure of 4 billion Muslims worldwide and wonder why you were so stupid.

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    Roll up folks! This sounds like fun. Two has-beens lifting their sarongs and swinging handbags. HLD wearing a beret, Izeth Hussain in a white kufi.
    Stand back and watch the feathers fly!

    Sunneth!

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      Hot news!

      Gandasara Himi – for it is he – has agreed to wear a nice dark saffron off-the-shoulder number and adjudicate.

      Are we lucky, or what?

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    There is nothing wrong with Islam and Muslims in relevance to their thinking and behaving as normal people like all the rest in the world. Praying five times a day (not six as you say) is compulsory for all Muslims, and for those practicing it, is very much an Article of Faith, which then makes it the main difference between all practicing Muslims and the rest who disregard this as ancient practice and not in keeping with modern times, all put together.

    There are nearly 2.6 billion Muslims (and fast growing) in the world today, of which estimates forecast nearly 60% to be practicing Muslims. Surveys also forecast these numbers to double by 2030, which would mean that the religion of Islam and Muslims (its followers) will become the majority religion in the world by that time. Surely there must be something that is being done right to achieve such phenomenal growth, and a good enough reason to achieve this level of success. Your meek attempt to portray Muslims in a less virtuous light only shows your lack of understanding on what Islam truly is, as is usually the case when anyone like yourself makes their case based on their general perceptions of how so called ‘Muslims’ portray themselves and behave contrary to Islamic teachings. I would further go on to state that the biased Western and Jewish controlled media are usually first offenders in that aspect.

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      “Surely there must be something that is being done right to achieve such phenomenal growth, and a good enough reason to achieve this level of success.” This is only because of the violently intimidatory nature of what goes as a religion of recent origin. Like many hitherto secret societies once in, death is the only way out in this “religion” There is no choice or freedom of intellectual thought or debate.

      This “religion” was founded entirely on the basics of Judaism and Christianity (the Book, the Mountain, Prophets, Fasting, not eating pork etc) It was founded by a warrior-broker trying to unite the tribes around him to make him the leader – and, therefore, the virtual owner of resources in the societies-countries concerned. It is the only “religion” where the global religious head – the Caliph – was brutally beheaded while offering prayers in their place of worship. This was the fate of more than one Caliph killed so savagely. How different is it in the Catholic and Protestant churches where leadership transition is peaceful and serene.

      Islam broke into two only on the issue of succession. The Shiites broke away under the leadership of Ali – the cousin and close friend and legitimate successor of Mohamed. Even Islamic thinkers have predicted Islam, in its present intolerant ways, will disintegrate within the next hundred years as underground free thought is fastly catching up in the more advanced Islamic societies in Turkey and Egypt, in particular, where modern theologians are subjecting the many glaring weaknesses and contradictions of Islam to scrutiny in line with the modern world.

      Remember Salman Rushdie and Taslima Nasrin (Bangladesh)? Once-plural Maldives is now an Islamic prison – a change that took place only half a century ago. It was force and intimidation that converted once majority Hindu Indonesia and Malaysia. Europe faces the same evil and, therefore, they fight back responding to the many provocations from Islamists. So does Burma/Myanmar. The world has begun to take note of the danger within and around them. It is understood Japan is openly against Islam and discourages mosques there.

      Ben O.T. Doubt

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    Mahindapala attacks Mr. I. Hussein article and then states that “Even with his level of knowledge of foreign affairs he should know that the global mess in post-World War II is proportionately related to American interventions”

    Mr. Mahindapala, I agree that the world is in a mess. I think your thinking is also fallible and is in a mess. Are you aware of US military involvement and intervention that I highlight bygiving a few examples down below?
    1. Wasn’t it the USA that brought stability to Philippines and forced a dictatorial Marcos to step down and then, facilitated a peaceful transition of power over to Aquino ?
    2. Wasn’t it the US intervention that kicked Sad’dam out of Kuwaut?
    3. Wasn’t it the US intervention that stopped genocide of the Kurds, Yazidhi’s, nomads and other minorities in Northern Iraq from Saddam’s bio-chemical onslaught? Also, influenced Turkey to back down in prosecuting the Kurds in Turkey?
    4. Wasn’t it the US intervention (Senator Charlie Wilson’s advocacy and lobbying with President Regan) that helped arm the Afgan Mujahidieen’s and Northern Alliance to defend Afganistan from a Soviet genocide? Also helped the Afgans to oust that blood thirsty dictator called Najibullah?
    5. Wasn’t it American intervention that stopped the genocide in Bosnia before that genocide and civil war spread to Monte Negro and beyond the borders of Albania?
    6. Wasn’t it US intervention that stopped another vulture and predator called Mohamed Aideed from killing and starving his own people in Somalia?
    7. Wasn’t it US intervention that ended a drug lord like Noreiga in Panama by subduing his drug cartel from expanding? Also a similar operation in Grenada to re-instate a formerly elected government?
    8. Wan’t it US intervention in Mexico, Columbia and Central America that is fighting a covert proxy war against drug cartels, illegal weapons trade, people smuggling and organized crime?
    9. Wasn’t it US intervention that curtailed the civil war in Lebanon and also sectarian violence spreading into neighbouring countries?
    More recently, helped to curtail a possible sectarian violence in Baharain.
    10. Wasn’t it US intervention that ousted a dictator called MahindaR and subdued his Mafia right here in Sri Lanka?
    11. Wasn’t it the US intervention and a secret pact between GotabayaR and Richar Blake (US enovoy at the time) that brought an end to LTTE terrorism by assisting to eliminate Pirapaharan? It was this same US envoy that shielded our government and military assault (on the LTTE) by helping the US State Department to back off. It is alleged that it was Richard himself who helped us by tipping military intelligence to locate LTTE arms shipments, their procurers and arms dealers worldwide with help of US military covert operations (Cyber-OPS & CENTCOM), CIA and Interpol.

    Mahindapala, you sir are an idiot. The UNCHR took up the US sponsored resolution intending to bring justice to the common people of this country. The US was critical of India when the latter voted treacherously in favour of Sri Lanka. India’s actions was seen by the US as being disingenuous and an injustice to Sri Lankans that clamored for a regime change with intent of return to democracy, genuine reconciliation during peacetime, re-instate the rule of law and media freedom, etc. This US intervention is a blessing from Sri Lanka becoming a failed state. India’s poor judgement made the US more resolute in making sure that the those in Washington DC, New York and Geneva will deliver a regime change that will also help contain the Chinese dominance. Therefore, what Mr. Hussein referred to in his article was correct. Since you don’t get that Mahindapala, you proved some flaws in my own judgement. You are not only an idiot but also a BIGot.

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      General Rommel

      Good summary.

      You say, “Mahindapala, you sir are an idiot. The UNCHR took up the US sponsored resolution intending to bring justice to the common people of this country”

      Small Correction.

      Mahindapala, you sir are a Para idiot, as far as the Land of Native Veddah Aethho are concerned.

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    Mahindipala states:

    “At the UN itself officials from Ban ki Moon’s office admitted that they had no means of counting the victims / the dead”.

    Of course they couldn’t count the dead because the SL Gvt had banned all UN officials from the conflict Zone, so that there would be no witnesses, during the carnage and afterward.

    He goes on to state:

    “He is confusing the globalization of market forces breaking down the old word with the political neo-colonialism invading the Westphalian nation-states which are here to stay in the foreseeable future, even when the regional unions (example : EU) incorporate nation-states into one mega-market. France and Germany, for instance, still remain as sovereign states without surrendering their sovereignty to their Big Brother, USA. In another successful response, UK is resisting with all its might to retain its sovereignty despite the gravitational pull of the EU market”.

    The EU has its genesis after the Second World War (Lets not forget that Europe was a smouldering ruins after the Second World War and no area on Earth since has had to undergo War on an Industrial scale since 1945)and it is for this reason that all EU countries have had to surrender a large amount of what was the Westphalia concept of total sovereignty In order to maintain a peaceful Europe. (Europe has now had peace for the longest period in its entire history)up to now.

    Mahindipala then states:

    “The war ended on May 19, 2009. On May 26, Ms. Navi Pillay came on UNHRC screen, because she was not able to be present in person, and accused Sri Lanka of war crimes and crimes against humanity without a substantial UN report to back her case”.

    Fast forward to 2015 when photographic, video,and satellite images surfaced of activities that could constitute war crimes and crimes against humanity. One can only conclude that so close to the end of the war Ms Pillay and the UNHCR must have had a helluva lot of damning evidence for her to state this to the World.

    We Sri Lankans should be very afraid, for I fear what sort of damning evidence is going to be revealed once the trial / investigation begins. For as we all know the prosecution in any legal case never reveals His or Her core evidence until the trial begins, likewise the defence equally.

    What Mahindipala seems to be saying is Sri Lanka’s sovereignty overides any international Law that we have signed up to. Or to put it another way Sri Lanka’s sovereignty allows the SL Gvt the right to massacre its own people. And lets be completely honest, we Sri Lankans do like a good blood letting every 10 – 15 years, be they Tamil, Sinalhese or Muslim, our history is replete with them since 1948.

    The United Nations was conceived post the WW2 holocaust. To make sure that humanity never ever sank to the degrading barbaric levels again.
    However all these good intentions never stopped the Killing fields of Cambodia, Rwanda and Sebrenica to name but a few.

    Unless we come clean and clear our name, we too will be added to this appalling list.

    Sovereignty does not give any country in the World the authority to massacre its own people. And any body who believe it does is an utterly bankrupt moral coward.

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    Ma Hinda
    they have arrested adviser Pillaiyan . How are you going to survive.

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    This is written by a very senior journalist from Sri Lanka. See where we stand. Good Luck a long long way to go. Pala! Pala! Mahinder Pala. What do we want ? ………………

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    Mr.Izeth Hussein said “Therefore, Sri Lankans should accept the UNHRC Resolution initiated by America and its allies on their bended knees because (1) sovereignty is no longer valid and (2) surrendering sovereignty, or what is left of it, is good for the people”.

    I am no longer a Sri Lankan but I have great pride in my country of birth. There is no justification whatsoever in giving up our sovereignty let alone on bended knees. Mr. Hussein does not appreciate the privileges Muslims have won over the years in Sri Lanka. France with a Muslim population of 20% has not only banned the Burka/Abaya but also halted the building of mosques. They never even thought of separate Muslim Marriage Laws or Muslim festival holidays or separate Muslim abattoirs. If yo0u have access to Youtube, you will see the terrible conditions Muslims endure in other countries, including Saudi Arabia.

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    Hi Marwan

    It appears you are talking through your rear end when you say the world muslim population is 2.6 billion. At the most the world muslim population is only 1.6 billion even this is an inflated figure. you say by 2030 islam will be the most dominant religion of the world but there are tell tale signs already that in a century Islam would be extent from this world.

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    Correction

    ——– islam would be extinct from this world.

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    A- Izeth Hussain has met a somewhat waterloo. For his flowery language, he was in the process of being admired by Sinhalareaders. I for one was an avid reader of Mr.Izzeth, but after the unworthy appreciation of Izeth by Prof.Carlo Fonseka, he began to swell his head, if he has one.
    He openly belittled the Buddhists,Sinhalese and Srilan .From the way he writes t is evident that Izeth is obsessed with self conceit on the pattern of deceit.He is arrogant with pseudo pride.His boastful self proclamation of being similar to Keisinger,as a Diplomat is hilarious.Muslims and Islam are wonderful combination in Sri Lanka, but the actions of stupid idiots like Izathe impede reconciliation.

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    A- Izeth Hussain has met a somewhat waterloo in the veteran journalist Mahindapala. For his flowery language, Izeth was in the process of being admired by Sinhala readers. I for one was an avid reader of Mr.Izzeth, but after the unworthy appreciation of Izeth by Prof.Carlo Fonseka, he began to swell his head and is in the process of losing it.If he was an intellect he would not openly belittle the Buddhists,Sinhalese and Srilan ka.From the way he writes it is evident that Izeth is obsessed with self conceit on the pattern of deceit.He is arrogant with pseudo pride.His boastful self proclamation of being similar to Henry Kissinger,as a Diplomat is hilarious.Muslims and Islam are a friendly combination in Sri Lanka, but the actions of stupid idiots like Izathe impede reconciliation.

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