20 June, 2019

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A Less Unethical Way To Face Geneva

By Shyamon Jayasinghe –

Shyamon Jayasinghe

Shyamon Jayasinghe

Tony Abbott came to Sri Lanka’s defense at CHOGM in Colombo when he said, “in difficult times difficult things happen.”  There were many who criticized him for putting bilateral interests above Australia’s wider interests of human rights espousal. I am wondering if the government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) could not use this classic Abbott statement as a clue for a more sensible and honest response to the international criticism of human rights violation during the last stages of the war.

This means we must admit that that “nasty things” did happen in the course of war and proceed from that premise. GOSL can then hold its own independent investigation as demanded by the international community, single out some of the big wrong- doers, jail them and say ‘sorry.’ Is the story that Prabhakaran’s son was shot in the presence of his father true? If so, whoever did that was transgressing well over battlefield necessities and therefore indulging in a heinous and unbelievably cruel crime against humanity.  He should be hanged. Besides, such capitally brutal offences government could make an attempt to spin its way out of others in the litany of alleged offences by pointing out that these actions were unwittingly committed due to the “difficult times,” or circumstances; appropriate punishments could be meted out to the latter offenders. The government’s burden will be less of a bother. Admittedly, this is still an unethical stand but it may be regarded as a more practical approach than what’s now being pursued before an increasingly disbelieving audience.

At the same time, if GOSL wishes to be crooked it has the option of releasing later some of those jailed for violations-picking and choosing of course. This is tactical deceit but deceit is not alien to the current government. Some big nations may yet continue to query but it would be harder in such a situation to muster the unanimity they have now secured.

The benefit of this admittance appraoch is that it is one where we take responsibility for our part of the contributions. In the whirligig of life anybody (governments included) do make mistakes. To stand up and own up paves the way for sympathetic discourse and resolution thereafter. On the other hand, when we deny and blame others we avoid taking responsibility. On the Abbott premise that things happen, blame is irrelevant. It is in the nature of reality that things happen-both good and bad. In the grueling conditions of ground war a myriad of explanations (or excuses, if you like) are possible. GOSL should have worked out a creative and imaginative case on the above lines.

On the other hand, the approach taken by GOSL from the inception was to deny the allegations altogether and then proceed to scapegoat accusing nations. President Rajapakse and his men tried to bring in a conspiracy theory by stating that the West is conspiring against a poor nation. Some even said the West was jealous of the fact that Sri Lanka alone has been able to defeat terrorism. What government sources churned out a captive media and a gullible public keep chanting to this day. Government had another purpose in bringing out the conspiracy theory, namely to mobilize electoral sympathy. They succeeded, and they are going to succeed in the forthcoming PC elections, too, with Geneva hot in its imminence.

The chorus singing did give me, a non-sentimental type of patriot, some comic relief when having to witness the foolish behavior of Ministers, artists and government lackeys both in Lanka and outside. Minister Wimal Weerawanse went on a ‘maranthika upawasaya’ (Fast-unto death) before the UN office. Sri Lankans were, however, relieved to see its Dear Leader save this valuable contribution to national life from wrecking himself. Dear Leader brought good old Wimal a glass of water and hey presto Wimal jumped up from reclining position. Also, ignorant and politicized monks went on the rampage only stopping short of setting fire to the US building; artistes sang over the TV. May be the BBS or Sinhala Ravaya might do that soon. Next, the

Media alerted the nation to the possibility of the President going to the Viduli Putuwa (Electric Chair). In actual fact there is no electric chair anywhere in the Hague; but some sort of chair was painted in the panting hearts of patriotic citizens.

The chorus singing by artistes has been equally entertaining. Deepthi Priyadashani sang a patriotic hosanna to the First Lady for raising a family that’s ready to sacrifice life and limb for the nation. Most recently, Rukshan released his second patriotic video under the caption: “Dear Mister Cameron.” It was supposed to be a caricature of British Prime Minister David Cameron who launched the attack on GOSL during CHOGM. Cameron, you remember, went all the way to the North like an arrogant old British Governor and talked to those affected while a powerful President looked on wistfully and helplessly. Rukshan, assuming he was the composer of the lyrics and music, could have been more effective had he caricatured Cameron’s impolite intrudes into Lankan territory. Instead he comes out with a poorly written lyric set to non-music. But the video is doing the rounds globally and it has made our Sinhala Diaspora proud and provoked against ‘Western imperialism.’  Rukshan’s lyrics show he is ignorant of issues. He asks, ‘what about Iraq; what about Afghanistan.’ There were killings in the battlefields in these countries but the latter were battle-related ones not classifiable as war crimes. Besides, the individual cases of war crime in these countries have been appropriately dealt with under US and British and French laws. Both Rukshan’s videos ignore the fact that the West has always backed our war against terror and that if not for the West GOSL would never have succeeded. Hence, why a sudden ‘conspiracy’? These human rights talk is ‘bull,’ Rukshan emphasized. To Rukshan and the other two who sang with him, human rights may be crap. It won’t be crap, however, the day some unfriendly government knocks at Rukshan’s door in the dead of night and takes him away in a white van as they did for Richard De Soysa, Premakeerthi De Alwis, Ekneliyagoda and others.

Ever since the allegations came up the official defense had been out of line. At first, the President denied all charges and asserted there were “zero casualties.” He should have sought some kind of advice before making that statement. The problem is that when you are on a power ride and imbued with hubris you are immune to advice. Predictably President Rajapaksa withdrew that assessment and came out with a revised statistic that didn’t look well. In this way, it was a bungle at the outset and a very bad one, too, since it took away the credibility of a county’s head of state.  From such bad beginnings things started to slide down. The image of a ruler topples before his crown.

Let’s be honest: denial would be hard to defend when the UN holds a formal enquiry when the oppressed will be given a chance to speak out in an atmosphere of security. A UN commission of enquiry is no joke as the panel will be composed of respected professional jurors acting free of duress unlike a locally appointed panel. This is why government has let go a good lifeline by not holding its own enquiry.

The case of the GOSL was thus set to fail as its brief was poor. To worsen matters GOSL during this whole period of accusation had built up an oppressive regime of impunity and rights violations against its citizens. The case of Shiranee Bandaranayake, in particular, went global and was dramatic in impact. Impunity seems to be the theme of the Rajapakse administration and it is this same theme that is responsible for the government’s crisis with the international community.

Our diplomatic efforts added mess to mess. We have seen GL Peiris, our Foreign Minister, just going backwards and forwards with no result. What a considerable contrast to Kadirgamar and his team of foreign diplomats! Remember how this team helped turn around the negative publicity that the international Tiger movement had been building up against Sri Lanka? All that potential for diplomatic thrust is now lost with the dismantling of the competent Overseas Service we had and its replacement with family members, ignorant lackeys, and retired army personnel and flower presenters. Our foreign service is now an absolute joke. The very choice for the US Embassy is a case in point. The man there was a family member who had some tea merchandise expertise that would have made him a good tea promoter in the US rather than its chief Lankan diplomat facing such a serious situation. This gentleman lacked communicative ability and instinctive acceptance when meeting face-to-face with Harvard- qualified intellectuals. When this is said of the US choice little stated about the rest is better. As for GL he should have remained an academic. It is widely recognized that international diplomacy is a skill that requires a period of training and practice to accomplish. Diplomats must have a good knowledge of geopolitics and foreign relation dynamics and negotiating skills.

A Reuter report cited recently in one of Lanka’s Daily newspapers quotes President Mahinda Rajapaksa as denouncing the “US Plan” and “comparing the US move over alleged war crimes to a professional boxer taking on a schoolboy.” The report further adds, ‘There should not have been a resolution at all,’ Mahinda Rajapaksa said in his first news conference with the foreign media in Colombo for more than three years. ‘If they have evidence they should have given (it) to us……God knows why,’ he told reporters at Temple Trees, an imposing brilliant-white palace built near Colombo’s oceanfront by British colonialists. “If they tell us, at least we can look at it.”

This declared innocence is evidently a sign of desperation on the part of the President who increasingly learns that all his attempts to put off UN action by denial and scapegoating are falling off. The option open for the President even at this late stage is to accept at least partial responsibility and set up a local commission of enquiry. In the meantime, he should ensure that no more HR violations are being committed anywhere in the island. President Rajapaksa must show the world he has changed his track by re-installing the rule of law and independence of the judiciary. 

 

*Note – This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:

Is the story that Prabhakaran’s son was shot in the presence of his father true? If so, whoever did that was transgressing well over battlefield necessities and therefore indulging in a heinous and unbelievably cruel crime against humanity.

The earlier version of the article above said;

Who, for instance cut Prabhakaran’s innocent son into pieces in front of his father? Whoever that was, he was going well beyond battlefield necessities and therefore indulging in a heinous and unbelievably cruel crime against humanity.

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    Mr. Shymon Jayasinghe.

    “Who for instances cut Prabhakaran’s innocent son into pieces in front of his father?”

    This is the first time I have heard this version of the story. If it is true, it is worse than anything else that transpired in the war? Was he cut into pieces after being shot and killed? I ask these questions because I have been sceptical about Balachandran’s death as shown in the Chanel-4 video and have been hoping that the innocent boy and his sister were yet alive, somewhere. Can you please clarify and reference the source material?

    Dr. Rajasingham Narendran

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      Dr RN,

      “because I have been sceptical about Balachandran’s death as shown in the Chanel-4 video” – please tell us why you are sceptical?
      Thanks

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        Anpu,

        I had expressed my opinion and the reasons for my scepticism with this aspect of the Ch-4 video around this time last year in CT. This was followed by a barrage of criticism directed at me.

        Dr. RN

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          Dr RN,
          Thank you for your response.

          I will try to search (it will take a long time to do that)and find out your comments in which you have given the ***reasons for your scepticism***. But I trust the CH4 team and the scientists who analysed the video clips.

          “JDS says analysis of the photographs’ metadata shows they were taken by the same camera at 10:14 and 12:01 on 19 May 2009 – on the final day of Sri Lankan forces’ bitter 26-year war against the Tigers.

          Velupillai Prabhakaran died at around the same time in a stretch of land between the Nanthikadal lagoon and the sea, where hundreds of thousands of civilians were trapped in the last bloody months of the conflict.

          The army said he was killed in battle but human rights groups said he might have been killed after surrendering.”
          http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21509656

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYkpAy3rF9w

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            Anpu,
            Thanks,

            The circumstances surrounding VP’s death, where he died and the manner in which he died are yet not clear. These are not what they are presented to be. However, it is beyond doubt that he was killed. Further, it is likely he did not die in battle.

            Dr.RN

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      Narendran,

      I am glad to see you now have a greater interest in truth, quite contrary to your previous stand mid-year last year when you were unequivocal that the Tamils should not look back at what has happened, that the Diaspora needs to move forward and join hands with MR for pragmatic reasons, and that the Diaspora should generously dole out whatever MR needs that they didn’t do so was your greatest disappointment.

      Do you not think it is Diaspora’s pursuance of truth, contrary to your recommendations, that helped bringing out the truth that is not merely surprising you but even enraging you now – and you want to know more!

      Are you not glad the Diaspora turned a deaf ear to your short-sighted “wisdom” of the past?

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        I yet hold the same views as then. Forgive, do not forget, but move forward. The only difference is that I have lost faith in this government to do what is right by the minorities and this country.

        There are enough and more issues that confront the war-affected living, that need urgent attention. We have to rebuild the Tamil society here, to restore its values and worthiness. The Tamil society has to be also simultaneously taken into the 21st century in terms of science, technology and thought processes. The Tamils have a 30 + year gap in development in all aspects of life, including the sexual revolution, to bridge. The present degeneracy needs to be reversed- a much more urgent task than seeking justice for the dead.

        The concerns of the sections of the Diaspora you refer to, is a side show that is receiving disproportionate attention and distracting attention from the very real issues confronting the Tamils in day to day life and the political empowerment of minorities, including the Tamils in this country. Let us also demand the right to mourn and commemorate our war- dead- both civilian and combatants. This was recommended by the LLRC.

        Incidentally, the ‘Island’ is reporting today that Navi Pillai has removed the reference to Balachandran from her report! While the veracity of this information has to be confirmed, it is an indication that everything we hear, are told and see, is not accurate. Further, according to another report pertaining to the ‘ Commission on the Disappeared’, 80 % of the complaints received this far relate to LTTE abductions.

        Further, my intent is not to deny that the government forces committed war crimes, but point out that the LTTE did too. I have also been a direct witness to the manner in which the government dealt with the post -war and infra-structure issues and cannot in good conscience deny their quantitative and qualitative significance.

        Let the Geneva process that has many issues in addition to war crimes in its ambit, take its course and produce results that can benefit all citizens of this country. We need a peer review as a nation. However, let us not give it a focus that makes it appear as an anti- national and pro-Tamil endeavour. Doing so will feed the communalism monster that is gaining ascendency in this country, once again. This government will use this unconscionably for electoral gain.

        Dr. Rajasingham Narendran

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          Correction:

          —-post-war IDP issues—

          Dr.RN

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          Narendran.

          Your claim or assertion is baseless, as most of your arguments tend to be. Let me be explicit.

          Your opening statement above is “I yet hold the same views as then.” Your past, unambiguously expressed view was that MR was the best leader, he will be fair and his intentions are honourable with regard to Tamils and that the Diaspora should be doling out to MR because you are confident MR will use the funds for the benefit of the Tamils. Now you concede you have lost your faith in MR, that MR cannot be trusted and that he is an ineffective leader. Aren’t they diametrically opposite views? In which schizophrenic existence of yours are these two views the same?!

          The rest of your passage is gibberish as you endeavour to reach some high-ground trying to convince the Diaspora of the sincerity of your concerns, obviously in a lame attempt to recover some of the credibility that you lost in the post-war years when you became the water-boy and cheer leader for the regime following your free-trips in luxury at tax payer expense. You were full of praise for MR and castigated the Diaspora declaring that your biggest disappointment was Diaspora’s unwillingness to dole out as you had propositioned – implying that Diaspora’s unwillingness was the root cause of the lack of progress for the Tamils. (You did contradict yourself though stating that the Tamils in the North were not willing to work only because the Diaspora’s direct contributions to friends and families were making them far too rich!)

          Now that you concede that MR is not to be trusted, do you think you will still stand-by your previous promotion for Diaspora to donate to any plans under regime control? Has your view not changed? Do you really think that the current, on-going degeneracy of the Tamils is incidental and is not as intended by the regime? The Diaspora is not making this a communal issue – their focus is on the criminal issues involved. It is you who is trying to wrap it up as a communal issue, knowingly or otherwise, to the regime’s benefit.

          Narendran — there is no short-cut to recovering your credibility: mere high-flown expressions faking high-ground aspirations are not going to deceive anyone anymore.

          As you yourself suggested in a posting recently, all it takes for genuine forgiveness is genuine apology – the easiest three words “I am sorry.” Don’t you think you owe one for your unwise and baseless castigation of the Diaspora?

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          Narendran,

          Here is a statement that came up rather lately that might interest you, and it is with reference to the “degenracy of Tamils,” an issue that you thought fit to leverage to hide your past shameful cheerleading for the regime:

          “Think nothing about the heroin racket beyond Anuradhapura, in Vavuniya, Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu, Mannar, Jaffna. That is a strategy. Raids are not needed in those areas. Let it remain there. Then, there will be less problems,” said defence secretary Nandasena Gotabhaya Rajapaksa at the security council meeting recently.

          You still think the degeneracy that is being imposed is not intentional? You still want more funds to be handed over to the regime to continue what they want to do?

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      Dear Pothe Gura Shyamon Jayasinghe,

      You were the original Pothe Gura of Maname, sung so may times by you. You certainly have a very good talent.

      So looking for a less unethical way to face Geneva?

      First Sing Bob Dylan’s Blowing i the Wind in Sinhala, Maname Style. Then sing in English. Please do emphasize,

      Yes, an’ how many times must a man turn his head
      An’ pretend that he just doesn’t see?

      ***********

      How many roads must a man walk down
      Before you call him a man?
      How many seas must a white dove sail
      Before she sleeps in this sand?
      Yes, an’ how many times must the cannon balls fly
      Before they’re forever banned?

      The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind
      The answer is blowin’ in the wind

      How many years can a mountain exist
      Before it is washed to the sea?
      Yes, an’ how many years can some people exist
      Before they’re allowed to be free?
      Yes, an’ how many times must a man turn his head
      An’ pretend that he just doesn’t see?

      The answer, my friend, it is blowin’ in the wind
      An’ the answer is blowin’ in the wind

      How many times must a man look up
      Before he can see the sky?
      Yes, an’ how many ears must one man have
      Before he can hear people cry?
      Yes, an’ how many deaths will it take until he knows
      That too many people have died?

      The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind
      The answer is blowin’ in the wind

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      Mr. Shymon Jayasinghe,

      Thanks for making the relevant correction. The ‘ story’ however needs confirmation. Will anyone in the know come forward? Why has Navi Pillai removed the reference to Balachandran in her final report, as reported in the ‘ Island’ today? Has G.L.Pieris shown her proof that Balachandran is alive?

      Dr.RN

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      1.” Is the story that Prabhakaran’s son was shot in the presence of his father true? “
      SJ appears to have more gruesome information than Channel 4, which showed the dead body with gunshot wounds.
      If the son was shot in the presence of the father why was the father not killed at the same time. His body was found in a the Nandikadal marsh.

      2. “At first, the President denied all charges and asserted there were “zero casualties.”

      The President never made such a statement after the war.He said during the war that the policy was zero civilian casualties. One more distortion by SJ.

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      His source is his fertile imagination.

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    “in difficult times difficult things happen.” That is exactly what happened in Sri Lanka during the latter phase of the war early 2009.

    When the LTTE were cornered they were fighting literally like wounded tigers killing soldiers in unprecedentedly large numbers in the midst of incessant bombing and shelling.

    It was a difficult time for the military to take such punishment in view of imminent victory: Generals asked Sarath, Gotha and MR for advice:

    MR, the commander in chief, ordered down the the military hierarchy to kill them all – innocent Tamil civilians – babies included – “that way you guys take out all the Tigers”.

    This was a difficult time – Mahinda chinthanya went berserk – difficult things happened: Genocide of 147,000 Tamils was ordered from the top.

    Now another difficult time in Geneva: Mahinda is culpable – no way to deny it – some military persons are going to blow the whistle to save their heads, if there is an impartial investigation, internal or external; difficult things will happen – make your own guesses!

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      A modification:

      Genocide of Tamils was already in the cards when Mahinda unleashed the war in 2006:

      Under quoting the number of civilians in Vanni, and thereby restricting food and medicine to smaller numbers, getting rid of of humanitarian workers and reporters from the war zone, and impeding red cross help for injured during the last stages were all part of the scheme of genocide of Vanni Tamils.

      In this extremely difficult situation for Tamils difficult things can happen to Sinhalese too:

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        The LTTE boasted of a stable civil administration in the Vanni under their control. It is the
        responsibility of the occupation force to feed and look after the civilians under them.

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      Who said Goebbles was dead ?

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        Thiru and the rest of his LTTE refugee buddies seem to have learned from his guidebook either way :-)

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      LOL I’m surprised the terrorist tigers could actually sight their targets from under the skirts of all those women they used for cover LOL

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      GENOCIDE OF 147.000 ORDERED BY THE TOP.

      Fiction of increasing deaths. Please refer to your own TamilNet which reports less than 8000 Tamil civilian deaths from January to 20th of May 2009. TamilNet does not make any distinction between civilians and LTTE Cadres.

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    This idea will only work if admitting “some” crimes will NOT lead right to the top to you know who !

    I suspect it might lead up to him and that is the fear of the regime.

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    Shyamon, is it not is far too late for President Rajapaksa to show the world that he has changed his track by re-installing the rule of law and the independence of the judiciary. Has he the political will to do it? Can he really re install the rule of law and the independence of the judiciary?. Is it not a distant dream for the Sri Lankans. Bensen

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    Mr.Shymon Jayasinghe.

    “Who for instances cut Prabhakaran’s innocent son into pieces in front of his father?”

    Oh my God! If this is really true…. and Ive no reason to disbelieve knowing the murderous mindset of the Buddhists who take sil on Monday and then kill on Tuesday. Also,their murder rampage against the Rohingya Muslims in Burma brought to the world courtesy of UTube. No different from the ruthless Syrian Muslim Sharia fundamentalists who chopped off a young mans hand in full view of TV cameras 2 just days ago for the small misdemeanor of stealing. What animals have we descended to be? Worse still, to kill Prabhakarans innocent 12 yr old by chopping him to pieces…..I still shudder.

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      Shows how gullible and idiotic the LTTE refugee diaspora really is :-)
      Time and time again they whip themselves into frenzies over their own lies LOL

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        Why don’t you read the daily news or watch the state TV news, will show you who is whipping themselves into a frenzy LOL

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        After the 83 riots, with the help of VP, the Tamil think tank Dr. Anton Balasingham created a Tamil Diaspora (by making use of the refugees) in the Western world with a long term objective. His main aim was, the Diaspora will fund the war in SL and in case if the armed struggle failed, the Tamil Diaspora will be able to take the Tamil freedom struggle to the next level by lobbying/influencing the political leaders of the Western world. For this purpose, he took the Jews as the best example. Many years ago when the Jews were humiliated, annihilated, and kicked out of their homeland, they went to the West as refugees. Today they are controlling the economy and politics of the super power and the whole world.

        The brain dead Sinhala-Buddhists cannot understand the purpose of the SL Tamil Diaspora. The Tamils only need the help from the Western world to get their Tamil homeland back, which they lost to the Sinhala Nazis due to the dirty policies of the British in 1948. The Tamil Diaspora will do anything and everything in the West to earn money and spend it for this purpose and they are doing it bloody well.

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        Dev you Racist:

        Why don’t you ask Minister Hakeem as to why he trusts and relies on the help of the all Powerful Tamil Diaspora for help. He handed over a 50 page document the Tamil Diaspora which made MR to use foul language in anger telling him that you have betrayed the Sinhalese.

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    “Who for instances cut Prabhakaran’s innocent son into pieces in front of his father?”

    those tamil terrorist [Edited out]…anyway we WON the war and crushed tamil terroris….hurrah

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    It is too late for MR to change direction. His hidden agenda prompted by his cabal was to wipe out the “tamil issue” once and for all, as
    “democratically” as possible, all by himself, in the guise of “home-
    grown” remedial actions – mere talk as “zero casualties”. Silent India
    helped his imagination of a reborn King and Kingdom!

    Had he in a Statesman like manner considered some of the relief sought
    by end 2009 at least, things could have taken a different turn.

    Even now, his stepping into any form of domestic inquiry is fraught with fatal danger, in that the Forces will turn against him, ably “guided” by his one sibling & Right-hand man in the Regime directly implicated. With the state of Law & order, this is a possible scenario.
    Thus it will be the end of the story for dynasty-building, compared to Libiya,Egypt, Iraq etc. So the alternative is to hang-on, as Cuba/Israel have faced 60 odd UN Resolutions with no effect? India/US
    will continue to play geo-politics while TNA will be starved-out; much
    to the Regimes delight.

    If things turn bad, he has only to “retire” DD in the North and give
    some “rope” to the TNA. The African TRC can be forgotten if one is to
    go by ft.lk news:-
    “Presidential Coordinator for the Batticaloa District Arun Thambimuththu who accompanied the recent delegation to South Africa revealed the group had realised there were too many differences between the South African and Sri Lankan situation to make a Truth and Reconciliation Commission possible, hinting the option could be shelved.”

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    to ela kolla;You bloody fool. We won the war, but we lost everything else.Tell me of one thing we have gained by winning the war. We have paved the way for yet another conflict.

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      You idiot, You mean to say that we should have allowed the war to continue. By eliminating LTTE thousands of lives and billions of resources were saved.

      You bloody idiot stop writing rubbish

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    Rajapaksa will never agree to even conduct a transparent and independent domestic investigation because he himself and his evil brother Gota are closely involved with the local military commanders in the war crimes and crimes against humanity.

    Mr Jayasinghe is suggesting a devious way out to Rajapaksa to evade responsibility for the war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by his military forces with the encouragement and support of himself and his brother Gota. The stupidity of Rajapaksa and his advisors, drunk with the arrogance of victory, has created a situation now that will cause immense troubles for the regime.

    The powers that are acting against the regime are not doing so without incontrovertible evidence of war crimes in their possession and that is something any diplomat, including Kadirgamar, would not have been able to evade. Forcing an independent international investigation is the only answer and I hope that that will lead to the fall of the corrupt, murderous, antidemocratic despot Rajapaksa.

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    If SriLanka follows the same path of tyranny and genocide then soon India will take over S.L like Russia taking over Crimea.

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    Appoint a Commission with Gota in the Chair!

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    Mr. Jayasinghe,

    The regime has completely lost all credibility, with its war dead count going from zero to 1400 to 7000; with white van abductions and journalist deaths and other abuses continuing well beyond the war’s end, and with a judiciary made pliant with a fake impeachment and handpicked appointments of sycophants. The regime also blatantly gave promises to UN staff as well as diplomats from US and India that they had no intention of honoring.

    The GoSL made a deliberate decision to disregard massive civilian casualties and gave the armed forces confidence that whatever they did–whatever atrocities they committed–they wouldn’t face punishment. Mahinda Rajapaksa himself through his speeches made that very clear.

    All that render laughable the claim that “in difficult times difficult things happen.” So your basic premise is wrong. Abbott was simply currying favor with the GoSL to stop the boat people. Nothing more should be read from it.

    And “a professional boxer taking on a schoolboy” is precisely what those hapless civilians caught between the LTTE and the SL army in the Vanni would have said of the Army’s multi-barrel rockets, artillery and aerial bombardments.

    It is too late now for the regime to escape responsibility for war crimes. Realistically though, I still think some countries will try to water down resolutions at the UNHCR. I don’t think UN avenues will result in serious action, especially while Rajapaksas are still in power. Many countries have so much to hide and they will take cover within diplomatic immunity as much as possible.

    Natural justice will take a lot of turns, and will come as a “black swan” event. It could be in the form of a sniper from within the regime’s ranks, or in the manner of Libya and Ukraine. While black swan events are by definition unpredictable and rare, they are not as rare–nor their signs as hard to detect–as people tend to assume.
    The Karuna revolt within the LTTE, and the Fonseka falling out with the regime, can be termed ‘black swan’ events, but were somewhat predictable. And while the regime change in Ukraine was a truly black swan event, the resulting Russian action in Crimea was somewhat predictable.

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    “Is the story that Prabhakaran’s son was shot in the presence of his father true? If so, whoever did that was transgressing well over battlefield necessities and therefore indulging in a heinous and unbelievably cruel crime against humanity. He should be hanged. Besides, such capitally brutal offences government could make an attempt to spin its way out of others in the litany of alleged offences by pointing out that these actions were unwittingly committed due to the “difficult times,” or circumstances; appropriate punishments could be meted out to the latter offenders. ” FAST FORWARD. OSAMA BIN LADEN IS GUNNED DOWN AS ARE OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS, IN FRONT OF THE REST OF THE FAMILY. IT WAS WATCHED ON REAL TIME VIDEO VIA SATELLITE BY THE US PRESIDENT AND HIS STAFF. I am an American and can find no excuses for this to have happened on the one hand and be okay, where as in the case of Prabakharan for it not to be okay. But there is not evidence that this is what happened in Sri Lanka. Nonetheless if the author’s response is to be taken as it is, he is also calling for the hanging of President Obama also?! This is where the hypocrisy lies these days.

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      ZAP
      You American jackass; Dont you realize the yawning gap between the two victims? One was a hardcore terrorist responsible for heinous crimes against humanity while the other was a mere INNOCENT brat? Idiot!

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    “The Bridge” we all had broke down in 1956.The Rajapaksas demomlished the rest.They are triumphant now.Country have had to pay the price.
    Who will resurrect the “Bridge”?

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    Jayasinghe:

    You have summed up the perilous situation GOSL finds itself in accurately and that has arisen for two reasons.

    1) Wont do
    2) Cant do

    1) Wont do:

    It is not in MRs nature to abide by International Standards and he rules by the Sword and we have seen evidence of this at home from the way he has handled any discontent to his rule.

    2) Cant do:

    Despite the World pointing a finger at him calling him to account for Carnage inflicted on innocent civilians he appears to sound a note of defiance sighting reasons that he has nothing to hide. But the truth is that he is caught between the Devil and the Deep Blue sea. He knows that thousands of innocent Civilians were deliberately killed because Gotha gave the orders and as Commander in Chief the Buck stops with him.
    He also knows that there is overwhelming evidence of his Crime and that is why he cannot set up an inquiry himself.

    I want to pick up on a three points in your Article.

    1) The benefit of this admittance approach is that it is one where we take responsibility for our part of the contributions. In the whirligig of life anybody (governments included) do make mistakes.

    *** You are an intelligent individual and I am not sure how you make the above assumption. MR is an elected leader and what GOSL have done under his stewardship are not mistakes bur DELIBERATE actions causing terrible Carnage. He must be called to account for his actions.

    2) Our diplomatic efforts added mess to mess. We have seen GL Peiris, our Foreign Minister, just going backwards and forwards with no result. What a considerable contrast to Kadirgamar and his team of foreign diplomats! Remember how this team helped turn around the negative publicity that the international Tiger movement had been building up against Sri Lanka? All that potential for diplomatic thrust is now lost with the dismantling of the competent Overseas Service we had and its replacement with family members, ignorant lackeys, and retired army personnel and flower presenters. Our foreign service is now an absolute joke.

    *** I think you are giving Mr.Kathirgamar too much credit and I am not surprised at the belated song of Praise for him. As a Tamil it was easy for him to convince the doubters whereas as a Sinhalese it is an uphill struggle for Mr.Peiris.

    3) Ever since the allegations came up the official defense had been out of line. At first, the President denied all charges and asserted there were “zero casualties.” He should have sought some kind of advice before making that statement. The problem is that when you are on a power ride and imbued with hubris you are immune to advice. Predictably President Rajapaksa withdrew that assessment and came out with a revised statistic that didn’t look well.

    *** I am not sure if your above account is correct as MR at the press conference after CHOGM denied there were any casualties so the inference is that only an Internationally sponsored Inquiry will suffice.

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    Prabakaran’s LTTE killed more tamils in approx. 30 years than the SL army could do. Therefore the so called tamil genozide happened actually on the tamil side. Even now the tamils do not want reconciliation, they want revenge, but forget the LLTE lost all and forever, this is why they instrumentalize the western powers. The most post-war disappearances and killings happen inside the tamil population among the tamil rivalry groups, they never forgot Prabakaran’s deadly regime on them!!!

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    Rajapakse has sent his kattadiyas to Geneva and they are chanting all night.

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    Even Premadasa got kattadiyas to put charmed oil on Parliament seats. Such desperate things happen in the last stages. Mara’a doom is set.

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