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A Lie Is Also A Truth

By Sarath de Alwis

Sarath De Alwis

Gotabaya Rajapaksa is a determined contender for the presidency. His trenchant lecture to activists of the Viyathmaga forum demonstrated the man’s spiritedness and impulse to act.  He is a driven man. What drives him? 

Ancient Greeks developed the concept of ‘thymus’ which they believed explained our unconscious impulses to act. It is the subconscious driving force that tells a warrior to fight.  Thymus in a sense, is a synonym for passion.  Gotabaya has now pronounced his passion to be president of our republic.   

The Greek philosopher Plato divided the soul of man in to three parts: reason, desire and thymus or the hunger for recognition). 

The Thymus motivates the best and worst things men do. It drives them to seek glory and assert themselves aggressively for noble causes. It drives them to rage if others don’t recognize their worth. Plato observes that the thymus causes those hungry for recognition and power to unimaginable villainy over a trifle if they feel disrespected. 

The essential thesis of this essay is that Gotabaya Rajapaksa does not give a flaming fart for individual human rights. His ‘thymus’ compelled him to tell us what he thinks of individual human rights. Goats are sacrificed. Not lions. Gota thinks that we are goats.   

Monstrous regimes in history are those headed by leaders who gained unconditional power by subverting truth. As Hannah Arendt wrote in her 1951 classic  The Origins of Totalitarianism, “The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the convinced communist, but people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction and the distinction between what is true and false no longer exist.”

Give the devil his due. It takes a special kind of intellectual honesty to indulge even in mock honesty to interrogate one’s own ideas and convictions. 

He was wildly applauded by the audience of professed academics and intellectuals that included the former Central Bank governor Nivard Cabraal , former Securities and Exchange Commission chairman Nalaka Godahewa and former Chairman of the SLPA Priyath Bandu Wickrema  who claimed that a Singaporean  diplomat told him that Hambathota will make Singapore obsolete.  

There is no doubt that Gotabaya Rajapaksa is convinced that his ideas are reasoned, principled positions. 

His captive audience of activists by their applause demonstrated that he has a resilient following bound by either conviction or are bound to his tribal identity with conviction coupled with collusion of   likeminded.  

He stressed on the imperative of constructing a Sri Lankan identity that eclipsed ethnoreligious heterogeneity. That National identity was an inclusive concept was not stressed. Obviously, the national identity of the nation state and discriminatory jingoism are sublime concepts that needed further refinement.  

Nearly sixty percent of the population remained trapped in poverty. Liberal democracy promoted by the west placed an emphasis on individual rights.  Successful Asian countries pursued national objectives while we engrossed in individual human rights, lagged behind.  He did not specify the Asian countries.  

The presidential contender pointedly opted to ignore the ideological confrontation between liberal democratic societies and the authoritarian and illiberal societies of Asia.

 Lee Kwan Yew attributed the remarkable economic success and stability of these Asian societies to a nebulously defined Asian values. Confucianism placed a high value on family-oriented moral qualities such as filial piety and deference to authority in  those East Asian societies.

No doubt Gotabaya has done his homework.  He made a pointed reference to the deep cultural roots developed in the formative years spent in the comfort of parental care.  No wonder, the man built a mausoleum for his ancestors.    

“We are social animals. Human beings are social animals and not individuals. We should move forward as a society and not individually. Many countries in Asia developed their countries while promoting a sense of nationalism,” 

We know a Presidential Election is to be held this year. I’m ready for it if you are ready.”

There is no doubt that Gotabaya Rajapaksa is convinced that his ideas are reasoned and principled positions. The captive audience of activists by their applause demonstrated the resilience of his following bound by the strong tribal identity he exudes. 

Individual Human rights are rights enjoyed by human beings by virtue of their humanity. Such rights are inherent, inalienable, interdependent, and indivisible. They cannot be selectively granted or taken away. The enjoyment of one right affects the enjoyment of others, and they must all be respected. 

In China it is a different story. In China, it is the state that comes first, the collective second, and the individual the last. In situations of conflict, the collective benefit of the family or the association or the union is secondary to the state’s interest. Similarly, the individual’s personal interest is subject to the interest of the collectives and the State. This Chinese legal philosophy is not an invention of the Communist party or Mao Zedong. It has roots deep within the Confucian vision of society and the individual’s role within it. 

The Buddha recognized the individual. Not only is man his own master and the master of his fate and destiny, but in his capacity for attaining the highest spiritual development, that of enlightenment, man is higher than even the gods.

The Buddha recognized the individual.  Within this fathom-long body,” he declared, “are the world and the origin of the world, and the ceasing of the world, and the path leading to its cessation.”

The Buddha envisaged the world as the scene of individual human endeavor.  What is man, and what should he make of his life in this world to achieve the supreme value that life affords? These are the problems which the Buddha set himself to solve and to which he found the answer. 

Nations and nationalism are much more than political constructions. They represent cultural phenomena that are identifiable. They include language, sentiments and symbolism. 

Gotabaya Rajapaksa is right. Liberal democracy has lost its sheen. Our own experiment of liberal democratic governance after the 19th Amendment is experiencing perilous times. Mahinda Rajapaksa told the constitutional council that the 19th amendment was disastrously defective. 

A strident resilient segment of the polity insists on a strong decisive leadership unhampered and untamed by independent commissions to respond to identity politics and politics of resentment. 

Liberty, equality and individual human rights formed the core thesis of liberal democracy. Now Gotabaya Rajapaksa has told us that he is ready to be President of the Republic if we are ready to embrace his anti-thesis of an aggressive pursuit of the common good in place of universal dignity of the individual.  

Gotabaya rejects secular individualism. He champions a fervent communitarianism. 

Liberal democracy despite its shortcomings of unruly protest and dissent   demands adherence to some basic ground rules. In our liberal democracy that is unpalatable to Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the left leaned towards ensuring that everyone got a fair deal. The Right focused on securing individual and economic freedoms. A middle of the road movement strived for a “middle-way” until both the left , the right and those in the  middle path  got mired in identity politics.  

Identity politics has spawned zealous tribes. People no longer vote for values such as liberty and human rights but according to their identities. Sirisena violated the constitution and declared the tripitakan a national heritage. He feels absolved.  

 Liberal democracy is not a fixed concept. It can evolve in directions that we cannot anticipate in advance. Common good and National interest offer great polemical promise.   

 Who decides what is common good? What is National interest?  Politics has made the common good and national interest so flexible that both terms are euphemisms for expediency.  The answer depends on the definers and their perspectives!  Both are instruments of partisan politics used to demonize opponents.

There is a valid reason for us to insist on individual rights. Growing inequality in wealth and income is the principal catalyst of the conflict between individual entitlement and group demands. 

 Gotabaya Rajapaksa did not touch on one subject. He will not talk about it because he does not wish to even consider its possibilities. He has not even heard of it. Distributive justice and settlement of social conflict are not his province.

We are social animals because we cannot live exclusively independent of each other. The common good or working toward the common good is when those in the community come together and do things that benefit or are in the best interests of everyone in the community.  

That does not diminish the relevance of individual rights. What sort of people should we be? What does it mean to live a good life? What is the best way to live?

Do we need the President of the republic to decide on them? Gotabaya Rajapaksa as president, will certainly try to do  that. 

In Bertolt Brecht’s Life of Galileo the character Andrea concludes “There’s a lot of things we don’t know yet. Really, we’re just at the beginning”

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    How does Mr Sarath Alwis know so much about inner workings of Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s mind? I wish I had one tenth of that miraculous talent. All we know about him is he was an active decision maker in war years along with Mahinda Rajapaksa and Sarath Fonseka who brought the war to a successful conclusion. And as the head of UDA he did an excellent job. Those of us who believe that we would be swimming in a pool of blood today if Wickramasinghe – Prabhakaran pact was implemented are infinitely grateful to Mahinda Rajapaksa, Sarath Fonseka and Gotabaya Rajapaksa. We are ready if Gotabaya Rajapaksa is ready.

    Soma

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      ‘Great Minds Agree and Fools Seldom Differ’. Yes! you belong to the second part.
      There are some Who are Born Great- Some Achieve Greatness, in Some Greatness is Thrust Upon Them and there are yet others, Who Assume Greatness. Rajapakses belong to the fourth category, along with you perhaps..

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      somass

      Did Dr Gota tell his flock he was going to make the trains run on time?
      May be he will single handedly build an undersea Rail transport system to China and USA.

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      Even a blatant lie is also truth so long people are made to believe it is not a lie:

      Examples.
      :
      1. Lankens – I mean the majority in the country are made to believe that Gotabaya aka Gotler is the master mind of elemination of the terror. We perfectly know various factors including Late Mr Kadir yeoman services in getting LTTE activities banned on any rich soils and other multifactorial parameters played a greater role in defeating LTTERs in 2009.
      And no means, it is righ tto say, it was GOTABAYA s involement made it. How can a man who lived in the US as an asylum seeker for a period of 15 long years be that pioner with the ground work of th ewar. But lanken media all along sang the song in favour of Rajapkshes mythos.
      :
      2. So called SPINN DOC Dayan Jayathilaka to be the expert in lanken external affairs. But the truth is nothing what DJ predicted has ever succeeded. He has not been consistent with what he has been uttering either. But he has a mouth piece no second to that of Wimal Modawanse (a talkative man from the street corners) and the very style of rabblerousing is in his mixed genetics. However, black media painted the picture in favour him.
      Yet today, he is being regarded as ONE of the experts even if UNI educated profs with relatively high knowledge on lanken external affairs are taken aback because the mother in law treatment given to them by the black media.

      TO BE COND

    • 3
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      Sarath De Alwis,

      RE: A Lie Is Also A Truth

      1. “The essential thesis of this essay is that Gotabaya Rajapaksa does not give a flaming fart for individual human rights. His ‘thymus’ compelled him to tell us what he thinks of individual human rights. Goats are sacrificed. Not lions. Gota thinks that we are goats. “

      The mean IQ of the populace is 79. What is the mean IQ of goats? Looks like Gota is on to something here, with goats being scarified and used as collateral damage for his ‘thymus’ .

      2. “He stressed on the imperative of constructing a Sri Lankan identity that eclipsed ethnoreligious heterogeneity. That National identity was an inclusive concept was not stressed. Obviously, the national identity of the nation state and discriminatory jingoism are sublime concepts that needed further refinement. “

      Perhaps Gota should round up all the Monks, Ulama, and Priests in education work camps, so that they can grow their own foods, and teach other their underestimated ideologies.

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      Yes ,we are ready.we are more than ever ready to wipe the Mara clan out of the face of mother Lanka.we even pray that he comes!

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      “If you are ready, I am ready” say’s Gotabhaya.

      Before we vote for him as a Presidential candidate. let someone tell us that the following are NOT TRUE.

      1. Did he have a hand in the much loved Lasantha Wickrematunga’s murder?
      2. Did he have Keith Noyar abducted and assaulted mercilessly?
      3. Did he order the assault of Tennakoon?
      4..Did he instigate the arrest and subsequent incarceration of Sarath Fonseka?
      5. Was he directly involved in the nefarious MIG deal?
      6. Did he build a mausoleum for his departed parents with our monies?
      7. Did he shield Duminda Silva when the law enforcement agencies were under his watch?
      8. Did he benefit from the USD 332,000 that Jaliya Wickremesuriya siphoned off in the SL Embassy land deal.
      9. Did he collude with his cousin Udayanga Weeratunga to siphon money out in every deal that the latter was involved in?
      10. Was he behind other attacks on journalists?
      The list would go on.

      If Gota is innocent as a fresh flower then we need to vote for him but if it is a YES, for any ONE of the above then we need to reject him.

      Our country would be turned into a HELL HOLE with a person with such a very VIOLENT biography.

  • 13
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    Here he goes again! A half-baked analysis of the universe, humans and the Rajapakse family. As futile as all previous ones.

    Having been trying to understand your own personality and motivation by analysing your numerous reprimands of all people, concepts and movements that are counter to the UNP, I think I just struck gold!
    =
    Your quote “The Buddha recognized the individual. Within this fathom-long body,” he declared, “are the world and the origin of the world, and the ceasing of the world, and the path leading to its cessation.” provides the answer.

    You appear to live in an internal world of pathological dissatisfaction and frustration that you pour out as anti-Rajapakse venom on this website. They are repetitive and sickening and reflects badly on you more than the targets.

    So old man, keep taking your tablets and you might one day see the sun shins from out side your window, rather than where you sit on and type. Got it? Hope so.

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      Mano, the dudes and ladies who consider themselves being important than the society as a whole is the UNP’s support base, it cut across class now. And these people who are so conceited cannot attain any contentment or happiness from the successes of the group as a whole, and Sarath is of those people. When a leader comes forth with a thesis that says our humanness is not defined by out individualism but by our empathy towards our fellow beings, he (Sarath) sees his/her as the enemy. What to do men it is his Karama.

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        Wannihami:
        No wonder you have to hide under a pseudonym when you utter such gibberish. Unfortunately for you, pseudonyms can’t conceal stupidity and deliberate misinterpretations.

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          My dear Emil

          “Unfortunately for you, pseudonyms can’t conceal stupidity and deliberate misinterpretations.”

          Your above statement proves you are a genius.

          When will your next artilce appear here? Can’t wait.

          Shiro

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      Mano Vidyaratne:
      You must have been looking in a mirror that did more than reflect your visage when you delivered these pomposities against Sarath de Alwis.
      It is patently obvious that ANYONE who displays anything but adoration of the Gotler is some kind of nut in your book.
      How about a few words about the Matale mass grave (remains of 300?) dating back to the Gotler’s command of the armed forces in that area? Another figment of someone’s “Anti -Sinhala Buddhist” imagination, I suppose.
      The one thing that can be said for the likes of you is that you know from whence comes the moolah!

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      Same to you too.Mara slave!

  • 16
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    Good ol’ Gota is just toying with the Lankan gullible brigade.

    He will never give up his US citizenship unless he is 100% sure that he is going to win the presidential election.

    Gota can never win without the minority vote.

    Rajapakses can only win if they steal the election.

    That’s what they are planning to do while as usual Ranil has gone back to the arms of Morpheus.

    They are good at it ………. done it twice before.

    I like Gota …… he’ll outdo Charlie Manson …….. finally put Lanka on the map.

    We all could be proud. This is global ……. the cricket world cup was only regional.

  • 7
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    Sarath you are looking at the red cloth, not the one who is holding it or for whom he is holding it. Quite an interesting writing.

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    Mr Alwis, VG before you write your next piece I suggest you sit down with Thisaranee G and Vishvamitra and take stock of your success level of all you have poured out during the last four years. Could you make a microscopic dent in Rajapaksa’s popularity? I am also trying to understand this strange phenomenon of the more you insult a man the more he becomes popular. Rajapaksa was defeated twice. What would have happened if we ignored the man? Probably he should be grateful to you for keeping him in focus.

    Soma

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      Somay.

      You are shopping excessively for the Rajapaksas.
      Yes under his EP the war finally came to and end in 2009.
      Denzil kobbekaduwa, Wijaya wimalaratna Lalith, Chandrika Ratwatte, 22 countries and specially Sarath fonseka were architects if the victory.

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        Shenali Baduge

        What were the turban wearing men in Indian military uniforms doing in Omanthai area and flying in their helicopters to and from Colombo/Tahmilnadu?

        Has the country repaid the loan of about 2$ Billion back to the Hindians? May be it was a grant for the war efforts, under export guarantee scheme.

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      somass

      In the last 3 months or so your man Mahinda’s magic has lost its sparkle for several reasons. His desperate attempts to capture power by illegal coup has exposed his greed for power and dented his bogus popularity.

      Take it from me he will be polled lesser than before.

      Dr Gota has sure chance of losing, even high volume racist campaign won’t save his candidacy.

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        UNP is banking on 100% en block voting of Tamils (all Tamil speaking people irrespective of their religion caste or the date of arrival). Their strategy is to carry out a visious campaign that the other side is anti minority. With 1983 and the Jaffna library behind them in history and now as their Federal partners UNP has sealed the Sinhala Tamil division. They will have to depend on that for a long time to come as Sinhala majority is anti UNP.

        Soma

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          Soma,
          When you say other side is anti minority what did you mean? I assume that you only refer Mahinda Family as other side. Mahinda Family does not belong to any political party. They don’t even belong to Srilanka. They divided SLFP and destroyed SLFP. SLFP was not an anti Minority party but it became an anti Tamil minority party under Mahinda Family rule.
          Two of his Mahinda brothers are USA citizens and most of their investments are in USA and in some other countries. You are ready to accept a USA citizen as a Srilankan President. We all know why do you want them. Only reason, they massacred over 50,000 Tamils and they launched anti Muslim campaign immediately after this massacre. By the way, can you tell us do you know your date of arrival?

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          somass

          “With 1983 and the Jaffna library behind them in history and now as their Federal partners UNP has sealed the Sinhala Tamil division. “

          Perhaps the Tamil speaking are wisely looking for least racist party.
          By the way please remind me of events that took place in 1956, 1958, 1961, ……..

  • 9
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    gota is running an individual show with a handful of idiotic professionals and useless academics. He has a brainwashed followers. He will never get a ticket from SLPP to run for presidency. He will never join SLPP. Because he thinks he is destined for the post what ever who ever thinks. He has never worn national dress a symbol of politicians in Sri Lanka. He thinks he is almighty that SLFP and SLPP have to come to him at the end. I hope Basil will have better ways. Gota has never entertained MR or any of his followers on his platform the so called “viethmaga” or some nonsense. And more importntly SLPP or SLFP has never entertained gota on their platform. He was kept out of local government election platform.

    If this chap is to come to power there will be a Rhohingiya in Sri Lanka.

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      sirisena

      If you talk to ordinary people even from villages, first they do not trust Basil, they don’t want national hangman Gota, Chamal is not well known, ……… Namal baby is still seen as a political brat although he is desperately trying to carve out a place in the political arena coached by his childminder G L Pieris, ……………….. Dr Mahinda in recent days and months has lost his manufactured charm.

      Dr Gota might collect large number of votes however not sufficient to win the presidential race.

      It could be three way split among UNP, SLFP and SLPP. In that process Gota could destroy SLFP of which his father was a founder member.

      Even if he contest the elections, what is he bringing to the people except his war crime record, beating the Demela’s forever, …. winning a all powerful Demela terrorist VP, and the usual majoritarian garbage.

  • 6
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    Is there an absolute truth or a lie?
    All ‘truths’ have a bit of ‘lie’ and vice versa. The ‘wise’ can see through.
    Goebbels showed a way of creating ‘truths’ from ‘lies’.

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    Mr De Alwis, how coincidental you should mention ‘thymus’ –
    It drives them to rage if others don’t recognize their worth.

    This explains everything then; especially the following outbursts –

    GR: Yes I threatened you. Your type of journalists are pigs who eat shit! Pigs who eat shit! Shit, Shit Shit journalists!!!
    ==============
    GR: You pig that eats shit!!! You shit shit dirty fucking journalist!!!
    ==============
    “He can’t do that. He was the commander,” “That’s a treason. We will hang him if he do that. I’m telling you… How can he betray the country? He is a liar, liar, liar.”
    ==============
    “Who is Lasantha Wickramatunge? He is just another……There are so many……”

  • 7
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    Sarath de Alwis, oh dear man I hate to do this to you again, but thymus is an irregular shaped gland under the breast bone located at the top part of the chest, thumos or thymos on the other hand is a Greek word referring to one’s spiritedness, so my dear Sarath before you go into anymore of your pseudo philosophical discussions please get your Plato’s Republic right. If you were referring to an endocrine gland you would want to call up Adrenalin gland, that is the one responsible for spiritedness. We had to suffer through Dayasiri’s Latin, and Now Sarath’s Greek. It is okay no one is perfect.

  • 6
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    And then you say this “Give the devil his due. It takes a special kind of intellectual honesty to indulge even in mock honesty to interrogate one’s own ideas and convictions. ” Dear me will you practice that or will you ask Colombo Telegraph to remove my comment, I still believe you are capable of taking constructive criticism like a gentlemen.

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      wannihami:
      Among other things you must be the most boring “commentator” on Colombo Telegraph. If we are lucky there will be the mother and father of all droughts for which the wanni is famous which will remove you.

  • 4
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    Mr de Alwis,

    Plato had taught that those best able by reason of their knowledge and wisdom, to guide the state, should be in control of it, while citizens should subordinate their reason to that of these philosopher-kings. For Aristotle, the individual and reason were more important.

    The West in the so-called dark ages preferred the philosophy of Plato. Aristotelian philosophy was revived by the Arabs (during their empire between 7th to 16th century) and later accepted by the West and continues to this day.

    With Gota, we are indeed going back to the dark ages..

  • 6
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    Gota was a “great Man” only when his Brother was the President of Sri Lanka !He still stands the chance of becoming a good Eichmann under another Hitler. Never a savior. only a merciless hangman!

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    Sarath,
    While I am in general agreement with your article, I am concerned about the tendency at the start to romanticise the subject as a warrior. He left the army as a Lt. Col in the early 1990s, returned and was placed on top as defence secretary in 2005 through his brother’s patronage. Many dissatisfied officers like him left the Army and went to the West. Motivations are different and we need not read too much into them. It was not a distinguished army career such as that of those who rose to the top the hard way through regular soldiering.

    Civilians on the front lines too had an excess of unsolicited military experience, but that does not qualify them for leadership. Both Hitler and Prabhakaran had some military experience, but were disastrous as leaders. Once they became all-powerful, the people became to them mere pawns. That is why we need to be careful when dealing with military figures whose ambition knows no bounds.

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      Let us face it. Gotabaya is a serious contender for the presidency. In the contemporary arena he is a gladiator and ‘Viyathmaga’ is his chariot. My use of the adjective ‘warrior’ is an honest recognition of the man’s organisational skills. “In an evil society a villain is the hero, because only the villain speaks the truth.”

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        Many people have strong ideas sprung by their egos and would like uninhibited power to try them out. Such people are extremely dangerous and Gotabhaya’s record makes it clear. Of course their cheer leaders credit them with being genius’ and their ideas as clearly thought out. History is the graveyard of such persons, their ideas and the ruin they engendered. Less than fifty years ago Lenin, Stalin and Trotsky had many disciples in this country saying similar things about them. Where do these heroes of yesteryear stand today? Anyone who thinks he has the right to kill as much as it takes to improve society according to his notions could only bring ruin.

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          Rajan, accusing someone of murder is serious. I wouldn,t do it if I were you. In a war people die, otherwise, we would call it a carnival. In the Sri Lankan civil war many died, in action as well as collateral, it is time to move on rather than bring up imaginary accusations. The people in this country who followed Lenin or Trotsky died of old age, their doctrine died because economic realities, same theology or methodology does not apply all the time, and when the circumstances which called for such isms change the isms become irrelevant and that is what happened to the communism and Trotskyism, on the other hand, social democracy is the doctrine for the times and Gota I hope is the one to bring it. Sorry if I bored you again Emil, this is an adult discussion, why don’t you go and play with your Lego bits.

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        You seem to be privileged to receive CT protection from comments that speak the truth!

        You wouldn’t be able to summon honesty even if you wanted, old man.

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    Most English speaking readers who write comments to CT should know well the desperate mind-set of the Sri Lankan voter including those who speak Tamil throughout the country today. They need no constitution but bread and butter on the table.
    1st instance, who would put a carbon tax in this year of elections if the UNP’s decision makers have an iota of a brain?
    2nd: There is a smoke tax and a carbon tax. The Opposition accuses: people are taxed twice for the self-same item which seems to be correct.
    3rd: there is a carbon tax for hybrid vehicles too. Intellectuals ask ‘Isn’t that hillarious?
    The UNP looses 3 votes with one decision here! How smart is the UNP government!
    Under the present circumstances, one of Sajith’s friends did an opinion survey on the popularity of Sajith and Gota as the presidential candidate: The result was surprisingly in favor of Gota and he got 80% against Sajit’s 17%. (3% undecided). The margin of error may be about 5%.
    Some may say this was a bogus survey; but many in SL believe Gota is an expert on getting things done. They have a number of living examples ranging from the War against the LTTE to the making of Colombo as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Even in this year of 2019, about 1.4 million tourist who were interviewed attested to this fact.
    Should we believe those who make hateful comments on CT or 1.4 million tourists when we make a decision.
    I don’t say Gota is lily white or 100% correct with no mistakes at all; but many people know that he is a man of action with an extremely good success rate . If we don’t have a man of action today, we may have to elect a Duterte in another 10 years to deal with (among other issues) the Underworld and the drug menace.

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      Who is answerable for the death of Lasnatha?

      Saudi Arabia has no drug-problem! They also decapitate journalists.

      It’s about a free society with shortcomings ………… and an un-free clockwork society that marches to a serial-killer’s (lets have the courage to face the truth here and not beat about the bush) whims.

      “Of course, it is all done in the name of protecting the American people. That is the standard excuse that has been used since the earliest empires. We’re only trying to make sure you’re safe, they claim. Well, one should remember that there were no safer streets than Moscow under Stalin or Berlin under Hitler – unless, of course, it was the government that wanted to do you harm.

      Given a choice between government security and freedom with risks, always choose freedom. Criminals, including terrorists, don’t have much power, but government possesses crushing power. Of course, we Americans are conditioned to view our government as friendly and protective, but that is a mistake.

      Alexander Solzhenitsyn made an interesting point in his Gulag Archipelago. He said the reason so few Russians resisted when the secret police came to get them was because they were innocent. They had done nothing wrong, they were loyal, and they expected their government to realize that their arrest was a mistake. The government didn’t, of course, because they were victims of a dictator’s paranoia.” – Charley Reese

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        Nimal,
        You don’t have to go to a far away country like Russia looking for examples unless you want to pretend that you’ve read Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s Gulag Archipelago. We have living examples from Batalanda torture camp and elsewhere in SL from 1988-90. Do you know why people lit fire crackers when president Premadasa was killed by an LTTE bomb? It is the self same reason that you’ve pointed out and nothing else.

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          “to pretend that you’ve read Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s Gulag Archipelago.”

          No, I read Charley Reese! :))

          You still didnt answer the question “Who is answerable for the death of Lasnatha?”

          Beating about the bush, uh? :))

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    Mr. de Alwis,

    The shellacking that the Republican party got in the mid-term elections in November and the historic failure of the Brexit vote in British parliament today show that, the lurch toward nationalism and identity politics will be a passing phenomenon, brought about by a rising tide of irrationality and ignorance.
    But that tide will recede in the West soon enough.

    If Sri Lanka wants to fall into that trap while the rest of the world gets out of it, it will have to face the consequences. Should the Gotler rise and form a Gotler-China axis of evil, it remains to be seen how India and the West will react. It is better to smash the deep state that protects the Gotler from facing justice for his numerous crimes that are provable in a court of law, and expedite justice now. The question is who has the courage to do it?

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    Sarath’s effort to white wash the Gota is extremely ridiculous. We all know about Gota. Who converted or baptised him to Jathikathwaya from Jathiwadaya, to selflessness from selfish and to social person from individual person.
    There is a good saying for this kind of acts ,if you want to eat” kabaragoya becomes thalagoya” ( water monitor turns to monitor lizard that is edible)
    Sarath talk about former chairman of security and exchange ,central bank governor and former chairman of SLPA. And talk about philosophy ,Buddhism,China , liberal politics and nationalism.
    Do all this prove that Gota is suitable for presidency. They are not about Gota’s personality. If it is a good essay Sarath should have mentioned directly Gota’s positive side and negative side . Why he is good to be a politician or why he is not suitable to become a politician.
    Presidency is an obsolete position in our country. It is in extinction.We all want to abolish it. So there is no point in promoting someone for that position except try to promote to abolish the presidency.
    Whatever it is we want to know :
    1. Has Gota forgotten his American Citizenship?
    2.How many court cases against him and what would happen if he is convicted?
    3.Can he respect normal Citizens , his driver?
    4.Can he reveal his true wealth?
    5.Has he really changed to be a servant to serve the people?

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    If not twenty MPs crossing from UNP to strengthen Rajapakshes to end the war lead by The Speeker Karu,the war is still on. No one understands the secret behind that period. With this full support from the opposition to end the war made Ragapakshas popular.

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      wannihami:
      Wouldn’t want to suggest which of your “bits” you should be playing with, given that this publication pretends to at least a bit of decency.

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      Mj:
      What you (conveniently?) neglect to mention is that the “Karu Jayasuriya-led migration” of 18 (not 20) UNPers to MR resulted in MR being given enormous power over the people of this country. When Mr. J returned, he returned ALONE, leaving the rest of the renegades with MR to continue his work.
      It was only an errant astrologer who advised MR to call a premature election in which he was defeated that gave Sri Lankans even a limited lease on democracy, thereafter.
      Of course, one of the Rajapaksa acolytes of that day, Gamini Dissanayake’s son, is now the national organizer for Ranil W’s UNP! Logic, anyone?
      Such a country with such politicians it is our fate to live in!

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        You don’t have to live in it.
        You are free to leave to your motherland of full-blowing democracy!

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    Sarath De Alwis

    You are forgotten you write to a Sri Lankan audience not UK. Why use such big words? English is our 2nd language and we are struggling to understand your top high English even with a dictionary.

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    Being a high profile writer I know of Sarath De Alwis obvioulsy he does not know me a minower. Sarath lives in the rich quarter of Battaramulle, we the poor. But the beauty is that Sarath is never arrogant. Always had said hello to me when passed by. He says so to many in the mornings. Such is his grace.

    No no no we have nothing to do with Nishantha.

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    The Up Country estates should have been distributed to the Tamil workers under cooperative organization, once the British Companies left. Those are people who sweat; they toiled; they labored; they suffered to create that property. But it was used to give free rice to Sinhala Mahajan, by the new colonial masters of the Tamils. So now the liberal democracy has failed to materialize in Lankawe.
    Lankawe history is, after freedom, the question of a country- a nation for people to live has become the people living to the Nation- country. Out of God Particles, protons-electron, atom, element, material product– The product –that is the only thing we can use or enjoy out of all chemical structure we see in compounds. So we have to go for the nation- not the individual. In favor of jungle and we wanted to destroy the trees to save the jungle thus we failed to care the trees. The first tree stood in the middle, lush-full and flourished, felled down identifying as invaded foreign origin, has caused the eventual death of all the tree and the jungle became the desert.

    British Colonialist left handed over the power to the Islanders. Now, it is difficult to figure out how the split occurred between Tamils and Sinhalese after Sir Pon Ramanathan did all he could to save the Sinhala Leaders. They too showed their gratefulness when he returned. But thereafter Sinhala Community went to into elected dictator leadership governments to keep Tamils under their control. But their ability to continue the dictatorship, their wish, is being questioned. Some out of the Sinhala Mahajan doesn’t care about the Tamil Terrorist’s threats. They want their individual freedom. They are complaining about the dictatorship governmental process which has destroyed everything the Colonialist had started in Ceylon- education, health, culture, law and order… nothing has been left out not corrupted.

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    The Buddhism is upgraded to RSS Hinduism, midlevel time Christianity and Middle East Wahhabism. So the first nation which was introduced Universal Franchise in the South East has fallen behind to all others. Now the question is getting complicated because of basing the governmental systems on Individual rights- Individuals’ sovereignty, too has been questioned, along with the elected dictatorship to control Tamils. We have no way of answering if the elected dictatorship of Lankawe governmental system has to dropped out, for example if Lankawe don’t want to elect Old Brother Prince, whence the non-elected benevolent dictator going come from.
    Old Brother Prince is now an Individual. He is no longer a “one out of the Old Royal clan”. He has his own scissors; he has his own comb; he has his own razor; He is an independent professional. No clan members make any longer any decisions for him. He does it for him. He, “ as president, will certainly try to do that ” for those who failed make decisions for them. They will be provided Biriyani and arrack, so they will have to voluntarily hand over their individual decision making option for him to make it collectively for the nation. He will be turning in to a juggernaut (Jeganathar); Blow off all the obstacles on the path and establish the victory. But that is not necessarily a warning to Ranil or UNP. But may turn out to be helping hand to UNP. That is the reward for his failure to honor his promises to West. Because the rest on that matter has to be only wild guess, we leave it there. When it becomes more obvious we can take it back.
    Old Brother Prince is not just a shepherd, any longer. He does not own the goats just to milk them or their meat. The ownership of them, the title to them will bring a new free pass for in the international arena, to attend his peer’s union’s Mess.

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    A lie is also a truth.

    A lie is a good and valuable thing , a wonderful and precious thing to hold in reserve.
    But ! never use this jewel until you have exhausted every truth.
    Truth is common stuff , ready to your hand but lies you have to make yourself , and you can’t be sure they are any good until you have used them —- and then its to late.

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    Answers to 10 questioned asked by someone are very relevant. The General Public is very aware of these questions. Very soon some Answers will be given by the Judges of Special Courts. Some glaring ones are the Mig Deal, Monument, Purchase by Jaliya in the US, Avant case and of course various other charges over journalists . If Justice is done and appears to have been done and the consequences that would follow will not allow him to be a contestant at the Presidential elections

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