30 September, 2020

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A Message Of Hope Tempered With Reality

By Emil van der Poorten

Emil van der Poorten

Emil van der Poorten

The recent goings-on in Geneva where a skilled and suave diplomat of Jordanian origin, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, has given Sri Lanka the opportunity to dig itself out of a moral grave of its own excavation is going to produce interesting fall-out.

Prior to the Jordanian presenting his report to the United Nations Council on Human Rights a few days ago, Mangala Samaraweera, our own Minister of Foreign Affairs (MFA) who has been a pleasant contrast to the buffoonery of some of his predecessors, particularly Rohitha Bogollagama, the antithesis of what the holder of such office should be, fired a pre-emptive salvo of good sense in the Swiss city.

Even though, it seemed to repeat a rather tired manthram of conciliatory sentiments in conciliatory language, it was a pleasant contrast to that which had preceded it in the Rajapaksa years: a litany of lies, obfuscations and undertakings that were deliberately ignored no sooner they were made.

Despite all of the above which seems to suggest that we could be on to a new highway of hope in foreign relations and, infinitely more important, a return to civility in the conduct of our own affairs, I cannot, in the cold light of day, believe that such a sea change is going to occur anytime soon and, even if it comes close to doing so, occurs without the spilling of more innocent and principled blood.

Mangala UNHRC Sep 2015There is a classic dictum that the best way to anticipate future conduct is by reference to past behaviour and if any of the “movers and shakers” in Sri Lankan politics are to be analysed in no matter how cursory a manner, my pessimism should be easily comprehended (and accepted).

The simple fact is that every one of the players in the current melodrama, from one end of the political spectrum to the other, has a track record of not adhering to elementary principle in their conduct, leave alone display the statesmanship and intestinal fortitude required to confront and resolve a dilemma of our own creation.

That unscrupulous politicians claiming to represent the Tamil community played on the racism of Sinhala chauvinists controlling the levers of power to advance their own narrow agendas is a historical fact. However, there has been a pattern of discrimination against the Tamils over the years, justified by the endless repetition of the lie that the Tamils were simply used as part of Grand Imperial Strategy to destroy “2500 years of pristine Sinhala Buddhist Civilization.”

Even if it is not possible to turn back the pages of time and erase this blotch from our more recent history, something that, incidentally, would reinforce some of the central tenets of our Buddhist belief base, that kind of simple acceptance of historical fact appears beyond the reach of our current horde of political opportunists.

The Germans came to terms with what was done in their name, particularly with then-Chancellor Willy Brandt’s national mea culpa in Poland. The Japanese continue to pay the price in international opprobrium for their stubborn refusal to follow suit in the matter of the truly bestial behaviour of their occupying forces in Asia. Sri Lankan governments of various political hues have chosen to follow the Japanese example, not even paying lip-service to the precepts of humane conduct in what they simplistically continue to deem to be a “war against terrorism.”

As someone never impressed by the conduct of the Bandaranaike dynasty going back to the days of Sir Solomon, the chief lackey of the last days of British Imperialism in Sri Lanka, I am assured by most of those I consider objective in such matters that one accusation that could not be laid at the door of Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga is that of racism/communalism of any kind. I can but hope they are right and that she chooses to apply the skills that she so effectively exercised to oust that blot on our history, Mahinda Rajapaksa, in an even greater cause: that of reconciliation of what amount to the two founding communities of this country.

The UN has provided, if I might use that abominable term, “a window of opportunity” to the Sri Lankan government and its people.

To pretend that some elements of the government forces didn’t behave in what can politely be described as a totally unacceptable manner during a quarter century of conflict is to doom any attempt at bringing some measure of peace to this country. Prosecution, to the full extent of the law, those who raped, pillaged and conducted themselves in a truly inhuman manner cannot and must not be avoided, irrespective of which “side” they claimed to represent. To suggest that the application of internationally-accepted laws of decency and justice amounts to an abandonment of every Sinhala soldier, sailor, airman and policemen is nothing short of plain and simple rubbish.

In fact, Sri Lanka could provide an example to the rest of the world in the matter of the administration of post-conflict justice. Then perhaps we could shed the embarrassment we experience every time we see or hear the phrase, “The miracle of Asia” bandied about!

The compromise that the UN appears to have offered us – a “mixed” commission of inquiry – must be grasped with both hands. Perhaps, more important, in the short term, is to apply the steel fist – with or without the velvet glove – to those such as the truly obnoxious Gammanpila and the rest of the little army of agents provocateur that have emerged with the attempted political comeback of our recently-deposed Emperor, Mahinda Rajapaksa. Make no mistake, what I am calling for is the application of the law, not another Rathupaswala-type butchery of those legally and democratically expressing their discontent at their drinking water being poisoned by a company allegedly-controlled by one of Mahinda Rajapaksa’s blue-eyed capitalists.

I remember “Emergency 58” very well indeed. I remember my mother sitting on her front verandah with a single-barrelled shotgun across her knees to give dramatic impact to her promise that she would not let harm come to the one Tamil family that worked for her. Perhaps her flair for the dramatic did the trick or maybe the racist “Goondas” in Siyambalangamuwa village had been making empty threats to begin with. In any event the Tamils who worked for her were not attacked. A footnote to that little tale would be the origin of the term “Goonda:” it was derived from the Sinhala-supremacist rhetoric of a major politician of the then-ruling coalition whose last name was often abbreviated to those first two syllables. Given the conduct of one of his progeny in the campaign to “restore” Mahinda Rajapaksa, the fruit, obviously, doesn’t fall far from the tree!

Incidentally, the anecdote I have just recalled is the piece of my family’s history of which I am, probably, most proud.

We do have an opportunity to rescue this nation from the moral cesspool that the Rajapaksas have dropped it into. “Nothing is forever” might still be true but I don’t think the opportunity that Prince Zeid has offered us will present itself in my lifetime or in that to follow. Are we going to grasp it in both hands or prove, one more time, that we are hostage to Kuveni’s curse forever?

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    Sigh….so reminiscent of the American deep South, of slave owners securing their rights and privileges to slavery.

    If only,such families had opened up employment to Sinhala Buddhist people, giving them honorable and rightful pay (SB’s who were the original owners of the land for over a million years before they were driven out by colonists who built estates to become rich, with people of caste to do indentured servitude), ………then we would have had peace, neh.

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      Do people notice how cousin Emil is singing the praises of the prince from Jordan?

      It is a real give away of the fact that this so-called prince is the lap dog of the International Jewry, educated in England and America and married to a leading jewess.

      Our cousin also singing the praises of the homo-sapion Mangala. Don’t know what is going on there! Has he joined the opposition in his advancing years?

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      This is to Ramona Therese Fernando & “Cousin George:”
      If I had any doubt that people can be both STUPID and DESPICABLE at the same time, conjuring up history that didn’t exist out of their fertile and diseased imaginations, you have put that doubt to rest!

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        [Edited out]

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          Jim Softy:
          Why don’t you get your mouth (and mind) out of the gutter so that CT can at least publish your hosannas to stupidity?

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            Emil van der Poorten

            “Why don’t you get your mouth (and mind) out of the gutter so that CT can at least publish your hosannas to stupidity?”

            Jackass Jimmy is another source of idiocy, please do not deny us the pleasure.

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            Poot, you are are hell of a how do you do type journo: Only oneI have come across in my life who demeans its own readers…

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      Ramona therese Fernando, there you go again on another old bitchy rant. Sometimes I wonder whether you are what your monicker says. I think more Portuguese half cast than a true lilywhite pansal menike. (At least George Pieris Malalasekera had the good sense to change his name to Gunapala Piyasena.) ‘What is this nonsense about Sinhala-Buddhists’ owning the land for a million years? The Noble One must be wringing his hands in anguish at being given powers beyond his 2500 years. There were NO ‘Sinhala-Buddhists’ for ‘millions’ of years, just a motley collection of tree-huggers and dick worshippers. So let me tell you what I told your heartthrob Sumanasekera about those ‘rapacious’colonials who parked themselves in our blessed island. They felt at home because of the many opportunist locals who took their proffered shilling (and promises of further goodies) to deliver us stuffed and trussed. You know the families – they still have walauwes and the baubles from London to prove it. We (including YOUR ancestors) could have, IF we were smart, easily have overwhelmed the first bedraggled hordes that landed on our golden shores. Instead our inquisitiveness and naivety got the better of us, and when the going got tough we ran for the hills. Cut the squealing sweetie, tear up those old losing betting slips, and let’s move on. Just be thankful that they left some good behind.

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        Spring Koha,

        I think you are very confused and angry (or drunk). Talk about rants! No need to go into a personal racial attack. We are all Lankan, and have the same look, whatever the mixture (pansal menike…….hmmm). Everybody, whatever the race and mixture, are human beings, after all, and especially fellow Lankans.

        You are very angry with Sinhala Buddhists. I understand. But surely you must see things in their light and their sufferings. Their sufferings are what colonized peoples world over, suffered. So you can’t just single them out.

        And Sri Lanka, being a small island would have worse off than India, for example. Sinhalese, thus reduced by the colonists, were either very rich, or poor. The rich, as you say, were a selfish lot, who do little to help their fellow poor. Elite Sinhalese were/are either dancing in the West, or in the political arena in Sri Lanka.

        Tamils by comparison, are more amiable than Sinhalese people. If Tamil people suffered during colonization, they had the solidarity of Tamil Nadu to put them on their feet again. It’s good that Sri Lanka can have Tamil interaction Island over, as long as Tamils learn Sinhalese, so as to interact with the masses and not just the Sinhala elite (who will welcome them to maintain their positions).

        I ask you to modernize yourself, and think of the new generation of Lankans. The older generation like yourself, did not go through the post-colonial renaissance to understand reasons and issues for Sinhala badness.

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          ramona therese fernando (IF that is your name):
          Your response to Spring Koha is beyond stupid it is simply lunatic, an area in which your ambition appears to help you specialise.
          If you can comprehend your own gobbledegook, why don’t you re-read:
          “I ask you to modernize yourself, and think of the new generation of Lankans. The older generation like yourself, did not go through the post-colonial renaissance to understand reasons and issues for Sinhala badness.”

          Even by the standards of incomprehensibility/stupidity of you and the Sumaneys who contribute to CT regularly, that is truly exceptional!

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          Ramona, I am neither confused, nor angry, and I certainly don’t drink to get drunk. As for not liking Buddhists, correct that to ‘not liking certain Buddhists’. I am sure you would know who those are. In my many many long years I have visited and spent much time in temples, and I have high regard for the very good priests that I have been fortunate to meet. I do not mean to be personal, of course not, but I do get annoyed when we Sri Lankans go on blaming our present day woes on those long-gone colonials. We have had sixty seven years of independence, and I have lived through every day of it. We had ample opportunity to shape our present; I am afraid we messed it up. If anyone is to blame, it is the opportunist and mostly thoroughly disagreeable politicians who have hijacked our government. I don’t know about modernisation, at my age I am just thankful that I can still manage the three languages and operate all these new-fangled electronic gadgetry. Truth to tell, the hardest part is opening the packaging. Finally, I could not but let out an amusing chuckle when you mentioned the ‘post-colonial rennaisance’. I must have been enjoying my siesta when that happened. Ramona, I hear the mission bells above………..

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        Spring Koha

        I suppose you have plenty of time in your hands.

        Scatterbrained Mother therese has had many postulates in this forum, which never stood up under scrutiny.

        I wonder why some of us still want to provide her with free psychotherapy, amusement, and pleasure by stroking her ego.

        Is it out of pity for her?

        Is it because they are closeted masochists?

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          EVDP, SK, NV…..you three guys need to ….refurbish…..

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            ramona mother therese fernando

            “EVDP, SK, NV…..you three guys need to ….refurbish…..”

            I will in the fullness of time. However you need to have your reality checked.

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            Blessed Ramona Mother Therese Fernando

            I am happy to confirm that there are plans to refurbish, and re-upholster too. As always, the future looks bright.

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    Emil van der Poorten –

    RE: A Message Of Hope Tempered With Reality

    “The simple fact is that every one of the players in the current melodrama, from one end of the political spectrum to the other, has a track record of not adhering to elementary principle in their conduct, leave alone display the statesmanship and intestinal fortitude required to confront and resolve a dilemma of our own creation.”

    Thanks. This would it be different. In the end No. Just talk.

    “The recent goings-on in Geneva where a skilled and suave diplomat of Jordanian origin, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, has given Sri Lanka the opportunity to dig itself out of a moral grave of its own excavation is going to produce interesting fall-out.”

    Will Sri Lanka dig itself out. Not likely, may be a little. There will be procrastination.

    Only Black Tigers or Assassins who target only Criminals, can help.

    All others just talk.

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    Dear Emil

    Thank you for the hope invigorating article. I am also deeply touched by your own family’s anecdote about your mother’s bravery (God bless her conscience). I am a recipient of such kindness from simple but brave Sinhala people not but thrice (1958, 1977 and 1983). Their (including your mother) contribution to stand against what is wrong and make a statement despite their own safety is highly appreciated. May God bless them all. Thanks…

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    The window of opportunity provided by Prince Zeid should be seized and full use made to draw the country out of the cesspit into which Mahinda had dumped the country!
    Sengodan. M

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    A step in the right direction would be to first process the charges against the Rajapakses and others whose crimes have been exposed and files presented to the Bribery and Corruption Commission and put them away if/when found guilty. This would pave the way to the acceptance of the general public (who voted for the end of ‘Dhooshanaya and Beeshanaya’) to accept taking the next steps with regard to the ‘crimes against humanity’ by those who stand accused – including of course the LTTE and guys like Karuna, KP, et al.

    This is the opportune time to change the mindsets of the ‘masses’ and , as Emil states, “We do have an opportunity to rescue this nation from the moral cesspool that the Rajapaksas have dropped it into”.

    Go for it Sri Lanka!

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    As I finished reading this well crafted topical piece, I recalled my schoolboy Shakespeare from many many years ago:

    There is a tide in the affairs of men.
    Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
    Omitted, all the voyage of their life
    Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
    On such a full sea are we now afloat,
    And we must take the current when it serves,
    Or lose our ventures.

    May the God’s that watch over this fair island and it’s peoples give us the wisdom and strength to seize this opportunity.

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      Spring Koha:
      I hope that many, as I do, hope that the wish you so eloquently express comes to fruition.

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    Emil van der Poorten,

    I don’t think the Frankenstein monster, conceived by Mahanama thera, Anakarika Drarmapala and other Sinhala Buddhist supremacists done the line, nurtured by almost all the Sinhala leaders since independence and finely honed to its barbarous height by Mahinda Rajapakse can be put back in the bottle again.

    The reason is simple: In the so-called competitive democracy(?)in Sri Lanka, the Sinhala politicians have always taken the short cut of pandering to this monster.

    Mahinda and his gang of thugs and mass murders are waiting in the wings to fatten the monster further in an effort to come back to power.

    In my opinion, our ancestors, both the Sinhalese and the Tamil ones before the advent of the colonial rulers several centuries ago knew the best way for the two founding communities of this island is to co-exist in the island is to exist as separate entities in two geographic regions.

    Will history of Sinhalese goondas and the wisdom of our far sighted ancestors repeat?

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    Emil,
    Your mentioning SWRD reminds me of a paragraph from Sam Wijeyasinghe’s book that gives a Plutarch type of life of our leading politicians – I almost said Statesmen!

    During the campaign when SWRD and Sir John contested (I have then proud of receiving the Sports Star of the Year 1955 and 1956.) SWRD had promised Sinhala Only in his campaign speech in Polannaruwa. He who promoted Federalism when he came back from Oxford, within 20 years power had blinded him. The person who was driving the car – who was later one of his Ministers), said to him, You have raised a whirlwind and you have reap it. SWRD replied that he will cross the bridge when he come to it. He never came to it. There is no trace of any bridge now.He burnt it. He let the Genie out of the bottle and could not order it to go back into the bottle. I dont think any one can anymore.

    My experience since July 1956 to date is that there will not be a political solution other than Tamils accept the Sinhala Buddhist government and live as perpetual second class citizens or leave the Island. Fedralism is the best option but I cannot believe that the majority will vote for it in Parliament.

    Zeid’s OISL report is already watered down for SL to accept and their Tail TNA who are now among the best Spin Doctors.

    Kumar David has commented on what will happen to the latest version of the draft resolution. A majority of the Sinhala people including Srisena’s and Ranil’s parties that no War Crimes or Crime against humanity took place in spite of overwhelming evidence. I have seen all of them. I have during the last 5 years listend to the affected people in the North. They are eye witnesses and are going through PTSD. I wonder what Swaminathan thinks about all this.

    There will be a blood bath if any party pushes a genuine investigation Domestic, Hybrid or International Tribunal. Sinhalese on both sides will kill each other and they both through the army will let loose all their anger on the Tamil people.

    India and USA pushed SL to eliminate LTTE. They did not expect what the officers and men they trained in their countries would turn into murderers. Now they are trying to cover up the crimes to which they were witnesses through their satellites and “men on the ground” with a tattered veil of a legal process to satisfy their conscience and their electorate.
    War Crimes issue will stay with us for a very long time after the perpetrators are gone. I do not see Reconciliation in the horizon. Who wants to reconcile with a Genie.

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      Emil,

      Even during CBK’s tenure, she allowed her uncle Ratwatte to become the defense minister ( deputy?); he and his sons were reportedly implicated in many atrocities. And under pressure, perhaps domestically as well as from India, she hastily dismissed RW as PM when the LTTE was asking for the ISGA; she could have handled that better and allowed more time for the LTTE to disintegrate.

      But on the whole, the Sinhalese polity is so hardline that people like CBK and Samaraweera are as far left as they will allow. The Neelan-CBK proposals were the most progressive of any proposals made by the government side in the history of the ethnic conflict.

      Unfortunately SL has a history of people who start out as leftists and end up racists: the Goonewardenas, Nalin de Silva, Rohana Wijeweera, Vasudeva Nanayakkara and Dayan Jayatilleka, to name a few, so things are not going to be smooth anytime soon.

      Dr. Ethir,

      Yes, Prince Zeid’s report has already been watered down by the current resolution in front of the UNHRC. Unfortunately that is how the international game is played. But I still have the hope that even if the UNHRC process doesn’t lead to justice for the victims, there will be other opportunities to exercise universal jurisdiction later on. People like you who have a chance to speak to the victims on the ground should help in collecting and preserving evidence and witness testimonies. Many victims may pass away but their kin will still be around to face the war criminals in a court of law.

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    Well said Ethir,

    Imperial Britain didn’t care for the Tamils when they annexed the numerically small Tamil nation and left it in the hands of the Sinhalese in 1948. They were/are still after their interests. Most powerful America, and Indian imperialists are only concerned with their interests – Tamils at all stages are used as bargaining chips or pawns for them to extract the best out of the Sinhalese rulers.

    Portuguese, Dutch and the British imperialists did the same for several centuries in the past. These advanced nations know how to manipulate the third world countries and their leaders to their best advantage.

    It boils down to imperialism then and now and will continue until our foolish lot realizes it.

    Sinhalese think they are better off keeping the Tamils down trodden: Tamils’ loss is their gain! It is a fallacy: House divided will eventually fall.

    If the Sinhalese leaders since independence were dedicated to the welfare of all the peoples of the island they would have made a Switzerland out of the island. Instead they have made a hell hole – the miracle of Asia!

    Our peoples are now left at the whims and fancies of foreign countries because our Sinhalese leaders since independence lacked sincerity, dedication, vision or even the best of political knowledge, unlike the late Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore who built a first world nation out of Chinese, Malays and Indians – mostly Tamils, to move our country forward. Lee Kuan Yew from the beginning could not be manipulated by the outside powers because he had a vision for the country he built up.

    Look at the dedication of Sirisena – he wants to groom his son just like what Mahinda did – these are the ‘exemplary’ leaders we have.

    I wouldn’t just blame the leaders, blame goes squarely on the Sinhalese society who elect corrupt, racist and all kinds unscrupulous fellows: What they get is what they deserve.

    If one were to come back after 100 years Sri Lanka will be the same – a third world country.

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    n. ethir:
    Sadly, I think your simple description is right on the money. However, that does not constitute an excuse for any of us with anything resembling a conscience the space to avoid resisting what is truly evil.

    Incidentally, I was hoping to meet you in the flesh but it has been a long while since we even communicated through this medium.

    Please do get in touch.

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    A footnote to that little tale would be the origin of the term “Goonda:” it was derived from the Sinhala-supremacist rhetoric

    The word Goonda comes from the Tamil word Goondan or Goondar (குண்டன் / குண்டர்)
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goonda

    Just as much as the word thug comes from the Indian cult Thuggee
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thuggee

    or the word Assassin from a medieval Nizari Ismaili sect
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assassins

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      sbarrkum:
      Thanks for that bit of fascinating information. I was aware of the origins of the (now-)English word thug but was unaware of the other two. As for “Goonda,” perhaps some local chose also to pun on the name of the politician concerned who despite all his rhetoric about “class struggles” etc. was not only a communalist in his conduct but a “caste-ist” into the bargain as one of his nieces who married outside the “govi-kula” could have vouched if she was still alive!

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    Emil,
    I returned to Los Angeles after 8 months in the North helping this year and last year mostly in education. I expect to return in December for a few months to tie up loose ends of education projects that I was helping. My 21 year six months visits will end next year. I am still a citizen of only Ceylon though my 13th passport calls the little feudal republic Sri Lanka.

    Hope we can meet then. I will enjoy that. Gihan de Chikera has my email. He and his sister are doing great work through drama.

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      n.ethir:
      Shall apply my google skills (?) to obtain your email from Gihan. However, I’m pretty sure you could find one of mine if you google my name!
      This is beginning to sound like a conversation between two computer neanderthals, you know!

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    Yeah Okay Emil, we get it…YOU had a MOM who had a GUN and she knew how to USE it, and she would’ve had no qualms blowing up – Nandikadal style – the village rusties (There you have the clue to the genesis of the JVP, but that’s another topic) and also YOU had domestic SERVANTS…an entire Tamil family was working for your household (Yet another topic, this time it’s about paternalism).

    You wanted to talk about the current developments in Geneva, but in the end you tell us the hackneyed snobbish snake-crept-into-the-fridge-and-then-into-the-TV-and-then….story. No wonder you dismiss the grave injustices and brutal exploitation inflicted upon several generations of the majority of the people of this country by colonialism as a myth.

    Emil, you can overcome anything in life, even ethnic prejudice, but it is not that easy to rise above class snobbishness.

    Anyway, nothing personal…you son of a gun. Take care.

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      Off the wall:
      Your brand of McCarthyism seems to have infected you and all the rest of the vermin parading as “patriots.” You probably don’t remember your patron saint, Tail Gunner Joe’s credo of “Take random samples (or make them up) and then make sweeping generalisations based on them.” The Tamil family whose welfare concerned my late mother were NOT “domestic servants” or whatever idiots like you would like to classify them. They were among poor Tamil agricultural workers, hundreds of thousands of whom were treated INHUMANELY over the years, with a number of “peaks” such as 1958 and 1983.
      I am certainly not going to waste time on bigots, explaining who I am, what I have done during my time on this earth etc. because that would be nothing but a total waste of time, given the level of stupidity that you and your ilk constantly display. However, I’d recommend looking in the mirror as you repeat the mantram, “Better to keep my mouth shut and look stupid than to open it and confirm the fact.”
      But then, how would one expect your tribe to understand anything about man’s inhumanity to man, particularly when practiced in the name of “race” or religion?!

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        Emil
        I know all about Tail Gunner Joe. I also know about Uncle Tom, house niggers, crackers, sellouts and those who ‘act white.’ Hey Emil, did your mom feed you a lot of Oreos when you were growing up? Anyway…take it easy, no hard feelings.

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          Off the wall:
          Sorry, bud, we didn’t have Oreos during WW II when a lot of us did without the crap that seems to have helped develop your “intelligence.” Incidentally, worse that the oreos of this world are the racists of indeterminate parentage who insist on trying to parade as defenders of all that is great (and Buddhist) in this world.
          Oh! And about “house niggers,” as one who obviously, when given the opportunity, revels in referring to “dhemelu,” I’d be a little more circumspect with that kind of terminology!

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            Emil
            HaHaHaHa…………..that was a good one.

            By the way, ‘house nigger’ is a term used by blacks themselves to disparage sellouts like you. I didn’t get to eat Oreos either. We were given the local ‘crackers.’

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              Off The Wall:
              I must express my deep gratitude for your having given of your erudition to explain what “house niggers” meant.
              Pray tell me, while you are about it, who did I sell out?
              Oreo-eaters, house niggers, or jackasses like you? If the last, I shall wear that as a badge of pride!

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    Besides Prabakaran , it was the Portugese , Dutch and the Pommie Goondas who massacred poor Sinhala Village people ,en mass.

    [Edited out]

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      Sumaney:
      I am going to break my vow about responding to your idiocies. Which Portuguese, Dutch of “Pommies” were responsible for the atrocities since 1948?

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        Mr Poorten,

        Mangala’s mates also backdated their Investigation of Atrocities only to 2002..Right..

        How cool is that…

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          KASmaalam K.A Sumanasekera

          “Mangala’s mates also backdated their Investigation of Atrocities only to 2002..Right..”

          Should be back dated to 5th April 1971.

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      I wish you wouldn’t raise that hoary old chestnut about our colonial masters. They felt at home because of the many opportunist locals who took the proffered shilling (and promises of further goodies) to deliver us stuffed and trussed. We could have, IF we were smart, easily overwhelmed the first bedraggled hordes who landed on our golden shores. Instead our inquisitiveness and naivety got the better of us, and when the going got tough we ran for the hills.

      Cut the squealing, tear up those old losing betting slips, and lets move on. Just be thankful that they left some good behind.

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        Spring Koha

        “IF we were smart, easily overwhelmed the first bedraggled hordes who landed on our golden shores.”

        Thanks we should have manhanddled those 700 Vija’s Goondas, put them back in their Kallathonies and sent them back to Lata land in Venga Desa.

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