31 October, 2020

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A Walk In ‘American Shoes’

By Malinda Seneviratne –

Malinda Seneviratne

Every culture has its own repositories of wisdom, embedded in sacred text or even in folk lore. Every culture has idioms and fables that are prescriptive or at least of a nature that calls for deep reflection.

There’s a proverb sourced to the Cherokee tribe of Native Americans, given life by Harper Lee’s celebrated novel ‘To Kill a Mocking Bird’ that goes like this: ‘Don’t judge a man until you have walked a mile in his shoes’.

The world has been ‘globalized’ to such an extent that the human race is constantly forced to encounter difference, in people and ideas, political preferences and ideological bent, ethnic identity and religious persuasion. It is perhaps a sign of a fundamental species flaw that human tend to link ‘difference’ to ‘enmity’. We perceive difference first, commonality later (if at all). If first impressions count then this can be perhaps the main reason for intolerance, fear, hatred and violence.

Last week the United States of America was set ablaze; first in Boston and then in Texas (fertilizer plant). There was also a mysterious substance enclosed in an envelope sent to US President Barack Obama, rekindling anxieties first produced over a decade ago with the deadly Anthrax ‘posts’. The USA has known violence. Almost 3000 people died in the 9/11 attacks. The Oklahoma bomb (1994) killed 168. A year before, and exactly 20 years to the day before the Texas explosion (April 19) when 14 died, 76 men, women and children were killed in a standoff between the FBI and a Protestant Sect, Branch Davidians (breakaway group of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church) where the tactics used make US allegations regarding how Sri Lanka dealt with terrorists in rescuing over 200,000 hostages laughable.

Does the world understand the sorrow, horror and perhaps anger of the USA? Has the world walked the required distance in ‘American Shoes’ to fully empathize? Well, the rest of the world has had more than its fair share of Bostons, Oklahomas, Wacos and Twin Towers. Marathons too. Jeyaraj Fernandopulle, a minister was one of 14 victims of an LTTE bomb-attack at an Avurudu Marathon event. It can be safely said, then, that the US is now being forced to walk in non-US shoes. Not out of choice, of course.

What is ironic about all this is that some of those ‘non-US shoes’ were actually US-made or else US-marketed. It is no secret that Washington, as per ‘strategic needs’ (economic and military) has not just fuelled terrorism but indeed has manufactured dissent and violence, causing immeasurable harm to peoples all over the world.

The search for those responsible for the Boston Marathon bombings ended on Friday in a shootout where one of the suspects was killed and the other, his brother, injured and subsequently arrested. Boston came to a stop. Trains and buses didn’t run. Offices and schools were shut. Residents were advised to stay home with doors and windows locked. Compare this to Sri Lanka where for more than two decades a bomb explosion could be expected any second and one concludes that the USA is not ready to live with terrorism. It is not a ‘reality’ that anyone should wish on anyone else of course, but it does not hurt to suggest to the good people of that country to walk in the shoes of people from less fortunate countries.

If a couple of bombs saw the USA rush home and lock itself inside, Americans of that country can easily imagine why Sri Lanka, for example, is wary of anyone and anything associated with the LTTE, and why those who re-mouth the uttering of LTTE proxies, sympathizers, operatives and apologists are treated with suspicion. When one of the suspects was finally apprehended, there was cheering. No one called it ‘Triumphalism’, one notes. Having walked in the shoes that the US has been forced to wear, Sri Lanka understands.

President Obama said the attackers had chosen the wrong city to bomb. Is there a ‘right’ city, though? Will Obama at least now have the humility to wear those other shoes and walk the requisite distances? Will some of the empathy of the world rub off on the USA? Time will tell.

*Malinda Seneviratne is the Chief Editor of ‘The Nation’ and his articles can be found at www.malindawords.blogspot.com

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    What Obama knows, Obama cannot say… So much for Presidential power!

    It has to be extremely frustrating and disheartening to have the intellect and education to know right and wrong, and still have to make choices based on other priorities. Even more painful to be criticized by adversaries, just because they can, not because they know more than he does.

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    What I would like to tell Malinda Seneviratne is that he should walk a mile in the shoes of a Tamil civilian who lost a mother, brother, sister or child at the hands of the Sri Lankan military in the last stages of the war an empathise with him before writing silly articles about how Americans responded to the capture of the terrorist.

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      Excellent point!
      MS is however brain dead and brain washed and will not feel anything even if he spoke to a thousand Tamil civilians who lived through 30 years of war and military and LTTE occupation!

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      Piranha

      I agree.

      Guys like you, however need to do the same.

      Walk a mile. In the shoes of a Sri Lankan family devastated by numerous LTTE atrocities over 30 years?

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        Ben,

        I am not sitting in my armchair like Malinda and pontificating about how the US should or should not behaved after the capture of the terrorists while completely overlooking what Rajapaksa should have done after defeating the LTTE. Celebrating victory is acceptable and understandable but at the same time forgetting what caused the 30 years of mayhem and failing to reach out to the tamils, most of whom were also victims of the LTTE, was utter stupidity and shows an unbuddhist nasty streak in the Rajapaksa brothers.

        All Sri Lankans are glad the LTTE is no more but the tamil people’s problems continue. Malinda is a dyed in the wool Rajapaksa asslicker and apologist whose propaganda on behalf of the Rajapaksa regime and the Sinhala extremists is not good for the welfare of the nation. My family and I have suffered at the hands of both the LTTE and the Sri Lankan military so I can say that I have the experience and the right to voice my opinion, unlike Malinda.

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      Piranha,
      I truly understand the damage and the agony of those Tamil civilians that were killed in ‘the last stages of the war’. But why talk just last stages? Wasn’t civilians killed before were not humans?

      Truly, we must sympathise for all civilian deaths at all Eelam wars and in between them from 14th May 1976, the day that Tamil leaders declared war on Sri Lanka at Waddukkodai and not just last stages of the last war. Remember, there were more than 280 human bombs that LTTE had blasted in buses, trains and public places that killed and maimed tens of thousands of civilians. In addition there were tens of thousands of civilians killed by Tamils who walked merrily in LTTE shoes to help reach their pipe dream, Eelam. So you try and walk in the shoes of relations of those dead civilians and those who survived from said attacks and blasts that we have faced daily for more than thirty years.

      Towards the end of the last war, terrorists walked 300,000 civilians by force as cannon fodder in front of them. That’s the truth. Finally terrorists held them as hostages and put up mud bunds to prevent hostages run away. Hostages were terrorists trump card. And President Obama wanted our president for restrain and let terrorists surrender to a third party.

      But see, how Obama reacted when just two bombs exploded at his home turf. He said; “But we will pick ourselves up. We’ll keep going. We will finish the race.” To start the race, 9000+ Boston police, federal agents, National Guard troops and SWAT teams locked down an entire city and went in with full force, with armoured vehicles and armed to teeth in combat gear, in search of a 19 year old kid and his brother who were alleged to have set two pressure cooker bombs. These are the very people who blame us for using excessive force.

      With all that force could they get both bombers alive? NO. They shut down the entire city, kept people indoors to kill one man and go on in search of the injured 19 year old who was hiding in a boat. Imagine madness they would be and what force they would use if they faced a situation like in Mullawaikkal in May 2009 closer to their home. I feel pity for mantality of the American leadership.
      Leela

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        Leela:
        That must be the most hypocritical statement made by any of the Rajapassa Psycho-fancy: “I truly understand the damage and the agony of those Tamil civilians that were killed in ‘the last stages of the war’.”
        You are a racist unmentionable who has given all of us ample evidence of your credentials on this website.
        However, this bit of hypocrisy is “up there” even by your standards!

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          Aney Apchchi,

          Noticed how much you love to put yourself on a pedestal.

          Does it give you kick? Being the only person capable of occupying the “moral high ground”. In your own world.

          Cheers!

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        Look who’s talking, the Sinhala racist, who hates the Tamils to the core is playing innocent here. No one needs to read all his crap, just browsing his old articles alone will tell how much of Sinhala-Buddhist chauvinism is within his head.

        Why don’t they first walk a mile in the shoes of the Tamils who were under the occupied state terrorists for over 30 years? These are the same Sinhala racists who justified the burying of the innocent Tamil children in their bunkers. The Sinhala racists and state terrorists can loot, rape, torture, maim and kill the Tamils but when the Tamils (LTTE) retaliate they became terrorists. These pathetic Sinhala creatures want the Tamils to tolerate every Sinhala atrocity against the Tamils and be silent partners when their Tamil blood thirsty Sinhala racist state terrorists kill and bury their family members in Sri Lanka in mass graves.

        They want the Tamils of the Diaspora to ignore all of that while the Sinhala cyber thugs like Leela justifying all the killings in the name of sovereignty. They want the Tamils in the Diaspora to be quiet or join the Sinhala racists who are trying to white wash the crimes committed against the innocent Tamils.

        They want the Tamils to urge the rich nations to continue to fill the Sinhala begging bowl to colonize their own homes and villages where their forefathers lived and defended for centuries with the Sinhala squatters. They expect every Sri Lankan Tamil in the Diaspora to be like some Sinhala boot licking Tamil traitors or like some Tamil weasels whose whole purpose in the internet forums are getting kudos from the Sinhalese. The Sinhalese have new name for those Tamils who willingly subjugate themselves to the Sinhalese and backstab the other Tamils, ‘MODERATE TAMILS.’

        I don’t have much time to waste replying to the blabbering of this Sinhala racist Malinda. But I find it is pathetic for him to suggest to walk in other peoples shoes when the Sinhalese can loot, rape, torture, maim, kill and even bury alive the innocent Tamils in their bunkers and in mass graves, but the Tamils can’t even rejoice if America give up their selfish interests and bring justice to the Sinhala war criminals.

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    You say, “It is no secret that Washington, as per ‘strategic needs’ (economic and military) has not just fuelled terrorism but indeed has manufactured dissent and violence, causing immeasurable harm to peoples all over the world.”

    Why don’t you write an article about state terrorism in Sri Lanka?

    Let the world at large know about:

    1.white vans,
    2.grease yakkas,
    3.killing, abductions and intimidation of journalists,
    4.burning down of newspapers and television stations,
    5.proxy thugs like the BBS aided and abetted by the government, 6.vandalism and breaking up of mosques, churches and kovils,

    …isn’t this all ‘strategic needs’ for your employers the Rajapajsas?

    …you can’t fool the readers of CT.

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      Mr. Bean

      Many others do it already. Read Tisaranee Gunasekara for an example.

      Writing can help galvanize us. But, harldy enough.

      Rajapassa clan is well entrenched. Media under their control. Elections are fixed through “Gilmart” system.

      Only an uprising in the streets of Sri Lanka will do justice to this terrible family run dictatorship in Sri Lanka.

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      Presidunce:
      Right on! Keep telling it like it is!

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    The difference is US forces made sure that not a single civilian was killed or wounded by a government bullet.If you cant see the difference I feel very sorry for the readers of “The Nation”.

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      How will he understand when his blood and gene is immersed with concept of genocide?

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        Hello again Manisekaran

        There was a genocide in Rwanda. There was another during the 2nd World War. Known as the “Holocaust”.

        Sri Lanka has HR related problems. But, no genocide. Despite your dreams of it. Day and night. So that, you could use it to promote your Ealam pipe dream.

        60% of all Tamil Sri Lankans live in Colombo among all other races.

        Since you claim to be from Tamil Nadu, I am starting to wonder about your own literacy level?

        Definition of genocide is 8th grade reading here in Sri Lanka. Everybody goes to school here.

        Except of course those poor Tamil kids in the north of Sri Lanka those days. Who were kidnapped by your “hero” & “Sun God”. Talented Mr. VP.

        Cheers!

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          Mr Ben, Dont worry about my literacy level.

          I was neither supporter of LTTE nor violence of any form, anywhere. I hate IPKF action, equally military atrocities of Indian armed forced on NE front in India as much as US or Iraq or any.

          I have conscience call my country military atrocities on tribal men unlike you for just sake of your origin as sinhala standing with heartless military and government which killed, raped innocent civilians during last stages of war.

          I am with my Tamil brothers and sisters for their equality in srilanka and in their choice as ” separate eelam or federal structure within united srilanka or any xyz solution that they feel good for the majority of them”

          I know what is genocide , better can you learn that by what you did to burghers community that i learnt from many posts here.. what would you call that elimination of burghers. Kindness??

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            Manisekaran

            Problem is your Ealamist bretheren.

            A XYZ solution will not do it for them.

            They are ethno nationalistic fascists. It is either their way or the high way. Their solution is Ealam.

            Fine you call Tamils your brothers. But so are Sinhalese. And Muslims and all others. All human beings. So make an effort to discard your narrow Tamil only mentality.

            Glad you understand the meaning of the word genocide. Use it with care. An important word. Never use it for cheap propaganda.

            There are still a lot of Burghers in Sri Lanka. I count many among my friends and extended family. However, a lot emigrated to Australia under preferential treatment. Due to racist immigration policies in white only Australia at that time. Burghers are partly European. Some did not like the Sinhala Buddhist nationalist turn Sri Lanka took after Independence. Some just left for a better life like millions of other Sri Lankans. But, cos’ of their already low numbers emigration affected their community a lot more here in Sri Lanka. Burghers who are here are fantastic people that enrich Sri Lanka greatly.

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              It is not cheap propaganda; It is a fact. Only you believe in false propganda by your government. May be like Matale incident, after few years, you will accept though you know it clearly now.

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          I think only a demented Sinhala moron would justify the 21st century Ethnic cleansing in Sri Lanka by pointing out the incidents happened centuries ago in America in the age of colonization of the New world.

          These Sinhala Racists are trying to justify the ETHNIC CLEANSING/ State Sponsored Sinhala colonization of the historic habitat of the Tamils in Sri Lanka. Only the racists and extremists supported and encouraged this kind of move by the governments in other countries. Those leaders rightfully got punished. You are also not just supporting but justifying it and also denying the genocide that took place.

          The world punished those neo internal colonialists in Serbia, Bosnia and Kosovo, and dragged those leaders who encouraged the majority people to occupy the land and homes of the minority’s to the War crime Tribunal. IF IT WAS WRONG IN EUROPE, IT IS WRONG IN SRI LANKA AS WELL.

          You can and you will blabber anything to avoid an International independent Investigation. But trust me, sooner or later the Sinhala war criminals will face the consequences for the killings of Tamil. We the Tamil Diaspora will not rest until it happens.

          When the Tamils took arms to defend their homeland, they knew well that there will be bloodshed. They didn’t expect to get a country on a platter like the British gave the entire island to the Sinhalese. Everybody know that no war is over until one of the warring parties sign a treaty and accept defeat. The Tamil’s quest to free their homeland from the Sinhala racists has not ended in the banks of Nanthikadal. It was just a setback due to the treachery of the anti-Tamil Indian mafia. The phase of armed struggle might be over but the Tamil struggle for peace and dignity in their Tamil homeland is NOT OVER YET.

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      Newton

      On which planet do you live? Or are you just idiotic?

      Two days before the horrific Boston bombings.

      USA bombed a remote village in Afganistan. And killed 15 impoverished little children by mistake. There was hardly any news coverage for that.

      Most Americans now accept that drones can kill up to even 200 civilians as long as there target is also taken out.

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        You said , “By mistake”. But In end days of war, Military willfully did killings on civilians for simple fact that they were tamils. There is a huge difference to both.

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          Let me correct you.

          Military willfully realeased 300 000 Tamil Sri Lankan civilians. From “Talentend Mr. VP’s massive jail house in northern jungles Sri Lanka.

          I beleive there was massive civilian casualities.

          6000 SLA soldiers dead as well. 25 000 soldiers on wheels chairs in the end. As a result.

          Who provided the funding for weapons required for VP’s brutal operations on Sri Lankan soil? Why are they allowed to roam free in Western Capitals as nothing has happened here in Sri Lanka for 30 years.

          Grabbing leading overseas LTTE backers and dragging them to jusitce should be the task of Intelligence Services of Sri Lanka. Not running around in While Vans disrupting political rallies etc.

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            Then why so much worry for subjecting to independent impartial UN inquiry to everything?

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              Manisekaran,

              UN? Why? To satisfy cunning calculations of Ealmists worldwide?

              Ealamists are only looking to internationalise the issue. Hoping such a process will deliver Ealam at the end. Not out of any human kindness for any victims. Understood?

              If Rajapassa regime is unwilling to do Justice to any abuses by the State. Next regime will.

              Any justice will be carried out by Sri Lankans. In Sri Lanka. Sooner or later. Not by any unaccountable, unrepresentative and non-transparent foriegners with vested interests.

              After eradicating terror. Establsihing rule of law should be our next national priority. That is why I support sending corrupt Rajapassa home asap.

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            Ben Hurling:
            You ask, “Who provided the funding for weapons required for VP’s brutal operations on Sri Lankan soil? Why are they allowed to roam free in Western Capitals as nothing has happened here in Sri Lanka for 30 years.’
            Have you heard of a guy called “Kumar Pathmanathan?” How about Daya Master, “Colonel Karuna,” the guy suffering from dwarfism in the Eastern Province etc?
            Would you mind telling us where they are, what they are doing, who is their patron etc. etc?
            Come off it man, NOBODY believes your recent re-birth to a life of decency!

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              They cut a deal with the State in time.

              All 3 contributed massivley to the downfall of “Talented Mr. VP”.

              Rehabilitated and forgiven to a great extent by Sri Lanka. Despite their horrific past. A strategic choice made by the state for greater good. According to GOSL’s logic. Time will show.

              Please note 90% of all arrested LTTE detainess are now home with their families. Give credit when it is due.

              I know it is difficult for you. Swallow your “I know everything” pride.

              “Extra Ordinary Rendition” of LTTE Mastermind KP from Malaysia to Sri Lanka through an Intelligence operation is the way to go. That is how Sri Lanka should go after extremists who are looking to resurrect LTTE from relative safety of other countries. We should hunt them down where ever they are.

              No apologies about that.

              Cheers!

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        Dear Ben
        I was talking about Boston incident , US forces will never use excessive force to control the situation in their country. Afghanistan is an enemy territory for Americans.

        You may feel and treat Tamils as enemies but still Tamils are Sri Lankan citizens at least on the book.

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          Newt,

          “US forces made sure that not a single civilian was killed or wounded by a government bullet”…in Boston?…ha.ha..ha!

          You are comparing Boston Police operations. To catch a 19 year old already wounded terrorist. Running for his life. With the last stage of Ealam War IV against world’s worst terrorist outfit, the LTTE. Where SLA was taking massive casualties to release 300 000 Tamil Sri Lankans from “Talented Mr. VP’s” Open Air Prison in Vanni?

          If Tamils are considered enemies wonder why we have 6000 dead SLA soldiers after last stage of the war? Howcome 25 000 young men of SLA are on Wheel Chairs for ever? Truth is SLA was taking massive hits to safeguard to the extent possible, in the thick of battle, innocent Tamil Sri Lankan civilians. Who were being used as a human shiled by “Talented Mr. VP”. Did you forget?

          So..it is OK for USA to kill in Iraq & Afganistan cos’ it is enemy territory?

          Let me do a count. So far we have 3400 dead Americans due to terror on US soil. To fix that they have killed a million plus and counting Iraqis and Afganistan. Because US Army operates in enemy territories according to your logic.

          World will not change much. We have billions who believe in your kind of stupid logic. Truly targic!

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            Ben
            300000 were released secured in barbed wire camps for their own safety from wild animals ,another 40000-70000 were released from worldly sorrows and given eternal peace,Their houses and properties were demolished free of charge only to build new,Their lands being grabbed to avoid them toil hard in their land …
            Whatever we do for them these Tamils never understand

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              Oh dear Newt,

              Sure. 300 000 had to be screened. GOSL simply could not let hardcore LTTE slip through the net. In the guise of civilians. To come back and haunt us again. Temporary detention was a necessary evil. For greater good.

              BTW, I recall you guys calling them “Concentration Camps”. As dumb as that “Genocide” propaganda BS you utter all the time.

              What makes you an idiot is your claim of 4-700 000 dead civilians. That sounds like an extermiantion program taken from Hitler’s book.

              GOSL is grabbing land in the South too. Specially in Colombo. Reason our fascist defence minister Gota. He will have to go home soon. Do not worry. It is an issue for all Sri Lankans to resist.

              BTW, have you noticed almost all landmines laid by “Talented Mr. VP” have now been removed?

              Have you done anything for the long suffering Tamil Sri Lankans of the north? Apart from endless whining and patronising.

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            Ben
            I suspect in addition to other ailing you have an eye sight problem as well.
            You will not accept discrepancy between our own government agents records
            You will not accept the figure from people like Gordon Wise
            You will not accept the figure given by Bishop Rayappu Joseph
            You are not ready to conduct an independent investigation for such serious allegation.
            If you or other Sinhalese feel Tamils as your fellow citizens you should be the first people asking for an independent inquiry at least for the sake of clearing the security forces from such allegations.
            The way claim moral high ground without any guilty feeling shows that it will take many more years to real reconciliation process to start.

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              Newt,

              LLRC goes a long way to address this issue. But, Rajapassa is not bothered.

              This regime is hardly law abiding. They will not follow up. See how lawless the South is. All killers go free.

              The first step would be to send Rajapassa home. Then elect a regime that respects rule of law.

              Truth about these claims will come out then. Truth may hurt us. But, we will be a stronger nation.

              We can also set up an inquiry in Sri Lanka. General Fonseka has already said he will cooperate.

              What I will not accept is outsiders poking into our affiars with ulterior motives, besides justice.

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          Ben Hurling

          “Please note 90% of all arrested LTTE detainess are now home with their families. Give credit when it is due.”

          I see your point.

          You counted them out.

          Did you count them in?

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            Native Vedda

            I see your point too.

            There will be a day anyone who did extra-judicial killings must answer the Sri Lankan people. I believe they did take place.

            What happened in Matale is coming out now. 20 years later.

            I support full investigations where ever abuse of power took place. I do not expect it from this regime though.

            What I do not want is International vultures, with vested interests, entering the scene to exploit our plight.

            Truth Commission in Sri Lanka by Sri Lankans will be ideal.

            We have a lot of competent, decent citizens in Sri Lanka. Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims and others. Problem is they are not in our government. We have to do something about that.

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    Malinda;

    What about the Rajapassa clan walking on CHINESE Shoes. Marketing On Underdevelop countries to suck their blood, like the colonial powers did.
    are not they on same clothing, but logo as COMMUNIST??????.

    Enlighten Your BOSSES FIRST about chinese SHOES.

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    Malinda Seneviratne asks the USA to walk in our shoes but why? To understand what we went through in Sri Lanka? I do not think so. Instead he implies that the USA condone and excuse the Sri Lankan government’s style of governance as merely a natural response to the trauma of the past 30 years. This is a shallow attempt to justify the arrogance, cruelty, corruption, nepotism, and the dismantling of all democratic freedoms of the people of this country for the personal interest of one man and his family. As one commentator put it Malinda Seneviratne will do well to walk in the shoes of a Tamil to understand what it is to be a minority citizen in this country. I dare say he needs to walk in the shoes of any one who values law and order, truth, integrity,justice and freedom.

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    Nobody called it triumphalism when people cheered at the capture of the bomber! That is because thousands of civilians were not killed in the process. That is because there was indeed zero civilian casualties. That was because 350,000 people were not put in a barbed wire enclosed open prison without adequate shelter.

    Rhode Island in the US does celebrate Victory Day (Victory over Japan day). This is not without controversy. There are usually protests organised against the celebration. No other State in the US celebrates this day. The point that has to be taken from this is that in the US people are protesting against celebrating a victory over a foreign country. In Sri Lanka Malinda implicitly advocates the celebration over the victory of our own citizens. Even if you say that the LTTE is a terrorist outfit what should be remembered is that the thousands of cadres leave behind thousands of family members (quite apart from the hundreds of thousands of civilians who have lost there relatives, property and dignity). The US does not celebrate its victory in the Civil War. That is because the South suffered significantly and it would not have been respectful. Why doesn’t Malinda walk in those shoes of America?

    In terms of comparators he should look at the civil war in the US and not a random bombing by two young men who were not citizens of the US.

    Malinda, was one of those who intentionally underreported the number of civilians who were held by the LTTE. He gleefully pointed to the census reports claiming that only 70,000 people were trapped and ridiculed reports from the ground that there were 400,000 people. I have not seen any apology or retraction. This demonstrates his complicity in the whole underreporting. If there is a trial for war crimes, I think he too could be charged.

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    Malinda says, “..We perceive difference first, commonality later (if at all). If first impressions count then this can be perhaps the main reason for intolerance, fear, hatred and violence.”

    I guess the BBS went in the opposite direction to your theory, as the “commonality” existed for eons here until the BBS and it’s protectors used the “difference” to promote the “..intolerance, fear, hatred and violence.”

    Walk a mile in Fashion Bug’s shoes and check it out!

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      And stop writing bullshit in the guise of intellectual wisdom. It don’t work!

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        Peter

        May I remind you that wisdom and Lankans don’t mix.

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    He walk in JHU made shoes very often attracted by BBS,SR made shoes too. Let him walk in shoes of Tamil, Muslim and Christian of sri Lankan and write a article how he feels it.

    Will see whether those shoes make any difference to him…. I believe he wont be able to remove the shoes he is wearing in order to wear other.

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    It’s intellectual dishonesty not to admit that he does not enjoy absolute editorial freedom to write whatever he wants. Indeed, he is supposed to confine his verbal pyrotechnics within the boundaries of the wishes of his boss.Otherwise, he will lose his job.

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    Speaking a lot of others shoes, who provided this set to VP and his
    followers; may be the shoe-less sinhalaya and his politics todate?

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    This is good one from the todays Island

    “When Vice-President Dick Cheney assured us: “There is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction. There is no doubt he is amassing them to use against our friends…and against us,” we just assumed he was lying as usual.

    And when Colin Powell, the secretary of state, told the UN Security Council that “Saddam Hussein and his regime are concealing their efforts to produce more weapons of mass destruction….We know that Iraqi government officials…have hidden prohibited items in their homes,” we thought he meant nukes and poison gas and nasty biological agents. Poor old Colin, we thought. An innocent soldier, too gullible for his own good.

    But we were all wrong. The real threat was pressure cookers, and there were thousands of them in the homes of Iraqi officials”

    “These penitential thoughts are inspired by the charge brought against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving brother of the two young Chechen-Americans who detonated two pressure cookers stuffed with explosives and ball-bearings at the Boston Marathon last week, killing three and wounding several hundred. It was a wicked deed that brought great sorrow to many families – but are pressure cookers really “weapons of mass destruction”?

    The US Department of Justice certainly thinks so. On 22 April it charged the 19-year-old Tsarnaev with “using and conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction against persons and property.” Not a nuclear weapon, or poison gas, or some filthy plague, but a home-made bomb that killed three people.

    The US federal government’s definition of a “weapon of mass destruction”, it turns out, is quite different from the one we ordinary mortals use. It covers almost any explosive device, specifically including bombs, grenades, mines, and small rockets and missiles.”

    So when the US wants to fix a man even a innocuous pressure cooker can become a weapon of mass destruction. Leave alone the Drones and Laser guided bombs and missiles that kill hundreds of civilians in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

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