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After The Kosgama Explosions

By Izeth Hussain

Izeth Hussain

Izeth Hussain

It has to be expected that after the Kosgama explosions most Sri Lankans will wonder whether the fell hand of the LTTE was behind them. That might be irresponsible speculation, but not if it is seen in the perspective of what was revealed, prior to the explosions, in the US State Department’s annual Report on terrorism. The crucially significant detail is that the LTTE has continued to get funds from its supporters in the West and elsewhere and has used those funds to purchase weapons. It reported also that LTTE members had been arrested in Malaysia in connection with plotted terrorist activity against the US and Israel in South India. We can assume, however, that the major objective behind the LTTE purchase of weapons would be for possible action in Sri Lanka.

Even if it turns out that the LTTE had absolutely nothing to do with the Kosgama explosions, we still have to consider the significance of those weapons purchases. A possible reason could arise out of the prevailing expectation of an agreement between the Government and the TNA about a political solution. If that materializes, the LTTE could leave behind a very horrible record for posterity: it could come to be seen as the greatest disaster that befell the Tamil people in their millennial history.

First of all, let us consider the credit side of its record. Discrimination against the Tamils reached its apogee with standardization of university entrance in 1971, and State terrorism sank to its worst abysmal depth in 1983. Tamils were burnt alive in the streets of Colombo with total impunity, a demonstration that they could be treated as worse than pariah dogs. When President JR addressed the nation, five days after the commencement of the riots, he horrified the rest of the world by striking a triumphalist note. The Tamils were put in the position of having to fight to affirm their humanity. The LTTE did so on behalf of the Tamils, and put up a performance as a guerilla force that was beyond comparison. That is how most of the rest of the world outside Sri Lanka sees that performance, while not approving of the quest for Eelam.

The debit side of the record began in 1994 with the LTTE rejecting every offer of a political solution, including an offer of federalism. It made the international efforts at mediation look farcical. On the military plane, it swallowed whole the myth of its own invincibility and sank to total defeat in 2009. The death tally was horribly disproportionate: 25,000 on the Sinhalese side and 75,000 on the Tamil side. During the period 2006 to 2009 it was seen that that though the LTTE had enormous prowess on the battle-field it had failed to understand that it could not win a conventional war against the Sri Lankan armed forces. The essential conditions for successful guerilla warfare were not available to it. After the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi, South India was no longer available as its hinterland, and the terrain for hit-and-run guerilla warfare was too limited in Sri Lanka, so that it found itself compelled prematurely to fight a conventional war that it could not possibly win. The myth of invincibility – the LTTE’s hubris – was behind its final military failure.

By 2009 the image of the LTTE was far distant from that of a liberating national movement. It had more than a savage streak for that, a savagery shown both towards the non-Tamils and the Tamils. There was for instance the killing of 600 policemen who had surrendered. There was also the expulsion of around 80,000 Muslims from the North, which has been classified as the only act of genocide in the quarter century war. It may be that some Muslims were engaged in espionage as alleged by the LTTE. But why was it necessary to expel 80,000 inclusive of women and children, at the notice of less than 24 hours, and with not much more than the clothes on their backs? More than a touch of savagery is indicated there. It is known that LTTE rule over the Tamils who were at their mercy was absolute and brutal. It is not just that child soldiers were used by the LTTE: the greater horror is that many were kidnapped and forcibly conscripted against the wishes of the parents. I wonder whether there is any parallel in history to the LTTE using around 330,000 fellow Tamils as human shields in the final days of the war. Now details are coming out about instructions given to LTTE cadres to shoot fleeing Tamils on their legs.

So, the LTTE which – for its devotees – began with the image of noble and courageous fighters for justice for an oppressed people ended the war with the image of gory savages who brought unparalleled disaster for that people. It would be understandable therefore if it now wants to redeem its image to the extent that might be possible, and that the weapons purchases have something to do with that. What might be its program? I think that it can be ruled out that the LTTE is so foolhardy as to start another war for Eelam. Its program – assuming for the moment that there is one – could have something to do with the core problem for the hard-line Tamils: to get not just fair and equal treatment for the Tamils but a very wide measure of devolution amounting to a confederal arrangement in lieu of Eelam. That is not something on which a Government in Colombo can ever be expected to deliver. Perhaps the LTTE wants to show – by engaging in hit-and-run destructive forays – that the alternative to a confederal arrangement might be too costly. We have to speculate because we have to try to make sense of the LTTE weapons purchases – while hoping that it’s a temporary aberration with no great significance for the future.

In recent articles I have been stressing the crucial importance of the international dimension of the ethnic problem, in which connection I have argued that Tamil Nadu is the core factor. I must make some clarifications as my argument could be misunderstood. Firstly, it is cold sober undeniable fact that we don’t have a purely indigenous Tamil ethnic problem. If there were no Tamils in Tamil Nadu, if there were no fall-out there from what is done to the Tamils here, there would be no Tamil ethnic problem that concerns the international community. Tamil Nadu is therefore the core problem in that factual sense. Secondly, Tamil Nadu can be more sympathetic towards our Tamils than Delhi because of commonalities of religion, language, and culture. Thirdly – and this is the crucial point – that does not mean that Tamil Nadu will go along with our Tamils on everything. The reason is that the two groups of Tamils are distinct, not identical, which means that their interests may not coincide at every point. I first argued the third point in a seminar paper presented sometime around 1990 – the first attempt at a systematic analysis of the Tamil Nadu factor in our Tamil ethnic problem. I believe that my argument was substantiated by developments after the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi, and I believe that it remains valid today. I don’t therefore anticipate really substantial support from Tamil Nadu for a recrudescence of violent LTTE militancy. The support from the rest of the international community will be even less. But to ensure that our Governments must be seen to be giving fair and equal treatment to the minorities.

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    A Rational and Unbiased Analysis!

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      Oh yes, A Rational and Unbiased Analysis!

      Izeth Anti-Tamil Hussain’s imagination and reasoning circles around attacking Tamils wherever and whenever he gets a chance.

      Is he capable of imagining that it is an inside job done by the big boys in the military?

      I have a strong feeling now that the war is over, and the commission income from war material purchases have dried up, ‘the big boys’ have found a new way to generate cash flow for them.

      Watch out for more of these ‘accidents’.

      Wake up Izeth Anti-Tamil Hussain, your imagination is a creaking old one that needs oiling with gingerly oil on your scalp!

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        Another pathetic attempt by this anti-Tamil basher to try an implicate LTTE in this disaster. He is dishonest when he says US state department has warned of LTTE resurgence while covering up the warning that Srilanka in trying to curb LTTE resurgence is missing the ISIS terror in Srilanka. It is now becoming clear that it is an inside job and that these unspent ammunition were to be sold back to the Chinese suppliers. This idiot always jumps the gun in attacking Tamils for evry thing in Srilanka. However much he tries to curry favour with the Sinhalese, the perception of the Sinhalese of Muslims will never change. In trying yo link this disaster with political solution to Tamils is mischievous, probably with an underlying agenda to disrupt any settlement.

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          Izeth Anti-Tamil Hussain,

          Know how your Muslim brothers are governing a country: Are they civilized people?

          Dutch woman jailed for reporting her rape in Qatar – News item

          A Dutch woman who told Qatari police she had been drugged and raped in March has been in government detention ever since on unclear charges, a lawyer said on Saturday.

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        Anti-Tamil Hussain,

        In a sign of new Taliban brutality, a young man is skinned alive says a News item today.

        Why don’t you go and justify what your Muslim brothers are doing in the world instead of spitting venom on Tamils?

        Are Tamils the political foot ball for you satanic moron?

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      By writing this type of articles, IH,[Edited out] his purpose is right, because Muslims were the ones who benefited while the two were battling, holding ministerial positions and, he doesn’t want to see such an opportunity being lost. Such shrewd mind is the driving force which propels him behind to write kind of articles he has been writing; they never provided any information which helps mend relationship between the two but to aggravate a bad situation even worse. Invariably he plays his music to the ears of the extremists on either side, but most often to the majority’s because he believes being majorities such ploy is more effective with them. Here he tries a sentence to get under the skin to Tamils’ side “Tamils were burnt alive in the streets of Colombo with total impunity, a demonstration that they could be treated as worse than pariah dogs.”

      Irony in all this is, Tamils fight and as a result if a situation paves ways to sort out issues, guess who will be there in the front row to get the equal rights for minorities and etc., none other than IH and his men. His final sentence reinforces what I say here. The paragraph talks about Tamils and when it talks about positivity the sentence “But to ensure that our Governments must be seen to be giving fair and equal treatment to the minorities” finishes with minorities rather than Tamils, such was his cleverness, or duplicity. He believes he can fool everyone by playing selective music as and when needed. He wants to have LTTE presence here now badly more than anyone else. [Edited out]

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      Beware of the the threat from ISIS.
      The man who killed a French police couple at their home near Paris was acting on an order from so-called Islamic State (IS) to “kill infidels”, officials say.

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    What is in your mind?
    Let the Tamils live in peace, so you want another mass arrest about this incidents, why don’t you point MR, Gota and Wimal
    Oh you scared to say, already started the suicide jacket then mass arrest now you idiot starting up this

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    Izeth Hussain

    RE: After The Kosgama Explosions

    The cause of the Kosgama explosion is still unknown. It could be a number of reasons such as a soldier guard smoking, too much sun or rain, aging explosive chemicals, sheer incompetence of those who managed the facility, Mahinda Rajapaksa cronies, somebody stole part of the explosives and set the others to explode, LTTE or some idiot did not know what he did, or doing.

    “A possible reason could arise out of the prevailing expectation of an agreement between the Government and the TNA about a political solution. If that materializes, the LTTE could leave behind a very horrible record for posterity: it could come to be seen as the greatest disaster that befell the Tamil people in their millennial history.”

    The Tamils had their fair share of Low IQ Idiots. Many died. Looks like what was left have more common sense. Let’s hope that Common sense Tamils can hash out some compromise and move on, even though, still too many Tamul idiots floating around.

    This was best described by a Tamil man on the bi-modal IQ distribution of Tamils.

    Now getting a better understanding of the bimodal IQ distribution of the Tamils, as published in CT.

    The Story Of Two Graphs drawn by A Tamil Man: By Mahesan Niranjan

    Onion Prices and Tamil IQ Distributions

    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-story-of-two-graphs-drawn-by-a-tamil-man/onioniqdistributions/

    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-story-of-two-graphs-drawn-by-a-tamil-man/

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      Bravo Amarasiri. Low Q idiots – what other explanation can there be! I am writing this really to thank you for recommending Baker’s One Islam, Many Muslim Worlds. I got a copy and read it some weeks ago. Most enlightening about the intellectual ferment going on in the world of Islam which never gets reflected in the mainstream Western media.Excellent material for my purposes. – IH

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        You are blind to the racism being practiced in every Muslim ruled country, where other religious minorities are discriminated and in most persecuted. Most damage to world heritage had been done by Muslims in the past and will be so in the future if not checked. Any religion is judged by the way its adherents behave. Without any doubt, the most intolerant religion in the world is Islam. Today Arabs are being subjected to divine retributive action to the crimes committed by their ancestors to Sumerians and Jews. In Europe Arabs are being treated as dogs begging for mercy, living like pigs in dirty camps eating rubbish. I will not be surprised if Pakistanis will recieve the same fate as their Arab counterarts in the near future for the crimes committed to Dravidian civilisation and Hindus by their ancestors. From all what you have been writing, you are a confirmed low IQ idiot.

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          Well said Dr Ganana
          [Edited out]

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          [Edited out]

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        Hi Izeth

        do you have any view on the Orlando, Florida gay nightclub massacre by a Muslim terrorist

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    The explosion and complete destruction of the Sri Lanka Army’s central armoury located at the Salawa army camp in Kosgama has shocked the nation.

    On 07 June former president Mahinda Rajapaksa contributed his thoughts on the matter
    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-reality-behind-the-explosion-at-the-army-central-armoury-in-kosgama

    Aspersions were cast on another former president. Chandrika Bandaranayake defended herself in
    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/salawa-blast-cbk-in-clarification-to-colombo-telegraph-says-she-isnt-responsible/

    Speculations are rife and today Colombo Telegraph carried
    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/exclusive-basil-and-pushpa-used-salawa-central-armoury-to-earn-big-bucks/

    On seeing the title of the present article by Izeth Hussain, one expected something new. The man starts “It has to be expected that after the Kosgama explosions most Sri Lankans will wonder whether the fell hand of the LTTE was behind them…”. Then he goes on and on about LTTE, Tamil Nadu, etc.

    The unkindest cut by Izeth is “….A possible reason could arise out of the prevailing expectation of an agreement between the Government and the TNA about a political solution….” . Izeth is among the few against a political solution to the Lankan predicament.

    Izeth is only interested in exploiting the weakness of extremists. This is abject dishonesty.

    Izeth believes in stoning female adulterer to death – not male adulterer. His fantasy is to do the same to all Tamils – male and females.

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    ” LTTE using around 330,000 fellow Tamils as human shields in the final days of the war.”

    only 295000 were rescued.So what izeth is telling the world is that the armed forces killed 35000.This comes close to the 40000 stated by the UN.

    So with two well respected entity and scribe quoting the same the internatioal community will accept the 40000 figure given by the UN.

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      Or, 35000 were killed by the LTTE before the armed forces could rescue them.

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        Taraki

        “Or, 35000 were killed by the LTTE before the armed forces could rescue them.”

        Did you pick this point from Gamanpilla Report or the verdict of Weerawansa?

        However, I was told that the army was sent to kill people and loot VP’s treasure (cash & gold).

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      Read ‘colonel’ Thamilini’s book…it will show what happened

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        sachooooooooooooooooooooo the stupid II

        “Read ‘colonel’ Thamilini’s book…it will show what happened”

        Does the book tell the detail of how VP won two elections and a war for Mahinda?

        Did she indicate how much MR paid VP to win the first election?

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      shankar

      “only 295000 were rescued.So what izeth is telling the world is that the armed forces killed 35000.This comes close to the 40000 stated by the UN.”

      Maha Mootal Mahaveeran Preiyavar Velupillai Prbakaran was willing to scarifice 40,000 lives. If thse was a delay in defeating the Periyavar, the dead numbers would have gone up.

      Periyavar only cared about himself. Ask Karuna.

      Reminds me of the Mahinda Rajapaksa Family. They both traded with each other.

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        Man Amaaru, improve your IQ before you write your ultra Sinhala Racist comments.

        You are telling to ask from Karuna about Leader Pirapaharan. Whom do I can ask about you? Leave that aside man, from whom I can ask about Karuna? Is that from Brother Prince who faked his passport to deport him to UK?

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    Izeth I heard from reliable sources that it is not the LTTE that was responsible for the this but local Muslim youths trained by the ISIS as they are protesting abut the Sinhalese now allowing them to enlarge their mosques, build new mosques and huge minarets with loud speakers so that the entire neighborhood can hear their call for to the one true god. Since they could not spend all this money and collections that they had obtained from Saudi Arabia Qatar Pakistan on their huge grandiose mosques and minarates, they decided to use this money wisely on some fireworks display and used the Kosgama military depot to make a real splash and entertain the locals. Hope you approve this.
    I know that you are an anti Tamil and hate you largely immigrant South Indian origin so constantly have nightmares and see LTTE everywhere. [Edited out]

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    It is “irresponsible speculation” indeed. It is also dishonest in as much as it is mischievous. Benson

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    British Tamil ‘tortured and detained’ during Sri Lanka wedding trip
    Velauthapillai Renukaruban travelled to Jaffna to get married and was beaten and imprisoned on false charges, his family say
    Velauthapillai Renukaruban
    Velauthapillai Renukaruban was located several days after his arrival in Sri Lanka with injuries consistent with torture, lawyers said.
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    A British man has been detained and tortured in Sri Lanka after travelling to the south Asian country to get married, his family and human rights lawyers have claimed.

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      what difference does it make.He was anyway going to be tortured by his wife for the rest of his life.So now he will be able to bear it w/o drinking etc.

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      proudman(BTW what are you proud about?)the crow is the proudest among birds.

      i heard he had some LTTE connections.probably the reason he was roughed up.

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    Izeth it is more likely an action by Al-Qaeda. The latest on their activity is:
    Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri has pledged allegiance to the new head of the Taliban, Haibatullah Akhundzada, who took over after his predecessor was killed in a US drone strike.

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    izeth on the other hand it may be your benefactor ISIS their latest atrocity is : Two bombs killed at least 20 people outside the Sayyida Zeinab mosque in Damascus, the holiest Shiite shrine in Syria. It has repeatedly come under attack by ISIS, who consider Shia heretics.

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    I am sorry but people should not expect more this type of argument from the person follows the religion tells to marry the girl(s) age of 13 years.

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    People may want to feel pity for Izeth. There is nothing left to point it out to him. He has been corned and repeatedly peeled off. Now, he has nothing but to write a defunct LTTE and he curse Tamils for his defeats. He is exhausted by the commentators’ comments to write any political subject. He and Mahindapala have nothing but to turn around each other’s butts once in a while and to take rest out of that pain to Tamils bashing. He is exhausted by the commentators’ comments to write any political subject. This far away from a Lankawe Muslim politicians like Hakeem, Adavulla, Rishad, Ahamed Nazeer who live scratching the back of SLFP after UNP after SLFP after UNP……

    This is his forth in the serious of “Tamil Nadu the Core Problem”. He has claimed he repeatedly proved, argued, established, reasoned out… the “Tamil Nadu is the core Problem”. But see here his confidence in his words ” I must make some clarifications as my argument could be misunderstood.” . That is a comedy somebody cannot have even heard in J.Leno’s Latenight shows. Sadly (no point in telling as shamelessly), this is the evaluation he is making of his first three essays he wrote on the same subject. Let me ask Izeth a question – Izeth, is it because the Saturn in the next door in you horoscope causing you this kind of suffering? I really feel sorry for all the mental agony you are going though by the mistake of having started this series. Izeth cannot be blamed as, when Mrs. Gandhi gave the Kachativu to Sinhala Lankawe unconditionally against the Tamil Nadu Tamils’ protests, he was only a political baby and he missed that news. I asked him, last time, why India is involved in Tibet’s problem. Now he is saying it is not India, It is the IC. “If there were no Tamils in Tamil Nadu, if there were no fall-out there from what is done to the Tamils here, there would be no Tamil ethnic problem that concerns the international community. Tamil Nadu is therefore the core problem in that factual sense.. It is interesting to know that IC is not ready to care the Ceylon’s Tamils problem as it is, but wants to care only if it can be matched with Religion and Language of the Tamil Nadu. What a somersault? I had asked about the Taiwan and China. Can he explain with his same theory the perception of IC about China and Taiwan? Everybody is concerned about Taiwan because of the Influential China has the same race, religion and Language? Then from whom the Taiwan has the problem? This is the guy wrote last time when he was rethinking his first two essays: The Tamils seem to be giving far too much importance to the fact that internationally raw power is on their side. So, now, how he is connecting this line with the IC who is unavoidable influenced by the TN?

    Here is his usual evaluation ability Firstly, it is cold sober undeniable fact that we don’t have a purely indigenous Tamil ethnic problem.. But he doesn’t know the standardization of Badiuddin Mahmud like legislations were not in apartheid SA even.

    This is his forth in the serious of “Tamil Nadu the Core Problem”. Cowardly he named it as “After The Kosgama Explosions” because to avoid the commentators. This essay has nothing to do with “After The Kosgama Explosions”. Though he never properly headed his essays, this is still a unique one. This is not his usual blunder. This expresses his fear to say a spade “spade”. So he mislead purposefully with a wrong heading.

    The topic “After The Kosgama Explosions” is any politicians subject to his/her visions and predicts a basket-full theories based on the logics they can develop or kindergarten kids topic’s to suggest a Star War tales based on the explosion they heard in Kosgama. No one expected Izeth to behave like a visionary politician. But he failed even to say the stories at a Kindergarten level kid. A first question everybody asking is government is, it had restored many losses of Kosgama within 72 hours but has not even talked about the subject of war torn north even after 7 years. Will that bring a question of government’s purposeful neglect of Tamils, when government delivers its tales in the UNHRC this month? I raised a question here on CT if that all were the arms there and if anybody had considered raising money for the debt ridden government by selling them. Reporters in Colombo have riddled the politician with similar questions eventually. Now there are stories emerging that Appe Anduwa kept them to return to Pakistan or China. There is no sense of vision in Izeth head. There are no questions or predictions in his head other than misunderstanding the American report.

    Here he is introducing the American report in his own way double talk “That might be irresponsible speculation, but not if it is seen in the perspective of what was revealed, prior to the explosions, in the US State Department’s annual Report on terrorism. This is really a comedy. He is claiming if Lankans say something it is irresponsible speculation, but if he read it in the American report it is Kuran. If he tries to tell America cannot be wrong, then can he answer why America still keeping the 2003 census of Tamils in Lankawe is only 2.3%. All what he has done is he misread the American Report. If denies this I challenge him to come for discussion on that report to his understanding of the report. Malaysia deported KP saying he was involved in LTTE. Entire world was with Malaysia that time. Only Lankawe is against these countries when it says KP did not do any crime and he will not be charged. Can Malaysia answer question of why did they deported him to Lankawe? In which court the accused were allowed to present a case if Malaysia, if they think the ones arrested are LTTEs? Will America allow them to present their case in America? The report further says LTTE used suicide bombing before any guerilla in the Middle East. But the report producer knows as early as in the Second World War Japan used same techniques to counter America. Are they still holding it against Japan or have they let it go once the 2nd world was over and helped the Japan to redevelop it. Can Izeth ask this question from America why this impartiality against LTTE and further it is commuted from LTTE to Tamil, after all unlike Japan LTTE, did not use suicide attack on American property? Will Izeth do this instead of giving wrong interpretation to the report?

    Here another funny notion he put out; he could not agree with America why the LTTE might have bought the weapons, but he is contending with America that LTTE is keep buying arms, but only to fulfil his own invention, not the one America’s report’s guessing. We can assume, however, that the major objective behind the LTTE purchase of weapons would be for possible action in Sri Lanka.”

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      mallaiyuran

      Izeth clarifies every article with a a follow up clarification article.
      This guy has over and over again proved that he is anti Tamil Racist he cannot stomach the success of expatriate Tamils and now he is fuming that the NE is fast developing with expatriate funds and brain.

      The whole world knows that the Sri Lankan govt wants to keep the heavy presence of army , navy and airforce in the NE. So the world is aware that there will be occasional govt sponsored arson and bomb blast here and there to justify the presence of ten armed forces

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    Stupid Such

    Colonel THamilini’s book hihehihe[Edited out]

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    It is now definite that the gunman who shot and killed around 50 people at a gay night club in Orlando USA was a young Muslims man born in the USA son of Afghan immigrants and affiliated to the ISIS. He deliberately targeted them and the ISIS has praised his act. Now what does this Tamil hater Izeth state to this. The very same USA government that IZeth has quoted had stated ISIS is very active amongst Muslims in Sri Lanka, especially in the east.

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    Izeth Hussain,

    “It reported also that LTTE members had been arrested in Malaysia in connection with plotted terrorist activity against the US and Israel in South India.”

    Please list the names of the LTTE members who were arrested.

    It was Muhammad Husain Suleiman, a Sri Lankan national, who was arrested in Kuala Lumpur in May 2014. This chap is probably an ISI operative and was arrested for his alleged links with Zakir Husain and his involvement with plots to attack the Israeli and U.S. Consulates.

    Stop fooling us Izeth.

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      Keynes!

      “Stop fooling us Izeth.”

      Do you take this grumpy old man seriously?

      Did he know that about 32 young Muslims as members of LTTE fought and died in various battles against Sri Lankan armed forces?

      It is only natural for old codgers to yearn for attention and publicity. IH is no different.

      Many in this island do not know how to gracefully retire. IH is one of them.

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    The unavoidable and unwelcome Izeth Hussain again – once more spewing anti-Tamil venom and prejudice to be met, as now become routine, by a barrage of Tamil commentators taking the ageing derelict to task.

    As can be expected, he begins his piece with a comment that is either formed of bad information or a creation of his now well known lying as he alerts the Sinhala extreme the LTTE was behind the Kosgama explosions. Possessed of a sinister conspiratorial nature he tries to cover himself with words such as “most Sri Lankans will wonder” and then goes on to tighten the screw. What is the truth? The well-informed in the Sinhala majority place the blame where it is due with none to blame the LTTE that was finished 7 years ago. The Gunawardena Brothers of Boralugoda – not far away from Kosgama – blame it on CBK. Others blame the Rajapakse Brothers and the top-brass of the army administration. But dear Izeth Hussain is quite satisfied it is his bête noire – the LTTE and the Tamil people. The man is clearly paranoid.

    No useful purpose will be served in meeting his other repeat arguments here on the LTTE, Tamilnadu and the Tamil people. No serious person in the government will buy his bull the non-existent LTTE is collecting funds and assembling weapons. I ignore them with the contempt they deserve except to comment on some other issues he has raised in the process. The alleged weapons purchases by the LTTE he refers to fall within the realms of wild speculation.

    Hussain is satisfied “discrimination against the Tamils reached its apogee with standardization of university entrance in 1971” Disagreeing with him on this I suggest they really began with Sinhala Only in 1956 and the equally divisive Language of the Courts issue – that was targeted to remove successful Tamil lawyers from Courts all over the Island.

    I am afraid it is inaccurate to suggest “The LTTE did so on behalf of the Tamils, and put up a performance as a guerilla force that was beyond comparison” It was not the LTTE alone, Sir. Earlier TELO was more resourceful and so was PLOTE and later EPRLF – not to mention dozens of other guerilla outfits in the beginning. Hussain cunningly tries to suggest the Tamil people “authorised” the LTTE in their subsequent mayhem. That is yet another puerile suggestion. Please remember the peaceful and innocent Tamil Nation and Tamil youth who took to arms are two different entities.

    It is also wrong to say the offer of Federalism was made in talks between Tamil representatives and different GOSL’s. As far as I know, the nearest any GoSL came to is to float the thought Federalism “may be considered” but never explicitly offered Federalism.

    However, I agree with Hussain “it (LTTE) had failed to understand that it could not win a conventional war against the Sri Lankan armed forces” Many Tamils within and without continuously told Balasingham this and, I believe, he accepted the position. But VP could not be brought around. Another area in which I agree with Hussain is when he notes “It had more than a savage streak for that, a savagery shown both towards the non-Tamils and the Tamils” This, unfortunately, is the nature and the history of many fascist outfits in recent history – Khmer Rouge, the Taliban and now the ISIS. The LTTE were just as culpable.

    He refers again to the “expulsion of Muslims from Jaffna” and does not appear, despite his self-claimed enormous knowledge, the reason why the LTTE did that. The widely admitted reason of fifth columnists in the form of home-guards and others is not the only reason. The larger reason is VP’s belief Eelam was only a breath away. The call for a Separate State then appears to have met the basic UN criteria for New States in conflict-ridden zones. For this it was crucial the demand for a new State should be UNANIMOUS within the geographical entity concerned. VP was paranoid even if a small number of Jaffna Muslims were to announce to the world they are opposed to a Separate State, this will seriously impact on VP’s dream project. The rest is history.

    Hussain allows his now well known hubris to take over when he hoarsely claims “I first argued the third point in a seminar paper presented sometime around 1990 – the FIRST ATTEMPT at a systematic analysis of the Tamil Nadu factor in our Tamil ethnic problem. My dear man, the Tamil Nadu factor has been intertwined with the Tamil Question from the beginning 1950s) – rightly or wrongly. Try to do some studies why JRJ’s Police were so scared of the then Tamilnadu politician Janarthanan during that controversial International Tamil Conference (1974) I do not expect you to know Tamil sufficiently. But do ask your Muslim friends who do, what the Tamil saying “poi sonnal porundatch sollu” means.

    Hussain denies he is anti-Tamil and yet has demonstrated over the years a congenital prejudice against the race. He invokes the names of Devanesan Nesiah and Fr. Emmanuel. But Tamil readers here disagree and are more than convinced he is a Tamil hater. Here is one more sample from the repertoire of Hussain’s anti-Tamil rhetoric ”they (Tamils) could be treated as worse than pariah dogs” something he gleefully repeats in this article as well. It is time Dr. Nesiah and Fr. Emmanuel openly break ranks with this serial mischief-maker.

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    Why is the usually pugnacious and cantankerous Izeth Hussain silent to objective criticism to his non-stop contradictory and unacceptable views. It is clear the leadership of the Muslim community has, quite rightly, disciplined him in his vituperative agenda against the Tamils. But surely the man should be given the space to reply when his “facts” are challenged, particularly in comments from some of us who have engaged him when he ran amok. It is certainly interesting to read him when he is wounded, so to say.

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