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Answer the question Ambassador Dayan Jayatilleka !

Conclusion of Debate on the Theoretical Sophistry, Political Sycophancy and Craven Apologetics of Dayan 

By Surendra Ajit Rupasinghe –

I shall conclude this debate with the following piece. I thank all those who engaged in the debate, and hope that it raised some crucial issues and provided some food for thought. Dayan Jayatilleka is simply not worth wasting any more time and energy. My intention was not to awaken his mind, which has now petrified into intellectual and theoretical morbidity, but to raise some serious issues with our readers and draw some lines of demarcation. The issues discussed are crucial for engaging in a process of reconciliation, and I believe that it beings with recognizing the political status of the Tamil nation and a political solution based on sharing power with all the various nationalities and communities that constitute the people of Lanka. For this, of course, we would have to dismantle the military-chauvinist/ hegemonic-supremacist/ mafia-terrorist  dictatorship foisted on us by the Rajapakse troika. I am aware that I may have to pay the ultimate price for my convictions, for  my integrity, honesty and openness.  So, lets get down to some conclusions.

For this, of course, we would have to dismantle the military-chauvinist/ hegemonic-supremacist/ mafia-terrorist dictatorship foisted on us by the Rajapakse troika.

Again, distortion of historical truths and linguistic-theoretical sophistry of an elegant kind. In the war of national liberation in Viet Nam, Giap called for a war of annihilation of an invading force– The US. He called for the annihilation of invading enemy combat forces. He did not wage war to liquidate the status of the American nation, nor did he deliberately target US citizens, with ‘no regard for collateral damage’! The Viet Cong did not bomb hospitals and shell civilians in No-Fire Zones. It did not hack, mutilate and rape prisoners of war. It did not corral survivors into barb-wired concentration camps, to silence them. To quote Giap is an unpardonable  act of theoretical sophistry and vile, willful deception. This distortion of truth is born of sheer stupidity or deliberate eclectic machination- or both! A war of annihilation in an internal conflict, against a political phenomenon created by the State! Are we to justify parents annihilating their own children? The LTTE is an effect of a cause, of a hegemonic chauvinist State built on the foundations of Sinhala supremacy. At least on this fundamental issue, take the report of the LLRC seriously. Can you just believe it? The good Dr. brings in the carpet bombing of Dresden during the 2nd World War to justify his defense of a war of annihilation against the LTTE!

Peace in North Ireland, So. Africa, Philippines and elsewhere was achieved not by wars of annihilation, but to establish the balance of power so that each side would finally negotiate! Do some serious study and research Dr. I really wish Dayan would base himself on historical experience and not rely on his demented mind that seeks blood revenge from a historically constituted minority nation, and from a political product of a rabid chauvinist-hegemonic-terrorist State.  Why then was a war of annihilation not waged against the JVP? Why were civilians not bombed indiscriminately? Why were their leaders carefully cultivated and  released from prison?  How is it that their representatives sit in Parliament, and had even occupied ministerial positions, and now constitute a legal Opposition? Surely, the JVP also practiced a form of barbaric terror in countering the barbaric horrors of State terrorism, and they were out to grab state power!

However distorted, the LTTE represented the national-democratic aspirations of the Tamil people, as did all other Tamil militant groups. Why else would the State and the Co-Chairs of the Norwegian peace process- US, European Union, Japan and Canada, and the Mahinda Rajapakse regime –  negotiate with the LTTE, and with the LTTE alone, with such sustained commitment? Why would Chandrika offer a package which included self-rule within a ‘union of regions’ to the LTTE?  Why did the Co-Chairs and the GOSL agree to a form of ‘internal self-determination’ in Oslo as a result of negotiations with the LTTE? Answer the question, Ambassador.  Were all these key players out of their minds, and only Dayan Jayatilleka has the monopoly of truth?

The LTTE practiced a form of  regressive “Tit for Tat’ ‘Eye for an Eye” politics, including barbaric forms of terror that has no place in any liberation movement. NOW, NOTE THAT WITH CLARITY. Maoists reject this form of struggle, and place their faith in the ability of the proletariat and oppressed masses to liberate themselves through engaging in revolutionary struggle to transform the world and themselves in the creation of a world free of all forms of domination, exploitation and oppression, with the final victory of Communism worldwide.  This is the scientific essence of  Marxism-Leninism, of which Maoism is a crystallization.

However, the game plan to label the LTTE as fascist in order to justify an internal  war of annihilation, along with justifying and covering up for the  gross and repeated crimes against nature and humanity, simply to bail out the militarist-chauvinist-hegemonic dynastic dictatorship led by the Rajapakse troika will not be tolerated by all those who stand for truth and justice, who seek genuine reconciliation, who love this country, who cherish freedom and democracy. They shall join forces in  ending the era of dictatorship once and for all. They shall build a people’s democratic state, along the path of leading humankind towards the goal of a liberated world, in unity with the international proletariat and the oppressed people of the world.

Related articles;

Prabhakaran, The LTTE And Fascism: The Evidence ; By Dayan Jayatilleka

Theoretical Sophistry, Political Sycophancy And Craven Careerist Apologetics Of Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka Continued ; By Surendra Ajit Rupasinghe

FASCISM, SOVEREIGNTY AND THE TRUTH ABOUT THE TAMIL STRUGGLE ; By Dayan Jayatilleka

The Theoretical Sophistries And Political Sycophancy of H.E. Ambassador Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka ; By Surendra Ajit Rupasinghe

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    What ultimately happened was that we went from Prabahkarans (The Sun God’s) frying pan, and into Rajpaksa’s (Maha Raja’s) family frying pan…it’s that simple.

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    Let it be said that those who abuse their official diplomatic capacity by attempting, in the international arena, to downplay major war crimes (refer Geneva 2009), and/or extol the virtues of tyrannical dictators under the thin veneer of intellectual poppycock, are no less guilty of war crimes than their paymasters.

    “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”

    – Joseph Goebbels

    “There may be much wrong with Sinhala society, but if any political formation/entity in Sri Lanka can be dubbed fascist it is surely not the state or mainstream political parties…”

    – Dayan Jayatilleke

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      Fascism is defined as a ” governmetal system led by a dictater having complete power, forcibly suppressing opposition and criticism, regimenting all industry, commerce etc. and emphasizing an aggressive nationalism and often racism “.
      I would think that the ‘governmental system’ of sri lanka is fast approaching this definition.

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    The soldiers in the picture look more like terrorists. Rajapaksa used these good soldiers to expose his power to the ordinary citizens of Sri Lanka.

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    “The Viet Cong did not bomb hospitals and shell civilians in No-Fire Zones. It did not hack, mutilate and rape prisoners of war. It did not corral survivors into barb-wired concentration camps, to silence them.”

    To the contrary, the VC/NVA did all of the above and more.

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      This sounds like the editor of the Readers Digest or worse. Simple bull shit imperialist propaganda. No one has put out this bile. Can you prove? The VC/NVA had the support of tens of millions of people around the world, including in the US. The US used Agent Orange – chemical and bilogical warfare. What about Mi lai. Are you deaf, dumb and blind, or just a paid lackey? Read Noam Chomsky, if you read at all.

      Surendra

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        Thanks for displaying to us your professionalism as a writer, Surendra. Are you under the impression that numerical support is what makes your cause just? Agent Orange wasn’t a biological or chemical weapon; it was a defoliant. What has Mai Lai (yes, that’s how it’s spelled) got to do with VC/NVA atrocities? Are you suggesting that because the US committed crimes, the NVA/VC could not have? Perhaps you should understand what Chomsky is saying instead of simply reading.

        Here are some links you might find interesting:

        A starving inmate of a VC internment camp (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Starved_Vietnamese_man,_1966.JPEG )

        During the months and years that followed the Battle of Huế, which began on January 31, 1968 and lasted a total of 28 days, dozens of mass graves were discovered in and around Huế containing 2,800 to 6,000 civilians and prisoners of war.[1] Victims were found bound, tortured, and sometimes apparently buried alive. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massacre_at_Huế )

        Here’s a picture of some of the victims being buried (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Hue_Massacre_Interment.jpg )

        Other democides by North Vietnam (lines 454 to 459) include the wanton killing of refugees, shelling of Saigon civilian areas, and killing of American and South Vietnamese POWs. Moreover, the North Vietnamese were heavily involved in Cambodia and also committed democide there (line 451). The estimated range of refugees killed in one case (line 454) may seem relatively high but is probably conservative. Of the 200,000 refugees that fled the Highlands offensive by the North in March 1975, only 45,000 made it to Tuy-Hoa. Many of the 155,000 missing were killed by North Vietnamese troops; others were captured. Rebel highlanders also fired on the refugees, some were mistakenly bombed by government planes (http://www.hawaii.edu/powerkills/SOD.CHAP6.HTM )

        Accordingly, I will assume that the additional deaths from these North Vietnam/Viet Cong atrocities and terror amounted to at least 200 a month over the twenty-one years from 1955 to the end of the war. (Same link as above)

        Here’s a description by a former POW of the torture he underwent in an NVA prison camp (http://ojc.org/powforum/crimes.htm )

        There are literally hundreds more accounts of VC/NVA atrocities just on the net. If you want a reading list of books, I can provide you that too. Whatever your political slant, don’t try to get away with lies — this isn’t 1967. Wake up, “comrade”.

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      I agree, very true. VC/NVA did some unimmaginable atrocities

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        I am using this space to reply to David Blacker, since Sunderam simply parrots David with a one-liner. 70% of the American people turned against their own State in resisting the war in Viet Nam. The National Guard was mobilized against them, and four students were shot dead at Kent State University. War veterans returned and joined the antiwar movement in the US. I was also part of the antiwar movement in the US. They rejected and resisted this war because it was unjust, a war of aggression, The mightiest military power in history was waging war against a backward agrarian society, using weapons of mass destruction, including Napalm. We hear of stories by Viet Nam veterans of how prisoners of war were put into cages with tigers by the US army. Mai Lai ( thanks for correcting the spelling) was one of the most spectacular cases of atrocities against whole villages, including women, children and elderly. Just one. Finally, the protracted people’s war waged by the Viet Cong, along with worldwide support, resulted in the US being defetaed and Diem, the US puppet ruler, flying off with his fortunes. It was the Tet offensive that finally broke the might of the US military machine. North Vietnam, under the leadership of Ho Chi Minh, relied on the masses to wage a protratecd people’s war, a war of national liberation that defeated the No 01 imperialist super power. It was a heroic war of liberation that inspired revolutionaries and progressive people all over the world. You can refer to all the literature you like and come up with videos and other contrived evidence, but history already has recorded the glorious victory of a national liberation war waged by a poor, backward agrarian society against the mightiest military power on Earth. This is one clear verdict of history that you can never erase, regardless of how many Rambo movies and other propaganda crap you can manufacture.

        Com. Surendra

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        What the VC/NVA did was nothing compared to what the Americans did. Let’s take the example of napalm. The Americans dropped so much napalm into Vietnam that Vietnamese children are still being born with birth defects.

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        Untersturmfuhrer Nihal/Heshan, Ha ha, so now the excuse is, “the Americans did it, so what the communists did doesn’t matter”? Who’s writing your comments — Gotabhaya? :D The claim by the article’s author wasn’t “Ooh, the sweet VC weren’t as bad as the Yankee Imperialists”; his claim was that the VC never committed atrocities. This is a lie. You can now dodge and duck and backtrack as much as you please, but you are simply dressing up the lie.

        Surendra, the debate was not about whose cause was right. The debate was whether the VC/NVA committed the atrocities that the the author says they did not. I have provided the links to prove him wrong. Your comment suggests that because the US was defeated (a point that Untersturmfuhrer Heshan/Nihal denies BTW — he thinks the US won the Vietnam War) that the victors therefore couldn’t have committed crimes, or that their crimes do not matter because they won. This is essentially what the GoSL is also saying — the Tigers were horrible terrorists; we beat them; therefore, we are the good guys and shouldn’t be accused of crimes. This is a failed argument.

        Aside from that, you seem to subscribe to many of the popular myths of the Vietnam War; one of which is that the US military was defeated in the Tet Offensive. In reality, this couldn’t be further from the truth. The US military completely destroyed the VC/NVA offensive. Not a single objective was achieved by the Communists. By the end of Tet, the VC had been decimated, and would never again be a strong fighting force (which btw was part of Ho Chi Minh’s and Giap’s plan for eventual domination of the south). You can read more about this here: http://www.rjsmith.com/war_myth.html#tet I have linked to that piece because it is concise, but if you serch for yourself you will find more comprehensive explanations on the failure of the Tet Offensive.

        The actual defeat the US suffered because of Tet was at home. The media saw for the first time the communists fighting in the open, face to face with the US and ARVN forces. The images they broadcast and published shocked a public that thought the VC was on the verge of defeat. The media rode this shock and didn’t bother analysing the actual results of the battles. Public support for the war faded. So in strategic terms it was a defeat for the US, but it was not by any account a military defeat.

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        Also, Prof Heshan/Nihal, since we are all aware of the great strides you have pioneered in the field of research (we all recall your list of US war criminals which was primarily made up of non-Americans and Nazis), and while acknowledging the way your meticulously researched comments (like the one about the Jews bombing Hiroshima) pepper the internet like flies, could you explain (and substantiate with links) exactly how napalm causes birth defects in Vietnam today as you claim.

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        “You can refer to all the literature you like and come up with videos and other contrived evidence, but history already has recorded the glorious victory of a national liberation war”

        Con Surendra, since you have already dismissed literature and video evidence as “propaganda crap”, could you explain to us how this “glorious victory” was recorded by history, as you claim? Was it written by your fair hand on papyrus or ola leaves perhaps? Or was it passed on by word of mouth from one “com” artist to another?

        Your articles and comments are rife with inaccuracies, rumour, innuendo, total myths, and outright lies which are too numerous to even challenge individually. It’s pretty appalling rubbish, Surendra. Are people (other than Con Heshan/Nihal) actually fooled by such amateurish crap? Even the propagandists of the ’60s were better informed than you.

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    What a load of crap!
    How are you sure that peace has come to Northern Ireland? There are groups on both sides still making their bombs talk and this could flare up full scale whenever.
    South Africa “Balance of power”!? It is now majority rule and the shift came when minority rule was overrun by sanctions from all directions. The Vietcong committed less atrocities that the US invading forces did and as they are doing in Afghanistan and Iraq today they will have to leave with their tails between their legs.”Mission Accomplished” for the locals
    No one can say that giving into the Tamil diaspora is balancing power. They will have to accept the fact that their terrorists were defeated and that “colonisation” as they call it will now be essential. There are definitely more Tamils living in the South and a balance of power would be to have more servicemen and their families move north of Medawachchiya.

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    Crap is the stuff that you write, Chetty!!

    When one asks MR to abide by the Constitution, this is not ‘giving into the Tamil diaspora’! This diaspora talk is convenient for the equally rabid Sinhala diaspora who talk big like so called ‘patriots’ while living overseas and undergoing all the humiliation at the hands of their white policemen and shopkeepersso on and so on, as they were unable to ‘make it’ back here. So have you done a census to say that’there are definitely more Tamils living in the South’? And your solution is to have more servce personnel move to the North!!

    This is not crap, it is sheer unadulterated rubbish!

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    These shit producing Chettys and other morons are living in Dutugamunu and Elara era. They don’t understand a shit that the world order has now changed and war and annihilation is not the solution for this inter-nation problem.

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      Exactly. The only outcome of this war will be to keep SL in poverty for decades to come. Militarization (which will scare off investment), combined with high-interest IMF/Chinese loans and the erosion of a constitutional process will do the job spectacularly. I

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    Is he going to run naked again at a cemetry?

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    To quote the great Bard, let me paraphrase what I think of this author/article ” the lady doth protest too much me thinks”

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