30 September, 2020

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Applying The Racism Paradigm – Part III

By Izeth Hussain

Izeth Hussain

Izeth Hussain

In the first paragraph of the first part of this article I stated that I had two purposes in mind, the first of which was to establish that the Tamil ethnic problem is best understood, and therefore best handled, in terms of a paradigm of racism. I come now to my second purpose, which is to show that the prolongation of the ethnic problem without a political solution is due not just to Sinhalese racism but also Tamil racism, which I would show is even worse than Sinhalese racism. But first I must make a clarification. Up to mow I have applied the racism paradigm only to the present phase of the ethnic problem in which the Tamils want very extensive devolution because they have the racist conviction that the Sinhalese will never give them fair and equal treatment on a permanent basis, and the Sinhalese will not give anything more than a modest measure of devolution because they have the racist conviction that the Tamils will never give up the quest for Eelam. I have not applied the racism paradigm to the earlier phases of the ethnic problem. That will take up much space, and besides the reader can do that for himself without much difficulty. Where I stand is indicated by the following sentence from the first part of this article: “The state in Sri Lanka has been racist and has indisputably promoted the ethnic problem with stupendous stupidity”.

I come now to the racism that contributed to the prolongation of the war. The fact that I want to emphasize is that the Tamil racist contribution to that end was far greater than the Sinhalese one. We tend to think that the real Sinhalese accommodativeness to the Tamils began with the ascendency of Chandrika Kumaratunga in 1994, and people have in mind particularly her reported spectacular offer to put the entire North under the lordship of Prabhakaran for ten years. Actually the accommodativeness of Premadasa towards the LTTE was equally spectacular. He gave weapons to the LTTE to fight the IPKF troops, he ordered the surrender of 600 policemen who were instantly butchered by the LTTE and – most spectacular of all – he allowed the LTTE to reoccupy locations vacated by the IPKF troops. As for trying to reach a political solution, this is what K.M. de Silva says in his book Sri Lanka and the Defeat of the LTTE: “In July 1990 just when the LTTE seemed on the verge of winning at the bargaining table what it had not been able to win on the battle-field, the hostilities between it and the Sri Lankan Government were renewed. The LTTE broke the ceasefire pact …..”

tamils-missing-3-630x350There can be no doubt whatever that President CBK was deeply committed to bringing about a political solution. She couldn’t succeed, partly because she was not the kind of person to push things through to a conclusion with grim dogged determination. There is also the fact that in 2000 Karu Jayasuriya of the UNP tore up the draft Constitution in Parliament. That was in accord with a hallowed tradition according to which the Opposition would always sabotage any attempt by the Government towards serious accommodation with the Tamils. All that may be true. But it is also true that there was nothing to show that the LTTE was in earnest about a political solution. If it had been, that could have served as a catalyst towards a political solution.

The next phase was the peace initiative backed by Norway and other powers. As I declared in my writings of that time I saw all that as farce. Could there be anything more farcical than Balasingham’s insistence that existential problems be solved before addressing matters of substance for a political solution? Has there ever been any liberation movement that has insisted on that priority? It can be argued that through the CFA and PTOMS the Sinhalese side was bending over backwards to be accommodative to the LTTE. The record suggests that the LTTE observed the ceasefire only to recoup before fighting again. It is significant that the hardliner Rajapaksa continued with the CFA and engaged in full-scale war only after Maavil Aru which left absolutely no alternative to war. It may be that both sides were resistant to a political solution but the evidence suggests that the LTTE was far more resistant. Anyway the resistance on both sides can best be explained in terms of the racism paradigm: the LTTE could not believe that the Sinhalese would ever give fair and equal treatment on a permanent basis; the Sinhalese could not believe that the LTTE would ever give up the quest for Eelam. The essentializing habit of mind that is at the core of racism prevented a solution during that phase of the ethnic problem and it is continuing and it is continuing to do so in the present phase as well.

What of the future? Obviously we must bring about an understanding of the racism paradigm and how it applies to our ethnic problems, both the Tamil and the Muslim ones, so that we can cope with them more effectively than in the past. In addition, it seems to me crucially important to bring about recognition of a fact that has hitherto been unrecognized or inadequately recognized: Tamil racism is much worse than Sinhalese racism. As I have stated earlier this is not an impressionistic evaluation but a conclusion based on solid empirical data. The data consists of exchanges between me and Tamils over my articles which have appeared in the Colombo Telegraph. I have already covered this matter in my three-part article on Tamil lunatic fringe anti-Muslim racism. I will therefore here focus on just one point, a tellingly decisive point. I have used the phrase “hysterical hatred and mad dog rage” to characterize the Tamil attacks on me. The surprising, very surprising, fact is that there is not one, literally not even one Sinhalese attack on me to which that characterization can apply. Certainly there have been many Sinhalese anti-Muslim racist attacks in the CT, but unlike the Tamil attacks they have not focused on me personally. Those facts, in my view, point to the Tamils being much more racist than the Sinhalese.

The other fact on the empirical level that I have in mind as pointing to intense Tamil racism is the eviction of 80,000 Muslims from the north in 1990, the only act of ethnic cleansing during the entirety of the thirty-year war. The very short notice and the ruthless despoliation of the victims makes it rank with the more horrible acts of racist savagery. It is true that it was preceded by acts of anti-Tamil savagery in the East by Muslim Homeguards who acted together with the STF. But we cannot condone the notion of collective guilt, and besides the scale of the horrors perpetrated in the North was far greater. The LTTE is now resurgent and is reportedly flush with funds. It should be requested to pay compensation to the Muslim victims. It will probably refuse because it has not been endowed with much of a moral sense. In that case there should be an international campaign to compel it to pay compensation.

We must hope that the international community will recognize that the Tamil ethnic problem has two dimensions, Sinhalese racism and also Tamil racism which could be even worse than Sinhalese racism. The international community can help or hinder over the ethnic problem. Up to now it has more hindered than helped, the main reason for which was an over-indulgent attitude towards the Tamils seen as victims. It was that over-indulgent attitude that contributed to the Tamils missing every opportunity to reach a reasonable solution between 1990 and 2006. We must hope that now at least the international community will influence the Tamils against making inordinate demands. This applies particularly to India. Internally my formula for a solution of the ethnic problem is 13A minus plus, meaning 13A without police and land powers, plus a full-fledged democracy. Much can be done for the Tamils just with 13A minus. Consider the implications of the diversion of Mahaveli waters to the North, which according to Dr Rajasingham Narendran can be easily accomplished. I would now suggest that measures to combat racism be built into the process of moving towards a full-fledged democracy.

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    “I would now suggest that measures to combat racism be built into the process of moving towards a full-fledged democracy.”

    (a)what measures and in to what process? Process does not help …it will remain a process for racist to work around it
    (b)what we need to do first is to erdicate and marginalise racist ….starting with you

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      So how come Muslims of Sri Lanka who vote as one to change governments, listening to the message on the grapevine not racist, and the Sinhala Buddhists fighting for survival are racists?

      Can you explain old man?

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      Dear Izeth,
      Once again you have produced lies and half truths which proves beyoond doubt that you are a Muslim lunatic fringe anti-Tamil racist. Your claim that attack on your muddled thoughts by Tamils in this site is a collective attack on all Muslims does not hold water.

      If a proper investigation is conducted it will be shown that security forces committed more atrocities than LTTE. In the Northern province LTTE committed more atrocities on Muslims, but in Eastern province Muslims joined the security forces and committed more atrocities on Tamils than what LTTE did to Muslims. This is the reason why the government is not willing for a fair investigation into the past. So please stop accusing Tamils unfairly to suit your hidden agenda.

      You are saying that the only act of Ethnic cleansing during 30 years of war is the driving out of Muslims from Northern province. This is utter falsehood. Indian Tamils who were chased out from upcountry during SLFP regime of 1970-1977, who were settled in Trincomalee and Vavuniya districts were driven out by the government at the start of the war. Also in order to distrupt the North-East linkage, Tamils from several vilages in the Manalaru area were given 48 hour notice in 1984 to leave and Sinhala people have been settled there changing the name of the place to Weli-Oya. This is prior to what LTTE did to Muslims.

      In the Eastern Province, Muslims have committed ethnic cleansing of Tamil villages, which was pointed out to you in detail. The difference between ethnic cleansing carried out by LTTE and Security forces and Muslims is that the lands vacated by Muslims are still available for Muslims to resttle, while the lands vacated by Tamils have been occupied by Sinhalese and Muslims who are preventing Tamils from returning to their original habitat. Further during last regime the racist politician Bathurdeen tried to settle Muslims in places where they did not live before earning the wrath of Sinhala Nationalists.

      I wish to bring to your notice about another racist muslim politician Hisbulla whose name has been implicated in unethical conversions of poor Tamils living in villages around Kattankudy to Muslims using money from Saudi-Arabia. I bet that they will never attempt it on poor Sinhalese because of severe repercussions. Also one lunatic Muslim who has been killed in Syria, leads to the suspician that there may be several others in that calibre who are waiting to unleash terror both abroad and in Srilanka. The discovery that his family has fled to Pakistan goes to lend support to the theory that Pakistan has been formenting Islamic extremism in Srilanka.

      LTTE supporters had been active in the west even after the military defeat of LTTE in Srilanka. West and India used these supporters to bring down Mahinda and once that was achieved have abandoned them. Now they do not want LTTE supporters to voice the same charges against the present governemnt, and hence are talking about resurgence of LTTE. The arrest of some so called former LTTE militants in India with cyanide capsules etc, appears to be a stage managed one. It is widely believed that Military intelligence is behind the nominations form ex LTTE cadres to contest elections. Remember the leader of that group Vidyatharan was the only journalist who was abducted by the white van to return unharmed. The question is, did he agree to toe their line.

      West was never against LTTE as a political front espousing grievances of Tamils in Srilanka. There is no support to LTTE for another armed movement among Tamils both in Srilanka and abroad. To bring LTTE into the picture now is to create problems and deny Tamils their rights. In fact Tamils abroad are questioning these LTTE people about the funds, and no sane Tamil will donate any money to LTTE now. I had clearly pointed in a inter ethnic meeting reently that they must interact with the silent majority of Tamils in their efforts of reconciliation.

      Those who advocate to request the government for water projects in Jaffna, must be reminded that no government will undertake to do anything that will solely benefit Tamils. The recent refusal of the Governer of Northern province to place his sgnature of assent to the seting up of Chief minister’s fund until the elections are over despite the President giving his assent goes to substantiate the claim of Tamils that Sinhala racists will never allow Tamils to prosper, even if the fair minded Sinhalese are willing to grant legitimate rights of the Tamils. What has election got to do with this signature. Does it mean that governer is expecting Mahinda Rajapakse to win the election and cancel the setting up of the Chief Minister’s fund.

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        Dr Gna as usual starts with insults. In the past they were much worse – fool, nitwit, nincompoop, numbskull, imbecile. After that he would begin the next para, without batting an eyelid, by asking me to respond “in a civilised manner”. I just can’t take this fellow seriously. Besides, he is morally too low grade.If provoked I will give the reasons. Dr Gna you are a gnasty fellow. – IH

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          I am afraid the point on ‘half truths’ is true. I can’t see how you can talk about ‘collective punishment’ and ignore the Sri Lankan state. Not sure if you paid attention to the UN Expert Report, which said sexual violence and torture against Tamils has been ‘systemic part of a policy frame-work’.

          I assume omission was in err, for if not you have slide into the territory of just being a propagandist.

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            Alex – Half-truths? Come come. Be reasonable. What is my article about? It is about applying the racism paradigm to Sri Lanka and the focus was on Tamil racism. It was not on the entirety of the ethnic problem. There was no occasion to deal with the subject of the Sinhalese racist State acting in terms of notions of the collective guilt of the Tamils. I have done that many times in the past.
            The first time was when i addressed the YMCA Forum in the early ‘nineties. I pointed to the State terrorism from 1977 to 1983. I followed that up with a two-part article in the Lanka Guardian.Since then I have pointed out many times that it was State terrorism that led to the war. All that was not part of the subject of my present article. – IH

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              I am sorry Izeth but I am now confused. You have written an article and concluded that ‘Tamil racism’ is worse than ‘Sinhala racism’. Aside from my reservations on the topic, if you do wish to pursue it, I really can’t see how one can reach a conclusion without exploring the ‘entirety of the ethnic problem’. How can you just look at the ‘Tamil issues’ and conclude they are more ‘racist’. Don’t you have to look at all sides? Now you really have lost me?

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                Alex – my article was on applying the racism paradigm There were just two paragraphs on the point that Tamil racism is worse than Sinhalese racism. I pointed to two facts that speak loud and clear. I have had Tamil racist abuse directed at me for over a year But there has not been one, not even one, Sinhalese response that matched the Tamil ones for hysterical hatred and mad dog rage. The other fact that speaks eloquently is the ethnic cleansing of the Muslims from the North, a much worse act of racist savagery than anything perpetrated by the Muslims in the EP.
                I hope to expand on those two paras in a further article. You could have pointed to the need for that. Instead you implied morally shabby behaviour on my part by ignoring Sinhalese racist savagery. That is not acceptable. IH

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                  Izeth,
                  Let us be clear. The LTTE (an unelected entity) drove 80,000 men women and children from their home. The Sinhala state, murdered 70,000 to 140,000 men women and children. It continues to torture, rape and murder men, women and children since the end of the war. There is no comparison.
                  The Muslims of Sri Lanka have had political parties that have been part of the governments that did this and they have had paramilitaries on the ground and been part of the armed forces. I can’t see how you can reach your conclusions, without some form of bias?

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      Rajash – you ask “what measures?” I won’t detail them to you because you are clearly not capable of dialogue.You ask “into what process?”. I have stated “the process of moving towards a full-fledged democracy”. Why can’t you understand that? Is it, just as in the case of other Tamil racists, as soon as you start reading me you get into a state of hysterical hatred so that your rational faculty disappears? You categorise me as a racist. Why? I bet you can’t give any cogent reasons. You are just spewing forth racist venom. – IH

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        But Izeth, again Rajesh is right to ask, and I do not understand your reaction.

        A ‘fully fledged democracy’ is presumably, one that has the rule of law for all citizens. I don’t think that’s something Tamils need to ask for – it is expected. That Sri Lanka can’t deliver rule of law to Tamils and that the security forces have impunity via the PTA, is why Sri Lanka is a failing state and why the International Community are involved.

        I think you should stop calling people names, as they are raising valid questions. Tamils shouldn’t be asked to give up their ‘indigenous rights’ in exchange for basic rights – thats just blackmail or terrorism (by a state).

        I don’t know why you are chastising Rajesh? Play the ball not the man Izeth.

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          Alex – Rajesh was right to ask “what measures”? I am right to refuse to mention what measures and engage in a dialogue with him because he has been extremely insulting by saying that racists must be marginalised and eradicated – starting with me! – IH

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            Well Izeth, whilst I give you the benefit of the doubt, the fact is that your three part articles has significant omissions, which are surprising for someone who has covered Sri Lanka for such a long time.

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    “Consider the implications of the diversion of Mahaveli waters to the North, which according to Dr Rajasingham Narendran can be easily accomplished.”

    Thanks Mr Hussain for highlighting this very important point.

    Coincidentally, elsewhere on this page I have just responded to Dr Rajasinngham Narendran :

    “There is yet another aspect to this proposal. CM/NPC will have to choose between water from areas outside North and East and land rights to provincial councils. Once granted resources of those areas will be the exclusive property of the respective PCs and the central government will have no authority to implement projects of this nature.”

    Soma

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      Soma -Thanks. I know that provision of water to the North is a controversial matter. But I have come to believe that the way forward to a political solution is through action on the ground that will benefit the Tamil people in the North and East. The solution will grow out of that. In what connection was your comment on Dr RN? – IH

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    This man should write about ISIS terrorism rather than ranting on his imagined Tamil racism.

    Don’t this idiut don’t know that historically until 1832 Tamils of the North East had their own state/autonomy.

    Further more Sri Lanka was never continuously had a single state or ruled by Sinhalese only.

    This Muslim racist is worse than Sinhalese ones because either he is ignorant of facts or distorting them.

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      East was not under Tamil autonomy nor a Tamil majority. East was always under sinhala control. Don’t lie

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      “Further more Sri Lanka was never continuously had a single state or ruled by Sinhalese only” This is the stupidest statement of all. Can you show me a single nation state under control of one race or existed as a unified entity throughout history. What you try to tell by this statement ?

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      This Thiru does not question any of my facts nor does he even try to refute my arguments. Instead he explodes in mad dog rage.He substantiates my charge of Tamil racism.He also substantiates my charge that Tamil racism is worse than Sinhalese racism.In over a year of racist reactions provoked by my articles there has not been even a single racist attack personally directed against me by a Sinhalese that can match the innumerable Tamil ones. Thanks Thiru for substantiating my arguments. – IH

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        Izeth, again the point on ‘facts’ that Thiru makes is true. See my other notes.
        You have managed to ignore ‘Muslim racism’, to make up for which you referred me to your writings 25 years ago. Muslim parties were part of the Sri Lankan state as it dished out and continues to dish out collective punishment today. Muslim home guards were paramilitaries that acted with State support to carry our massacres and ethnic cleansing. How can you omit discussing Muslim racism?
        Separately, see my point on ‘collective punishment’ elsewhere – the Tamils have borne the brunt of it in 30 years of conflict? Again please engage and explain, rather than call Thiru names.

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          Alex – I have been asking for many years for details about what the Muslims did against the Tamils in the EP. I have been given some details only the other day, as you well know.My article on the subject is coming. – IH

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            There is substantial information on the internet. It may not be available in Colombo as many sites used to be blocked, but if you insist upon taking on the matter of various groups’ racism then I suggest you get researching. In any case, during the period of Sinhala oppression, Muslim parties have been part of the Sri Lankan governments that implemented collective punishment on Tamils (and continue to do so today) and Muslim home-guards have been paramilitaries under the protection of the Sinhala army also dishing out collective punishment. All of this has been done on a vast scale for over 30 years. I think your article on ‘racism’ needs to contain this information to redress any semblance of balance.

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              Alex – VERY URGENT. Please provide me the details on how the local reader can access that material.I can include those details in my next article which I usually send to the Editor on Thursdays. A small clarification I don’t “insist upon taking on the matter of various groups’ racism …” Others are insisting on that. – IH

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                Izeth, well if you agree that you are disadvantaged as a ‘local reader’, perhaps that should be part of your article – i.e. that by virtue of your location you can’t have the full facts?
                In the mean time here is a report just release by ITJP on the on-going war against Tamils by the Sri Lankan state. Happening right now and today.

                https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/new-report-exposes-systematic-persecution-of-tamils-in-sri-lanka-through-torture-rape-illegal-detention-and-killings/

                Perhaps you should be writing about that?
                Or maybe you think they all deserve it as ‘Tamils are all racists’ as you have happily concluded, whilst by your own admission without access to the facts (as a local reader)

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                  Alex – you write ” ‘ …Tamils are all racists’ as you have happily concluded “. I am horrified. Where on earth have I written anything to that effect? If you can misread me to that extent you shouldn’t be reading me at all. And I shouldn’t be reading you.
                  There is one more point I want to make. Thiru, Dr Gna, and to a lesser extent Rajesh, have been responding to my articles in extremely insulting ways.It is accepted practise for writers to ignore such fellows, or reply to them dismissively as I have done. But you seem to think that I am at fault for not replying to them seriously.Your bias stands out there a mile. Goodbye. – IH

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                    Izeth you have three articles full of omissions and you have the audacity to call me biased. Your failure to engage with any of the simple and logical points I have made are an endictment of your views. I will let the reader judge for themselves.

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                Have you considered that it is this very state of censorship in Sri Lanka that means Sri Lankans like you are not aware of the full facts. It means that only an international investigation can unearth (quite literally given the hundreds of thousands of Tamil bodies still to be found) the truth. Perhaps you need to support that process instead of declaring one group or other as the ‘most racist’ ?

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                I think that if you wish to be a credible author, you need to take it upon yourself to fully research your subject. You certainly should not be concluding that one group are more racist than another when you do not have all the facts. That is just naughty.

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    He who himself a inhuman racist and hates Tamils always speaks about so called (Tamil) racism.

    Race, as a social construct, is a group of people who share similar and distinct physical characteristics. Hindus (Saiva, Vaishnava, etc), Muslims, Christians in north and east are Tamils only.

    are you as a (Tamil) Muslim talking about and attacking Tamil Hindus or Tamil Christians?

    If so, pl go to Kilpauk Hospital. 72 virgins are waiting for you.

    first ready quran

    [Edited out]
    Ya ayyuha allatheena amanoo koonoo qawwameena lillahi shuhadaa bialqisti wala yajrimannakum shanaanu qawmin AAala alla taAAdiloo iAAdiloo huwa aqrabu lilttaqwa waittaqoo Allaha inna Allaha khabeerun bima taAAmaloona

    O you who believe! Be steadfast for Allah (as) witnesses in justice, and let not prevent you hatred (of) a people [upon] that not you do justice. Be just it (is) nearer to [the] piety. And fear Allah; indeed, Allah (is) All-Aware of what you do.

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    if you see this I-SAD rabid animal on the streets stone him….this joker is fanning racial violence ,,,,should be in prison …if there is a law in this country…

    What BBS talk and do to Muslims is right……

    Tamil Christians never call themselves as special groups but these Tamil speaking Muslims who follow outdated fanatic religion need special identity …better then accept Arab as your mother tongue and live like them ..Tamils will not allow Tamil speaking Muslims living among themselves to work as spies to Sinhala Army and loot and kill Tamils …still it is the same muslims loot temples near their villages.

    Muslims in Tamil Nadu in India identify themselves as Tamils even Muslim women wear flowers on hair and Muslims go to Hindu temples

    This I-SAD ( converted Tamil Hindu) or ISIS supporter is creating Burmese Ronhigas situation for Tamil Muslims in Sri Lanka …North-East Muslms here one day end up as boat people but no Islamic country will take you.

    Let this joker write any rubbish the reality is Tamil problem and solution has gone away from the shores of SL to western powers long ago….there are many Western governments are prepared to listen SL Tamils ..but who are there forthere converted Tamil -Hindus called muslims here ?

    Pity Big mouth Kadafi..Saadam… Osama ..all now in heaven enjoying 72 virgins …

    Probably I-SAD is writing these articles after few glasses of whisky behind curtain ..all Muslims drink alcohol behind walls prohibited by Holy (??) Quarn ( carbon copy of TORA )..

    Cheers

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      I don’t know why Izeth writes what he does. I have posed him some questions and I will understand more. I would avoid tarring all Muslims just because of one man’s opinion. Further, the BBS are vile and I would not agree with them on anything, let alone what they have done to Muslims recently.

      I am interested to see Izeth’s response to my three questions:
      i) Why has he omitted ‘Muslim racism’ from his analysis: from Muslim parties as part of government to Muslim paramilitaries they are complicity on ‘collective punishment’ against Tamils over the past 30 years;
      ii) Why in his analysis of ‘collective punishment’, which seems to the basis for his conclusion, has he omitted State collective punishment on Tamils altogether: the list is far greater and more serious in every measure, than the LTTE crime he cites;
      iii) If Tamils are indigenous, as he accepts, why attempt to subject them to a political solution that does not recognise this indigenous nature? Is it because the Sinhalese will never allow it? Should the racism of the majority be a reason not to pursue legitimate rights?

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    A request to the editor ..if you are ready to publish a picture of Hindu worship why not publish a picture of the fanatics going a black stone ( meteorite according to scientists ) in Mecca and throwing stones to get rid of Satan ….a real joke ..

    But Islam prohibit idol worship….allow worship of meteorite stone and tombs ..

    Please don’t allow publish religious pictures to suite for the I-SAD Hussain who is ready to change his religion for Ambassador post to Somalia…..

    Even this I-SAD Hussain (converted Tamil -Hindu) learned Tamil and English from a Tamil teacher during his school days …in Putthalam

    Cheers

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    I am afraid Izeth you are fighting the wrong battle and have missed the wood for the trees. Tamils don’t need a ‘fully fledged’ democracy – they need a liberal democracy that recognizes their rights as indigenous people. Ala Wales and Scotland in the UK. That is their right. Whether the Tamil racists (the lunatic fringe of the Tamils) is better or worse than the Sinhala racists (the lunatic fringe of the Sinhalese) is really not relevant. There is no war now, and there is merely an oppressive Sinhala state. What do you intend to do about that? Tamil leaders can bend over backwards (as some are already doing) and the Sinhala state will not budge. Your article not just abstract, it is not relevant. Please also note my Palestine Israel example on your previous article. I am afraid you are living in the past and do not seem to have anything of substance to contribute to the present situation. Thanks for your thoughts.

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    And one more point, whilst no one can condone collective punishment meted out to the Muslims of the North by the LTTE. The state of Sri Lanka has implemented collective punishment on the Tamils on several occasions since the 1970s. From state sponsored riots, to food sanctions (including interventions by India) in the 1980s and 1990s and of course the massacre of 2009 of at least 70,000 people.

    You seem quite silent on that form of collective punishment. Frankly, to date you have been very selective of your facts and unable to engage on some simple paradigms. If Tamils are indigenous, what do you not think a solution like Scotland or Wales in Britain is apt?

    If its because the Sinhala majority are too racist to have a modern liberal state, then isn’t the solution to counter that racism?

    Having followed your articles I have to say the lack of response to these simple issues is disappointing, but perhaps more saddening is the selective amnesia on the massive state violence against the Tamils in the past and the oppression of today.

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    Hitler’s Man Joseph Goeebbels is honest this man IZeth Hussein

    when Is to their religion every muslim is a Joseph goebbels.

    I can understand how much they believe in Religious crap.

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    what is this mud dal ( fool) talking about?

    when did ltte expel 80000 Muslims from the north?? The total muslims expelled by the LTTe from the north was 20000. Get your figures right you old fool.

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