1 December, 2020

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As Manik Farm Is Shut Down, Sri Lanka Should Apologize To Its Tamil Citizens Interned In The Camp

By Colombo Telegraph

Sri Lankan English language newspaper Lakbimanews in its editorial has advocated that the Sri Lankan government should apologize Tamils who had been interned in the controversial mass internment camp Manik Farm, which was closed down after three and half years in existence.

“At the moment, the government and its leaders would find an official apology in this regard as ‘belittling’ of its military victory. However, every great nation has, at one point of time, acknowledged wrongdoings in the past.”

“If Sri Lanka is not yet prepared to do that, it will do so one day. That day will denote Sri Lanka’s coming of age in its full democratic political transition. That will be the day Sri Lankans of all ethnic communities can proudly claim that they are part of one great nation, ” Lakbimanews editorial written by acting editor Ranga Jayasuriya stated. Below we produce the editorial in full

The National Security State

Ranga Jayasuriya

The National Security State reigns supreme even three and a half years after the end of the war. A military camp erected in a remote hamlet of Keppapulavu in Mullaitivu has prevented 110 families among the last batch of Internally Displaced Persons (IDP), who were released from Menik Farm from returning to their original village. This misguided decision, which betrays the current regime’s over-reliance on the doctrine of national security state, has now landed the very government in a controversy over its handling of the IDPs. Sadly though, the negative coverage has, in fact, overshadowed what could otherwise have been a significant achievement of the government, i.e. the shutting down of the Menik Farm IDP camp which at its height housed nearly 300,000 IDPs under crowded and shoddy conditions. These developments are taking place in the wake of the scheduled Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Sri Lanka to be taken up at the United Nations Human Rights Council next month. The scheduled UPR, of course, influenced the government’s decision to dismantle the IDP camp.

To begin with, the decision to shut down the camp is a milestone in the post war resettlement and rehabilitation process.

However, that salient achievement has now been dwarfed by the controversy over the forced relocation of 110 families, who, according to some sources, have been forced to resettle in a cleared jungle with only tarpaulins for shelter. (See page 5 for our coverage of Menik Farm.) It is understandable that the government wanted to project the closure of the camp as proof of its commitment to the post war reconciliation, thereby assuaging concerns of the international community. But now it finds itself at the receiving end of negative publicity for the ‘forced relocation’ of IDPs.

The root of the problem lies at the government’s over-reliance on the doctrine of national security state. The leading characteristic of a quintessential national security state is the primacy of place held by the military in the affairs of the state. The role of the military in a national security state is not merely confined to defending the nation from internal and external enemies of the state. The military there plays an all encompassing role in civilian life and wields an overwhelming power in deciding the direction of the political, social and economic lives of the citizens; Democracy and political pluralism are viewed with suspicion and, perhaps with contempt, despite the false appearance of the state to be democratic.

The Sri Lankan State has retained some of those characteristics even three and a half years after the end of the war. The government spends US$2.1 billion or over 3.5 per cent of the GDP to maintain a large peace time military. That is a much higher percentage of the GDP than the rising China, or India annually allocates for defence. In contrast, Sri Lanka’s education budget for 2012 was a paltry 1.9 of the GDP, while other lower middle income countries spend over 4 per cent of the GDP on public education. (See the excellent analysis on the topic by Dr. Kumar David elsewhere in these pages).

Military officials continue to call shots in the civilian administration in the north and the east. Military imperatives continue to reign supreme in post war Sri Lanka, despite the absence of a clear security threat, measured by any rational assessment.

Those skewed priorities in peace time, in effect, question the integrity of the current regime and the sincerity of its expressed commitment for reconciliation and peace building.

If the government’s efforts for a true and meaningful reconciliation is to be successful, the north and the east should be demilitarized; the military should make themselves progressively redundant from civil administration, and the social fabric of a free and democratic society should be rewoven.

To achieve those objectives, it is imperative that the government rethinks about its obeisance to the national security state.

Menik Farm, Japanese Americans and an official apology

The underlining rationale of Menik Farm at its outset was preventive detention. The camp was set up to intern 300,000 odd residents of the former Tiger territory of the Wanni, some of whom might have actively collaborated or sympathized with the decimated Tamil Tigers.

The movements of the residents of Menik Farm internment camp were tightly controlled during the first six months of the camp. The tactic of preventive detention deployed in Menik Farm has historical precedents, one such example being the mass relocation and internment of 110,000 Japanese Americans in the United States during the Second World War.

Japanese Americans living on the Pacific coast were interned in camps in 1942, after imperial Japan attacked the Pearl Harbour. The Roosevelt Administration feared that Japanese Americans would collaborate with the imperial army during a possible Japanese attack against the US.

It took a three decade long campaign for the surviving former interns to receive reparations and finally an official apology from Washington. Finally, in 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed a legislation which apologized for the internment on behalf of the US government. Under the 2001 budget, the United States Congress, also decreed that the 10 sites on which the internment camps were set up were to be preserved as historical landmarks: “Places like Manzanar, Tule Lake, Heart Mountain, Topaz, Amache, Jerome, and Rohwer will forever stand as reminders that this nation failed in its most sacred duty to protect its citizens against prejudice, greed, and political expediency.”

Last week, Sri Lanka dismantled the Menik Farm internment camp. However, the suffering and humiliation endured by 300,000 Tamils who had been interned there would not go away. The Sri Lankan State and its political leadership ought to do a great deal of soul searching vis-à-vis its treatment to its Tamil citizens who were involuntarily housed in Menik Farm.

At the moment, the government and its leaders would find an official apology in this regard as ‘belittling’ of its military victory. However, every great nation has, at one point of time, acknowledged wrongdoings in the past.

If Sri Lanka is not yet prepared to do that, it will do so one day. That day will denote Sri Lanka’s coming of age in its full democratic political transition. That will be the day Sri Lankans of all ethnic communities can proudly claim that they are part of one great nation.

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    LTTE should be held responsible, they are the ones who pushed this country to the state where it is now!

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      WHAT SIDE IS YOUR REAL.FRONT OR BACK ,
      i CAN SAY YOU ARE REAL A XX LICKER TAMIL.

      ANOTHER LICKER COUGHING FOR PAY CHECK

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        Who’s Paycheck you are coughing for???

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      real Tamil

      says:

      “LTTE should be held responsible, they are the ones who pushed this country to the state where it is now!”

      Who was responsible for pushing the LTTE to behave the way it did?

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      The LTTE is no more.The government is responsible for any action it takes.

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    RANGA,
    YOU ARE SHEDDING CROCODILE TEARS ???
    LAKBIMA TALKING OF TAMILS, MINORITIES AND A UNITED LANKA.
    NOT POSSIBLE, AS LONG AS YOU, YOUR BOSS AND PEOPLE LIKE YOU ARE AROUND AND OF COURSE YOUR FILTHY PAPER.

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      If anyone is to apologize to the Tamil People, it should be the LTTErs and it’s tails for getting them in to this situation. Did you guys who morn apologize to Mr. L. Kadiragamar’s family or to any other Tamil politicians families who’s lives were taken by the LTTE?? They killed their own kind. This was utterly necessary for mainly 2 reasons. 1. to ensure no tails wag 2. to ensure that land is cleared off mines so that people could actually go live in the areas. With all rubbish this government does, this is one thing we could agree that was necessary for the country’s safety.

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        when did you become advocate of Tamils, We know who our saviors and we know who the war criminals are. One day Sonia and Bush will get what they deserve for aiding and abetting MR

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        Rohan

        “it should be the LTTErs and it’s tails for getting them in to this situation.”

        I hate to agree with you.

        That is not the complete story. Try and jog your memory, in time you might recover from your selective amnesia.

        This is not the first internment camp. There were many camps in the past in which a large number of Tamil speaking people were detained for simply being Tamils and eventually sent back to India as stateless migrant.

        I beg your pardon, did you say or mean this camp was erected and run by LTTE?

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    Yes, we are very sorry that we fed, housed, and sheltered you instead of leaving you in the jungle to starve and be blown up by landmines. So sorry.

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      TO MR DAVID LIFE IS FULLY BLACKER.
      WHAT A PITY.
      YOU FORGOT TO WRITE LIKE THIS, HOW YOU TRETED YOUR COUNTRY MEN, WHO ARE NOT A PART OF THE WHOLE EPISODE.

      “”AND FROM OUR SIDE WE GAVE YOU UNFOGETABLE SCARE, AND ELIMINATE YOUR LOVED ONES, WHEN THE LTTE HEARDED YOU TO THAT LONLY LAGOON AND WE COVERED YOU FROM FOUR SIDES, WE SEND YOU LIVE CLUSTER BOMBS, SHELLS AND MULTY BARREL MISILES WITH LOVE FROM HOTHAMBAYA.

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      David Blacker

      You are unique.

      Your logic is fantastic.

      You have the potential to win Noble special prize for Sri Lankan literature on peace and reconciliation. Keep it up.

      You do not fail to amuse me with your typing.

      Otherwise how are you?

      You don’t seem to frequent this forum that much anymore. Why?

      You say:

      “Yes, we are very sorry that we fed, housed, and sheltered you”

      Could you tell me who did meet the expenses?

      Is it your pocket money that your grandpa gave you?

      Is it your dowry that your father in law gave you?

      Is it MR’s own hard earned money?

      As I am being bit thick I find it almost impossible to find the answers. Please help me.

      You ought to be sorry for many things wrong about Sri Lanka.

      You ought to be sorry for Sri Lankan armed forces hiding behind their women folks while Indian Air Force dropped Parippu filled dirty bombs in the North.

      You ought to be sorry for hiding behind LTTE while they fought the IPKF.

      You ought to be extremely sorry for arming, financing …. LTTE while it fought the IPKF.

      You ought to be sorry for your armed forces and political leaders saving LTTE from its annihilation in the hands of IPKF.

      You ought to be sorry for letting the members of IPKF looting, raping, killing………. humiliating the Tamils in North East.

      You ought to be sorry for millions of other things.

      When are you going to feel sorry for all those things you conveniently forgot to remember?

      I feel genuinely sorry for you.

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        “You have the potential to win Noble special prize for Sri Lankan literature on peace and reconciliation.”

        Thank you, jungle boy, I feel very “noble” now :D

        “Could you tell me who did meet the expenses?”

        The SL taxpayer of course, plus all those who volunteered time, money, and other contributions.

        “As I am being bit thick.”

        Your penchant for understatement is commendable.

        “You ought to be sorry for Sri Lankan armed forces hiding behind their women folks while Indian Air Force dropped Parippu filled dirty bombs in the North.”

        Do you find just Indian parippu dirty, or Indians in general, jungle boy? Also, could you explain why you’re not sorry about your menfolk running away while the Sinhalese impregnated your womenfolk?

        “You ought to be sorry for hiding behind LTTE while they fought the IPKF.”

        Could you point out how and whee I hid behind the LTTE? Was it at the same time you were hiding while the Sinhalese banged your women?

        “You ought to be sorry for your armed forces and political leaders saving LTTE from its annihilation in the hands of IPKF.”

        Could you point out at which stage of the IPKF operations the LTTE was being “annhilated”, and how they were “saved” by the Armed Forces?

        “You ought to be sorry for letting the members of IPKF looting, raping, killing………. humiliating the Tamils in North East.”

        Could you point out when and where I have done the above?

        Hopefully you won’t allow your “thickness” to prevent you from addressing the above questions this time. Or has the Sinhalese seed that impregnated your womenfolk made you as “thick” as you admit to be :D

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      David Blacker,

      You need a lesson on sarcasm…

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        Jegath

        David Blacker has no sense right and wrong only a feeling of might is right.

        So have you.

        Two stupid people (Sinhalese and Tamils) working very hard to justify all what their respective leadership did in the name of National liberation and Sovereignty.

        Not much difference between you and other Black and Deckers.

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          Your reply to David was excellent.
          Agreed in full.

          Just to correct your response to Kegath- David is not “sinhala”.

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          @Native Vedda

          David Black & Decker is half Burgher, half Tamil and a 100% BlockHead who will say anything and everything to whitewash the government and the armed forces. :)

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          Native Vedda

          FYI- PersidunceBean is a Thomian and we know his real name tee hee hee
          He’s a pal of author of Chinaman and shares the same first name :D

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          Lol, Duncy might consider the Chinaman a pal, but from what I’ve seen the feeling is not reciprocated :D Duncy even went for a long sea swim earlier this year to try and win some friends.

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      Agree with u 100%. SL gov has many other reasons to apologize from the Tamil people and even sinhala ppl, but surely not for internment. internment camps was a necessity. Most of the commentators here n LTTE supporters do not have any idea of reality.

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    I think Ranga or original writer got his wired crossed…
    For a start after 30 yrs of terrorist running the area and after the war how do you find which one is guilty and which ones are not? I am talking about serious crimes here and only way to get them is to screen them methodically so that this ugly would not rise again.
    Second part is most of them did not have any homes since some are illegals from TN and others have serious issues like mine field clearance and lack of infrastructure to support them.
    Worst of all, those overseas tamil agitators did not even give a cent to help their brothers and sisters and why should the SLG apologises since those funded those bunch of blood thirsty morons should apologise for the whole country, so that all the citizens can move forward.

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      How about the sixty years suffering Of Tamils from 1956 burnt alive in Gal Oya to killed by Cluster bombs in Mullivaikal

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    Isn’t it a sad indictment of our times and our people that we still think that some of our own citizens are lesser in our eyes and ought be treated differently than us!

    Personally I am ashamed as a fellow citizen that we don’t have the heart to forgive and to seek forgiveness. My apologies to all my fellow Tamil brethren

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    Excellent article. I hope this article will be read by those morons now in power

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    Dear Real Tamil, Rohan and others!
    Well. All of you put the blame on the LTTE. Sri Lanka, USA, West European countries, their allies, India etc. have declared the LTTE as a TERRORIST group. Even China, Russia and other countries gave assistance to the government of Sri Lanka to defeat LTTE militarily!But the important question is who and what created the LTTE Terrorists?
    The LLRC appointed by HE the President in it’s Report (Para 8.150) says that:
    “The Commission takes the view that the Root Cause of the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka lies in the failure of successive Governments to address the genuine grievances of the Tamil people. The country may not have been confronted with a violent separatist agenda, if the political consensus at the time of independence had been sustained and if policies had been implemented to build up and strengthen the confidence of the minorities around the system which had gained a reasonable measure of acceptance.”
    Thus the LLRC accepts that the violent separatist agenda was the outcome of the failure of the successive Governments of Sri Lanka to address the genuine grievances of the Tamil people!
    Further, under “The Different Phases in the Narrative of Tamil Grievances” it has mentioned in para.8.163 of the Report:
    “The decisive rift in the inter-ethnic relationship came first with the riots of 1958, then in1977, and culminating in what is known as ‘Black July’ of 1983, and the heinous failure of the then Government to provide adequate protection to Tamil citizens. The problems pertaining to the Tamil Community and their grievances cannot be fully addressed without a fuller understanding of this culture of violence that marred the relationship between the Sinhala and Tamil communities.”
    Thus, the LLRC indirectly accepts that the “culture of violence” was introduced in the country NOT BY THE TAMILS, but by the Sinhalese and it was indirectly catalyzed by the Governments of Sri Lanka!
    At this juncture it is very important to note that the LLRC has not mentioned in its Report what actually caused the successive Governments of Sri Lanka to implement policies and actions that produced genuine grievances to the Tamils and other minorities of the country.
    Here the LLRC should have analyzed and come to a definite conclusion on WHETHER THE GOVERNMENTS OF SRI LANKA FORMULATED AND IMPLEMENTED POLICIES AND ACTIONS BASED ON SOME DOCTRINE OR NOT!
    Here the LLRC has either failed or conveniently got excused itself from talking about a very important question!
    Here only the Paragraph 28 of the UN Panel Report becomes very important. It states that:
    “After independence, political elites tended to prioritize short-term political gains, appealing to communal and ethnic sentiments, over long-term policies, which could have built an inclusive state that adequately represented the multicultural nature of the citizenry. Because of these dynamics and divisions, the formation of a unifying national identity has been greatly hampered. Meanwhile, SINHALA-BUDDHIST NATIONALISM GAINED TRACTION, ASSERTING A PRIVILEGED PLACE FOR THE SINHALESE AS THE PROTECTORS OF SRI LANKA,AS THE SACRED HOME OF BUDDHISM. THESE FACTORS RESULTED IN DEVASTATING AND ENDURING CONSEQUENCES FOR THE NATURE OF THE STATE, GOVERNANCE AND INTER-ETHNIC RELATIONS IN SRI LANKA.”
    The UN Panel Reports thus emphasizes that the ‘ROOT CAUSE’ of the problems of Lanka has been its Sinhala Buddhist nationalism based on SACRED DOCTRINE: Sinhala – Sinhalese – Buddhism – Lanka doctrine with one to one correspondence.
    Please tell who should be blamed for all these? LTTE or the Governments of Sri Lanka? or the powerful nations like the USA. India , the West Europeans and others?

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    Nabil, there are many in Sri Lanka who see each other equally, and wish for peace. Essentially there is no real need for any of us to apologise to anyone, unless we have been part of either a past GoSL or the LTTE. It is these people who have to apologise. As can be seen from the comments here, it is a continued argument of you apologise, no you apologise, no you apologise. It is always the fault of the other side…

    It is amazing how people with bias can find a spec from the otherside to be a plank, and the numerous planks from their own side to be non-existant! It is such people who fuel the likes of the GoSL and LTTE. It is therefore also such people who should be apologising, not to Tamils, not to Sinhalese, rather to all Sri Lankans, who actually just want to live out their lives in peace.

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    If the conduct of the Sri Lankan government was fair and driven only by the effort to eliminate terrorism, then it would prove it with apologies. During a war and in the immediate aftermath it is difficult to handle properly the rights of all the people involved. It is understandable that for security reasons, the people coming from LTTE areas had to be checked. It took too long, but this is why apologies are needed. It will show that the government was moved by good principles. On the contrary the impression is that the government of Sri Lanka moved a war against the entire Tamil people and wanted to occupy their land and crush their culture and identity. The reactions to this article are a good example of how Sri Lanka is far from even starting a true process of reconciliation.

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    Why is that we have so much hatred in our hearts ?. For goodness sake – we are talking about human beings- real people. What is the point we blaming the LTTE when all is supposed have been eliminated 4 years ago.
    We have the luxary of sitting back and either blaming someone or passing the buck without a real solution. These people did not have a choice with the terrorist, remember people when the JVP -Desapreme guys went around swithcing lights and lamp post killing – to an extent we as citizens did not have a choice but to comply . The Tamil community in the North and Wanni were and are in a similar situation. When a writer exposes or express his opinions or concern it should worked upon rather than giving negative comments. Our people will never realise until its too late, seems everyone at the top are celebrating until it comes to bite them in the bum. I sympathies with the Tamil people for the current state of affairs, Until it is recognised that we are all Sri Lankans and Human beings – this racial, 2nd , 3rd class treatment will be difficult or impossible to let go.

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    Dear Nabil,
    Thank you, and accepted. Please accept my apologies too, to my Sinhala brethren.

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    Thank you, and accepted. Please accept my apologies too, to my Sinhala brethren.

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    Good article… But the author needs to realize that only decent people will apologize. Even Americans took way too long to apologize and many families lost all their homes and property and died in poverty.

    Same with the Jews who were in concentration camps for one or two years. Millions died… Conditions would have been worse for the Tamils if WE the diaspora did not scream BLUE MURDER from all corners of the world. So it took only 2-3 years to get everyone out of the “Rajapakse concentration camps” of the 21st century..

    The human rights laws and Geneva Conventions, on treatment of POW’s and connected civilians have changed for the better… Still, Rajapakses got away without any reprimand as yet… But that is also why there is more IC interest on investigations, because they do not want African, Arabian, Latin/Central Americans or even Burma and other countries to do the same murders and crimes and get away…

    It would be just a free licence to rape, torture and murder.
    Besides, The Tamil diaspora from 2007 beginning with Tamils For justice have been focused on investigations by the US and IC, on HR violations and later War Crimes… Every thing was in motion and attorney Bruce Fein was well experienced..

    More than the apology, the immediate need are their homes and land.. Then education and health via well equipped schools and medical clinics/hospitals. All this was destroyed deliberately or in the crossfire… Reconciliation will only come in genuine goodwill, and removing the murderers, rapist and torturers from their site.. At very minimum costs a good local police force who can provide safety and security…

    Chandrika apologized for the 1983 riots as President, but that was very in-genuine… Apology also has to come with compensation to all. Or else this festering wound will become cancerous, and beyond a few of us…

    David Blacker’s sarcasm should be ignored.

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      Dear Donald,

      When will you apologise to Tamils in Sri Lanka?

      You wanted their children to fight and die for Eelam, but your children’s lives were too precious to waste on Eelam.

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      Re: ‘Conditions would have been worse for the Tamils if WE the diaspora did not scream BLUE MURDER from all corners of the world’

      C’mon Donald, who you kidding? There is plenty that can be said about the corruptness and selfishness of the various GoSLs since 1948, but that is not to say that the ‘diaspora’ is any better! After all, the diaspora is as much to blame for Tamil suffering, as the various past GoSLs and the LTTE!

      The conditions for Tamils and Sinhalese alike would never have reached the inhumane levels of 2009 had the diaspora screamed BLUE MURDER on the LTTE when they were abducting innocent Tamil children and arming them with weapons for decades! Or when they were building network after network of global drugs, weapons and human smuggling rings. Or when they were blowing up innocent people throughout Sri Lanka. Or even when they were using innocent Tamil civilians as shields in more recent times.

      Instead the diaspora funded and grew the LTTE. And only cried foul when the LTTE itself was threatened. They depended on the LTTE to get them residency in developed countries, while contributing to further depletion of Sri Lanka, so they can continue to demand ‘asylum’ from the west. Why so many Tamils moved to Europe, the States and Australia, when Tamil Nadu was just a stone throw away, is the clue to the truth… It was never, and never will be, about Elam. It is about living it up in the west! VP was just as much a scapegoat of the diaspora as the various other Tamils who have lost their lives as a result of this whole concoction. A concoction of the Tamil and Sinhalese elites!

      The LTTE diaspora has worked hand in hand with the likes of the MR clan (and numourous past GoSLs)! they claim to be foes, but in reality, it is only a high stakes show, with plenty of back scratching! One side kills a few people, the other cries blue murder. Then they kill a few people. The other side cry blue murder. The innocent are only ever needed for images of suffering to fuel propaganda!

      No one with an ounce of intellect or general knowledge of the world will buy into your superhero view of the selfish and shameless LTTE diaspora (I say LTTE diaspora because I know all Tamils are not supporters of the LTTE). But I appreciate you have no interest in convincing anyone with intellect. Just the already converted gullible and opportunistic fools who continue to scream Blue Murder, while fueling the murders themselves!

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      Donald Jayantha Gnanakone , who lost some of his properties to UNP thugs in 1983 and then had a lengthy custody battle with his Sinhala wife , has more than one reason to hate Sinhalese.In fact his hate is pathological.
      Hence his comments should not be taken seriously. As for Tamils for Justice trying to frame some ppl of Mahinda Rajapakse administration , all we can say to Mr. Donald Jayantha Gnanakone go fly a kite, or better still seek professional help without making a clown of yourself in these pages, much to our amusement , ta ta
      David Blacker is spot on with his comments. We rescued 300,000 tamils from the clutches of LTTE and sun god. That alone merits Noble Peace price

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    Lakbima had to repair the damage it did with that cartoon they printed few weeks back..

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    There is no need for anyone to apologise to anyone else. Everyone has sinned one way or another. Let us also not forget the past. However, let us all resolve to forgive each other for trespasses of the past and resolve to never let our tainted history repeat.

    This is the only way forward. If not, we will be involved in debating who did what to whom first ( the chicken or egg first story) , well into eternity.

    The best thing we can do to as a first step is to come forward as individuals and collectively to help the war-affected poor. This would involve visiting the war-affected areas, seeing problems there and identifying people/families that need help. Such people should not be given fish, but the fishing rod!

    This act alone will help build a united Sri Lanka, The process of doing so will then start with the hearts and minds of those coming forward to help and touch the hearts and minds of those who are the recipients.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

      “There is no need for anyone to apologise to anyone else.”

      I don’t think so.

      The apology should be on record so that down the line future generations can learn and enlighten themselves how these two stupid people have unleashed mindless violence against each other and among themselves.

      When people realise that they have done injustice to others it is only appropriate for them to apologise to each other. However I don’t expect the parochial Sri Lankies to behave magnanimously.

      If anything these two peoples have to apologise to my people for 2,500 years of cumulative genocide.

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    Brilliant piece by Navin. You do know the LTTE propagandists Donald quite well.

    Vedda your people are on the way to extinction because of Darwinism, not abuse by Tamils and Sinhalese. Your people remain primitive hunters and gatherers that have failed to evolve and therefore shall perish. You and the terror diaspora do have one thing in common, to wit, your proclivity for misusing the term “genocide”. SL has never experienced “the deliberate and systematic extermination of a national, racial, political, or cultural group.”

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    prominant word found in sinhala dialect is denial. the word apology is alien to sinhala dialect. by the way as a general rule i don’t like muslims. However, the only exception is bangaladeshis. i love them for what they are doing in bangladesh and i wish they could do it over here in sri lanka.

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      We Tamil brahmins are grateful to the Sinhalese for putting you low caste bastards in your place.

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        dai para ch****a/thul***a black dalit……

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    American Lanka Lover

    suggests Darwinist determination:

    “Vedda your people are on the way to extinction because of Darwinism, …..have failed to evolve and therefore shall perish”

    Our extinction is our problem not yours.

    Mahanama justified genocide of my people in his Mahawamsa.

    What else do you know about my people?

    I see Darwinism working backwards in the case of Tamils and Sinhalese. They are regressing into Eukaryotes, sad but inevitable. Given their present state of mind they might end up Prokaryote sooner than expected.

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    PresiDunce Bean

    “David Black & Decker is half Burgher, half Tamil and a 100% BlockHead”

    I know he suffers from identity crisis just like any other Sri Lankan compounded by lack of love and care.

    Either he was deprived of love in his childhood or denied sexual pleasure in his adulthood. In a way he is repressed soul who needs to free himself from his past. After the second tribal war in Europe Germans were encouraged have more sex. In other words f..k for peace.

    We are not helping him either.

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      Thank you, jungle boy, for your concerns about my identity, childhood, and sexual needs, but on the latter subject, shouldn’t you be protecting your women folk who are opening up your genealogy to Sinhalese seed while you are here wasting your time? :D It seems that some of that seed via your mother has entered your brain stem and blocked up your common sense with self-confessed “thickness”.

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    Buroowo who took the Tamil people to jungle, did Tamil people under Ltte had a better life? why should Gov apologize to those people instead those people thanks to Gov, for saving their life from barbarians

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      KK:

      “why should Gov apologize to those people instead those people thanks to Gov, for saving their life from barbarians”

      For reasons I have given above. Read my comment to Childish David Blacker.

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    sinhala [Edited out] bikkus and some 1000 sinhala [Edited out] have protested against the torching of buddhist places of worship in bangladesh. when hindu temples are torched these sinhala pariahs keep quiet. when chinese torch the buddhist places of worship in tibet and slaughter the tibetan monks and activists , pariahs don’t say anything. sinhala pariahs need money and that has to come from red china. what a load of pariahs these sinhala [Edited out] are.

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      Take your medication old man before you blow a gasket.

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        primitive sinhala savage , are you one of those sinhala vampires who drank the blood of tamil political prisoners in welikadai prison.

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          Sakkili low caste ………

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    Native Veddo, your comments for David are not relevant to this article, as usual taking about Prippu, IPKF, supporting ltte are not relevant to this article , read articles properly and then reply

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      KK

      I know my comments are not directly relevant to this article. However my comments are aimed at David’s heartless and stupid comment. He thinks he is witty forgetting the past stupidity of the state for which he never apologised.

      He ought to learn to remember past events.

      Basically all or nothing.

      What is your compulsion to defend him?

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        It is you that is forgetful, jungle boy. I have answered your juvenile comments many times in the past. Each time you run away speechless but pop up later with the same comments. As I said before, looks like your Sinhalese genes are starting to leak. Or maybe the tightness of your amude is squeezing your brains :D

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    @Those who don’t comprehend current history.
    LTTE was non existent when 300,000 were incarcerated in concentration camps. Yes, diaspora made a lot of noise, campaigned, and lobbied hard. So did the NGO’s and other HR organizations..
    Same with the War Crimes issues.
    I have been in the forefront of the Tamil issues even before July 1983, and most vociferous and in public thereafter. I was a bachelor..

    My custody issues and property issues is No Blood business of anyone. I had full, 100% custody of my young kids from day one, and never lost it at all even at the appeals court… One of the very few Father’s to accomplish that…

    Killing Tamils from 1956, 1958, 1961, 1977 and 1983 are serious crimes and violations. Thereafter from 1983-2009 or even now Tamils are being raped, tortured and killed.

    100,000 Tamil civilians were killed in 2009. Those were War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity..

    Anyone who speaks up, White, Black, Yellow Indian or Tamils are labelled as LTTE Tiger Terrorist, so that they will back off.. That has been the tactics of Sinhala, Buddhist, racist, chauvinist, Jingoist and State terrorist and their rump. Typical liars… and Sh…………

    No surprises!!!!! Bull Sh………………..

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    chris gayle will give a good lesson on cricket tomorrow for players who are blacker than him.

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    turd lanka has been given a good lesson by w i. fantastic.

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      Sakkili black ….

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        ch******/thula black savage ….

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    Holding civilians like POW’s in a camp for years on the pretext of demining is a gross human rights violation and will come back to bite the government because the tamils have long memories.So much for winning the hearts and minds of the tamils with these crude actions and this will come back to bite the government in future elections and also in international sympathy for relief for the tamils with their own state one day.Lack of foresight seems to be a hallmark of this government though they seem to be good at getting things done in the short term.

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