28 January, 2021

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Balachandran’s Killers (The Long-List)

By Malinda Seneviratne

Malinda Seneviratne

It is claimed that there is new footage about terrorist leader Prabhakaran’s younger son’s last days. There’s nothing ‘new’ though. A photograph of the 12 year old Balachandran ‘surfaced’ just before the UNHRC Sessions in Geneva in 2012 and now, just weeks before the 2013 Sessions, another picture has ‘surfaced’. The ‘new’ photograph shows Balachandran alive in a bunker. The jury is out on whether or not this was an Army bunker or an LTTE bunker. There’s nothing to show that the man who pulled the trigger was a soldier or if the boy was captured and shot dead.

We do know that the environs of the Nandikadaal Lagoon were certainly not a place where anyone would loiter around. Only a fool would set up a holding-facility anywhere close to where bloodthirsty terrorists were holed up. We do know that people died. We know that there was a lot of gunfire. We know that when the US targets a Taliban or Al Qaeda hideout, there is no consideration of whether there are non-combatants, children included, in the vicinity. We know that the LTTE was holding hostage hundreds of thousands of civilians. We know that the LTTE fired at civilians who tried to flee. We know that families get separated. We know how Balachandran died, but we don’t know where and under what exact circumstances except that this was the end-point of a 30 year struggle against a brutal, merciless terrorist outfit.

There is speculation though. There is treatment of speculation as established fact. There is a politics of ‘revelation’, evidenced by the strange coincidence of surfacing and UNHRC sessions. There is also the larger issue of the politics of proportionality and selectivity. The accusers (who would censure Sri Lanka in Geneva once again) are guilty of established (not speculated) crimes against humanity and in particular ‘targeted killing of children to the tune of 4000 plus!’ There is also the silence about context, especially the contribution of the LTTE to the circumstances, before ‘Nandikadaa’ and during ‘Nandikadaal’.

The following extract from a Facebook exchange would throw light on the relevant politics. It is between Rasika Jayakody, well-known journalist, Kath Noble, a political commentator and Rifkha Roshinara, a student of international politics.

Rasika: Clinically speaking, is there a way of substantiating that Balachandan, Prabhakaran’s son, was in military custody when the leaked pictures were taken? The same picture could also have been taken at a tiger camp/bunker, prior to his death in a cross-fire during the final stage of the battle.

Rifkha: Simple logic, but some are blind, that they cannot see the ‘other’ side or they simply refuse to use their common sense. And my question is why do they come up with such pictures and videos only when UNHRC sessions are round the corner? Have they able to prove the credibility of the videos they have come up with on previous instances.

Kath: They say that on the basis of the claim that the two pictures were taken with the same camera.

Rasika: There are truths, half-truths and lies. In the same way, there are facts, factoids and fabrications. But any allegation should be proven beyond reasonable doubt before prosecution.

Rasika (to Kath): Claims who? Is the person who took the pictures willing to give evidence?

Kath: Claim those journalists.
In the end, we are left without source (like the claims made by Channel 4, the International Crisis Group, the Darusman Committee and such, and regurgitated by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch regarding 40,000-80,000 having being killed in the last days of the battle).

But a little boy did die. A little boy was in fact shot dead. Few would not be moved by the photograph of this chubby, cuddly, little boy with bullet holes in chest, dead. Few fathers and mothers would not look at those eyes and that still body and not have their thoughts stray to their own children. A little boy the photograph of whose dead body is bandied in international forums but the hundreds of little boys and girls his father kidnapped and turned into child-soldiers are un-remembered, just like the hundreds of little boys and girls slaughtered upon the same father’s directive. Or the boy who was sent to an Army ‘Receiving Center’ loaded with explosives in order to dissuade the Army from ‘receiving’ and hostages from escaping. That’s politics. But that politics doesn’t make his death any less tragic. He need not have died and need not have died in this manner.

Who killed Balachandran?

First: The person who pulled the trigger, either directing gun at the boy or spraying a larger target (fleeing civilians or terrorist hideout). AS YET UNIDENTIFIED, in terms of name and group.

Second: The person who have the order to shoot. AS YET UNIDENTIFIED, in terms of name and group.
Third: All those who by errors of omission and commission did not allow the terrorist menace to be eradicated by arguing that the LTTE was invincible, that ‘the economy cannot handle it’, that ‘the international community will not allow it’ and so on, and thereby sped things along to Nandikadaal by May 2009. IDENTIFIED: India (from dropping Dhal and giving Prabharakan a lease of life in 1987 with the Indo-Lanka Accord), Norway (bending over backwards to give the LTTE parity of status vis-à-vis the Government of Sri Lanka, USA (doing their utmost to evacuate Prabhakaran even at the last minute), I/NGOs, ‘journalists’, ‘academics’, ‘priests’ and others who consistently gave the LTTE the benefit of the doubt and tried to undermine military efforts.

Fourth: All those who directly or indirectly helped the LTTE by way of providing funds, arms, training and legitimacy through comprehensive white-washing or downplaying of crimes against humanity. IDENTIFIED: India, first and foremost. IDENTIFIED: pro-LTTE sections of Sri Lankan Tamil expatriates, including current chest-beaters who pump ignorant/pernicious human rights outfits (AI and HRW) and unscrupulous media outfits (Channel 4) with tall stories. IDENTIFIED: Successive Governments that believed the LTTE could be talked out of war, most significantly, the Ranil Wickremesinghe regime of 2001-2004.

Fifth: All those who failed to listen to Tamil leaders when they first articulated grievances and made claims regarding traditional homelands, those who could have said ‘prove what you can and we’ll redress’ but did not. All those who did not have the heart, wisdom and guts to acknowledge that every citizen belongs to this land and vice versa. All those who refused to treat query with respect that demands answer. All those who responded to chauvinism with chauvinism and those who did not need chauvinism to be chauvinistic. IDENTIFIED: That’s us, all of us, folks. We couldn’t save Balachandran. We couldn’t save Mahinsa. We failed.  Sixth. This is long.

The man who deliberately dragged the boy along, when the wives and children of other terrorist leaders such as Thamilselvan and Soosai were allowed to flee into the safety of the Sri Lankan security forces. The man who put every civilian, every man, woman and child not engaged in battle, at risk by holding them hostage as per the need for a ‘human shield’. The man who on countless occasions refused to engage in dialogue for conflict-resolution, banking on military capability to deliver the impossible. The man who killed so many Tamils, Sinhalese and Muslims in cold blood that it would be a tall order for any soldier who has seen comrades die and children slaughtered to show any mercy if he was chanced upon (not to mention the fact the practical stupidity of taking the risk of believing him to be unarmed). A man who made it impossible to see any Tamil child anywhere close to LTTE fighters in anyway other than a ‘child soldier’. IDENTIFIED: VELUPILLAI PRABHAKARAN.

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

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    You are paid to argue that the killing of this boy by the State is counter-balanced by all the activties of a Leader created by the Policies
    of the very Govt.?
    The media has placed some evidence which warrants investigation and not
    simple denial by alleged culprits.

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      I am astonished,
      WHY? did not they appoint this Malinda Seneviratne to PARLIAMENTARY SELECT COMMITTEE.

      He could have supported to Hival Modawangsa.

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      Mr Punchi,

      Malinda said;

      “it would be a tall order for any soldier who has seen comrades die and children slaughtered to show any mercy if he was chanced upon”.

      He forgot to mention that he is preaching to a governance
      which follows Buddhist teachings, This Chintahna, That Neguma, Divinesuma so on…

      Malinda

      did you loose any family members to V P’s and sri lanka politikkas Terrorist war?.
      I dont think so?.
      But, I feel the pain more than you are Malinda.
      BECAUSE,
      I have lost my family members, my property, many friends and neighbours and I ESCAPED many times from LTTE’s death traps. and seen maney killed by the terrorists

      As a Buddhist Sinhalese, [MIND YOU, first, I am a Buddhist And then A Sinhalese ] I believe Taking revenge, even from a enemy is not applicable to a humane being.
      so do the killing of a 12 year innocent.
      even his Father is a demon from hell.

      Malinda, Dosnt’ you feel any sympathy from bottom of your heart.

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        How can he?
        Thick skinned picking up the bread crumps from the table

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    “The jury is out on whether or not this was an Army bunker or an LTTE bunker. There’s nothing to show that the man who pulled the trigger was a soldier or if the boy was captured and shot dead.”

    Huh! That was a military bunker. The other person who killed Balachandran is people like you.

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      I believe Sri Lankan Armed Forces and Police have a long way to go.

      This is a pressing problem. It must be dealt with by Sri Lanka. Otherwise cunning LTTE rump overseas and their agents such as Channel 4 will make use of Sri Lanka’s short comings. Little Balachandran and his tragic death is now on sale around the world. To promote the perverted agenda of TGTE and BTF.

      Yes, Sri Lanaka has a grave responsibility.

      But, so does India. USA, Canada, UK, Norway etc. For their tacit support to LTTE terrorists over 30 years.

      LTTE diaspora is directly resposnible for killing thousands of kids as well. Including Balachandran.

      Above all VP has the ultimate responsibility. Nobody else.

      Malinda put a lot f things into context here.

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        Ben Hurling

        Am I missing something here.

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        Ben Hurling:
        People like you and MS who share the same agenda deserve the same fate!

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          Aney Apochchi & Native Vedda,

          I believe you guys and I on the same side. I am too disgusted by blatant HR violations by corrupt stake holders of power in Sri Lanka.

          Now, objectivity is a tough thing to begin with. Even tougher when Sri Lanka is under attack from international hypocrites. Such as Channel 4.

          Please note, Channel 4 is yet to pay a visit to Adele Balasingham in the UK. God mother of female child/suicide bombers. I believe their programs are motivated. People must realize it.

          This does not mean I am OK with the killing of little Balachandran. I am deeply ashamed by it. Just like any Sri Lankan should be.

          I am also ashmed by the fact that we did not manage to protect children of Sri Lanka from the blood thirsty LTTE for 30 long years. Sinhalese, Tamil and Muslim. Besides Balachandran.

          Selling Balachandran’s tragic death has nothing to do with human kindness. It has everything to do with serving Ethno-Tamil nationalism of the LTTE rump overseas. Do not fall for their fake tears for dead children.

          Sri Lankan Armed Forces and Police have operated with total impunity for terrible crimes since Independence. It is worse under corrupt Rajapassa rule.

          This is an intolerable situation. Sri Lankans must rise to fix it. Once and forever. That is the real struggle. Not falling for high-tech traps set up by international hypocrites.

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            Ben Hurling

            Everything wrong with Sri Lanka, a fundamental restructuring is urgently needed.

            Restoring democratic rights of the people is the only solution.

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              Agree 100%.

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        BEN;
        Forget about promoting of the perverted agendas and Killers LTTE or V P s responsibility.
        just think as a humane.

        Just tell us This Killing Of young Prisoner is wrong or not????????????.
        [I dont say he was a war prisoner as the boy was not in the armed carder of LTTE].

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          JULAAMPITYE AMARAYA,

          I can’t believe if you understood my comments that you would ask me this silly question.

          Anyway, as a matter of courtesy, given the very serious debate we are taking part in, I would answer anyway.

          Killing of VP Jr., if it happened is an unforgivable crime. Must be investigated with vigour. And criminals severly punished. Inn Sri Lanka. By Sri Lankans. We are a humane nation. Despite our politicians.

          All I am saying is we do not quit there. This crime must be seen in its full context. We must go after all who dragged Sri Lanka to this point. Not just killers of VP Jr.

          Further, it must be done by Sri Lankans for Sri Lankans.

          It must not benefit the cunning LTTE rump overseas or their agents.

          Powerful international players promoting their narrow geo-political interests via this terrible tragedy must be exposed.

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    Hope this fate doesn’t befall your kids cause there will be enough people who’d say well its okay because their father was a heartless racist jackass

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      The same thought should cross all reasonable peoples minds. Did one or two people break the law? If they did they must at least be investigated and reprimanded, so that the names of true “officers and gentlemen” remain untainted. Unless this was a war without witnesses, a war without conscience

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      Saman De Silva, the jackass appears to be you and a heartless one at that.

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    The fact that the Sri Lankan government flatly refuses to investigate these atrocities or allow an independent outside body to investigate them clearly shows their culpability. The whole world knows how the government investigated or rather interfered with the independent eminent persons’ investigations into the French aid workers murders and the Trincomalee student’s murders. What did the government do with the numerous other investigations into mass murders, abductions, torture and disappearances of numerous people over the years? With time they were brushed under the carpet.

    The murder of Colonel Ramesh by the military is a war crime and the people who did this are clearly identifiable in the photographs, but the denials by the government supporters are deafening in spite of clear documented evidence in these photos and videos. I think the world has realised the cunning and devious intentions of the regime in trying to fool the world over and over again. Mr ,Seneviratne, don’t think people outside Sri Lanka are fools. The time’s up for the Rajapaksa brothers.

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    At this juncture the picture clearly shows that the gun wounds are not from a gun battle. So some one killed this young boy. When I saw this picture my blood boiled. How can any one do this to a young boy. Even to slap a young boy, you have to be a brute. So the correct thing to do is to appoint an independent inquiry, where the present Cheap Justice cannot manipulate the outcome, and bring both groups who are accusing the Government and defending the government to thrash it out in the open where public also could see the proceedings. This would clearly bring credibility to the President and the Government. If the Army has not done this brutal act, then they should be the first to propose this process. If they don’t then the whole world would judge the President.

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      Park,

      No one is answering Malinda’s valid questions.

      Shooting someone dead is more instantaneous and humane than what I have seen in the so called Sinhala border villages during the time of terror. Under orders from the (Sun God) father, the ruthless tigers, tigresses & cubs, went to these villages and hacked men, women & children (& they were very young) to death. I have first hand experiences because I have been to those villages.

      On another occassion, 32 Buddhist monks were stopped on their way back to the temple, shot & hacked to death by the “boys”. There were quite young samaneras among them (who may have been even younger than Bala).

      I simply can’t remember seeing any tears, or hearing cries from these bleeding hearts then. Sorry to say folks, as a result, the tears in my eyes have dried all those long years ago to shed now.

      Those who released the photos now are definitely not defenders of HR. They are part of the terror group and therefore must be treated as such.

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        Long before the LTTE came into being the Sinhalas had their hands full of blood. Starting from 1956 and culminating in the 1983 Black July, Tamils were systematically tortured, raped and murdered. Even peace protests were met with thuggery and violence. So, if your tears have dried up because of what the LTTE did, then why did you and the majority Sinhalas keep quiet when Tamils were subjected to untold misery? Aren’t the Tamils the citizens, too. Chelvanayagam was not only concerned of the broken promises by the Sinhala regime, he realised that enmity and animosity was so great between the two races that he saw it prudent that each has to go their separate ways. If only that had happened, this enormity loss of lives could have been averted. The world did not see then and it should be able to see now. With emerging information on rapes on Tamils still continuing even almost four years after the conclusion of the war, it is clear that the world sees the sense in this. Raping helpless victims in this case is nothing more than a crude way of subjugation. This country is very, very sick. Sorry to say, you belong to a very shameful nation.

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          Jansee,
          Long before chelva and black July many atrocities were committed by the colonial masters of Sri Lanka.So where are you going to start? One cannot have selective amnesia to suit the agenda. None of those countries have made even a simple apology for those crimes.They never will as they are powerful nations.

          Remember separation is the beginning of another conflict.Just look at India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

          Remember many Tamils were safeguarded by Sinhalese during the 83 riots.Can you deny that?

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    [Edited out] melinda, don’t call tigers terrorists. they are freedom fighters. terrorists are sinhala pariah state and sinhala black monkey armed forces. sinhala scum are the real terrorists. sinhala black monkey army even had sex with corpses. what a load of b******s they are.

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      Rama

      “melinda, don’t call tigers terrorists”

      Tigers were terrorists and Sri Lankan state too is a terrorist organisation.

      Why are you so confused?

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    Could anyone in his/her right mind translate and summarise MS’s ramblings.

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      Common vedda if you cant i cant…

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      Yes very complicated language for us rural types, no?

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        Mahadana Muththa and Native Vedda:
        It’s impossible to translate gibberish of the kind that this simple-minded stooge of the Rajapaksas produces. He is singing for his upper, no more, and very much off-key as well!

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    I believe Sri Lankan Armed Forces and Police have a long way to go.

    This is a pressing problem. It must be dealt with by Sri Lanka. Otherwise cunning LTTE rump overseas and their agents such as Channel 4 will make use of Sri Lanka’s short comings. Little Balachandran and his tragic death is now on sale around the world. To promote the perverted agenda of TGTE and BTF.

    Yes, Sri Lanaka has a grave responsibility.

    But, so does India. USA, Canada, UK, Norway etc. For their tacit support to LTTE terrorists over 30 years.

    LTTE diaspora is directly resposnible for killing thousands of kids as well. Including Balachandran.

    Above all VP has the ultimate responsibility. Nobody else.

    Malinda put a lot f things into context here.

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      BTW, Channel 4 did not put any damn thing into context. They are just trying to be a catalyst for regime change in Sri Lanka.

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        Ben Hurling:
        Good to see that, AT LONG LAST,you have dropped your (unsuccessful) mask of “objectivity” and made it blatantly obvious what your agenda is!

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          Aney Apochchi,

          I believe you and I on the same side. I am too disgusted by blatant HR violations by corrupt stake holders of power in Sri Lanka.

          Now, objectivity is a tough thing to begin with. Even tougher when Sri Lanka is under attack from international hypocrites. Such as Channel 4.

          Please note, Channel 4 is yet to pay a visit to Adele Balasingham in the UK. God mother of female child/suicide bombers. I believe their programs are motivated. People must realize it.

          This does not mean I am OK with the killing of little Balachandran. I am deeply ashamed by it. Just like any Sri Lankan should be.

          I am also ashmed by the fact that we did not manage to protect children of Sri Lanka from the blood thirsty LTTE for 30 long years. Sinhalese, Tamil and Muslim. Besides Balachandran.

          Selling Balachandran’s tragic death has nothing to do with human kindness. It has everything to do with serving Ethno-Tamil nationalism of the LTTE rump overseas. Do not fall for their fake tears for dead children.

          Sri Lankan Armed Forces and Police have operated with total impunity for terrible crimes since Independence. It is worse under corrupt Rajapassa rule.

          This is an intolerable situation. Sri Lankans must rise to fix it. Once and forever. That is the real struggle. Not falling for high-tech traps set up by international hypocrites.

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        If regime change is the only thing that can change the country. Try Karuna Pillaiyan. One thing we can see is the horrendous nature of this crime. For Sri Lankans this is normal. But when this is shown in the TV they get upset and go into denial. Don’t you know thousands of victims who have been slaughtered like this. The damage that is being done to country is immense. Because of some nationalism you go into denial instead of correcting this behavior. It is a very difficult task because it is in the DNA ( Deny not Accept)

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          Lanka Liar,

          I am not in denial.

          Most Sri Lankans do know who did what.

          What corrupt rulers of Sri Lanka have done with impunity since independence is intolerable. Many crimes have been committed. Balachandran is just a high profile victim.

          What the international hypocrites have done for 30 years at the behest of LTTE spin doctors is even worse.

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      My friend, the US, India, the EU, Japan, Pakistan, Russia, China and even the UN have a grave responsibility to ensure justice to the Tamil people because they covertly and overtly supported the criminal Rakapaksa regime to commit mass murder of the Tamil people of Sri Lanka.

      All these countries knew what the SL military was doing in the war zone and, particularly India , USA and the UN have ample evidence to hang the Rajapaksa brothers and the top military leadership without even a trial.

      Malinda is attempting the impossible here against overwhelming odds and as usual failed miserably.

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        Piranha

        Your problem is that in your ethno-centric world there exists only Tamil.

        You only see Tamil suffering. This attitued does will not cut it.

        Sri Lankans of all races have suffered. Yes, Tamils the brunt of it.

        Those who backed the LTTE for 30 years must share a great responsibility for what happened to all Sri Lankans. Specially Tamils.

        Where do you stand?

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    We know lasantha died we know Prageeth missing We know Faraz shot at And we dont know when the same fate follows Malinda .Hope this will not happen to you my dear

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      NOOOOOOOOOO?.
      You are mistaken.

      Nothing is going to happen to Malinda S, as his hands are long.
      “IT IS SAID, ONCE PRESENT KING ABDUHULLA OF SAUDI ARABIA HAS MENTIONED THAT SRI LANKANS ARE VERY GOOD,BRAINY, INDUSTRIOUS PEOPLE.”
      “BUT MOST OF THEM GOT LONG HANDS. SO WE ARE LITTLE CAREFUL ABOUT THEM.”

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      tissa:

      The way Malinda is smiling – it looks like he has got his laptop, etc. I join you in wishing him well.

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    These debates are futile when the most objective thing to do is to have an international inquiry.

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      Hey Hoole,

      Who are these internationals?

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        Hela:

        Don’t you have a kindergarten near you?

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      I agree that imperative and we are working towards that.

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    We know that the SLA shelled the NFZ’s. We know that Gothabaya said hospitals were fair targets. We know from the infamous “White Flag” case that Gothabaya gave direct orders to shoot surrendering LTTE. We know that there was a media blackout while supposed “journalists” like Malinda were sipping cognac in their Colombo villas, patiently awaiting the final demise of the LTTE, in particular its leader. We know that the LLRC was a farce. We know that not a single Sri Lankan soldier has been or will be indicted by a Sri Lankan court for atrocities committed during the final phase of the war. We know that if Balachandran got caught by the SLA, the probability he’d get away without a scratch would be the same as that of Isapriya, Charles Anthony, Col Ramesh, and all the other hundreds of POWS executed by the SLA in total violation of the Geneva Convention.

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      You seem to know too much based on some photos on the internet. If you send me a photo of yours in a seated position I can make you sit in the same bunker!

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        You must have missed Gothabaya’s moment on “Hard Talk” when he threatened to hang SF.

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        Exactly Ruwan, exactly. And some MF wants an international inquiry.

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        “You seem to know too much based on some photos on the internet. If you send me a photo of yours in a seated position I can make you sit in the same bunker!”

        And I know how to determine whether that photo of yours is a fake or otherwise.

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    When there is a war, civilian casusalities and what is called colatteral damage are part of the game. For example, when USA was killing AL-Qaeda terrorists or anti-USA muslims extremists or Afghan or Somalian or Iraqian or PAkistani terrorists many civilians have been killed. In Pakistan alone, USA drones have killed over 4000 civilians. So, who knows whgo killed Balachandran Tamil-LTTE tigers

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      OF COURSE,

      WHEN THERE IS A WAR, CIVILIAN CASUALTIES ALSO WILL BE THERE.

      BUT WHEN THE WAR IS OVER, SURRENDERED CIVILIANS, UNDER AGED YOUNG CHILDREN SHOULD BE KILLED???.

      THAT IS ANOTHER PART OF GAMES YOU AND YOUR BOSSES PLAY.

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      Jim:

      “So, who knows whgo killed Balachandran Tamil-LTTE tigers”?

      Unfortunately it is the contention of UNHRC that this collateral you are talking about is not within a reasonable number. I think anyone would be fair enough to accept the sort of collateral damage under the circumstance but the issue is that the talk is about serious war crimes. Can you figure that?

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    Blame the sun and the moon for what happens on earth because they provide the light. Ultimate responsibility is with the man who pulled the trigger not VP. In the case of the military, the order given by whom?

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    Excellent article putting the death of this poor child into context.

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    Malinda Seneviratne (MS) could never be considered as an objective analyst, what more with his very heavy skewed views and writings in support of Sinhala hegemony. He has summed up the argument of what happened, or rather how it happened from the “cut and paste” facebook discussions of three seemingly “objective discussion panel”. What is noteworthy is that all the three of his “panelists” are, what a surprise, are Sinhalese, too. Just like the snaps showing Ramesh, the LTTE member, in the custody of what appears to be the army’s interrogation and subsequent photos showing him dead.

    I do agree with some of what Rasika states that “any allegation should be proven beyond reasonable doubt”, but with two parties having totally opposite views/claims, it would only be proper that an independent international investigation should be conducted to verify the authenticity and legitimacy of these claims. You cannot ask an implicated party to investigate itself. These are the international obligations of any country that stands accused of atrocities and simply cannot hide behind the veil of being a sovereign nation.

    The regime may chose to get cozy and deluge itself of the impending repercussions from the writings of the likes of Malinda but where and when it matters it will have to face the responsibility for alleged crimes committed. For all of Malinda’s “wisdom” the regime ought to have ignored being drawn into the battlefield in the UNHRC and refused to participate in that house. For all what Malinda’s “advice” is worth the regime will still be hauled to answer alleged crimes. The writings of Malinda may warm the hearts of the regime but has little or no relevance at the international stage and choosing to ignore this reality would not absolve of the responsibility to answer for alleged crimes. The fate of Charles Taylor looms large on this regime and if it comes to that then there would be no “angels” with the face of Malinda to warm the hearts anymore – it will be a lone journey. It will be foolhardy to imagine or believe that the war against the LTTE could have been won without international support, particularly India, and now that the face-off is against the regime, the likes of Malinda are excluded from the equation. Taking an honest note of this would bode well for this regime. Wimal’s tantrums and MR’s drama of feeding him juice did not stop the wheel from continuing with the grinding.

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    We do not investigate terror carriers death… You start terror we will respond in kind…

    Universal law, “Cause and effects”

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      Then, in the same measure, you should have no problem in accepting the censure by the UNHRC for the atrocities by the Sri Lanka regime. I salute/applaud you for the objective and fair-minded person that you are.

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        UNHRC is a imperial tool… If it is a proper platform to investigate global HR issues, SL will be much lower in the rankings.. An every one knows who is the number one criminal country today.
        If we are to be comfortable and honest we need to get rid of double standards that applies today in global politics.

        Study the history and see how these so called west got its wealth and unfortunately some in SL’s don’t want to know this for various self interest.

        Our govt. got potential but majority around the president are cronies and we need to get a new constitution with Judicial and Police as independent bodies that answer to the parliament and not to the president.

        Remember that we support the “best of the bad lot” . Country does not need stooges that UNP is..

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          Watcher:

          The IMF is an imperial tool but the SL regime didn’t hesitate to apply for and receive the #2.6 million loan. What more, it recently applied for more but was rejected. The GSP+ gave opportunities and leverage to a good number of exports, mainly textiles with reportedly a savings/inflow of $1.5 billion. SL lost this facility because of its consistent violation of human rights and the rhetoric from the likes of you do more harm than good to the majority of the population. The so-called enemies you chastise are the major importers of SL exports and not your favourite friend China.

          With all due respect, I agree with you that I certainly I know which is the number one criminal country in the world – Sri Lanka. The fact that you agree that everyone knows is laudable.

          I am glad that you do see the deficit in governance and it is salutary that you recognise the importance of an independent judiciary and police but quite frankly you cannot see this happening from within the country and the pressure has to come from outside the country. When all hope diminsihes within the country external intervention is the only hope. Please don’t think of this as dubious or against the interest of the country – in fact, this may be the only way to save the country, particularly with a weak opposition. Isn’t this what Mahinda Rajapakse did when he took to the corridors of the international forums to bring to the attention of the world the atrocities of then regime. If what he did is acceptable then how come now he can become a hypocrite to deny the same avenue and rights to others to express their views/voices?

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      YOUR WATCH IS OVER.

      NOW TIME TO CHANGE THE GUARDS.

      BETTER TRY TO FLY A KITE.

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        @JULAAMPITYE , I do not need to be in any party…. My interest is for our countries well being and I am from a well known family in public area, more than 100 yrs..
        We have plenty of wealth in and out of the country, but very careful how we use influence to countries well being.
        Don’t be a stooge have a heart…

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          Mr WATCHER;

          You States that;
          “Study the history and see how these so called west got its wealth and unfortunately some in SL’s don’t want to know this for various self interest”.

          At the Same time you say;

          “I am from a well known family in public area, more than 100 yrs..
          We have plenty of wealth in and out of the country”

          Contradicting Your Statement.

          So we have to consider that you Have plenty of wealth in China, Russia Or Cuba.

          JUST READ the comments given to Mr BEN HURLING at the beginning of this comments list and His Admirable Answer.

          Fist Universal Laws ; GOOD And BAD,
          Truths and lies

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    Malinda has as is to be expected, lined up the usual suspects to deflect the emerging pattern of lies and deceit of his lord and master. By ludicrous extension one might add ultimately that it was our colonial masters who need to be punished because it was they who divided us and ruled, it was they who gave more than it was necessary to the minority and if not for them we would be happily running roughshod over the minorities and this death could have been prevented.

    How we respond to the death of a child speaks volumes of the nature of Sri Lankan society; the decay is perhaps reflected by the crass disregard with which we treat such death.

    The more we defend the actions of a ruthless few the more we get tarred as a nation, and Malinda of course doesn’t mind.

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    Thumbs up Malinda! This article is gonna badly hurt the LTTE rump..

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      Dominique:

      Where were you the UNHRC panel visited the country?

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    A minor age surrendee and his killers long list

    For a Adolf Hitler, a Goebbels who justified his killings
    For MaRa, a Dayan, a Tamara, in lower level a Malinda

    In all other totalitarian regimes this kind of people never trusted themselves in public to identify with kind of regimes

    They are naive

    In bloody SL everything is possible

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    “Fourth: All those who directly or indirectly helped the LTTE by way of providing funds, arms, training and legitimacy through comprehensive white-washing or downplaying of crimes against humanity. IDENTIFIED: India, first and foremost.”

    Pardon me if I got it wrong. A person by the name of “KP” chief procurer of arms for the LTTE is today a good ‘friend’ of the Sri Lanka Defence establishment.

    Another, whose name has been repeatedly mentioned as having being involved in the massacre of 600 surrendering policemen (SIX HUNDRED) is a ‘Minister’ in the cabinet of President Rajapakse.

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    Oh Malinda, don’t use your prose to obfuscate the truth. Let’s have an independent international investigation. Simple as that!

    Malinda will you give your support and consent to an International Independent Investigation? Yes or No?

    Enough said, let’s move to find the truth! What do you say Malinda? After all, this is not a competition about who writes better, is it?

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      No this is a competition to see who gets the most comments. He who writes provoking articles which stimulates the most reaction wins!

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    The ruthless arrogancy against innocent Tamils is a practice for many decades, even before LTTE era and that is the only reason even well educated people started supporting LTTE. Srilankan Government could manage to hind all it’s atrocities under the carpet called “Terrorism” and by winning the war they evaporated the carpet and whole bloody truths are coming out to the world with undeniable proof which Tamils badly wanted and Government never expected. Now Government has two option, either genuinely looking into the war crimes made by forces and punishing them or let the world decide how it would have to be done. MR Regime is stuck in such a way that they can not opt for the first option and the available default option if the second one in my opinion. Very short future will answer this question. Twenty Countries which saved Srilankan Government from loosing it to LTTE is now support Tamils to bring out the truth (could be for their own agenda). Srilankan Regime will either have to get civilized or pay the price to the International Community

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      Who is this “world” Gnanam? as you say they NOW support you. Don’t be so certain of their support. By siding with you, these guys are threatening rest of the population and not just the regime. Unfortunately, the repercussions will be borne by the innocents.

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    I am an exsri lankan living in Singapore for the last nearly forty years.I am glad to see that there are fair minded people especially among majority community.I have witnessed how Bandaranaike used force to dispel a peaceful satyagraha in the fifties with a iron hand.then tore off a fair agreement called Banda selva on the request by certain unpatriotic elements.

    Why not ateast now MR behave lie a statesman like Abraham Lincoln who united America after the civil war.still it is not too late.if he does that he will go down in the history.He can do that.This is good for every body.
    Give the 13+ to Tamils so that they can manage their own affairs.now no Tamil is interested in a separate country especially who are living in north and east.

    Go for a win win situation not win lose situation.look at other countries.in two years you can reack kuala lumpur in two hours the same distance as Colombo to Jaffna,see where the world has gone.what sin Sri lankans have done to be left out in the development process?

    Remember Karma is very strong and will come back to you and even your children may have pay for it.look at bandaranaiyakes famil? Any body left even to tell his name?This is Karma,very very powerful.may be if he solves this problem there is a chance his name will go in the history.

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    Sorry Hela.., the near future will tell us what would be the future. – Lets wait.., not for long..

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    Native vedda… where do you get evrything right on this earth?
    BTW, why did not the LTTE higherachy not surrender when asked but wanted to surrender to a third party?

    Gnanam… GOSL would not look ito war crimes as ltte overlooked the option given to surrender.They wanted to fight to a finish. So they did & GOSL: reciprocated.
    Forget…. there will be no inquiry.
    Those Tamils in SL do not want it other than former ltte proxies.

    diaspora need to remain where they are and MYOB.

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      Dicky Bird : We knew that GOSL would never look into war crime as it would fire them back right from top to bottom. The future will tell whether the inquiry will be there or not. We very well know what Tamils can talk in Srilanka.

      GOSL know there was no crime even without investigating !, wow ! and they will not investigate and they don’t wan’t Tamils to request the international community to investigate !! That clearly shows what has happend.

      Every crime will be brought to the book by the international community and the future will witness this !

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    It is finally clear: The LTTE and the GOSL are on an equal footing:they both practise terror!!

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      One is gone. The other is on it’s way to R.I.P.

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    Kari, I am not sure who has done more, but there were surely many crime and they should be investigated and punished whoever has done it irrespective of whether it is GOSL or LTTE. No one has the right to deny the right on investigation when many feel they are victims. Denying the investigation. This should have been done by GOSL even before others start demanding for it. They not only refused it, but told the world it did not happen, without even investigating it. I am not sure how could a Government be 100% sure without even investigating it.

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    It is not a question of whether the GOSL or the LTTE who did what. I have been an intelligence officer and can tell you categorically that the LTTE
    carried out a lot of murders, the same way the JVPers were killed by
    the UNP. See what happened at Batalanda? It is after Batalanda that UNP
    leader Ranil Wickramasinghe went to speak peace. You can bluff everybody
    all the time.

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