22 October, 2019

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Beyond Impunity: The Hambantota Fracas And The Fall-Out From It

By Emil van der Poorten –

Emil van der Poorten

Emil van der Poorten

While the Rajapaksa Regime’s response to the attempt at wholesale intimidation of the group of UNP MPs who visited one or the other (or both?) of the Ultra-Pale Ruhunu Magampura Pachyderms recently was typical of the behaviour of the most corrupt and violent of Sri Lankan governments in its modern (or ancient) history, there was little cause for any great surprise.

This mode of behaviour has been a feature of this government’s conduct, steadily accelerating as the days and weeks speed by.

There were, however a few little variations from the usual modus operandi.

The absence from the fray, both in a physical and vocal sense, of The Hon. Mr. Weerawansa and the Hon. “Dr.” Mervin Silva was cause for some surprise.  After all they usually, one or both, attempt to be the “Stars” of the UNFPA circus.  Whatever the reason, they were conspicuous by their absence.

What was also surprising was the fact that several members of the Royal Family, inclusive of its Reigning Monarch, chose to enter the fray – the print and oral one – after the opening salvo had been fired – literally – down south.

Eraj PistolThe man who threatened the UNP MP’s with a side-arm – now claimed by him to be a “toy” – claimed that he was there as some kind of “peacemaker” on the orders of Namal Rajapaksa, patently the Heir Apparent (HA) to the Sri Lankan throne, and that he was seeking to protect the Parliamentarians.  He subsequently chose to remove himself from the discussion of these events when the HA denied that he had issued any orders to the (very large) local politician (the Mayor of Hambantota?) to play (armed) peacemaker.  The ensuing deafening silence from a man who appears to be the closest thing to a Sumo wrestler in Ruhuna should be obvious to all with even a smattering of knowledge of how the Monarcy operates in this country and the level of subservience displayed by those beholden to it.

Then we had the Head of State himself claiming that the opposition MPs provoked the attack by making critical comments about the Ultra-Pale Ruhunu Magampura Pachyderms.  In case any readers of this little piece needs to be reminded, this serves to reinforce the nature of our particular “democracy” where anything resembling criticism of the Miracle Works embarked upon by our rulers may be considered as adequate provocation for abuse, assault and worse.

In mediaeval times there was a term for this: “Lese Majeste.”

The UNP MPs of course went bleating back to Colombo swearing to “do something” about the breach of their privileges as Members of Parliament.  That even the more intelligent among their number choose to continue to participate in this Theatre of the Absurd – there is NO OTHER WAY to describe this state of affairs – defies analysis of any kind.  Let’s get this straight: they are going to the brother of the man who has already pronounced criticism of His Works in pursuit of Sri Lanka’s ambition to be The Miracle of Asia as being totally unacceptable in an effort to obtain “relief” of some kind?  Like the man said, “Give me a break!”

All of this violent idiocy on the national stage was somewhat relieved by statements about this and another “vexed issue” by three people of very different political persuasions during the same period of time.

The Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thero made a statement that many of us have made months and years ago.  It was to the effect that if this government had nothing to hide with regard to war crimes and crimes against humanity, it should simply accept, support and co-operate with any United Nations inquiry into those allegations.

Interestingly, the man who commanded the army that crushed the LTTE expressed similar sentiments.  He should also be lauded for resisting the temptation of offering his posterior to a non-existent UN electric chair in the event that the UN might be contemplating a “frame-up” of some kind in the matter of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

During the same period, one of the men primarily responsible for paving the highway that led to Mahinda Rajapaksa’s first ascent to the throne (by organizing delivery of the “santhosam” to Prabhakaran) made a gallery-fetching appeal to Kamalesh Sharma to remove Mahinda Rajapaksa from the Chair of the group comprising the Commonwealth Heads of Government.  Mr. Mangala Samaraweera certainly can’t be faulted in the matter of hitting the headlines, no matter how totally ineffectual such an appeal is going to be.  Considering the fact that Mr. Sharma owes his position in the Commonwealth secretariat, or whatever that ineffectual body is called, to the likes of the Sri Lankan President, the likelihood of his removing anything from anywhere near Mahinda Rajapaksa, leave alone the deity himself, is hardly worthy of anything resembling comment!

Somebody really needs to resurrect something on the lines of that acerbic old British television series to cover Sri Lanka’s political scene.  Even if it means navigating one’s way through all kinds of government “blocking” to access the material, it will certainly provide some very appropriate and timely entertainment.  I refer here to the iconic “TWTWTW” (“That was the week that was.”)

After all, even if we are denied bread we need to seek circuses to keep our spirits alive in our pursuit of the larger and absolute need for sanity, don’t you think?

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    It was only a matter of time before the ponces of this regime came into their own. And they did, on cue, in what is now the badlands of our south. The tell-tale giveaway was when HWtheMayor retorted ‘I will resign, if asked to’ – you cannot get more ridiculous than that! After a misspent youth watching ‘full-serials’, then the classic westerns and the spaghetti westerns, I have harboured a longing to do a Sri Lankan curry western of ‘The Good, the bad and the ugly’ and finally, after years of waiting, the cast appears. Ajith Perera – the Good, His Worshipful Mayor Eraj – the Bad, and Herman Gunaratne – the Ugly. Namal might be persuaded to play Aido. The fun never stops when you are thrice blessed! Must fly…

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      With 17th ammendment removed the royal family will keep on winning all elections.

      Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely.
      So we will keep seeing more and more of these antics from the royal family.

      Sri Lankans can be fooled all the time by the royal family.

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      Thanks Emile – good stuff!

      Civil society with the joint opposition must start a campaign and petition to END THE CULTURE OF IMPUNITY OF THE BBS BALU SENA and to hold them accountable.

      Civil Society with the Joint opposition must call for a BOYCOTT OF the UN World Youth Conference to be held in Hambantota in the context of the attacks. Holding a WOrld Youth Conference in a region of the country where Government criminals, thugs, murderers and rapists rule undermines any positive messages to the world’s youth!

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    Emil van der Poorten,

    It took 66 years from independence for Sri Lanka to reach this stage of progress, if you can call it that.

    This is what the Sinhala supremacists called “appe aanduva”:

    Our rule, can it be worse than this? I hear that the worst is yet to unfold.

    Let’s wait for the miracle of Asia!

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      Thiru,

      what kind of progress are u talking about ?

      Just because of few roads, 1 new airport, 1 new harbour, 1 Theatre hall, 1 conference hall and all others are smaller ones that one would not consider as big progress – anyway, all these are relative. If you travel to some far remote countries in Africa today, the chinese have started lanken kind of develpment projects in those countries too.

      Except Ethiopia or few other countries in Africa many of the anglo and franco countries have been caught by China today.

      Not all sinhala supremacists would call it ” appe aanduwa”, but the few that feel MR is the man to lead them.
      Many unfortunately, stay hidden being unable to share their thoughts and minds. It is the psychosis what is governed in current day srilanka.

      I believe prior to 1983, srilankens enjoys some level of democracy, thre i have good memories to be honest. MoST of all respect and dignity of the life was much higher.. perhaps, miles away from those of today.

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        Pooty Poot:
        You need to add (yet) another pseudonym to your already-extensive collection: how about “potty mouth” which, in case you are not aware of the fact, refers to people who use language of the kind that you do. The inference should be obvious even to the moronic likes of you.

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          Glad to hear you identify with the language.
          we Sinhal Budhists believe in fighting fire with fire.(Like we did agianst the Portuguese Dutch, British and the LTTE). [Edited out]

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            Pooty Poot
            In the interests of poor quality entertainment coupled with stupidity, may your lies and re-writing of history never cease. After all, who else would describe 500 years of subservience to foreigners brought about by local betrayal as “victory!” However, it seems like we are on the road to another 500 years of “victory” against the Chinese, US etc. etc. Pity you won’t be around to document that triumph!

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            Pooty Poot: What about the terrorist JVP which consisted mostly of Sinhala Buddhists? They were the first post-independence terror group in 1971, long before the LTTE, though LTTE was without doubt the more organized and more murderous bunch, but lets not forget our southern terrorists. Our country is really prone to murder and mayhem in spite of the fact that we have 10,000 temples, 5,000 kovils, 2,500 churches and 2,500 mosques (Religious Affairs Ministry). What are they all doing?

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              Kevin, you make a very apposite point to the comments of ‘Pooty Pooty’.
              The responses of the government of Sri Lankan in 1971 (SirimaB) and 1987-89 (JR/Premadasa) were particularly vicious and ott. Still, those were halcyon times when an incumbent government (ably supported by whoever they called on) could get away with blue murder – literally. Many secrets of the government sponsored mayhem went to the grave with those of that time who died violently, in the fashion of those times, without having the opportunity to write their memoirs or unburden them on our many local historians (who are now having a field day trying to imagine some of the unimaginable). Humans Rights etc were unthought-of in those days and not many would have thought it possible that an elected government would resort to such unthinkable levels. Perhaps if the governments of those times were called to account, we might have been spared the massacre of 2009.

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              Kevin: Just to point out that there is no correlation between the number of places of worship and peace and harmony. If anything, these days, religion brings out the worst warring instincts in adherents as they jockey for position on people and scarce resources. The Gods in their heavens must be tearing their hair out in anguish wondering what the fuck we mortals are getting up to in their name. The majority of our religious are those born into the religion – the majority who profess a religion either do not understand or really only pay lip service to the true tenets of their faith. Most go on sinning and only contemplate the hereafter as they wither and get closer to their day of reckoning.

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      Since ‘independence’, Sri Lanka, has had more days under ‘Emergency Rule’ than under normal civil rule, especially since 1971 when we entered 7 years of continuous Emergency Rule. That must be a Guinness record all on its own. Emergency Rule gives the Rulers carte blanche powers to trample over citizens’ rights. One has to ask, is independence for the people or for the rulers only, to plunder and kill? Murder and mayhem unleashed by the terrorist JVP and LTTE (and a host of other terrorists such as PLOTE, EPRLF etc)only encouraged dictatorial tendencies in government. Who can save us?

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    Can someone, please, tell us the qualifications and other background of this Mayor?

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      Essential qualifications are 1 ownership of a weapon – pistol will do, and 2 a benevolent godfather.

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    Since ‘independence’, Sri Lanka, has had more days under ‘Emergency Rule’ than under normal civil rule, especially since 1971 when we entered 7 years of continuous Emergency Rule. That must be a Guinness record all on its own. Emergency Rule gives the Rulers carte blanche powers to trample over citizens’ rights. One has to ask, is independence for the people or for the rulers only, to plunder and kill? Murder and mayhem unleashed by the terrorist JVP and LTTE (and a host of other terrorists such as PLOTE, EPRLF etc)only encouraged dictatorial tendencies in government. We are saturated with places of worship (10,000 temples, 5,000 kovils, 2,500 churches and 2,500 mosques (source: Religious Affairs Ministry). Yet, with millions beseeching their gods for relief, we have only gone from bad to worse since independence. All the Gods have failed us. Who can bring hope to a fractured land where new fault lines are being created regularly by the religionists?

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      Kevin: I wouldn’t blame the God’s for our failure to establish peace and harmony in our communites. As I said, the many and varied Gods in their heavens must be tearing their hair out in anguish wondering what the fuck we mortals are getting up to in their name. The majority of our religious are those born into the religion – the majority who profess a religion either do not understand or really only pay lip service, to the true tenets of their faith. Most go on sinning and only contemplate the hereafter as they wither and get closer to their day of reckoning. Every politician in our blessed land is hot-wired to the simple fact that they must woo the Sinhala-Buddhist voter and in pursuit of that objective, all hell breaks loose. No politician takes to the hustings without the obligatory ‘noola’ to signify his or her credentials for defending the adopted faith to which the Sinhala have been given guardian status. Who can bring us hope? God only knows!

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