28 October, 2021

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Cardinal Confusion

By Kumar David

Prof. Kumar David

The prospect of imminent anti-Catholic pogroms have abated for now. The government has been so mauled in Geneva, Washington and New York that it seems to have nipped any Gnanasara et al type of threat in the bud. And also the foreign currency, price and shortage crises seem to have eased in the last fortnight thanks to the IMF tipping $600 into the begging bowl. A pogrom is a tool of political distraction to be kept in reserve for some other time of greater crisis. However, quarrels about who killed cock-robin, that is the baffling, mystifying, perplexing and confusing (choose your adjective) who-done-it, who-plotted-it and whose-the-mastermind (if one exists) in the 2019 Easter Bombings, rage on unabated. Detached as possible in the midst of this bewildering puzzle, the following is my objective assessment of the current state of play in the blame game.

* There is no doubt that a jihadist clique, based mainly in the Eastern Province but with contacts in Colombo, provided the foot-soldiers who blew themselves up and churches, hotels and about 200 other folk. However, there is inadequate reason, very inadequate indeed, to suggest that ISIS or any global terrorist outfit had a hand in inciting or planning the Easter Bombings.

* The government, if it is not guilty, directly or indirectly of any involvement prior to the event, is behaving like a right-royal fool from president down. Hiding reports! The idiotic conduct of State Ministers, prosecutors and police investigators is, quite rightly, blamed on the government. If Caesar’s wife behaves like a harlot she cannot enjoy the privilege of being above suspicion.

* Point (b) aside I see no hard, concrete evidence to link GR, MR or the government to the outrage before the blasts. There are raised eyebrows regarding Pissu Sira’s conduct but his characteristic insanity is in evidence mostly after the event and falls into category (b).

* Ranjith is sputtering like a fish out of water. His cardinal assertions are not logically organised.

I have a few more words to say about (c) and (d). Regular readers of column may be a little surprised by (c); perhaps they expect me to accuse the government of any and every conceivable wrongdoing. But because the regime is contemptuous of human and democratic rights, and poses an authoritarian threat to the country, we cannot from that alone conclude that it had a hand in the Easter Bombings. There has to be hard-evidence like eyewitness accounts, documents, phone calls, people who come forward and say “so and so told me this or that” and the metaphorical equivalent of a smoking gun. But there is nothing like that I am aware of and nothing that could even be lead as evidence in an impartial court. Point (c) is true but you can’t hang an accused merely for lurking suspiciously, in the absence of tangible evidence. Why then is the government behaving like a sly and sneaky felon? I don’t know, it beats me; maybe the whole blooming lot are bloody fools! But sneaking around in the aftermath of a crime is not evidence of involvement. Many of you, like me may abhor the regime but no one can deny the reasonable of this statement.

Ranjith is very angry and this is very justified. But his anger is all about (b) and about being treated like a jilted lover – his fondness of the Rajapaksa clan, in particular Mahinda is not hush-hush and has never been denied. If he were saying, as are most people, that the government, its commissions of inquiry, police investigators and roaming naval platoons are making a cockup, he certainly is on terra-firma. But his cardinal illogic is that he confounds it with allegations about a mysterious Mastermind and implied allegation that the regime is covering up for and protecting miscreants. If this were true then it follows that there is substance to (d). But Cardinal Ranjith, if you listen to him carefully distances himself from such an extension. This is plainly irrational, how is it possible for a government to protect culprits, but not itself in some manner and to some degree be involved in the crime? What’s the answer to this part of the circus? Well this one is easier to answer, his Eminence’s colic has got the better of his logic.

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    Poor soul is inescapably trapped in “political correctnes” but KNOWS that what Gnanasara said is true: The Mastermind is residing up above the sky. And the message was delivered to Zaharan through his last book.
    One set heyenas made full use of the event to come to power and those who lost are now trying to regain the power through the same event. This second attemp is far more despicable than the first- it is leading the entire Catholic community astray and an unforgiveable disrespect for the victims.

    Soma

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      soman

      Do you consider yourself as a follower of Omalpe Sobitha Thero or Elle Gunawansa Thero?

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        I am my own master.
        From ants to Buddha all are my objects of scrutiny.

        Soma

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          soman

          “From ants to Buddha all are my objects of scrutiny.”

          Except the Clan, Clan’s b***s carriers, Ranaviruses, Public Racists, Bigots, Members of Saffron Brigades, Arsonists, Murderers, Looters, Rapists, Corrupt Functionaries, …………….. …….

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        Elle Gunawansa and Omalpe Sobitha, same as Dewa Mottaway Amarawansa, Henapitakarana Gnanasara.

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    ISIS had nothing to benefit by planning or executing the Easter Bombings (EB). EB is the work of a body that stood to benefit politically by the chaos, fear and confusion caused.
    It could be only political correctness that would stand by Kumar David, if he wishes to evade answering why then is the government behaving like a sly and sneaky felon?

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    KD , I repeat none of our usual suspects or politicians planned it. A random local grown wannabe Bin laden did it but MS knowingly ignored and let it happen to get Rajapaksas back into power. Didn’t he stage a overnight constitutional coup prior which was thought impossible until then. There is enough evidence intelligence was provided well in advance and there was communication between one of the bomber and Lankan intelligence. No one can deny those facts. It was clearly told by witnesses who appeared in hearing. That explains why MS or Rajapaksas are reluctant to release the report. Also Dr. Shaffi was well concocted by group of Rajapaksas people and sporadic riots in Kurunagela wete organized ahead of time. I am sure you are not so naive especially been there on the receiving end.

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    (a), (b), (c) and (d) are in that order, the four bullet points in my piece. The Editor has unfortunately replaced them with stars *. Apologies to confused readers.

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      All arguments of absolving the current government, are incomplete, by ignoring these things………..
      1. Harin’s revelation of the involvement of SS or Sonic Sonic, and that person is now elevated to a high intelligence position. May be circumstantial but…….we are all guessing here including the author.
      2. Only part of the report of the Commission is still available to the public.
      3. Sira’s attempt to divert attention by a trumped up plot with nincompoop Namal Kumara to get Inspector Silva out of arresting Zahran and to get sympathy for himself & Gota by saying they were to be the victims. This has been shelved as it served the purpose, even though it was a “assassination” attempt which is a high crime and should have prominence over a porn video of a couple recently – a
      minor crime with a suspended sentence – convicted in double quick time..

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        Agree of course with: * Ranjith is sputtering like a fish out of water. His cardinal assertions are not logically organised….
        Unfortunately he was misguided by a spouse of prominence and who was a catholic but happily committed sins by going to temples and kovils as well. Then when he realised that the pressure from his flock and the obvious references in the public domain, he changed course.

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      eeakdavi: This “TOOL” named “CONFUSION” is a very sharp “Arsenal” that could be used to “WIN” in any situation. It was used by the “Pohottuwa” during both the Presidential and Parliamentary elections. Even today, we find it being used by various groups and media outlets. “Confuse” you “Win”. In that “Game” all the “Religious Leaders”, “Politicians”, “Professionals”, “Intellectuals” and “Experts” use this “Tool” named “Confusion” to “Confuse” the average man and “Win”.

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        Simon, there is an exception to everything, even confusion. No tool can remove the confusion that the sweet little grand daughter will experience as she grows up in Californian wealthy and christian environment where all her school friends will come to know her unbelievable ancestral history. In fact, they too will be confused. No WIN to be proud of her lineage even to her children. An example is the persistance of Lasantha’s daughter.

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    Who dunnit?

    Sonic……..Sonnic……Sonnnic……

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      Pandora papers contained the great surname “Rajapakshe ” , perhaps in the future it ll come to light ad to what Nandasena opened his mouth and said immediately after the brutal masacre took the lives of the few hundred s of innocent people that he would become the president and save the lives of the nation, hik hik mama thamayi hariyatA kare, hik hik hik😉🐕😉🐕😉🐕😉😉😉🐕😉🐕😉🍬😉🐃🐃🐃🐃

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        As to why

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        Pandora another Tamil involved for that, world’s tricky, secret and number one thieves are Tamils, go through and google it, who those Tamils are and in Sri Lanka’s who are the big thieves Arjuna Mahendran, Singapore’s Rajarathnam, USA’s Raj Rajarathnam now Tiru Nadesan. The wealth robbers of Sinhalese Aryan’s country, Heladive (Sri Lanka) without any question, Tamils and this is well-known secret also

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      Plato

      “Who dunnit?”

      Was it Butler or Hitler?

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    Profesuri
    You forgot one hard evidence. The dehiwala bomber was met by intelligence officer before blast himself after failing Taj. Army intelligence chief did not allow the police to inquire the army intelligence officer.
    It clearly indicates the involvement army intelligence in the Easter bombing.
    It is clear that it is not an ISIs operation but a local one.
    Local one will have the Anger against Sinhala Buddhist and not sinhala but mainly Tamil Christians apart from foreigners which points to Sinhala Buddhist in the Master mind.
    Why would Millitary intelligence get involved in a bombing operation and who was the boss concerned about the delay in the operations in the tapped conversation.
    These all point to one man and proper investigation would bring about the hard evidence required for a impartial trial to convict the Mass murderer Gota same way what the Tamils ask for international investigation and trial for war crimes of the Rajapakse family war killing innocent Tamils

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      Dilshan,
      “…Rajapakse family war killing innocent Tamils”
      —-
      There is something wrong in your brain. Rajapakshe family did not declare war against Tamils. It was racist separatist Tamil politicians who declared war against the Government of Sri Lanka and Sinhala Nation after passing Vadukkodei Resolution to create a separate State for the Dravidians who came to Yapanaya to work for Portuguese and Dutch by grabbing land belong to Native Sinhalayo in NE.
      Rajapakshe regime launched a military operation to eliminate Tamil terrorists who massacred Native Sinhalayo for three decades. During those three decades, fascist megalomaniac Prabhakaran killed more Tamils than the number that died due to military operation.
      War crimes and crimes against humanity were committed by Tamil terrorists who recruited child soldiers.

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        We killed Tamils for 70 years long before LTTE era. Starting from 1956.
        Read Enegency 58 by well renowned journalist Tarzie Vitachi.
        We blocked the Tamils from entering universities and created an environment for Vaduukoddai resolution and LTTE
        We did it 1977 and created gave oxygen to LTTE.
        We increased the oxygen supply in 1983.
        Listen to one of the MP in Parliament describing how our Army killed children in the 30 year war.
        We should be ashamed to call our self the followers of Lord Buddha
        You think we are going to believe your twisted stories. We know the history well.
        If you read the dna study it appears that Tamils have lived 8n this country for centuries otherwise we would not have similar dna s
        So stop bull shiting to back lick Rajapase family of Pandora fame

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      The Sinhala politician who preached Islam and conditioned Zaharan to commit suicide with the whole family should be proposed for the next Noble prize in Psychology.
      .
      Looks like a whole batalion of inmates have escaped Angoda.

      Soma

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        Soma,
        … a whole battalion of inmates have escaped Angoda.
        Good to know that you are secure inside. Get well soon!

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        Dear S.
        May be (as we are not 100% sure with facts) the Sinhala politico need NOT preach Islam, but used his acolyte (SS) with correct connection to the Faith to give credence to those of the Faith who were already indoctrinated to a great extent. Acolyte also promised with top post and even other benefits, so he gets both material and spiritual gain.
        Using correct tools in a favourable environment.
        This does not need psychology of such high standard, only astuteness in military planning and identifying targets.

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      Dilshan

      “Why would Millitary intelligence get involved in a bombing operation ………………”

      There are several unsolved mysteries such as who killed
      Denzil Kobbekaduwa
      R Premadasa
      Lalith Athulath s**t bomb Mudali
      Lasantha Wickrematunge
      Who chopped VP on his head under whose order
      Who benefited from Rajiv’s assassination
      ……
      ……
      ……
      Why is Omalpe Sobitha Thero keeping a deafening silence on Kerawalapitiya deal with US company while poking his nose in Hindian functionary’s visit to Trinco Oil Tanks?

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    When Catholic and Hindu Tamil terrorists brutally massacred Sinhala Buddhists for three decades Catholic Church stood with Tamil terrorists and some Tamil priests justified killing Sinhala Buddhists to achieve their objective to create a separate State. During that time the Catholic Church considered Tamil terrorists as freedom fighters; not terrorists. When Muslims carried out terrorist attacks against Catholics; they are real terrorists.
    If the Cardinal insist that those who were behind Easter Sunday terrorist attacks by Muslims should be punished by the same token Sinhala Buddhists should ask the Government to punish all those who were behind LTTE Tamil terrorists who carried out terrorist attacks against Sinhala Buddhists.

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    Gotabaya knows much more than he shows about the event.

    Why would he hide a number of volumes of the report of the commission of inquiry?

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    With the passage of time, critical evidence can be diluted, erased and destroyed. Without evidence, no case can be proved. That is where SL is at the moment. All the leads that indicate culpability stand out, but with no prospect of proof without doubt, it will yet be another unsolved crime against humanity. A good police detective would have first looked at who stands to gain from a crime, and start from there. Regardless of fanaticism, if someone has gained from the disaster, then therein lies the basis for the hypothesis.

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      Humbug.
      Murder of a businessman by a rival could benefit his wife in terms of potential inheritance and/or settling with her paramour in which case the woman as an object of investigation is natural.Your theory in this case could have a trace of plausibility if the bombs were triggered by remote control while the perpetrators were in hiding.
      The first fact the investigator has to contend with in this case is the executioner has committed suicide with his whole family.
      You must be out of mind to imagine the process of Zaharan doing this for the benefit of a politician.

      Soma

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        Further, one would expect a man your calibre to maintain balance free of political bias. The fact that this event enormously benefited the present ruling clan during the last elections is out of contest. So is the bank scam and many other failings of Yahapalana.
        .
        Attempt to mislead the country over this heinous crime is an unforgiveable disrespect for families, relatives, friends and community members.

        Soma

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        …….”You must be out of mind to imagine the process of Zaharan doing this for the benefit of a politician.”…..
        You should not disregard the power of persuasion through indoctrination of a demented mind, by another who has ulterior motives, politician or shrewd manipulator. Like planting an idea in a fertile mind – how others like terrorist leaders implant the idea that suicide is good. They are misled to believe that it is for a noble cause. What did Thenmozhi Rajaratnam (also known as Dhanu) benefit from Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination.

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    If history is any guide, no Lankan government will carry out a honest investigation ……….. a demand for an investigation complicates things, unnecessarily ………… nothing worthwhile will ever come out of it ……..

    All the personalities don’t matter, they are all proven jokers ……… even who planned and carried it out is not that important in the scheme of things ……..

    What matters is a true fact ………. why the repeated warnings ……. with names, places and times …….. were ignored. And that’s a hanging offence.

    It’s known who gave the warnings and who received them ……… hold them to account.

    What is there to investigate?

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    Looks like KD has lost his marbles……

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    Now the latest is the upcoming new electoral system. No need to create chaos by killing cardinal group and then try to find solutions. It will be straight forward chinese pattern unless India or the west sabotage it.

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