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Commemoration Controversy And The Accountability Trap

By Dayan Jayatilleka –

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

If Germany can celebrate its Reunification Day, when the Berlin Wall fell and the two halves of Germany were reunited, why should Sri Lanka not celebrate the day when the LTTE’s Iron Curtain was destroyed, a radical evil defeated, a monster (a South Asian Hitler) slain and the island reunified after decades?

Not every reunification is peaceful. In most cases the unification or reunification of the national territory and state required civil wars, as we know from Bismark’s Prussian unification of Germany through “blood and iron”, Italy’s Risorgimento and the history of most of Europe, not to mention the military campaigns of Sun Yat Sen and the Kuomintang which reunified China.

Which collective political formation/entity, be it state, nation, community, or peoples, would not celebrate a mere half a decade later, the reunification of its territory; the return and repair of its borders so that its sovereign territory is coextensive with its natural boundaries?

As for the liberal-pacifist argument in Colombo that the unification of peoples is far more important than the ‘mere’ unification of territorial borders, it demonstrates a complete ignorance of the history of the modern era. The magnificent democratic revolutionary awakening of 1848 dubbed ‘The Springtime of Nations’ saw the unification of territories and creation of nation-states by the shattering of the separate kingdoms or principalities (as Tamil Eelam was), and the unification under the language and often the religion of the group that constituted the majority. 1848 was a majoritarian phenomenon which left behind or kindled many a Nationalities or Minority Question throughout Europe.

Commemorating civil wars

Those who argue that civil wars are not commemorated are ignorant of the historical fact that when there is a liberating aspect to a civil war and when a civil war has ended in victory, it almost always is commemorated. Every revolution including the French and Russian is/was celebrated —and every victorious revolution was preceded, accompanied or followed by bitter civil war. The defeat of the Tigers and the felling of Prabhakaran the Monster-King, were felt to be an emancipation; an authentic liberation from decades-old terror.

As Regis Debray, philosopher Louis Althusser’s student, Fidel Castro’s acolyte, Che Guevara’s comrade, Francois Mitterrand’s advisor and one of Europe’s most renowned thinkers says:

“‘In the beginning was War’. The demand for security (of people, property, and ideas) constitutes political ‘need’, for the state of war is the horizon of the social and societies can never see beyond it except in terms of juridical mirages of humanitarian pacifism…War is a universal and recurrent fact of history of societies because…it is inherent in the existence of social groups and actually conditions their constitution and dissolution…Everyone knows that war is waged so that we can have peace, but that we cannot have peace without making war.” (Regis Debray: ‘Critique of Political Reason’ 1981: 276)

I am glad we won the war. I am proud of it. If as Nietzsche says, there is a pattern of eternal recurrence in existence, I would gladly do it all over again. If the only choices available were the victory of the Tigers, or a return to negotiations with them or the outcome that we had with all the horrors that are coming to light, I would support that final offensive all over again.

LTTE was a racist and fascistic force

The LTTE was a racist and fascistic force which had dismembered sleeping women and children and child monks, exploded bombs against wholly civilian targets in the South and serially murdered many leaders of the Sinhalese and Tamils. It is hardly surprising that in the last stage of the war, the motivating spirit of the Sri Lankan soldiers, some of whom would have come from villages which experienced atrocities, would have been a blood lust to exterminate the leadership and hard core of such an enemy which had engaged in a decades-long orgy of unbridled Nazi-like exterminism against the Sinhalese nation.

When one fights radical evil, one is tempted to eliminate any chance of its revival. It is “human, all too human” to borrow Nietzsche’s phrase. It happens to the most rational and literate of us: who after all, has not heard of the Jacobin Terror after the French revolution and the elimination of the Tzar’s family— which Regi Siriwardhana termed the Original Sin of the Bolshevik Revolution?

It is a testament to the humanity of our armed forces that specialised units lost men and limbs in penetrating the bunker-bund complexes, engaging in bitter trench warfare, to rescue 200,000 Tamil civilians who were with the Tigers. It is evidence of their humanity that 11,000 Tiger fighters were taken into captivity unharmed.

As Nietzsche cautioned, when one looks for too long into the abyss, the abyss looks into you. We, my generation, had to look into the abyss for three decades (four if you date it from the April ’71 insurrection) and the abyss has looked into us. We are the products of that two-way gaze. Someday, we as a society, Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims, shall settle accounts with our traumatic, terror filled past. We shall decide when that is. That choice and timing will not be imposed upon us by Western governments driven, among other things by the same elements of the Tamil diaspora who supported the Tigers and materially contributed to the carnage they inflicted.

Opposed to an international inquiry

To open an inquiry prematurely would cause a psychological eruption among 300,000 armed men, veterans of a bitter and victorious war. Who are we to judge them? That is the task of another generation or other generations. Certainly Western states and societies have no right to judge them, or us, who experienced these harsh and bloody decades. This is why I remain as unalterably opposed to an international inquiry into the war as I did in 2009 and before. We shall not permit it; we must and shall resist.

It is ludicrous of soi disant liberals and radicals to advocate or excuse an intrusive, lacerating external inquiry into the war while at the same time lamenting the closure, as I do, of the Sri Lankan state, society and mentality. These academics, commentators and critics lament the consequence while supporting the cause! As Regis Debray points out: “the besieger creates the ramparts…There would be no circumscription if there were no encirclement.” (Debray 1981: 276)
Thus only among those who oppose the external siege are consistent opponents of closure, paranoia and the siege mentality, to be found.

To leave the last philosophical word to Regis Debray: “The political world is a world in which there are always two of us; the enemy and me…War itself is a principle of delineation. There can be no really open society, no society whose essence or identity (or both) is not to some extent threatened by a neighbouring or more distant society. Enclosure is the basic category of the political world, since the opposition between inside and outside establishes both its identity and its necessity.”(Debray, 1981: 277)

Let no one repeat the mistake of underestimating the resolve of a people-nation which did not surrender to decades of terrorism but decided instead to fight and win.

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    “To open an inquiry prematurely would cause a psychological eruption among 300,000 armed men, veterans of a bitter and victorious war. Who are we to judge them? That is the task of another generation or other generations.”

    You bankrupt fool if the above is your stand, who are you to judge the Israelis? You want to champion the curse of the Palestineans by calling for the heads of the Israelis! You arrogance is something else; it was only 5 years ago your chest thumping triumphalism you exhibited in public forums; you exclaimed to MR that the Sinhala prevailed over the Tamils! I wish you keep on having sleepless nights and see in front of your eyes everything will be laird bare. The Tamils will not wait for the next generation and we want answers now and we will get it! If I were you I will spend all my energy in educating village Sinhala about democracy and diversity. You need to educate them about the Tamils and their historical right to the island on par with the Sinhala etc.

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      Dayan,

      Why all this scholastic rubbish to confound the issue?

      Look at what is happening to Tamils in the NorthEast now – utter contempt of the Sri Lankan state and its handlers, the junta and the military: Tamils are treated as defeated people like the native Indians of the Americas. The Sinhalese want Tamils to end up like Amer-Indians.

      This is not reconciliation that will be upset by an external investigation.

      International community gave Silly Lanka 5 years to show reconciliation process to see that things get much worse.

      Sinhala Buddhist supremacists like DJ can’t fool the world like what he did before 2009?

      If he thinks he can fool the world with his diplomatic acumen all the time, he is a damn fool himself, not the world. World has astute politicians and diplomats than this 3rd world midget DJ.

      Man, subdue your freakin ego and see the reality of what Tamils are going through: They can’t even commemorate their dead by the genocidal assault of the state that climaxed with 147,000 or more innocent Tamils’ death in 2009.
      The army will follow them even when they go to the toilet!

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        Thiru,

        “The army will follow them even when they go to the toilet!”

        True. That is a futile effort by SLA. They should quit wasting time on innocent Tamil citizens of Wanni region.

        Rather SL Intelligence Services should follow hardcore, Tamil ethno-nationalist racists in the die-ass-pora. Yes, even when they go to the toilet.

        That is one way of avoiding a repeat of 2009 style tragedy on Sri Lanka soil. Ever again.

        Are you by any chance in the danger zone of being tracked by SL’s Intelligence Services?

        Cheers!

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          !SL’s Intelligence Services?!

          Offshots from slave stock you need to be bombed to make the world a safe place for western tourism and investment.

          espionage in the west by goota mercenaries would only land them in another Guantanamo bay.

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      Burning_Issue:
      Why are you wasting your time on this totally unscrupulous and unprincipled mouthpiece for the Jarapassa regime? Your time would be much better spent in preparing the way for him to join his leaders (and paymasters)when they go down the road of just desserts.

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        Palayang Yako,

        You are right but I could not resist as I told him many moon ago that he would have to eat his own words one day!

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      “historical right to the island on par with the Sinhala etc.”

      then why is there is no tamil historical artifact, or even a book written in SL?

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      Burning_Issue,

      DJ also wrote “commentators and critics lament the consequence while supporting the cause!”

      Burning_Issue, your “moral outrage” aside, have you looked at yourself in the mirror?

      Gruesome pictures you see at the end of the war are the climax of consequences. You in the die-ass-pora have been laying the foundation for this tragedy for 30 years.

      You did not wake up to this cruelty overnight. You patiently waited and supported the LTTE & VP, while Sri Lanka was being brutalised for 30 long years.

      Now you want Justice overnight? Why?

      Show me one military victory where absolute, heart breaking, barbaric buratlity against fellow human beings was not the case.

      Cheers!

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        You Sinhala racists in and out of the island of Ceylon have been laying the foundation for this tragedy for 65 years. Have you forgotten burning the innocent people in streets by your victorious military and thugs in 1958? Have you forgotten brutal butchering of 1977? ……………………………

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        “You in the die-ass-pora have been laying the foundation for this tragedy for 30 years.”
        Your Sinhalese leaders put the foundation in 1948 and continuing the work of TAMIL GENOCIDE.

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        Ben,

        My stand on the LTTE is well documented both in Groundviews and here in Colombo Telegeaphy; I do not need you preach me about righteousness and LTTE!

        I saw your comment on another forum shedding crocodile tears for the murdered Balachandren. You need to understand the difference between supporting an organisation like the LTTE and asking for justice in line with democratic principles. There are credible evidences exist manifold that warrant unparalleled investigation exposing all the brutal killings and at the same time tell the real stories about humanity. I am sure there were many SAL personnel who were performing humanitarian work giving up their rations for the refugees; carrying the wounded to safety; helping women a”nd children etc.

        Only the truth and nothing but the truth will enable lasting reconciliation. You need to understand this without prejudice and partisan rubbish.

        “Now you want Justice overnight? Why?”

        What do you mean overnight? Take you blinkers off mister. Many people are waiting to tell their stories; do you want them to perish before an investigation to start? Why and what possible reason you can put forward not to have an investigation now?

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          Burning_Issue,

          Indeed a thorough investigation is required. No one should be woried about this. Except criminals. It must cover our whole post 1948 brutal history. It has to be done by GOSL.

          Agree current Junta is not capable of delivering Justice. We have to get rid of them first. I am with you on this point.

          Die-ass-pora is not after justice. But, revenge. They are not worried by cavity checking torture, Isapriya or Balachandran’s murder. All that these racist monekys want is their utopic Ealam. At any cost.

          As I have said many times before, torture or murder at the hands of Sri Lanka’s brutal law enforcement agencies is not an exclusive domain for her Tamil citizens. Sinhalese die in horrific conditions in Police cells & prisons. All over Sri Lanka. All the time. 60 000 disappeared during the last JVP vs GOSL violence.

          The real problem is then to use your own words “lack of justice in line with democratic principles”. This then is the real enemy. Our common enemy.

          That then should be the aim of all those who love this country. I believe you do.

          Cheers!

          PS: We should not be dumb enough to provide yet another opportunity for International hypocrites to get a foothold in SL. In the guise of delivering Justice.

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            Ben,

            Invariably you seem a level-headed person; however, when it comes to UN’s involvement in SL you seem to loose your marbles! The UN by their protocol have given MR ample time and opportunities to get his house in order that MR recklessly squandered.

            You say:

            “PS: We should not be dumb enough to provide yet another opportunity for International hypocrites to get a foothold in SL. In the guise of delivering Justice.”

            I say you are dumb enough to resist it because SL is beyond help now. The MR regime has become entrenched well and truly in the fabric governance and it is there for a long haul. The Sinhala public is chronically insecure and incapable of dislodging this regime. In this backdrop, only salvation SL has is an international prop and exerting pressure to restore democracy and good governance. UN is the only world order that has the mandate to do this; we should embrace it. What possible bad will happen as a result of an UN lead investigation? Can you honestly answer this question?

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            BH,

            “It has to be done by GOSL” – Joke.

            What happened to LLRC, the pacts, commissions,….

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            Ben Hurling

            “Sinhalese die in horrific conditions in Police cells & prisons. All over Sri Lanka. All the time. 60 000 disappeared during the last JVP vs GOSL violence.”

            Total body count at the time stood at 130,000 according to a human right lawyer from down south.

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      and who are you to judge the LTTE, dayan?

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    The insane comment of Pandit DJ “To open an inquiry prematurely would cause a psychological eruption among 300,000 armed men, veterans of a bitter and victorious war. Who are we to judge them? That is the task of another generation or other generations. Certainly Western states and societies have no right to judge them, or us, who experienced these harsh and bloody decades. This is why I remain as unalterably opposed to an international inquiry into the war as I did in 2009 and before. We shall not permit it; we must and shall resist” is the stupidest comment he has made so far.

    What is the basis of his saying that an inquiry prematurely would cause psychological eruption…does he mean that before the courts give rigorous imprisonment verdict to a killer, the courts should first worry if the judgement would have a psychological impact on the accused?

    Secondly does he mean that the present society is so coward that the investigation of the war should be done by the next generation so that there will be no one to punish if there were atrocities committed. In that case if a person kills another then only the next generation of the person who was affected should inquire and pass judgement, what stupidity is this?

    Just because he opposed the international inquiry in 2009, with all the new evidence that have come to light after 2009, as an educated (not sure if he is sane or not after reading this article of his) person he should have evaluated his past decision. AT least as a diplomat and an educated person he could have said I am opposed to an international inquiry but support a national inquiry. He did not do that, he says “we shall not permit it”. In fact what has he done so far to resist even the international inquiry, other than write stupid articles after couple of drinks! People like pundit DJ are the reason why we Sri Lankans are treated like “Shit” by the international community.

    More and more I read his articles and give thought to them I begin to wonder, unlike most of us, as pundit DJ is getting older by the day, he is going backward towards stone age, as most of his quotes and case studies he mentions are ancient and do not fit the world of today.

    I have come to the conclusion that pundit DJ is a “spent force”!

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    Celebrate reunification? Codswallop!

    The celebration we saw today would make any dictator proud. The military parades and the military oppression of all attempts by Tamil people to mourn their murdered family and friends was a naked display of militaristic power over the Tamil people.

    The LTTE may have been a racist and fascistic force but most in the Tamil community and observers outside the country see Rajapaksa as a racist and a fascist for his behaviour towards not only the Tamils but also the Muslims and even his own race of people who dare to oppose him.

    Dayan your justification for the glorification of Sinhala fascistic display we saw today makes me wonder if you have lost your marbles.

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    DJ
    I sense that your thinking ability is reducing day by day. Your comparison of German unification and Sri Lanakan unification is completely wrong. People in both sides of Germany were rejoicing when they were reunified. It was not the case in Sri Lanka on 18 May 2009 and still they are not rejoicing. If they were rejoicing they wouldn’t have selected TNA for their PC.

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    “Let no one repeat the mistake of underestimating the resolve of a people-nation which did not surrender to decades of terrorism but decided instead to fight and win.”

    The same was said about the LTTE, but the conditions internationally and domestically came together for its end. Similar conditions are already forming for the end of the Rajapaksa regime and its hangers-on like you.

    “To open an inquiry prematurely would cause a psychological eruption among 300,000 armed men, veterans of a bitter and victorious war.”

    What will they do? If they take it upon the Tamil citizens, you will ensure inevitable intervention of India and other countries, leading to, at a minimum, a protectorate status for the Tamil people in Sri Lanka. If the international community fails again, there are people who will use other solutions, causing the utter destruction of the country as a whole. Don’t think there is an easy way out.

    “Who are we to judge them?… We shall not permit it; we must and shall resist.”

    Sri Lanka is not ‘yours’ for you to decide on the ‘we.’ Since you are a barbarian, one doesn’t expect you to have the moral fiber to judge mass murder and rape as crimes even under conditions of war.

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    Dayan,

    How come the ” psychological eruption among 300,000 armed men ” more important than the life death trauma of ” 200,000 Tamil civilians who were with the Tigers ” – who are not part of the “Sinhalese Nation” ?

    Nationalism is the last refuge of the scoundrel. And sadly you are not even a nationalist. You are an ethno nationalist : scoundrel ++.

    But prospects are brightening for you. As advised by you, MR needs to suck up to Modi. He may value your advise and may even pay for it – he would know for sure how good you are at it, from his own personnel experience with you.

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    The sole intention of this “victory commemoration” is the self glorification of the Rajapaksa regime. It has nothing to do with honoring the soldiers who are treated as labourers in plain view. In addition to severely hampering reconciliation, this kind of show is crude, ugly and narrow-minded. It reflects an uncivilized and feudal state of mind, that is the hallmark of this regime. Everyone interested in the survival of the country should unite to somehow rid the country of this barbaric regime.

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    How and this educated Idiot justify comparing Facist Murderer Hitler to a liberation fighter turned into a Terrorist by the Sinhala Buddhist racist political thugs for over 65 years.

    VP was moulded by the Sinhala Political crooks who continously supressed Tamil people ever since Independence.

    Who instigated the 30 year long war first by burning the Jaffna Library. Who instigated the 1983 Progrom genocidal Massacre of innocent Tamil people.

    It was JR along with Colombo Mayer Sirisena Coorey who started 1983 Genocidal Massacre of innocent Tamil people when Prabhakaran killed 13 Army personnel in Jaffna. Who made Sinhala south to murder Tamil people for killing 13 Sinhala Army men in Jaffna.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_July

    Therefore how could you justify Tamil liberation war to Hitler’s facist war. Who was the real culprit….the Sinhala Racist political thugs who politicised Minority races and religions to stay in power while supressing their freedom, and democrazy.

    How do you justify your buddy heroes Castro and Che who were also mass murderers and criminals and who kept Cuban people under iron fists until now.

    Sri Lanka would have been much better country today without all these good for nothing, power hungry, money greedy,Lazy, uneducated and Racist, pariah political crooks. Their sole aim is to come to power by hook or by crook and race card is their trump card.

    They are a curse to our country today.

    Give Sri Lanka back to British Sudda.

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      Lasantha

      “Give Sri Lanka back to British Sudda.”

      No give it back to Native Veddah.

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        Both are impractical

        It needs to go to the cleaners-

        Plutonium it and after 1000 years let anyone discover it.

        Easy come easy go- greed is the cause isn’t it??

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    I am really puzzled why MR drop DJ from his team. DJ’s analysis shows that both of them looks really matching partners

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      That’s why DJ is writing this as an appeal to MR.

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    After reading this article the President may implement:

    ”Mr Weeratunga’s presentation does not contain any of the following points which could rally the requisite support to deflect the threat of an international accountability mechanism:

    a) A credible local investigation by distinguished Sri Lankan personalities of high international repute.

    b) A compressed time frame for the full implementation of the 13th amendment.

    c) The speedy arrest and prosecution of those identifiable through video evidence of attacking places of religious worship.

    d) A strong anti-discrimination legislation and a powerful watchdog body with teeth.

    e) A UNESCO supervised revision of school text books by a panel of internationally renowned Sri Lankan scholars (such as Prof Sudharshan Seneviratne) so as to minimize prejudice against communities and ‘build the defences of peace in the minds of men’.

    f) The reconstitution of the Ministry of Human Rights and the Peace Secretariat (SCOPP) as well as the appointment of a highly respected National Ombudsman for Human Rights who would report to parliament and a more autonomous and credible National Commission of Human Rights.

    g) The restoration of the independent commissions proposed by the 17th amendment, albeit with no prejudice to the 18th amendment and the removal of presidential term limits.

    h) The bridging legislation needed domestically to fully incorporate the ICCPR…..”
    – The lalith WeeratungaPresentation, Dayan Jayatilleka, 28 January 2014, https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-lalith-weeratunga-presentation/

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    The war is not over, only the very intense military assaults are over.

    Thw Berlin wall was brought down and there was celebration in Germany.
    Tamils were put inside barbed wire fences and there was celebration in Sri Lanka.

    There is annual celebration in Sri Lanka with most of the 300,000 army around the Tamils (in the North and the East) and cleansing the Tamil population of their youths by recruiting them into the army and celebrating more ……..

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    The Judicial Mind In Sri Lanka; Responding To The Protection Of Minority Rights, 4 February 2014,
    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-judicial-mind-in-sri-lanka-responding-to-the-protection-of-minority-rights/

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    DG and MARA’s astrologer Sumanadasa both think alike, whatever happens in this planet is for the benefit of MARA

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    This fellow Dayan keeps swinging from partial sensibility to extreme Sinhala chauvinism. I think he should no longer be taken seriously!

    Sengodan. M

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    DJ cannot compare German re-unification to what he refers to as Sri Lankan re-unification for the following reasons:

    1. East Germany and West Germany were both legally recognized, independent, sovereign states with membership in the United Nations Organization. Both countries were marked on the map.

    2. East Germans and West Germans shared the same mix of religions.

    3. East Germans and West Germans spoke the same language.

    4. Citizens of both countries belonged predominantly to the same race.

    5. The re-unification of the Germanies brought great rejoicing to citizens on both sides of the wall.

    6. The uniting of the two halves of Germany was not achieved by committing genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.

    7. The citizens from one part of Germany were not forcibly confined within the perimeters of ‘welfare camps’ and no one was sent to ‘rehabilitation’ camps immediately following reunification.

    8. The re-unification of Germany did not produce any casualties or cause untold suffering and hardships to any segment of the population.

    The list goes on……

    The sole dividing issue between the two countries was political ideology!

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      Ramasamy…. who are you to advise a PhD holder?

      :-)

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      You are right. Sometimes, the pseudo pundit do compare things like apples with oranges ( I myself being on german soil, I could say, the bugger is twisted by his thoughts to this day)

      But those who hail his views have always been fans of him. Likewise the case with our incumbent president, even if parliamentarians are beaten by MR thugs in Hambantota for no any kind of valid reasons, they man took the side of the criminals, not even giving a fair investigation for that brutal incident – now talks about the war victory.

      What kind of victory – a victory against own folks whose numbers missing as no counts can yet be made ?

      What kind of victory the bugger has been repeating since then ?

      They killed innnoicent tamils in uncountable avalanches… and now try to festate the wounds of the victimized families.
      How can any one with hearts bear this. I am born buddhist, but lived on the west for the last 3 decades now I call myself international person, but I also call me srilanken.. no matter what race, religion, blood group I own, I am almost one born to that island that is it .

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    Dayan,

    Can you comment on the following photographs from the Vanni battle fields?

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    I received these in my mail today. Unfortunately, I do not have photographs of the war crimes of the LTTE. However, I heard many hair raising stories.

    Do these photographs, justify the ‘ Vuctory Day’ celebrations or what our Lresident know calls the , ‘Victory of Peace day celebrations’. It should be a ‘ Day of Shame and Repentence’ instead.

    As to your concluding sentence, could it also not be said that the Tamils or more correctly those who arose from among them, did not want to surrender to state- sponsored and state-tolerated terrorism of the post-independence era and decided to fightback starting the late 1970’s? The fact that they lost does not negate why they fought. In the same vein, the fact that the government triumphed does not mitigate its contribution to seed what became a prolonged war.

    Please do not blow an out of tune trumpet.

    Dr, Rajasingham Narendran

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      Dr RN,

      Please provide links to the images.
      Thanks

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        Anpu,

        I have difficulty copying the photographs in an attachment to the comment. I have forwarded the relevant photographs to CT for publication.

        Dr.RN

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    A fool is asking to believe thus “It is evidence of their humanity that 11,000 Tiger fighters were taken into captivity unharmed”. The test of humanity does not lie on whom you save alone but on whom you should have saved but instead murdered those who surrendered. More so, and in the SL case, it had been breached blatantly by bombing hospitals, denying food and medicine, when the supply was only for 70,000 (even that is doubtful) but eventually close to 300,000 came out. Apart from being a deliberate action to murder civilians, women were raped and murdered and this fool is boasting of a humanitarian operation, just like his grandmaster. That grandstanding by MR made him a butt of jokes. May be in the human charter the soldiers carried, there was a contemporary definition of humanity – to kill innocent people.

    “To open an inquiry prematurely would cause a psychological eruption among 300,000 armed men, veterans of a bitter and victorious war. Who are we to judge them? That is the task of another generation or other generations. Certainly Western states and societies have no right to judge them, or us, who experienced these harsh and bloody decades. This is why I remain as unalterably opposed to an international inquiry into the war as I did in 2009 and before. We shall not permit it; we must and shall resist.”

    The claim by MR has been proven to be a total bluff, that the soldiers carried the gun in one hand and the human charter in the other. In fact, these were, and still are, murderous bastards who were hell-bent on creating an unrepentant bloodbath and what more confirmation we need other than that has been written here. Some people get carried away, thinking that they are god enough that if they tell stop, the whole world should bow down to them and listen to them. Does it really matter anymore whether they resist an international investigation. And foolish enough to think that this would be left to another generation. Any Tamil who has “blood running in his/her veins” would not sleep until these hellish bastards are gassed out of their holes.

    To use the “psychological eruption” excuse is very shallow and shameful, rather the behaviour should have been one of a shield rather than a sword when protecting civilians. If the claim for this aggression was to save civilians from the clutches of the LTTE, then what we are reading here is very repulsive. The blameworthy actions of the LTTE are a pale shadow of the colossal destruction and cold-blooded murders of the regime. I wish there would be a charge against this guy, too, for abetting and also misleading the UNHRC.

    No one has to surrender to terrorism, in whatever form or from wherever it arises and that is my unequivocal stand. But what is laughable is the egotistic phony pride of the writer who seems to forget about the parippu drop. What about the psychological effects and trauma that the Tamil civilians who had to bear the brunt from two warring sides?

    There is a belief (a statement had been made to this effect) that the new Modi govt would be favourable to the regime and had dismissed Jayalalitha’s stellar performance as insignificant. The fact that 38 of the 39 Lok Sabha Congress contestants in Tamilnadu have lost even their deposits clearly is an indication of the Tamilnadu sentiment against the SL regime. Salman Khurshid too has been thrown out. The game has just started. Just watch how the future unfolds.

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    Dayan

    Pity!

    The Great person, Mervin De Silva’s son, the soi disant elegant (may have been pretending all these time as one) Diplomat from UN, has tuned into an ardent advocate of an Anarchy regime and its unjustified wars. If Prof: Kumar or Prof: Laksiri are the ”ludicrous of soi disant liberals“ this is really rotten awfully smelling. We don’t give a damn for their opinion too, same like you, but yet few in this form have courage to deny their knowledge, decency in their writing and so. This is spoiled, ugly kitty like nasty behavior. Anybody has right to disagree with them, but it has to be face to face, not striking on the back like this.

    The problem here appears to be the brand of bottle you opened and the thrilling novel you newly opened to substantiate faulty logic. If I say that with disillusioned mind by the drink and borrowed brain from an ill-advising book, you are calling your opponents as “ludicrous of soi disant liberals” or “a South Asian Hitler” or “the Monster-King”, I bet almost all in the forum will agree with me. Your feeble mind is getting low grade satisfaction form the cowardice courage by calling your opponents by deplorable terms. After doing that you appear to be feeling that you have won a great debate.

    Pathetic! Isn’t it.

    You know just because of Hitler fought a war and Prabhakaran fought a war, they don’t become equal. Hitler never fought a war to liberate the Germany. End of that was Germany divided. Just like the Mahavamsa Modaya’s racism, the Germans induced them to support the cause of the result for Germany’s division. Unification of Germany is not comparable to capture of Tamil Eelam in 2009. It was none of the fault Tamil Eelam hey lost to Portuguese. It was none of their fault British merged them with Lanka. Prabhakaran took the freedom fight from SJV, who resigned his parliamentary seat in 1972. Even a child from a political school will understand these differences. But it could be problem only to a soi disant diplomat.

    If Mahinda was uniting Tamil Eelam with Lanka, why then Hitler suddenly became a monster when tried unite Germany, France, and Italy… the Europe? Is that because of the borrowed brain of that book? If the west is not the people to advice your boss, did you check the author of the book you read? Is that because you read a new book you are trying apply that theories to the 2009 war or you really find something that is relevant on that book for this circumstance?

    Could you tell your boss to conduct an election in the North and East and prove that Lankan Hitler fought the war only unite them with Lanka. How did you decide to use the word “unite” here? Do you agree with Modi when he say that the Tamils in Malaysia and Lanka are Indian people? Do you think Modi should attempt to unite Indian peoples together?
    I really doubt your eastern brain can borrow anything from a western book. This is clearly showing you could not understand what the book was about.

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    Dayan, please answer this. Do the Tamils have the right to mourn their death? And do you think that the government forces never killed innocent people?
    (I really don’t know why I am asking this knowing very well that you are a contract writer)

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    Dayan, as I said in answer to many of his articles is walking into oblivion by supporting the wrong side of history!

    I have heard somewhere that he has a personal vendetta against Ranil, he is simply scheming to keep Ranil away from the presidency at any cost.

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      who is he to keep anyone away from anything political. who thinks that he has a voice among sinhala people. only a handful of sinhala and tamil elite read his crap. but his present writings are interesting. not sure if he is going nuts or driking too much when writing.

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