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Concerning The American Ambassador’s Tweet On Duminda: An Open Letter

By Vangeesa Sumanasekara

Vangeesa Sumanasekara

Her excellency Alaina B. Teplitz,

US Ambassador to Sri Lanka.

Your excellency,

Let us not waste time on details and points that would inevitably lead to denials and disagreements. I will only add what I assume to be necessary in order to contextualize the point I do wish to raise here: I find it very hard to believe that the United States of America is a country that upholds the rule of law, accountability and equal access to justice, as a fundamental and unsurpassable principles. Countless examples to contrary, from all over the world, at least since the end of the second world war, are well documented, above all by thinkers born and brought up in United States itself, like Noam Chomsky. But, you see, these are all details with which you are extremely unlikely to agree with, and as such, can always be disputed behind a well horned jargon of diplomacy and public relations. That is why I would not waste time trying in vain to show the hypocrisy of the sentiments you expressed in that now famous tweet, going viral in social media, where you criticize the government’s decision to pardon Duminda Silva. No. My problem is not with the hypocrisy of your remark – even if I believe it to be such. For, once again, it is clear that we cannot come to a consensus on that point. I do believe, however, that there is a point on which we can possibly agree and it concerns the strategic significance of your intervention. The reason why we can possibly agree on this particular point is fairly simple – it carries with it the strength of self-evidence. Let me elaborate.

It is not quite clear what exactly you were trying to achieve through this intervention – maybe you were just trying to act as if you were warning the government; maybe you genuinely thought that this is a threat of certain regard; maybe you were just trying to impress those above you to, give them the impression that you really have a good command of the situation unfolding in here. Whatever your strategic motives were I think it is fairly obvious what are the real and practical consequences are. Already, one of the leading theoreticians of the Sinhala ethno-nationalist brand of politics, Dr. Nalin de Silva, who is also the Sri Lankan ambassador to Myanmar, has written two articles, widely shared on social media, arguing how this proves their relentless claims of a Western Christian plot – or, better still, a ‘tendential movement’ that seeks – to destroy the cultural heritage of this country, especially the one of Sinhala origin. The point is not, of course, to ask if there is indeed such a plot. The point is to ask what practical consequences are there of such an interpretation and that certainly is all too obvious: from now on anyone who attempts to criticize the government’s decision to grant a presidential pardon to Duminda Silva can potentially be an ally of this Western Christian plot! If you feel that this is a far-fetched exaggeration, let me translate for you a line from His Excellency Dr. Nalin de Silva’s most recent article:

“However, my intention was to expose the American ambassador’s intervention with regard to the pardoning of Duminda [Silva]. The Ambassador had expressed her pleasure on the fact that few members of the LTTE have been released. This same view had already been expressed by Jehan Perera of the so-called peace council. He is a head of a Christian organization. Many of those who agree with the ambassador are those who oppose a Sinhala Buddhist state.” 

So you see, the only practical outcome of your twittering intervention, I venture to say, is that this will strengthen the very ideological forces that played a decisive role in creating the situation you ostensibly try to criticize. In other words, your act is what we call in philosophy a ‘performative contradiction’ – the very fact that you speak, your act of enunciation, undermines what you intend to say, the content of your enunciation. Or, put another way, by saying that you oppose the pardoning of Duminda Silva you support the very forces that legitimized such acts.

You can certainly prove me wrong, and thereby defeat the claims of the good ambassador to Myanmar, by simply ‘walking the talk’ – that is, quite plainly, by utilizing the political, economic and military strength of the United States to, for instance, force the government to change this decision. It will not prove Nalin de Silva wrong in principle, but it will certainly break the back of the political power it has helped to establish and thereby loosen its grip on national politics. But you see, I do not for a moment think you would do any such thing, nor that you are capable of taking such drastic measures unless you want to jeopardize the macro-level political equilibrium with unforeseeable consequences. This is why I think your gesture here is an empty gesture, a self-undermining empty gesture.   

We all know that social media are replete with what the German philosopher Hegel called ‘beautiful souls’ – individuals who feel superior in a corrupted world, but who need this very corruption in order to establish their moral superiority. Sadly though, this is not what we need in politics right now and that is why, to anyone who wants to see, the lesson of all this is quite obvious: our good hearted American ambassador should keep her opinions to herself. 

Yours Faithfully,

Vangeesa Sumanasekara

Citizen of Sri Lanka

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    Dear US Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz:

    Please ignore this propagandist’s desperate attempt to discredit your credible call on the matter! We where was this nonsensical accusation when you made your concern known on several occasions about incumbent SL government’s decisions.

    Vangeesa Sumanasekara types are only interested in advancing the Sinhala Buddhist Nationalist agenda which has long been the downfall of the country. They camouflage it under such rant. They are rattled by your rightful call on the matter.

    While so many of us are disheartened by Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s pardon of yet another coldhearted evil murderer, we are faced with the likes of Vangeesa Sumanasekara and Nalin De Silva further undermining the already downtrodden morality of this nation. It is immensely unfortunate that these two men representing the country’s educated too are busy promoting such bigotry.

    Much appreciation to your support
    throughout your tenure as the US Ambassador to SL.

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      Let me add one postnote which is equally applicable to all the three comments posted so far, so I will simply paste the same comment under all three of them. What all these comments share is the lack of their ability to present an ARGUMENT against the ones I have raised in my article. Instead, they have clearly shown that they simply do not COMPREHEND the points I am making. It is clear by the way they have identified me as a Sinhala Nationalist or the way they have assumed that I am in agreement with the presidential pardon granted to Duminda Silva, when clearly – or so I thought – I had written this short text in order to oppose those two factors! Let me also add that I rarely write in English these days because I know these readers are simply irrelevant when it comes to countering the Sinhala nationalist hegemony in the south. Of course my discontent with this decision is widely known in the Sinhala speaking world (I must emphasize that I do not hold these commenters responsible for their lack of understanding of the Sinhala political debates – just to make sure they don’t misunderstand this as well). I merely wrote this in English because I wanted to convey the message to the American ambassador and that can only be done in English. All I wanted to say is that this act constitutes what I have called a ‘performative contradiction’ – I have no doubt that none of them understood what a performative contradiction is. I trust, however, the good ambassador would understand, despite our possible disagreements over many other things, here at least I make a very pragmatic point pertaining to the very field of her intervention.

      Vangeesa

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        Vangeesa,
        You don’t have to write in English to send a message to the US Ambassador. They employ a whole army of translators who read every Sinhala and Tamil publication.
        I appreciate your stand on SB hegemony, and US hypocrisy too. But one could argue that if the Ambassador said nothing, that too would be taken as supporting Gota.
        So , hypocrisy or not, the position is clear. She is on the same side as you, and much more influential. Do you think you would cut much ice with the government if YOU issued a statement? As Deng Hsiao Ping is reported to have said, “It doesn’t matter if the cat is black or white as long as it catches mice”

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        Vangeesa:

        Appreciate your attempt at clarifying your letter and countering the conclusions made about you from your letter to the U.S. ambassador.

        Highly doubtful that your letter to the ambassador was comprehensible to the ambassador herself.

        The Ambassadors, whichever country they represent in whichever country they have been assigned to carry out their duties, have duties and responsibilities. It will be irresponsible for an ambassador to not voice concerns about a government’s lawlessness. We await ambassadors of other states to rhyme in with their condemnation, and if not overtly, then escalation by other means.

        It is ridiculous to trudge up the unflattering history of America to minimize the U.S. Ambassador’s voiced concern over the happening which occurred few days ago.

        We can all look-up “performative contradiction”. The term itself, its definition or who coined the term aren’t of value here.

        Let’s be pragmatic. Let’s keep it relevant. Let’s not exaggerate the tweet of a U.S. ambassador that resonates with the pulse of the nation to build a premise around a philosophical concept that you have learnt along the way.

        Pleased don’t build conspiracy theories on a single tweet. Above all, let there be no frivolous distraction from the urgent priorities facing the citizenry.

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    Vangeesa Sumanasekara’s arguments are crazy, to say the least, further more he is Sinhala Buddhist chauvinist from his convoluted arguments:

    US is the leader of the democratic world. They are a superpower whose words and deeds carry weight.

    Duminda Silva is a convincingly convicted murderer who is now roaming the streets of Sri Lanka. How will law abiding citizens feel if they see him on the road.

    Last year Gota pardoned a Tamil-child murdering military man and he is roaming the streets as a free man.

    To top it all credibly accused criminal against humanity Gota, Mahinda and 26 men in the security forces are occupying powerful positions.

    What the ambassador said in my opinion is that rule of law in Sri Lanka is being taken apart brick by brick and it is coming from the top. Impunity for wrong doers is well entrenched in Sri Lanka.

    When the rulers have scant regard for rule of law the country is failing, and it is the responsibility of friends to point out the damaging consequences of it.

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      Let me add one postnote which is equally applicable to all the three comments posted so far, so I will simply paste the same comment under all three of them. What all these comments share is the lack of their ability to present an ARGUMENT against the ones I have raised in my article. Instead, they have clearly shown that they simply do not COMPREHEND the points I am making. It is clear by the way they have identified me as a Sinhala Nationalist or the way they have assumed that I am in agreement with the presidential pardon granted to Duminda Silva, when clearly – or so I thought – I had written this short text in order to oppose those two factors! Let me also add that I rarely write in English these days because I know these readers are simply irrelevant when it comes to countering the Sinhala nationalist hegemony in the south. Of course my discontent with this decision is widely known in the Sinhala speaking world (I must emphasize that I do not hold these commenters responsible for their lack of understanding of the Sinhala political debates – just to make sure they don’t misunderstand this as well). I merely wrote this in English because I wanted to convey the message to the American ambassador and that can only be done in English. All I wanted to say is that this act constitutes what I have called a ‘performative contradiction’ – I have no doubt that none of them understood what a performative contradiction is. I trust, however, the good ambassador would understand, despite our possible disagreements over many other things, here at least I make a very pragmatic point pertaining to the very field of her intervention.
      Vangeesa

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    This is a perfect example of the hypocritical tripe written by Fascists everywhere – whether they belong to the ISIS, Hindutva, Trump Republicans, Tigers or BBS. These fanatics have no sense of justice whatsoever or even basic humanity in them, but are easily triggered when someone mentions it. It’s even worse when the critic is a foreigner – they go ballistic. Where’s the writer’s outrage over the immoral and unjust release of a convicted murderer and a drug load? Where’s the writer’s outrage over several such unconscionable actions to destroy the rule of law in the country by a President who came to power by promising to apply “one law for all” ? Who is Nalin De Silva? He’s a racist comedian. He believes in Asian Biology and Sinhala-Buddhist Physics. What the hell is a Sinhala-Buddhist State? It’ll be a hell for sure if this oxymoron ever materializes – mostly for the Sinhalese themselves.

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      Let me add one postnote which is equally applicable to all the three comments posted so far, so I will simply paste the same comment under all three of them. What all these comments share is the lack of their ability to present an ARGUMENT against the ones I have raised in my article. Instead, they have clearly shown that they simply do not COMPREHEND the points I am making. It is clear by the way they have identified me as a Sinhala Nationalist or the way they have assumed that I am in agreement with the presidential pardon granted to Duminda Silva, when clearly – or so I thought – I had written this short text in order to oppose those two factors! Let me also add that I rarely write in English these days because I know these readers are simply irrelevant when it comes to countering the Sinhala nationalist hegemony in the south. Of course my discontent with this decision is widely known in the Sinhala speaking world (I must emphasize that I do not hold these commenters responsible for their lack of understanding of the Sinhala political debates – just to make sure they don’t misunderstand this as well). I merely wrote this in English because I wanted to convey the message to the American ambassador and that can only be done in English. All I wanted to say is that this act constitutes what I have called a ‘performative contradiction’ – I have no doubt that none of them understood what a performative contradiction is. I trust, however, the good ambassador would understand, despite our possible disagreements over many other things, here at least I make a very pragmatic point pertaining to the very field of her intervention.

      Vangeesa

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        Those 77 LTTE released cadres are into the drug cartels, and the Duminda Silva release counter-rivals this.
        – 
        Certainly a Performative Contradiction then, by the
        US ambassadorship. But how to deal with a crooked and crookish country such as ours is the question. And how to deal with the US pitting one against each other is the other.

        Guess it is all to do with the Port-City enterprise. This is the US retaliation for Sri Lanka trying to get riches out of murky skies at the US expense.

        Situation is so complex and critical but our government is jumping from one black hole into another. How long can this carry on?

        Regime reformulating to a Socialist Buddhistic one full of humility is imperative. Regime change is another means towards country honor.

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          Ramona:
          Requesting the source for your statement;
          “ Those 77 LTTE released cadres are into the drug cartels”

          Per dailynews.lk, of the 93 excluding Duminda who were pardoned and released, 16 were LTTE suspects and 77 were those jailed for minor offences.

          Baffled by the wild and inconsistent claims on these 16 LTTE suspects. Some news agencies reported that those 16 LTTE suspects were held without charges, and others reported as they were “convicted”.

          We have to get the facts straight before making theories.

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            Oh….ok. Thanks for the correct numbers. But at least 1 of the 16 is probably a drug kingpin; the others his/her subsidiaries. Many of this diaspora are into all kinds of underworld activities to make money for their ancient mythological kingdom of Eelam. All kinds of money laundering on all kinds of shady enterprise. So fixated are they by their illusion that they absconded with the riches and gold of their hardworking masses to Western lands to invest in this project, and left their low caste and untouchables to die in the killing zones for colatteral.

            All is well known, but our Rajapaksas are sitting on their high thrones like monkey kings and are trying to beat fire with fire.

            Where are the conscientious Buddhist rulers Lanka should have, that will work for the masses of both races?

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          ramona,
          When did you convert 77 Sinhalese as LTTE ?
          Probably you are right that Sinhalese have to become LTTE to fight against the brutal Rajapaksa’s and Buddhist Fundamentalists converting them as Chinese.

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            Ajith….don’t put your conversions onto me.

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        Dear Vangeesa Sumanasekara,
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        Could you please answer to the questions raised by “sinhala man ” below ?

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    It is quite obvious that the writer of this piece and Dr. Nalin de Silva are among the 6.2 Million idiots who voted for this president and this government. The only difference is they are English speaking idiots. I am sure if they had been in parliament, they would have voted for that obnoxious 20th Amendment and the Port City Bill as well!

    By the way, I am not an admirer of Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz. It is just that I cannot disagree with what this lady says on the matter of this illegal pardon!

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      Dear CM,
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      Why NALINDA SILVA or the like became that racial against WEST is connected with his own experience that he went through during his PhD in UK. Several of the kind of candidates I also met in Europe, but they are all from Ethiopia, Somalia or any other country where they dont tolerate the values of others.. They bring any silly argument against the west, while studying and living in Europe. Some of them dont even leave any room others to speak out. Similarly, Nalin De Silva or the like so called SINHALA fundementalists behave like ” Gembo, frogs in wells”: He as a mathematician may have obtained his qualifications, but that does not necessarily mean that he is very intelligent in various other fields. This is the problem that srilankens face today. Look at GLP, or other Profs in parlament or srilanken politics , most of them just talk only, none of them prove anything by their practice. European profs dont care much about their titles, but work hard for their further achievements. There is a sky-earth difference between two groups.

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    Vangeesa Sumanasekara

    Give it a rest. You made your point, no need to repeat each time a reader opposed your view. It only confirms the racist ideology of ‘patriots’ believing in a Christian backed western conspiracy to screw glorious SL. The fact is, there has never been such blatant abuse of power & lack of justice, law & order.
    The US ambassador may have aired her views but other diplomats, no doubt, share her concerns of increasing anarchy, corruption & incompetence, which will isolate SL, branded as a pariah state. Those in denial will be happy to show two finders to the world because we have a powerful friend in China, so keep dreaming of days of splendour & sing for your supper till then..

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    Vangeesa Sumanasekara,

    It is true that American ambassadors comment will be used by Sinhala nationalists and Buddhist Fundamentalists as America is a threat to Sri Lanka and Buddhism. It is a well known fact that Rajapaksas used anti America (Western), anti Indian, anti Tamil and anti Muslim propaganda to get two third majority and to change the constitution to suit their personal needs. The western nations and India should have helped Sri Lanka to solve the Tamils problems when they had the opportunity by dividing the nation or sharing the power between Tamils and Sinhalese or taking legal action against Gota and Basil for their crimes when they were American citizens or even now complete economic and political sanction against the country.

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    Guys don’t waste your time on this and feel sorry the I way I do. Watch a good game on a sports channel. Good for your heart. CT is a place for media freedom, thus the place where Angoda runways thrive too. When you are in CT be like a swan: “Drink the milk leave the water behind”.
    Muduthedu Vegam installed the Hitler King and now regretting the way I do after reading this. Western Province Chief Minister Kudu Dumin has taken over the Anagarigam’s place in spreading the Sinhala Buddhism. So this guy thinks the Evangelist (Ambassador) Tepli is attacking the Kudu. Comedi Thamai!

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    Law and order is in perfect order when the global dictator USA decides to invade and attack other countries committing mass murder. Out of the countless examples of US mass murder of innocent civilians, the invasion of Iraq is a crime that has caused enormous suffering.
    Law and order is in perfect order also when mass murdering LTTE cadres are pardoned and released. But Law and order is not in order only when a murderer like Duminda Silva is pardoned? Why is that?
     
    Pardoning Duminda Silva is wrong, but pardoning LTTE terrorists is also wrong. The global parasitic dictator USA poking its nose is worst of all, as the parasite is trying to find a way to get breeding space in our island which will only end in mass death and bloodshed. In all these actions, its the common man that suffers. As long as USA is concerned, it is a parasite that has to be eradicated – it is built on the blood of the innocent indigenous Americans, who have suffered so much. From the time this parasitic monster USA was established, the world has seen no end to conflicts, war and death.

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      Real LTTE Terrorists like Karuna, Pilliyan, Douglas and KP are already released and given ministerial posts or ministerial status. Those who released are not LTTE Cardres. They were released but still under the monitoring of Gota terrorist. The release was made after Basil had an agreement with USA. Basil went to USA only to make a deal with USA. Basil and Gota are good friends of China and USA to make deals to their family.

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      My dear friend. You have it sooooooo wrong. US is not built over the blood of the innocent. If you think so, what did Vijaya do? Please read and be informed before passing judgement. US is the home for millions of immigrants from all over the world who came to the land for a better life and for room to prosper. Still the rule of law governs US. We were such when we became an independent nation. We loaned money even to the British. What did the Sinhala Buddhist slogans do? You see the results now. We may wear the ‘Sil Sataka’, but Buddhism has left us long ago. Just a few Pali stanza do not make us Buddhist. Even the monks do not practice the Buddhist philosophy nor the Buddhist way of living. Just breaking the mirror because one does not like the image one sees in it is neither Buddhist nor intelligent. Somebody, irrespective of where she is from is showing us something we have done wrong. Thank her for the comments . Fix it and move on…………………

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        P.P,
        “Law and order is in perfect order when the global dictator USA decides to invade and attack other countries committing mass murder”
        Isn’t that a bit different from committing mass murder on your own citizens?

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      Punchi Point,
      There is nothing wrong in having an opinion. But,you are mixing up facts and opinions. That is wrong.
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      You declare that pardoning Duminda Silva is wrong, but pardoning LTTE terrorists is also wrong.
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      You fail to notice that those LTTE’rs were simply ‘suspects’, not proven terrorists. Pardoning them doesn’t establish that they were terrorists.

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        You are right. Those Tamils who were released by Pardoning by Gota is nothing other than apolitical gimmick. You may have heard a Tamil suspect who was jailed for 14 years without any charges was released by courts in 2019 but he was now dead. So, the release was made with the knowledge that person will be dead soon.
        Until now the government and President snd even justice minister denied there is political prisoners but suddenly Namal says political prisoners are suffering and some of them are in jail for more than his age (over 30 years) without any charges. Why now? Rajapaksas don’t do anything unless it is benefit to them. Do we know how long the released Tamil prisoners will live?
        Tamils should not fall trapped again and again by the gimmick of Sinhala leaders. They might make promise or even agreement but it should become lawful and cannot be reversed back. There should not be bargaining.

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    Vangeesa, we are discussing about Lanka since independence and in that almost 15 years under the influence of Rajapaksa Mafia. Same with those Nationalist and fundamentalist (including Nalin de silva) who existed before this Ambassador was sworn in and I am sure will remain so even after her term is complete. You trying to pin her down for making a sensible statement and thereby somehow exacerbate the situation, is beyond imagination. Soon after Gotha got elected, many were aware of Duminda getting out of prison one day (did not expect so fast). You trying to “shoot the messenger” is not new . Vangeesa remember we are told that we are , from a unique country. Gotha told us the death count was all wrong and it is not 101 but 15. Today Ministry claims there were 531 death in 10 days from June 16 to 25.(229 female and 302 male). Tomorrow Gotha will claim this as 31. Now will you blame the virus for the wrong count ?? Do you think these issues will change those racist and bigots in anyway??

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    Vangeesa Sumanasekara, I’m sorry, but this retired GambadaIskoleMahaththya from Uva hasn’t heard of you, but notes that you can’t refer to one of the guys who has ruined Lanka except as “His Excellency Dr. Nalin de Silva”.
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    I grant that you are literate. Since your photograph is What are you? A Tuition Master, perhaps?
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    You have dropped another name – Noam Chomsky saying that he has been critical of American policies, although born in that country. In what way has he been critical of America? Will he support you, or me? I want desperately to preserve our country as one; people like you, may be break it up.
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    Does Chomsky support Gota?
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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Political_positions_of_Noam_Chomsky#Views_on_the_Sri_Lanka_conflict
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    There I read:
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    “Chomsky supports the Tamils’ right to self-determination in Tamil Eelam, their homeland in the North and East of Sri Lanka. In a February 2009 interview, he said of the Tamil Eelam struggle, . . .
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    tbc

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    Continuing:
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    I’m sure that he is much more likely to befriend me, rather than a racist like you! Why? He has said,
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    “… What happened in Sri Lanka was a major Rwanda-like atrocity, in a different scale, where the West didn’t care. There was plenty of early warning. This [conflict] has been going on for years and decades. Plenty of things could have been done [to prevent it]. But there was not enough interest.”
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    I’m sure that he doesn’t want to break up our country. You don’t mind even that, I guess because you are full of hatred.
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    I spend a fair amount of my time listening to wise and decent people like him:
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yueij8jo9Q
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    Other readers may like to know that there are hundreds of YouTubes of Chomsky. He is very sharp and this is how much sense he was talking only two days ago, at the age of 92. Naturally, with him at this age, you have to listen carefully. It’s worth it. His mind is still as sharp as ever. Actually, these four minutes are pretty relevant to us:
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cB79IEuyfx4
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    Why not try to learn something from people like that?

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      Chomsky in all probability has read only the Tamil diaspora publications and listened to the diaspora representatives only. He has better things to do with his leftover time on Earth than carrying a torch for some people who have an axe to grind.
      We do not require any of these gurus. Read the Dhammapada and Parabhava Sutta, understand and live by it. We will be leaving behind most of our strife, GREED, and disharmony behind us on our way to equality, rule of law, and peace. . Ethnicity, pigment of skin, etc. are not choices when one is born. Understand fellow beings and accommodate. How one becomes a Wasalaya is defined in Dhammapada.

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      S.M,
      Vangeesa is no Sinhala nationalist. He is some sort of Marxist, and , like SJ, has a revolutionary beard. Naturally, he doesn’t like foreign meddling. But as I have explained to him above, your enemy’s enemy is your friend.

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    The writer is simply doing PR work for the present regime, defending the indefensible, and justifying what is outrageous – pardoning and freeing a CONVICTED MURDERER (once again). The US Ambassador is stating what the rest of the world must be horrified about. The Rajapaksa regime has protected and supported, war criminals, murderers, and convicted felons, and welcomed them into their administration. The culture of corruption, cronyism, and unpunished crimes, must be questioned by the international community, who we only seem to love when we stretch our hands out for aid.

    If we don’t want to hear the criticism and some home truths, we should refuse to take aid too. We are not a rich nation, and cannot show our arrogance to those who we need to help us survive. That includes the nations who we turn to when a pandemic hits us and we need vaccines to save lives.

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    For the past 18 years, the whole world has been waiting for THE tweet which says that the US has found Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq. Where is it, US ambassador of death and destruction? American human rights, democracy and freedom indeed!

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    Vangeesa there is no worse hypocrisy than our own politician,public, journalist, bureaucrats, religious leaders – – -, country as a whole. U.S dual citizen appointed as a minister after fiddling with constitution. There is nothing worse than nepotism after promising meritocracy , to get to power. I remember when Basil left to U.S a SLPP retard told nation that he has gone on a secret mission to save nation and details of which cannot be divulged. Basil returns back to take up a minister job. Two professor physicians resigned from independent vaccine advisory expert committee ,appointed to advise government. Reason they did not want to loose their hard earned credibility and reputation, by going with Rajapaksas BS. (shows there are still few sane people left). Amidst you taking up the U.S ambassador issue is akin to addressing cosmetic issue of a patient brought in with heart attack. (acute myocardial infarction).

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    Vangeesa Sumanasekara’s letter to Her excellency Alaina B. Teplitz, US Ambassador to Sri Lanka can’t be a big deal. He is trying to play the role as a wise owl to portray himself as a patriot but unfortunately he is a pseudo patriot. But US Ambassador’s statement condemning President’s decision to pardon murder convict Duminda Silva without following proper procedure and to revoke the verdict by four Judges of the Supreme Court is a concern to all. Even President pardoned another murder convict who was sentenced to death for murdering children was the start of human rights violation is not a good sign for the country. There are so many issues with US for Vangeesa Sumanasekara to complain about but his shortsightedness and ignorance only wanted to criticize US Ambassador’s statement on pardoning of a murder convict. Vangeesa Sumanasekara is no doubt an opportunistic person and not having the guts to condemn the government. He should understand the fact that we should put our house in order first before pointing fingers on others.

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    Vangeesa,
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    Why no response to my query about Noam Chomsky?
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    Panini Edirisinhe of Bandarawela

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      I think he has would not respond to any questions.

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    Vangeesa,
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    You are NOT an honest man. I’m sorry to have to say that.
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    Given the alacrity with which you tried to drown discussion with some others on the first day of comments, your subsequent silence is deafening.
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    I’m sorry; I had no choice. I have reported what you have done to Noam Chomsky. I know that he may not be able to read it. His email address is given and it says that anybody can write, but do so only if it’s important since hundreds of emails come daily.
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    My Panini first name may help; you wWill realise that. You clearly have some Education, but you’re misusing knowledge. Crooked knave!
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    Panini Edirisinhe of Bandarawela, Sri Lanka. National Identity Card number 483111444V aka “Sinhala_Man

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      I’m glad to see that the moderators have realised that the above has been a valid of what Vangeesa stands for.
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      What has the knave to say?
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      If I had his contact details, I would have tried to tell him direct. Study my comments here, please:
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      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/a-letter-to-the-us-senate-committee-re-the-resolution-on-recognizing-traditional-tamil-homeland-in-sri-lanka/

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      Now let me say, “Dishonest racist, so you’ve been forced to tacitly accept my charge that you are literate enough to post some response, to which the others (who wouldn’t have believed you) were too well-bred to reply.
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      I cast away whatever breeding I may have to ask you, abhorrent creature, to go join your heroes in China.
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      It is only when that happens that we will be able to re-make our country!

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        Nothing yet.
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        I checked again to give this Vageesa guy a chance before denouncing him.
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        He had the presumption/dishonesty/selfishness to write on our behalf to write this rubbish. The fact that he adopted a superior tone that was insulting to us was not lost on me.
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        And now no response!
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        As I thought. He’s trying to impress someone. He now, stands naked, exposed.

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    Nothing yet.
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    I checked again to give this Vageesa guy a chance before denouncing him.
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    He had the presumption/dishonesty/selfishness to write on our behalf to write this rubbish. The fact that he adopted a superior tone that was insulting to us was not lost on me.
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    And now no response!
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    As I thought. He’s trying to impress someone. He now, stands naked, exposed.

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