13 April, 2024

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Dark Money Dominates Hamas/Israel War

By Vishwamithra

Israel by itself has managed to corner America’s current political stance; by continuing to hammer Gaza with indiscriminate bombing and brutal onslaught on land, she has shown Washington DC and its lawmakers, that her solitary position in the world community may be small in size and unrecognizable, but unwavering and suicidal at the same time. On the stage of geopolitics, Israel has cleverly isolated the White House and its punditry; the whole world is seeing through its hypocrisy and double-standard pontification on human rights, compassion and commitment to the concept and operation of ‘democracy’.

More than two months have rushed past the October 7 attack by the Hamas fighters on Israel. Israeli incursions into Gaza, in terms of military goals, apparently could be called a success; but the wasted and perishing flesh and blood of civil men, women and children tell another story, one that the sufferers would carry for another two or three generations unless and until a long-term resolution of the issues is reached.

United Nations Organization (UNO) has once again failed. A US veto is the unkind spoke that has choked any and all attempts at a meaningful ceasefire between the two parties. Each time a resolution is introduced which condemns the atrocious conduct of Israeli military, whether the resolution also includes an equally strong condemnation of the Hamas activities, such resolutions would not see the light of day beyond the so-called Security Council of the UNO. Meanwhile, the wailing at funerals and refugee camps located in the Gaza strip would not be appeased. The sad saga of the futility of war and being born friendless and inferior in military power, which Hamas and its Palestinian people today are, shall linger on for years, if not decades, to come.

No wars can produce a winner; it may end up in one party being called the victor and the other the vanquished. The only tangible winner is the arms industry, and the pathetic loser is broad humanity. The fact that this conflict is threatening to blow into its ghastly extreme in an election year in the US coupled with alarming attuning to real facts and figures, thanks mainly to the social media, has contributed to a real messy scenario locally. Each and every prospective candidate on the Republican side is competing with each other to be more extreme, vigorous and robust in siding with Israel and callously condescending towards the Hamas and Palestinians.

Nevertheless, all these charlatans are dead wrong, and instead of calculating the plusses and minuses in an objective fashion, their minds and hearts are embedded in the Clint Eastwood-type false righteousness and a Gungho illogicality. Their miscalculations would pay an awfully steep price when the last gun falls silent on the Gaza strip. It is not a prediction but a conceivable outcome, should it matter in modern day sociopolitical calculations.

A severely tangled issue such as the Arab-Jewish conflict has lasted for many centuries. The Western world has seen and read thousands of books, hundreds of movies which propagate the Jewish victim-hood and their perpetual suffering at the hands of Arabs and Muslims. In the first place, the circumstances that created modern Israel were not engineered nor created by Arabs or other Muslim countries. It was the Christian Germany, at the time led by the Nazis and Adolf Hitler who persecuted and murdered more than six million Jews in gas chambers and other concentration camps. Those who perished in most inhuman conditions and terribly unbearable debris were treated and called as vermin on earth by Hitler and his beastly cohorts; they were not Muslims. They were all Christians who attended Church each Sunday praying to their God for a better tomorrow for their children and themselves. Matrix of human development and its unchecked propensities for conflict and eventual war with his fellowmen, is not showing any signs of decline; man’s irrevocable advance towards armed conflicts and resort to an imaginary ‘Armageddon’ are totally based on their own religious beliefs. Their Bible is supposed to be rich in foretelling of years yet to dawn.

On the other side of this incredible sociopolitical spectrum are the believers in Islam religion and its supreme Messiah Mohamed and his miracles and spectacles. Equally illogical and unscientific in their fundamental analysis of the Universe, these believers have made made the human race unbecoming of a decent species. The West is being embroiled in this tangle of human conflict, the most gainful outcome belongs to those who make profits for themselves by selling arms and ammunition to these two groups of the human race.

There are no Swami Vivekanandas, Jiddu Krishnamoorthis or Ravindranath Tagore in our midst today. Their primary message to us was supremely religious and humane and above all, non-violent. Nor are we blessed with the presence of such great minds as Arthur Schopenhauer, Albert Schweitzer or Bertrand Russel, on the occidental side of the globe, whose fundamental substance and communication consisted of superior understanding of human nature, its varied and aggregate facets that invariably lead to peaceful coexistence of all peoples on earth.

In the same vein, violent revolutionaries such as Mao, Che Guevara, Castro, Lenin, Ho Chi Minh are being hero-worshiped as sociopolitical luminaries par excellence. Philosophical minds end as footnotes. Wars are never going to end. As much as food and water are essential for human existence, war is for nations to survive and progress. If not their leaders, at least the international arms manufacturers and dealers have made sure that war, the very concept and its cruel and violent machinations will go on until the arrival of a nuclear winter that would be the end of the present civilization and beginning of another.

When historians write on another day, a way past the twenty first century and a way in the unforeseeable future, they would write that the current conflict between the Hamas fighters and Israel , if not the beginning of a new phase of our civilization, but one of the most decisive periods of human progress (or even regress, for that matter). When Israel and its main sponsor America differ in their respective positions and interpretations of the progress of the war and its prospective end, local politics in so far as the US is concerned, might as well be confusing and confounding to the average mind in the global marketplace of political manipulation. In such a convoluted context, if Joe Biden the incumbent US President, chooses to place more weight on his chances in the forthcoming Presidential Elections, the story’s end would be much quicker than one would expect. That would indeed be a tragic outcome for all who claim earth as their homeland.

On the other hand, if the quasi-insane Republican Party continues with its propensity and greed to capture power at whatever cost to the global community, the calamity that awaits all mankind would be as sure as today’s twilight and tomorrow’s sunrise.

Wherever one turns to, aggressive and robust campaigning by Donald Trump and his desire to attain his political goal at whatever cost, is beyond comprehension; his appeal is no more a spectacle; should he prevail over Biden in the November ’24 elections, it would be potentially dangerous to the survival of democracy in the USA. The Hamas/Israel conflict is being fought and been producing all the necessary ingredients for such a conflict to reach a destructive end.

Yet no party, neither the Democrats nor the Republicans, is providing a peaceful exit; their fundraising is totally dependent upon their cohabitation with the gloomy merchants of international money, of men and women who really weave the political fabric of the USA. When money in real expendable cash is spent enormously on arms and ammunition, automatic and semi-automatic weapons and fast and furious war planes and helicopters, the picture is getting much more blurry than one could decipher.

There is no Soviet Union today. In the absence of such a mega power, the USA seems to be domineering the econ-political landscape. Yet one could hardly ignore the People’s Republic of China and India, whose sheer numbers alone could help them one day to surpass the USA-dominated global political equation. As expected, both China and India remain aloof of the ongoing Arab-Palestinian-Israel conflict. Their priorities, at least for the current moment in time, seem to be elsewhere. Both China and India are fast becoming economic giants in their own assessment. Both are not second to the USA-led West in the sphere of the digital phase of economic development. China is an authoritarian State while India is the largest democracy in the world. The way and fashion in which India has been managing her internal political affairs, seem to be the greatest example one could name as a beacon to the third world. With a plethora of various communities, diverse religions, hundreds of castes and ethnic groupings, India has survived the occasional onslaught of religious and racial clashes and resultant skirmishes. And all signs are that India has matured to greatness beyond one’s challenging arguments and criticisms.

If one chooses to disregard both India and China as not-so-significant players in the international battleground for dominance and recognition, one would severely be at peril. While Hamas and Israel are exchanging accusations and allegations that the other party is the one that is committing human rights violations, neither can deceive the the world. The day might not too far when the arms dealers decide to set China against India and create more chaos than one would imagine. In the event of such an occurrence, attention to the Middle-eastern conflict might be diluted but not totally ignored. The international Jewish-controlled media giants will not allow such a an obvious malfunction.

The Hamas/Israel war will not end soon. The USA participation in the battlefields of the Middle-east and Ukraine will continue. ‘Follow the money’-adage will continue to have its meaning till the end of times. The world affairs will continue to be dominated by those men and women who stand to make an additional dollar for the purpose of making that dollar-bucket remains full at all times. Wars, as it has always been in human history, shall reign in the ultimate writing of history. That indeed is a total misfortune.

*The writer can be contacted at vishwamithra1984@gmail.com   

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    Viswa , according to today’s news public security ( or is it personal finance security ) Minister Tiran used shell companies to own flats in London. Mahindananda already admitted to owning properties in London. I wonder is it Dark or BLACK ??? Top Hamas leaders too are worth Billions. So called academics may say these are irrelevant to this discussion. But right now as in Gaza , Lanka’s 33% of population ( one out of three) is without food.. More than a million left country to stay alive.

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      c
      Dark money is a different concept. Unlike black it is all legal and serves shady political purposes, like the Republican right agenda.
      *
      The term is well explored in:
      Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right is a 2016 non-fiction book written by American investigative journalist Jane Mayer. (First published: January 2016)
      ISBN: 978-0-385-53559-5
      *
      It is outstanding research.

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        Thanks I’m aware of it. It was just a sarcastic comment. There is no assurance that BLACK will not turn out to be DARK, in case of Tiran / Lanka. Dark is not just radical Right but any funds illegally used for purposes of influencing elections or other radical political activities.

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          Good to know that you know.
          But I wonder how the black phenomenon become the dark one.
          It involves legitimization of the illegal wealth and the evolution of compliant political parameters

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          Agnos, in Silly Lanka 1) Mahinda diverting Tsunami funds for election campaign is GREY 2) As per Chinese Colonel, many of those Rajapaksa acolytes in their pay roll ( in the name social welfare) to influence political discourse, public policy is AMBIGUOUS . 3) Tiran paying LTTE, to influence election is GLARING / White . According to recent reports Tiran used off shore companies as early as in 1986 to buy properties , worth more than 1.5 MILLION British Pounds. 4) according to Wikipedia dark money refers to funds raised to influence not just elections but public policy, political discourses ……….. , where the source of money is not disclosed to the public.

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    Vishwamithra, All what you say stands well for democracy, but the creator of this universe had a purposeful plan for it and it is called theocracy. In that plan spelt out throughout the bible, God had given name of Israel to Jacob and his 12 sons called tribes long before 1948 which was their final resettlement in their own land and never to be moved out again.. Zech.12,3 says Jerusalem becomes a heavy stone for all who come against it. Hamas does not know this and thinks they can put Israel into the sea. They cannot do that as Christ will come back to Jerusalem to rule and reign.

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      Amen!
      .
      What an insightful comment.

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        R
        I did not know that you could be sarky.

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          SJ- I could be many things!

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      All I can say to that, dtg, is, if the Jews are God’s Chosen People, I’d prefer the devil’s any day.
      The state of Israel is no advertisement for a “chosen people”, & clearly lacks most of the principles one would have expected of it. Doesnt the Torah have any thing like the Ten Comandments — Thou shalt not kill, for instance?

      I worry if you know just how many massacres the Zionist state has perpetrated in Gaza alone & when they weren’t murdering those helpless people, they were locking them into an open air prison with so many necessities of life denied them. The present is just a more visible & devastating eg of what Gaza has endured for decades.-

      Somewhere someone suggested people watch Chris Hedges presentation, The Genocide of/in Gaza. I, too, recommend it. And there’s an increasing number of Israelis & other Jews, who are speaking truth to power. And men and women refusing to take up arms….some are already in prison for this.

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        Manel Fonseka, I certainly hope that your preferring the devil will not come true. Do you know what he is like. He is a very evil spirit.

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          DTG,
          “Do you know what he is like. ?”
          It seems you have met him.

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            This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our Comment policy.

            For more detail see our Comment policy https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/comments-policy-2

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            Old codger
            .
            No fear. St. davidthegod is here!
            .

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          dtg
          As far as I can see, despite the biased reports, I am inclined to think that
          i. The Devil is smarter than God.
          ii. He/she has a better sense of humor.

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          “He is a very evil spirit.”
          Worse than recent presidents of the US?
          *
          Predictable evil is better than unpredictable incompetence.

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        Manel,

        I am giving a gift article from the Washington Post for you and other readers. The author, David Ignatius is what one would call an establishment journalist, but he is of Armenian Christian ancestry and has reported fairly from the Middle East before.

        This article shows why the U.S. government’s position is not supported by many in the U.S. Indeed, among the younger generation polls show nearly 80% oppose Israeli actions:
        https://wapo.st/48jMcHk

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          Thanks to Netanyahu people in the US are learning.
          But the US has far more to learn about the world around it.

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          Thank you, Agnos.

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      David the Good,

      Your argument for and eternal Israel is not valid because your conclusion does not follow from the premise or belief of God who is the ultimate of Goodness. God cannot belong to the theft of other people’s lands and violence towards them. If Israel was mysteriously meant for the Israelites for perpetuity, they would have lived comfortably there, and God wouldn’t have allowed the e.g. the Romans to chase them away from the land 2,000 years ago, creating refugees of them in places like Europe.

      Anyway, as Christians, we use the Old Testament as a historical guideline that makes us reach the place of redemption through Jesus Christ. It’s the New Testament that we put into our doctrinal faith. And Jesus said that the Word of God was to be propagated to the rest of the world, and that Israel was to be damned for its hideous ways. “It was prophesied that Israel would be scattered among the nations of the earth because of the people’s wickedness (see Leviticus 26:33; Deuteronomy 4:23–27; 28:25, 37, 64; 1 Nephi 10:12–13; 21:1; 22:3–4).”

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        ..an*

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      Hello DTG
      In the 100,000 years or so since modern humans (Homo sapiens sapiens) left Africa we have seen many religions, pagans and unbelievers come and eventually go. I am sure that 2500 years ago there was a clever man Siddhartha Gautama who became The Buddha. There is historical/archaeological evidence at his birthplace dating back to the 6th Century BC. Palestine in the 1st Century (AD or Common Era) was ruled by the Romans and was a much more literate society. However there is no contemporary evidence for the existence of Jesus. In the words of the Buddha, “show me the evidence” (paraphrased by me). There is no Supernatural, no Gods, no Fairies, no Yakkas or Trolls etc. These are human inventions and the Christian/Judaic Bible, epic of Gilgamesh and other stories, are just that – stories. There is also much historical information in these works, for which there is historical and archaeological evidence. However much of the biblical divine interventions are metaphorical and shouldn’t be taken as the word of God. Jesus never was, and therefore won’t be back.
      Best Regards

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        LS
        “In the 100,000 years or so since modern humans (Homo sapiens sapiens) left Africa ……”
        Very unlikely.
        It’s only 5620 years since this four-cornered world was created.

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          oc
          Can one call even the humans who existed 5620 years ago ‘modern’, let alone whatever existed 100,000 yeas ago.

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          Hello OC surely you meant 8 cornered unless you are one of the flat-earthers 😊

          Best Regards

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            LS,
            I am not a great Bible scholar, but I think it refers to the “four corners of the earth “.
            🙂

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            Will 8 corners make the earth spherical?

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        Lanka Scot, Please dont get into the Rev. 20,15 and be cast into the lake of fire when Jesus comes back

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    “In the same vein, violent revolutionaries such as Mao, Che Guevara, Castro, Lenin, Ho Chi Minh are being worshipped”
    That is rather strange, coming from someone who promotes the JVP. Is Vishwa suggesting that Chiang Kai Shek, Ɓatista, Rasputin or Diem should be worshipped.
    Vishwa dear, get your act together.

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      oc
      I have already told you: Love is Blind.
      The poor sod has to say something to appeal to a voting public which is not quite left oriented these days.

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    “United Nations Organization (UNO) has once again failed.”

    Of course it has failed. As I wrote here a while back, the UN is a business and the USA is the largest donor. If you are a business, you can’t isolate your primary source of funding.

    “A severely tangled issue such as the Arab-Jewish conflict has lasted for many centuries.”

    There are 1 billion Muslims, but they cannot unite together to defeat little Israel. Dig deeper to see why. The average Ashkenazi IQ is 107-115, with Ashkenazim having won 29% of all Nobel Prizes. There is a parallel with Indian Tamil Brahmins. All Indians who won Nobel Prizes in science were Tamil Brahmins. Later on, Periyar agitated against these people, chasing them out of TN. Periyar was the inspiration for Prabhakaran. There are no Tamil Brahmins in SL. Brahmins like Jayalalitha fully rejected the fake freedom struggle, calling the LTTE as terrorists. Ironically, the LTTE learned suicide bombing in PLO training camps. Because of Hamas suicide bombing, there is a strong media bias against the Palestinians.

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      There are Thamizh Brahmins native to Sri Lanka, especially in Jaffna, around 1% of the population, whereas in India they are around 3% of the Thamizh population. Prapakaran was never influenced by Periyar or another Dravidian ideology. This is a lie that is deliberately spread by the Sri Lankan state and Chingkalla racists, to create an anti Eezham Thamizh feeling amongst non Thamizh Indians. He was greatly affected and influenced by what he saw as a child, of a Chingkalla mob in Panadura burning a HIndu temple and burning the Thamizh Brahmin priest alive during the 1958 riots. He was forced to act due to state sponsored Chingkalla marginalization of the island’s Thamizh aided and abetted by Chingkalla racists like you.

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        Prapakaran never discriminated against any Thamizh on the basis of caste (Brahmin or Dalit) or religion. He considered all Thamizh as one, including the Muslim Thamizh until they started to betray the Thamizh and work against them with the Sri Lankan state, especially in the east and parts of north, this is why he was forced to take action against them, especially after the actions of the Muslim home guards, in the east who were heavily armed by the Sri Lankan state. As for Thamizh Nadu it was only after the rule of Dravidian parties ( the DMK and ADMK) the state vastly improved and became a powerhouse. Prior the that the Congress led central government that was full of Brahmins, were discriminating the state and hardly bothered to develop it and gave large amounts of historical and ancient Thamizh lands to the Telugus, Kannada and Malayalis during the state reorganization. Historical Thamizh lands like Nellore, Chitoor, Tirupathi all went to the Telugus, Idukki, Devikulam, Pallakadu, Munnar all which had a Thamizh majority went to Kerala, even Thamizh Kanniakumari and Nagarkoil was first given to Kerala and later due to large scale agitation was merged with Thamizh Nadu again, similarly large parts of Southeast Karnataka up to Bangaluru, which were at the time of linguistic state re organization were given to Karnataka.

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          If you know Thamizh you can see that despite Thamizh Nadu thriving under Dravidian party rule, many of the so-called Dravidian rulers including Periyar( Kannada Naicker) and others were not Thamizh but had a Telugu, Kannada or Malayalam origin and when it came to the crunch to defend Thamizh lands, Thamizh people’s rights (like Karunanidhi, who has a Telugu ancestry, kept mum, when Thamizh were being slaughtered in May 2009) keep mum, with the excuse we are all fellow Dravidians and everything is common Dravidian culture and not Thamizh, which the Kannada, Telugu or Malayalis will never state, on the contrary many Malayalee now try to claim the ancient Cheral Thamizh culture and achievements as being Malayalee. Malayalam language and ethnicity is just a few centuries old and when all this happened, it was Thamizh land. Prapakaran was fully aware of this and so are most Eezham Thamizh and he would never had been inspired by Periyar.

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          The “Eelam” movement strongly parallels the “Dravida Nadu” or DMK movement. In 1940, the South Indian Liberal Federation (Justice Party) passed a resolution demanding a sovereign state of Dravida Nadu. Just like the Sri Lankan Tamils passed a “Vaddukodai Resolution” in 1976. Beginning in 1937 and continuing to the 1960’s, there was an “anti-Hindi agitation” to protest against teaching of Hindi in Madras public schools. The “Sinhala-Only” Act was passed in 1956. In November 1963, DMK dropped demands for secession. With the Indo-Lanka Accord, the LTTE had a similar opportunity to enter politics under a federalist model, but chose not to do so. LTTE chose the path of annihilation rather than surrender.

          Brahmins, are not indigenous to Sri Lanka.

          This is what KP says about DMK:

          “According to KP, the “Dravida Kazhagam, which has been there for 100 years, even after Periyar is gone, is still passing on its ideas to (people like) Prabhakaran, especially anti-Brahminism. Prabhakaran’s idea was to struggle against the Brahmins. Because of this (DK background), Tamil Nadu politicians made a marvelous hero out of Prabhakaran. They compared him to old Tamil Kings, and his colour changed. That’s why he made this blunder against Rajiv Gandhi.”

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            Chingkalla racist living the good life in the UK and enjoying all the freedom and equal opportunity for you and your immigrant family, keep on lying and posting your anti Thamizh garbage. You want the good life for you and all the opportunities that the west has to offer to your Chingkalla immigrant family and runaway there like a rat from your bankrupt genocidal racist paradise but from the safe distance of UK, keep on advocating the marginalization, discrimination and structural genocide of the island’s Thamizh and their ultimate destruction, with your fairy tales. Prapakaran has never uttered any anti Brahmin or anti Dalit statements and his family is instrumental in building many Hindu temples in their native village and elsewhere and he is not responsible for the actions of opportunistic Thamizh Nadu politicians do or what Chingkalla racist like you say too. Yes they worshiped him so much that they kept mum in May 2009 when the Sri Lankan state deliberately killed him his family and slaughtered more than 170000 innocent Thamizh civilians, far more than in Palestine and committed war crimes.

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              The assassination of Rajiv Gandhi has nothing to with what the politicians of Thamizh Nadu thought and every political party in Thamizh Nadu Dravidian or other are very pro India, they may fight against Hindi imposition but will fight for India and now It is not only in Tamil Nadu but even in other non-Hindi speaking states the fight against forcible imposition of Hindi has begun. The people of Thamizh Nadu know that they are far better of in a united India than being separate and there is no need to separate, as they are first class citizens in their own land. They know it the Indian government knows this so all this lies about Dravidian parties anti Indian being anti Brahmin will not work. Jayalalitha was a Thamizh Brahmin, and she was the head of ADMK. So are many other Thamizh Brahmins in high positions. The DMK and ADMK are not anti-Brahmin but against Aryan Brahmin supremist like Choopira Mania Chami, the late Cho and many others, who in the name of Aryanism and Brahminism wanted to keep the 97% non-Brahmin Thamizh eternally under their rule and treat them badly, that they did, until the rule of the Dravidian parties, which broke their stranglehold and developed Thamizh Nadu from a backward poverty stricken state, to India’s second richest state. This is why they hate them. Not all but the Aryan Brahmin supremacists.

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                You do not know the stranglehold they had on Thamizh Nadu, worse than what they yellow pets are having here now. It is because of them that Thamizh Nadu under Congress rule, stagnated and was poor and lost a huge amount of territory, including the Tirupathi temple and water sources to all three neighbouring states.

                Now coming to Rajiv Gandhi he was assassinated for the actions for what we call the Indian Raping and Looting Force did to the innocent Thamizh civilians in the north and east. He was fully aware of what they did and was the head of the armed forces but did not do anything or punish anyone. They arrived here not to keep peace but came as a foreign force to contain the Thamizh and do the dirty work of the Chingkallams, this is why they did not send any Thamizh or other South Indian battalions but deliberately sent Punjabi Sikh and some other north Indian battalions. Many say he deliberately sent these Sikh Battalions here as they were fuming with anger over the anti-Sikh riots and the storming of the Golden Temple, largely by many southern Thamizh regiments. Therefore, at the advice of many anti Thamizh in Delhi he sent them here to vent their revenge on a hapless foreign Thamizh Hindu population and return as heroes.

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            Jester, you and the rest of the Sinhalese racists and hardliners, love to trumpet about the assassination of Rajiv by the LTTE, due to his inaction with regards to the crimes like rape looting and deliberate killing of thousands of Tamil civilians by the so called foreign North Indian Peace keeping force on Eelam Tamil soil. The Eelam Tamils were fighting for their just rights in their own soil and not in Indian soil or Sinhalese areas of the island, so what was the reason for this so-called Peace Keeping force to come here and commit all these atrocities on them in the name of a fake peace? However, you all keep quiet about the failed attempted assassination of Rajiv by a Sinhalese naval cadet. He was treated as a Sinhalese war hero and was just given a slap on the wrist and then later became an member of Parliament for the Rajapakse Slap party, Sonia and her Congress wanted revenge and helped the Rajapaksas to commit war crimes on the Tamils but did not care two hoots about the Sinhalese naval ensign now treated as war hero, for trying to assassinate her husband but failed.

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            You want to know what the Brahmins did to the Tamils, here watch this video of where it explains recorded history of what really happened in once Tamil Chera Nadu, where the North Indian origin Namboothiri arrived and destroyed the local Tamil language and culture and created a new hybrid language called Malayalam a few centuries ago. Whilst in Tamil Nadu the Iyers and Iyengar were having strangle hold on the state until the Dravidian parties broke it and developed the state. To be fair, the Brahmin Iyers and Iyengar never destroyed the Tamil language and culture but despite being casteist had a deep love for the Tamil language and culture and fostered it and contributed greatly to it. The video may be shocking but it is true and recorded history and the so-called Sambandam marriages between a Namboothiri and a Nair woman and a Nair woman forced to having many husbands/lovers a degrading practice and treating them like animals was only banned in the late 1930s but still continued even later up to the 70s. This is how many of the Neirs became very fair.
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzcK_xNrJyk

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      Lester Man,

      Welcome back CT.
      It appears even Covid 19 is scared of you.
      Why?

      “There are 1 billion Muslims, but they cannot unite together to defeat little Israel.”

      The Muslim population is about 1.8 billion and not 1 billion as you claim.

      “The average Ashkenazi IQ is 107-115, with Ashkenazim having won 29% of all Nobel Prizes. “

      Congratulations,
      Are you saying you (Sinhala/Buddhist) too belong to Ashkenazim?

      “All Indians who won Nobel Prizes in science were Tamil Brahmins.”

      1. Har Govind Khurana was not a Tamil nor a Brahmin.
      2. Where did get the idea Venki Ramakrishnan is a Brahmin.

      According to the public racist Anagarika Homeless Dharmapala the Sinhalese are of Aryan race. Therefore are you trying to say Sinhala/Buddhists share their Gene with Ashkenazim and must be clever?

      Pathetic isn’t it?

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        Vedda,

        Maybe now you can understand what a real genocide looks like. SLA only executed the top brass of LTTE and their families. Israel will kill 100 civilians to get to 1 Hamas member. I really like to know the opinion of Frederica Jansz, who left BIA through the main departure & claimed asylum in the USA. USA vetoed the resolution on a ceasefire, how many dozens of Lasanthas were killed as a result. And anonymous HR champion Tissaranee Gunasekera. GOSL under MR rehabilitated Tamils and released 10K LTTE members. While PM of Israel called all Palestinians “human animals.” 6000 Palestinians in jails, many with no charges. GOSL never prevented NGO’s from assisting displaced Tamils. But still EU put sanctions on Sri Lanka and some fake investigation going on at highest levels of UN after the White Lawyers lied about a fake genocide. Buggers are afraid to ask Israel for a ceasefire now.

        ” Har Govind Khurana was not a Tamil nor a Brahmin.”

        He’s the only non-Brahmin.

        “According to the public racist Anagarika Homeless Dharmapala”

        Where was he educated? AIT is Max Mueller.

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      Lester

      “the LTTE learned suicide bombing in PLO training camps.”

      NO. WRONG.

      Hamas. the first Palestinian group that resorted to suicide bombing. carried out its first suicide attack in April 1994. in a bus in Israel.

      On the other hand, the LTTE carried out its first suicide attack, almost Seven years before that in 1987. So. there is NO question of the LTTE learning suicide bombing in PLO camps.

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        Muhandiram

        Several terrorist groups trained together in those camps.

        Prof. PAPE: Well, in the 1980s, the Tamil Tigers were becoming the lead resistance group or independence movement on the island of Sri Lanka. And at this point in time, there was a little bit of, actually, a crossover between the Tamil Tigers and Hezbollah, that famous suicide terrorist group from Lebanon.

        And in 1983, there were actually several Tamil Tiger cadre, just a couple, who were training in some Hezbollah terrorist camps right at the moment that there was that spectacular suicide truck bombing of the U.S. Marines in Beirut that killed 241 Marines and that led Ronald Reagan, just a few months later, to pull all the U.S. troops out of Beirut.

        Well, a few years later, the head of the Tamil Tigers, Prabhakaran, decided to try to model an attack just after the Beirut suicide truck assassination. And in July 1987, the very first Tamil Tiger suicide attack occurred when a person by the name of Captain Miller drove a truck into a barracks of Sinhalese army troops who were sleeping…

        https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=104391493

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        Hello Muhandiram,

        No it was in Lebanon :-
        “The first large suicide bombing campaign after the Second World War occurred in the 1980s, during the Israeli occupation of Lebanon. The largest bombings happened on 23 October 1983, when a truck was driven into a US Marine base in Lebanon, using 2,000 pounds of explosives. The bomber killed himself, along with 241 military personnel. Seconds later, another bomber struck the operations building of French paratroopers and killed 58 more.

        These bombings were blamed on Shiite militant groups supported by Iran. They eventually became the militant group Hezbollah. They went on to be responsible for a series of around 20 suicide attacks directed at the Israeli and Lebanese armies in the 1980s.”
        https://aoav.org.uk/2020/a-short-history-of-suicide-bombings/
        By the way British soldiers also blew themselves up, killing may of the opposing forces during the Indian Mutiny (1st War of Independence) in the 1850s
        Best Regards

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        Muhandiram,

        You are correct that LTTE did not learn suicide bombing in PLO training camps. However, the first Palestinian suicide bombing was by Islamic Jihad in 1989.

        “The Tel Aviv–Jerusalem bus 405 attack (Hebrew: הפיגוע בקו 405) was a suicide attack which occurred on 6 July 1989, during the First Intifada, and was carried out by Abd al-Hadi Ghanim of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.”

        In any case, this is a minor point. The main point is that LTTE lost all legitimacy after suicide bombing. Diaspora spent millions on lobbying, but after 11/9/2001, there was a global effort to combat terrorism. Like I said, LTTE should have settled for federalism when the IPKF came, but VP was a fascist maniac who had been brainwashed by Periyar and others.

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    I loved every bit of the characterisation of the current conflict in the Middle East by the author in his above essay until I come to the point where he elevate India’s conduct in managing its internal affairs to a height that may not justify the reality on the ground.
    .
    This is the relevant excerpt: “China is an authoritarian State while India is the largest democracy in the world. The way and fashion in which India has been managing her internal political affairs, seem to be the greatest example one could name as a beacon to the third world. With a plethora of various communities, diverse religions, hundreds of castes and ethnic groupings, India has survived the occasional onslaught of religious and racial clashes and resultant skirmishes. And all signs are that India has matured to greatness beyond one’s challenging arguments and criticisms.”
    .
    I invite the author and anyone else interested, to read the below linked transcrpit of the speech made by Arundhathi Roy on accepting, the 45th European Essay Prize on September 12, titled “The dismantling of democracy in India will affect the whole world”, which is starkly at odds with, Vishwamithra’s opinion stated.
    .
    https://scroll.in/article/1055943/arundhati-roy-the-dismantling-of-democracy-in-india-will-affect-the-whole-world
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    To be continued below…

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      Continued from above…

      Here’s the link again in case it doesn’t make the word limit set by the comment management system:
      .
      https://scroll.in/article/1055943/arundhati-roy-the-dismantling-of-democracy-in-india-will-affect-the-whole-world
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      For speaking and being critical of what’s going on in India, Ms. Roy is now being prosecuted by the state and is charged with sedition.
      .
      https://www.dw.com/en/india-prize-winning-author-arundhati-roy-faces-prosecution/a-59911015
      .
      India sure has its strengths, but to portray its conduct as exemplary, obscures many realities on the ground to the contrary.

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        Even Rahul Gandhi was prosecuted and sentenced for a rather trivial comment. But he won his appeal
        The list of people persecuted for suspected Naxailte allegiance is very long.

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          “India is ranked 161 out of 180 countries in the Reporters Without Borders’ Press Freedom Index..”
          .
          Says it all, what a great democracy India is.

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          No one needs license to criticise anything they deem worthy of criticism. That should apply to Arundhathi Roy too. It’s called freedom of expression – which apparently is threatened in India going by the fate Ms. Roy is facing.
          .
          The relavance of Roy’s views on India here is that it portrays quite a different picture of India than what the author Vishwamithra has attempted to paint.
          .
          How the reality differs from his characterisation of India as “…a beacon of the third world”, and a democracy that “…has matured to greatness”.
          .
          It is not an endorsement of Roy’s views or positions she is taking on matters of India. Coming from a person born and lived in India her views has some validity on the ground situation prevailing in India.
          .
          I am at a loss as to why anybody would consider it as an attempt to brain wash.
          .
          Unless they live in constant fear of being brain washed by views and opinions that are not aligned with theirs and hence are not tolerant of contexts that allows pluralistic view points.
          .
          May also be a result of weakness of views they themselves hold that they need them defended even when they are not challenged.

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      “The way and fashion in which India has been managing her internal political affairs, seem to be the greatest example one could name as a beacon to the third world.”
      Do the Muslims north of the Deccan, Kashmiris and Dalits have a say in the subject?
      For Arundathi Roy to say what she said, democratic institutions had received severe blows under the BJP. Also she is well aware of the denial of democracy to the socially deprived populations.
      How great is India’s HR record?
      *
      Before pronouncing any state (like China, Cuba, Nicaragua, Venezuela etc.) as authoritarian, one should know the kind of representative government there is. We do not want to hear anything outside what we are told by hostile media on any matter in certain countries.
      We know of money-driven ballot box democracies and have no interest in participatory democracies.

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        SJ,
        .
        “And all signs are that India has matured to greatness beyond one’s challenging arguments and criticisms.”
        .
        Author either isn’t aware of what’s going on in India or heavily biased in promoting India in a positive light.
        .
        “India is ranked 161 out of 180 countries in the Reporters Without Borders’ Press Freedom Index,”
        .

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          I now have serious doubts about his intellectual honesty.
          Initially I used to think that the errors in his comments were due to haste.

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            Everyone has their prejudices but one must strive to overcome them – but this author seems to succumb to them instead.

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        Does somebody think Arundathi Roy has license to criticize BJP?
        Then I want to say she has a license to talk about the Rowdy Royal SLFP-UNP gang too.
        “In an opinion piece in The Guardian, Roy pleaded for international attention to what she called a possible government-sponsored genocide of Tamils in Sri Lanka. She cited reports of camps into which Tamils were being herded as part of what she called “a brazen, openly racist war”. She also said that the “Government of Sri Lanka is on the verge of committing what could end up being genocide” and described the Sri Lankan IDP camps where Tamil civilians are being held as concentration camps.The Sri Lankan writer Ruvani Freeman called Roy’s remarks “ill-informed and hypocritical” and criticized her for “whitewashing the atrocities of the LTTE”. Roy has said of such accusations: “I cannot admire those whose vision can only accommodate justice for their own and not for everybody. However, I do believe that the LTTE and its fetish for violence was cultured in the crucible of monstrous, racist, injustice that the Sri Lankan government and to a great extent Sinhala society visited on the Tamil people for decades”. Well answered!
        There are Zillions of books to read. The Appe Aanduwa propagandists repeatedly bring something they used to brainwash them and insist that we be brainwashed by the same material.

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          No one needs license to criticise anything they deem worthy of criticism. That should apply to Arundhathi Roy too. It’s called freedom of expression – which apparently is threatened in India going by the fate Ms. Roy is facing.
          .
          The relavance of Roy’s views on India here is that it portrays quite a different picture of India than what the author Vishwamithra has attempted to paint.
          .
          How the reality differs from his characterisation of India as “…a beacon of the third world”, and a democracy that “…has matured to greatness”.
          .
          It is not an endorsement of Roy’s views or positions she is taking on matters of India. Coming from a person born and lived in India her views has some validity on the ground situation prevailing in India.
          .
          I am at a loss as to why anybody would consider it as an attempt to brain wash.
          .
          Unless they live in constant fear of being brain washed by views and opinions that are not aligned with theirs and hence are not tolerant of contexts that allows pluralistic view points.
          .
          May also be a result of weakness of views they themselves hold that they need them defended even when they are not challenged.

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            R
            You have yet to learn.
            Some are immune to rational argument.

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              SJ – seems so.

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          There are Zillions of books to read.
          It will be good to read a few good ones.

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    ” Mao, Che Guevara, Castro, Lenin, Ho Chi Minh are being hero-worshiped as sociopolitical luminaries par excellence.”
    Let us think why.
    They did something to pull their countries out of foreign domination. social oppression and economic backwardness.
    It will be good to think of the Japanese occupation and the corrupt Chiang Kai-Shek regime; Batista’s days; the Tsarist rule; and French colonial rule and US invasion to back an oppressive Saigon regime (Ngô Đình Diệm followed by military governments).
    *
    Is not the author a little more flippant than usual?
    He can try important black thinkers like Kwame Nkrumah, Frantz Fanon and Amilcar Cabral if the works of the hero-worshipped ones is heavy going.

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    What is happening to Palestinians today is tragic. If there is a hell, this is it. They are caught between the devil & the deep sea, just like the Tamils in Jaffna a few years ago. Tamils in Jaffna, maybe some have been brainwashed, but they were all under the iron fist of the LTTE, while the SL military was not too sympathetic either. Looting & rape, even indiscriminate murder, committed by the forces were common knowledge. How many stood up for the average helpless Tamil? Afterall, they were either terrorists themselves or sympathisers, so deserved what they got. So I wonder how the rest of the country thought if the LTTE attacked a border village & took hostages, including women & children. No doubt, we would have been outraged & expect the Military to use full force to free the hostages & teach the terrorists a lesson.
    However, our focus now seem to be only on the plight of the Palestinians with hardly any mention of captive hostages, nor the condemnation of Hamas atrocities. I do not condone Israel attacks, just contemplating the hypocrisy of some of those now shedding tears for the poor Palestinians.

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      Raj- UK,
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      How come you don’t harbour stronger sentiments against the Sri Lankan government for alleged war crimes they have committed against Tamils, like some others who frequent this place?

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        He may not be a Tamil.

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          The thought did cross my mind. But for some reason I thought he might be..

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    I thought I should first post my second comment. And then the other one.
    The IDF has killed three Israeli hostages “by mistake” in Gaza which prompted the egoist Israel War Cabinet to approve resume ceasefire talks in Qatar. Or, is it the other way?
    Hamas has already said that they would not exchange hostages without a permanent ceasefire in the Gaza Strip. Based on that, I have outlined the following conditions in support of voiceless Palestinians for a permanent ceasefire in Gaza:-
    1. The IDF should COMPLETELY withdraw from the Gaza Strip so that 2.2 million besieged Palestinians will no longer be subjected to Israeli “indiscriminate bombardment” (copied from Mr. Biden).
    2. The Gaza Strip should return to normalcy which means 500 aid trucks should enter Gaza on a daily basis.
    3. Israel should agree to a “two-State solution” based on the same 1948 UN Resolution that established the State of Israel in Palestine.
    4. I understand all civilian women and child hostages who were under Hamas captivity have been released. If not, the remaining ones should be released first, and dead bodies, if any, should be handed over to the Red Cross.
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      5. Next, exchange of hostages.
      First, some background.
      a) How many Palestinian hostages/political prisoners are in Israeli jails? This is what I managed to find.
      5,000 by 10 July, 2023 (source: OHCHR)
      10,000 by 21 October, 2023 (source: Aljazeera)
      *13,000 by 24 October, 2023 (source: OHCHR)
      10,000 by 27 October, 2023 (source: “TRUTHOUT” NGO)
      6,000 by 2 November, 2023 (source: Jerusalem Post)
      8,300 by 24 November, 2023 (source: CNN)
      7,000 by 29 November, 2023 (source: HRW)
      7,400 by 1 December, 2023 (source: Wall Street Journal)
      .
      I don’t have the exact number by 15 December, 2023. I believe, with the 900 Palestinians recently arrested in Northern Gaza (source: Geneva-based Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor), at present, there should be between 20,000 and 22,000 Palestinian hostages/political prisoners in Israeli jails.
      b)
      2/4

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        5. b) How many Palestinian CHILD hostages are in Israeli jails as of 15 December, 2023?
        According to “Defense for Children International (Palestine)”, each year, approximately 500-700 Palestinian children, some as young as 12 years old, are detained and prosecuted in the Israeli military court system. The most common charge is “stone throwing”.
        Since 2000, at least 13,000 Palestinian children have been arbitrarily detained, interrogated, tried in military courts and imprisoned in Israeli jails (source: OHCHR 24 October, 2023)
        Again, I don’t have the exact number of Palestinian child hostages in Israeli jails.
        Palestinian children are the ONLY CHILDREN IN THE WORLD who are blindfolded, tied their hands behind their backs, subjected to strip search, beaten and detained by the “military” and tried in “military courts”.
        I feel very sad and hard-hearted at the same time whenever I think about the Palestinian children who were besieged, wounded and killed, and others who were detained by the Israeli apartheid regime.
        3/4

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          6. Before exchanging hostages, Israel should COMPLETELY stop arbitrary arrests in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
          7. Hamas should first start releasing Israeli military hostages ONE AT A TIME so that the Qatari/Egyptian Ceasefire Monitoring Mission can intervene if there are any violations of the Ceasefire Agreement.
          7. The first Israeli military hostage in Hamas captivity should be swapped for ALL PALESTINIAN CHILD HOSTAGES in Israeli jails. I repeat, ALL.
          8. The second Israeli military hostage should be exchanged for ALL PALESTINIAN WOMEN HOSTAGES in Israeli jails. ALL.
          9. After that, every Israeli military soldier should be swapped for 2,000 Palestinian hostages/political prisoners in Israeli jails until all Palestinians in Israeli jails are released.
          A Palestinian child who was recently released has told the media that Israeli jail guards make Palestinians sleep on the bare prison floor, even the old people, and walk over their bodies.
          Hamas should exchange Israeli military hostages ONE AT A TIME until all Palestinians suffering in harrowing Israeli prisons are released.
          10. Then, the rest of the Israeli military hostages can be released as appropriate.
          4/4

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            You are a real “fake” Champawati. You never want to accept anything the Rowdy Appe Aanduwa is doing. Just because you are an anti-American & Lemon Puff’s propagandist, you are blaming Israel. Today, every country in the world is refusing to cooperate with Langkang. Even China refused to give them a debt reduction agreement. This China is the Langkang war criminals so earnestly counting for UN Vetro. You cheap fellows have already handed over a part of the country to China for UN veto, but you are criticizing America doing that for Israel on a friendship account. 1/3 of your people have nothing to eat. Central Bank comedian Nandalala said if they were not receiving the 2nd tranche, the country cannot be saved. After seeing these only America directed the IMF to give loans without DDA. You oppose America for standing with Israel, but it is the one standing with you for your loan too. Can you call this just “Shame”? You had 300,000-women, children, and others in Mullivaikkal internment camps claiming they were LTTEyers. All international social service agencies were kept out of the Internment camps. The only people allowed into those camps were PLOT, Paramilitaries and Rasizk Kulu like spies, to identify any boys and girls (fake-ly) as LTTEyers.

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          Champa,

          “I feel very sad and hard-hearted at the same time whenever I think about the Palestinian children who were besieged, wounded and killed, and others who were detained by the Israeli apartheid regime.”

          True, but Sri Lanka should remain neutral at the UN. Neutral = abstain. Without Israeli weapons, it’s unlikely the military would have achieved success in 2009.

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            Lester
            Of course not. Sri Lanka, being a former settler colony, should never take the side of the oppressor.
            Without Israeli weapons, LTTE might not have survived that long – until 2009. Do you know which country sold missiles to the military and anti-missiles to terrorists?

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              Champa,

              As far as I know, Israel did not sell weapons to the LTTE. Due to the good efforts of Lakshman K and others, LTTE were a banned terrorist outfit in all Western countries. LTTE would have smuggled their weapons through black markets in Ukraine, Pakistan, and Africa. Israel sold drones, boats, guns, ammunition, artillery, helicopters, and jets to Sri Lanka. Terrorist S.P. Thamilselvan was killed in a drone attack. After that, the LTTE built big bunkers to hide the Fat Pig leader. Drones are critical for gathering intelligence. Without this, you have big disasters like Elephant Pass, Kilinochi during the CBK time. The boats which Israel sold to Sri Lanka, like Dvora, helped to create a blockade around the northern peninsula. Terror leaders could not escape to India, as in the past. The jets and helicopters are necessary to support the infantry (ground forces).

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      Champa, Your desire for a permanent ceasefire in Gaza will never happen. Whatever Hamas says, their aim is to drive Israel into the sea and that too will never happen. Only once before did PM Ariel Sharon leave Gaza and he died in a vegetative state 2006 to 2014. There will be no 2 state solution as reestablished Jerusalem and Israel back in their own land in 1948 was final. Israel existed from time of Abraham and called so as Jacob his grandson had a name change to Israel and its 12 tribes and so called by the creator God according to his plan. That plan includes a return of the living Jesus back to Jerusalem which palestinians will oppose if they are in Jerusalem. Zech.12,3 states Jerusalem will be a heavy stone for those who oppose it.

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        davidthegood
        Of course, there will be a permanent ceasefire in the Gaza Strip. I wish that would happen. How? There is one final way. It just occurred to me last week. I have no intention to write about it. But, sometimes, your thoughts are more powerful than your words.
        Israeli intention is to forcibly displaced Palestinians from their land. There are around 500,000 Zionist settler colonists already in Palestine’s West Bank and another 300,000 in Palestine’s East Jerusalem.
        I don’t have access to Hamas websites. If you have, please quote and show me that “their aim is to drive Israel into the sea”.
        Israel didn’t have land. If they had, they needed not to wait until a UN Resolution was adopted in 1948 partitioning the Palestine land. Palestinians were not consulted for partitioning. When the British left British-Palestine, they should have returned Palestine to Palestinians. Instead, they partitioned it, allocating the most fertile portion of the land to Jews.
        Contd’……

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          When the British settler colonists finally left Buddhist Ceylon in 1948, the same year they left Palestine, migrant Tamils unsuccessfully tried to get a 50/50 representation in the native Sinhalese land.
          The British left Buddhist Ceylon after handing over the country to “minority English speaking Sinhalese Colonial Christian elites”. Since then, they hold political power in Sri Lanka economically depriving the majority Sinhalese Buddhists in rural areas and suppressing the majority speaking Sinhala language.
          But, why did the British partition Arab Palestine in the same year they left Buddhist Ceylon?
          (I wrote this in October.) It is because there was an organization called British-Zionist Federation operating from Great Britain and Ireland since 1899 which campaigned for a Jewish homeland (in Great Britain). After conquering Palestine in 1917, the British introduced two mandates, one for Palestine and the other for the British-Zionists to establish a homeland for Jewish in Palestine (presumably to get rid of Zionists from Great Britain). This is the reason for the British Balfour Declaration in 1917. Since then, there were continual Zionist/Jewish migration to Palestine, and, as a result, hostilities began between Arabs and Zionists. In 1947, the British handed over the complex problem they deliberately created in Palestine to the United Nations.

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      Champa, Palestine was the name given to Israel when Titus destroyed the second Jerusalem jewish temple and called the land Palestine as a mockery of word philistine their enemies in gaza. Before that there was no land called palestine. Israel existed long before that from the time of Abraham whose grandson Jacob had a name change to Israel.

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        Before that there was no land called palestine. .True,
        .*
        There was no land called Israel for nearly two millennia.
        Was it ever a state?
        It was at best a province of a colonial power.
        Then it was dug out of the dustbin of history to the woe of mankind.

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    This money to waste on Rapists Army was coming from deficit, loan Budgets. At the same time, not even international agencies are allowed to supply Food for people in the internment camps. Do not think you can hide this forever. A Tamil donkey named Suren Surendran seems to work with Evil to form a TRO and force Tamils to witness against Tamils in order get guaranty for the safety of their families from Rapist Army. Be assured, Diaspora Organizations are not going give up Evil’s technologies that easily. Israelis are not worthless donkeys to strain deficit budget money for Armies’ free sex. Israelis too can make mistakes. They shot three of their own. (I don’t know if Hamas released them at a critical time and threatened to shoot them if they did not run to the Israeli Army in a precarious situation, but the fact now is three are dead. There are many Hamas suspects in Israel custody. Any exchanges were exchanged using UN procedure by Israelis. Others are in safe custody, still in prisons. But Hamas playing so many dirty tricks to pretend that they have all hostages alive; they know if they fail, Israel will wipe out Hamas in matter of a seconds.

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    Anybody with Israeli army is a genuine suspect or confirmed criminal. Israeli is not trying keep Palestinian girls, like Rapist Army kept Tamils for their sex or ISIS kept Yazidi children for sex slavery. In one of the JR’s prisoners’ riots, he killed as much as 52 Tamils prisoners. They even plucked Kutti Mani & Thangathurai’s eyes before torture and killing them. Nothing like that yet to happen in Israel prisons. Israel has been lavishly giving out some time 1:10 prisoners to hostage for swap. America is the only one that has the ability to put pressure on Israel; they are doing it in a responsible manner, that is, anything they do should not end up Israel losing to Hamas, at the same time Palestinians get enough help from the outside world. You are writing a lot of filthy garbage on that hoping if you could wedge between those two countries and break them apart. What a petty, childish mind the Sinhala Intellectuals have! The Sinhala Intellectuals are the worst faithless group in the world. After Kadirgamar gave his life and got help from India, America & 32 other nations, your people isolated him and created a path for LTTE to go to his compound and shoot him. Do Israel doing things like these, never heard in human history?

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      Hello Mallaiyuran
      The Israeli propensity for terrorism goes back a long way.See the link below on the Irgun and the Stern Gang
      https://www.ojp.gov/ncjrs/virtual-library/abstracts/terror-out-zion-irgun-zvai-leumi-lehi-and-palestine-underground
      Even in the 1970s UK I had direct experience of the hatred inculcated in the Israeli people towards the Palestinians. I was chased around the decks of a Diving Ship by an irate Israeli diver. He was huge and was trying to throw me overboard for expressing sympathy for the Palestinian refugees. I eventually calmed him down and we talked about why he was so incensed.
      What is being done in Gaza is not unusual for Israel, only more concentrated. You have to look at the history and try not to believe everything the Israeli Government says.
      Best Regards

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    If the author could elaborate on the following extract of his essay, I think he could have done more justice to his title: “Dark Money Dominates Hamas/Israel War.”
    .
    “Yet no party, neither the Democrats nor the Republicans, is providing a peaceful exit; their fundraising is totally dependent upon their cohabitation with the gloomy merchants of international money, of men and women who really weave the political fabric of the USA. When money in real expendable cash is spent enormously on arms and ammunition, automatic and semi-automatic weapons and fast and furious war planes and helicopters, the picture is getting much more blurry than one could decipher.”
    .
    It’s not just Hamas/Israel war that is dominated by dark money, almost all wars are. And the wars dominate the world order. Therefore the world order is dominated by dark money.
    .
    Something perhaps the author Vishwamithra should pay a little attention.
    .
    Who are these gloomy merchants of international money?
    .
    How have they accumulated their wealth and their impact on the world at large including wars.
    .
    Armed by their wealth among other things, how do they influence the decisions that impact the world?
    .
    Who are their allies and who facilitate their crimes?
    .
    All are questions worth answering.

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      R
      I suspect that he picked up the term Dark Money somewhere but has little idea of what Dark Money means.
      It is an American term defined as “funds raised for the purpose of influencing elections by non-profit organizations that are not required to disclose the identities of their donors.”

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        SJ – That’s informative. I did notice above you have recommended a book on the same subject. Despite the title the body of the essay doesn’t deal much with the topic of dark money.

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          R
          He is conning a little too often.

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        SJ,

        It doesn’t need to be specific to elections. Dark = Opaque. A pool of money without a clear source of origin. It might come from Jewish and non-Jewish US-based billionaires, Russian oligarchs, or even Middle Eastern monarchs.

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          A
          The term came up in the context of elections in the US,
          Check it out.

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            In politics, particularly the politics of the United States, dark money refers to spending to influence elections, public policy, and political discourse, where the source of the money is not disclosed to the public. (Wikipedia)
            I hope that it helps.

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              SJ,

              Beyond politics, I have seen the term used in the context of trading and investments in stock markets, donations to universities, etc. That was my point.

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    Oh my word! Strange things are happening. A random car collided into a parked secret service vehicle in Mr. Joe Biden’s motorcade in his hometown in Delaware.
    How could a random car drive that close to the US President? He was only a few feet away! It was a serious security lapse on the part of Mr. Biden’s security detail which is known to be the best in the world.
    The driver of the random car is not at fault. It was a mistake and the CIA boss should “hug” the driver and thank him for highlighting one of the worst security breaches involving a US President. That is not all.
    Mr. Biden was walking to a car, heard the collusion and stood right there watching the accident. It took some time, actually a pretty long time, for his security personnel to get him into a car and drive him off for safety. I couldn’t believe what I saw. I don’t know who is in charge of the US President’s security, but the security officers attached to Mr. Biden’s security detail are so untrained, dim-witted and clueless.
    Sri Lanka’s PSD is hundred times more professional, quick-witted and vigilant than the US President’s security detail.

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    Hope my comment is not too late. This is for Hamas, President of the Palestine Authority and all other political parties in the Gaza Strip, West Bank and East Jerusalem. I am talking on behalf of Palestinian children, women, elderly, sick people and men.
    Please DO NOT AGREE to a one week pause-fire. In one of my previous comments, I highlighted the conditions. Do not trust the US officials. They say a lot for optics but their true intention is different and it may end up Palestine completely losing the remaining land. They are now slowly changing the tune.
    Tens of Palestinians have sacrificed their lives to protect Palestine land. Your ancestors are also watching. Do not give in. Your land is the Holy Land mentioned in religious scriptures. It belonged to you. The Holy Land is soaked with too much Palestinian blood which is unacceptable. Where is/are your God/God’s? Trust me they do exist. I know them. Your people are being killed by evil, dying from starvation and going through untold miseries. This should be the last time for such evilness. The world is weeping for you. There should be a change of events. May the blessings of the empathetic universe shower upon Palestine!!!

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      Tens of thousands of Palestinians have sacrificed their lives to protect Palestine land.

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