17 January, 2021

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Did The European Court Of Justice Slip Mahinda A Trump Card?

By Malinda Seneviratne – 

Malinda Seneviratne

Malinda Seneviratne

Here’s the ‘word on the street’ or rather ‘word on the walls’ on Saturday October 18, 2014: ‘යුරෝපා සංගමය LTTE තහනම ඉවත් කරයි…රනිල් යුරෝපයෙන් වැඩ අරඹයි’ (The EU lifts LTTE ban – Ranil embarks (on campaign) from Europe).’

It is a neat juxtaposition. The first part is true in part. The European Court of Justice (ECJ) annulled the EU regulations proscribing the LTTE but did so with an important rider, ‘on fundamentally procedural grounds’ with the decision ‘not implying any substantive assessment of the question of the classification of the LTTE as a terrorist group’.  The said measures annulled, moreover, will remain temporarily ‘to ensure effectiveness of any possible future freezing of funds’.  ‘Ban lifted’ is a fair claim but one which without details. Furthermore, ECJ is not European Union (EU), after all the decision went against an EU body, the Council and Commission of the EU.

The second part is pure conjecture. There’s absolutely no evidence that Ranil did or said anything that could have moved the relevant judges. Indeed, if that was the case it indicates considerable political and intellectual weight which makes his abysmal performance on all fronts here in Sri Lanka hard to understand. What impact other less visible moves by the movers and shakers of this world had on this decision we do not know but it is certainly not profitable to indulge in conjecture about such machinations.

Mahinda-GotabhayaNow it is true that Ranil and the UNP have always been the darlings of the West, in particular the USA. It is also true that the USA and EU have been particularly pernicious in their dealings with Sri Lanka for reasons that have more to do with Sri Lanka having a leader who is not pliant enough to their liking. These countries and their official and unofficial agents have been very cosy with big names in the UNP as well as those in the NGO sector that focus on human rights, good governance etc., again notorious for regime-hatred and for this and other reasons quite partial to the LTTE.

So although it’s quite a stretch to link Ranil to the ECJ decision the line resonates well with entrenched perceptions about Ranil, the West and the LTTE.  What are these perceptions? It has many parts. There is the perception that only Mahinda Rajapaksa (with Gotabaya Rajapaksa of course) can preserve the hard won victory over the LTTE. This has much to do with their role in that victory as the track record of the Ranil-led UNP. The Ceasefire Agreement, the Millennium City betrayal, hobnobbing with federalists who spared no pains to undermine the military offensive against the LTTE etc. gives credence to this view.

If victory is to be preserved, furthermore, it is perceived by many that the LTTE should remain a non-factor. EU/USA salutation of lies spewed by pro-LTTE is also seen as something that does not help. These countries have been comfortable in echoing the devolution demands of pro-LTTE and pro-Eelam elements which, in the post-Prabhakaran reduced-circumstances they find themselves in, take the form of exacting police and land powers.

More than all of this is the terrible memory of LTTE-terror. Any association with any process that indicates even an outside chance of an LTTE resurgence in even the mildest form can worry an electorate that has suffered three decades at the hands of terrorism.  It is a worry that the ruling party can and will play on. All the more reason for Ranil, the UNP and the rest of the Opposition to make a clear break from the past ideologically and politically and make that break stick in the minds of the voter.

The fact is that one of the biggest mind-blocks for the floating voter is the UNP’s flirtation with federalism and federalists, widely seen as gentrified name boards for Separatism and Eelamists respectively.

People can and will ask, ‘how about the merger of the North and East, how about police powers and how about land powers?’  They will add, ‘Why should we believe them?’ They will think, ‘Their masters in the West will dictate the solution to them and it will be 13+/federal.’

Thus, even though ‘preservation of hard won victory’ is no license to be corrupt and dictatorial or justify giving the finger to ‘Law and Order,’ the perception of politicians in general as being opportunists and corrupt (the UNP was not a Party of Saints while in power and the JVP too has a bloody history) is enough to see ‘no difference’ or ‘insignificant difference’ with the regime. Not enough to oust this other perception about ‘victory’.

There’s only so much political fuel that ‘victory’ can make. The ruling party has all but exhausted victory-credit. The ECJ decision, the way it is read and marketed, and politically linking the UNP to the decision however amounts to a ‘reload’ of the victory credit card.  The UNP and its leader have to come out strong on the implications of the ECJ decision on prospects for peace and reconciliation in Sri Lanka. It will take some convincing of course to show that the decision is not as dark as it is or will be made out to be and that’s because of the UNP’s flirtation-history.

As things stand, no one can bet on anyone to do or not do anything. Can we believe the Rajapaksas, one can ask. What is the guarantee that the Rajapaksas will remove the 13th (if that’s what is ideal)?  The answer would be ‘We can have more faith in them than a Ranil-led UNP in this regard’.

Someone might say, ‘the Rajapaksas have tested the people’s patience,

I think the rajapaksas have tested the people’s patience, they insult the people, there’s anarchy, no law and order’ and add to that list of woes. The tragedy is that such objections can and will be met with something like, ‘True, but not new to Sri Lanka – wasn’t great either under the UNP’.  That’s never excuse enough, but when picking between two bad apples, there are certain kinds of badness that gives out a foul odor – in this instance the greater perceived likelihood of an LTTE resurgence.

What’s come out of Europe is a trump card. It’s one that has been given to Mahinda Rajapaksa because he, more than Ranil, is seen as preserver of sovereignty, defender of territorial integrity, objector to federalism and crippler of separatists.

Dayan Jayatilleka recently wrote, ‘Defeating a war winning President against the backdrop of a growing economy would be a tall order in any society.’  Add this ‘EU Gift’ and it could be a no-contest unless Ranil and the UNP make a believable case for ‘changing of ways’.

*Malinda Seneviratne is the Chief Editor of ‘The Nation’ and his articles can be found at www.malindawords.blogspot.com

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    Now we can see why the ‘former’ LTTE-cum-‘human rights activists’ have been fighting so hard against the anti terrorism measures Sri Lanka has in place – the LTTE is alive and well, but has no chance to rear its ugly head in the country as long as the military remains strong, the HSZs stay where they are and the PTA is in effect :D If anything it’s time these were strengthened in light of the latest revelations :D

    Looks like Mahinda’s ‘paranoia’ wasn’t paranoia after all :D

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      Wee Thamizh D: Siva Sankaran Sarma Menon

      “the LTTE is alive and well, but has no chance to rear its ugly head in the country as long as the military remains strong, the HSZs stay where they are and the PTA is in effect :D If anything it’s time these were strengthened in light of the latest revelations :D”

      Jolly good idea.

      In addition to the above measures you need to strengthen the armed forces, recruit all twenty million including Grandmas & Grandpas arm them with drones, cruise missiles, intercontinental ballistic missiles, nuclear and biological weapons or Saddamed weapons of mass destruction, bunker busters, brahmastra, war elephants (Indian Tanks), cavalry, sling, spear men, swords, chay yang dau, sudarshana chakra, kaumodaki gada or gathayutha,trident, sting bomb, nunchaku, knight armour, bows and arrows, light saber, catapult,…… etc.

      You are destined to make loads of money if you appoint yourself as the middleman, agent, consultant, defence analyst, ….. in the politics of fear or by scaremongering.

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      .
      What Malinda says is an insult to the Sinhalese voters.

      :-)

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      “Did The European Court Of Justice Slip Mahinda A Trump Card?”

      Yes, they did, for when Mahinda becomes president again he will be a sitting duck like Saddam Husein during his last term of office.

      Mahinda is chicken feed for the West if you think about it!

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        PS.

        Hitler and Saddam Husein won their last ‘elections’ too before their great fall!

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          Not only Hitler and Saddam Hussein, but also Pol Pot, Idi Amin, Chaucescu, Stalin, Slobodan Milosovic. Mahinda Rajapakse could be the exception to lose and be hauled to Hague.

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      MALINDAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!and
      unpatriotic, Paid To do Apply Mud, Siva Sankara.

      You all will get not only Lap tops, As there are Pimps,
      they will give you Many things on LAPS to Enjoy for you all
      SEE THIS”””””!!!!!!!???????.
      there are words on the walls And Streets!!!!!!?????????.

      ” Daen MA RA YA Weada Arambai”.

      Jarapassa Ma Raya Supported and arranged to LTTE proscription is to be withdrawn???.
      AS the Jarapassa, Hothmbayya and clan to Use K P for withdrawal of Billion of Dollars from E U banks???.

      KE PEE KNOWS ALL THE BANKS HIDDEN ACCOUNTS AND PASS WORDS FOR HIDDEN ACCOUNTS.

      KOHOMADA WEADE, HOW IS THE WEDGE????.

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      David aka Siva Sankara Sarma,

      Have you finished counting the dead soldiers for the period Jan 2007 to May 2009 in the famous Propaganda War, where this wheeler dealer MR is supposed to have defeated the LTTE? Can you reveal the numbers with their name, rank and private addresses for a cross check?

      The day the above statistics are revealed to the public, all can understand the hoax of a War and how the LTTE members with their families men women and children were massacred when they tried to surrender, promising a way out, where only KP, Daya Master and crowd of the LTTE benefited.

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        Dear Gamnini,
        all in all now will CT readership will realized all what you have been posting on MR’s war related untold stories are but the truth. Baby kissing teeny cuddling MR is not an honest person but an actor as none of us knew before. Come ahead of us lot more to reveal.

        This particular cockless David aka sankara sarma and the like are already made naked.

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      You should be number one dumbass to see it in that way. We the average people of the island are perfectly clear that there is no progress in the human rights by the current regime. Alone the women being beaten on day light is on a rise in the rajapakshe world. Most of them are close to Rajaapkshes. High commissioners or law bound ones are attacked physically and verbally whereever they think they are to promote those acitvieis. Parliamentarians are assualted by every means if they would go against them. Not forgetting most virulent of their sorta now turning to other side – none other that the mervin the vermin reveals their nature step by step today. There is no place to any good politician to open their voices today. Fears of all kind are part of the life of srilanken thanking to MR and his brutal adminsitration though his term ended the war fought against the ltters.

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      This I found now while searching for the bits of DB.
      [Edited out]

      CT readership: please be awaware of this man SSS is former DAVID B – now he has lost almost life and naked to this day

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        who cares if he is black or white ? as from ur own name, are we to assume u r the actual Sun ? why are u so angry ?

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        The truth is always very painful for the LTTE Thamizh [Edited out] :D

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          Wee Thamizh D:Siva Sankaran Sarma Menon

          “The truth is always very painful for the LTTE Thamizh [Edited out] :D”

          Please, please, please complete your sentence, you can sob later.

          Day by day you are turning into an enlightened guru, more like Brian.

          Watch this clip from “Life of Brian”

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krb2OdQksMc

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    This new twist is not news-worthy, if lANKAWEBNEWS is correct as
    below: Based on this disclosure, MR could easily get 80%, on the same
    basis as Mugabes 99% and Myanmmar 90%. We Lankans had it !

    “SLFP national organizer Basil Rajapaksa addressed the meeting after him, and said the presidential election would be held soon, and described how it would be won. The SLFP electoral organizers, in a crestfallen manner, listened to his speech and did not applaude him. After his speech, the president asked the electoral organizers to express their views. For about 15 minutes, they remained silent, and an angry president asked, “What the hell? What for this meeting was convened?”

    Waiting for about 20 minutes, he began his speech in a very angry tone, and said, “Some say about computer jilmarts now. They say about using state powers. I know how to win by anyhow. I have more experience than anyone else at this meeting on how to do elections. I have done elections for more than 40 years. I do not contest to lose. With or without anyone’s support, I will win my election.”

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    Trump card becomes a trump card depending how best they do propaganda and how bad UNP will be explain the situation.

    If UNP is intelligent they can turn it around and use it for their advantage.

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    A UNP Victory with Ranil or through Sobitha is the end of the peace, harmony and territorial integrity of Srilanka ,

    Unless the UNP Leader Ranil comes clean on all what Milinda has listed like the Millennium Betrayal and add the following.

    Does Ranil categorically say the Vellala CM will not get a TNA Police and Land Ownership .

    Does Ranil give an Iron Clad guarantee that the Military Bases in the Nprth wouldn’t be dismantled and the brave soldiers won’t be sent on retirement .And the Military won’t be down sized under the pretext of saving money.

    Does Ranil give a guarantee that the East will be not re joined with the North.

    Does he guarantee that Ravi won’t be dismantling CWE and CTB and give these public assets to Bus Mudalalis and and Supermarket Mudalalis.

    Does he Guarantee that the Development in the South of Bentota will be maintained at the current pace without political revenge and without Mangala interfering there

    Does he givea guarantee that Packer and Keels Casino digs won’t be scrapped.

    Does he guarantee that the lands ear marked for the Hambantota Jaffna highway wouldn’t go under the NPC, where Premachandran has openly banned the Expressway and the Chinese who want to build it.

    Does he give a guarantee that the Dual Citizenship will still need probity checks and any LTTE supporters will not be allowed to get them…

    This are only some of the more important issues which directly affect the Dalits in the South as soon as the Regime change . if it does.

    There will be hell of a lot other issues the Dalits want answers fro the UNP or the CC or both.

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      for what is happening now blame JRJ for starting it.

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        Bumsofty@,
        whoever made it – go on scolding and criticising JRJ in terms of constituion cant help us further. Today not at the days of CBK, they the idiots in power enjoys so called 2/3 parliamentarian mandate, which they make use of only for their power consolidation. Like the case with sacking former legally elected CJ Dr. SB and getting passed the 18Amd

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      Moda Amanasekara,

      A UNP Victory with Ranil or through Sobitha is the end of the peace, harmony and territorial integrity of Srilanka’.

      Feeling the heat of the imminent tide eh? How can the LTTE be a threat to Peace if Ranil wins, when you buggers claimed and celebrated the defeat of the LTTE five years ago by your Tsunamipathy MR? Everyone knows the LTTE arsenal is all destroyed, because most of it were buried by the LTTE before they were massacred, that were unearthed by the Forces. Therefore how can the Tamils without weapons be a threat for future Peace? What you Buggers really fear is a complete implementation of the LLRC proposals under RW in a future govt, will bring absolute reconciliation between the Communities, which your Humbug MR can never achieve?

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        gamani,

        We who escaped from bombs and bullets of Eilam terrorists in Sri Lanka know what will happen if by any chance Ranil comes into power. That will be end of everything. You can write what you want here , but people living in Sri Lanka know better than you preach.

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          sunilBernard

          “We who escaped from bombs and bullets of Eilam terrorists in Sri Lanka know what will happen if by any chance Ranil comes into power.”

          Ranil gave VP a long enough rope to hang himself. The rope was made in Hindia by Norway.

          Please stop thinking by yourself but look at the facts that are not published in the media. I know its too difficult for you.

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      K.A Sumanasekera

      “Does Ranil give an Iron Clad guarantee that the Military Bases in the Nprth wouldn’t be dismantled and the brave soldiers won’t be sent on retirement .And the Military won’t be down sized under the pretext of saving money.”

      Have you planned to bankrupt the entire country which will go under with a large budget year in year out.

      There is a growing suspicion of you being a LTTE plant, sleeper, secret admirer, lackey, bag man, …. diaspora financier, agent provocateur, a poosari in the service of sun god, …

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      “A UNP Victory with Ranil or through Sobitha is the end of the peace, harmony and territorial integrity of Srilanka” Where is the peace, harmony and territorial ingegrity we are supposedly enjoying now?

      “Does he give a guarantee that the Dual Citizenship will still need probity checks and any LTTE supporters will not be allowed to get them.” If you are serious about keeping the LTTE supporters out, you are too stupid to realise that we can exercise better control over them within Sri Lanka. These people from overseas do us the most damage to our reputation.

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    To quote the author verbatim:

    “Now it is true that Ranil and the UNP have always been the darlings of the West, in particular the USA. It is also true that the USA and EU have been particularly pernicious in their dealings with Sri Lanka for reasons that have more to do with Sri Lanka having a leader who is not pliant enough to their liking. These countries and their official and unofficial agents have been very cosy with big names in the UNP as well as those in the NGO sector that focus on human rights, good governance etc., again notorious for regime-hatred and for this and other reasons quite partial to the LTTE.”

    THAT SPEAKS VOLUMES:

    It is unfortunate that there is no proper competition for the present rulers. Had there been so we could expect better behavior from the political establishment of whatever political party.

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    Now MR will hunt down the LTTE again and ride the tiger to another victory.

    We Thamilz are top modayas. Who else would suffer Nanthikadal defeat!

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    This European Court ruling shows that the LTTE remains active, not just as its offshoot the TGTE but actually as the LTTE. As such it can be held legally accountable for the many crimes of the LTTE. After the end of Eelam War 5 in May 2009, there were some who maintained that the entire LTTE leadership was killed or captured. This is obviously not true. It just went underground. Now it is re-emerging.

    Malinda’s argument that this strengthens the hand of the government is correct. The UNP has a poor track record against the LTTE.

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      Senewiratne-Alagaratnam,

      You are neither Sinhalese nor Tamil, and you talk rubbish all the same.

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        Typical buffalo. Cant counter the argument so attack the person.

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        Top of it nutter, go back his all u tube jokes…papa brian still regret his that night….

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        Thiru

        “You are neither Sinhalese nor Tamil, and you talk rubbish all the same.”

        Not only Dr Romesh Senewiratne-Alagaratnam is neither Tamil nor Sinhalese but all who occupy my ancestral land are descendants of South Indians. Both of your people share Tamil Nadu DNA.

        If Dr Romesh Senewiratne-Alagaratnam talks rubbish it is because he shares the same gene with you.

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          Native Vedda,

          Who told you Veddas were the aborigines or first settlers in this Island ?

          You have been badly misled by someone. Four helas were living in this Island for thousands of years before your ancestors went to hide in jungles. Veddas are tiny sub group of people deviated from mainstream . Their language is 95% Sinhala. Just put ‘pojja’ with every sinhala word you talk you becomes a vedda.

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            sunil the stupid Bernard

            Here we go again.

            “Who told you Veddas were the aborigines or first settlers in this Island ?”

            I am telling you with 100% confident. What did make you an expert on my people? Did you study under Nalin, Kamalika, Irrathinavalli, Champika, Bandu, ……… and other numerous perverted historians?

            “You have been badly misled by someone. Four helas were living in this Island for thousands of years before your ancestors went to hide in jungles.”

            Are you still living in the Mahavamsa bunker built and furnished by Mahanama? You stick to your myths and remain stupid Sinhala/Buddhists and please let others move along with the development in science.

            “Their language is 95% Sinhala.”

            Sinhala is a cocktail of Tamil, Prakrit, Elu, Pali, Sanskrit and my ancestral language and not other way around.

            As a descendant of Kallthonie from North/South India you should know your place in history and in this island.

            I know who I am, you think you know who you are.

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    It is not only a Trump card for MR but also a way out for KP to have access to the frozen accounts to pull the funds for the Rajapaksas who need money badly at the moment. What Intrigue on the International front?

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    No. The ECJ did not slip any trump catd to MARA Regime. It was Justice delivered by the post WW11 evolved, progressive and not regressive ECJ.

    MARA regime like any other UNP and SLFP regimes of post independent SL, will use it as a trump to prolong their regime. This is like the Character in Mahabaratha SAKUNI who used biased dice to win a game of chess and deny justice. SAKUNI used many tricks but in the name of justice Vasudeva Krishna always out smarted him.

    Sadly in the history of the post independent SL both JRJ and his team and MARA and brothers have much in common with SAKUNI when it comes to ruthlessness through cunning ways.

    With the support of the youths from north south east and west can SL pray to the almighty to send a new avatar of Lord Buddha to sort out the mess SL is in. Then BBS will become dysfunctional or redundant.

    Alternatively MODI can order Subramania Swamy and South Block members to pray to the almighty to send a new avatar of Rama, so that a new bridge across Sethu Canal can be built with the help of peace loving people.

    Army , Navy and Airforce of new Rama avatar can confront the ever increasing number of GORA ‘s Army Navy and Airforce and bring peace and stability to South Asia and thus preventing SA going under another empire.

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    i didn’t read your article Malinda. But going by your headline I think MR must be celebrating as he will take this message to the gullible masses who will could him into power again. You will be smiling too. wont you?

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    ECJ: Thank you very much. You have given MR the much desired and awaited judgement at the most opportune time. This is enough for MR to go before the majority voters and say: “Look LTTE is coming. Let us get ready to face the next onslaught and I assure you that it will be faced courageously with your mandate to defeat the opposing forces of this country assisted by the “international Conspirators” who are aiming to effect a Regime Change and to destabilize our country and nation. Decision is in your hands. Are you going to sacrifice the hard won peace and go back to that LTTE Terror Era or defeat the forces within and outside to maintain the peace that I brought to you in 2009.? I know you will give me that mandate to defeat these forces and the impending disaster and I promise you will not be made salves to another assault by the “Terrorists”.”

    Does anyone think that this is not going to be the “Trump Card” given to MR? Now he has got it and he will play it at the most appropriate time. What “wind fall”?

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      Douche Bag,

      Last time MR was successful to some extent to tag the ‘Ali/Koti’ givisuma while it was none other than MR who has had a deal with VP, paying him to be elected as President. This time around even this sod Linda write this bullshit, people are wiser now.

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        Gamini

        I found this link to Draft Bill 372, to repeal and replace the 1978 constitution. This was presented to Parliament by President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga on August 3, 2000.

        Is this the original draft of the constitution which was published earlier in the media (and was drafted by Neelan, GL and Kathigamar)?

        Or is this the watered down version?

        http://www.priu.gov.lk/Cons/2000ConstitutionBill/Index2000ConstitutionBill.html

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    Is this Malinda rat trying to jump ship? Is this Malinda rat looking at an alternative ship as the rats usually know well ahead of time that the ship is going to sink?

    One important point has been forgotten by Malinda, it was Ranil who laid the foundation for LTTE defeat. First of all it was Ranil successfully organized the split in the LTTE by getting Karuna and his group to defect. If this was not done by Ranil there is no way Rajapakse could have won the war.

    This also brought in a situation where LTTE was bribed by the regime and the Tamils were banned by LTTE to vote at the Presidential election resulting in Rajapakse victory. Indirectly it was Ranil again the reason for Rajapakses winning.

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    The EU Court certainly handed MR a trump card. No sane person can now say that the LTTE is dead, and has been for 5 long years as the TNA has asserted in order to get the security forces removed from the North. Wigneswaran can huff and puff, and every time he opens his mouth MR’s star shines brighter.

    The reported meetings between Ranil W and the diaspora LTTE certainly is not going to be viewed favourably by the electorate either.

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      Ram what an ass you are?

      ‘No sane person can now say that the LTTE is dead’.

      Then why did you Buggers eat Kiribath at every junction five years ago, claiming your Tsunamipathi defeated the LTTE?

      Hereafter think before you write comments, although the readers here know that you do not have the capacity to think.

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        The kiributh was to celebrate the emancipation from LTTE terror after 25 long years of suffering. Quite a sane reaction, don’t you agree?

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          Certainly not if the LTTE is still alive according to you. It was foolish indeed to have celebrated victory when they are not defeated, but still hanging around?

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