21 October, 2017

Dr. Gunaratne’s Advice On Conflict Is More Mythical Than To Reality

By Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe

Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe MP

I got an opportunity to watch an interview of Dr. Rohan Gunaratne, an expert on international terrorism, telecast over Sri Lanka Rupavahini on 8th September 2013. I have seen him before when he disseminated his experiences and views. Strategical studies on conflict resolutions, especially on war ridden countries as well as regions have triggered this subject  to be important subject in the world. This is now being taught as a subject in certain universities too. After a one and half score prolonged brutal terrorism, our nation expected a speedy healing process to soothen, not only the physical human bodies but also the minds of our people. Although our constitution does not give a definition for a nation, we are civilized enough to understand it as all the people living in the country without any difference based on race, creed, language, religion, sex etc.

Sinhalese and Tamils in Sri Lanka have a long history of habitation on this soil. Muslims migrated here as professional traders and live for generations. Our history is absolutely clear about harmonized lifestyle of Sri Lankans with an ameliorated cultural values and norms. The fact that the colonial rulers adopted various ruses to disintegrate the ethnic unity among our people was not a matter of surprise as that type of conduct was an integral part of imperialism in every part of the world. But the sad part of it is the fact that even after passing a substantial period and after snatching the link between British Emperor and us, still we are in the same pit-fall as was during the period of colony.

Even after independence, those who were on the saddle of political power could not drive the nation towards unity within diversity, which is the idealistic goal to achieve in any democracy, if it is expected to prosper as a nation.

No doubt that we shudder to think about the ordeal of horrendous and gruesome war that prevailed over here. There are enough post-mortems that have been held including United Nations’ Expert Panel Report (Darusman’s One) in the international level and Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Committee Report (LLRC) in the local level. There are certain strategic plans proposed by the government as well as recommendations and requests by international agencies. We also know that Tamil Diaspora also playing a vibrant role in between.

The government is also making an attempt to develop the Northern and the Eastern Provinces with priority basis and introduced “Nagenahira Navodaya” and “Uthuru Wasanthaya” which are not legally or statutorily made up arms. Certain activities were carried on with the whims and fancies of Basil Rajapaksa in ad hoc basis as there was no strategic mechanism created for such development. Basil was neither a representative of North and East nor a representative of Tamils. His only qualification was his brotherhood with the President. Will it be acceptable as a good tradition or a precedent to Tamils in North and East?

Amidst all those ongoing things which are mixed with pros and cons the rulers need advice of experts and people also need to know the basis for decisions and activities of the government. Dr. Gunaratne’s interview initially pretended that he was going to talk about indentified failings and frailties of the government in the peace building process and taking meaningful actions to prevent any re-emergence or resurrection of extremism in the North and East which will finally end up in a bloody terrorists war in its normal course of activities. But those spectators with intuition including myself certainly knew that it cannot happen. The great enthusiasm of Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation to telecast it with such prominence, itself was sufficient to come to that conclusion. I am not prejudiced at all on such matters in expressing my view. I also can humbly state that I am not influenced by ethnic hatred or party based political ideologies, when it comes to national issues such as these. Similarly I also believe that any intellect with patriotic feeling also should brook no nonsense on matters of national interests.

Dr. Gunaratne expressed some factually important matters in his interview while there appeared to be very notable and serious lacunas as well as self contradictory matters which are seriously contentious.

Although he insisted the importance of combating terrorism, he did not address on the cause for the emergence of terrorism. Terrorism is not a cause, it is only a symptom. Defeating terrorism through military forces is a removal of symptoms through pain killers. If one wants to eliminate the illness he has to give antibiotics to permanently remove the cause  for illness. Similarly, any country which defeated terrorism has resorted to political solutions to remove communal distrust and to re-build the nation. This government also in principle accepted that procedure as it signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with United Nations on 23.05.2009, made representations to United Nations Human Rights Committee in Geneva and by the President’s address in the Parliament in May, 2009 etc;.

Dr. Gunaratne spoke about the importance of diplomatic relations, but failed to explain that we are having the weakest diplomatic corps nowadays. Vast majority in the diplomatic corps are not either from Foreign Service nor trained in that service. The majority of them are retired military officers, politicians rejected by people in elections, relatives and those who live in respective countries while supporting Sri Lankan political leaders in power. Most of the people in the last category are citizens in overseas countries. Some of the Sri Lankan ambassadors are not even citizens of this country. How could one expect that those people have interests in Sri Lanka over the countries of which they are either citizens or hold permanent resident visas. One time even our permanent representative to the United Nations was not a full citizen of Sri Lanka. Why did you omit talking on such an important matter which could easily call historical historical blunders.

Dr. Gunaratne also said that it is important for us to establish a strong relations with Tamil Nadu than New Delhi including the people those who support for a separate Ealam state in the North and the East. He mentioned the names of Vaiko and Nedumaran too. While the government opposed the idea of Tamil National Alliance having direct foreign relations to develop their region, how can he argue Sri Lanka must maintain either stronger or by passing relations with Tamil Nadu?. It is within the knowledge of any mediocre that India has a strong foreign policy and a foreign service. Further, their intelligence service is second to none. Even his mere expression, itself may have caused India to have more vigilance on Sri Lanka. If anyone thinks that Indian Central Government would permit Sri Lanka to have such relations with Tamil Nadu, it is more mythical than realistic.

Dr. Gunaratne said that he is highly impressed about the speedy development in the one-time war ridden zone, and it was amazing. He expressed that, as if the development had been the most concerned issue by the people in the North and the East. If the theory that he believes is correct, there will be a landslide victory for the government in the forthcoming provincial council elections in North. All of us will abide the answer to this question by the people on 21st September. But I dare say his idea is again mythical. We must be able to separate facts from fallacies, fictions from realities. Ethnic issues are too sensitive to be left in the hand of politicians alone as political leaders are tempted to act towards political expediencies and personal gains. If intellects do not contribute to it either directly or indirectly, confusion may be worsely confounded.

When the commentator asked whether it is fair to have one military person present per every eleven residents in the Northern Province, Dr. Gunaratne was pathetically evasive and said their presence is needed for development. He said an en example that saw a soldier constructing a le votary for an ex-LTTE terrorist.  That answer could lead to make us a laughing stock in the international sphere. Development is not a task of military people.

With all that, it is incumbent to ask from Dr. Gunaratne the following questions;

Is it his position that the only problem faced by Tamils in the North and the East is lack of development? Isn’t there a more serious problem about their dignity above  the issues of development?

If those regions are developed, can you assure that there won’t be a threat of terrorism or separatism?

Is it his  position that a threat of separatism and or terrorism could be resolved only through military suppression and not otherwise?

Does he say that there is no any issue involved regarding their dignity in the root cause for their struggle?

As I understood that there was no in-depth matter or wisdom in the substance of his argument. I also felt sorry for the fact that he had been hired to talk to create a public opinion in the above stated lines, especially at an eve of provincial council elections scheduled to be held in few days time, in which the decisive point of view is the view of Tamils in the North.

It is hard to believe that Dr. Gunaratne had forgotten the core issue in relation to bungling of foreign Policies. As we are aware now Sri Lankan Foreign debt has exceeded Rupees Seven Billion in an unprecedented manner. The major portion of it are the loans from China including the commercial rate interest loans. The Government has already surrendered too much of authority to China as far as commercial hubs are concerned.E.g. Hambanthota Port, Airport, Colombo South Jetty etc;. It is a significant reason for India to be distanced from us. That diplomatic void  reached to it’s peak in Geneva in last March and India voted against us in the resolution moved by USA. Sri Lanka getting closer to China and Pakistan, more specifically on military pacts  and involvement, we have paved way for India and USA to get closer. Even though Dr . Gunaratne pretended that  he knows nothing of it, we know for certain that if we exceed our limits, India will make sure to affect the necessary changes here internally as was done in the past. Any decision of the Government to tie up with any power in the world will be defeated by India either by hook or crook. It is a bounden duty cast upon all of us to call humbug politicians, not to expose the nation to potential danger by trying to hoodwink the innocent people of the country for the sake of their political victory or survivals.

The tragedy descended upon our nation is unfortunately the leaders in both Sinhala and Tamil communities have failed to understand precious commonalties and inter-religious respect for Buddhism and Hinduism. Instead they spread hatred, malice and anger among communities on lingual and religious basis, for sheer political expediency. As a result whenever we march forward ten feet, we have been dragged back eight feet. The existing political culture is a bane for this country. People must unite under one umbrella as Sri Lankans, not as Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims, Burgers or Malay. Not as Buddhist, Hindus, Christians or Islamists. If there is a proper leadership in the country, who has feelings for each and every citizen and that the government is the protector for all, in an equal standard, no community will make attempts to separate, instead will plead to be in one flock and in unity. Mere claims by leaders on political platforms that they are protectors of all communities are discarded and despicable slogans of our wily and unruly political leaders. Anybody can become a leader like nobody is becoming somebody. What our people have failed to understand is that although anybody can become a leader (as popularity is the only criterion) every leader cannot be a statesman.

Let the wiser counsel prevail!

*Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe,President’s Counsel​, Member of Parliament

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    I am glad that Mr Rajapakse had instilled some sense in to the state of affairs. Rohan Gunaratne is a fake who manages to pose off as an expert in Terrorism. He has very little in depth knowledge when one read his writings. He manages to curry favour with anyone who is in power for his own survival.
    As Mr Rajapakse says Gunaratne has missed the wood for the trees? Not addressing the underlying cause of terrorism or liberation struggle.
    The Tamils were well educated and economically sound community when the struggle began. The only apparent cause for their dissent was the continued threat to their identity and dignity. Has anything happens even after a 30 year war to address that failing. No!

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      Quite right Mahen!
      Rohan G is a MILITARY BUSINESSMAN, an arms broker and trader and an security whore who pretends to be a security expert in the billion dollar international security business!
      He is a so-called professor @ NTU in Singapore because Singapore is an arms manufacturing and trading hub and Rohan gets arms deals for Singapore arms manufacturers / companies, and huge kick backs for his arms brokering business, from Singapore. His reward is being professor at rather third rate Nanyang Technical University!
      Rohan G in INTELLECTUALLY DISHONEST AND A CRIMINAL. His so-called scholarship is all about making money by inventing ” terrorist threats”, and persuading governments and criminals like Gota the white van goon to buy weapons from arms companies from which he gets massive kick backs.
      RG is the architect of Gota’s post-war militarization – rather than demobilization, decommissioning and down sizing and right sizing the military for peace and reconcilliation. Military Business and land grabs from minorities and feeding future conflict is RG’s “intellectual” contribution to peace in Sri Lanka! This bugger RG is a liar and intellectual whore and should be shunned!

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    President’s Counsel Wijayadasa Rajapakse’s intention and his liberal approach to the ethnic question are admirable. If I read him right
    he is trying to be more than reasonable to the Tamil people. He means well and is probably one possessed with talents useful to the UNP, which appears to be why Ranil has given him an important role to play. The problem sadly with him is his effort to write and speak in English – a language in which he has a long way to go. Reading this article, it is not entirely clear what he has in mind or is trying to convey. In addition to his being unable to spell a simple word like lavatory (le votary) he displays poor arithmetics too as he seems to make a grievous error when he states “Sri Lanka’s foreign debt has exceeded Rs.7 billion” ???? In fairness to that suspect intelligence expert Dr. Rohan Guneratne it cannot be denied the latter is able to speak, write and express himself in public in English quite well.

    Admittedly, the English Language is not the beginning and end of knowledge or excellence. All of us have a long way to go before we can be even considered good even in the average in this now universal language that, at least, in those countries that came under British influence – is synonymous with all that is of what goes as elite society. Rajapakse might do himself a favour if he wrote what he has in mind in Sinhala and get someone competent to translate that into English that will help all of us. After all there is no doubt he is a good lawyer in the vernacular.

    F.N. Stein

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      Dear FN Stein…
      You have got exact right mentality to clean the toilets in Buckingham place , London … Ofcourse in UNITED KINGDOM … where else?

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        Bruno Vambotta:

        Will do – if the pay is good. What’s it now? 20 quid an hour.
        Why not. Always believed in the dignity of labour. Give us a
        chance to learn quality English as well.

        Whose kakkussiya do you clean.

        F.N. Stein

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          “Whose kakkussiya do you clean.”

          Bruno Umbato has sent his wife to clean the Arab toilets in the Middle East.

          Right now he is enjoying with the petro-dollars what he gets fro his wife.

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        Wambotta:
        Would it be possible to get you and your “intellect” out of the toilet? You come from a country where many people don’t even have toilets, so cleaning toilets either at Buckingham Palace or anywhere else would be totally outside your experience.
        Incidentally, if you can’t write a simple sentence in English, why don’t you keep your toilet mouth shut?

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      I FEEL THE ERRORS IN ARITHMETIC ( STATISTICS – I PRESUME HE WOULD HAVE MEANT 7 BILLION DOLLARS ) ) AND SPELLINGS MAY BE TYPOGRAPHICAL AND IT WOULD BE ONLY REASONABLE TO GRANT THE BENEFIT OF DOUBT IN THIS INSTANCE TO HIM. IT IS ALSO NOT FAIR TO EVEN HINT AT RIDICULING HIS LACK OF ENGLISH PROFICIENCY. MAYBE YOU HAVE MISSED THE RELEVANT POINTS ( PERHAPS SOME ? )BUT IN MY OPINION HE ( RAJAPAKSHE )APPEARS TO BE FAIRLY ARTICULATE IN THE MESSAGE THAT HE WANTS TO CONVEY. I AGREE INDIVIDUAL PERCEPTIONS MAY DIFFER VASTLY.ON THE OTHER HAND, DR. ROHAN GUNARATNE MAYBE CONVERSANT WITH THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE ( SINCE HE IS LIVING ABROAD ) OR EVEN SINHALA BUT HE IS VERY SPECULATIVE, GIVING HAZY REASONING AND SOMETIMES ECONOMICAL WITH THE TRUTH. I LIKE SOME OF YOUR OBSERVATIONS BUT HOPE YOU ARE NOT A MONSTER LIKE FRANKENSTEIN !

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      Very unfair criticism of Mr Wijedasa Rajapaksa.

      I understand what he has written perfectly well and am sure most readers do too.

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    I am surprised people take this Dr Roahn Gunaratne seriously. He is an idiot and talks lots of rubbish. I bought one of his books and half way through reading the the book I threw it in the rubbish bin.
    He is clever in one sense he exploited LTTE and wrote and spoke all sorts of rubbish and made a name and money for him.

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      Dr Roahn Gunaratne is a man who makes money out of Sinhala state terrorism using the international forum: In the valley of the blind one eyed man is king.

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    How petty can you get Frank N Stein that you have use a a typo to castigate Mr Rajapaksha.I don’t find anything wrong with his writing.He has said in strong clear prose what he wantted to say.And he displays real understanding of political processes compared to Gunaratne.
    Anyone who writes using cliches like “beginning and end” should be wary of criticizing other people’s prose.
    Indeed since you don’t have either the wit or the courage to criticize Rajapaksha’s arguments,you are resorting to this cheap rhetorical trick of criticizing his writing..

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      It was not just a typo, Cincinnatus. The whole article is constructed
      in bad grammar and poor prose. There was nothing personal in my critique. The man was a laugh in a CPA Seminar and in the Dr. Nandadasa
      Kodagoda Memorial lecture. In his own interest I am trying to prevent this happening again. In the two meetings I had with him, I found him to be a friendly and decent chap. If you find the article flawless in language and substance you should quickly change to a different English night iskolaya. There is little to criticise his arguments. The whole thing is balderdash. Please learn to take constructive criticism. Tell your friend to take the advise to write in Sinhala and even someone like you translate it into average English. Your English is miles ahead.

      F.N. Stein

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    *Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe,President’s Counsel​, Member of Parliament?
    really?
    what are you counselling about?
    which country he should visit next?

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    If you click Google and put in ‘Rohan Gunaratne’ you will find out what a bad reception this man had in Australia. The Age newspaper had an editorial on him desrcibing him as a pretender- theoretician on terrorism and a fraud.
    Well done Mr Wijayadasa Rajapakse! Your surname is embarrassing for the straightforward and honest poltical leader that you are.

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    Dr Gunaratna is a senior lecturer and a well recognised expert on Terrorism.

    Even European vountries seek his expertise.

    UNP Wijedasa trying to rubbish Gunaratna is a joke.Isnt it?.

    How did Vigneswaran become a top judge and sat on the bench for nearly three decades?.

    How many kids did MahaVeera Prabakran send to Uni?

    Do the great majority of the Tamil population who are living in Colombo and outer want a ” Homeland”to better themselves going forward?.

    Is this “Vibrant Role of the Diaspora”that Wijedasa mentions going to help the Northern Inhabitants to catch up with their Colombo mates and produce Judges going forward?.

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      There is a proverb in Sinhalese, ‘Loola nathi walata, Kanaya Pandithaya’. Similarly for Sumanasekara type of pseudo intellects, Rohan Gunaratne type Kanayas are Pandithayas.

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      MR.SUMANASEKERA,
      YOU ARE SADLY MISLEAD. ROHAN GUNARATNE IS NO EXPERT ON TERRORISM. THERE WERE EMINENT RESEARCHERS IN THE US, GERMANY & ISRAEL WHO HAVE WRITTEN ELOQUENTLY ON TERRORISM PRIOR TO GUNARATNE. IF YOU CARE TO READ HIS PAPERS, HE HAS PICKED MANY FACTS FROM THE RESEARCH PAPERS PUBLISHED EARLIER. HE HAS ‘GARNISHED’ THOSE QUOTES WITH WHAT IS KNOWN ABOUT LTTE AND ITS RUTHLESS LEADER PIRABHAKARAN. THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY HAD LITTLE KNOWLEDGE ABOUT LTTE AND THEY WERE AMAZED TO READ ABOUT THE TERRORIST OUTFIT IN GUNARATNE’S PAPERS. ALL WHAT HE DID WAS GLEAN THE FINDINGS OF OUR POLICE AND ARMY INTELLIGENCE ( THEY WERE BRILLIANT AT THE TIME ) AND DEPICT THOSE FACTS AS HIS OWN. THAT IS HOW HE WAS RECOGNIZED AS A PERSON KNOWLEDGEABLE ABOUT TERROR ESPECIALLY OF LTTE. THERE IS NO COUNTRY IN EUROPE THAT HAS CONSULTED ROHAN GUNARATNE’S SO CALLED EXPERTISE ON TERRORISM. IF YOU KNOW ANY, PLEASE LET US KNOW. AS FOR FRANKENSTEIN WHO PRETENDS TO BE AN EXPERT ON ENGLISH LANGUAGE, ALL I CAN SAY IS HE IS SUFFERING FROM HIS OWN ‘EGOISM’AND NO BETTER THAN THE MONSTER ( WHO HAD NO FUNCTIONING BRAIN ) WHOSE NAME HE USES.

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      Tsunamisekera:
      Prabhakaran couldn’t educate one son beyond junior school, remember? Or do you forget how those you serve gave him candies to eat and then shot him in the head? He must have been going to throw a grenade or must have been trying to grab the guns of the entire army around him, I suppose.

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      WIJEDASA IS ABSOLUTELY CORRECT,ROHAN HAS WRITTEN A BOOK ON “AL QAEDA” WHICH IS ALL STRAIGHT FROM “CIA” FILES. TO ME HE TALKS BULLSHIT AND I SUSPECT HE IS A CIA AGENT AND AND EVERYTHING BUT AN “EXPERT”.
      SOME COUNTRIES HAVE BANNED HIM. READ ON……

      In Britain, The Observer newspaper’s home affairs editor and long-time writer on Islamic terrorist groups, Martin Bright, describes Gunaratna as “the least reliable of the experts on bin Laden”. He says Gunaratna is often used by the British authorities as an expert witness in the prosecution of Islamist terror suspects because they can rely on him to be apocalyptic.

      In Australia, journalist and commentator on intelligence issues Brian Toohey is one of the few to have openly questioned Gunaratna’s credentials, describing him as a “self-proclaimed expert” and dismissing some of his claims as “plain silly”. He uses as an example a warning by Gunaratna published in November 2001 in the Australia/Israel and Jewish Affairs Council Review that terrorist groups might try to influence Australian politicians by rallying “10,000 or 20,000 votes” in their electorates.

      David Wright-Neville is senior research fellow at the Centre for Global Terrorism at Monash University and until 2002 was a senior terrorism analyst in the Office of National Assessment. Although he won’t comment directly on Gunaratna, or any other individual analyst, he says that, like in any other profession, the abilities of so- called terrorism experts ranges from the very good down to questionable.

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    Both Wijedasa and Rohan are wrong. Wijedasa was in both SLFP and UNP, and is a black-white kind of politician.

    He has to say that he is also part of the Evil Triangle in Sri Lanka. That is the politician-officer-NGO combine.

    Wijedasa did not give any solution either.

    Rohan is a also not genuine. GOSL should have implemented GSN-level empowerment of people under a non-political party 10 member elected committee. All GSN boundaries should be ecology/geography-based.

    Basil had a good example of this method with the Gami Diriya program. Instead of that he created a monster called Divi Neguma. This is not people empowerment.

    The only way one can help Sri Lanka is first this kind of GSN-lebel empowerment and go to 1947 Constitution or one like that. 1972 and 1978 constitutions are jokes and helped only the same blck-white crowd who ruined SL from 1948.

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    It is baffling as to why a person of such credibility as Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe should waste his time on and take seriously a fraud of international repute who is sometimes used by Gotabahaya Rajapaksa to massage his ego. Bensen

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    These people are pseudo experts on terrorism who are much in the vogue after 9/11. They make various unsubsantiated statements and give advise to others by hiding the true facts. The victories achieved by the blood of the soldiers and massacres of the innocents is being sold for profit by these self styled experts.

    The advise they give is good for dictators like Assad to massacre his own people without any witnesses. Killing and abducting journalist, humanitarian workers and human rights activist. Use of heavy weaponry, MBRL, air strikes, cluster bombs and now chemical weapons in civilian areas. Ordinary people are turning terrorist for what reason?

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    All fakes end up with the powers that are as they can harvest there.Rohan Gunaratne was found out at St Andrews University, Ireland and he left to return to Sri Lanka. He joined the Rajapakse fraud wagon of revenge politics. Good Luck to him!

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    Rohan G is another dubious persona who is none other than another Rajiva W who bat for the supper from this masters – the Medamulana masters.

    As mentioned by the earlier comments, this man is a attention grabber and without any sort of expert analysis of Terrorism, just a copy and paste academic.

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      He is the fecal matter what Hans Blix left in Iraq.

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    Our history is absolutely clear about harmonized lifestyle of Sri Lankans with an ameliorated cultural values and norms.
    Yes… this harmony existed between the Buddhists and the Hindu population.

    But the spoke are the Catholics. It is being continued by the S.J.Emmanuel brained washed Seminarians who have now popped out from the seminary and at large.

    Rohan G appear to curry favour with those in power, so is the is & was the Vatican and the TNA with the Diaspora……….

    There are enough post-mortems that have been held including United Nations’ Expert Panel Report (Darusman’s One) in the international level… What Post-Mortem did Darusman hold? It was just one sided and DARUSMAN REPORT WAS & IS A FRAUD.
    GORDON WEISS involved in a changing numbers game.
    Let me say no body knew what actually took place and who did what, whether accidental or deliberate…….
    But the world should know that there was a war being waged against a brutal terrorists organisation and about 300,000 Tamils either Northen or of Indian origin fled to the GOSL forces side who were holded up in Nadikadal.

    So, what this Wijedasa can do is use his attained professional or inttellectual status as one may call it to criticise.
    WHY DON’T THIS WIJEDASA TOO PROPOSE HIS ADVICE ON THE CONFLICT INSTEAD OF CRITICISING & DISPLAYING A SUPERIORITY OR INFERIORITY COMPLEX.

    Lets be fair and rational. Ground situation in Sri Lanka chasnge by the minute due to the whims and fancies of well oiled diaspora BUT
    should we dance to their tune??
    How could deep rooted wounds heal in a couple of years???
    LET TRY TO STICK TO THE LLRC REPORT AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE AND WE DO NOT NEED APPEACE ANYONE AS THE HUMAN TENDENCY IS “LITTLE NOW AND MORE LATER”.

    Wijedasa attempting to impress upon a section of person and trying to score Brownie Points.
    Afterall, Wijedasa too is a politicians who crossed over with a bang and attempted to push himself for a position in UN.

    Dr. Rohan.G has all the hallmarks of any Intellectual or a professional who speakout as they know it all. There are many such people in this forum who are unable to WALK ON A STRAIGHT LINE.

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    In the present world the masses are so gullible that one can easily sell Refrigerators to Eskimos. See how the Americans and the Indians sold a War victory to MR by the Sri Lanka Forces defeating the LTTE after buring thei arms and exposing themselves on a sea front abandoning their stronghold Kilinochchi.

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    It is quite common for self-proclaimed pundits to take centre-stage when there do not seem to be better options available, than to accommodate them. This is more the case when they also proclaim to toe a line consistent with the agenda of the ruling party.

    I do not believe that Gunaratne has much credibility in the international sphere any more, now that there are many more researchers on the subject of terrorism and the evidence has built up. It would seem that he is garnering a niche in Sri Lanka where he might still be “valid” for some time to come.

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    Nothing new about this Rohan Gunaratne..he always bluffing around the world about terrorism without knowing the grass root ..he should much learn about the Palestine Struggle and oppression by the Zionist. For all his hard work the propaganda carried out is paid by the CIA

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    Rohan is a Sanskrit word and the meaning is “ascending”. Unfortunately, this fake expert on Terrorism Rohan Gunaratne is a descending expert. He is truly a fake.

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      There are some people who sell their wives, sisters or even their mothers for personal gain.
      For this one has to only kill their conscience.
      In a similar exercise, Dr. Gunaratne utters some nonsense having killed his conscience.
      Sirilal

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    The ‘terrorist expert’ Rohan Gunaratne once said that Prabhakaran cannot be defeated. What an expert!

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    Gunaratne is said to be an expert on “International Terrorism”.

    We need an expert on “State Terrorism” which is practised in sri lanka,india,burma,bangladesh,pakistan,iran,iraq,afghanistan,libya,cuba,
    belarus,zimbabwe,somalia and sudan.
    Last but not least,Tibet.
    A Chair for State terrorism may be endowed by the President,to the University of Colombo where his pet VC assited by his pet Chairman of UGC can develop the curriculum.
    Gota and Hathurusinghe can be Visiting Lecturers.
    Rohan G maybe acting Professor until a permanent appointment is made.

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    [If those regions are developed, can you assure that there won’t be a threat of terrorism or separatism?]

    Any idiot knows this is the case other than this man

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    COULD SOMEONE TELL ME, HOW ONE CAN QUALIFY TO BE AN”EXPERT ON TERRORISM”
    UNLESS ONE HAS HIMSELF BEEN INVOLVED IN A TERRORIST OUTFIT, HE CANNOT CLAIM TO BE AN EXPERT. THIS BUGGER IS A “CIA” PAID AGENT BASED IN SINGAPORE
    TO “STIR THE CAULDRON” IN WHAT IS A PEACEFUL AREA.

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    Death of Thailavr is a myth.

    Defeat of Tamil Tigers is a myth.

    Multi barrel rocket launchers were a myth.

    89,000 Tamil war widows is a myth.

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      Pathuma Pukensinaa is devilishly a myth.

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