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For The Love Of My Motherland Sri Lanka: A Time To Rely On What We Have Seen & Heard Rather Than State Propaganda

By S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole

Prof. S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole

It is Monday 25 Feb. 2020 as I hunt-and-peck my computer keyboard at Colombo International Airport Terminal 12 awaiting my flight to New York with my wife to attend a family funeral.

I had been catching up on yesterday’s The Sunday Times. It announced that the government, with cabinet approval, will withdraw from Resolution 30/1 of the UNHRC, solemnly cosigned by our government in 2015. The UNP’s Sajith Premadasa  has also promised to back the government, following Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who promised during the  presidential elections to protect soldiers who might be charged.

I cringe in fear because these moves threaten the lives of Tamils in this country. Effectively the two leaders of the two largest political groupings of Sri Lanka are jointly committed to letting off soldiers accused of war crimes. The government is also protesting against the US travel restrictions imposed on Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, the Commander of the Sri Lankan Army.

The two matters relating to soldiers and their commander are closely related. For if there were war crimes at Nandikadal and the beaches of Mullaitivu, then Army Commander Silva would be guilty under Command Responsibility. Worse, our government would be guilty of a failure to uphold its Responsibility to Protect its own citizens. So, were war crimes committed towards the end of the war?

The Final Days of our War: Zero or 40,000 Casualties?

If yes, then the government and the opposition are jointly promoting the fracturing of Mother Lanka. For who is the Tamil who would want to be a part of Sri Lanka if murderers of Tamils would be protected by the two major political groupings in the country? Anyone loving Sri Lanka as his or her motherland must rise in protest.

Somehow, intrinsic to withdrawing from the resolution is the blind belief that there were no war crimes committed towards the end of the war in 2009. Is it possible that no war crimes were committed towards the end of the war? Indeed not. We have the report of the UN Secretary General’s Panel of Experts. Their finding is that over 40,000 civilians were killed mainly because of shelling by Sri Lankan forces. Even our government agreed to trying soldiers, which they never would have done if no crimes had been committed.

In 2015 when Resolution 30/1 was signed, it was clear to most of us that war crimes had truly been committed. Decent Sri Lankans heaved a sigh of relief that the government would protect civilians and  punish those responsible. With the government effectively admitting that war crimes did happen, the restrictions of the silent were lifted. Up until then, many of them were scared to speak of their experiences. Lorry drivers, university staff, and people like Shanthi Sriskantharasa, MP (who lost her leg from Sri Lankan bombing) told me of the incessant lightning-like flashes as bombs fell all around them. Renowned international human rights workers told us of the evidence they had. A New Zealand human rights judge told us at Jaffna Public Library  that once an inquiry was agreed to, evidence began mounting like fruits falling off a shaken tree. UK’s Channel 4 brought to our homes the most horrific images from the war. The image of an infant with its head chopped open particularly stands out. No one would kill an infant child simply to make separatist propaganda. 

The state is trying to drown us in a deluge of untruths and convenient doubts. We need to rely on our own intelligence and reasoning. We need confidence in ourselves to judge what the truth is; otherwise we risk upholding the implausible claims of politicians made for their short-term electoral gain at the expense of the unity and integrity of our motherland.

The government and the opposition, it seems clear to me, are playing nationalist politics, stoking communal hatred at the expense of the unity of Sri Lanka. Over the past four years after signing Resolution 30/1, the government ramped up its propaganda and the newspapers have become silent. As a result, many decent Sinhalese have begun to question the 40,000 numbers. I have been told by many Sinhalese friends at work not to mention 40,000 dead, and that 10,000 was more like it. Many thinking Sinhalese seem to be in thrall to the propaganda being put out. As the state mounted its propaganda, even I in my weaker moments wondered if the reports are untrue after all.

Necrophilia – Worse than Bestial

Indeed no. Hundreds of credible eyewitnesses saw people surrendering to the armed forces before their disappearances – that number of people could not have a reason to lie. Photographs shown on Channel 4 do not lie. Most photographs were given by decent Sinhalese soldiers who were repulsed by the most murderous carnage and necrophilia they witnessed – I desist from using the word bestial on our soldiers because that would be to insult beasts since beasts do not engage in sex with corpses.

Even President Gotabaya Rajapaksa despite his position on protecting the soldiers at all cost, has now suddenly admitted for reasons I do not understand that 20,000 disappeared and they are all dead. 

Remember that at the end of the war, then-President Mahinda Rajapaksa solemnly claimed zero civilian casualties. Not a single Tamil civilian died, he said, because his troops went in with the gun in one hand and the human rights charter in the other.  Presumably having been advised how laughable this claim is, the number then got bumped up to 10,000 to give it some credibility. Now it is 20,000. Who knows whether tomorrow it might be 40,000? 

All those nationalist scribes and subservient stooges who wanted to side with their president must be blue in their faces and numb in their souls after his admission. That is the cost of loyalty to ideologies rather than the truth. It is time for Sri Lankans to wake up and realize that we, like the rats who followed the Pied Piper of Hamelin, are following an alluring tune that will ultimately lead to our own undoing.

The new figure of 20,000 dead runs counter to what the government had been building up till then. It is a big switch for the government. Saliya Pieris’ Office of Missing Persons (OMP) in its first interim report recommended to the government that it  suspend state officials, police officers, and members of the armed forces who have been named as suspects or have been accused in criminal actions relating to abductions and enforced disappearances, pending the final determination of such cases. Would the OMP have made such a bold recommendation if there was no basis for it? I think not. 

Even former Minister Champika Ranawaka, in threatening Tamils who voted for the TNA in the Northern Provincial Council in 2013, gave away that he knew of the massacres. For he said: 

“If the Tamil National Alliance is preparing to challenge the Sri Lankan state, people and [their] sovereignty nationally and internationally using the political victory achieved in Northern Province, the Tamil society and their future generation will have to revisit Nandikadal lagoon.” 

I respectfully ask Mr. Ranawaka, “Why? What happened in Nandikadal?”

Just last week Human Rights Watch reported “Intensified surveillance and threats” against families of the disappeared. The government with the cooperation of the opposition is suppressing the truth ensuring that no witnesses come forward. Unless the International Community forces Sri Lanka to deliver justice to all communities, impunity for murders will reign supreme. We need foreign participation in delivering justice. We cannot consider this option because we are so racist and self-serving.

As the BBC reported this January, “The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has ordered measures to prevent the genocide of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar (formerly Burma).[…] Thousands of Rohingya died and more than 700,000 fled to Bangladesh during an army crackdown in 2017.”

The non-prosecution and denial of the murders that we all know of, surely makes possible a case of genocide against us like in Myanmar. We must be conscious that there is already a strong case of genocide to be made against us. From the colonization schemes like that at Weli Oya, the unending series of riots (that had no convictions), the numerous government-commissioned human rights investigations that went ignored, and our own tendency to call accused murderers heroes and to reward them with high office, is alarming the rest of the world with its parallels to other historic situations of ethnic cleansing.  

We are not taking our responsibility to uphold our laws seriously, allowing the state to play politics and endanger all of us, making the  analogy of the Pied Piper of Hamelin so real. 

Having been brutally assaulted by a police party myself in 1970, with no progress in going to court, and without a single hearing held for years, I am angered that our armed forces get away with near murder, ignoring their sacred duty to protect the people of this country. I still vividly remember the man who assaulted me – Sub-Inspector Waragoda. Other Tamils are affected by worse.  Our courts and the government give them effective impunity by allowing them delays.  This impunity includes the signed but unimplemented Resolution 30/1.

Those who want to divide Sri Lanka are promoting evil by giving impunity to murderers. Those who love Sri Lanka are bringing out the truth. They are trying to preserve the unity and integrity of Sri Lanka by stripping away impunity. This takes courage and so they are the real heroes. One such person is Professor Asoka N.I. Ekanayaka of Peradeniya.

I had a chance recently to engage Hon. Sajith Premadasa by intervening in an email exchange between him and Ekanayake on affording protection to soldiers accused of war crimes. Here is what I wrote on 16 Feb. 2020 to Hon. Premadasa and Prof. Ekanayake:

“If the country is to be together, upright Sinhalese like you should steadfastly demand justice.

“A fair trial with international observers will settle the issue as to whether crimes were committed by our troops. I have met many people who lived through the showers of shells in Mullaitivu.”

The facts regarding the difficult parts of our history need to be brought out and bravely confronted. It will help us move beyond politics, which shifts from moment to moment, and rebuild our country on stronger foundations of justice and unity which last for generations. 

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    Its time to move on.
    Over 10 years have passed and nobody is talking about why all these happened. Where was Hoole when LTTE was suicide murdering both Sinhalese and Tamils? Did he write in CT asking the LTTE to stop suicide murdering innocent Sri Lankans, very well knowing they would be eliminated by the SL forces. Didn’t he have the intellect to foresee consequences of terrorism against a country? Stop complaining, try to help develop a better relationship between the Tamils and Sinhalese. Don’t cringe in fear if you are not involved in terrorism or supporting terrorism against Sri Lanka.

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      @Eusense nonsense.

      Piglet. Do you think we Patriotic Eelam Tamils want your advise. ‘ move on’
      Wrap it and shovel it up your fag anus.
      We Eelam Tamils would live and die for Eelam. Tamils quest is for Tamil Eelam, Tamil national leader Thalaivar knew scheming of genocidal Sinhala and led Tamils to fight for salvation
      You disgusting animal , keep Your advise to your self

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        ETP,
        Sad to give you the news, you will never get an eealam in yours or my life time.

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          Eusense , you might be a ageing guy! Just ask your offsprings to follow up latest developments of Tamil course around the world. With strong support and contribution with international community Eelam will be established not far away. Also, your racists current rulers will build a way with it military occupation.

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            Mr. Perera,
            How many years have passed after eliminating the Tamil terrorists? What has the international community done so far? Those politicians will give Tamils false hope as long as you stupid guys give them money and votes to get them re-elected! Also, they have now realized that SL Tamil numbers are negligible compared to Tamils from other countries. Those Tamils resent terrorism of SL Tamils too.
            Anyway, in your case, I would say nothing wrong in dreaming!

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      Eusense,
      “Did he write in CT asking the LTTE to stop suicide attacks”
      CT only started in 2012.
      Just to put you out of your ignorant misery, Dr. Hoole and his brother Rajan were in the UTHR J group which published articles ( in the Island ) critical of the LTTE at the height of the war. These people stuck their necks out for their principles, unlike some keyboard patriots.

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        Old_codger,
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        “These people stuck their necks out for their principles” That is quite rich!
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        Indeed, it is good to see that NOW Jeevan wants to hold SL Regimes responsible for their misdeeds of the past. But if you wind-back ten years, the Brothers were only distracting “by stomping on the ants while the leopards were rushing!” It is they who gave the cover that the regime, the US and the Indians needed to bury the regime’s sins and instead support the crimes perpetrated on the Tamils as a whole. The same crimes that Jeevan condemns now. Remember who cheer-leaded promoting MR to give a victory speech at Oxford? Guess why we are still to hear what quid pro quo influenced MR’s personal attention on Jaffna VC post? Principles indeed!
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        Yes, SL needs to take responsibility for their past action. But then, the Brothers too! Not “Trumpiantly” twist the history.
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        Very commendable show of compassion and humanity that one would take the time and spend thousands of dollars to attend the funeral of a loved one several oceans away. Good to also remember the 20,000 (current official) whose parents and spouses are still to hear of the last rites for their loved ones who perished hardly a stone throw away.

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          When did MR give a victory speech at Oxford. In December 2010, he ran away through the back door of Dorchester hotel straight to Heathrow to a Srilankan aircraft parked on the tarmac, in fear of brave Tamil demonstrators. Can that rascal step into UK.

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            Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam

            “When did MR give a victory speech at Oxford.”

            I was told the event organisers were forced to cancel the event due to protest by Tamils.



            Kumar R

            Where did you get the idea ” cheer-leaded promoting MR to give a victory speech at Oxford”? I was told the event was organised by patriotic Sinhalese students at the Oxford uni.

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              It was the Sinhala students of Oxford Union who organised the lecture and not the university. It was cancelled by the police because they feared for a breach of peace and did not want to see MR getting hammered. MR got cold feet that he may be arrested for war crimes and ran away with his side kick Chagi Gallage.

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              Dear N. V.
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              You are right – it was organized by patriotic Sinhala Students of the student union of the University. But University approval required broad-based explicit support! I am certain CT will not approve of my elaborating any further.

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                Kumar R.
                Not only it is true that the meeting was organised by the Oxford Sinhalese Students Union, it is also true that a substantial payment I understand was involved for the purpose of making them become patriotic.

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            S lingam,
            So, you feel proud of those “brave demonstrators”. You think that helps you to achieve whatever you want from Sri Lanka?
            What kinda doctor are you?

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          Kumar R,
          The UTHR pieces were very critical of the Army too, until Gota arrived. BTW, are you comparing the Tigers to “ants being stomped on” ?
          Also, I do know that Dr.H has a tendency to blow his own trumpet. But who is perfect? Not even you, I suspect.
          Let us not try to belittle the good things done by imperfect humans.

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            Old codger,
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            Glad you connected to UTHR pieces – was afraid CT would censor, if I brought it up.
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            Glad also you asked about LTTE and the ants versus leopard comparison. See if this helps you.
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            Ants don’t attack unprovoked. The killing instincts and the violence of the larger beast is unilateral, as is the genocidal urge of majoritarian aspirants. Ants bite to discourage further intrusion, but on persistent provocation the result may of course be still lethal, with large enough of a swarm and potent enough of a bite. Ants sacrifice protecting their social cluster fighting behemoth enemies, while the leopards feast selectively on the weak and lonely, while tucking the tail and backing up in cowardice when facing anything physically stronger. Clear now?
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            Blowing own trump and such “little imperfections” don’t bother me. Just, instinctively, not so tolerant to bigotry and sneaky snake-oil salesman ship.

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            OC
            The UTHR(J) was never neutral or balanced.
            The occasional criticism of the SL armed forces may give a misleading impression. But that kind of neutrality is worse than outright hostility.
            You may remember how the UTHR(J) made excuses for the IPKF.
            I remember the barrage of attack on Prof Thurairajah when he refused to play its game. It toned down when that did not work and if at all showed them in a bad light.
            I have personally heard the two operators of the UTHR(J) heap praise on Premadasa when he fell out with the LTTE.

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              Old codger
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              Here is a very telling confession by the author “In 2015 when Resolution 30/1 was signed, it was clear to most of us that war crimes had truly been committed. “
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              So, up until five years after the war was over, the Hoole’s remained in the dark as to the crimes committed on the Tamil citizens by their own Government. But, somehow they had divined “full information” on just LTTE’s activities from the eighties all the way to the end of the war that they felt compelled to bleat in condemnation repeatedly in public forums in unwavering solidarity with that same Government!
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              Really? And that from one uniquely most trained for scholarly research in the country?!!
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              Dear Old codger – there is just too fine a line between blind servility and laughable gullibility.

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                Kumar R: Forget the Hoooools for the moment. Are you not aware of the harm LTTE inflicted on the Tamil population? Does that not bother you? Have you any explanation / justification for those crimes??

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                  Sigma,
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                  A reasonable question.
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                  Had the LTTE not come into the picture do you think the savagery against the Tamils, that started essentially in 1956, and got repeated with increasing intensity, could have been contained? Do you think the wonton destruction of Tamil lives and the diabolical seizure of every right and every property of Tamils would have stopped magically?
                  .
                  Did JR’s confession that the harder the Tamils are beaten, the happier the Sinhalese would be, reveal to you the direction of the majoritarian mood and strategy? Indeed, the Tamil community suffered by LTTE’s actions as well although the suffering could have been controlled if not for the traitorous “pretend” elites from the community selling their souls for the crumbs dropped by the racial regimes. Those vile and perfidious “leaders” paid the price. Unfortunately, it turned out the Sinhala regime’s cunning use of even those incidences to con the foreign mediators put the final nail, denying a just war for the Tamils!
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                  The internationals, ten years too late, are now realizing their folly (please see Jeevan’s own confession “”In 2015 when Resolution 30/1 was signed, it was clear to most of us that war crimes had truly been committed.”)
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                  If you feel convinced, as your question suggests, that Tamils as a whole, despise LTTE could you explain the need for extra forces to Jaffna at every LTTE memorial event that threatens mass participation? Any idea how many households would proudly, lovingly display an LTTE flag, if not for the fear of harassment by the state?
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                  Isn’t that denial of freedom of speech in this democracy? That freedom, if given, will give you the answer you seek!

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                    Kumar R: Your answer does not help me understand the brutality LTTE unleashed on Tamils. I do not deny the injustice done to Tamils by successive chauvinist Sinhala regimes. Not at all. I am also well aware there were war crimes committed by the army, serious and systematic, not just at the last phases of the war but throughout the 30 years or more.
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                    But in my view, the destruction the Tamil community suffered was accelerated, not delayed, by LTTE’s actions.

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                      Sigma,
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                      What, if not LTTE’s historic intervention (showing up in Colombo), do you think brought to halt in 1983 the progressively intensifying episodic carnage of the Tamil segment of Sri Lankan population that started in 1956? Who better to appreciate LTTE’s role in restoring some normality for the Tamils than Tamils themselves? Does the unrelenting enthusiasm, if not reverence, escalating to threats of mass participation at all LTTE memorial events (thus triggering repeated dictatorial armed preventions) suggest to you that Tamils are resentful of LTTE? Indeed, there was anger, and disappointment that LTTE didn’t succeed, despite such heavy, heavy losses and the misery that followed – a defeat made possible by none other than the community’s own traitors!
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                      The perception of “brutality unleashed on Tamils” was a ploy of the Sinhala regime, not without the support of conniving self-promoters from the Tamil community, a ploy established to con and win international support to deny not just “justice”, but deny even a “just war” to the Tamils. If Tamils felt that “LTTE unleashed brutality on them”, how would you explain the continuing need for the Government to repeatedly suppress Tamil’s enthusiastic celebrations of LTTE, ten years after the war ended. You think that reflects Tamil’s gratitude for the Sinhala regime for saving them from LTTE brutality? Really?!
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                      The accusation “brutality unleashed on Tamils” is nothing but a pathetic fig-leaf now used by the select few to defend their past solidarity with the Sinhala regime (an act in pursuit of their own selfish goals) and who now have to change track only after realizing that the SL regime had taken them for a sweet ride.
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                      “It is possible to wake up one who is asleep, but not one who is pretending to be asleep!”

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          When attending a parent’s funeral comes for criticism, the criticism seems for the sake of criticism

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            Irathinam,
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            Perhaps you failed to notice that it was not my decision to mix up private funeral info with the public discussion on the status of the resolution affecting the community and the country.
            .
            On the other hand, mourning your own loss could enhance one’s appreciation of the desperate emotions of others, particularly those in the thousands, less privileged, less educated and less capable.
            .
            God bless!

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        I don’t care when CT started, if as you say he voiced against the Tamil terrorists and failed why do you think anybody should take him seriously now?

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          Eusense,
          “you say he voiced against the Tamil terrorists and failed why do you think anybody should take him seriously now?”
          That’s pretty illogical even for you. You’re the one who asked why he didn’t oppose the Tigers.
          You can’t have the cake and eat it, Mr/ Ms EU.

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            Old codger

            This is the same SJ who criticised both Sritharan and Hoole for issuing all those documented reports from hiding. He wanted both to come out in the open and get branded as traitors and get shot by the LTTE for their activities documenting human rights violations.

            Have you seen him or read his comments critical of LTTE or the weeping widow?

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            Codger,
            What a response!
            He voiced his opposition to terrorism they say, Can you give me links to see what he said to the terrorists to stop murdering innocent civilians?
            Any way the terrorist didn’t listen to him for sure, meaning he is considered worthless in the Tamil community! Now, why should anyone consider him seriously?

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          Eusense

          “I don’t care when CT started, “

          What do you care? Your Padikkama (Spittoon)?

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        OC
        The UTHR operators were Rajan Hoole and Sritharan.
        The other Hoole was not in the team.

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        Talk about the war crimes committed by the government officials. Why are you confusing by dragging others unnecessarily. Please note that they will repeat these to you or your relatives or friends if culprits are not punished and allowed to rule because they are from majority race

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      Eusense, shut the fuck up up!

      Where were you in the fifties? I watched week after week when innocent Tamils of our community were harassed and goaded. Nobody cared to do anything. We all shrugged our shoulders and thought it will pass, good sense will prevail. Then came Banda, and soon it was 1958. I watched a young innocent Tamil man beaten to death outside the old Civil Aviation building. So finally when our Tamil brethren retaliated, they became terrorists? We asked for it!

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        Koha,
        Minorities in every country face discrimination. Look at the leader of free world treat blacks. Tamils are not special being 8% of the population. Opting terrorism against the gov. Is stupid. Elam however is not going to happen.

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          Eusense,
          “Look at the leader of free world treat blacks. “
          Two wrongs don’t make a right, but don’t you know that minorities in USA and even India get preference in things like university admission?
          At least read up on what you are commenting about.

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            Old codger

            “At least read up on what you are commenting about.”

            Are you being serious?
            Unfortunately even if you provide them with the details of (in some cases the links to the) reference material sach, Lester, Eagle Brain Dead Blind Eye, Eusense, Words, Helass, latha, Estate Tamil, Boru Kiyana Chikis, JD (Jim Softy), ……..never use the information to reduce their level of stupidity.

            You are being cruel to the ignoramuses.

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              NV aka Kala vedda,
              Stupidity has no boundaries when you post!
              Try to read before being gullible of other ignorants who post here.

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            coger,
            Black/Hispanic minorities get a small percentage in the US. Asians are not given any preferences in University admissions. Asians are litigating against Ivy league schools as they are left out even with highest qualifications while Whites are admitted with lower qualifications.
            You are the one who should read up!

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          Eusense

          Discrimination and racism is a universal human condition. However, remember, that the leader of the free world has come a long way in correcting past wrongs, and when the right person came along he was elected (when the voting electorate was a white majority too.)
          Who would have imagined that someone with the name of Barack Hussain Obama will be elected the 44th President of the U S of A?

          Is there any chance that some one with the name of Gangatharan could be elected President of the Democratic Republic of Sri Lanka?

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            Koha,
            Glad you are considering Sri Lanka at a similar level with US!
            Didn’t you at many times said Sri Lanka is a Banana Republic?
            Anyway,
            Did Obama support terrorism against the majority whites?
            Did Obama want to divide the US, south for the blacks?
            Did Obama want to get Swahili a national language in the US?
            Can you list anything that Obama wanted exclusively for blacks?

            At the mean time can you recommend a Tamil who you think is a good candidate for SL Presidency?

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              Blind Eusense,
              “the mean time can you recommend a Tamil who you think is a good candidate for SL Presidency?”
              Any educated Tamil will do a better job than the Sinhala racist clowns who have been leading since 1948. In spite of all the bias towards Sinhalese, Tamil and Muslim businesses make the biggest economic contribution. Sinhala “businessmen” are mostly corrupt wheeler-dealer s like Nimal Perera and his partner Dhammika the Casino king

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                Raman,
                name one my friend!

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              Eusense

              “Glad you are considering Sri Lanka at a similar level with US!”

              Spring Koha didn’t compare banana republic with US, he was pointing a fact to educate you.

              “Didn’t you at many times said Sri Lanka is a Banana Republic?”

              Why do you doubt it? If not Banana Republic what is it then?

              Hang on Sachooooooo is still looking for your padikkam (spittoon).

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                Kala vedda,
                How stupid are you to expect SL (a Banana Republic) to treat Tamil terrorist murderers with humanity?

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          When did Tamils become 8% . They were 25% in th e50s 60s and in the 70s now reduced to 15.2% due to killing and ethnic cleansing activities by the Sinhalese state. Most probably you want their percentage reduced to 8% by more killing , ethnic cleansing activities and forced assimilation

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            Rohan,
            Hey, you guys (terror supporters) are the ones who say to the UN that ethnic cleansing killed millions of Tamils! I am honest and take that into account! Are you saying those numbers you say to the UN are fake????

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              Eusense

              “Are you saying those numbers you say to the UN are fake????”

              What did self confessed strongman Gota tell you?

              Hang on Sachooooooo is still looking for your padikkam (spittoon).

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      Talk about the war crimes committed by the government officials. Why are you confusing by dragging others unnecessarily. Please note that they will repeat these to you or your relatives or friends if culprits are not punished and allowed to rule because they are from majority race

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      Eusense,

      Hoole and his brother are some of the few honest Tamil intellectuals who have spoken out against LTTE. Hoole is not a fake human rights champion collecting USD for writing Tiger propaganda. He was chased out of the country by LTTE. If Tamils had had leaders like Hoole, instead of the Vellalar foxes, they would be much better off today.

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        Lester the non govigama inferiority complex sufferer, Hoole family are also velalars. If you have a hatred towards velalars, why did you not support the non velalar fellow VP.

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    Instead of passing and withdrawing resolutions why is that our Lankan governments prove that there was no such human rights violations or as some say genocide. There was plenty of time to do so and move on with this case. But right away we saw MR making the usual blunder of lying (is that a blunder or is that his usual nature) “zero casualty”, Humanitarian mission ??. Since then Lanka has been repeatedly lying to cover the first one. Now they have come up with SHAM procedures like commission, and judicial hearings, with their own men appointed and in some cases the accused him self is the inquiry officer.

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    It’s is all hsiotry now..

    I think now we need a policy of forgive and forget.
    That is the way forward not to go back in war history

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      You commit genocide and war crimes and then state forgive and forget , as this did not affect you. Even to forgive and forget nothing has moved on. The racism ethnic cleansing and structural genocide has become worse. Typical hat flipping fake Arab , Dravidian South Indian origin Muslim. Still trying his best to eat crumbs fallen from the Sinhalese table. If anything happens to his hatflipping backstabbing fake Arab , South Indian origin community at the hands of the Sinhalese then it is a calamity and the world ,especially the Islamic world should know and take action. Lankan you are no Lankan but a converted Dravidian Tamil from South India

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    sad, shitty sorriest of them all petty racist to the absolute core a now cesspit ever since 1956 where the klu Klux pufta crooks of the highest caliber leaders, their military henchman and women should commit hari-kari by killing themselves graciously using velu anna’s cyanide capsules where an instant trek to a lifelong alliance with the devil who’s better known as the only Saturn and they along with the other global racists can burn in hell and regain their just deserts.
    =
    the so-called monks who in their sexy scanty see-through amudes of panties who ravish on their Lord Buddha’s gifts to the abitha, samaneras or apprentices as they called by giving them an oral and an many a painful round od being sodomized.
    the only two c
    Asian Kota-uda economically weak nations are Myanmar and sad shittiest of them all sorry Lanka are playing bandu pandu with their minorities and their poverty-stricken citizens.

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      @Rohan John Pillai scamper of Eelam Tamils

      My brothers of Tamil Eelam . This old scheming Fagot has defrauded Eelam Tamils to the tune of 70000 CAD promising fake resident visa.
      Catch this scsm

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      T. Sathyamoorthi

      Brilliant
      Thanks for keeping it brief.
      Keep up your good work.

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    The worst problem right now is that a Kallathoni US citizen, a man who unleashed death squads and committed murder by proxy, a person who stole public funds, a war criminal who refuses to answer difficult questions, destroys incriminating evidence, obstructs justice, and surrounds himself with crooked henchmen, is occupying the post of president of the country.

    Only foreign intervention can get us out of this mess!

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    Points to ponder are as follows: (1) A thirty year secessionist war headed by a person who calls himself Thalaiver (The German equivalent being Fuhrer), the regime of which did not even permit the author to function as the Vice Chancellor of the Jaffna University, the regime responsible for the killing of more than 10,000 Tamils for “insubordination” to Thalaiver and the conclusion of that war. (2) Amidst the war and in the final stages of its conclusion, alleged acts of crimes “against the humanity” being committed and in some cases, soldiers were convicted for murder by our courts. (3) The cry for justice and to find what happened to persons no longer found called as missing persons. (4) The perception that those who were really responsible for the defeat of the Thalaiver should be taught a lesson for generations through International assistance so that no one dares to defeat the cause of the Thalaiver. Whether it is the set of service personnel found guilty for the murder of Krishanthi Kumaraswamy or the murder of Vindya by the Tiger associate Swiss Kumar and others, NO BODY IN SRI LANKA HAD A WORD OF SYMPATHY FOR THE PERPETRATORS. That is the record of the average Sri Lankan citizens. The “Yahapalana” Government enacted the law and set up the Office of the Missing Persons. Unfortunately its findings and results are not in the public domain. The author of this article does not mince his words. He should consider garnishing the support of a vast majority towards doing justice towards various victims of extra legal activities.

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      Good Sense

      “A thirty year secessionist war”

      Yeah, have you forgotten what happened in the first 31 years of post independent Sri Lanka?

      “in some cases, soldiers were convicted for murder by our courts. “

      Could I have the details of all such convictions and names of those who actually served or serving sentences.

      “Unfortunately its findings and results are not in the public domain.”

      Office of the Missing Persons from the outset never meant to function.

      If you truly care for the missing and want to unearth truth, please persuade the state functionaries and Gota and goons to provide details of those who surrendered to armed forces and the list of those who were freed and allowed to go home.

      Gota recently told about 20,000 tamils were killed at the end of the war. Could you find out from Gota and his goons the details of those Gota think were already dead, what happened to their remain, where were they killed, …..

      Weerawansa in 2016 told Malwathu Mahanayaka that if foreign investigators are allowed to dig then many army camps have to be relocated, because according to his information mass graves are situated within Army camps. Why don’t you visit these camps and investigate.
      Fearful Weerawansa Spills The Beans, Tells Exact Location Of Gota’s Mass Graves
      SEPTEMBER 16, 2016AUTHOR: COLOMBO TELEGRAPH
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=3TTMXuMVyB8&feature=emb_logo

      Good sense everything seems to be hotair.

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      When were Sinhala murderers convicted. I was a medico-legal officer in the war zone and a medical witness to these war crimes. Citing security cases were transferred to Colombo to be heard under Sinhala judges, who without batting an eye lid gave verdicts as justifiable homicide or collateral damage exonerating them despite there being incriminating evidence of first degree murder. In the case of Mylantenne and Kumarapuram murders by the army, pan Sinhala jury without any shame exonerated the accused. There is an attempt to release the murderer of Mitusuvil who was convicted due to the efforts of the family of the victims. If nobody in Sri Lanka had a word of sympathy for the perpetrators, why are they against war crimes investigation against the perpetrators by a credible panel. All they want is to establish a crooked set of judges and cover up the matter, like the Haiti rape allegation.

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    Good Sense,

    I don’t know how old you are, but I am old enough to remember a time when everything seemed possible. That is until our earliest politicians started to divide us, I watched us treat out Tamil brethren badly – guilty with no crime. We elected an Oxford educated PM to our Garden of Eden. We thought he would turn it into Paradise; he turned it into hell. He set us on the road to division. When the beleaguered Tamils created what you called called a ‘thalaivar’ we cried ‘foul’. The rest is the history that we have lived through. We can forever examine the ashes of our lives, or we can redeem ourselves by putting things right. But, seeing what we have in terms of leadership, don’t hold your breath.

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      Dear SK, I too am old enough to witness what happened. Had the first Premier not died by falling off the horse, Sri Lanka would have been much different and who knows would still would have been the shining example which Singapore todate would want to emulate. But that was not to be. In any given country, it is a crowning mistake to tamper with the self respect and pride of a section of the society. But in trying to gain that self respect the so called champions are nothing but a set of scoundrels, sadists and megalomaniacs who wanted to better the record of Adolf Hitler. They were smarter than the German dictator in not having a visible “Auschwitz” but the ethnic cleansing did take place under them. I only hope and pray that all people in Sri Lanka would live in peace with their self respect preserved.

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        “Had the first premier not died by falling off the horse, Sri Lanka would have been much different”. What nonsense. By the time DS died in 1952, he had wasted the foreign reserves left behind by British. During his short stay, he sowed the seed of ethnic discord, first by disenfranchising Tamils of Indian origin, and then by settling Sinhalese in large numbers in Tamil areas to distort demography. Unfortunately his son had to take the drastic step of cutting rice ration in order to save money and had to pay the penalty of having to resign. Finally in 1961, there was no money left and import of all luxury items such as cars and electrical goods were stopped. Those of us who were born before that know very well that we enjoyed the same as that of a child in UK. According to Lee Kwan Yew, Sri Lanka is a shining example of how a country should not be managed.

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    S lingam,
    So, you feel proud of those “brave demonstrators”. You think that helps you to achieve whatever you want from Sri Lanka?
    What kinda doctor are you?

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      Eusense

      “What kinda doctor are you?”

      As far as I know he is not a geriatric doctor hence he can’t help you
      You must have misplaced your padikkam (spittoon) again. Hang on until sach finds it. .

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    ‘ Justice for all who are powerless,
    Yearning for freedom in vain,
    plundered and robbed of their
    birthright,
    silently bearing their pain’.

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    When GR talked about the “missing”, he didn’t mention last phase. He was talking about the entirety of the armed conflict period. He knows they are not in govt custody. Therefore they are either dead or living overseas as there were recorded cases of such “missing ” persons re-appearing elsewhere. Govt statement said such cases would be reviewed and certificates will be issued as appropriate.

    When MR talked about zero civilian casualties he was referring to govt policy. That policy helped to minimise civilian casualties even though Ratnajeevan’s boys kept Tamil civilians whom LTTE was supposed to be the “saviors” of kept them as human shields against their will subjecting them to mortal danger (they shot those who tried to escape!). Ratnajeevan and the fellow travelers are expectedly mum about it. Numerous official sources have reinforced the falsity of the 40,000 number. The actual number of civilian deaths were far lower than that based not on anecdotes as referred to by Rantanjeevan as “witness” statements, but on official UN and Western intelligence reports emanated from Sri Lanka.

    No country including Ratnajeevan’s Western masters who clamor about Sri Lanka’s deaths would allow foreigners to investigate or judge their own security forces. So let’s move on from this nonsense of seeking one sided revenge or Ratnajeevan and his ilk can continue to live in the past. That’s their choice.

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    Helass

    “No country including Ratnajeevan’s Western masters who clamor about Sri Lanka’s deaths would allow foreigners to investigate or judge their own security forces. “

    However, this island has elected a foreigner as the president of this country, despite you lot hating Americans, Gota is an American citizen. Further if you pulled your head from wherever it is now, you would realise when the killings took place he was an American.

    You didn’t mind an out and out foreigner to suddenly appear on the island and start running dead squads, aiding and abetting massacre, carpet bombing, ………….. ? I wonder why this foreigner’s blatant violation of human rights didn’t violate this island’s sovereignty, (whatever it is).

    This is too much for you hence you better go back to wherever your head was in between 2005 and 2015 and the day you voted for this former National Hangman.

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    The Tamils have also played a part in their own fate.

    The actions of the LTTE supported by the majority of Tamils resulted in the 30 year civil war and it’s violent end at Nandikadal.

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