17 October, 2017

Foreign Policy By Psychotics

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

“Amma! I have committed a big mistake; Forgive me; Give me life.” The wording on Tamilnadu billboards depicting Mahinda Rajapaksa craving forgiveness from Chief Minister Jeyalalitha[i]

Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s short story, ‘One of these days,’ is set in a small town. The town’s mayor is also its military-torturer. When the dentist refuses to treat the mayor’s toothache, the mayor pulls out a gun and threatens to shoot him. The dentist too has a hidden gun but decides not to use it. Unlike the mayor, he is not a killer and is unwilling to become one.

gota_Rohan G and GL colombotelegraphThe Rajapaksas rule like Marquez’s mayor, using violence and the threat of violence to have their arbitrary way. Nationally it works because the Siblings have a near complete stranglehold on the state. But internationally this Medamulana approach can result in shameful fiascos and dangerous pitfalls.

The limits inherent in the Rajapaksa foreign policy became embarrassingly manifest last month, when the Defence Ministry website carried an article on Tamil Nadu-Delhi relations accompanied by an inanely juvenile sketch of Chief Minister Jeyalalithaa writing love letters to Prime Minister Modi. Chennai protested to Delhi and Delhi acted in a manner which left the Rajapaksas reeling. Colombo was compelled to tender an immediate and abject apology to PM Modi and CM Jeyalalithaa.

Gone are the days the Rajapaksas could insult India at will. The gentlemanly Manmohan Singh is no longer in office. Narendra Modi and his BJP are Hindu fanatics; and like all fanatics they are bullies with thin skins. In the Bully-universe, the small and the weak must succumb to the big and the strong. This new reality was clearly evident in the statement issued by Indian External Affairs Spokesman, Syed Akbaruddin: “We have achieved our objective…. as soon as we took up this matter, we drew immediate results and to our entire satisfaction…”[ii]

As CM Jeyalalithaa pointed out in her letter to PM Modi, “…..the visual itself….is not part of the article written by a journalist but…..deliberately and mischievously put up on the official website itself. This reprehensible visual clearly indicates that these are not necessarily the views of the author but of the Sri Lankan government itself.”[iii] So the real problem was not the article but the sketch. And that sketch, which depicted a senior political leader of a neighbouring land as a lovelorn woman, was emblematic of Rajapaksa foreign policy – uninformed, juvenile, shallow, racist and misogynist; and utterly psychotic in its inability to understand the international reality.

The Rajapaksas can pose, shout and bluster, but in the real world Sri Lanka has no power and infinitesimal influence. Sri Lanka lacks the politico-economic muscle of a China and the moral clout of a Cuba. And, as the recent fiasco demonstrates, the Rajapaksas can throw their weight around only until they encounter a bigger bully.

This dangerous dissonance between the Rajapaksa worldview and the reality was hilariously depicted in an e-mail which did the rounds when Minister Wimal Weerawansa began a boycott of American products. The e-mail titled “The American Economy Collapses; Obama Resigns” (with a picture of a devastated Barack Obama and his one sentence resignation letter – ‘Dear America, I quit’) stated, “The USA is facing the greatest economic collapse in its entire history… This calamity has reduced the American government to a state of helplessness and compelled President Obama to resign…. International economic experts believe that this devastation was caused by Minister Wimal Weerawansa’s campaign to boycott American products. After Mr. Weerawansa decided to stop using his Gmail the world famous Google Co. had to close down; its chairman and the CEO are said to have taken their own lives. A delegation comprising of American Vice President, Secretary of State and other top officials are believed to be on their way to Sri Lanka; the purpose of their visit is to beg Minister Weerawansa’s forgiveness and persuade him to change his tough decision”.

An exaggerated depiction of the Siblings’ Rajapaksa-centric universe, albeit a recognisable one. The Rajapaksas believe that Sri Lanka is of vital strategic importance to all major powers. They think they can bend Indians and Americans to their will by waving the China card.

This ‘if you do not back us we will go to China’ approach was evident in an article written by Ajith Nivard Cabraal (an ‘organic intellectual’ of the Rajapaksa Risorgimento) for the Forbes magazine. Mr. Cabraal asks, rhetorically, “Is the US ‘losing’ Sri Lanka?” and answers, “Not yet”. He wields the China-card, a tad crudely, “Just last month, Sri Lanka opened its second international airport funded by a $209 million Chinese loan” and concludes by saying, “….Sri Lanka would welcome a recalibration of US policy towards a more symmetrical US strategy that takes into consideration, the key strategic, economic and trade perspectives. Surely such a strategy will serve both countries’ long term interests.”[iv]

That then is the rationale of the Rajapaksa foreign policy. The Rajapaksas are effectively telling Washington and Delhi, ‘Allow us to treat our Tamils/Muslims/Christians/Sinhala political opponents as we will; let us steal our national wealth and violate our national laws as we please. Just help us with loans and investments; welcome us to your countries. And we will dump China and join your camp.’ When Americans and Indians refuse to give them the carte blanche they desire, the Rajapaksas become irked and unleash their lay and ordained furies.

The Rajapaksas think the same way, nationally and internationally- ‘if you do not support us wholeheartedly, you are our enemy’.

Who Gets the Bill?

The totally unnecessary Jeyalalithaa-Modi fiasco does not seem to have taught the Rajapaksas the unwisdom of their Medamulana-style foreign policy. Perhaps the Siblings will act with greater circumspection towards India (and Tamilnadu). But the fundamentals of their psychotic foreign policy will remain unchaged. This was evident from the invasion of the CSR meeting and the regime’s silly and execrable defence of that outrageous incident.

Next to the ‘China-stick’ the Siblings value the ‘lobbying-carrot’. Sajin Vaas Gunawardena has hired two more US lobbying firms to persuade Washington to change its Lankan policy. One firm reportedly has links to an Obama-supporter/financier. Clearly the Siblings think that the White House will pay more attention to propaganda materials by paid lobbyists than to official reports by the State Department. Since the Rajapaksas prefer to ignore the Lankan foreign ministry and conduct their international relations through their kith and kin, they may believe that to be the global-norm.

Or perhaps what the Rajapaksas are really after is not major changes in Washington’s Lankan policy but buying some insurance for those Lankan Americans, Gotabaya and Basil Rajapaksa. Maybe that is why the government which is selling drinking water to drought-stricken people of Moneragala and Hambantota (at Rs.4-5 per litre) is paying the newest lobbying firm Rs.118 million for one year[v].

In Marquez’s story, after extracting the mayor’s tooth, the dentist asks who the bill should be sent to, “To you or to the town?” The mayor replies, “It is the same damn thing.”

It’s the same damn thing here too – in the end, the wages of the Rajapaksa foreign policy will have to be borne by Sri Lanka and her people.

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    I think the urgency to take it down was because Tamils were running a riot over there. Then there was an attempted self-immolation.

    Its good to make a point but not when Tamils begins to drop dead like flies. This is only a small riot. When MGR died over 150 Tamils self-immolated apparently. Although only 10 dropped dead for Prabakraran.

    Although any publicity is good publicity isn’t it? I suspect many who do not know the issue actually read the perfectly crafted article and now know the issue inside out.

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      You forget the 147,000+ who ‘disappeared’ for Prabhakaran as the Bishop alleges.

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        You two Psychotic commentators,

        “Foreign Policy By Psychotics”

        How else will psychotics, mass murderers and criminals against humanity run a government, let alone the foreign policy?

        Look at the self proclaimed terrorism expert – another psychotic, with the other two psychotics concocting some lies to fool the world!

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        Ram you Sinkalam:

        Correction. 147,000 who perished at the hands of your Barbaric brothers simply because they were Tamils.

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          kali-ban

          Like you Ramu is also a fantasist.

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            Grandad:

            TG should have added you in the list of Psychotics.

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              Dreams + Humour = Fantasy Island in the Used Sanitary Association.

              What’s up Chaddi walla is going for mere Malli for his Chai.

              If Sushma tries to cling to your lungi on return from visiting the state take care brush her aside (only interest is tameing the punjabis who finally win because of cross border partition)

              Good luck where is your army???
              kadelipade, kavalipadade.(dont love, dont mind….psycho who why when ??)

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          No, simply because they were tamil terrorists !

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            Marcus says “they were tamil terrorists !”

            Tattoo-to-Tooth : you are : Too Stupid to Live.!

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      MaRa will continue his Medumalane foreign policy no matter how he got beaten by Jayalalitha and Modi. The next step in Medumalane policy is take revenge for this humiliation. We can watch how his medumalane policy reacts.

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      Vibushna you Sinkalam:

      What is your point mate.

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      I wish Gota’s BeBe Sena begins to drop dead like flies. So far only one idiot succeeded in self-immolation (That too by force according to some reports).

      ‘The Rajapaksas believe that Sri Lanka is of vital strategic importance to all major powers’
      This is the mentality blind Rajapaksa supporters have.

      Another brilliant piece of writing.
      No wonder Mara supporters hate Tisaranee.

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      Coming colors not good for MARA.

      President Mahinda Rajapaksa has ordered the CID to immediately investigate an incident during the annual Esala Perahera of Devinuwara Maha Upulwan Devale on last full moon poya day (10), in which the casket containing the sacred relic fell from atop the elephant carrying it in front of thousands of people.

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    LTTE in Tamil Nadu insulting the Srilankan President in Billboards seem to make Ms T ecstatic.

    Her [Edited out] mate in the Rainbow, is firing both barrels at the eminent QC , British Desmond and his two Western Colleagues of International Legal expertise in HR hoping to discredit them before they start the Investigation in to LTTE atrocities..

    With Ms T and her Mate facing another political kick in the back from not only the Sinhala Buddhists, but also poor ex Naduans in Badulla ,Bandarawela who have been abandoned by the Vellalas all along.this LTTE Nadu campaign may cheer them up and give them some oomph..

    Ms T should have got a photo of this Billboard with LTTE proxy Sambandan and Rainbow Ranil superimposed on either side and presented to her [Edited out] buddy to use as an Election poster in UVA.

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    K.A Sumanasekera

    “LTTE in Tamil Nadu insulting the Srilankan President in Billboards seem to make Ms T ecstatic.”

    What does it prove?

    Tamils from Tamilnadu and this island and Sinhala/Buddhists share the same stupid gene M20, lots of it.

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      Grandad:

      It is nice to know you are still around and hope you are still counting like the Manduba Thavakai.

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        kali-ban

        You are here!!!!

        Countdown: 2 days to go.

        I am really really excited.

        How is everything?

        Are you going to commence your invasion with Parrippu drop or something else?

        Please share your selfi with us.

        Good luck to you and your invading Tamil National Army.

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    Sumane, Did you come out of your mother’s womb in 6 months. You always seem to pick the things from half way and comment on.

    Why do you make a deafening silence of the instigators of the incident, your blossom pals Tsunami Fund Swindler MARA and the coward who bolted to US,when the country was in need of forces, GOTA. It is the foolhardy and idiotic acts of these two morons which lead to this shameful incident to our country. Even we feel ashamed as LANKANS for the shameful situation we are been put by your idiotic morons.

    Let us talk of that Sumane, come to the party if you are a man.

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    What do you expect with Gotabhaya Rajapaksa also dictating Sri Lankan foreign policy? Bensen

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    Who wants a Coup ?
    There is going to be Regime change of a different sort – MR has
    to be credited with a hidden plan. He has Army camps in 26 Districts
    and can “arrange” for a Coup when suitable, with CJ will be ruling that under the prevailing threat to Sovereignty by UN and IC the current National Leaders will continue until the Army releases its grip – like accepted in some other Countries. MR has had tuition from Burma in the May 2009 visit? Racial controls are in place like in Burma even with CW Membership.

    MRs friend ex CJ S.Silva has been probably told to release his interpretation of MR not doing the 3rd round in the Ring – pre drama of the Coup scene in making? Isint the appointment for the 1st time a
    Chinese Defence Attache to its Embassy an indicator? Did India move in Paki, B-desh Dictatorships?

    The active Army Officers seconded under MEA have been given a luxurious rest-period and are kept to be summoned to manage the “Coup” in the next stage of “Governance”. They have Files connected to war-crimes. Sanctions are nothing to the Royal family. All Dayan/Rajiva types will be paid Consultant fees to keep silent and manage propaganda. Media will be under strict Army censorship. Supporting Media firms will in return be paid heavily with Advt. costs so that they don’t close down.

    The Sinhala intellectuals in the Legal/Medical/Health sectors will just hang-out, as now, some taking wings reading this insight(?) as one possibility. Anti MR TU Leaders will all be bought-over with hidden Chinese funds. Henchmen and cohorts will happily continue for a decade at least. All politicians making a noise( like Mangala) will be taken-in under the PTA by the Dist. Army camps for long-term questioning. NP is already under Chandrasiri & Douglas – a successful trial. Awaiting the correct time, even astrologically, is MR forte. If China can have its own
    Dictator here, like in Burma it will be 50% Geo-politics success with its new Naval-Air Base in Trincomalee. J.Kerry visit is all for Hippocratic reasons.

    If this fertile imagination is good – will it come into play? Lets wait and see.

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    Up till now China had no defence attache in Colombo. Recently they have appointed one and he has joined their embassy. One would say it is rather odd.

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      This way it is easy for Gota’s Lanka Logistics to operate and for him to pocket the commissions. Not forgetting getting expertise on suppressing the Muslim minority and controlling the internet and media among others….. While their women (prostitutes) are screwing our men, the China man is screwing both our men and women financially/economically by way of loans on commercial rates of interest and by highly inflated project costs!

      Every China man and woman in this country should be expelled from Sri Lanka ASAP!

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        Why So??
        …then like your Badhiutheen you don’t observe the mainland Chinese!

        You would not even be able to differentiate the Koreans from them but not the koran.;)

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      Paul says: “”One would say it is rather odd.””

      Its Coo-coo for Co-Co Puffs.

      yīyè qíng- a one-night stand with all the joint officers young wife’s.

      So that the nation is bestowed three gems- tatte, motte,bette.

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    TG:

    You are spot on. India is a Regional Bully headed by Hindu Nationalist. MR is a small time local Hambanthotta bully and he is no match for the Big Bully.
    Panic has set in and in sheer desperation on the advice of MR & Gotha the Ministry of Defence have resorted to writing Garbage which has backfired. There is a lot of news coming out of Sinhala Lanka painting a picture that all is not well for the Tamils in Sri Lanka as Modi has abandoned the Tamils. On the contrary it is just the opposite. After weak man Peiris was summoned to Delhi there is a calm before the storm. MR has been ordered to meet the Aspirations of the Tamils and with elections around the Corner India is taking a low key approach not to play into the hands of MR. Post elections Modi will get tough if MR returns. There is no hiding place. He can run but he cant hide.
    To add to the woos MR has embarked on a spending spree to curry favour with the American administration as America has emerged as the biggest trading partner and sanctions following UNHCR report will make Sinhala Lanka grind to a halt.

    CRIME ( Against Humanity) NEVER PAYS.

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      kali-ban

      Countdown: 2 more days.

      I am excited.

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        Grandad:

        In old age excitement is a killer. But then you cant change fate. I hope you have written your will. Cherio

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    Tisaranee

    You should have also added what the Ruling Family is doing is also “emblematic of Rajapaksa national policy – uninformed, juvenile, shallow, racist and misogynist; and utterly psychotic in its inability to understand the national reality.”

    Add to this, bring in that ubiquitous “mystery spinner” called Sajin Vaas Gunawardane who is throwing our good money after bad like confetti, in a vain attempt to provide protection to the Family internationally.

    The tide is actually beginning to turn, and soon we will have our own Tribunals to try these characters for crimes against our nation.

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    See in the photo how Gota is lecturing to GLP of all people. I could not help but laugh when I saw it.

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      Who Is GL after all a mahanama knot: PhD ; Pakistani healing Dancer.
      He never entered the profession because he could never win a case like most professors so they look for political power (judge) to hit back.
      dog bite dog in the game of the parasites who are supposed to be the framers of the law of the land for a just society.

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      Very few have noticed that infamous finger pointing by GR in the photo, here it is at old cunning selfish fox Peries.. I won’t complain .. Insane terrorist professor is in the photo too… I see all these guys as ugly humans, but I am sure all three of them are in their peaks in their life.. success , power, money, ….. Bit envy…

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    Wimal Weerawansa’s boycott of the US products is only for public consumption. His own child is studying in the US. It this not consumption of US product?

    GL Pieris is another insane person. He says UN has not seen the infrastructure development that has taken place in Sri Lanka after the war. I would like to ask this “Pierisi Kuttama” what has infrastructure development got to do with Human Rights Violations? UN is worried about Human Rights Violations and not infrastructure development. When is he going to get it right. He has lost is mind. Why should we have an insane person as the Head of Foreign Ministry. Oh! is he the head or the Supervising Minister is the head, there is confusion here too.

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    Tamil Nadu now may be all LTTE under its new patron the CM. But India is not all Tamil Nadu. Is it?..

    LTTE buddies even burnt Subramanian Swamy’s coffin , because he came to Srilanka and told point blank that the BJP got it’s own and they don’t need dictation from Tamil Nadu or the Diaspora or the TNGTE to formulate Foreign Policy.

    Vellala in Colombo are pissed off that Swamy would back the non TNA Tamils in Srilanka.

    These are mainly Indian brethren from Tamil Nadu who took refuge or came as Economic migrants, Green card holders, Family reunion, Marriage and may be even 457 Visas .

    Even now they are migrating as brides and grooms to help to non Vellala even from our own Srilankan Tamil stock. .

    Probably the poor Naduans the great majority whom are dalits have been brain washed by Vaiko, Nedu and Seeman before handing over to the new patron Jayalaitha.that they don’t realize the TNA is all about Land and Police Powers for the Vellalas in Colombo.

    So what is there for our inhabitants to worry about especially with the up coming UVA and the main game soon after the blessings from Vatican.

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      You are originally a sarong jonney like Subramanian Swamy’s coffin –
      the school teacher with a pooey grudge from his lungi appa’s civil servants days.

      Priyanka would easily castrate him before he can say jack stupid sod.
      Sevela you know what is patent right, class caste, it’s here to stay!
      The more you get pissed the more you get drowned.

      “Vellala in Colombo are pissed off that Swamy would back the non TNA Tamils in Srilanka.”

      If the sarongs and lungies stick to their well, so you may be right-
      however in Lankian Innovation is:

      A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.

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    Oh yes, how much I vainly and hopelessly wish that people like Thisaranee were at the helm of things not on only in SL but the world at large as natures amoral malaise is spread all across the our planet with human automatons serving nature as well as other lesser human automatons who are mostly prone to violence and emotion than reason as life is an ocean of emotion with islets of reason here and there.

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    Ado!! to some of the blithering buffoons who love to insult each other in these columns….you all need something else to do in life other than this! Try standing in front of a moving train and see if the driver will stop for you. You seem to think your f’d up opinions matter in some universe.

    India is a powerful country despite its malnourished and poverty stricken populace. It can and will swat at nuisances like the Rajapakses, whenever it feels like it. It plays with the big boys not with weaklings and cowards like the Raja kollas.

    The practice and art of diplomacy is for the educated and not for mutts like Sajin, Basil, Gota and Wimal.

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