6 December, 2021

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Geneva Again

By Izeth Hussain

 Izeth Hussain

Izeth Hussain

Once again Geneva looms on the horizon. But this time, in a more apposite metaphor, Geneva March 2014 takes the form of a huge bristly grisly monster moving towards Sri Lanka while wielding a lethal spiked club in its hand. That is to say that what happens in March in Geneva over accountability for alleged war crimes could eventually lead to UN sanctions against Sri Lanka. Those sanctions could prove lethal to the present Government of Sri Lanka. The main thrust of this article, however, is that the problem of accountability is the text while more important is the undeclared subtext, which is the problem of the failure to move effectively towards a political solution of the ethnic problem. I hold that it is the latter problem that has led to the problem of accountability. I hold further that the Government is probably in a no-win situation in regard to the problem of accountability, but it can win by convincingly and effectively moving towards a political solution of the ethnic problem.

What should we do? We must consider certain preliminary matters before answering that question. One is the enormous prejudice against Sri Lanka which prevails in a very powerful segment of the international community, namely the West and its allies in Australia and New Zealand. It is time to recognize that that “prejudice” is something that ought to be placed within inverted commas because the negative attitude towards Sri Lanka, more particularly its Government, is something that can be justified in terms of the highest standards of morality prevailing in contemporary civilization. Those standards demand that fair and equal treatment be given to the minorities.

The Government has a sorry record in the treatment accorded to our minorities since 2009. For almost four years it kept on promising to India that it would give not just 13A but 13A+, and eventually it offered 13A-. In terms of prevailing diplomatic norms that has to be seen as morally shabby behavior. During that period the Government tried out an alternate strategy to solve the ethnic problem, instead of the promised devolution: heavy expenditure on infrastructure projects which the Tamils see as designed, not to meet the economic needs of the Tamil people, but to bind the country together under monolithic Sinhalese power; attempts to change the demographic structure of the North and East by allegedly stealing the lands of the Tamils and the Muslims; and a heavy armed forces presence in the North which can be seen as showing the arrogance of the conqueror. That alternate strategy was shown to be a complete flop at the NPC elections. So the Government has set up the Northern Provincial Council, but the record up to now makes it doubtful that the Government will allow it to function properly.

In addition we now have a Muslim ethnic problem. I need not go into details about it, except to say that the Muslims have always sided with the Sinhalese against the Tamils and suffered ill consequences as a result – notably the eviction of scores of thousands of Muslims from the North. The spawning of this problem, with evident State blessings, will be taken by Westerners – quite rightly, I must say – as showing unpardonable stupidity and unpardonable racism in the highest echelons of the Sinhalese State. Furthermore, the Government has been going in the direction of authoritarianism and dictatorship, as shown for instance by the 18th Amendment and the outrageous ousting from office of the Chief Justice. It should be easily understandable that for such reasons the West has conceived a negative image of the Government, and the reason for that is not prejudice. However, prejudice does come into the picture, in this way: the negative image prejudices the way the West looks at the problem of alleged war crimes.

I will now pose two commonsensical questions to which I believe the Government should attach the highest importance. Practically everyone knew about six months before May 18, 2009 that the LTTE was doomed to military defeat, and the Government knew that better than anyone else. Is it conceivable, is it imaginable, that a Government in that position would order or acquiesce in the mass massacre of non-combatant Tamil civilians, amounting – according to the usually alleged figure – to 40,000? Why should a Government certain of a military victory want to sully its record by being a party to genocide on so massive a scale? Furthermore the Government certainly knew that both the US and India were gathering satellite imagery of what was taking place on the ground, and that mass massacres would not go undetected. We must bear in mind also the factor of the Indian elections which made the Government postpone the final offensive until after the elections were over – as pointed out in the document The Numbers Game – knowing that collateral damage possibly on a large scale would be inevitable. Obviously the Government had very much in mind the inevitable fall-out in Tamil Nadu of unwarranted killings of Tamil civilians.

The questions posed in the preceding paragraph point to one ineluctable conclusion: the Government could not have wanted a mass massacre of civilian Tamils. It is possible of course that sadistically inclined armed forces officers could have engaged in wanton killings, and that could have been committed also by rogue units in the armed forces. However it is probable, indeed a practical certainty, that the greatest proportion of the killings of non-combatant civilians was the consequence of the LTTE’s strategy of exposing civilians to attacks by the armed forces as a way of provoking international humanitarian intervention – about which a mass of evidence has been collated in The Numbers Game and elsewhere.

My second commonsensical question is this: if the mass killings of non-combatant civilians took place in the final weeks of the war ending on May 18, 2009, why did the international rumpus about it start two years later? We can be certain that India, even more than the US, had precise information about what was happening in the North, and we can be certain also that Delhi would have been deeply concerned about possible repercussions in Tamil Nadu. Why then did it maintain a thunderous silence at that time? One possibility that springs to mind is that the killings that took place were nothing like the massacres in Kosovo, Rwanda, or Darfur, which provoked without much delay international intervention with international backing. The other possibility is that it took some time after the conclusion of the war for India to become convinced that the SL Government had no intention of implementing 13A, or moving towards any sort of a political solution on the basis of devolution.

I wrote an article in the Island of May 2, 2011 on the Ban Ki-moon conspiracy and followed it up with an Addendum in the Island of May 25, 2011. The first article was congested with too many ideas and didn’t make for comfortable reading, but my argument was straightforward enough. The US and Britain were involved in a benign conspiracy, which included India as well, to use the Darusman Report to make Sri Lanka answerable on war crimes allegations. That was the text, but what I now call the sub-text was to make the SL Government implement 13A. At that time it evidently seemed to most people that India’s involvement in that conspiracy was most unlikely. But India quite unexpectedly voted for the anti-Sri Lanka US Resolution at Geneva, providing what looked like spectacular substantiation for my argument. For the greater part of the two years that have elapsed since then the SL Government has shown that it was adamantly opposed to 13A or any solution based on devolution. It is arguable now that that adamantine opposition has become a thing of the past with the setting up of the Northern Provincial Council. But the omens are not favorable.

I come now to the question, What should we do? The Numbers Game, to which I have been referring in this article, provides as far as I know the most exhaustive, the most meticulous, analysis of the numbers killed in the final phase of the war. It calls seriously into question the charge that the killings of civilians were in the scores of thousands. But I found another part of the document even more instructive. Under International Humanitarian Law it is not illegal to risk causing collateral destruction when a legitimate target is to be attacked. It seems to me a very powerful argument to be used by the Government, considering that it is established beyond dispute that the LTTE deliberately exposed Tamil civilians to armed forces attack. We can also use the argument that it is impossible to believe that the Government wanted Tamil civilians to be massacred.

But do such arguments really matter? Very powerful countries are arrayed against Sri Lanka. Do very powerful countries give a dam about International Humanitarian Law or any damned Law? The Government will doubtless do its best in Geneva. We must now focus on trying to make a success of 13A. Our first priority should be this: to try to convince the Government that it would be foolish, and even dangerous, to go on and on playing the fool over 13A.

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    It is not prejudice stupid, it is the world’s realization of the truth and the genocidal intent of the Sinhala establishment to wipe out the Tamil nation from the island, which started after the British left the island.

    Don’t give a slant as if it is a terrorist monster moving from Geneva, the monster is at home and thriving – the Sinhala Buddhist Supremacy monster fueled by Mahavamsa.

    This man is also another Sri Lankan stooge, and his arguments proves to me to be so.

    It is Callum Macrae and Channel 4, that brought out the war crimes and genocide committed by the Sri Lankan regime from the very top to the world attention. Authentic photographs and videos taken by Sinhalese soldiers during the war were given to Channel 4. Tamils on ground who survived and fled abroad also supplied evidence. It took time for evidence to emerge, and still coming. The PPT verdict in Dublin delivered earlier and in Germany this year also heard evidence and passed judgment as genocide of Eelam Tamils by Sri Lanka.

    Not only that US State department for many years has published that Sri Lankan state has institutionalized discrimination against Tamils. Facts from 1948 will speak for themselves without any elaboration at any investigation.

    When the truth is so glaring this stupid man thinks they can be covered up or glossed over.

    The world is not full of fools, Mr Izeth Hussain, at least not all the time.
    Our demon (state terrorist) Rajapakse fooled the world during the war portraying the freedom fight of the Tamils as terrorism and with 23 countries’ help won the war against a fledgling state of Tamil Eelam.

    13th amendment is meaningless rubbish as far as Tamils are concerned. If Sri Lanka really intends reconciliation would they hold war victory celebrations year after year showing their military might? Why doesn’t it occur to you?

    Writing a lopsided article is easy on a weekend, but the truth is blaring out loud and clear – it was genocide and it is still continuing in covert forms including mass sterilization of Tamil women in both the North-East and in the Up-country.

    An impartial international investigation is a must to bare the atrocities heaped on Tamils since independence and the genocide committed, punish the perpetrators and set Tamils free for ever from oppression.

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      Here is something for Thaka Thiru.

      The Tamils like you will never be full patriotic citizens of Sri lanka and we do not need you.

      Scum like you have a history of being traitors from the time of the Cholas, Potuguese, Dutch and the British. They could buy pieces of shit like you and get to act as spies for as little as two betel leaves and an areca nut.

      Things haven’t changed. Today they are sweeping streets in London, New Yoork and Toronto and getting them to act against Sri lanka,

      Let us see who will have the last laugh.

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        Why should demanding Tamils be free like the Sinhalese bother you so much? Exactly, your outburst is Sinhala Buddhist supremacy!

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          Go read Buddha’s teaching carefully.

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          Tamil peopel were free in Vanni under the LTTE morons! What happened there? Kidnapping of Tamil children and raping young girls by your so called nasty criminal LTTE morons.

          You are safe with your kids in the West and do some dollar collection. Now that is also lost.

          I understand your frustration.

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            Sivananthan You MUSLIM

            Stop this rubbish Anti Tamil Rhetoric you Moron.

            The Slaves of the Brits wouldnt have chsed you out if you hadnt spied for the Sri Lankan army. So you brought it upon yourself ” Thoppi Piraddi” (Swapping Sides.
            You need TRC Sri Lankan Style.

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        Hey pal, patriotism you seem to love so much is the last refuge of the racist scoundrel. Patriotism and sovereignty are used by dictatorial regimes like the Rajapaksa regime to persecute and murder their enemies, minorities and those who fight for their basic human rights. Look at the so called patriots among your community and who do you see as it’s most voiceferous proponents – Gota and Mahinda the war criminals, the saffron clad thugs, Modawansa the elapsed opportunistic Marxist, Mervin the vermin and many other unsavoury characters. The whole world appears to be against you except for a few dictators in Africa, Latium America and the biggest HR abuser of all China. When the guillotine is about to fall on the fat neck of Rajapaksa the patriotic scoundrels like you appear to be raising their desperate and ugly heads. I am elated at the trauma you and your ilk are undergoing at the moment but I can promise there is more pain to come your way.

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          Rajapaksha never talk any thing against Tamils but Gen.Fonseka publicly ridiculed Tamils as second class.

          Alas! You Tamil donkeys asked the Tamils to vote Fonseka who was in Uniform.

          Rajapaksha is now elevated to be a king of Sri lanka and no one ever touch him.

          Your American masters recently had good chat with Gota. So, your Eelam is now in the Kakoose for ever!

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            Sivananthan You MUSLIM:

            That is the point Thoppi Piraddi: MR doesnt talk but he acts. He kills.
            But his brother Gotha has cleaned you Halal Stink from the Kelani River area has banned Halal. Are you not angry with him. May be not because Halal is not banned in Canada where you fled after being chased by the Slaves of the Brits.Your friends the Somalis also eat Halal.

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        Rana Viry:

        “The Tamils like you will never be full patriotic citizens of Sri lanka and we do not need you.”

        What a revelation? If you do not need the Tamils, there is a simple solution to that – let them have their own country and mind their own business. Not now or ever, Tamils will be pain and will continue to internationalise their problems.

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      Thiru,

      Dude, move to Washington. Rather than to Tamil Nadu. Which is your true homeland.

      Cheers!

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        Burning Ben calm down, if Sri Lanka didn’t commit massive war crimes, why are you all against international investigation.

        Do you want the World to take guided tours by the Sri Lanka army, who cultivate Tamil lands, painting a rosy picture of the so-called reconciliation?

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          Thiru,

          I am totally calm. No problem.

          Here is your problem though. In Sri Lanka there will never ever be any Sinhalese, Tamil or Muslim lands. Only Sri Lankan land.

          Sorry Dude! Your racist dream of ethnic segregation will not materialise. Do not waste your time.

          Any Sri Lankan can cultivate land, anywhere in Sri Lanka. From North to South. East to West.

          I am a Sinhalese Buddhist. My Mom from Colombo and Dad from Kandy. We live in a Colombo suburban area. Just last week we got new neighbours. Sri Lankan Muslims from the East. They are very welcome to live beside us. Fantastic family. They are Sri Lankans and above all we are human beings.

          If you cannot accept that reality of Sri Lanka, might as well disappear to a Tamil only segregated area. In Tamil Nadu. Homeland of Tamils. You will not be missed. I promise you.

          Cheers!

          PS: That War Crimes matter you scream about will be settled. By people who love Sri Lanka. And Justice will be served. Take it easy. Blood thirsty Ealamistas such as yourself have no role to play in such a process.

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          Thiru!
          You are a fool and no one ask International investigation except the LTTE criminal morons. LTTE was a local criminal gang and destroyed.

          Will you ask an International investigation for the killing of sandalwood Veerappan by Tamil nadu police?

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            Sivananthan You MUSLIM:

            At least the LTTE managed to chase out Thoppi Piraddis like you before they were finished.

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              kali,

              M.Sivananthan is a Sinhala Buddhist. You should read his previous comments.
              “At least the LTTE managed to chase out Thoppi Piraddis like you before they were finished”

              That’s why you Tamil racist suffering forever. But real Sri Lankan tamils living in peace in Colombo and south as well as in the north.
              You should know that even Tamil nadu doesn’t care about your people. They talk only to achieve their political benefits. India wanted to finish the LTTE in Sri Lanka, now that is over.

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                Alan,

                Keep on dreaming buddy. I take it you don’t read the news and for your information. You are still stuck in the past whereas the World Has moved on.

                Thanks for enlightening me that Sivananthan is a typical Sinhalese Buddhists name.

                If you Label some one fighting for Freedom a Racist I am happy to be called a Racist. I take it that you would call some one like King Mahintha your boss a HUMANITARIAN.

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        Ben,

        Do you want to Move Russia or China instead of India (sorry not sure which part of India you came) which is your true homeland. This sort of treatment of Tamils by Sinhalese is the fundamental of the problem. I don’t know when you all thugs going to change your mentality.

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          Ajith,

          Extreme, perverted Tamil ethno-nationalist, seperatist, romanticised racsim, of which you are are a part of, is not a fundamental problem?

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            Ben,
            I am not a part of Sinhala Buddhist fundamentalism. You are part of it.

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      keep your mouth shut. your [Edited out]

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      You guys still barking in support of LTTE. That is enough for the world to kick your ass.

      Ch.4 is a cartoon. No one will accept it. USA already threw the CH4 cartoons to the garbage dump and declared it is not necessary to push Sri lanka.

      You are in the west and dreaming of Eelam or dollar collection or kothu rotti business.

      You admit 23 countries helped to destroy your smuggler criminal LTTE. You see, 23 countries hate the Tamil criminal morons. That help will continue.
      What about the smuggling business of LTTE morons now?

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        Sivananthan You MUSLIM:

        IF you hadnt spied for the Sinhala Army ( that is why we call you Thoppi Piraddi) LTTE thd Slaves of the Brits wouldnt have cahsed you out.

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      Any investigation should cover the entire 30 year period and focus on the role played by India and the Tamil separatist diaspora in supporting the LTTE terrorists with funds, training, planning and false propaganda. It should also investigate the ethnic cleansing campaign conducted by the Tigers by killing or evicting Sinhalese and Muslims from regions selected for a separate mono-ethnic state for Tamils, in the North which was colonised by Tamil labour brought from India by the Portuguese and Dutch colonial masters, just like the colonising with Tamils the hill country by the British. Yes, the Tigers committed genocide, but we need to identify those in India and western nations that supported this dirty conflict and demand compensation for the lives and property lost.

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    The main problem of accountability is the CULTURE OF IMPUNITY from crime and corruption enjoyed by Mahinda Rajapaksa and his family and cronies and the military in Sri Lanka today.
    A solution to the minorities is only secondary. The corruption and criminality of the Jarapassa regime is the TEXT AND SUBTEXT of impending UN sanctions Mr. Hussein. You are right that sanctions will be lethal to the highly indebted and corrupt regime – especially as the truth about Sri Lanka’s debt and regime corruption, and the SPIN generated through fake STATISTICS generated by the corrupt clown Nivard Cabraal at the Central Bank and the Dept of Stats is exposed!

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    Jarapassa’s Shit has hit the fan big time and is circulating in the global arena.. and all international spaces and gatherings.. The regime’s days are numbered.

    The horse has bolted! It is too late to shut the stable gate!

    Gota the white van goon would best figure out how to collect all the shit that is out there and put it in a box – or better still a white van and drive it to the Nether world!

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    13A…..[Edited out]

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    If Izeth Hussain wants to play Geisha to the Rajapaksa’s he might as well decide to enjoy performing fellatio wholeheartedly. Otherwise not only will he deprive himself of the expected payment, but also draw punishment for causing pain to that particular body part.

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    ” My second commonsensical question is this: if the mass killings of non-combatant civilians took place in the final weeks of the war ending on May 18, 2009, why did the international rumpus about it start two years later? “

    The writer is implying that there was no mass slaughter? Channel 4 exposed the deliberate artillery targetting of Tamil civilians in no fire zone.

    The reason the West did nothing was because the Western elites in general don’t care about human rights for human rights sake. Additionally India would have lobbied hard behind the scenes to silence and thwart Western attempts.

    The West also did nothing when the mass slaughter in Ruwanda took place. Only afterwards did they call for investigations. In Sudan they dragged their feet for many years while the Arab Sudanese north and its proxy militias were raping and slaughtering Black African South Sudanese. It can’t be ignored that the favorable relationship between the Arab Sudanese North and Islamists and the rich hydrocarbon deposits in the South was what eventually pushed the West to create South Sudan. Ofcourse lobbying by Western Celebs also helped.

    India is run by the Nehru-Ghandi and Brahminical elite so any opportunity to destroy Dravidians is something they cherish. You only have to look at how India has been run by the minority upper castes since Independence. Additionally the Hindi speaking Indian elite have been doing their best to exterminate the Dravidian South by trying to imposing Hindi on them.

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      I support your views as they reflect the truth.

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      The writer has explained quite correctly; if mass killings of civilians took place the blame has to be placrd on the LTTE terrorists and the scumbags who supported them. If 40,000 were killed, where are the bodies. The govt offensive is justifiable for eliminating terrorism. Move on! Enjoy the peace!

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        Listen the GOSL did not have to deliberately target Tamil civilians, LTTE did not make them do so. GOSL went out of their way to kill as many Tamils as they could.

        GOSL and its supporters often used LTTE oppression of Tamils as a reason for targetting LTTE yet GOSL has deliberately slaughtered tens of thousands of Tamils in 2009.

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        lal:

        The bombing of the WTC 9/11 is justified because of George Bush? And murdering more than 70,000 Sinhala youths because they went up against the govt is also justified? Then what the hell was it called a “humanitarian” operation? That too, with the HR charter in the hands of every soldier? Why not you go and tell your cock and bull stories to your grandmother?

        Even those who surrendered with white flags were murdered. Those who surrendered went missing. 17 ACF workers were murdered in cold blood. Before you go around implicating the LTTE, look at the mud in your own face. You neither have a govt nor an army that have hung up in shame the name of the Buddha. Shame on you people and shame on Buddha for having chosen a bloody land.

        Yes, we too want to know where are the bodies? And precisely the need for an independent international investigation to smoke out the sly foxes.

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        lal

        You have been terrorising this forum for quite sometime. What should I do to get rid of you without causing collateral damage to other readers?

        I haven’t found the answer therefore I have drop the idea.

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        War death of Tamil not 40,000. It is not said anyshere. The UN Expert report did not conclude 40,000 as number. Mr Izeth Hussain was trying come up with funny description to make that numbers as very true.

        Mannar Bishop did not have official number. He tried to portray that his calculation should match the official number. He is very low on the count.

        The GOSL current war Widow count is 90,000. This means government killed during the war 90,000 men. These killing took place by bombing. There should had been equivalent number of women too killed by bombing. This should put the estimate to 180,000 spouses of the widows and widowers. Those who did not leave behind widow or widower should be counted. Just say another 20,000. Now it is 200,000. Everybody knows children are the vulnerable souls in a war. So you just add another 100,000 children done by this war bombing. This should put the number at 300,000. The families those wiped out with trace could be another 100,000. LTTE soldiers killed by government 60,000. The TNA’s earlier estimate that 1 million peoples missing seems to be a good. number. That is why they passed in their Vanni meeting a resolution to count themself without depending on GOSL counts. When they finish, soon they will give it to UNHRC, before the March 25th sittings.

        Bodies ares the still staying buried by army’s bulldozers. Army is sacred that someone may dig them. So it is not willing to handover land for digging and leave to south. When UN bring its peace keepers, they are going push the army from the mass cemeteries and start to dig for the bones. That is what I hear. Don’t rush. Let’s us wait and see.

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      But the CH4 was unable to mention a single name in their cartoon because they were made by LTTE criminal who killed the Tamil captives.

      If you know any names of the persons, publish here because I know some of the victims in the movies were members of EPDP, EPRLF, PLOT and Telo.

      So, stop your farting.

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        Sivanathan you MUSLIM:

        First of all if you hadnt spied the Slaves of the Brits wouldnt have Chased you out.
        From your language I suspect you are a Fish Monger. May be that is why you moved to Udappu in Chilaw. I know Udappu very well because I have a lot of clients from Udappu and they are Fish Mongers.

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      because there was no mass slaughter. Didnt you read that the reason for collateral damage was LTTE using the people as a human shield and targetting the army from within the civilians. That was a calculated move to create many civilians deaths and create a humanitarian crisis

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      Thanks for the sober and informative comments. It is not just that India and the West did nothing, they also said nothing. There was a thunderous silence from them.Why was there a thunderous silence from Tamil Nadu also? – IH

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    Mr Hussain. looking for your daily bread in your old age.

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    Muslim countries will vote for SL.

    They have a worse human rights record than SL!!

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      Muslim countries are scared that if SL is taken before the World courts, they might be next because many Muslim countries are waging genocide against non Muslim or are engaged in gross human rights violations.

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      Hey Fathima Fukcshima
      I am zahira…. well Izath Hussein is wrong, Muslims never took Sinhala side…. but not taken LTTE side thats the truth. Muslims will never support Budhism straight forward and truth… as Demons are dangerous… at least Hindu and tamils didnt harm Muslim except LTTE so we still speak the same language and share the same food but not Sinhala Fu….rs.. Muslims will not support Sinhala, Izzath Husseian is a Ass Liker

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    The piece is a good analysis. However, if collateral damage is legal when the target is legitimate why did the GOSL not use this as a defence originally? Arrogance? or protection of specific individuals?

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      essie:

      Izeth, in his own way want to hang the Rajapakses and he had done a good job at that. Surely he needs compatriots like you to be patriots to join in his quest. Don’t worry, Izeth will welcome you with open arms but don’t forget to shed a tear for the Rajapakses.

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        Thank you very much Jansee – Izeth

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    Who is this “everyone” who knew that the LTTE was doomed to military defeat. Yes, this was because it had been decided among the powers that be that the LTTE should be routed by aerial bombardments and the usage of chemical weapons even at the expense of the lives of innocent civilians in their tens of thousands. This is how they were assured of a military victory. The LTTE knew this. The Government knew that both the US and India were gathering satellite imagery of what was taking place on the ground, and that mass massacres would not go undetected only during the height of the war and this was not originally anticipated. In no way is 40,000 a justifiable collateral damage. The writer further states: “It is possible of course that sadistically inclined armed forces officers could have engaged in wanton killings, and that could have been committed also by rogue units in the armed forces”. Perhaps these were the thousands who flouted Mahinda Rajapaksa’s sacrosanct orders to the most undisciplined and barbaric army in the world that they should fight with the human rights code in one hand and the gun in the other. “We can also use the argument that it is impossible to believe that the Government wanted Tamil civilians to be massacred”—a very good assumption by the writer; the answer is in his concept of State Racism. One they finish with the Tamils they will come to the Muslims. Bensen

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      If you deduct the number of LTTE morons killed from your 40,000 you will reach 6,000 as the GOSL reported.

      You are a usual donkey Tamil and crying against the SL army which saved thousands of Tamils as well as 12,000 LTTE morons from the LTTE bastards!

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        Sivanathan you MUSLIM:

        If you hadnt spied for the Sinhala Army the Slaves of the Brits wouldnt have chased you out and that Number number chased out totals about 50,000 which is a lot less than the Tamils killed in Mullivaikal about 140,000.

        LTTE Cahsed them out but Gotha who banned Halal killed 140,000

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    Thiru, what the LTTE practiced was terrorism and the military defeat that followed was not only inevitable, but was most certainly in the broader interests of all the people of Sri Lanka including the Tamils. They (and other similar movements) highjacked the legitimate grievences of a people and transformed it into a form of ethnic fascism that was in no way inferior to the supremacist agenda and violence unleashed by the successive Sri Lankan Governments. At an ideological level there was no difference between people who supported (and continue to support) such movements and the ‘extreme nationalists’ and the ‘Jathika Chintanites’ we find in the South. One cannot go on lebelling people who express this view (or any other view that you do not approve of) as ‘stooges’ of the Regime. That is unhelpful and counterproductive. In the past the ‘LTTE’ (and others)shot such people who dared to express an alternate view and the list of victims who met this fate is well known to all of us – Thiyagarajah, Arulampalam, Thiruchelvam, Anandarajah, Thiranagama, Kadirgamar, Amirthalingam, Premadasa, Rajiv Gandi etc. etc.

    I am not in any way condoing the post-war conduct of the incumbant government, but the solution that we seek must be in keeping with the broader political realities of the world in general and the SE Region in particular. Through our writings and dreams we cannot afford to lead our people up the garden path once again………once is enough I think for this generation. The solution to the Tamil grievences need to be found within a united country taking into account the fact that there are substantial numbers of ethnic minorities (including Tamils) living outside the North and the East. For example you may be interested to know that the Tamil culture is very much alive in Nuwara Eliya, Bandarawela, Haputale, Hatton, Colombo and Nawalapitiya……that is the reality that we cannot afford to forget. There are many other ethnic minorities living in every part of the country. The ‘solution’ must therefore take into account the fact that all these people have an undeniable right to live in dignity as ‘co-owners’ of that beautiful country – and not as ‘new comers’ who are telerated through the kindness/generosity of the ‘owners’ of the Country.
    Best wishes
    Dr Mahesan Nirmalan

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      Dr Mahesan:

      Your wish and hope is salutary. We all were there once. The eastern province had its elections immediately after the LTTE were evicted but why more than four years in the NPC? After all, the people there voted for the local council elections and the presidential elections.

      After intense international pressure, the elections there took place but is not being allowed to function in an effective way with the Council’s powers substantially clipped. Sampanthan’s TNA and the CM Wigneswaran had, in no uncertain terms, declared that the Northern Tamils are for a united SL. So, what are you lecturing about? Either you must be a con or are in the secret service of HMSS. Or else, you are still a dreamer. I was once too, that is, hoping immediately after the war that the suffering and the deeply wounded Tamils, physically and psychologically, would finally be able to live in peace but followed was triumphalism and subjugation. The Tamils want to get on with their lives, as you would want it to be, but the regime would not allow it. The fact that they showed their anger and displeasure in the recent polls should have resulted in you hanging your head down in shame. Now that the LTTE is no more, what is stopping this recalcitrant regime in helping to heal the wounds and scars? Instead, it has created fresh and more lethal ones.

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      Dear Dr Mahesh Nirmalan,
      I don’t agree with you that the defeat of LTTE by Sinhala military has brought at the interest of the Tamil people. I also hate those people who put their fingers towards LTTE for justifying the horror and terror of the Sinhala ethnic fascism. The intention and motive of Sinhala fascism stay the same for over six decades of independence. we should be thanking to LTTE for exposing the true motive and intention of Sinhala fascism.

      On the subject of political solution to the Tamil grievances, any solution through unitary structure will not work and it is not good for the Sinhalese as well. Sinhalese lost their true democratic rights because Sinhala politics need ethnic oppressive policies.

      The second option is the true devolution of power/ sharing of power which cannot be changed without the majority of the minority. Under this arrangement North East should be a unit where national minorities have the majority under a united Sri Lanka. This is the option suitable and beneficial for both Tamil and Sinhala people.

      If the second option is not working we need to move for the third option through democratic process, that is two separate states, one for Sinhala speaking people and one for Tamil speaking people.

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      Professor Nirmalan you [Edited out]:

      You are again in a Highly Intoxicated state. Where is your Thevaram friend.
      I am going to write to the Dean of Manchester University to question your Moral Capacity to be a meber of that University when even Mr.Cameron is trying to bring GOSL to account for the Genocide.

      I await to hear your defence before I write to the Dean

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        Modearator:

        You are being very unfair. Even a Professor can be a M…n. And this is what it means

        ” Itis a term once used in psychology to denote mild intellectual disability.”

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        Kali, Remember that you are now contemplating personal revenge because Mahesh Nirmalan expressed a view opposed to yours, and here you are fighting for human rights! What are you trying to achieve? Satisfaction from destroying another’s livelihood? See what the war has done to you. Can you curb your anger and hatred? Do you see the reflection of the Sinhala racist you condemn, in your own self too? It is time that both Sinhala and Tamil people moved out of this hateful mindset. In my view we have not yet reached the point of no return. Give way for the good people on both side.

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          Wickramasri,

          You are out of your mind and it is normal for someone like you to come to the rescue of someone siding with you.
          But there is a difference between Factual Reporting and Distortion and this is what the Dr has done.
          He has just returned from a trip to Sinhala Lanka and it is possible that he has been got at.
          I am sure you know what happened to Murali ( his wife has threatened to leave him) and he was asked to not to dig but speak on behalf of MR with the threat of Charging his brother and this is what MR does and he is desperate to escape an International Inquiry.
          Is it not a coincidence that the Dr has come up with all this information after his visit.
          LTTE are no more except for Karuna so why has he not criticized MR for harbouring a Murderer and if your brother or son was killed by Karuna would you be happy. If the Dr is not prepared to forgive the LTTE why has he not mentioned Karuna.
          He talks about all the politicians who were killed by the LTTE but he has conveniently left out the Killing of Kumar Ponambalam who was murdered by GOSL thugs. The list is endless and why has he not mentioned the killing of Lasantha , the British Aid worker and many more and MR is still in charge.

          The LTTE Is not on trial but MR is . So let us stop this tirade of attack on LTTE who are no more except Karuna and concentrate on the man charged with Genocide who is still in Charge.
          My anger towards the DR is for trying to undermine the efforts by USA and Britain to bring those responsible for the Genocide who are still at large.

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      Dr Nirmalan – I have been writing political articles for decades, but I don’t think that I have even once referred to the LTTE as a terrorist movement. I have twice written articles arguing the contrary view, and must do so again.
      I believe that the core of terrorism is to be found in the indiscriminate killing of civilian non-combatants. That applies to the Pettah bomb, the Maradana bomb, and the Anuradhapura bomb etc. It may be that JRJ in his murderous xploits from 1977 to 1983 killed more non-combatant civilians than the LTTE did. The accolade of Sri Lanka’s greatest terrorist should go not to Prabhakaran but to JRJ.
      I have always regarded the LTTE as a nationalist movement, but of the tribalist regressive sort which privileges the majority ethnic group in a territory, not the kind of universalist nationalism that prevailed in the West. The tribalist nationalism of the LTTE was kin to that of the JVP, the JHU, and the Bodu Bala Sena, and to the nationalism of our Governments for most of the time.
      What you call “ethnic fascism” I call neo-Fascism”. It usually goes with racism. Some years ago I analysed Hero’s Day speeches by Prabhakaran and Anton Balasingham. They stank of racism.Of course the Sinhalese power elite always stank of racism.
      You are quite right that devolution will solve the problems of only some members of the minorities. The solution for all of them has to be through “more and more and more democracy” as I put it in my earlier article.- Izeth

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        “I have always regarded the LTTE as a nationalist movement” swears Mr. Izeth Hussain. Is this, as we say in Lankan parlance
        after seeing “the coming colours” Mr. Hussain cannot forget
        that advise he gave the Govt – some time back during the war
        and pre-2009 – to starve the Tamil areas of food as a means to
        break the backbone of the Tamil struggle. He was also for long a senior Govt official and one wonders what he could have done during that period. What an inhumane
        suggestion of a man who rushes to print in trying to gain himself
        a good reputation as a do-gooder. Being disingenuous, Mr. Hussain, in its element?

        Kettikaran

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          I never advised the Government to starve the Tamils into submission.This point was clarified in exchanges in the Island with a Tamil person whose name I forget
          But what has that got to do with my regarding the LTTE as a nationalist movement? Stick to the point. Don’t waste my time.
          – IH

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            The point, Izeth Hussain, is those double-tongued eventually get exposed. The Editor/Island will have the articles where you have recklessly called for the starvation of the Tamils. Not merely, the LTTE. And now you want to get to the good side of the LTTE and the Tamils. Your hollow attempts to justify some Lankans cheering for Pakistan in Cricket while playing the national team is also well known. Fortunately, judging by the angry response by readers in these pages, it is clear your goose has been cooked well and truly.

            Kettikaran

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    Hussain is a seasoned writer and good analyst but starting with his recollecting his bad experience in the Foreign Office under F/M ACS Hamid, he began to write with a chip on his soldier. This prejudicial thinking has now invaded his other writing as well. One can see it here from the way he presents, almost approvingly, the minority perspective, esp.of the Muslim community. Is his presentation of the idea of ‘land-grabbing’ of Tamil and Muslim land justified?
    How were any land identified as Tamil/Muslim land when the land belonged to the state and not to any groups except private land? How is it for that matter 100 percent Sinhalese villages in Kadukulam Pattu in the northern part of the Eastern Province in the 19th century (Trincomalee administarion reports)have become mixed villages with separate Tamil/Muslim AGA’ divisions. Morawewa where LTTE massacres were carried out several times is one. Wewagam Pattu which was 99 percent Sinhala DRO division as late as the second half of the 20th century and later incorporated into the Ampara district is no longer so. How is that Indian Tamils from India and Estates came to be settled in the Vanni districtsMannar, Vavuniya and Mullaitivu during pre-war decades? Are any Tamils or Tamil speakers good for these areas but not Sinhalese? How much of so called private lands in the East today are state lands or former Sinhalese lands being held under false deeds? There are expert false deed writers in the East who get them thr’official sources and courts. Where are the Sinhalese who once dominated the economic life of towns like Kalmunai,Akkaraipattu and Pottuvil? There is not a single Sinhalese these days.Donot blame the Tamils or LTTE for that.No Buddhist can go even near the ancient historic Buddhist site of Muhudu Mahaviharaya in Potuvil.Forty odd acres of Archaeological reserve has been settled and even the access road is blocked.One speak of land-grabing!I Colombo 40 foot roadway has been created on land which the govt gave to the Russian Embassy and a whole settlement has come up with a house of worship under close political patronage.The politician watchers over from a govt bungalow across the road! Is that also Sinhalese land -grabbing?There has to fairness in assessment.
    This said, one can accept the writer’s assessment that it is the political issue of devolution of powers which gives support to the H/R and humanitarian issues and accountability that the West is pursuing. Both the Diaspora and India are behind that for that reason.

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    “The overall risk of genocide in Sri Lanka is medium to high.” http://thesentinelproject.org/wp-content/uploads/Risk-Assessment-Sri-Lanka-January-2014.pdf

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    Well, for some of these Tamils “last phase of the war” is the only leverage left to obtain power without going to the Parliament or resorting to terrorism again. The death toll is a foofy.

    Its Machiavelli politics. Although with Machiavelli one victims only realised the scam after it was all over. With the game these few Tamils are playing the element of surprise is no longer there. BBS and “Sinhala Ravaya” are good not good enough.

    That is I suppose where the futility of the exercise lies. No matter how ignorant the IC can be the locals know the game very well. Nevertheless given the legitimate opposition is dull to the core this may help to check Rajapaske power abuses. So I think its all good.

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      Vibhushana

      Could we now discuss the Cankam literature, Tamil cuture, Sinhala/Buddhist culture, …………. as you seem to be an expert on all these subjects.

      It is too boring to dwell on Sinhala/Buddhist machination on a 24/07/52 basis. Move on.

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        Native,

        Looks like you are on a journey of self-discovery. What do you need clarification with Tamil culture? Narrow it down and be specific.

        cheers

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          Vibhushana

          “Looks like you are on a journey of self-discovery.”

          No, however I am trying to discover what you proudly claim as Sinhala/Buddhist culture as opposed to Tamil culture.

          I also want to discover how ideas of both cultures and sticking to their romanticised versions of both had brought untold misery to all people.

          You raise doubts about Cankam literature on many occasions as if you have mastered corpus. Please tell us what you know about Cankam.

          One should spend some time studying the subject of interest before making sweeping comments.

          Could you write articles on Tamil Culture, Sinhala/Buddhist culture and Cankam literature so that the readers could benefit from your extensive knowledge as you very often claim to posses and want us to believe.

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    Any sanctions against sinhala Buddhist will not harm at all…it only will show every sinhala Buddhist fake friendship of Christian and Muslim. same as we build Kandy kingdom, we have enough money and resources to build ruhunu rajadania again at any time and keep budhiam and sinhala culture at safe..

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      dilantha

      “same as we build Kandy kingdom”

      On our stolen land.

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    There is no peace in Sri Lanka until there is a political solution to the ethnic problem. There is no rule of law, democracy, humanity until there is a political solution to the ethnic problem. Every Sinhala and Tamil leaders, regional and international powers agree that North East of Sri Lanka is the home for Tamil speaking people and devolution of power/sharing of power is the only way to bring back the peace, true democratic rule and rule of law in this island. Once this problem is sold, the island will become a place where people enjoy the freedom, peace and love.
    Those who deny these facts and the urgent need for political solution are the enemies of peace, democracy, rule of law and justice.

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      Will the Sinhala supremacists agree to anything for Tamils, let alone Muslims?

      They won’t even give a trivial thing: A Tamil name to a street in Colombo as experienced recently, but they are changing Tamil names in the North-East to Sinhala names because they have the power.

      It is like the Mahabaratha story: Duriyothanas will not even give five houses to Pandavas. History is repeating in Sri Lanka. May be more bloodshed is in store.

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        Some time in the future these Sinhala supremacists will regret engaging in this fratricidal war with Tamils because they will learn quickly that Tamil Hindu and Christian culture is vastly more agreeable to Islamic domination.

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          Tamils cannot do any thing because they are hiding under the cassock of Catholic morons.

          If you think about HINDU, you must come out from the clutches of Catholic/Christian morons.

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            Sivanathan you MUSLIM:

            Can you now see why the BBS say Muslims are a threat left unchecked.

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            I am Agnostic, so don’t care for Catholicism , Hinduism or any other organized religion.
            My point was that Sinhalese assume they face the greatest threat from Tamil culture but they are most at risk from Islamic domination because judging from history , Islam has always sought to dominate others, while Tamil culture does not convert or impose its religious belief on others.

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              Tamil culture? What is that? Why cannot you use the word HINDU culture?

              Buddhists and Hindus have no problem on the basis of their religions. Many Buddhist temples have HINDU gods. But Tamils hang to catholic morons. Catholic/Christian religion has nothing with the Tamils’ culture.

              Get rid of Emmanuels and Rayappus. You will get peace.

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        what happened to a tamil name to a street? I have seen many tamil names given to roads in Colombo.

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      exactly power devolution is needed but the space for a talk on power devolution is snatched away by an unneccesary internl. investigation debate.

      What should be done is missed because of that.

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    Human Rights ,,,,Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm or Retribution ??????
    THIS TIME WILL IT CATCH UP WITH THOSE WHO ARE AGAINST SRI LANKA ??
    MANY UNEXPECTED HAPPENINGS TAKING PLACE LATELY………..

    Don’t you feel sad to hear that a pro ltte Diaspora mother in the U.K. kills her two sons and kills herself ?? Why ???????

    Why is Channel 4 facing the wraught of the people? Whom did they deceive this time ? Oh !!!!!!!!! What came of our Prime Minister Rudrakumar? How many people’s money he attempted to cheat?

    Oh !!!! those Americans…. why did not the Prime Minister Rudrakumar not told that they THE AMERICANS URGING Sri Lanka to use “cluster bombs”against ltte? Bad set up & advice. Sri Lanka did not fall in to the trap. At least now will the anti-GOSL and pro-ltte’ers appreciate the GOSL? Nooooooooooo…….. these pro-ltte tamils will never. How unfortunate. They prefer to face retribution than to making peace with GOSL?

    That Rapp fellow asks Gota why did you not prosecute ltte’ers but rehabilitate them?

    Finally what did the Americans want to see what was under the saree of that Indian lady diplomat wore? Funny justice. She was no crimi8nal. RETRIBUTION TAKING MANY FORMS…. LETS MAKE PEACE FAST AGAINST ONE ANOTHER WITHIN SRI LANKA BEFORE IT CATCH UP starting with THE NORTHERN Roman catholic CLERGY.

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      You are so stupid. That’s how all the kawung eaters are..

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      If you blame America, our Tamil diaspora kothurotti Tigers will hate you because they make good living because of American and their allies like Catholic Church.

      Human Rights is always like Kothu Rotti business of Tamils.

      Anyway this time India will absent or against for any American moves in Geneva.

      Killing few Tamils is always a good political capital for Tamil Eelam!

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        Sivananthan you MUSLIM:

        If you hadnt Spied for GOSL the Slaves of the Brits wouldnt have chased you out.
        Kotthu Rotti for the Tamils is like Halal for you lot. By the way my Muslim friends make better Kottu Rotti and Chicken Bryiani and they are masters at that so what is your problem.

        Run out of materials to throw at Tamils have you. You have tried every trick in the book including Caste and your effot is petering out.

        This is What you call ” SELF DESTRUCTION” Thotta Chununki.

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    Judging from the near-complete denunciation of Izzeth Hussain in these pages, it is curious why the Colombo English daily “The Island” continuous to feature him in their regular columns. Is it, as a commentator pointed out recently, the local mass media has been infiltrated by religious zealots who give undue prominence to the views of their lot.

    Any neutral reader knows “the enormous prejudice against the Govt” is self-inflicted by the lack of finesse in the diplomatic culture of the Rajapakses on themselves. “The sorry record in the treatment of Tamils (not other minorities)” is now far too well known to the outside world. It is more than “shabby behaviour” Sir. It has all the signs of planned genocidal intent.

    We agree that the Rajapakses “may not have wanted a massacre of Tamils”
    It could well have been the work of officers and rogue soldiers seized by venomous anti-Tamil bias. However, the regime cannot escape from command responsibility if those at the top of its leadership tier are
    familiar with the rules of governance.

    If it comes to sanctions, one hopes it will not be country-specific. There is hardly any logic in punishing the entire population. The inspired hostile press treatment to visiting US official Stephen Rapp and the regrettable pugnacious language of some high officials on the visiting dignitary can bring further disaster to President Rajapakse – as it has, on several occasions, in the past.

    Kettikaran

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    Thondamanaru:

    Surely you could not have missed from your radar the saviours of Sri Lanka who were charitable enough to drop their pants and earned a great name for MOTHER LANKA??

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    Hussain,

    I dont know what you do or did. But from your following observations there is a certain amount of ignorance and let me explain:

    1)What should we do? We must consider certain preliminary matters before answering that question. One is the enormous prejudice against Sri Lanka which prevails in a very powerful segment of the international community, namely the West and its allies in Australia and New Zealand.

    **** Let us be clear that the prejudice is not against the Country but against those who preach and practicce hatred and in Sri Lanka those who fall in to this Category are in the Majority. That is why for the last 64 years we have had Race Riots and killing thousands of innocent Tamils . It is no point blaming the International community for your Ills.

    2)My second commonsensical question is this: if the mass killings of non-combatant civilians took place in the final weeks of the war ending on May 18, 2009, why did the international rumpus about it start two years later? We can be certain that India, even more than the US, had precise information about what was happening in the North, and we can be certain also that Delhi would have been deeply concerned about possible repercussions in Tamil Nadu. Why then did it maintain a thunderous silence at that time? One possibility that springs to mind is that the killings that took place were nothing like the massacres in Kosovo, Rwanda, or Darfur, which provoked without much delay international intervention with international backing. The other possibility is that it took some time after the conclusion of the war for India to become convinced that the SL Government had no intention of implementing 13A, or moving towards any sort of a political solution on the basis of devolution.

    *** The answer to the second question is that India up to now has shilded Sri Lanka from being taken to the HAGUE for fear of being implicated as India has ( Sonia) has Tamil Blood on its hand.
    But now through relentless pressure from Tamil Nadu and with the propect of Cogress being decimtaed at the next election the Western Nations have a free hand coupled with the failure by MR to address the issues raised in the last two UN Resolutions.
    This time there is the determination by the Countries which matter especially Britain and USA to make MR to Comply.

    3)But I found another part of the document even more instructive. Under International Humanitarian Law it is not illegal to risk causing collateral destruction when a legitimate target is to be attacked. It seems to me a very powerful argument to be used by the Government, considering that it is established beyond dispute that the LTTE deliberately exposed Tamil civilians to armed forces attack. We can also use the argument that it is impossible to believe that the Government wanted Tamil civilians to be massacred.

    *** The above is a piece of Garbage and I challenge you to refer me to the Website site which says that International Law permits where you deliberatley ask civilians to move into Designated Safe areas and then shell those areas causing terrible Carnage. You must be out of your mind and an Idiot to advise the Government that it has a defence.

    I wait for your reply.

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    Hussain:

    I should have also added that America has satelite evidence to confirm Deliberate shelling of Designated Safe areas created into which Civilians were ordered to move. So I would like to know what would be your advice.

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    Can anyone name a country in the world where a 10 to 15 per cent minority enjoys the Political and Regional status that the pro LTTE
    Tamils demand?
    Countries like Canada, US,UK and Australia have substantially larger ethnic minorities, yet they are part of the system. Why must SL be different?.
    Whilst mass genocide of all sorts are occurring currently in the world in places like Iran, Egypt, Sudan, Libya and Afghanistan, to name a few –
    Obama, Cameron, Harper and UN organisations are on their hobby horse
    Sri Lanka.
    What is the world coming to???

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      Les Pere:

      The les(s) you speak the better man:

      Before the Potugese , the Dutch and then the Englis put us together we were a seperate Nation. so I ask you:

      “ANDA PARAMPARAI MENTRUM ORU MURAI ALA NINAIPATHIL ENNA KURAI”.
      Translated it means what is wrong with a Race which ruled itself before asking for it to be put in the position it was in.

      I dont see anything wrong and that is what you call Feedom to decide its own destiny which is a God given right.

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      Les pere

      “Can anyone name a country in the world where a 10 to 15 per cent minority enjoys the Political and Regional status that the pro LTTE
      Tamils demand?”

      What does the pro LTTE Tamils demand that is contradictory to democratic norms? For a moment lets forget about the pro LTTE Tamils and focus on other main stream Tamils.

      What are the demands by main stream Tamils do you think unacceptable?

      Am I alone in spotting the missing word democracy in your comment?

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    The previous US administration, India and EU propelled by then British PM Tony Blair got together banned LTTE, imprisoned its supporters and gave military hardware and intelligence to crush the outfit once and for all.

    Of course, they did not want the civilians massacred. But Gotabaya Rajapakse wanted to kill as many Tamils as possible. First In August 2008 food and medicine were restricted claiming there were only 70,000 civilians lived in the whole of Wanni whereas according to the District registers number was 460,000. So the civilians were starved for many months before full scale bombardment. For two years international community kept silence because they were party to the massacre but expected the Sri Lankan government to resolve the ethnic problem. But racism of Rajapaksas did not allow them to be fair or reasonable.

    The (military) governor of NPC demonstrates convincingly the ineffectiveness of the Provincial Council system. Without land and police powers NPC is worse than a white elephant. The author is almost right about his other arguments.

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    As Izeth stated in his article, no doubt once again Geneva looms on the horizon. But this time certainly it will be in a more appropriate metaphor that government will have no choice other than face the music. No wonder, the government has a sorry record in the treatment accorded to the minorities in Sri Lanka. Even now, the Sri Lankan government only rarely steps in to defend or protect the minority Tamils and Muslims. Many see the silence as tacit approval from the government now to Bodu Bala Sena monks and make Buddhists to have attacked dozens of mosques, and called for boycotts on Muslim-owned businesses, bans on headscarves and Halal food etc. Even in the recent past the incorrigible Media Minister for Sri Lanka Keheliya stated – it’s intended to encourage community members to work out their own problems. He said the anti-Muslim rumblings are “minor agitations that are normal in any multicultural society. No it is not the minor agitations that are taking place, it is state owned group Bodu Bala Sena is openly atrocities against the minorities.

    I totally agree, writing a asymmetrical article by obsolete diplomats are easy on a weekend for just reading pleasure, but the fact is vociferous, whatever took place and what is taking place currently is a genocide & ethnic clenching, and it is still continuing in overtly & covert forms by the government owned and operated Bodu Bala Sena. Not only an impartial international investigation is essential, but also the international community should bring the culprit to the international tribune and punish the perpetrators, and set Tamils & Muslims free for ever from oppression of the Sri Lanka Government.

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      I take strong objection to the phrase “writing an assymetrical article by obsolete diplomats are easy on a weekend for just reading pleasure”. It is gratuitously insulting. It is also outrageous considering that between 1989 and 1994 I was seen by many as risking death by writing outspokenly condemnatory articles about the UNP gang.I wonder what this David was doing at that time.I have also been outspokenly critical against the present regime in ways that many regard as foolhardy. I am not known for writing for weekend pleasure.
      It must take insane prejudice to see my present article Geneva Again in terms such as “easy on a weekend for just reading pleasure”. Who is this David? There are many Davids. – Izeth Hussain

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    “Media reports say that Chief opposition Whip and UNP Parliamentarian John Amaratunga has requested the President the post of speaker in the Parliament or the post of deputy Minister of Defense to join the government.” – The Lanka Truth
    THE UNP is sitting as an opposition party for too long. The leader is not showing anything tangible to govern the country. Therefore, the party members are getting tired and leaving the party; this is not surprising. The UNP members are too close to the ruling party; the pictures taken during an expensive dinner hosted by the President to the UNP members reveals this reality. The pictures were published by the Lanka Truth. I believe that the President knows everything about the UNP through a spy. The UNP members are not with the UNP. Only God knows how much information the President has received from John Amaratunga about the UNP’s future plan to defeat the government. Information is gold; you are the ultimate winner, if you know your opponent’s every move.
    This is very clear the President has broken the UNP; therefore, we can’t depend on the opposition party and election. We have only left the UNHRC. I don’t want to support the international intervention, but the Rajapaksa regime does not give any other option. Therefore, I will be writing to the Indian leaders, reiterating how important to get help from the international community and use the UNHRC to remove the most dangerous regime. The regime would do anything, if they can cover-up and fool the whole world about the final war.
    We need help from the West to remove the Rajapaksa regime; at the same time we have to be extremely careful. The west will hijack the UNHRC resolution to achieve its interest, if we are not vigilant and tactful. Remember, the West supported and used the diaspora to push the LTTE to fight against the IPKF, and also broke the peace agreement with the Sri Lankan government. The Westerners are the Masters of divide and conquer strategy; therefore, we must watch from every angle. Sri Lanka is in a strategic location. The leaders have to be extremely smart and tactful to deal with the world, especially after killing the thousands of people. I don’t think the Rajapksa brothers are smart; therefore, the regime’s good times are coming to an end. The Arabs can’t save the regime. President Mahinda Rajapaksa is wasting his time and tax payers’ money in the Middle East. I am sure Prof G L Peiris is enjoying his traveling. After the government’s fall Prof G L Peiris can write a travel book, because he has travelled more than any other Foreign Minister in the world. As a Foreign Minister he has achieved nothing, he is going to look like a fool in few months. The diaspora, India and the West are going to tighten the noose in March. The world has been appealing for caught behind and LBW, but the Chinese umpire said the regime was not out. In March the regime will be clean bowled. I don’t think the regime will waste time after the UNCHR resolution, It will walkout; because the Sinhalese aren’t going to support it. The regime can’t fool all the people all the time.
    The Rajapaksa regime has killed thousands of people; therefore it should keep a close relationship with everyone in the country to survive. But the regime is turning against everyone; this is beyond foolishness. The regime has underestimated the Sinhalese people, Tamils, Muslims, diaspora, India and the West. It will pay for it. The people should have thought about voting for the foolish and corrupted government twice. The government has the least educated ministers in its cabinet; why the intellectuals and media didn’t point this out to the people? The regime has killed thousands of people; why the Sinhalese are keeping silence? The Sinhalese media was quick to write about the LTTE’s crimes, but ignoring the Rajapaksa regime’s crimes. Whatever goes around comes around. The Sinhalese have been supporting and protecting uneducated criminals; now the regime is catching up with them. The Tamils have supported and protected the LTTE; eventually they paid for it by losing most of their political leaders and intellectuals. Likewise the Sinhalese have started to pay for supporting and protecting the Rajapaksa regime.

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    I have been writing since 1997; I didn’t become a writer since last year. The Sri Lankans only got to know me as a writer since last year. Due to my writings the Rajapaksa regime has started a smear campaign against me and accusing me as LTTE. If I am part of the LTTE, I would have started my campaign against the government in 2009. In fact, most of the Tamils are angry at me, because I didn’t do anything to stop the killing. I have been too busy to expose the sufferings of the Aboriginal people in the outback of Australia, and the sufferings of the First Nations in the reserves in Canada. I have visited Sri Lanka in 1999, 2003, 2005, and 2012. If I am part of the LTTE, why the Rajapaksa regime didn’t arrest me or question me in 2012. The West has launched its smear campaign against me in the late 1990’s. Now the Rajapaksa regime has joined with the West due to my writings. The West is doing everything to undermine me and Asia Unites. They are doing everything to cut the funding. The Rajapaksa regime is helping the West. The Rajapaksa regime is not only destroying Sri Lanka, but Asia too. The Regime undermines my work by helping the West; it seriously helps the West to be on top, and hinders the progress of the Aboriginal people, First Nations and also hinders the unity of Sri Lankans and Asians.

    The regime has two LTTE big heads KP and Karuna. But it is accusing the critics as the LTTE or working for the LTTE. This is a foolish tactic; the regime’s foolishness is going to eat the Rajapaksa brothers. The regime can’t address the concerns of the critics, but applies foolishness to deal with its critics. It will come back and haunt the Rajapaksa brothers in months. Gota is getting fury day by day, now only the regime started to see what is coming. It is over; nothing can be done within few months to fix all the damages have been done since 2009. Gota didn’t even dream to have this position, but he has by luck. The truth is, luck can make you rich, but it will never make you as a wise person. The Rajapaksas’ days are numbered. This regime has the least educated ministers in its cabinet in the history of Sri Lanka. This regime has killed more people than any other government in the history of Sri Lanka. This regime is corrupted; the Rajapaksa family got huge commission on developments than any other government in the history of Sri Lanka. It has increased the drug trafficking to make more money. Its policies have increased the teenage pregnancy and sexual abuses against children. I can go on forever about this foolish regime. China isn’t going to influence South Asia or expand its wings in South Asia by supporting the foolish regime. It will backfire on China.

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    “Furthermore the Government certainly knew that both the US and India were gathering satellite imagery of what was taking place on the ground, and that mass massacres would not go undetected.”

    Ms. Hussain,

    You are exaggerating the extent to which satellite imagery can show real crimes. Getting before and after satellite imagery at a certain resolution gives some info but it is not enough. There may also be land cover–not at the coast itself but inland.

    For their own operations, intelligence agencies of rich countries use real-time streaming video feed of satellite data at such a high resolution that can show the theater of the conflict the same way a UAV right above the theater of war may do, but doing so is very expensive, and the US and other governments in the middle of a deep financial crisis and recession, may not commit to doing that in a third country over several days.

    From Wikileaks we know that US diplomats themselves indicated indicated the US didn’t complete picture from satellite data. They can piece together discrete ” before and after” images, and get some ideas, but may not have the whole story.

    And I doubt Indians would have the budget and resources to engage in that level of monitoring.Indeed, if they had such fine-grained real time streaming data, they would have shared such info with the GoSL and asked the latter to target the top LTTE leadership at an early stage, as they knew well that without the top leadership, LTTE would disintegrate quickly.

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    Dr.Nirmalan:

    Up to now I am used to hearing only here say evidence from you but this time it is first hand and by way of your God Given Talent what you say matters a lot. If you teach what you have utterd to the Students of Manchester University it will have terrible consequences to the Tamil Cause. So I take it as my duty to check the abuse of your privileged position.
    I also have a BSc Hons, LLB Hons, & LPC but that dosent give me the right to distort facts.

    Let me correct your misconception

    1)Thiru what the LTTE practiced was terrorism and the military defeat that followed was not only inevitable, but was most certainly in the broader interests of all the people of Sri Lanka including the Tamils. They (and other similar movements) highjacked the legitimate grievences of a people and transformed it into a form of ethnic fascism that was in no way inferior to the supremacist agenda and violence unleashed by the successive Sri Lankan Governments.

    *** The above is an utter rubbish. LTTE was a creation of Sinhalese Brutality for 64 long years. LTTE were not terrorists but Freedom Fighters. No one pretends there were no abuses and Prabkaran has not made any mistakes. I admit he made some monumental errors and for me Prabakaran was a means to an END. The end was Freedom , Justice and Equality for the Tamils which you will never get from the Sinhalese and if you expect them to give it to you willingly you are living in a Cloud Cuckoo Land.

    2)At an ideological level there was no difference between people who supported (and continue to support) such movements and the ‘extreme nationalists’ and the ‘Jathika Chintanites’ we find in the South. One cannot go on lebelling people who express this view (or any other view that you do not approve of) as ‘stooges’ of the Regime.

    *** Again what you saying dosent stand up to Scrutiny. If you believe in Democracy just consider the following. TNA had to sing the LTTE song to win the election and Ananthi who has the LTTE blood running through her vein polled the second highest. Anathasangari lost because he travelled in Vehicles provided by GOSL.
    Whether you like it or not Prabakarans Legacy is going to be around for a very long time so I suggest you get used to it.

    3)That is unhelpful and counterproductive. In the past the ‘LTTE’ (and others)shot such people who dared to express an alternate view and the list of victims who met this fate is well known to all of us – Thiyagarajah, Arulampalam, Thiruchelvam, Anandarajah, Thiranagama, Kadirgamar, Amirthalingam, Premadasa, Rajiv Gandi etc. etc.

    *** The killing of the above is in no way justified except ” Kathirgamar”. There is no proof that the LTTE were ressponsible because he was living in a High Security Zone. You have not mentioned the killing of people like Kumar Ponnambalam who was murdered by the GOSL thugs.

    The mass murderer ( in your words the killing of Soldiers ) Karuna is now a GOSL minister and do you justify it and how will you explain this to the Sinhalese Orphans and the Widows.

    4)I am not in any way condoing the post-war conduct of the incumbant government, but the solution that we seek must be in keeping with the broader political realities of the world in general and the SE Region in particular. Through our writings and dreams we cannot afford to lead our people up the garden path once again………once is enough I think for this generation. The solution to the Tamil grievences need to be found within a united country taking into account the fact that there are substantial numbers of ethnic minorities (including Tamils) living outside the North and the East.

    *** Parodon my language but the above makes me angry because you are an Ignorant Idiot.
    We are a Minority and we are never going to pose a threat to the Majority and even a toddler can work this one out. We dont have the means at our disposal to protect our Language , Religion and Culture. The reason why we are in the South is not out of choice but out of necessity. The Northern GDP accounts for 5%.

    The only two Facotories we had in the North were KKS Cement Factory and Paranthan Chemicals.
    But the KKS cement factory was a death trap due to the amount of Toxic waste in the middle of heavily populated ares. I dont know if you have even been to the ares near KKS Cement factory, my friend I have seen the devastation . The trees have all but gone and we need to have a major programme of Tree Planting to attract Rain Fall. MRs half hearted cosmetic to fool the World is not going to work.

    5)For example you may be interested to know that the Tamil culture is very much alive in Nuwara Eliya, Bandarawela, Haputale, Hatton, Colombo and Nawalapitiya……that is the reality that we cannot afford to forget. There are many other ethnic minorities living in every part of the country. The ‘solution’ must therefore take into account the fact that all these people have an undeniable right to live in dignity as ‘co-owners’ of that beautiful country – and not as ‘new comers’ who are telerated through the kindness/generosity of the ‘owners’ of the Country. Best wishes

    *** I am not sure what Tamil Culture you are talikg about and I know the area as I have some interest in a Place called ” Punduloya “.

    Thers is no evidence in the Up Country area that the Tamil culture is alive if in doubt ask Mr.Thondaman.

    You are putting out a message which is Counter Productive to Tamil Interest. For that reason I will be writing to the Dean to keep you on check because left unchecked you will cause untold damage to Tamil Interest.

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    Hey Kali – The more you speak a bigger the idiot you are.

    The Red Indians of the US and Canada , the Aboriginal of Australia,
    and the Romans in ancient UK were all Separate nations at a time in the past.

    “kalin hitapu kali’tonila siyaludenatama ovunge’aanduwak pihitanta
    awasar dee yutuye”.

    Translated this means you are talking poppy-cock.

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      Les:

      Don’t worry mate the only Super Power in the World has recognised us and that is why Mr.Rapp took a picture at the site you lot slaughtered 140,000 and posted it confirming the Killing.
      USA has already given TNA the assurance that there will be a War Crimes Inquiry followed by Sanctions.
      After the EU withdrew the special concession your Garment Industry has been decimated. India has already served notice that intends to break your Monopoly on Tea.
      You have pawned your last silver to the Chinese.

      You are already Bankrupt and what are you going to do man when America pulls the PLUG and how are you going to hold your Country when there is nothing to eat except some Air Drops ( Food Parcels) from India.

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    It is true, during the war, there were 23 counties supporting Sri Lanka, but there were only three sides. First one is India. Other one is the western allies under the leadership of America. The third one is anti-American, anti-Indian allies like, China, Pakistan, Cuba, Russia and Iran. China was supplying arms for both LTTE and the government. The only difference was the loan. LTTE did not get loan, because China did had a way to approve, allow and collect loan to LTTE. Russia, Pakistan, Iran, Israel, Cuba, ..Like many of these counties did have nothing against LTTE. LTTE is neither banned in these counties. In regar to these counties, mainly it was about GOSL money, i.e. only simple arms dealing and other one anti- American activity only.
    European countries did not want to get involved into this. On the other hand Nordic Countries were maintaining SLMM. It is Robert Blake insisted them to proscribe LTTE and support the war. Only two counties went against LTTE. Those were India and America. There is no need to analyses, American position for too long. They were in fight against Muslims Terrorist. Because of this, basically, without exception, the entire Muslim world is against America, Including UAE, Saudi.. .. It is the oil money sometime makes confusion in this relationship. America was thinking at that time it has won the war against Muslim Terrorist and it wanted to for North Korea. For this new activity, they wanted to keep cool with China. But there are evidence they saw LTTE was importing from North Korea. They set up India against China in Sri Lanka, and they took direct on LTTE. Yet, they had promise from Sri Lanka that after the war the Tamils Problems will be resolved (But it was not the same 13+ the promise that was given to India). Last year, Robert Blake expressed his disappointment at congress with these words that “Sri Lanka has cheated us.” Why it took to long for America is explained in these Blake’s words. On the same token the reason suggested is also not true: “One possibility that springs to mind is that the killings that took place were nothing like the massacres in Kosovo, Rwanda, or Darfur” . Once America is gone, the American allies are also gone away from Sri Lanka.
    As we said earlier, the only other country against LTTE is India. Everybody knows India created LTTE only to handle Sri Lanka. So India’s concern was Sri Lanka, not LTTE. During the war, it simply attempted to subdue LTTE, who India has been thinking as it’s another wink of armed force and latter considered as gone out of control and rebelling. So, the fact during the war India was against LTTE does not bring any genuine help for Sri Lanka’s security. Before the war, during the war, or even after the war, there is no peace agreement between these two counties. Even if the new threat of International Investigation goes away, Sri Lanka has to invent a better method to deal with India. So, as far as India is concerned, India not going to take the investigation to international arena, it wants has it solved by itself. India, basically, so far did not support an anti-Lankan international activity (or HRC resolution). Before the last two, in 2009, India brought a praising one of Sri Lanka by defeating Canada’s one. So far there is no real rumpus from International Community and the efforts to bring justice made by small countries like Canada and Mexico was silenced by Sri Lanka and India’s tricky manipulations. By this it very clear Mr Izeth Hussain time question “why did the international rumpus about it start two years later? “ is arbitrary one, not based on any actual incidents.

    Last two HRC resolutions were not against Sri Lanka. Blake himself negotiated wording of the first one with GOSL. At the last minute, In UNHRC, GOSL sent an email and denied its support for the first one. Second one was, at the start, worded against Sri Lanka. But, India and Subramania Swamy thawed it too. So, at the end, it too was passed as a friendly one to Sri Lanka. In both cases it was the Royal family made big deals in Sri Lanka. So far, other than NATO allies, no other country have changed its position; so Mr Izeth Hussain’s “One is the enormous prejudice against Sri Lanka which prevails in a very powerful segment of the international community” is also not based on facts.
    In addition to that it is very Interesting to note when Mr Izeth Hussain writing This: “Furthermore, the Government has been going in the direction of authoritarianism and dictatorship, as shown for instance by the 18th Amendment and the outrageous ousting from office of the Chief Justice…. quite rightly, I must say – as showing unpardonable stupidity and unpardonable racism in the highest echelons of the Sinhalese State. ” and write with the same hand also This “I come now to the question, What should we do? The Numbers Game, to which I have been referring in this article, provides as far as I know the most exhaustive, the most meticulous, analysis of the numbers killed in the final phase of the war. It calls seriously into question the charge that the killings of civilians were in the scores of thousands. But I found another part of the document even more instructive. Under International Humanitarian Law it is not illegal to risk causing collateral destruction when a legitimate target is to be attacked. It seems to me a very powerful argument to be used by the Government, considering that it is established beyond dispute that the LTTE deliberately exposed Tamil civilians to armed forces attack. We can also use the argument that it is impossible to believe that the Government wanted Tamil civilians to be massacred.
    “ the political sincerity of his mind is very well exposed.
    So if one asks “why Mr Izeth Hussain did this?”, the most suitable answer would be, that is his selfish anti American feeling is more important to him than the 7 million Tamils’ life in Sri Lanka.

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