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Harvest Of A Carnage: A Candidate   

By Sarath de Alwis –

Sarath de Alwis

“If admirals, generals are above law, Of what purpose are courts, judges and the law.”

අද්මිරාල්ලා, ජනරාල්ලා නීතියටත් ඉහල නන්, කුමටද අධිකරණය​ නීතිය සහ විනිසුරන් ?”

Nanda Malini’s lyrical lament over the tyranny of injustice is amended to accommodate Presidential Candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s idea of “equality before the law”.   

On a TV channel, decidedly committed to advance his presidential bid, Gotabaya Rajapaksa explained his idea of the ‘rule of law.’ He complains that he and, some retired service commanders were summoned before a magistrate inquiring into the outsourcing of the Government’s Indian ocean anti-piracy operations to a private company- Avant-Garde Maritime Services (Pvt) Ltd resulting in an unlawful loss of Rs.11.4 billion to the government.

The encounter is a treasure trove that helps you discover the mind of the man who claims that he created the perfect national intelligence apparatus that won the war and guaranteed us peace thereafter.

The reader is invited to visit the link to hear him explain why he wishes to run for president. “The people know that I am a performer and they want me.”

He explains his ‘weltanschauung’ and his idea of ‘equality before the law’ and ‘basic human rights’. 

The signals are subtle and strong. This is how it all begins. A magnetic self-obsessed leader exploiting popular angst and failure of conventional politics. A leader with a talent for the theatre of the absurd promising national self-sufficiency guided by authoritarian nationalism. 

You may ask why we discuss Gotabaya Rajapaksa at this hour of national anxiety? We do so because, he has offered himself to serve the nation in the capacity of the president of the republic.   

Gotabaya partisans including some prominent Buddhist monks lost no time in attributing the obvious intelligence failure, undoubtedly a serious governance issue, to a weakening of state intelligence units. 

That they reasoned was due to the arrests of some intelligence operatives for complicity in abductions, murder and extortion.

We must engage Gotabaya in a rational debate. First, we must understand the man. Who can explain the man better than the man himself? 

In the TV encounter he does not question the legality or otherwise of the prosecution case. He objects indignantly and ferociously to being summoned before court. 

When you listen to him on the link provided you can reach one of two conclusions. Either the’ rule of law’ has exemptions for Gotabaya Rajapaksa or the man is simply ‘NUTS”- Capital. 

The reader is specially invited to listen to his account of the Keith Noyahr abduction and release. The defense secretary is informed of the incident. The hapless Keith is released. Now Gotabaya is genuinely bewildered why he is accused of complicity in the affair. 

Possession of stolen journalists, perhaps? 

This bewilderment comes from the man who claims to have had a total grip on the intelligence apparatus which he says is now ruined by do-gooding democrats. 

The subject of this essay is not the candidate but the idea. The idea of the national surveillance state. The National Surveillance State is a way of governing. It is neither the product of emergency nor the product of war. It is a habit of governance possible only under a power center not accountable to the people. That is the Gotabaya idea. 

First a brief exploration of the man. Gotabaya Rajapaksa is a man of principles- his. He is a vegetarian. He is single minded and capable of unwavering focus. 

He is a devoted husband and father. He submits to the entreaties of a wife whose family was domiciled in the US. He migrates to the US giving up his military career. He builds a new life in California the land of plenty and super abundance. 

With his brother elected President, he returned to serve the land of his birth as Defense Secretary. The older brother was the executive president. Despite a macho persona Mahinda’s approach to statecraft is a peculiar chemistry of rustic cunning and graceful indolence. 

The focused, target centric younger sibling was for all purposes a super empowered proxy executive president. In the decade of the MR presidency the “Idea of Gotabaya Rajapaksa” took form, gathered substance and most significantly acquired its own independent voice. 

However, the migrant soldier who returned to the motherland retained his claims to his adopted homeland. That is until April, this year. The retired soldier migrating   travelled economy class to California. That was the age before long haul wide-bodied aircraft. 

The patriot now commutes between Colombo and the city of angels in Emirates A380 first class suites on miles earned or in full fare business class. That spectacular ‘viyathmaga’ trajectory rivals the takeoff of a supersonic MiG. It is story yet to unfold if ever.   

Since Easter Sunday’s savagery, we live in searing anxiety unravelling painful truths. The ever-evolving news cycle is now tied up with terrorism, how to contain it, prevent it and eradicate it. In our public discourse the subject will gather intensity and terrorism will remain the overarching concern of the public psyche in the foreseeable future.   

As the former US ambassador Robert Blake has pointed out at a recent event in Colombo under Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s watch Sri Lanka did have a national intelligence network where  different branches of the Intelligence apparatus gathered information and shared that   information  up to the senior levels making sure that such attacks did not take place. 

Robert Blakes assessment is both accurate and appropriate for the ongoing debate on national security. But there is a huge but. 

The Gotabaya Idea of National Security failed to make a distinction between state security and regime security. Gotabaya Rajapaksa conflated security of a clan centric regime with the legitimate security of the nation state. That must not happen again. 

Two significant developments followed the Easter Sunday bloodbath. Gotabaya Rajapaksa announced that he would run for the presidency and fight Islamic terrorism. 

The nation’s intelligentsia rightly concluded that the Easter Sunday Massacre did not “initiate a new fear but ignited an old one”.

We must take note of both. The first threatens a prolonged disaster. The latter indicates that we must be clear headed and trace a painful path forward to sanity. 

Gotabaya Rajapaksa ignites the old fears. To be blunt, Gotabaya Rajapakse does not know this new brand of terrorist. 

His expertise, if any, is on terrorists who claim a piece of real estate on ground.  He has no idea of fighting the ideology of the new terrorist who claims his place in heaven. Researchers have identified this new fanaticism franchised by ISIS as a pure barbarism. A new form of mindless warfare “waged by small groups against neutrals or innocent bystanders in order to command attention and not to win territory. 

We fought to suppress political violence. Although it may be inconvenient for Gotabaya Rajapaksa to comprehend it, the immediate roots of that brand of  terrorism that  he says he defeated , almost single handedly, could be traced to the precipitate action of the traditional Tamil political  leadership in promising Tamil youth light at the end of the tunnel with the Vaddukoddai resolution. 

The false promise of the Vaddukoddai resolution gathered a kind of kinetic energy from the unyielding unitarian world view of Sinhala nationalism.

The terrorists responsible for the Easter Sunday carnage would not think of cease fire agreements. They will not muddle strategy by resorting to conventional war fare. The new terrorism we confront is different. 

We can arrive at three conclusions with unqualified consensus in this heated, topsy-turvy political climate.   

The incumbent president doesn’t have a hope in hell in securing a second presidential term.

The Prime minister aspiring to be president is flapping like a headless chicken in the belief that we the people don’t know the difference between chicken shit and chicken salad.

The Leader of the Opposition with help from a largely complicit media, a coddled Buddhist clergy and a committed cohort of toadeaters dishing out profoundly fallacious but believable punditry, has no rival in sight in the business of pursuing power for its own sake. 

“Orwellian” is the pejorative adjective for falsification of history, state sponsored lying, repression and manipulation.

Today, we are deliberately sliding towards what George Orwell described as “the lunatic modern habit of identifying oneself with large power units and seeing everything in terms of competitive prestige.”  

Orwell is one great bloke who refuses to fade away! 

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    When a “killer” wants to become the President of a country, and if the voters vote in favour of him, then we can imagine what state of mind those voters are in. Unfortunately, its going to be those voters who are going to be a victims of further murders. This guy does not even have the guts to face the courts where cases are filed against him, similar to his act of running away to USA when LTTE was in progress. What a murderous scam artist this guy is.

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      Oh come on. Gota is a white van war criminal but the American puppet is Bondscam Ranil Wickramasinghe, whose Avant Guard Foreign Minister is rushing to Washington on Tuesday to sign an agreement for the US military to colonize Sri Lanka .
      This SOFA agreement is supposedly to protect Lanka from IS, while the Fake US Peace Corps is set to send an invading army of 150 ‘Volunteers’ with full diplomatic immunity – the biggest contingent ever – to Sri Lanka in October to teach English (ha, ha, ha), run Facebook and the social media, rig elections and keep their puppet Bondscam Ranil in power.
      US citizen war Criminal Gota is now out of favor with the Empire that is attempting to can him with fake news that he was behind IS !

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      Thanks Sarath.
      I was v.sad to read in the ST today that on Tuesday night, Gotabaya Rajapaksa attended a dinner hosted for Blake by Ashrof Omar, CEO of Brandix. There, Blake praised the three Rajapaksas – Mahinda, Gotabaya and paid a glowing compliment to Basil for being the brains behind the new opposition SLPP.
      Sad bcos it seems that Mr. Omar is more interested in securing his business than his country and community. Or is he embarrassed by them? Businessmen like Omar often bank roll candidates they feel will augur well for their businesses but never take the blame when the shit hits the fan. They quickly side up with the next possible winner.
      I do hope CT readers will take a look at the Sunday Observer article today -The American Enigma: Blake and Gota 10 years on. It exposes Blake’s duplicity, undresses him and takes him to the cleaners. http://www.sundayobserver.lk/2019/05/12/news-features/american-enigma-blake-and-gota-10-years

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      Those who vote for others are no brainier!

      After 21/4 most Sri Lankans want Gota. I don’t know what Tamil Nadu and Arabia people want. It doesn’t matter anyway.

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    Is the US backing Gotabaya? Do they think he is the only one who can deal with IS in Sri Lanka? Perhaps they hold their heads in despair at the antics of Ranil and Sira.
    Today IS announced that they have established a new ‘province’ in India called the ‘Wilayah of Hind.’ They will make good use of the trouble in Kashmir.

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      Taraki

      “Is the US backing Gotabaya? Do they think he is the only one who can deal with IS in Sri Lanka?”

      Gota/US relationship goes back to mid 1980s.
      US knows Gota is a good, experienced and proven butcher than any other in the abattoir.

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      They know Gotabaya will do what they wish. They are dead worried about SF coming in.

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      This is very obvious. Also US may be thinking that having a man like Gota would be beneficial to them to neutralize Chinese influence in the country. Gota has his immediate relatives and assets in US and therefore US can use twist arm tactics to make him act the way they want.

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    My friends, the majority Sinhalese votes cuts into two parts whoever gets the minority votes, takes it all, and becomes the winner. Hence, the minorities- Tamil, Muslims and Christians- would never ever vote for Gota or any Rajapaksas for they all knew well, how they treated them when they were in power for over ten years.

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    Gotabaya is the most dangerous man among that highly abusive Rajapakshe family. Not just avangarde crime, there are lot more high crimes him tohave deliberately perpetrated during his high days, as the defence secretary under his brother s administration.
    .
    Those who lived in SRILANKA would not forget those cruel days, where whitevanning was set on their top of agenda, if any dissident stood against them. Today, people have fully forgotten those grausam days in Srilanken history.
    :
    Sunday leader new paper editor Lasanth W was brutally murdered on broad day light. Ekanligoda, and several dozens of journalists were abducted and some of them were killed for no reason. Thadjudeen, a former rugby captain, had been killed but painted the picture as if the boy was caught by a midnight accident. Not just that over 23 unarm prisoners were brutally murdered, gunned down, just becase they protested loudly as they could. And above all, those went on protest marches asking for drinking water in Rathupaswala were shot killing few youth and injuring several dozens. The list can become lenghthier if one would list them all, there are also numerous untold stories, which are beyond all bearing.
    :
    Those were the days of much higher brutalities than the days the war was at its heights. Post war periods, we thought we could achieve lot more towards the improvement of human rights, but Rajaakshes brutally worsened the situation by end of 2014 and that was of the one of the reasons them to be defeated across the country. HoWEVER; rural areas where Rajapkashes propaganda machines were successful in brainwashing the gullible people, were seen and are seen permament slaves as also noticed in like minded countries (north korea and zimbabwe).

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    How convenient for Gotabaya. Here is a chance to make a point – that he is fully capable of handling this terrorist curse that struck the country, and no one else. You have to forget that people lived in fear during the Rajapaksa reign, white vans kidnapped citizens, and people never seen again, journalists threatened and killed, and some fled for their lives abroad, and to date many brutal assassinations still unsolved. It seems many Sri Lankans have forgotten all that, and put their hopes once again on the man who said NOTHING when Muslims were attacked and killed, and even opened the offices of the extremist Buddhists, who were going around the country spreading false rumors, hate mongering, and encouraging violent mobs to attack homes, businesses, and Mosques.

    Sri Lankans never learn from past lessons, and keep making the same mistakes over and over again.

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    Sarath de Alwis
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    Dear Sarath,
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    This interview is so boring, how can we possibly listen to all this garbage for us to focus on what Gotabaya has to say about Keith Noyahr? If you had indicated at what point of the video (in terms of minutes and seconds, I could have made the attempt. As it is, I had this speech going on the speakers but was doing other things.
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    How much, and for how long will we have to suffer because of this horrible Rajapaksa family?

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    “The people know that I am a performer and they want me.” Gotler, people know how you performed during the reign of your brother Medamulana Meeharaka Percy Mahendra Rajafucksha and they want you both to face the electric chair!

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    This is Gotabaya DAYDREAM.
    This man has given birth and fed muslim terrorists and Budubalasena.
    This man murdered many many individuals during his brothers’s tenure.
    Gotabaya acted like a VICE PRESIDENT OF SRI lANKA BY THAT TIME.
    Youth you must know and understand the wickedness and wild attitude of this man.

    People ,,,,if Gotabaya is a candidate for presidency, please be mindful before you caste your precious vote.
    Gatabaya is a Killer…Murderer….Dictator…Thief…Robber…Uneducated man.

    If it happens….Whole Sri Lanka will become BLOOD BATH

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    After this Wrecker’s Ball Attack , Nandasaena has Buckley’s..

    Will it be a cake walk for Dr Ranil with SLMC, TNA, Baththudeen Party,solidly behind the UNP Elite , Anglican Faction?

    Or is it Mangala Samaraweera,?….

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      KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

      Gota got your new friend Wimal Sangili Karuppan Weerawansa.
      Weera could huff, and puff, and could blow Sirisena’s/Ranils official residence in get rid of the elected president.

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    GR is a roaring lion when he has absolute power-in-uniform at his beck and call.
    GR crushed JVPers in 1989, built a hospital over some of the bodies in Matale.
    When the going got tough the mouse fled to US.
    Remember the returnee expat, lionised to boot, sued a newspaper. He called the legal defence team of the newspaper ‘Traitors in Black Robes’ on his website.
    Now the mouse retains men in black to defend him.
    There are literally hundreds of ‘GR: The Lion and Mouse’.
    .
    GR openly associated with and patronised Bodu Bala Sena (BBS). The hand of BBS in arsons of Muslim owned businesses is not a secret. BBS did handle the 2014 Aluthgama Pogrom.
    .
    Lankan Muslims must take the blame for the 2019 Lankan Easter Sunday. And they have!
    BBS must be blamed for initiating the Muslim militancy.
    Sarath de Alwis is in denial or self-censoring mode. WHY?

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      KP, Muslim militancy existed long before the BBS, who are ‘useful idiots’ now being used to justify it.

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    Let us not be one tracked minded. Bash Gota. Bash Sira. Ranil spared. Whom are we deceiving when the next carnage takes place? Are we going to allow another cycle of rigmarole? People would not and there can be enough of blood letting. It is we who are deceiving our selves. Don’t forget that the cardinal has announced over mass that his life is under threat and he leaves his security to god and the people. The expected unrest did not take place entirely due to the cardinal. If he is gone, then even the three forces cannot manage this situation. The inept political leadership would be too much for the forces. THEN? I don’t have to tell the rest.

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      Ranil spared? That is the unkindest cut of all. Did I not tell you that Ranil is a self obsessed who thinks that we the people are bozos who do not know the difference between chicken shit and chicken salad?

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        Dear Sarath, I was referring to the general mentality of authors and readers and not you in particular.

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    the only answer to jihadist terrorism is state terrorism acc to gota

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    De Alwis, you seem to have softened up on Gotabhaya since the former viceroy Robert O. Blake’s endorsement of the man. Yankees are known for “kissing the had that can’t be cut-off”, and their Zionist ambassador woman even visited Mahinda Rajapakse (message is cleear, they don’t care about the president ofr the life-less PM.
    ]
    Your assessment’ of Gotabhaya after the but is patently absurd and it comes from your general protest about the Sinhala Buddhist identity he represents.
    ]
    In view of your entertaining insane ideas of being comparable to Orwell (a fricking mad assessment of yourself), why don’t you put your own self forward for the job. Let’s see you have the dick to put where your mouth is!

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    Sarath,

    I’m a little confused how Lankan/people approach this whole shindig ……….. Are you/they seeking morals/ethics ……… or logic …… or even simple rationality?

    What component of the human mind makes the distinction between Gota and Makandura Madush – let’s be honest here; both serial-killers, who got others to do their killing – the Cardinal, the Chief Buddhist Priests of all the Chapters sit with Gota without any qualms. Even the Pope shook Gota’s hand. They wouldn’t offer the same privilege to Madusha! Why this distinction/discrimination? How is it made in the human mind? If we resort to scientific investigations – not philosophy, Humanities, Arts ……. – we might be able to arrive at a worthwhile logical/rational answer.

    I don’t have a lot of time to write ……… but the little time I’ve had to look at “comparative religions” ………. I believe Prophet Mohamed has got one up on Lord Buddha!

    Mohamed offers 7 virgins …….. while Buddha offers a live-time of self-denial and if one passes the test is reborn to another life of self-denial …….. What a bloody life is that?

    All those Islamic-blow-themself-uppers may not be as crazy as you think …….. a rational logical seed is planted in their minds!

    I was right behind Native Vedda and Old Codger in the line to join the Virgins-Club ……… when my self-preserving rational side kicked in! ……… gotta first know who the virgins are! ……. No offence to anyone, but if they are Lankan virgins of Ramona, Champa et al’s ilk ………. I’ll rather take a rain-check. I’m sure they look great ………. but looks only go so far ………….

    Of all the times that I’ve been burned
    By now you think I’d’ve learned
    That it’s who you look like,
    Not who you are — Jackson Browne

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    This the man who lied under oath. He only postponed cases against him. He is impotent when it comes to honesty. There is no difference between ISIS and him, both promoted by Israel and US. People should kepp away from this scoundrel, and other Rajapakshe’s. They will do anything for money.

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    “The incumbent president doesn’t have a hope in hell in securing a second presidential term.”
    He should know it more than anyone else. UNP chances of grabbing power again depends on splitting Sinhala Buddhist votes and therefore pray for his good health. If Ranil can pull that off that would be the deal of the century.

    Soma

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    The 2020 Agenda of -Elimination of communities considered alien and invaders proposed in 2013 in agreement with
    a 969

    The Preparation of a Sri Lanka Rohingya exile program to be followed by total cleansing of Ruwanda style of other communities too ,who are believed to be connected with other invaders including ancient Hindu invaders is suspected and speculated .

    How many have their great grandfather’s birth certificate of proof to prove they Lanka were in Sri Lanka before Portuguese,Dutch and The British arrival?
    How many can prove they were not favored by the British?

    One race Race ,One Religion ,One Language Agenda has been speculated in whatsApp groups since 2013.

    No one Knows who is really behind the plan …

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    Sarath , A very big Thank You .After the exposure of MS in your last article , I was hoping to see one on Rajapaksa. You did not disappoint me. It appears some readers (that too from London) are more worried about knowing the spelling whether it is Rajapaksa???? or it is akshe??? ( who gives a F – – K). How I see, Rajapaksa family scheme is pretty simple. GR will coordinate the murder , MR goes running showing up with flowers to pay condolence and take pictures with victims. BR will start the campaign stating only Rajapaksas can provide the security by implementing the “rule of law”(that is there family version, not the common law). The mouth piece media will be told in advance so that the pictures of ever smiling MR will be flashed all over the media with supporting concocted theories. Shiranthi on the day of tragedy will be found praying for national unity. Namal will be very active in social media criticizing how bad is our nation,s security and the need for Rajapaksas to fix it AGAIN , he with other siblings and his “young army” will make sure there are no witnesses left. At that point Wimal will take over the propaganda of conspiracy theories to enlighten our nation , about the unknown threats we are facing. The party machine will be put to work overtime on the project called “VIYATHGAMA” that is all intellectuals ,if there are any, to come together in implementing, this so called great vision of Rajapaksa Family.. (as though we havent seen enough) By the way where is Chamal in this great project ??? I have not seen the family messiah in media/news. Has he been forced into premature retirement??? If any one knows please let me know.

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    Hero of 360 was not Gotabhaya. The lady interviewer was the heroine. Why I say that is because she asked the questions without putting her job nor the life.in danger. She also did not show any disgust, sarcasm or fear over the answers given.

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    Mind blowing article

    I do not wish to endorse anything about the Candidates in question , not Gotabaya,He or the PM.

    But I totally agree unconditionally his analysis of the teroror group.

    What a perfect analysis of The Teroror outfit ,how true , if they do not care for the life of their own own family, their own tender children & believe in a first class instant entrance to eternal bliss as reward for murdering care for peaceful innocent people of other faiths? who may be even living a more righteous life than any other ?

    God Save our people and nation.

    Today people are divided in taking full advantage of the miserable loss of poor innocent lives with zero respect to the dead , some religous groups (including Muslims) politicians ,businessman and some medias are in a great rush to capitalise on the situation of fulfilling their own agendas.
    How disgusting .

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    Addendum to my comment :This message is for the Rajapaksa fan club. I hear RW and his Royal Team had the privilege of viewing (they sure enjoyed) the Rajapaksas Family shows in private. Now it is screened for public. All the front seats are either taken or reserved. Tickets are almost sold out.The Chief Guest will be none other than our MS (who I believe is also the co writer of this show). Good Luck..

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    I think UNP, Sarath Fonseka wants to join SLPP. Then what would happen. They want to one consolidated front against maithripala sirisena. Sarath Fonseka is now harassing MS. How will this program go with that. Anyway, Robert Blake OKed it.

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    I like the way Sarath is bringing the attention to contradictions in Gora’s claim of having an impenetrable security system under him but, as to his pessimism expressed as Orwellian vision, I have to ask: What choices do we have but to be the leaders ourselves or to follow a leadership of our choice? And, last but not least, isn’t our own pessimism that make Ranil flapping wings like headless chicken? “Balla piduru kanneth ne gonata kanna denneth ne!

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    From the present lost, Gota is the obvious choice for the Presidency. Who else is there?

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      If you accept the fact that GoRa headed the best intelligence unit, then you have no choice but to admit that he at least knew about all the kidnappings, attempted kidnappings, torture & killings of journalists. And then, what about the infamous “White Flag Order”? All these raise the question of his status of mind revealed by extremely rude telephone conversation he had with Fredrica Janz of Sunday leader when she tried to verify the report f sending a special plane to Switzerland to bring a puppy. These are more than enough to suggest that GoRa cannot manage his anger possibly due to “Bipolar Syndrome” he is suffering from & therefore, he shouldn’t be holding ant responsible public post, let alone the presidency. A good president doesn’t necessarily have to have a good intelligence background. Rather, an individual with good intelligence supported with education, experience & good management skills to mange various specialized skills can make a better president. As far I can see, none of that sort exists in GoRa’s side.

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    I think UNP, Sarath Fonseka wants to join SLPP.
    wont blame him , he has been pushed to do so.

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    Anyway, that will be not only the worst yahapalana govt ever we had, but also, in addition to butter flies, there will be ruthless vipers. Because of power hunger among politicians, MCC will win. NEXT govt will be highly bankrupt..

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    Dear Sarath Alwis

    Thanks for a well articulated write-up.
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    There are some facts I would like to add to this. We hardly ask ourselves the question why? When things are going off the tracks.
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    For instance Gota. We all know what a wicked and heartless man Gota is, yet some people may think otherwise against all logic and reason. Is it even possible for such a sadistic psychopath to be walking the streets talkless coming out to contest.
    We never ask why? And how?
    I can tell you the sole how these bastard’s images are white washed and made appealing to the common unintelligent yet mean and barbaric people.
    It is none other than Derana. Over the years Derana have attracted a large sinhala buddhist audience very cunningly and what they do is to slowly and steadily change peoples way of thinking and mindset.
    No matter what facts you present to such people they will not change their minds.
    Derana in my honest view is solely responsible for misleading our gullible simpleminded idiots for a long time.
    And I strongly blame RW for allowing such. If he had a backbone he would have addressed this obvious image laundry business quietly ruining our country.
    Derana is the single instrument that stirrs up sinhla buddhist sentiments to confuse idots and stop them from reasoning.

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    What Sri Lanka need is good, sensible, STRONG and Visionary LEADERSHIP. You do not need the calibre of people like Adolf Hitler nor Manmohan Singh. There are one or two people falls into this Good leader category; Karu Jayasuriya , Sajit Premadasa or Champali Ranawaka. People of Sri Lanka need to elect people on their merit and definitely not on sentimentality. Sumathiran is also sensible and beginning to sound like a good leader.

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    “PITY THE NATION” (After Khalil Gibran) – Lawrence Ferlinghetti

    Pity the nation whose people are sheep
    And whose shepherds mislead them
    Pity the nation whose leaders are liars
    Whose sages are silenced
    And whose bigots haunt the airwaves
    Pity the nation that raises not its voice
    Except to praise conquerors
    And acclaim the bully as hero
    Who aims to rule the world
    By force and by torture
    Pity the nation that knows
    No other language but its own
    And no other culture but its own
    Pity the nation whose breath is money
    And sleeps the sleep of the too well fed
    Pity the nation oh pity the people
    Who allow their rights to erode
    And their freedoms to be washed away
    My country, tears of thee
    Sweet land of liberty!

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    I would like to ask readers what type of person we need as our next president. A person like Ranil ,
    MY3, Sajith or Gota. I am mentioning these names because they will be usual suspects. So considering the current situation, Your guys know the answer whether you like or not.

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      well….. now there is this nagaananda fellow. Practically, for me every politician is corrupt in varying degrees (SL or in other countries). Few comments here mentions that GR is a serial killer. So did Premadasa (who I think killed most Sinhalese than GR)…. biggest serial killer in the world is all of US presidents (check the record of destabilising countries)….Anyway GR is no saint….for sure…. but we got to vote out of the lot who run for presidency…. As of now, I see GR, Nagananda battle….. Anyone else? Would love to see few names from the group…….

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