15 December, 2019

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International Inquiry: Putting The Cartwright Before The Horse

By Dayan Jayatilleka –

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

In her farewell address to the UNHRC, Madam Navi Pillay drew attention to the need for healing the wounds of Sri Lanka’s civil war, which she rightly noted, had yet to be done. To this intent and purpose she commended cooperation by the Government of Sri Lanka with the comprehensive international inquiry that her office has undertaken. What is bitterly ironic is that the healing of wounds cannot take place by means of a lacerating external inquiry or even an overly extensive and premature internal one. The international inquiry will do just the opposite of assisting any process of healing. It will generate resentment and hatred among the overwhelming majority of the people of Sri Lanka.

The appointment of Dame Sylvia Cartwright, former attorney general of New Zealand as head of the international inquiry into Sri Lanka, is hardly likely to have a positive resonance on the island. Her most positive and notable achievement is the best evidence of what is wrong with the international inquiry into Sri Lanka. She was a member of the UN hearing into war crimes in Kampuchea.  That inquiry stands in complete contrast to the proposed inquiry into Sri Lanka.

The Kampuchea inquiry was into war crimes committed by the militarily defeated Khmer Rouge. It was instituted decades after the episodes being inquired into (during which I was an undergraduate who published a series in the Lanka Guardian analyzing and denouncing Pol Pot). It was a joint tribunal, established with the blessings of the Kampuchean government.

Obviously if the international inquiry into Sri Lanka were about the war crimes of the defeated Tamil Tigers, the Sri Lankan government would have welcomed and facilitated it. If the Sri Lanka inquiry such as it is presently crafted, were to take place a few decades down the road, perhaps a different Sri Lankan administration in a different Sri Lanka would cooperate with it having significantly modified its terms of reference. Decades down the road, there could even be a joint commission of inquiry.

Those are not the contours of the international inquiry into Sri Lanka which Dame Cartwright will head. Thus the dynamics and outcome will be different, as will the response of Sri Lankan public opinion and any elected administration (or political party which is strategically serious about being elected to office).

While the Sri Lankan government cannot be faulted for refusal to cooperate with the international inquiry, it can and must be condemned on several other counts.

Firstly, the dismantling of the successful defence of Sri Lanka in Geneva from precisely such a war crimes inquiry five years ago. (In that sense, the ‘regime change’ strategy of which the international inquiry is one axis of advance was possible because of the ‘regime change’ that the Sri Lankan ruling elite implemented in our defences in Geneva after and despite our UNHRC victory of May 2009.)

Secondly, the Government missed the chances provided by the defeat of the LTTE and later by its own commendable and historic move of holding the Northern Provincial election, to strike a deal with the moderate Tamil nationalists by implementing the 13th amendment.

Thirdly the Government has just dropped a vital catch by failing to pivot to Delhi under the Modi administration, which is turn requires the implementation of the 13th amendment and negotiating improvements on the basis of renegotiating the concurrent list.

These blunders stem from three flaws or blind spots: (i) A chronic inability to calculate the balance of forces, including, most obviously, the military balance of power: how else could anyone think to resist the West propelled war crimes inquiry without India’s active support and worse still, to fight the West and India at the same time? (ii) An inability to read a world map: how else to explain the confidence that China could be or would consent to be anything more than a limited counterweight for an island on India’s doorstep? With the best will in the world, how could China and Pakistan protect Sri Lanka and how could Sri Lanka protect itself? (iii) Amnesia: the lessons unlearnt from 1987.

Thus the Sri Lankan Government has as a foreign policy posture, the stance of an ostrich: head buried in the sand.

In domestic terms of course, the President has displayed his usual tactical skill. By tossing the ball of whether or not to cooperate with the international inquiry to Parliament, he is expecting the Opposition to hang itself electorally, which it is quite likely to.

The first effects of the international pressure are already visible. Any student of history would know that it was the encirclement and isolation of Russia, the impact or perception of siege upon and in a peasant/provincial society that resulted in the rise of Stalinism at the expense of other options. A repetition of sorts has taken place with the return of President Putin. The worst decades of the blockade of Cuba hardly led to the strengthening of moderates or moderation, but rather to a greater radicalism. In Sri Lanka this would not be sustainable, but a Sinhala-Buddhist strongman is already on the rise and will be strengthened by the external pressure. From being the ‘power behind the throne’ at present, he will be ‘the power beside the throne’ in the upcoming administration and finally ‘the power upon the throne’. That will be the final turn of the screw of Sinhala Buddhist domination. That period will be short, but going by the evidence so far, it will also be nasty and brutish while it lasts.

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    I wonder who the real villain of the piece is, the unsmiling and ‘muspenthu’ looking Navi Pillay or Ban Ki Moon behind that ‘ahinsaka’ visage, that proverbial inscrutable oriental face. Let’s not forget how the latter got around his failure to get a UN Security Council Resolution to instigate an inquiry, appointed a panel of so called experts whose mission as was then stated was merely to report to him. But that did not prevent him from making public their report. And interestingly one of its recommendations was that the UNHRC re-visit the issue of the end of the war in regard to which it had earlier resolved to commend the SL Government. Was that recommendation a mere coincidence or was it part of a clever strategy?

    I cannot see how any reasonable person can place much faith in the impending Inquiry or expect the SL to co-operate with it. Navi Pillay has clearly demonstrated she is no honest broker. The very fact that she sought to lay a wreath to honour Prabhakaran and his murderous minions attests to that.

    I don’t agree with DJ that MR should have implemented 13A. He should have repealed it as soon as the war was ended. 13A has never been implemented and is a dead letter. MR should have had it buried without delay. The immediate aftermath of the defeat of the Tigers was the right time to do it.

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      The GOSL was able to defeat the LTTE militarily only because of the special assistance extended by India and the US. This assistance which comprised the supply of armaments and crucial intelligence reports were provided on condition that after the war is brought to an end, the 13th Amendment to the Constitution would be implemented in full. President Mahinda Rajapakse in turn gave an undertaking to do so. Soon after the war was over he confirmed this to Ban-ki-Moon and also to many Indian Emissaries.

      Now you say the 13th Amendment should be buried. You are the fellow who should be buried alive.

      Read a bit of history before posting your irresponsible and ignorant comments.

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        Firstly, the LTTE was defeated not ONLY because of the India and the US provided and whoever told you that assistance was extended on condition that the 13th Amendment would be implemented in full? You must have some inside information to which none of us is privy.

        13A should be buried because as I said it is dead letter. The least we can do is to give it a decent burial. 13A was part of a larger agreement which involved undertakings on both sides, India and SL. And India has not kept its part of the bargain. For any contract to be valid there has to be consideration – some quid pro quo. What has India given up on its part? Nothing.

        13A was only for India’s benefit and anyway what bloody right has India to impose a ‘solution’ on SL in regard to something that is not really India’s business. Also, if nothing else, agreements on which the parties fail to act cease to be operative simply through the effluxion of time.

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          Gamarala or Gammatta of the day:
          If people would think according to you – there would be nothing but conflicts behind the other. People should finally make undrstand there is no other way left than go for federalism (devolution of power): That is not separating or partitioning the country but power sharing. Latter has been so successful in 8 mio populated SWITZERLAND, 81 mio populated Germany and many other states if one would search for succesfful models.
          First feed the people with facts – but facts healing them with positive thoughts about the mentioned model – then go for it can bring peace and harmony among the all folks under central administration but with devolved powers to the provinces. Germany #s NRW politics is somewhat different from that of Bavaria. Swiss Basel politics is euqally different from that of canton Bern. But these models have not had any kind of conflicts based on power sharings.

          My question is so what purpose they have been holding PC elections by wasting people#s funds ?

          What is lacked in our island is – healthy thinking- in order to create that religious leaders of all kind should rally round in a harmonious way- the problems that we have been facing for 3 or more decades should be discussed in a regular manner. Starting from school, temple, mosque, church, .. they shold spread positive views about the need of finding a home grown solution – hide and attack – which are the clear tactics of MR rulers – must be given no chance to ruin the NATION.

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            I don’t think calling me a Gammatta is really a sign of healthy thinking!

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          What would do have in place of 13A? Do you think that the Tamil question needs to be resolved; if so, how?

          I asked you a question about Ms Pilley wanting to lay wreath to honour VP; please answer.

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        Dear Ramasamy,

        The 13A mandates that land developed by govt funds be allocated according to the National Ethnic Ratio.

        Thus if an irrigation scheme is established around the Iranamadu tank and Mahavelli river waters or if the river for Jaffna project is developed with the use of govt funds or if the Gal Oya valley scheme is further extended, the Lands thus opened up will have the following ratio of settlers within

        Sinhala:Lanka Tamil:Moor:Indian Tamil:others 75:11:9:4:1

        What are your views?

        Re “The GOSL was able to defeat the LTTE militarily only because of the special assistance extended by India and the US”

        That makes you proud?

        The LTTE was nursed, trained and armed by India.
        Prabahkaran was saved from certain capture, dead or alive, on 3 June 1987 by India, 22 years before May 2009.

        Kind Regards,
        OTC

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      “I don’t agree with DJ that MR should have implemented 13A. He should have repealed it as soon as the war was ended. 13A has never been implemented and is a dead letter. MR should have had it buried without delay. The immediate aftermath of the defeat of the Tigers was the right time to do it.”

      GonRala,

      Not only me but most of the Tamils fully agree with your above statement. What Tamils want is a South Sudan or a Bangladesh or a Crimea in the NE and NOT a 13A. In 2009, your president instead of repealing or burying the 13A went and promised India that he will go beyond 13A or rather 13A+ after the war or rather after the defeat of the Tigers.

      However, still it is not too late, he can still repeal or bury the 13A. You people should encourage your president to do so. This is the best time for your president to do as you said and we Tamils are waiting for such an occasion. We will be very grateful if people of your ilk start to encourage your president to do as you have mentioned above.

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    “I cannot see how any reasonable person can place much faith in the impending Inquiry or expect the SL to co-operate with it. Navi Pillay has clearly demonstrated she is no honest broker.”

    You seem unreasonable, and reasonable things will not seem right to you!

    “The very fact that she sought to lay a wreath to honour Prabhakaran and his murderous minions attests to that.”

    Can you proof this? Please show clearly with deeds that Ms Pillay sought to lay a wreath to honour VP.

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      Clearly, you and I are not reading the same newspapers!

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        Gamarala,

        I encountered a gentleman on Groundviews who used the same alias; I hope you are not the same individual.

        Obviously I have not read the same news as you did; please provide reference to that news so I can comprehend the context in which it was written. I want to know that Ms Pilley wanted to lay a wreath to honour VP, or was she doing it to honour the war dead? You cannot just write such things on public forums and do not back it up! You have basically slung mud at a respected UN official recklessly not caring about her achievements on the subject of human rights including in South Africa. How can you write such a serious accusation and attempt to brush it off with a frivolous comment?

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          Please see the Editorial of the Ceylon Daily News of 2 September 2013.

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            Do you seriously believe that a high ranking UN officer of Ms Pillay’s calibre will seek to honour VP by laying wreath who had been baned as a terrorist world-wide? Where is your commen sense? Ceylon Daily News please say no more!

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              Dear Burning Issue and Gamarala,

              Here are the facts.

              UNHCR Statement

              Spokesman for the High Commissioner Rupert Colville told the Daily FT that it was a “gross misrepresentation” to pretend Pillay was planning to honour the LTTE. “She made her views on the LTTE very clear in her statement,” he asserted.

              Colville said the visiting UN Envoy had wanted to pay respects to all those who had lost their lives as she often does while visiting countries recovering from conflict. “We considered the general area where the war ended after nearly 30 years might be a suitable spot to commemorate ALL those who died during that conflict”

              SL Govt Statement

              External Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris told a press briefing in London on Monday that High Commissioner Pillay had kept the Government in the dark about the plan to pay floral tributes in Mullivaikal. In a statement issued soon after her departure on Sunday, the Government Information Department accused the UN Envoy of having made what it called a “surreptitious” effort to pay a floral tribute at Mullivaikal.

              It was pointed out by the Sri Lankan side to the OHCHR delegation that if such a gesture needed to be made it should be done at a venue common to all victims of the 30-year terrorist conflict and not on the grounds where the LTTE leader met his death.

              ……….

              There is no question about the Plan by Navi Pillai to pay a floral tribute at Mullivaikal. Her spokesman admits it.

              UNHCR says the floral wreath at Mullivaikal was to honour the Sinhalese, Muslims, Tamils, Burghers and other Sri Lankans who died in the 30 year war.

              That logic is akin to claiming that paying a floral tribute where Osama was killed would be in honour of all who died in 9/11.

              Navi Pillai was foolish to even consider such a thing. Gamarala cannot be faulted for what he wrote.

              Better to research before speculating.

              Kind Regards,
              OTC

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                Off the Butt,

                Mullivaikal is the last place where the war ended killing tens of thousands of innocent civilians (the war crimes investigation initiated by Navi Pillai will prove it within a year) and that is the best place to pay a floral tribute to the dead. Gonrala says Navi Pillai sought to lay a wreath to honour Prabhakaran and his murderous minions which is fcuking nonsense and you imbecile as usual is sitting on your brain and commenting like a moron. Try to think beyond your nose but for now gobble some kavum and go to sleep you typical modaya.

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                  Dear Prasad,

                  You wrote “Gonrala says Navi Pillai sought to lay a wreath to honour Prabhakaran and his murderous minions which is fcuking nonsense and you imbecile as usual is sitting on your brain and commenting like a moron”

                  Is this the same imbecile Prasad that copied the work of Mr JL Devanada and presented it as his own on CT?

                  Is this the same Donkey that claimed he did not even know J. L. Devanada even after getting caught with his pants down writing a 357 word comment that contained 337 words (word for word copy) from Mr. JLD’s long essay? The Donkey could write only 13 words on his own.

                  “Off the cuff, I know nothing of Mr. Devanada or any other …….” (blah blah blah)

                  https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/mahavamsa-an-insult-to-the-buddha/#comment-839621

                  Here is the link to Mr JLD’s original essay
                  http://www.srilankaguardian.org/2011/01/response-part-1-mahavamsa-mentality-can.html

                  For a man who did not know J. L. Devanada, it’s uncanny how he could reproduce Devanada, word for word.

                  This Donkey must be possessing the Power’s of Siva, minus the Lingam.

                  You see Prasad, a man who did not know when to quit, even after getting caught red handed, presenting other people’s intellectual work as his own, will not have any Brains at all, even in his Butt.

                  I hope you have realized by now, that I cannot be intimidated into subjugation by the use of Uncouth Language. What I write is based on facts.

                  9/11 started with Osama. It ended with Osama’s assassination.

                  What Navi Pillai tried to do surreptitiously and abandoned after getting caught, was similar to laying a floral tribute, where Osama was killed, saying it was a tribute to the US forces who captured and killed Osama.

                  The man who climbed a coconut tree to steal sweet toddy, also had an excuse after getting caught. He said he climbed the tree to cut grass. When asked to show the grass he cut. He said “I am climbing down because there is no grass on top” (Sinhala idiom).

                  Re “Try to think beyond your nose but for now gobble some kavum and go to sleep you typical modaya”

                  That advice, coming from a man who cannot think at all, is rich indeed.

                  Here is the link to the Lingumless Prasad’s ignominious and imbecile arguments https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/mahavamsa-an-insult-to-the-buddha/#comment-838571

                  Kind Regards,
                  OTC

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                    Off the Butt,

                    This is the best example of an imbecile, a dirty black pot hiding behind a pseudo-name and calling the clean silver kettle black. By now the CT readers are well aware of this undesirable illogical moron pretending to be “all knowing”. Gobble a bucket full of kavum and go to sleep you Modayass.

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                      Dear Prasad,

                      Re “This is the best example of an imbecile, a dirty black pot hiding behind a pseudo-name and calling the clean silver kettle black”

                      Of course you are a shining star. Any intelligent reader who had followed that link I gave would have seen how shining that star is!

                      Only a stark raving imbecile will claim that he is clean after getting stuck in a cesspool of Lies and deceit that he cannot get out of.

                      By the way Prasad, what is your real name?
                      Why are you such a coward to use a real name as a pseudonym?
                      Please prove that you are actually Prasad and not a coward behind a real looking name.

                      I am waiting to see the FUN when you attempt to prove that!

                      Re “By now the CT readers are well aware of this undesirable illogical moron pretending to be “all knowing”.”

                      Of course CT Readers already know that you are not Mr. J. L. Devanada though the “intellectual” stuff you write, is identical to Devanada’s, Word for Word.

                      What an Uncanny Gift, God Siva has bestowed on you to compensate for the manhood he forgot.

                      Pretense therefore, is your forte not mine.

                      Displaying that arrogance, even after your pants have come down in full Public View proving that you are neither a man nor a woman, is the hallmark of a Brainless Idiot.

                      Kind Regards,
                      OTC

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                      Off the Butt,

                      “By the way Prasad, what is your real name?”
                      My name is Prasad, I do not use pseudo names like Off-the-Butt, LOL

                      “CT Readers already know that you are not Mr. J. L. Devanada”
                      Who the fcuk is Devanada??? What has Devanada got to do with me???

                      “Displaying that arrogance, even after your pants have come down in full Public View”
                      My pants come down only when your women folk’s skirts go up. It is only you who have run away several times leaving your amuda when I confront.

                      “Neither a man nor a woman, hallmark of a Brainless Idiot”
                      Exactly, by now many would have told you this. You are not only a Pons but a fool as well. The CT readers are very well aware of you.

                      Now, can you run your hand on the back of your head to see if the konda is well intact and also run your hand down under to see if your amude is well intact? Can I get you some kavum to gobble and some bulath to chew?

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                      Dear “Prasad”,

                      You say “My name is Prasad, I do not use pseudo names like Off-the-Butt, LOL”

                      English does not seem to be your strong point.
                      I asked you to PROVE that you are “Prasad”.

                      ANY Donkey like you, can use ANY name and believe that the readers can be fooled. For all we know you may be Usha Sriskandarajah or Suresh Sriskandarajah, or Piratheepan Nadarajah or DarmaLingum or VaithyaLingum or Sivashankar ShanmugaLingam or NoLingum.

                      Hence please PROVE who you really are. I believe “Prasad” is an assumed name as you are a PROVEN Liar.

                      You ask “Who the fcuk is Devanada??? What has Devanada got to do with me???”

                      Mr. J. L. Devanada is a Tamil Writer. Strange that you have not read any of his articles. This is from a very long essay written by him to the Sri Lanka Guardian.

                      (http://www.srilankaguardian.org/2011/01/response-part-1-mahavamsa-mentality-can.html)

                      Quote
                      History is basically the capacity of the society in remembering the past. The mode of exerting this capacity differs from society to society. Archeology (ancient artifacts, ruins, potsherds, burials, coins, stone inscriptions, cave writings, rock edits, writings on Ola leaves, etc), ancient literature, chronicles, cultural anthropology, folk stories, historical linguists, etc are some of the tools to understand the history of a society……….. The ancient Tamil literature and the excavations (archeological findings) in Jaffna proves the existence of Tamils including Tamil Buddhists (Theravada and Mahayana) but there is no evidence what so ever to prove the existence of a separate Tamil Kingdom in Jaffna before the 13th century AD and the same goes to the Sinhalese.
                      Unquote

                      This is the First paragraph of YOUR comment written on January 6, 2014 at 2:38 pm on CT.

                      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/mahavamsa-an-insult-to-the-buddha/comment-page-6/#comment-838117

                      Quote
                      History is basically the capacity of the society in remembering the past. The mode of exerting this capacity differs from society to society. Anthropology and Archeology (ancient artifacts, ruins, potsherds, burials, coins, stone inscriptions, cave writings, rock edits, writings on Ola leaves, etc), ancient literature, chronicles, cultural anthropology, folk stories, historical linguists, etc are some of the tools to understand the history of a society. The ancient Tamil literature and the excavations (archeological findings) prove the existence of Tamils including Tamil Buddhists (Theravada and Mahayana) in the island from very ancient period.
                      unquote

                      For a person making an emphatic denial of any knowledge of Mr. J. L. Devanada, you have an UNCANNY ability to reproduce Mr JLD’s writing Word for Word.

                      You have even managed to CORRUPT what Devanada wrote by deleting the following but there is no evidence what so ever to prove the existence of a separate Tamil Kingdom in Jaffna before the 13th century AD and the same goes to the Sinhalese.

                      That was just the first paragraph.

                      Except for 13 words you introduced to suppress the absence of evidence prior to the 13th century of any Tamil Kingdom in Jaffna, your whole comment (357 words) is word for word identical to Devanada’s.

                      You say “My pants come down only when your women folk’s skirts go up”

                      Ah a self confessed Sex Pervert!

                      You say “It is only you who have run away several times leaving your amuda when I confront”

                      As I have stated before I never run away from a debate. I doubt anyone will need to run from a Brainless Lying Idiot like you, in any debate. Your performance in this exchange proves my point beyond any doubt.

                      Now please prove your identity in your next post.

                      Kind Regards,
                      OTC

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                The master of prevarication and illogic has come to the rescue!

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                  Dear Burning Issue,

                  Are you absolutely certain that you understand the words you use?

                  Prevaricate = to deviate from the truth.

                  Are you saying that the UNHCR statement, issued on behalf of Ms. Navi Pillai by her own spokesman Mr Colevile is different to what I have posted?

                  If that is so, the remedy is simple.

                  Just post what you say is the correct version and after verification I will apologize and withdraw what I wrote.

                  But you are not used to that type of HONEST debate are you?

                  When you are caught with your pants down, the ONLY resort you have is an ad hominem attack on the messenger.

                  Gamarala cannot be faulted because he is right.

                  Kind Regards,
                  OTC

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                    I say it again that you are the master at illogic and prevarication! You cherry pick to suit your illogical arguments, and at its base there is an unshakable impermeable Sinhala Buddhist chauvinism set in stone. If you believe that Ms Pillay sought to honour VP, you are one hell of an imbecile comparable to the BBS jokers. You go and bury your head in the sand while the UN investigation takes hold, or do some preemptive work to discredit its eventual findings.

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                      Dear Burning Issue,

                      You wrote “I say it again that you are the master at illogic and prevarication! You cherry pick to suit your illogical arguments,….”

                      I asked you in my previous post to show where I have deviated from the TRUTH.

                      Instead of doing that you are making and ad hominem attack on me to hide the fact that you are unable to show that I have deviated from the Truth.

                      You cannot prove that I have deviated from the Truth because I haven’t. If I am Cherry Picking you should be able to point them out. Since you are unable to do one or the other, you must be thinking of a different kind of Cherry to pick!

                      Hence even if you say it a thousand times you would be LYING to cover up your own impotence!

                      You wrote “If you believe that Ms Pillay sought to honour VP, you are one hell of an imbecile comparable to the BBS jokers”

                      Please show how intelligent you are by contesting the following.

                      The UNHCHR manipulated to bring the UN Expert Panel’s (Darusman)report to the UNHRC. She and her office STUDIED that report in minute detail.

                      Now please explain how, she, The High Commissioner for Human Rights, who is expected to know Human Rights Law inside out, overlooked the way, Darusman EXONERATED the LTTE of the War Crime of using Human Shields, when even a cursory examination of the actual ICRC IHL Rule 97, would have clearly shown their GUILT.

                      You can get more details from my post here https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/video-voices-against-sri-lankan-rape-last-night-at-canadian-high-commissioners-residence/comment-page-1/#comment-1339935

                      Was that her Integrity at work?

                      If she can deliberately overlook such a glaring corruption of International Human Rights Law which is sticking out like a sore thumb, what counter arguments do you have to prove her impartiality and integrity?

                      Starting from UN special Rapporteur, Philip Alston, (who employed Dr. Daniel Spitz a confirmed Perjurer and Mr. Grant Fredericks, a confirmed Charlatan to sling mud at SL) right up to the highest officer of the UNHRC, Ms Navi Pillai, have all been nursing hidden agendas and had failed to be impartial.

                      Ask yourself whether Navi Pillai will go and lay a wreath at a site where US drone strikes have killed civilians?

                      You are blinded by hatred which is obscuring your ability to think rationally.

                      Here are some details of US Drone Strikes.

                      Pakistan 2004–2014
                      Total strikes: 385
                      Total killed: 2,306-3,735
                      Civilians killed: 416-957
                      Children killed: 168-202
                      Injured: 1,089-1,643

                      Yemen 2002–2014
                      Confirmed drone strikes: 64-76
                      Total killed: 334-486
                      Civilians killed: 34-84
                      Children killed: 7-8
                      Injured: 78-196

                      Possible extra drone strikes: 94-114
                      Total killed: 318-509
                      Civilians killed: 24-48
                      Children killed: 6-9
                      Injured: 85-118
                      Other covert operations: 14-79
                      Total killed: 150-386
                      Civilians killed: 59-88
                      Children killed: 24-26
                      Injured: 22-115

                      Somalia 2007–2014
                      Drone strikes: 5-8
                      Total killed: 10-24
                      Civilians killed: 0-1
                      Children killed: 0
                      Injured: 2-3
                      Other covert operations: 8-11
                      Total killed: 40-141
                      Civilians killed: 7-47
                      Children killed: 0-2
                      Injured: 11-21

                      Kind Regards,
                      OTC

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                      Dear Burning Issue,

                      Where are your counter arguments?

                      Got check mated?

                      Kind Regards,
                      OTC

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                      In your dreams. Your are seriously blessed with sanctimony, and completely devoid of common sense. As I said you need to bury your head in the sand to get some sense in it!

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                Off the Butt & GonRala

                Navi Pillai was too good to the Sinhalese. If you think that she was biased, wait for the new High Commissioner for Human Rights Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein and you will definitely see the difference. He will NEVER be as soft/moderate as Navi Pillai.

                The Resistance shown by the Sinhala regime is very similar to a thief refusing to co-operate while circumstantial evidences point to him. If the Sinhala Modayas think that denying visa to the investigation team will lead to no prosecution, they are living in FOOLS PARADISE.

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                  Modi’s India together with UNHRC (going to be headed by an Arab Prince) squeezing the balls of the Sinhala President will be far more effective in taming the Lion race.

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                    Go get yourself some lube Prasad, getting constantly reamed like this can’t be easy on that ample posterior of yours :D

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