26 October, 2020

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Is There A Need To Return To Capital Punishment?

By Emil van der Poorten

Emil van der Poorten

Emil van der Poorten

As someone on the cusp of the proverbial eighth decade of my life, let me say, at the very outset, that even discussing the sentiments expressed in the title of this piece in the abstract would have been beyond the farthest reaches of my imagination until now.

However, what I have seen over the years since my return to Sri Lanka after better than thirty years, has, as in the words of the old chestnut, “given me pause.”

With two siblings who lived all their lives as revolutionaries and died in penury, even though celebrated by a variety of people from more walks of life that I am ever likely to encounter, I have had my diet of “world revolution,” “the need to destroy capitalism and the capitalist class“ etc. etc.

However, when I see the manner in which the basic living standards of people in rural Sri Lanka haveregressed, as epitomized by three of four skinny nurses trying to reach something suspended on a clothes line of sorts and failing for lack of reach until a colleague, just five feet tall (as she herself proudly proclaimed), reach what had eluded their grasp, one begins to realize how small so many of our compatriots now are. In contrast, I recall how much bigger and taller were Canadians entirely of Sri Lankan origin who grew up in that North American country after being born in Sri Lanka. The reason for this contrast can be put in two words: good nutrition.

I am not going to labour this point and, if you doubt what I have just said, check with your closest authority, particularly in the matter of birth weight stats.

Bad enough? Consider the allied issues of deprivation of anything approaching adequate medical and educational services and the circle is complete and that circle, I’d seriously submit, is not far behind genocide in its final implications.

There has never seemed any doubt that genocide is the most serious of capital offences and deserving of the most serious of responses.

What then of those responsible for the premature deaths and debilitation of large segments of our population? I am deliberately excluding the poorer elements of the so-called minority communities from this discussion so that its dimensions may be measured without the distraction of the howling of the racist hordes in their usual efforts to distract attention by involving, on their side, those most susceptible to the siren call allegation of colonial “divide and rule” governance being the root cause of this state of affairs.

Behaviour that has contributed to the veritable starvation of the larger part of our population from adequate nutrition, education and health care, particularly in combination, cannot but be considered a capital crime and deserving of capital punishment.

I am not about to trot out some simplistic solution a la Romania where the Ceaucescu’s were tried, convicted and executed, literally, on a sidewalk in Bucharest. No, I am suggesting the application of due process of law as we know it and the application of the death sentence which, incidentally, is still on our statute books in case any reader has forgotten the fact.

Surely, if a person can be sentenced to death for taking a single life, the mass deaths that have resulted from the unmitigated greed of a select few is deserving of that few being removed from any future possibility of their continuing their evil ways?

I have recently experienced, at first hand, what goes on in one of our premier public hospitals. Once the cobwebs of individual incompetence and lack of feeling are swept away, what is left is the very ugly reality of resources that should be available to our people being utilized for a select minority to enjoy what used to be euphemistically called “the better things of life.”

Look at the conditions in our hospitals and then take a walk past the parking spaces of the senior surgeons and physicians where you will see vehicles of which Wall Street moguls would be proud. I will never tire of reminding people of the fact that when I lived in the capital of what was called the “land of the blue-eyed sheiks,” the oil, gas and oilsands capital of North America, it would take me more than a year before my tally of true luxury cars would reach a count even close to the numbers of similar automobiles I’d encounter in a return journey from Galagedera in Tumpane to either of the adjacent provincial capitals, Kandy or Kurunegala!

Is it not an extremely poor reflection on our civilization that those who walk away after knowingly contributing to this state of affairs without anything resembling “let or hindrance” continue to live in a society that appears to encourage more and more of the same without so much as mention of what they deserve as punishment?

We are not simply talking about people “caught up in a system” with little opportunity to effect the change that will bring anything resembling justice to that system. We are talking here about those deliberately engaging in the crassest of self-aggrandizement at the expense of a large number of our kith and kin.

The reason why I suggest that capital punishment is the only logical response to such a status quo is because they are not babes in the wood sinking in the sands of time. Those enjoying the fruits of monumental corruption and death and destruction of the “less fortunate” damned well know what they are doing and why.

Governments that maintain armed forces the equivalent of Russia’s army don’t do so through some kind of unimaginable naivety. They do so with the full knowledge that they are going to need those huge numbers under arms, with training in the use of sophisticated assault weapons and other ordnance in order to ensure that such corrupt governance continues to be imposed even when the larger part of the citizenry wake up to the reality and decides that it cannot be endured any longer. In fact, they are going to need the mercenaries even more when the “great unwashed” wake up to what they are being subjected to.

What can be done in the here and now?

We can, at least, jog the memories of those who know there is a better way of conducting our affairs. That even if the great leveling off of society cannot be affected immediately, the process can begin and must.

A beginning would be to bring crimes against society into the ambit of punishment for individual capital crimes. That is a first step and one that needs to be taken NOW.

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    What has happened to my mate Poorty.

    Has he hijacked the cause which I have been fighting for. That is is give the Dalits a fair go.

    Poorty is a slow learner , Isn’t he?.

    It has taken 30 years of eating Buttered Toast & Maple Syrup to realize that our rural Dalits are short, because of lack of Protein and Calcium.

    But hanging our local Specialist quacks for Poorty’s personal issues is a bit far fetched.

    I mean the Specialists who serve our rural patients,

    Besides, they must be wetting their pants thinking about losing those fat incomes to the Hindians, whom Poorty’s new mate Batalanada Ranil wants to bring in wholesale ,from Tamil Nadu.

    By the way hanging Kandy Kirra will be more palatable, especially with his latest revelation.

    Here it is in his own words.

    Quote…Me, Kirra has LKR 1000 Million in liquid assets which I can cash in 24 hours.

    I don’t need to take commissions or bribes.

    And I have thousands of acres of Land too, which I and my Missus accumulated in thirty years, giving Yahapalana Legal service to Mhaavamsa inhabitants” ..un quote.

    Is there a Merryl Lynch, Morgan Stanley or Goldman Sachs among our inhabitants for Kirra to make that sort of dosh?.

    I mean his liquid assets alone is USD 10 Million. ..Right

    Over to you Poorty.

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      Emil van der Poorten

      “A beginning would be to bring crimes against society into the ambit of punishment for individual capital crimes.”

      The picture you painted of this island is valid and I would agree with your analysis.

      However not only I do not agree with your conclusion but vehemently oppose it on three grounds:

      A fellow human being has no right to take another’s life.

      The punishment should not be based on vengeance, hatred, …. It seems most pro hanging people are driven by “eye for an eye” sort of justice, which is wrong and counter productive.

      Any miscarriage of justice cannot be rectified, there are plenty of cases in the past through out the world.

      It is an easy/lazy option.

      There have been a number of published studies and statistics conclude that capital punishment has never been an effective deterrent.

      If capital punishment is enforced who is going to hang the last person?

      We say no to capital punishment.

      We say no to capital punishment.

      We say no to capital punishment.

      And Spring Hoha also supports me.

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        Native Veddah:
        We have to agree to disagree on this one.

        While I agree wholeheartedly with several points you have made, my concern is that if genocide is considered a “capital crime,” should not the KNOWING commitment on whole (poorer) segments of the population be similarly viewed (and punished)?

        This is not a manner of vengeance but of the necessary removal of those who,left to continue their behaviour, will torture and kill even more innocent people.

        There might be a case to be made, however, for not putting to death the criminally insane, I expect.

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          EVDP, can we please enforce cap.punishment just for a day and hang this bugger Sumanaya and then kill the cap.punishment soon after it?

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        EvdP

        Native Vedda is right; I am AGAINST Capital Punishment.

        I am for swift justice (including efficient policing) and stiffer sentences, and Life to mean Life for the severest of crimes.

        As for the State taking a life, I say NO. No, No, Never.

        WE say NO to Capital Punishment.

        WE say NO to Capital Punishment.

        WE say NO to Capital Punishment.

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          Spring Koha

          Thanks for your support.

          Have you noticed strangely enough soma too says NO to capital punishment.

          WE say NO to Capital Punishment.

          WE say NO to Capital Punishment.

          WE say NO to Capital Punishment.

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    NO.

    Soma

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    Mr. Pooten:

    Man, [Edited out]

    See what you have written.

    You wanted to say something. You have gone all voer the world to say those few sentences.

    If you knew everything about good nutrition, malnutrition current condition of obesity, story would have been very different.

    You look very prejudiced and very judgemental about the world. But, the real world is not what you think.

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    Ado Sumaney, jim softy et al:
    If anyone were to hold their breath in anticipation of you people saying anything comprehensible, they’d surely die of asphyxiation!

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      Emil van der Poorten

      “If anyone were to hold their breath in anticipation of you people saying anything comprehensible, they’d surely die of asphyxiation!”

      You are rest assured, no one anticipate both to say anything comprehensible.

      However I am worried for their life, being alone and never had any partner, both may consider self indulged erotic asphyxiation (autoerotic asphyxiation).

      Accidents have taken place and could happen again.

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        Dear native,

        Never knew you are in to it, too..

        But word of warning mate..Don’t do it in Excess…

        And your mate should keep away from it.. Totally….

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          KASmaalam KA Sumanasekera

          “Never knew you are in to it, too..”

          Into, what?

          You do not seem to grasp the essence of what is said in this forum nor you comprehend what you type here.

          Why?

          Is it because you have been carrying MR’s b***s for too long?

          If you carry them too close to your eyes, you could only see the b***s and nothing beyond and outside his amude.

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      [Edited out]

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    There we go. This another sneaky attack on our civilisation by this man. He asks the question, “Is it not an extremely poor reflection on our civilization…”. (It is not ‘his’ civilisation anyway).

    It is not surprising that he is unable to get it in to his thick skull that crimes or other misdeeds by individuals can’t be blamed on the civilisation they come from. Civilisation is only the best effort to pull people out of such behaviour. Buddhism is supreme in this regard.

    People who use individual mistakes of others to blame civilisation do that with hidden motives. If we blame Western civilisation for war ceimes for example, what do we have to say about animals like Winston Churchill (1.5 million hmurders), Harry Truman (2 million), Henry Kissinger (4.5 million), Robert McNamara (6 million), George W. Bush (1 million), Douglas Rumsfeld (3 million)and others?

    If Poorten is right, we should be blaming Judaism for the crimes committed by these Jews. Though they did these crimes for the sake of their mythical belief system, the religion is not directly responsible. It is just that they are venomous, detestable forms of life that is far below the human level.

    Similarly, Poorten should be civilised to separate individual crimes or misbehaviour from civilisation.

    But decent readers, don’t hold your breath.

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      Jayantha Delgoda:
      Do the war crimes of the Kissingers, Trumans, Churchills etc. etc.justify anything and everything that followed, be it done in the name of some religion or civilization or the other?

      Incidentally, what on earth does, “Similarly, Poorten should be civilised to separate individual crimes or misbehaviour from civilisation” mean?

      I hate to nitpick with a nitwit but since when did Churchill, Truman, McNamara etc. become “jews?” Or is this simply yet another example of your need to display yet another example of monumental stupidity combined with ignorance?

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        [Edited out], don’t you get the point or do you choose not to care?

        It is not about everything that followed, I raised the connection between these murderers and the ‘civilisation they come from. If you can’t understand that point, you are making it clear to the world as to who the ‘nitwit’ is.

        As to Churchill, Truman and McNamara being Jews, you may fool all the people for some time, or some people all the time, but not all the people all the time.

        Churchill was the son of Brooklyn, New York born Jewess, high society prostitute Jennie Jerome. In 1918, at 67, she married her third husband, Montagu Phippen Porch, 44 – three years younger than her son Winston Churchill. Need I say more?

        Truman cleverly hid his Jew origin, sometimes even attacking Jews, like asking, “Jesus Christ himself couldn’t please these people, so how can I?. But his best friend was a Zionist agent named Harry Jacobsen and he did his duty by joining Churchill in the war, against American public opinion, just like Tony Blair did 60 years later. McNamara who moved in as President of the World Bank cartel straight after the murders in Vietnam war in 1968, had a mother named Clara Nell “Strange”

        Sp don’t tell us who is a Jew and not a Jew. Delgodas come from an ancient Kandyan line, and having dealt with these [Edited out] since the time of Rajasinghe II, we know who is who.

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          Jayantha Delgoda:

          Before you delve into your (alleged) antecedents in the Sinhala Royalty/Nobility, why don’t you display some civilization yourself? Step one MIGHT be trying to get out of the racist gutter that you so proudly occupy.

          Remember: “Better to keep one’s mouth shut and let people think you are stupid than …….”

          In the last analysis, practicing illiteracy on the illiterate and moronic would be as futile as trying to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear, I suppose.

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            It looks like I have piched this “know-all” (according to hisself only), at the place where it hurts his agenda most.

            If identifying the tribe and their mythical belief system that is leading the whole world to ruin (by creating poverty, crime and cultural destruction) is RACIST, I will wear the badge with pride.

            It is this tribe and their actions aimed at building the Third Temple in Jerusalem that is at the root of all global problems. THe world should unite and rise against these blood sucking parasites.

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    Ancient Kandyan line of people who did what ? Identified Jews ?!!

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    I strongly recommend that the death penalty be brought back to Sri Lanka. Capital punishment should be compulsory for the editors of Colombo Telegraph for giving so much space and publishing the dribble from ‘Professors’ who just profess like Emil Van Der Poorten and Kumar David…..!!

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    Must give it you! Very interesting reading. Thank you.
    Bensen

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    If yahapalanaya is to introduce the death penalty, let the yahapalana President execute the first convict, that’s all I ask.

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