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Is There An Islamophobic Hate Campaign In Sri Lanka?

By Izeth Hussain

Izeth Hussain

This is a very wicked animal. / It defends itself when attacked. – La Fontaine

There was of course an Islamophobic hate campaign, that of the BBS, under the last Government, but is there one now? The BBS campaign subsided after the present Government came to power, but the BBS itself has not been dismantled, it is dormant and can be reactivated to hot things up against the Muslims. In the meanwhile forces other than the BBS could be engaged in an Islamophobic hate campaign. Many Muslims, including this writer, are convinced that such a campaign has been going on, but according to reactions provoked by this writer’s recent articles many non-Muslims discount that.

The question is of national importance, not of importance to the Muslim minority alone. Before explaining the reasons for that the writer will pose another question: Was the last Government unique in the way it behaved towards the BBS? It was widely believed that the BBS had massive foreign funding, supposedly from Norwegian Christian fundamentalist groups. There were other indications that the BBS had an international dimension. Wirathu the Myanmar monk, who was internationally notorious after figuring on the front cover of Time magazine as the world’s worst racist hate monger, came to Sri Lanka as the honoured guest of the BBS. It was known that the Wirathu gang backed genocide against the Rohingya Muslim minority, which has brought for Myanmar world-wide contempt. It was noted that the T-shirts worn by anti-Muslim demonstrators in Myanmar and Sri Lanka were identical, except that the logos were different. We now have the anonymous Backlash declaring his dog-like devotion to apartheid Israel and writing that Israel backed the BBS, and actually justifying that as a riposte to Muslim anti-Israeli demos in Colombo.

There is reason to believe that the reactions of the last Government to the BBS was unique, unparalleled by anything comparable in the wide wide world. Usually Governments attach great importance to forging a sense of national unity and will counter hate campaigns against any of its minorities, unless it has very special reasons for encouraging that. In this case the Muslims have been pre-eminently a loyal minority, siding steadfastly with the Sinhalese against the Tamils over the separatist problem. The remittances made by our maids working in the Middle East are crucially important for the Sri Lankan economy. The Islamic world has been steadfastly supportive of Sri Lanka at the UNHRC and other fora. Pakistan’s weapons support preventing a catastrophic debacle at Elephant Pass in 2000 was of crucial importance. In the context set out in the preceding sentences, any Government trying to forge some sense of national unity would have tried to sort out the problems between the majority and such a minority. Furthermore all Governments are fiercely resistant to foreign interference in their internal affairs, and usually would not tolerate foreign-backed hate campaigns against any of its minorities. There was no doubt about foreign backing for the BBS.

How exactly did the last Government react to the BBS hate campaign? Some very powerful personages in that Government were seen as obviously supportive of the BBS and the Government as a whole acquiesced. It refused to take legal action against the BBS leaders, in effect placing them above the law. That failure to counter the BBS, which is quite possibly unique in the world, seems to betoken something deeply defective about Sri Lankan nationalism. The writer has in mind not just the divisions between the Sinhalese and the minorities, not just the divisions of caste and religion among the Sinhalese, but a deep divisiveness among the Sinhalese that militates against the national interest to a serious extent. For instance, every attempt at a solution of the ethnic problem has been aborted by the Opposition, even if the solution was advocated by the Opposition itself while it was in the Government. This writer might seem to be ignoring the powerful nationalism manifested in the military victory against the LTTE. The truth is that the Rajapakse Government, just like its predecessors, swallowed the myth of the LTTE’s military invincibility and fought the war to a conclusion only or mainly because the closure of the Marvilaru anicut left it with no alternative.

Anyway, whatever might be the reasons, there has been a failure to build an inclusive nation in Sri Lanka, in fact to forge any sense of national unity, which was seen clearly in the failure to stop the BBS hate campaign. The failure to forge even a modicum of national unity could have adverse, even lethal, consequences in the future. In the new geopolitical configuration in South Asia, with a heavy Chinese presence, India could conceivably come to want to impose a Cyprus-style “solution” to the ethnic problem in Sri Lanka. That is only a very remote contingency, but we should never lose sight of it.

Another possibility is that the lack of a sense of national unity could lead to a loss of independence in all but name. Sri Lankans, just like the rest of humanity, want a better life, a better material life which requires economic development at a fast pace. That means that some inescapable facts have to be faced. It is a fact that Tamil Nadu and other Dravidian states are among the dynamic performers of India, and that means that our economic development can be greatly facilitated by linkages with those states. But fears will arise, among the Sinhalese and also among the Muslims, that those close linkages will lead to dominance by India, and a virtual loss of independence might ensue. Why? The underlying reason is the total absence of a sense of national unity in Sri Lanka. After all, most Sri Lankans believe that a substantial proportion of our politicians can be bought and sold like potatoes. A house divided cannot stand.

The above are, surely, powerful arguments to persuade the Government to take counter-action against the Islamophobic hate campaign that has been going on. But what evidence is there to show that there is such a campaign after the subsidence of the BBS? Part of the evidence is to be found, persuasively enough, in the attacks against this writer provoked by his articles in the Colombo Telegraph, attacks which have been going on for years. It was manifest that the attacks had two objectives: one was to stop this writer being published and the other was to spread Islamophobic hatred.

The Tamil dimension of the attacks requires careful analysis. The attacks have been predominantly, almost exclusively, by persons using nom de plumes that declared a Tamil identity. But how are Tamil interests served by their attacks? Certainly, as a result of the war there has been an increase, a steep increase, in anti-Muslim sentiment among the Tamils, but such Tamils are most certainly in a minority. Besides, the Tamil leaders of today are moderate, pragmatic, experienced men who can be expected to understand that no purpose useful for the Tamils will be promoted by fomenting Islamophobic hatred. They would certainly want a coming together of Tamils and Muslims on the basis of a commonality of interest as minorities.

The cases of the two Tamils, Backlash and Kettikaran, who have been persistently attacking this writer over the years, can be very instructive. They regard this writer as an abysmally low fellow, and his articles as not much better than verbal excrement, yet they read him week after week, month after month, and year after year, experiencing disgust, hatred, rage, to which they give frequent expression. But they have not been able to stop this writer being published: now four editors are publishing him every week. So, what purpose and whose purpose are they serving? Kettikaran gave a clear indication some time ago that he is the servitor of a fundamentalist Christian group, and Backlash that he is the servitor of the Zionists.

Even a cursory reading of the comments in the Colombo Telegraph provoked by this writer’s recent articles will show that a high intensity Islamophobic hate campaign is going on in Sri Lanka. A new propagandist, Lester, writes the prose of an educated man but what he writes is uneducated drivel: there is no such thing as an Arab civilisation because there is something primitive in the Arabs that makes them incapable of civilisation, and so on. The attacks against this writer can be best understood in terms of a world-wide Islamophobic hate campaign that is being promoted by fundamentalist Christian groups and the Zionists. The Government should look into the charges made in this article.

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      Duminda Silva n his god father Gota must be Muslims then !!!! Get a brain scan soon, Son.

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        All the drug smugglers are Muslims. Others are either peddlers for a wage or their protectors getting commission. Muslim countries like Pakistan and Afghanistan are in the drug trade into Srilanka either through Muslims in Indian Lakdives or Maldives. The plan to settle large amount of Muslims along north-western coast is to facilitate this drug trade and possibly in the future to smuggle arms to Muslim terrorists to usurp parts of Srilanka.

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          The drug industry is driven by the US forces based in Afghanistan and other drug producing areas that they are militarily occupying. Its CIA / Mossad operation functioning for the last 120 years.

          The Russel & Company that the Jews set up in the 1900s started the Opium trade in the South Asian Burma/Vietnam region to promote the Jewish backed COMMUNISTS in China to become the powerful nation that they have become in the 21st century.

          The CIA & the Drug Trade
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcp9bcypZo4&t=25s

          So, the Jews who are Hasbara agents in many pseudonyms are totally clueless to challenge the above facts as clearly explained in the above video with known facts and figures.

          The Afghan invasion carried out by the Jew owned SOVIET and then the JEW Owned CIA backed Mujaheddin program are all a play coming within this context.

          The Jewish Banker cabal has done many many damages which are coming to light in this modern challenging times and theirs an awakening going on which can lead to the dismantling of the JEWISH SYSTEM which is crumbling all over the world in the Public opinions of the world population. This will lead to the ultimate distruction of this EVIL SYSTEM as prophesied in the Islamic traditions.

          The people and the victims (world population) will go for hunting every known Jew/Zionist and their allies for retribution…… A Wonderful prophesy to end the curse of the mankind-Zionism

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          Hey Al-faqo the tea-boy, he..he

          Despite all my advices to go play hide-n-seek, you started once again to comment on subject above your limits :)

          So you want Peebakaran back to safe guard north-western coast, you mean?

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      jimsofty,

      You’re as usual. I am not sure if the author is trying to cover up certain elements.

      Politicians, businessmen and narcotics dealers are destroying the country, true. Are they all / only Muslims?

      If above said is partly Sinhalese, partly Tamils and partly Muslims, of course. Why can’t the saints of all these communities, collectively campaign against those bad guys, instead of targeting one single community?

      If we do that, we help the country, instead of making the ground works for another huge destruction of our nation.

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        Mohamed

        Politicians, businessmen and narcotics dealers are destroying the country, true. Are they all / only Muslims?

        many Sinhala politicians/bureaucrats have supported drug imports or they are part of it. But, Sinhala people do not here and make statement for cleanliness and blame others.

        Other other hand, Muslims come and blame while they are destroying the country every way.

        I think all these articles are to cover up what Muslims politicians are doing in Sri lanka. that is simply to cover up islamization of Sri lanka by settling muslims in Mannar, Wanni and in the east.

        Besides, muslim politicians are getting money from middle eastern countries for that purpose.

        Perhaps, IZeth Hussein can be a NGO who gets finances from middle east to right this whinning – propaganda

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          jimsofty.

          “I think all these articles are to cover up what Muslims politicians are doing in Sri lanka. that is simply to cover up islamization of Sri lanka by settling muslims in Mannar, Wanni and in the east.”

          Anyway, you have the freedom to “think” what you want to think :) Grow up man.

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      Oh yeah? Rishard Badiuddin CAN’T get over 100,000 Muslims Forced out of their homes and lands in 1990 by the LTTE, back to their homes even after 8 long years of the end of the war, in spite of his being the Minister of Rehabilitation during the last government. So how is he supposed to Islamise an area devoid of its original inhabitants?

      How does Fashion Bug like places destroy the country? Do House of Fashion Odel, Cool Planet like places also destroy the country?

      Aren’t Sinhalese NOT involved in the Narcotics business?

      Haven’t you left out the REAL destroyers of this country who are the Politicians who thrived on communal politics, large scale Corruption, Money laundering etc. which still continues to this day?

      It is people like you who miss the wood for the tree that Help the Real destroyers of the country.

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        There were only around 60000-70000 Muslims in the entire north when they were forced out and now around 200000 claim there were forced even with natural increase 60-70000 would have never increased to 200000 or even 100000 within 20 years. Most of these Muslims do not want to return, so who are these 200000 all from Beruwela, Kurunegala and other southern towns with no connection to Mannar and the strategic north eastern coast. Their claim to Musali is some only ruined Noaque

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      Mr IH,

      I would kindly like to request you, why not you rather take no steps to share your diplomatic experience than islam stuff ?

      We the lanken need more info exchanges from senior diplomats if we at all to improve lanken ties with entire world.

      You and that self proclaimed political analysts can do lot more in the areas than hang on with efforts being made on contrasting racism, perhaps, what we have is no racism but not having better understanding amongst various ethnic groups.

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    I am for amity in Sri Lanka. As such, any disunity among the community in the past due to forces that were dominant, now dormant if not dead can be put behind ones mind.

    However, we should realize that we are not alone in the world, Alas! It is globalized! The funding for BBS may appear to be from Eurpoean countries, but don’t forget, they can be proxies. Countries like Sri Lanka, the location and other factors of which have a considerable geo-political importance, can be subject to International political manipulation. How come the boss of the BBS had all the visas to visit any partof the western world to start with and then the west seem to adopt the attitude of “holier than thou” and cancel some of the visas?

    I am not the least surprised when the “halal symbol for every product” issue came up in Sri Lanka, the Western Planners may have thought it is time to act. The BBS and its propagandists had quite a lot of information, well compiled in the matter. That is why the “halal boycott” and campaign for boycott of certain establishments had a major impact. Ultimately the significance of the halal symbol faded away. Don’t forget that the agreement for defence co-operation between Sri Lanka and US were signed by two Americans! That explains the ambivalent attitude towards the whole episode of the then Government.

    The writer also provides information of activities in Myanmar. Those who wish to meddle in the affairs of other countries thrive on the internal disunity within those respective countries.

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    Izeth has been told to provoke this Islamophobia to take the attention off MMDA and allied swords hanging on a hair. Izeth is doing this but is very very very clumsy.

    La Fontaine as told (personally??) to Izeth: “This is a very wicked animal. / It defends itself when attacked”.
    Izeth’s intellect is too shallow to see an animal defending itself following the pogrom of 1983 and earlier. Izeth only sees waning love for the lapdog fed on crumbs and leftovers.

    Izeth Chinthanaya: “….. the Muslims have been pre-eminently a loyal minority, siding steadfastly with the Sinhalese against the Tamils ….”.
    “Sinhala” Marikkar tried this in the early fifties which led to “Tamil” Muslims breaking away from the Federal Party!

    Izeth again: “… the BBS had massive foreign funding, supposedly from Norwegian Christian fundamentalist groups. ..”
    BBS is locally grown. Izeth has been told by Muslim politicians to blame outsiders.
    Izeth follows this up with an “international dimension” theory to the genocide against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. (Not a word from Izeth about the 30 odd Rohingya refugees picked up by Lankan Navy last week). The Wirathu gang is directed by the Burman Burmese Junta and the bloodthirsty Myanmar Army (exclusively Burman)is still controlled by the Junta.(Burmans consider themselves a race – superior one at that!)

    Izeth is totally devoid of intellectual integrity.

    Izeth called me (29 April) “a bestialized Islamophobic racist”. When will he put me into the agent of … category?

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      They are not loyal at all but a very cunning and opportunistic people who have no loyalty to their actual language culture or origin but will claim and take any identity or origin if they feel it is advantageous to them and their agenda.
      This immigrant refugee community from South India has benefitted the most from the conflict. They took advantage of traditional hostility between the island’s two ancient communities The Sinhalese and the Eelam Tamils and benefitted the most, and do not want to loose this advantage and will do anything to sabotage it.
      They are now trying to play the victim and are trying to gain the most amount of advantage out of the sacrifice and misery of the Eelam Tamils and even claim large chunks of their land, where they only arrived as refugees a few centuries ago, as they feel that they can do this and get away with this. They still want to set up the Sinhalese against the Tamils, as the author of this article is cunningly trying to dom by stating how loyal the Muslims were to the Sinhalese. They were never loyal and do not know the meaning of loyal. Despite being ethnically Tamil they deny it and backstab the rest of the non Muslim Tamils and join with Sinhalese racists to kill and discriminate them. If this is loyalty this man and the rest of them need to have their heads examined. Their have very warped values. They are only loyal to their imagined Arab/Moorish identity and to Wahhabi Islam not even to the original form of Islam they brought from Tamil Nadu.

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        Oh..Real Siva Sankaran Sarma,

        If you say most of Muslims are opportunistic people, I agree to an extent. But Muslims are not “immigrant refugee community from South India”, however if calling so satisfy you for whatever reason, please go ahead :) Muslims came to SL for doing business from whichever part they came from.

        Perhaps, the word “refugees” is almost synonym of “Jaffna Tamils” if you ask any EU, US or AU, and I don’t need to give you any further explanation why. Now please don’t put the blame on Muslims for making 90% of your people refugees, the real reason is your greed, yes just greed for money, power and land. It is your greed that made you guys blind and idiots.

        So greedy and idiotic to accept, support and finance an uneducated, nonstrategic and an inhumane warmonger to achieve your ‘peelam dream’, not realizing until 2009 that you were on the wrong path – It is Muslims’ conspiracy to put Tamils in this situation?

        It is your own greed for money that influences you people to get on to rusty little fishing boats to reach countries in different continents to live as refugees without any dignity – It is also not because of Muslims you suffer?

        Loyalty? You should first ask Karuna Amman, Pillayan about this as they are one of the main reasons for all you ‘peelam dream’ to vanish and stock market collapse.

        You’re making yourself more and more of an idiots by not going behind the real reasons and correcting yourselves and go behind a new issue. Dignify your people, I wouldn’t want Westerners and Australians giving me a odd look just because they see large number of people of my country are refugees there

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      Mr. K. Pillai,

      What is your preference – Israeli Agent, Indian RAW, CIA or Solheim’s team in that Christian Kingdom? BBS also may have some vacancy for local “Traitors” Our Senior ex-diplomat – self-appointed as one of the 5 finest diplomats in the world – will take care of the rest.

      Kettikaran

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    None of the Muslims writing here, including Izeth Hussen do not discuss their side.

    IZeth and all other muslims are asking irrespective of what muslims are doing in Sri lanka, BBS should stop what they are doing. So, no one can talk on behalf of buddhists.

    Anyway, Izeth. govts come and go. Ranil may be supporting muslims because his electoral votrs are muslims and Tamils. but, govts are temporary.

    Similarly, Izeth should understand both the Islam and christianity are political religions which are very aggressive, interfering in other religions and are forceful. Islam, JEws and muslims are fighting each other since their origin.

    So, when one muslims is complaing against others, you should not expect that they would just read your stuff without criticizing you.

    YOu as a muslim is asking specific privilages and that is no one can talk against you.

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    Izeth Hussain,

    Sharia Law is hated by non Muslims, ( but accepted by Muslims ).
    Is this this the “Islamaphobia” you are talking about?

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    It’s simple logic that BBS is supported by the Tamil Diaspora to drive a wedge between the Sinhalese and the Muslims so that the Muslims will join forces with the Tamils in a NE merger.

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    Good try next time you will state the Tamil Diaspora funded Rajapakse to commit genocide and war crimes in the Wanni. The BBS is extremist but everyone has woken up to you the Muslim agenda in the island. They became to cocky, especially after the defeat of the LTTE thinking they can Islamise large chunks of the Tamil lands in the north and east, claim these lands as theirs and lord over the Tamils and from there use this as a base to gradually takeover Sinhalese lands.
    Converted largely low caste immigrant refugees from Tamil Nadu, who came to the island a few centuries ago as refugees fleeing poverty and persecution, now want to lord over the island’s Sinhalese and Tamils in the name of Islam and an imagined Arab origin.

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      Pandi Kutti,

      “Converted largely low caste immigrant refugees from Tamil Nadu, who came to the island a few centuries ago as refugees fleeing poverty and persecution” LOL

      Did these Muslims come in a rusty fishing boats and held up in an offshore processing center for months? LOL

      Do you know that Sri Lankan Tamils is an unofficial synonym for the word, “refugee” in the world today? Thanks to your master.

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        Hisarathaya,
        There are more Muslim refugees in the world today than Tamils. So many Muslims are getting drowned and those rescued by white masters are kept in camps as outcasts. What a shame that these Muslims are at the mercy of whites, begging for food, clothing and shelter.Thanks for the Islamic murderers.

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          Hey Al-faqoo the tea-boy is back ..he..he. Where were you all these times? Since I called you a tea boy, you went missing in action putting me in worry
          :(

          Yes, so many Muslims are getting drowned, while Gods Monkey Anuman and Shiva (the guy who lost his penis I guess) rescue the Tamil boaties by flying them to the airport where the white masters and the red carpet await arrival of most productive and industrious people on earth, to take them to their reserved hotel suites :)

          Remember, Muslim refugees in EU are for real reason and as last resort, when there is no other options for them. Because these Arabs don’t go behind money, jobs or bringing their relatives to EU.

          It it you people who get on to rusty boats for fake reasons just for greed.

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            You ham-bug, stop insulting Shiva. He is the master of Allah. Shiva’s penis is in Allah’s mouth. That is why you are unable to see it. Allah has lost his foreskin and wanted all the Muslims to chop off theirs.

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    Whatever happened to the Muslims in Sri lanka and why the hate more towards Moors ?
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    The real change came after 1977-
    Sri Lankan at large had very little contact with the outside world before this time.

    With the crossing of the seas to the Gulf in seeking employment they came in to contact with salafist Islam a more pure and strict version that insisted on more literal application of the Quran and the Traditions.

    The continued contact and I should say self programming ,(I have lived in the gulf long enough to say this) unlike evangelical NGOs approaches , they never force it upon you nor do they make it a criteria to be employed , but we are humans we are prone to be programmed, every day ,every minute and that is the truth .

    The deep attraction towards the easily adoptable culture of the Arabs who are the decedents of The Prophet,These Sri Lankan Muslims with zero knowledge of the Quran and limit knowledge of Islam itself except what was passed on by Sri Lankan religious peers ,They realized by comparing the practices with The Islam they saw with their Arab brothers very conflicting, As the urge grew stronger the caps vanished while they visited jummahs (Congregational prayers) ,then they took home whenever they went on vacation this new found Idea of Islam,it was easier to impose on their female realities , the headscarf’s ,the Nikabs and Abayas started catching on fast and then those whose destination for religious studies in Islam was traditionally Egypt turned to Saudi ,many free education were offered ,grants and with it they also started to endorse and enforce the Arab attire as a code of modest dressing for all Muslim women and insisting that the hair must be covered fully based on tradition this was done to The Sunni sect and The Shia borahs it came in with Ayatollah Khomeini.

    It is only natural when you have some connection with a certain culture no matter which culture it may be, you tend to want to immerse yourself into it .
    Continued …..

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      This is wrong…

      In the name of God/Lord Buddha/Allah,

      Please dont spread lies as had been the case with BBS few years ago

      IF YOU WOULD SHOW IT AS ITS SIZES HAVE TURNED OUT TO BE NOT CONTROLLABLE, that is a big lie. Dont give a chance extremists to destroy this country.

      Not many would disgree with some radical thought bearers within lanken muslim community, that is what I got to know having studied the stuff for the last few years.

      Almost in every community, there are extremists, fundementalists, normal behaving ones, and the varied others. Like wise, WE SEE EXTREMISTS among buddhists, christs, hindus, muslims and other thoughts promoters. That is the human nature. But I dont see that the fractions of extremists of any community are on a rise.
      There are some that burqa wearing or the other, but the state have to bring laws to control them. Turkey is believed to be islam domanated country, but some females with head covers (scalves) are discriminated in the same country, while other countries would not discriminate it. The kind of female candidates I have met in Germany and France, since according to them, they could not study their choice of subjects at Turkish universities. That was the reason them to leave for other destinations.

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        Typo, not many would agree with..

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    Whatever happen to the Muslims in Sri lanka and why the hate more towards Moors -Cont.02

    But unlike the Indian and the burghers, who both not only adopted the cultures and attires but with it the language too.

    Where else all Muslims, The Indian, the Malay , The Mermons and most of all the Ceylon Moors who considers themselves Arab decedents did not adopt or learn The beautiful Arabic language, most of them to date neither understand or speak a word of Arabic . It would have been more beneficial to have adopted Arabic as a mother tongue at this stage and then adopted the attire and other customs ,it was like putting the cart before the horse.

    However people did not actually mind the change that was taking place ,and for the Muslims it was taking a shot at redemption at large and a very easy shot.

    Not until The end of the war in Afghanistan that the real problems started,soon after the defeat of The soviet Union, Bin Laden and the Taliban betrayed their masters, this is very human, once power gets into you ,you forget everyone and everything.
    And with it of cause the lingering Palestinian-Israel conflict , the Shia Sunni war Saddam attacking Iran and then the rise of Islamic fundamentalism and extremist ideology over took the basic simple religion which is more a way of life- a divine system.

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    Whatever happen to the Muslims in Sri lanka and why the hate more towards Moors.. Cont -03

    However people did not actually mind the change that was taking place ,and for the Muslims it was taking a shot at redemption at large and a very easy shot.
    Not until The end of the war in Afghanistan that the real problems started, after the defeat of The soviet Union, Bin Laden and the Taliban betrayed their masters, this is very human, once power gets into you ,you forget everyone and everything.
    And with it of cause the lingering Palestinian-Israel conflict , the Shia Sunni war Saddam -attacking Iran and then the rise of Islamic fundamentalism and extremist ideology over took the basic simple religion which is more a way of life a divine system.

    Then there started appearing Islamic preachers in evangelical style ,condemning all other religions and putting not really Islam but mostly each group’s ideology on a pedestal ,but at the same time Islam was also growing fast and not because of the evangelical style of preaching but it was mostly to do with people studying the Quran, one of the best examples is Yusuf Islam aka Cat Stevens, for he said in an interview if he was to become a Muslim looking at the behavior of Muslims in UK he would never had chosen Islam ,but it was the Quran that made him choose Islam ,please remember he comes from a Greek orthodox background from Cyprus ,there was and still is the deepest hatred between these two and then bombing of the Buddha statues in Afghanistan and all that only brought more hate from people of all other faiths.
    This gave the betrayed masters the opportunity and an easy tool to demonize the Muslim and Islam and what is more effective tool than spreading fear?
    Fear is always the key! cont..

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    Whatever happen to the Muslims in Sri lanka and why the hate more towards Moors(04)

    Political agendas were drawn and then systematically the Muslim Ummah was first divided between Sunni –Shia (an age old hate rekindled ) the Sunni Muslims were further divided and a war was started in Afghanistan the very brothers who drove out the mighty power of Soviet Union with one word that United them- there is only One God and Muhammad is the servant, apostle and messenger of God were permanently divided by breaking the unity , the Shahda did not matter any more ,but ego took control . they never realized that it was always unity that made them successful , same with the war in Iraq after the death of Saddam ,when the Shia and Sunni united and fought side by side, USA actually lost and they did what they have always done , divide and rule and that is what you see today .

    Further the continuous attacks by Muslims on Israel’s economy to boycott and spread of open hate ,empty words towards Israel became the best tool to the real enemies of Islam who are still very discreet .
    You need to understand where religion is concerned ,by demonizing Islam by spreading lies and hate who is the one stands to gain most? And why it is important to keep the anti Zionist flame on within Muslims and only talk of peace and Independence to Palestinians , but never let it materialize? Jews and Muslim do not have an atom of difference in religion,The same with ahamedya Muslims and Shias . But it is important for a certain Secret group to keep these parties at war always ,it brings them wealth and lets them implement their agenda.
    cont..

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    Whatever happen to the Muslims in Sri lanka and why the hate more towards Moors
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    Most importantly the Taliban ,al-Qaeda etc groups after being branded as Terror entities ,their ideologies which included the Hijabs, the Nikabs and abayas were always seen and cited as terrorism ,so it was an easy fear mongering tool , if men who have always had beards in the past grew beards now they are terrorists, women who covered themselves are probably female suicide bombers, and Halal funds are used to fund terrorists such an easy and convenient tool.
    Thus came the anti Hijab,anti abayas ,anti nikabs and of cause anti halal food.
    It is very easy to demonize a monotheist group of people in a nation that is immersed and rooted deeply in superstitious culture and suspicion .

    The main issue is the lack of transparency, proper auditing and no dialogue with others by the Muslims Scholars.
    The Halal certification issue is to-date not resolved , there is a continuous rumor that Jummah Mosques preach terror and nothing has been done constructively more and more hate is spread and more and more the Muslim Ummah is divided.

    Can we stop shooting fish in barrel and unite to take a more constructive approach ?
    Peace
    Concluded

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      Oh My God! Another Mallaiyuran?

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        You are right .. I agree with you here. See I am not a capitalist or any one but a simple man from Berlin.

        Nitzen the like creatures and them to have the mind sets to keep adding NITZEN style verbal diahrrea, but incoherent inputs cause me allergies.

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          I think we should be tolerant of such people. As Simon says he is a new guy. By writing such lengthy comments he is defeating the purpose of such comments because no one would read them.

          But there are also people who don’t care whether anyone reads or not. They get some pleasure from writing and perhaps from reading their own comments.

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        Edwin,

        NITZEN had joined CT few months ago.

        He has no idea about what kind of readersip we have been.
        May be he feels to add anything what he and his fellow men find are right. But we the heterogenous readers, must not commend anything coming from such new comers.

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          OK. I understand your point. sorry.

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      Stupid creature the Muslims of Sri Lanka are neither of Arab or Moor descent but descended from largely low caste Tamils who converted to Islam to escape the Hindu caste system of were forced to when Muslims ruled parts of Tamil Nadu for a few short years. A few families may have a distant North Indian or Arab ancestor that is all. Stop trying to claim an origin and descent that you do not have, by keeping on repeating a lie it does not become the truth. People now are more intelligent and can use reason. There is nothing amongst the Muslims of Sri Lanka to indicate any large scale Arab or other western Asian origin. A few light skinned families are no indication. Lots of light skinned people amongst Sinhalese and Tamils too. Every thing about you indicates a South Indian Tamil origin
      If you want to be Arab and dress look and behave like some pathetic Gulf Arab clone that is your wish. However if you want to do this and adopt Arabic as your mother tongue. you have no place in this island. Arab culture way of life and the Arabic language is alien to this land and culture. It has always had a Indian Hindu/Buddhist culture with Sinhalese and Tamil spoken by its population.
      Saudi Arabia or some other Gulf Arab nation or Syria/Iraq awaits you. Their population is fleeing to the west, leaving their Islamic nightmares and you can go there and help to repopulate it. Rishad can send the fake Mannar Muslims also there.

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        It is no fair to call them as such Stupid creature the Muslims of Sri Lanka.
        We are all srilankens. But as added by some good commentators, there are stupid ones in every community. You sound tobe from upper caste tamil, even if we ve been marching through a caste and creed minimum society. My elders also were in the same views, but they were oldfashioned and to that time, rodiya, padda, badda, were all discriminated by them. I today, dont mind any of the castes, so long the person seems to be educated, cultured and dignified. WHat matters is the respect. I respect them and they respect me.

        You the like ILK should be uprooted from our society, if at all to achieve permanent peace for all srilankens regardless of race, relgion or any other parameters.
        Hope reconcilatory efforts of all will succeed their goals finding it as the ” round up” to eleminating racists of your nature.

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          Stating the truth about a people’s origin is not being caste conscious. Trying to gloss over the truth and spread myths is only objectionable. From the comments here it looks like people want to believe in myths like Aryan origin for the Sinhalese and Arab origin for the Sri Lankan Muslims, when in reality both people are of Dravidian origin and largely from South India.
          He only stated that” Sri Lankan Muslims are largely descended from lower caste Indian Tamils” if that is the truth there is nothing derogatory about it. It is the truth. He did not state low caste people are evil or anything derogatory about them. It is you who are inferring and assuming a lot of things, because in yours and the rest of the commentators minds low caste means bad, therefore if someone states a certain people are descended from low castes they are being derogatory.
          Most anthropologists state the European gypsies are descended from Hindu low castes from North India. Does this mean they hate low castes? Be sensible. Just because truth is stated by a Brahmin you have become sensitive, it is was stated by someone else. You and the rest would have shut up and accept it. You cannot gloss over the truth just because you do not like it.
          lastly he did not call Sri Lankan Muslims stupid that Lanka Nitzen stupid. His comments were stupid and over the top

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        Siva..Siva…Real Siva Sankaran Sarma,

        “Stupid creature the Muslims of Sri Lanka are neither of Arab or Moor descent but descended from largely low caste Tamils…” ha..ha…funny..

        A self-satisfying murmur or you think ‘lie told often enough becomes the truth’? Whatever makes you happy.

        Forget what was other past whatever it could be. Why are you in a rush on a rusty boat? :)

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        Real Siva Sankaran Sarma,

        So your inner problem seems to be Arabs fleeing to the west. Are you jealous or afraid of refugee quotas getting over? ;)

        Come on my funny man, your caste as you claimed in many comments is high enough to live with dignity. Why take a fishy long rides to the other ends to live a refugee life? Or money matters?

        Rest of the world has no idea about you’re from Eelam, they know you’re from SL that affects our respects too.

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          How do you know he went to the west as a refugee? Do not assume anything. Lots of Tamils living in the west especially the professional ones did not arrive there as refugees but migrated under the skill migration scheme. The west is far more acceptable to Sri Lankan Tamil refugees than to Arabs, in fact they gave refugee to around a million Sri Lankan Tamils out of a total population of only 3.5 million ethnic Sri Lankan Tamils. A very high percentage, as they know they are a very productive and industrious people who will assimilate well Millions of Arabs ran to the west and other than Germany how many were given refuge? Most countries do not want them with good re4ason, as they do not assimilate commit crimes and most are on benefits.

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            Rohan,

            “Sri Lankan Tamil refugees than to Arabs”, means you’re unaware of reality. Or perhaps you have been under the impression those Arabs are whites or natives because of their looks.

            Or it is even possible you yourself are a boat-case hiding like a rate from immigration officers in little-Jaffnas, not having chances to go around seeing the reality :)

            Tamils in EU / AU have no other options but to be productive and industrious to retain their refugee status / benefits. Why aren’t they productive in their own country, SL then?

            You know a well-known fact about Indian Keralites or Malabars? They are very productive in the Arabs countries but back in their own state, Kerala, they are the worst among other Indians and Kerala itself is living on foreign money

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            Rohan,

            If Arab fleeing to West becomes an issue for him, and he is a Tamil. Probability is very high

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        Sarma,

        For your information , Harilal Gandhi was a Muslim
        for some time. Was he a Dalit ? In Kerala Mappilla
        community is the Muslims community who were Tiyyas,
        a higher ranking among castes . Of course there
        are Dalits who even recently converted to Islam !
        You are disgracefully trying to label Srilankan
        Muslims as South Indian Dalits . Who are these
        Dalits and why do they leave your rank anyway ?
        You are trying to claim that you belong to a higher
        caste and what you rejected are part of Srilankan
        Muslim make up ? So what ? Muslims don’t care .
        Funny , so funny , one end of your ranting is a
        message that your own ranks seek refuge in Islam
        against oppression unleashed by creatures like
        you . Just figure it out how low you can stoop
        down to claim credit for being unhuman !

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          Harilal Gandhi was a wastrel and a gambler. He converted Islam to annoy his father and also certain unscrupulous Muslims helped him with his gambling and other debts and more or less forced his to convert to Islam. This was dirty politics. He reconverted back to Hinduism and died as a Hindu.
          What has the conversion of a certain individual got to do with the origins of the Sri Lankan Muslims? Of course there are millions of South Asian Muslims descended from the upper/middle castes but they are certainly not the ancestors of the Sri Lankan Muslims. They like most South Asian Muslims are descended from low caste Hindus, This is a fact and however much you abuse or deride me it will not change.
          Even the small amount of part Arab ones originated from an ancient low caste Tamil mother most probably with low morals or from a dirt poor family who gave had no other option other than give their daughter to some outside Arab sailor. Tamils from the upper castes or even many from the lower castes with good morals and means, would not have done this.
          Only poor low class women wait and prostitute themselves with foreign sailors around Colombo port.
          Thiyaas are not a high ranking caste, they are traditionally toddy tappers from the Malabar region of Kerala. In the south they are called Eezhavar. From Eelam/Eezham as they are supposed to have migrated to Kerala from Ceylon during ancient times. Eelam/Eezham means the land of toddy or metal and the Eezhave/ Thiya originating from Eelam still tap toddy.

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            Sama,

            According to twentieth century Muslim historians Hashimi and Qureshi , mass
            conversions to Islam from lower caste Hindus and Mahayana Buddhists happened as a result of corrosion from within by the infiltration of Hindu beliefs
            and practices. But this theory is now taken as baseless and false .
            Social and Islamic Studies professor Derryl MacLein says that historical evidence doesn’t support this theory . WHATEVER EVIDENCE IS AVAILABLE suggests that Muslim institutions in north west India legitimized and
            continued any inequalities that existed. Conversions to Islam were rare , says MacLein , and conversions attested by historical evidence confirms that the few who did convert were BRAHMIN HINDUS , theoretically the UPPERCASTE .Now Mr upper caste Sarma , million dollar question time ! Whom do you agree with ? Hashimi and Qureshi or MacLein ? Richard Eaton , professor of history and Peter Jackson professor of Medieval history and Muslim India , states the same thing .

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    Mr Real Sivasankaran Sarma,

    It is only known to few SRI Lankan Tamils and even fewer Sri Lankans that when the high caste Chola invaders finally left Sri Lanka in the 13 th century they left the low caste Tamils who were obviously brought to do the untouchable work.A large number that belonged to scheduled castes like for instance the Thurumbar and Sakkkili castes.As time went on these permanently left settled communities recasted the original Tamil caste structure and rebranded themselves into each caste.

    Therefore a majority of today’s so called Brahmin and Vellalar castes in Sri Lanka were originally of the so called scheduled castes under the Cholas.Please dispassionately read the research done by Dennis Fernando C Mailvaaganam (a Chennai based academic)and et al for more on this.

    The crux of the matter is that with the passage of time many an original fact is obscured but facts remain facts as in this case,hidden though it is.

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      Eddie Kohona

      I too have seen this piece of rather illuminating research.Let me add by saying that there are three research findings that result from it.

      1)The lowly origins of the majority of the Sri Lankan Tamil community, has resulted in a greater schism between castes in the community.Simply put SL mordern day Scheduled caste Tamils hate the self elevated high caste counterparts lording it over them since historically all of them had scheduled caste origins.This is why V Prabhakaran a member of one of the lower castes was hell bent on smashing casteism.

      3)The level of such schism is much lower among Indian Tamils.

      2)The largely scheduled caste origins of the SL Tamils has resulted in high caste South Indian Tamils condescendingly looking down upon their SL Tamil caste counterparts.

      Perhaps a newspaper should consider serializing this piece of little known research that runs into 302 pages.

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        Yes like your ancestors who migrated from Tamil Nadu and now you beating the anti Tamil drum here. what a moron

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          Mr Rohan Thurumbar,
          Why are you getting so angry when Mr Casie Chetty reveals an absolute fact?Truth seems to be hurting you?

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        Eddie Kohona & Peter Casie Chetty —————————————————————————-

        Could you cite the journal/book which contains Dennis Fernando C Mailvaaganam’s work on whatever you are blabbering.

        Need to see the journal/book title, date of publication, details of institution which published the work.

        If are unable provide the details don’t bother. I take it as a silly joke.

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      Eddie Kohona

      I too have seen this piece of rather illuminating research.Let me add by saying that there are three research findings that result from it.

      1)The lowly origins of the majority of the Sri Lankan Tamil community, has resulted in a greater schism between castes in the community.Simply put SL mordern day Scheduled caste Tamils hate the self elevated high caste counterparts lording it over them since historically all of them had scheduled caste origins.This is why V Prabhakaran a member of one of the lower castes was hell bent on smashing casteism.

      2)The level of such schism is much lower among Indian Tamils.

      3)The largely scheduled caste origins of the SL Tamils has resulted in high caste South Indian Tamils condescendingly looking down upon their SL Tamil caste counterparts.

      Perhaps a newspaper should consider serializing this piece of little known research that runs into 302 pages.

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      We all know most Indian Tamil low castes who migrated to the island, other than the estate Tamils got assimilated as Sinhalese and not into the Sri Lankan Tamil community. Read the history of the Sinhalese Karawa, Salagama , Durawa, Hunu, Hali, Berewa etc. They now make up 50% of the present day Sinhalese. You may be one of them. Do not try to re write history to suit you extremist Sinhalese Buddhist agenda.

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    LittleisimonfromBerlin

    Nitzen the like creatures and them to have the mind sets to keep adding NITZEN style verbal diahrrea, but incoherent inputs cause me allergies.

    Well you may not be a capitalist, but you are sure judgemental,

    So can you elaborate precisely, which part of of my comment you find it verbal diahrrea ?( diarrhea) usually it literally means someone like Real Siva Sankaran Sarma and his desperate pathetic struggle to add numbers to his dead LLTE cadres by trying to make Muslims Tamils,by re[eating the same thing over and over and has nothing else to say. ,but he is also not so generous ,he wants them to accept themselves to be low cast.

    Can you also outline the incoherent outputs ,you seem to be a Lexiconist ,I am humble enough to learn from you.

    ———–
    heterogeneous readers ,oh ya of-cause ,I seen a lot of ethics among the lot ,, OMG ..

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      Verbal diarrhoea means too much at a time without sense. Could you please summarise of your set of posts ?. That can then help many getting them easily.
      Yes, CT readership is as you may know is mixed. Not similar to an audience filled with researchers coming from various research fields.

      Starting from your servileness to Gotabaya Rajapakshe extending it to all varied info against muslim srilankens picking their shortcomings is beyond my comphrehension. (I am sinhalese and born buddhist too).

      Like for example

      QUOTE The main issue is the lack of transparency, proper auditing and no dialogue with others by the Muslims Scholars.
      The Halal certification issue is to-date not resolved , there is a continuous rumor that Jummah Mosques preach terror and nothing has been done constructively more and more hate is spread and more and more the Muslim Ummah is divided. UNQUOTE

      If you see it that way, what was with transparency and accountablity under the lead of former President Mahinda Rajapakshe ? Dont you think that you are just adding your thoughts in that regard as MR et al prevaricate today whenever anyone would pose a question about the allegations levelled at them ?

      We dont need to go that far, today, the the rulers have failed to compare any records held by RAJAPAKSHE admininstration about the vehicles had then being used by state authorities. This issues have festated to all high wounds as nothing can help tracing anything. No records or disappearences of the held records not regarding vehicles but debts taken by varioius bodies are what we are experieincing today. You shamelessly being biased to former men, further pose question about being transparent ?

      As I read somewhere, Halal-certification issue came into being focusing attacks on Muslim folks by Gota led BBS and the like minded elements. Halal issue is no unique to us srilankens only, but entire world. That any authoriteis could solve easily. They the radical men created sizable problems from zero ones for their political mobilise showing to the world, that minority conflicts with Muslims too are an issue in current srilanka. That was simply making an ” another billa” (spread falshhoods in favour of them fooling the nation and international communities, what happened to them today ? ) for continuation of Rajapakshe hedgemonic rule.

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    There is a difference in writing a summarized content in defense of prevailing injustice on a particular community and its beliefs.

    The painstaking effort of writing and not copy-paste is to let readers of unbiased and cultured intellectual individuals to be able to conclude a fair judgement and not meant for a bunch of prejudiced ,ignorant nitwits who hallucinate that everything and anything that is anti-Islamic must and have to be right.

    Those who have a sense of responsibility to being fair in judgement will take the time to read, There are enough wise persons with fair and sound judgement out there and the insults slurred by a bunch of ignorant mush headed monkey see, monkey do morons who simply hate what they do not understand should never be allowed to discourage ones sincere will to express a fair opinion on anyone who is oppressed -let it be in lengthy or short form.

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    Of course, non Muslims have islamophobia. Why do they have islamophobia? If Mr, Izeth Hussain wants to see just one of the common reasons, he only has to look at a mirror. Yes, the reason for islamophobia are the Muslims themselves, including Mr. Hussain. Not the Tamils. Not the Jews. But Muslims.

    Britain’s leading ‘moderate’ Muslim, Sir Iqbal Sacranie explains that ‘The person of the Prophet, (PBUH), is revered so profoundly in the Muslim world, with a love and affection that cannot be explained in words. It goes beyond your parents, your loved ones, your children. That is part of the faith. There is also an Islamic teaching that one does not depict the Prophet.’

    As Mueller, a journalist, observed, If people wish to love a 7th century preacher more than their own families, that’s up to them, but others are not obliged do the same.

    Except that if you don’t take it seriously and accord it proper respect you are physically threatened, may be even killed, on a scale that no other religion has aspired to since the Middle Ages. One can’t help wondering why such violence is necessary, given that, as Mueller notes: ‘If any of you clowns (Muslims) are right about anything, the cartoonists are going to hell anyway – won’t that be enough? (Richard Dawkins)

    So we see, the problem is that unless someone does not think and act like a Muslim he is an infidel and hence he has to be killed. Not killing him is a sin. Killing him would make him a Jihadist and take you to heaven where 72 virgins and rivers of wine await you. No other religion has such absurd yet dangerous rules for people of other faiths.

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      Argon@
      I found your thoughts are interesting. I could agree with you about IH. But not with the generalization about “ Of course, non Muslims have islamophobiat .”
      Yes, it is high time IH to see him in a mirror. But i am not sure he would get the message as an early octagenarian. As a renown diplomat, he had records, but recent articles seem to be damaging his long achievements.

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        Argon and Buramphisincho – I am against Wahabism and its clones. Islamophobia is understandable as a reaction against them. I have written much on the subject but people tend to believe what they want to believe and project me as a notorious supporter of the IS and so on.
        I am also against Muslims over-affirming their identity, emphasizing their difference and their not belonging here. That too invites Islamophobia.
        But there is much more to Islamophobia than those understandable reactions-IH

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          Izeth

          What a bull and concoction.

          If you need redemption walk into a nearby Hindu/Buddhist temple and brake 999 coconuts.

          Be careful at the break of 999th coconut the British police and ambulance will be at your footstep to take to nearest mental hospital or even the police may investigate you for your Jhihadi connections.

          The readers of your articles are not fools.

          May Allah, Lord Siva, Lord Jesus, Lord Buddha etc., give you heavenly grace for your honesty.

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    LittleisimonfromBerlin ,yes I admit and agree that I should have summarized,but some need detailing ,CT allows only limited words.however I agree shorter and summarized is the best way to get the most attention.

    But as for comparing it with Rajaakshe’s issue is not relevant , and can not e compared , as Muslims we have a system , everything needs transparency, every cent collected in the name of God has to be audited and we have an issue and can ot be ignored, we have short comings ,we need to address ,political issue is not to be mixed wit Muslim duties.
    Peace be to you

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    anyone with wisdom to suggest how to eliminate the seed of suspicion and hate sworn in the hearts f every single Sinhalese Buddhist,catholics, all christians and tamils who have ganged up against one Community ?

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      Fahim Knight, There is one way to eliminate the seeds of suspicion. For all Muslims to get together and get rid of all these horrific rules that are imposed on people of other faiths.

      Take the comments here. We have Hindus insulting and ridiculing Buddhism. We have Buddhists doing the same to Hinduism. They fight like dogs. But do they feel that they are under threat of being killed due to that. Of course not. They may kill each other for other reasons, but not for ‘insulting’ their faith.

      Look at the folllowing:

      1- Non Muslims cannot even draw a cartoon of Prophet Mohammed. But Muslims can go and use mortars to destroy the Bamian Buddhas.

      2- A woman born to a Muslim family cannot marry a non-muslim even if the husband is willing to allow her remain a Muslim. She will be killed. A Muslim can marry any woman. But she must convert to Islam.

      3- Muslims are not allowed to read books of other religions. Non-Muslims are free to read Islamic books. But if he does not convert after reading them, he is an infidel.

      4- If a Muslim converts to another faith, there will be a competition to kill him among the jihadists. If a non-Muslim converts to Islam he is welcome. Of course, Hindus or Buddhists are not going to punish him for that.

      Muslims can try to convert non Muslims by offering incentives like money, employment etc. If a non Muslim tries to convert Muslims to his faith he has only a short time to live.

      These are barbaric, uncivilized and inhuman rules by any standard. As long as Muslims follow these rules and moreover, insist on imposing them on non-Muslims, we cannot eliminate the seeds of suspicion.

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        Argon:

        Read the bible and see how it says kill infidels. Read the old Testament.

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          So?

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            Edwin Mahaththayo,

            what do you think about what Nitzen has added above ?

            I hope you are keeping well, not having heard about you, we have been worrying.

            Just come with contructive comments about the topic. Thanks.

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              Sorry. With the new version of CT I have got cut off once more.

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          jim, this is what Dawkins says about the God of the old testament:

          “The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully”.

          I think that covers pretty well. But, he goes on to say “MONOTHEISM, the great unmentionable evil at the center of our culture is monotheism. From a barbaric Bronze Age text known as the Old Testament, three anti-human religions have evolved – Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. These are sky-god religions”.

          The Christians were smart and saw that the old testament was going to be a handicap. Thus the new testament was born. The question is, “Is THE NEW TESTAMENT ANY BETTER”?

          Dawkins says “Well, there’s no denying that, from a moral point of view, Jesus is a huge improvement over the cruel ogre of the Old Testament. Indeed Jesus, if he existed (or whoever wrote his script if he didn’t) was surely one of the great ethical innovators of history. The Sermon on the Mount is way ahead of its time. His ‘turn the other cheek’ anticipated Gandhi and Martin Luther King by two thousand years”.

          In the case of Holy Quran, such modifications are not possible. With the belief that the Holy Quran is infallible, the Muslims closed the door for adaptation. Thus they will be stuck in a time warp forever. No one would ever even dream of suggesting a modification, because that means punishment by death.

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    Argon- LOL..if any of the Hindus who are hiding behind their computers have any balls let them come on the open and try insulting Buddhism and lets see how much what you said holds true, and same let anyone go to India and try insulting Hinduism and see what happens.

    What cock are you talking?
    I was sincerely asking if anyone really had any good thoughts of how we can bring together communities and you get all cocky and go on anti Muslim ranting , as long as we have (most probably) LTTE sympathizers like you this nation will never have peace.

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      Fahim Knight, the difference is that if I commit blasphemy against Islam, you will be obliged to kill me whether you like it or not. All Muslims will be obliged to do so. A fatwa will be issued against me. It will be a repeat of Salman Rushdie.

      What I am talking about here are not the man-made rules, customs, habits or compulsions. I am talking about clearly laid down religious rules as in the Quran.

      If anyone publicly insults Buddhism in Sri Lanka, there will certainly be trouble for him from the BBS, government and Buddhist goons. They may even kill the guilty party. But in doing so, it is very clear that they will be going against Metta and Ahimsa as taught in Buddhism. They will certainly earn bad karma and pay the price for that later. At least that is the theory.

      Buddhism brinks on the impractical on many of its guidelines. Take the first precept. You are not supposed to take the life of any living thing. Even invisible minute life is included in the Karaniya Metta Sutta. ‘Ditthava yeva Adiita’, meaning the visible as well as invisible, which includes even bacteria. Thus, taking antibiotics would not be allowed.

      I hope you can see the difference Fahim. Please note that I am not trying to convert you. I don’t want to be seen doing that and be beheaded by some knife wielding Jihadist.

      That is the sort of cock I am talking about.

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        Well said argon.

        Islam from the time it was invented has always had a very violent side to it. No wonder the whole world now looks upon it with great suspicion. It has become the role of apologists such as Izeth to drum up support and blame everybody else, calling them Zionists, Islamophobes, BBS, USA, LTTE, Trump, etc, but never to admit their own mistakes.

        Izeth the fault does not lie in others, but in the very same religious philosophy, that has been spreading warfare even among its own adherents (examples: Shia vs Sunni, Genocide of the Banu Qurayza tribe, etc )

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          Not only “with great suspicion” but socially ostracised in many
          multi-National countries. It is now common to hear stories of
          passengers in airplanes refusing to sit with those who appear to
          dress and look Arab-like. This includes Muslims from Sub-Saharan
          Africa as well. This is now spreading to Restaurants, common eating and other places notably in the Western countries.

          A.D.J. Perera

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      Fahim Knight

      I regularly insult religious nutters all the time as not only my birth right but as a humanist’s duty. It does not mean that I insult the religion itself.

      Local cultural practices should not form part universally applicable truth.

      All religions have to be freed from its respective nutters.

      You sound like one and its my duty to liberate the religion from you.

      Do you have any problem with that?

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    “Muslim leadership lacks a long term vision about their own community as well as the country. Instead of helping the Muslims to integrate and be a dynamic partner in building Sri Lanka this leadership is actually damaging the future survival of Muslims. Sooner they are thrown out better for the country and future generations of Muslims.”
    Dr Ameer Ali in today’s CT

    There are reasonable Muslims and there are the hate filled villains who spew poison.

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    Like those other commentators in these pages, I too believe arguing with this Izeth Hussain is an entirely futile exercise – equivalent to one quarrelling with an inmate at the Angoda Asylum. But since he mentions me by name, more than once, I am obliged to respond.

    There is nothing new in this article to engage readers’ interest. It is the customary curses, abuse, hateful swearing, anti-Tamil prejudice and so forth of critics – so characteristic of our ex-diplomat. What worries me – and that which should his entire community – is the harm he probably inflicts on them by his pugnacious type of writing – wittingly or unwittingly. My fear is Hussain will not rest until he causes another blood-bath against Muslims unless he is effectively restrained, well in advance, from carrying out his fetish. In support of my claim Hussain does his community ill, I will quote the angry comments of other readers responding to his article below.

    Some readers might wonder why Hussain choses to savagely attack some of us regularly in his articles. His particular animus, I suspect, may be because some of his major untruths have been exposed. For the purpose of space, I will mention just two – though there are more. The main one was that in an article that he wrote in the “Island” in 2006 he recommended to GoSL years ago during the internal “War” to STARVE Tamil civilians in the War Zone through deliberate FAMINE as an instrument to break the backbone of the LTTE. The LTTE claimed they were conducting the struggle on behalf of the Tamil Nation. Understandably, Hussain’s recommendation is totally unacceptable to any Tamil, anywhere. Predictably, his critics in the Tamil community exponentially increased after this opinion. When this wicked suggestion was pointed out by Tamil readers, he callously denied this for months. Eventually, he was caught virtually red-handed. True to his known nature, he obstinately continued to deny – weakly mumbling “it was written in another context”. The relevant portion of his writing is quoted hereunder.

    Kettikaran

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    “The question that has to be asked is why the Sri Lankan Government was not regarded as having the right to put down a purely internal rebellion by any means of its choosing, INCLUDING THE USE OF FAMINE. IT HAS BEEN REGARDED AS LEGITIMATE IN WARFARE RIGHT DOWN THE MILLENIA. For instance, in the late ‘sixties the Biafran rebellion in Nigeria was put down by the threat of famine, WITHOUT ANY ADVERSE reactions from the international community whatever.”

    Note Hussain makes it a point to advises GoSL at that time there was no adverse reaction to the Biafran case from the international community. The idea being, why not try this against our Tamils as well? And this man has the gaul to state prominent Tamils are in his support. He further claims, ad nauseum, he has not written against the Tamils and went even to claim he is a friend of Tamils.

    The exposure caused Hussain severe loss of face and, as natural to his nature, he carries a grouse against those who exposed him. I am afraid he will continue this grouse to venomous levels to his last days.

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      Kettikaran insists on quoting me out of context on the question of famine as a weapon of war. I am preparing to go out of town and have no time to give a proper reply. That reply will come, perhaps in a brief article. I can promise that the reply will be devastating.
      In the meanwhile the interested reader can get to Google and click on izeth hussain’s reply to k arvind 2006 and also “k.arvind Girls and Decency 2006”. The latter will take him to the Island of 21 November2006 and my letter under the heading “That proposal to impose famine in Jaffna”.The latter will show that I was very strongly against the use of famine as a weapon by the SL Government.
      Kettikaran’s latest outburst is further proof that he is the agent of a foreign group which is a proxy for the Zionists – IH

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        Izeth Hussain may feel himself lucky CT/Editor has saved him by disallowing my longer article that included that where senior journo HLDM calls Hussain a liar in the issue where Hussain blatantly lied
        Indian journalist named him “One of the 5 best diplomats in the world” at a time when Henry Kissinger was making the headlines. To begin with there is no such thing as “Best Diplomats in the world” Further HLDM proved GK Reddy told him this comment was made as a joke. In other words Reddy considered our senior diplomat a laughing stock. Hussain was that then – and remains so now.

        Kettikaran

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          A matter that requires comment is the role played by an English daily in providing reglar space to Hussain. He uses this more to satisfy his inner prejudices rather than advance the cause of journalism. I do not question the right of an Editor to decide whose opinions are given space and whose not. I believe I have argued sufficiently Hussain writes to soothe his visceral biases rather than to provide quality and educative content to readers – a duty of the media.

          Why then does the daily continue to encourage Hussain in this kind of mischief while it is clear many readers object to Hussain’s kind of warped writing – usually carrying a strong ethnic-religious bias. Equally, there should be due consideration applied to entertain a Writer when he is a highly controversial figure who attracts regular readers’ ire. It is not only the Tamils Hussain attacks but Christians as well.This under the guise of being critical of Fundamental Christians – often the friendly country of Norway. Can the reason also be the fact the daily shows an obvious anti-Yahapalanaya bias with some of its regular Writers producing anti-Government rhetoric. Of course, I do not question the right of senior journalists to be critical of a regime they may be legitimately convinced they have a valid reason to be critical of. It is curious this article comes out on the day of the arrival of Indian PM Shri Narendra Modi where Hussain loudly proclaims “India wants to impose a Cyprus-style solution” There is absolutely no evidence India has that intent in mind. Why then does this strange man attack an important and friendly neighbor – whose good graces are absolutely necessary to this government, the country and its plural population, which includes Muslims, one hopes.

          What a welcome statement from a senior Lankan – a former diplomat and senior State official – to the leader of a friendly neighbour coming here on invitation from the President of the country – in the serene name of Wesak.

          The above goes out to prove Izeth Hussain, a very complicated personality, carries much prejudice also against India, its people and her leaders. This is evidence in his regular articles. As part of his bizarre nature, he continues to deny this when this is pointed out to him. He will do this again. But alas! That is only to be expected.

          Kettikaran

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        Hisath Looseyin,
        Pakistani travelling from Pakistan, was arrested in Katunayake airport with narcotics worth millions of rupees. Muslim was arrested trying to enter BMICH with a fake Chinese pass for Modi’s meeting and remanded for attempted murder. These are only few of the clandestine activities of Pakistani intelligence services. Since you seem to be an agent of Pakistan, could you kindly elaborate on this.

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      It is apparent Hussain continues to endanger his community island-wide through his reckless writing. Part of his extreme anger against me is, I point out his foolishness will cost his community dear. It was only a few years ago BBS hordes, lead by the violent “Bhikku” Gnanassara, inflicted terribly on Muslims in different parts of the country – and at Aluthgama in particular. The issue, fortunately, somewhat fizzled out with the passage of time. No Muslim in his senses will want a repeat of that horror. But there is the possibility Hussain’s continuing misadventure can only rake up matters and open old wounds.This will be to the detriment of the largely peaceful Muslim community. This is what a respected Muslim academic, Dr. Ameer Ali, has to say this week in his CT article “the anti-Muslim feeling in the country is growing day to day” One wonders how much has Hussain contributed to this unwelcome fate of the Muslims inflicting non-stop on this, that and the other.

      Here are some quotes from readers I referred to above – culled from Hussain’s current article. These give some idea of the extreme angry reactions he generates through his regular “analysis” on Islamophobia – not to mention his anti-Tamil and anti-Indian bias. One reader writes “I cannot understand why Izeth keeps on picking on BBS” Another writes angrily “It is not Islamophobic. It is Izeth-o-phobic” – judiciously isolating the community from Hussain’s provocation. Still another charges ““Because of you (Hussain) there is Islamophobia in Sri Lanka. You do not reflect the good sense of peaceful Muslims” As to Hussain’s header “Is there Islamophobia Hate Campaign in Sri Lanka” one shares the thoughts of many others from the different communities as this commentator indignantly suggests “ There is …you blood-sucking idiots (IH) are going to send it (country) to flames…” Here is another reader “They are not loyal at all but a cunning and opportunistic people who have no loyalty to their language, culture or origin. But will claim and take any identity or origin if advantageous to them and their Agenda” These are not my words – but those of several regular readers. Even neutral Muslims will wonder why Hussain exposes the community to all of this negative focus in these delicate times in the country. On the same question another reader comments “IH, is there an Islamophobic Hate Campaign? Yes, there is, in your mind.”

      (Cont’d)

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      For the purpose of space, I restrict myself just to these exchanges although this single article alone has generated many more comments illustrating readers revulsion against Hussain’s excesses. They have hardly done anything to endear the Muslim community in the eyes of the Sinhalese, Tamils or others – but indeed to the contrary.

      The reality is, it does not require another physical attack on Muslims to cause them collective harm. Even if a mild boycott of businesses owned by Muslims island-wide is organised, this can have adverse repercussions. On many an occasion, Sinhala extremists, allegedly angered by continuous alleged Muslim provocation, have threatened to resort to this extreme step. It is to the credit of good governance the State has not given room to this extreme measure. They should not. Men like Hussain, at least in the interest of the good of their community, should be careful not to exacerbate an already simmering issue – now lodged safely below the surface. But can the man control himself? It looks like he has developed a form of insatiable hunger in getting maximum readers’ comments to his controversial writing – most of which, at any rate, are below-par comments from readers out to have some fun. Incidentally, Hussain’a self-confessed acolyte in these pages Edwin Rodrigo writes, presumably at Hussain’s behest, this is the 29th time Hussain has written on the Islamophobic issue. This must be some form of world record – though of the unwelcome variety.

      Kettikaran

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    Jayasinghe, Sarath de Alwis, Somapala Gunadeera, Emil Van der Poorten and many others enrich the pages of Colombo Telegraph with educative and refreshing comments in popular topics. Some of them even intervene, often politely with grace and decorum, to readers’ objections and comments. Sadly, Hussain – said to be a former Senior diplolmat from our Foreign Service, abuses those who disagree with his views.

    Unable to control his anger and rage, Hussain even descends to the gutter level of using the “F” word in his responses.

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      Kettikaran

      Good to hear from you once again.

      “Unable to control his anger and rage, Hussain even descends to the gutter level of using the “F” word in his responses.”

      Please give consideration to his age. Some people get grumpier when they get older.

      However they will have to earn respect and they cannot take it for granted.

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      Kettikaran: “Hussain even descends to the gutter level of using the “F” word in his responses”

      Kettikaran: Izeth gets carried away when Edwin Rodrigo urges him on with Sakili language.
      However there is no excuse for a so called learned ex Foreign diplomat to descend to the level of Edwin Rodrigo

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    Argon -I am consistent ,I only hold the Quran as my religious authority ,show me one Verse in the Quran -if I commit blasphemy against Islam, you will be obliged to kill me whether you like it or not.

    If do not have The you have not blasphemed you have lied and deserved to be sued .

    It is not surprising to see so-much anti Muslim hate on high heat , even if the Sinhalese hate us and even if the discriminate us thy are still a people whom we can live with and low downs like you have proved it here.

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      LANKA NITIZENS, you are saying, “Argon -I am consistent, I only hold the Quran as my religious authority, show me one Verse in the Quran -if I commit blasphemy against Islam, you will be obliged to kill me whether you like it or not”

      LANKA NITIZENS, I am not a Muslim (Thank God!) and I will not become one even if you put a knife on my neck and threaten to kill me. So I will not be obliged to kill you under any circumstances. That would be a Muslim obligation exclusively. On the contrary, I will congratulate you for being so brave and criticizing where criticism is due, notwithstanding the threats in Holy Quran.

      While we are at it, why not take up the following points in my previous post too?

      1- Non Muslims cannot even draw a cartoon of Prophet Mohammed. But Muslims can go and use mortars to destroy the Bamian Buddhas.

      2- 2- A woman born to a Muslim family cannot marry a non-muslim even if the husband is willing to allow her remain a Muslim. She will be killed. A Muslim can marry any woman. But she must convert to Islam.

      3- 3- Muslims are not allowed to read books of other religions. Non-Muslims are free to read Islamic books. But if he does not convert after reading them, he is an infidel.

      4- 4- If a Muslim converts to another faith, there will be a competition to kill him among the jihadists. If a non-Muslim converts to Islam he is welcome.

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        LANKA NITIZENS,

        (Directly from Wikipedia on Blasphemy:)

        There are a number of surah in Qur’an relating to blasphemy, from which Quranic verses 5:33 and 33:57–61 have been most commonly used in Islamic history to justify punishment for blasphemy. For example,

        The only punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger and strive to make mischief in the land is that they should be murdered, or crucified, or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides, …..
        — Qur’an, [Quran 5:33–34]

        Those who annoy Allah and His Messenger – Allah has cursed them in this World and in the Hereafter, …They shall have a curse on them: whenever they are found, they shall be seized and slain (without mercy).

        — Qur’an, [Quran 33:57–61]

        Both these apply to non Muslims too according to Wikipedia.

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          The Global Madness of Blasphemy Laws

          For most of those who are reading this, laws against blasphemy seem like anachronistic, vestigial restrictions on free expression that no longer apply in our modern world. Recent months have reminded us, however, that blasphemy laws are very much a part of the contemporary human experience, and the consequences of violating them can range from absurd to horrifying. Several secularists and dissidents have met grisly ends this year, including Pakistani student Mashal Khan, beaten to death last month by a mob of fellow students who were angry over allegations of blasphemy, and Indian student H. Farook, murdered by a gang of militants over postings to social media about atheism.
          (from Dawkins Foundation)

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      That is totally wrong to generalize that even sinhalese hate us.

      In each and every community you may find diverse elements. But the levels in Sinhala community have not reached to be named after “anti-muslims”. Even if your politicial leadersihp would not have shed enough tears, we the once did it at the time, BBS led Rajaakshe hidden forces got harm in Aluthgama riots 4 years ago. And at the time, Rhyzana underage girl s case came up, it was sinhalaese fought more than the muslim representative in getting her life saved, unfortuantely, muslim leaders were then empowered by Rajaakshe politics, nothing succeeded regarding that beheading. Today, karma to be blamed but her killing could well have been saved, had your politcians showed wholeheartedness.:

      All in all, stop calling that we are all anti-muslims. I am a born buddhist, but I respect all other religious adhherent. And make every efforts to bring around if some social elements -without proper knolwedge would rise against srilanken muslims. We the majority folks are well aware fo the facts that the unncessary rises of BBS led by underground forces of former defence secretary was beyond all ethics and morals.
      The manner, Rajaakshe menchanisms were in actions beyond our comphrehension.; EVEN TODAY POWER INTOXICATED RAJAPAKSHE MAKE EVERY EFFORTS TO RETURN TO POWER AND CONTINUE FROM WHERE THEY STOPED.

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    Aragon .

    It wont be worth beating dead snakes aka LTTE pussy

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    Kettikaran, you are 100% right. Izeth calls you ‘kettie’ and backlash as ‘backie’, the intention perhaps being to insult his target right at the beginning of his comments. This way he thinks he can cow down his victims. These are school boy pranks that a senior person like him should avoid. He must have been a big failure as a diplomat if that was the type of diplomacy he used.

    People have different opinions all the time. In fact, life is so lively because of these variations. If everyone had the same opinions and leanings as Izeth, then there would be no reason for him to write his articles, which, perhaps he has to do because that gives him some purpose in life. He would be just sitting at home staring at the ceiling all the time.

    We are sympathetic about the fact that he has to keep himself busy in order mot to drift in to amnesia. But once he publishes his article he should not comment on the comments at all. The other authors do it very rarely. Izeth does it so often that one wonders whether it is done for the sake of inflating the response.

    I respectfully request Izeth not to insult the readers and have respect for them. To get respect you have to give respect.

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      Thank you, Argon. As you note insults as well as abuse, curses and rage are the hallmarks of this ageing deranged “ex-diplomat” Some of us are reluctantly forced to give back to him in the language of his
      culture and upbringing to teach him courtesy and manners. You will notice he has done little to teach or educate readers of CT with anything of any value or depth – at least in recent times.

      To illustrate the extent of readers’ revulsion with him I have quoted what many others think of him – but Editor/CT has decided he must be spared of this. In what is natural to him, he now threatens and intimidates once again. What a low breed of the human species.

      Kettikaran

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    There is a wattsup circulating stating That there is A new MOD , regulation ,to monitor all calls ,wattsup ,fb and Twitter, pls do not fowatd if you get the likes on your fb,wattsup etc ,unless its from the official website of The MOD. You can be prosecuted for false alarm, The gov ,can not implement it as the country is not in war etc .

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